ethnic penalty

The extent of conflict between being black and being British. A cautionary tale of a stigmatised minority

Aggrey Burke writes a cautionary tale of a stigmatised minority

In a recent radio programme, a group of workers lamented the fact that black youngsters did not have role models and might be suffering a number of difficulties because of this. In a brief moment the general problem was identified but there was a sense of hopelessness regarding the solution. The specific question is whether widespread problems exist among now distant descendants from the grim history of African slavery in the Americas and the Caribbean.


Will McMahon introduces this issue of cjm

In the last year, the USA has been shaken by the deaths of a number of black people at the hands of local police forces. A social movement has grown up around these deaths that has adopted the slogan 'black lives matter’. Fuelled by mobile phone coverage and circulated on social media, there are images showing black people being shot dead while running away or surrendering to police, or being dragged to the ground by multiple police officers and killed in the ensuing struggle.

cjm 101: #BlackLivesMatter

#BlackLivesMatter is the slogan adopted by a social movement in the USA following the deaths last year of black people by killed the police.  Racism is institutionalised and a feature of everyday life in the USA, in spite of the civil rights movement during the 1960s.

This side of the Atlantic, we were led to believe that the UK is a 'post-racial' society, where people from all ethnic groups felt safe and discrimination was something consigned to the past.


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