The archbishop as soon as once more apologizes to the windrush era for racism within the church

The archbishop as soon as once more apologizes to the windrush era for racism within the church

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The Empire Windrush brought hundreds of Caribbean immigrants to Britain.Wikipedia

The Archbishop of Canterbury has again apologized for the racism that members of the Windrush generation have experienced in Church of England churches.

Justin Welby spoke to the House of Lords this week and said the Church of England was "as bad as the hostile environment in many ways."

His comments follow an apology from the Church of England General Synod last month.

In the Lords, he expressed regret for "the terrible reception we gave to the generation of windrush, the vast majority of whom were Anglicans when they came here," and added that he would continue to apologize for the treatment, that they experienced.

"They have often been rejected by the Church of England churches, or given very little or no welcome," he said.

"As a result, they went out and started their own churches that were doing much better than ours. We would be so much stronger if we did the right thing.

"I apologized for this and I continue to do it and see the wickedness of our actions."

His comments were in response to the publication of the Windrush Lessons Learned Review, which found that the Home Office was guilty of "institutional ignorance and thoughtlessness about the race and the history of the Windrush generation within the department".

A police inspector, Wendy Williams, said when the results were reported that while she "could not make a definitive statement of institutional racism," the Home Office's shortcomings "matched some elements of the definition of institutional racism."

In response to the review, Home Secretary Priti Patel said she regretted the scandal that deported members of the Windrush generation were deported, without work, or without access to the NHS.

The archbishop asked the Home Office to consider working with church leaders with a black majority to make changes to the damned results.

He said they were "gracious, wise and strong" in the face of the scandal.

"You have a lot to teach us," he said.

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