Well, looking at Lord Ouseley (pictured), that's certainly true. I think this story represents some progress, although, being the BBC, it's littered with some of the usual liberal nonsense and newspeak.
The Labour government knows it's on its way out, and so is trying to implement some new "equality legislation" through before the election, determined as they are to fuck up the country majorly before the Tories are given the chance to fix it (or try to).
One of the reasons Mrs.Thatcher's medicine was so hard to swallow in the 1980s was that the Labour government had done so much damage it was like trying to remove a brain tumour. With a shovel.
Interesting how Denham thinks diversity is the answer to "racial discrimination". What a twat. Oh, and "government action" helps too, apparently.
I am reminded of the P. J. O'Rourke quote:
"Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys. "
The Labour government loves using your money to tell you how racist you are. I hope all of you in the UK will remember this come election day.
Lord Ouseley's comment at the end of the story is worth taking note of, too. It takes a very "special" type of person to see racial "disparities in .. the prison population" as being a fault in the system, rather than in the criminals.
Being black or Asian in the UK no longer means you will be automatically disadvantaged, Communities Secretary John Denham will say in a speech later.
He says progress made since 2000 means that, while racial discrimination still exists, disadvantage is now more linked to poverty, class and identity.
Mr Denham says the problems of white working class areas must be tackled.
The government is trying to get a major equalities bill through Parliament before the election.
Launching a review of government policy on race on Thursday, Mr Denham will say that the UK is now so used to diversity that many of the historic problems with racial discrimination are fading, even if they are not yet dead.
In their place, he argues is a more complex and subtle challenge for policy makers and public services where people do not achieve their full potential because of other factors beyond their ethnicity.
Clearly there are still huge racial disadvantages in our society
Lord Ouseley, former chairman of Commission for Racial Equality
These include their social class, community and identity. While children with Chinese heritage tended to excel at school, boys from white working class areas were doing far worse.
"Britain today is not the same place as it was a decade ago," he says. "We therefore have to make sure that our efforts are tackling problems of today and not those of the past.
"New trends that are linked to race, class and identity make the situation much more complex.
"That does not mean that we should reduce our efforts to tackle racism and promote race equality but we must avoid a one-dimensional debate that assumes all minority ethnic people are disadvantaged.
"If the cause of disadvantage is social class, we will promote opportunity. And if the cause is a combination of racism and social class we will tackle both together."
He told BBC Radio 4's Today programme the decline in racism was due to people's changing attitudes but government action had also made a "huge difference".
"There is a lot still to be done before we are genuinely equal society but we should take comfort from real progress. We maintain our commitment to tackling racism and racial discrimination.
"We can also recognise though that disadvantage can be because of social class and that can affect people from black backgrounds, Asian backgrounds or white backgrounds.
"We are determined to tackle inequality that comes from social class with all the vigour that we tackle inequality that comes from race."
Hot spots targeted
The Department for Communities has already earmarked £12m to look at entrenched social problems in 130 predominantly white working class areas.
The move has been widely seen as an attempt by Labour Party leaders to counter the rise of the BNP, after criticism from within the party that it had failed to heed the warning signs of a backlash against new economic migration.
Mr Denham has denied claims that these areas have been forgotten - but has acknowledged that the far-right gains where people don't believe their grievances have been dealt with.
The government's Equalities Bill, currently in its final Parliamentary stages, is designed to change the way public services work by ordering them to take into account the needs of all groups in society.
Lord Ouseley, former chairman of the Racial Equality Commission and chairman of a campaign to end racism in football Kick It Out, said the government deserved praise for its actions over the past 12 years but added: "Clearly there are still huge racial disadvantages in our society."
"There is quite a considerable amount of hidden discrimination that still takes place in our society," he told Today, citing disparities in mental health provision and the prison population.