The Church of England is “still deeply institutionally racist” and has decided to apologize for racism experienced by “countless black, Asian and minority ethnic people” since World War II, according to CNN.
The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby apologized in a speech as the church’s General Synod, its legislative body, voted on Tuesday to issue an official apology and “commission an outside expert to prepare a report on racism, race and ethnicity in the church.”
Speaking at the synod, Welby, who is the church’s most senior bishop, said there was “no doubt” that the Church of England was still “deeply institutionally racist”.
“We did not do justice in the past, we do not do justice now, and unless we are radical and decisive in this area in the future, we will still be having this conversation in 20 years time and still doing injustice,” he added.
The church statement specifically mentions the so-called Windrush generation that moved to Britain from former Caribbean colonies after World War II, between 1948 and 1971. The mass migration was promoted by the government to help rebuild the U.K. after the devastation of the war.
In 2018 the home secretary, Amber Rudd apologised for their treatment on behalf of the government to Windrush immigrants who wrongly faced deportation and now, the Church of England has followed.
“We have damaged the Church, we have damaged the image of God and most of all, we have damaged those we victimized, unconsciously very often,” Welby said.