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A government-commissioned review into race and racism has been described as “culturally deaf” after it said there was a “new story” to slavery, which was not just about profit and suffering, reports the Times. The review by the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities argued the era was also about how “culturally African people transformed themselves”. The comments were condemned within hours of publication on Wednesday, the paper says, with Labour saying the report was trying to “glorify” and put a positive spin on slavery and empire.