Prejudice

Letter To The Other

June Sarpong | Posted 17.10.2017 | UK
June Sarpong

diversify The day we met, I had the opportunity to reach out and make a connection but I initially faltered. I found myself intimidated and began to make the usual stereotypical assumptions based on your appearance before we had even spoken. As a black woman growing up in a male-dominated and predominantly white society I know what it feels like to be judged on appearance and excluded because of people's beliefs. And yet I found myself momentarily falling victim to the same fear and ignorance for which I have berated others and suffered emotional wounds.

Attitudes Haven't Changed? What A Surprise

Lynley Gregory | Posted 11.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Lynley Gregory

As a wheelchair user due to chronic pain, I find the self same discrimination within my own social circle. They sometimes make comments about the appearance of a disabled person in the news and make assumptions about them based on their appearance.

Ignorance Is Not Bliss

Michelle Chantelle Hopewell | Posted 08.09.2017 | UK
Michelle Chantelle Hopewell

The police officer asked me what I would say my heritage is and I paused for a moment. Black British I say, but I know they were asking to hear about the dullest extent of my blood line. The nitty gritty dating back hundreds of years, but the truth is this is me now and regardless our blackness connects us all because there is no one way to be black; but yes the truth is that they also want to know if you actually belong.

Could Nazism Get A Following In The UK

Roanna Carleton-Taylor | Posted 07.09.2017 | UK Politics
Roanna Carleton-Taylor

The events in Charlottesville, Virginia have shocked not just the US but the world. For many, particularly those who do not use social media, it was a rude awakening to the rise of White Supremacy and to a growing subculture who identify with Fascist and Neo Nazi beliefs.

Our Education Systems Must Explore Human Prejudice From The Very Beginning

Shaun Dellenty | Posted 21.08.2017 | UK
Shaun Dellenty

A new academic year! An exciting time ripe with possibilities and promise. It is vital that schools get these all important first days in our educatio...

Anonymous Haters And Trolls On Social Media

Roanna Carleton-Taylor | Posted 07.08.2017 | UK
Roanna Carleton-Taylor

Most social media platforms also have the function where problem accounts can be muted or blocked. Take full advantage of these tools. You have every right to engage online without being subject to abuse.

Criticism And Free Speech

Roanna Carleton-Taylor | Posted 20.07.2017 | UK
Roanna Carleton-Taylor

It is important we do make a distinction between the right to free speech and the rights of others not to be abused, threatened or lied to. Constructive criticism and questioning play a positive role in our society. Hate does not.

Men Are Not The Enemy

Naomi Cooper | Posted 12.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Naomi Cooper

When we talk of men in dismissive, insulting tones, we lose our own battle to achieve equality. When men attempt to join in a conversation, they mustn't be silenced on account of the behaviour of men several generations before them.

Leprosy: Why Treatment Needs To Go Beyond The Cure

Geoff Prescott | Posted 21.06.2017 | UK
Geoff Prescott

In the UK it costs on average £550 pcm more to live if you are disabled and prejudice remains quite common. Indeed many commentators have pointed out...

The Problem With Women In Business Is...

Ian P Buckingham | Posted 17.05.2017 | UK
Ian P Buckingham

At the risk of conforming to type and coming across all emotionally retarded and such, I offer these final thoughts to the author of the piece (you know who you are) - you can shove your casual sexism where the sun don't shine. And I mean that in the most adventurous and effusive way possible.

Acceptance Should Not Depend On Understanding

Roanna Carleton-Taylor | Posted 15.05.2017 | UK
Roanna Carleton-Taylor

True acceptance and true respect must be based on the principle that even if you do not understand what is necessary for someone to actualise themselves as an individual, you will support their right to make the choice and defend their right to it.

Inspiring The Next Generation

Kirsty Osei-Bempong | Posted 14.05.2017 | UK
Kirsty Osei-Bempong

I remember my careers teacher telling me that I should consider social work - as that was what a lot of black women went into. But I think, the pièce de résistance has to go to my history teacher who predicted me a 'C' at GSCE level. She told my mum and dad at another parent's evening that she did not place much hope in me on this particular subject. She also threw in that most black people ended up working as cleaners.

Tackling Our Own Inner Prejudice

Roanna Carleton-Taylor | Posted 04.04.2017 | UK
Roanna Carleton-Taylor

Sometimes there is a danger we can be so passionate about eradicating prejudice that it actually leads to us developing prejudices of our own. We fight so hard for the rights of some that we start to develop preconceptions about others whom we wrongly perceive to be aggressors.

Hate Beyond Mainstream Prejudice

Roanna Carleton-Taylor | Posted 31.03.2017 | UK
Roanna Carleton-Taylor

The best way to eradicate hate is to educate our next generation. Parents and Teachers - your role in this will be invaluable. Teach our children that kindness, not hate, must form the backbone of the world we want to live in.

A Message To The Landlord Who Banned "Coloured's" From His Rentals

Vivien Edwards | Posted 30.03.2017 | UK
Vivien Edwards

When I first read the article about Fergus Wilson, the buy to let tycoon who has banned coloured people from renting his properties, I was initially a...

We've All Got To Admit Our Prejudices To Overcome Them

Zaid Al-Zaidy | Posted 24.03.2017 | UK
Zaid Al-Zaidy

After all, a lack of diversity and constant discrimination makes our society weaker. Confronting and addressing our prejudices and unconscious bias would make us richer as people - less quick to judge, more ready to embrace and understand others.

How Being Funny Saved My Bacon - What It Felt LIke To Be An English Immigrant In The United Kingdom

Lisa Ives | Posted 15.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Lisa Ives

I know I'm a funny lady because my mum told me so. And I see the fruits of my labour on the face of the person I'm talking to as it contorts into the kind of expression reserved for private appearances only. That's when you know you ARE bloody funny.

It Is 2017, Let's Finally Put Blackface To Bed

Ben Johns | Posted 06.02.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Ben Johns

Obviously, people of colour provide such inspiration that it might seem irresistible to engage with this through a fancy-dress costume, but maybe think again. Go as Ginger Spice instead of a Geisha, Ali G rather than Jay Z and if you are after something more nostalgic, Andy Pandy as an alternative to a golliwog. Just please, for your own sake, don't bring out the face paint.

With Trump In Power, Holocaust Memorial Day Matters More Than Ever

Andrew Grey | Posted 25.01.2017 | UK Politics
Andrew Grey

And perhaps above all, we can commit ourselves to always remembering, and striving to understand, the darkest hour in modern history, and vowing that we will never again allow the attitudes of prejudice and hatred that enabled the Holocaust, to grip our society.

Parenting In A New World Of Walls

Rebecca Gurnham | Posted 24.11.2016 | UK Parents
Rebecca Gurnham

Twenty years later, we are a generation on and we feel lucky to be able to build on our ancestors' hopes of raising children in a better world: freedom of religion, LGBT rights and instant global communication.

My Immediate, Unplanned, Angry Response To Tory Racist Rhetoric

Ben Moore | Posted 07.10.2017 | UK Politics
Ben Moore

To discriminate against people on the basis of their place of birth is prejudice and once upon a time it was illegal in this country. Your party shames the memory of our heritage, shames the country it claims to represent and shames me. I hope it shames you too.

Youngsters Are Being Demonised For Their Differences - So How Can The Focus Be On Educational Attainment?

Shazia Awan | Posted 28.09.2017 | UK
Shazia Awan

Over the past ten years, Show Racism the Red Card have engaged with over 100,000 young people. However, in the last two years they have witnessed an ...

Prophetic Satire: Constable And PC Savage

Janet Awe | Posted 21.09.2017 | UK Entertainment
Janet Awe

And I can only agree. The one slither of silver lining is that our police officers don't carry guns like the trigger-happy Americans. Or the Savages of this world would be trying to justify bloodshed, instead of broken windscreens. However, rest assured that the mental wounds inflicted by officers like Savage run deep.

International Day Of Charity - Challenging Public Perceptions

Sarah Nancollas | Posted 05.09.2017 | UK
Sarah Nancollas

As a sector, we've been burying our heads in the sand and hoping that the negative press and public opinion will soon subside but it's been a year and the angst and anguish doesn't seem to be getting any better. The longer there is a misconception about the work we do, the fewer funds there are being brought in and, as a result, fewer lives are being changed.

A Step in the Right Direction

Sarah Nancollas | Posted 09.07.2017 | UK
Sarah Nancollas

We'll be working with other agencies and associations of people with direct experience of leprosy in India, along with the Law Commission, lobbying for this to happen so that we can continue to challenge attitudes, tackle misconceptions and improve the lives of those affected by leprosy.