I attended a seminar yesterday on race and racism in the 21st century, which was well attended by people of diverse backgrounds, some representing organisations, others simply representing themselves.
I won’t go into too much detail but a conservation I had with a police officer from outside of London was interesting in that we discussed why black people were still afraid to join organisations like the B.P.A, or speak out about injustice.
He used the term ‘people become institutionalised’ and that is true. Not only in the police force, but in offices, and businesses up and down the country.
That is a debate we need to have.
A debate into why we are still allowing fear to hold us hostage. Why we are still allowing fear to cause us to go on the attack when faced... with black...when faced with the reality of racism
Racism in the 21st century is about the normality of white privilege, and the internalised fear and hatred of black, and perhaps to a lesser extent, other ethnic minority cultures here in the UK.
Yet perhaps, we also need to have a debate about whether it’s fair to expect a black person to be a representative, when it really isn’t ‘them’... not all people are born for that purpose.. and perhaps we need to recognise that...
Still... I think we need to 'clear the air'