The release of the long-awaited report from the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities at the end of March, was met with equal measures of disbelief and outrage. Race commentators queued up to condemn it, while even some of those credited as contributors sought to distance themselves from its findings.
Along with its 24 recommendations, the top-line of the report was that institutional racism was a fiction, the success of certain ethnic groups standing as proof that progress in modern day Britain was open to anyone who was willing to work hard.
But this report was not some accidental own-goal…
“If you can meet with triumph and disaster and treat those two imposters just the same.”
‘If’ by Rudyard Kipling
White Men Can’t Jump was a sports-themed, action-comedy released in 1992. It starred Wesley Snipes and Woody Harrelson in the main roles as two basketball hustlers. The girlfriend of Harrelson’s character was played by Rosie Perez. In one scene she says to him
“Sometimes when you win, you really lose, and sometimes when you lose, you really win.”
Choosing which hill to die on.
Comedian and radio presenter David Whitely, aka Sideman, resigned from his role as a presenter on BBC 1-Xtra last weekend, over the BBC’s use of the ‘n-word’ during a news broadcast.
For those that don’t know the context, the BBC report, which aired on 29 July, described an attack on a 21-year-old NHS worker and musician known as K-Dogg. He had been hit by a car while walking to the bus stop from his workplace and suffered serious injuries including a broken leg, nose and cheekbone.
In defence of the BBC’s reporting, the young…
If you are into conspiracy theories, then you have a lot to keep you busy right now. The world-wide COVID 19 pandemic has caught governments off-guard and thrown national economies into panic. But the Conspiracy Theorists of the world (that I shall henceforth refer to as ‘CTs’) think they know who is really pulling the strings behind the scenes.
There are many conspiracy theories around the origin and evolution of COVID-19 (referred to by CTs as the ‘Plandemic’), but here are the three main ones.
Theory 1 — It’s a Chinese chemical weapon
This is the theory favoured by Donald Trump…
So after nearly four months, the UK government are easing their Corona virus lock-down restrictions, reopening pubs and clothes stores and encouraging people to go out and spend, in order to revive the economy.
During the first weekend of July, the people of the UK enthusiastically grasped the opportunity to socialise and get their hair done. But I did not join them.
I must confess that I am enjoying the lock-down and I am not chomping at the bit to get back into the outside world.
At the start of the lock-down, I too was mourning for all the things…