Universities must not give ethnic minority students ‘special treatment’ and instead allow them to compete on merit, the man hoping to become London’s first black mayor has said.
Shaun Bailey said quotas for black students would be ultimately ‘debilitating’ because they would lead to youngsters feeling they did not have people’s ‘respect’.
Instead black children need to be supported more at school and in their communities to address the attainment gap at A-level, he said.
His remarks are likely to spark a row as campaigners say it is only fair to give black students extra help to counter the disadvantages many face.
Mr Bailey, 48, who is the Tory candidate in next year’s London Mayor election, said the problems black communities face will only be solved if politicians stop seeing them as ‘victims’ to be ‘rescued’.
Speaking to the Mail, he said: ‘Many black teenagers are doing very well in school and in life, but we don’t often get spoken about in that way.