Black & Asian News – Issue 25 June 2021

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Dear Readers,

Welcome back to the Black & Asian news!

News headlines in the UK have been dominated by another controversial report this week. The report is titled The forgotten: how white working-class pupils have been let down, and how to change it. As Global Citizen explains, this report has caused controversy by suggesting that discussing concepts such as “white privilege” in school has contributed to white pupils from low-income backgrounds falling behind in their academic achievement.

This week also marks the fifth anniversary of the EU referendum held on 23rd June 2016. How do the public now feel about the UK’s departure from the EU and the deal secured from the Brexit negotiations? A new report, “Has Brexit been a success? The public’s perspective, by NatCen has tracked public attitudes towards Brexit. It has found Britain is still evenly divided over the UK’s departure.

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Thushari Perera


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Windrush film festival explores carnival’s history, Jamaica Gleaner, 19 June 2021

“Virtual screenings will run from July 30 to August 29 and will climax with an awards ceremony…Further information can be obtained from:

Tan France fronts colourism doc for BBC, Televisual, 18 June 2021

“Queer Eye’s Tan France is to front a new doc on the issues around skin tone and colourism in society, as well as in the fashion, entertainment and beauty industries. The presenter experienced this phenomenon personally at nine years old when he attempted to lighten his own skin with bleaching cream he found in his relative’s cupboard.”

7 of the best films starring British East Asian and Southeast Asian talent, Digital Spy, 17 June 2021

“The recent surge of Asian-centered movies in Hollywood with the likes of Minari and The Farewell have inspired the East and Southeast Asian (ESEA) community in the UK to demand their film industry for more on-screen representation.”

Channel 4 in vow on representation after report from group led by Sir Lenny Henry, Express & Star, 17 June 2021

“Channel 4 has set out off-screen commitments to improving representation after a report from a group spearheaded by Sir Lenny Henry.”


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Peckham Levels now has a BAME food and drink vending machine, HotDinners, 23 June 2021

“The folks behind Afroposure, who work to champion diversity in food and drink, last week launched their first London vending machine that we think you should know about. The machine, to be found on the fifth floor of Peckham Levels, is stocked solely with drinks, food and hot sauces created by entrepreneurs from Black and ethnic minority backgrounds.”

Lessons from Black-owned ballet school on the UK’s ballet diversity, SW Londoner, 21 June 2021

“Most people remember an activity they loved as a child – a sport, an instrument or artform that kept them busy, opening their eyes to a world of creativity. Though many drift away from these activities over time, some stick with them and they develop into lifelong passions. This is the case for 27-year-old Ruth Essel, founder of Pointe Black, a Black-owned and run ballet school in based in Vauxhall and Battersea.”

John Lewis, Sainsbury’s and Dixons Carphone launch retail diversity initiative, HR Magazine, 21 June 2021

“Big UK retailers have founded Diversity in Retail (DiR) to drive equality across the consumer goods sector. John Lewis Partnership, Wickes, WHSmith, Sainsbury’s, EG Garages, Dr Martens, Dixons Carphone, and Kingfisher are the founding members of the organisation, with Tea Colaianni as its founder and chair.”

The UK has an ethnicity credit gap – we just don’t know how big it is, inews, 16 June 2021

“A look at whether the financial industry has taken significant strides towards financial inclusions one year on since the resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement”

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Key workers denied ‘dignity, security and safety’ through lack of sick pay, The Canary, 24 June 2021

“New analysis published by the Trades Union Congress (TUC) on 24 June shows that one in 12 key workers in Britain don’t currently qualify for statutory sick pay – and haven’t over the course of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. TUC is calling on the government to provide decent sick pay for all workers to ensure that everyone receives the support they need to self-isolate. “

Why white charity leaders need to talk about race, Charity So White, 23 June 2021

“This article was commissioned as a response to Akiko Hart and Rosie Tressler’s article “How Can White Charity Leaders Tackle Racism? Sharing Learnings From a Reflective Practice Approach To Tackle Pervasive Whiteness and Increase Anti-Racist Action in Charities”. Charity So White was reimbursed for our labour, but our views below on this work are honest and independent of the authors of the original article.”

‘Over-45 BAME women employed in public sector are most disadvantaged’, Eastern Eye, 23 June 2021

“WOMEN from ethnic minority communities, who are over-45 and employed in the public sector, are England’s most disadvantaged workers, says a recent report which also states that racism is experienced more in public sector than private sector, despite the former having more diversity campaigns.”

Black, Asian And Minority Ethnic Social Workers ‘Face Higher Failure Rates, Children & Young People Now, 7 June 2021

“Children’s social workers from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds face higher rates of failure in the assessed and supported year in employment (ASYE), new figures show.”

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Kim Johnson MP: I sit on the committee behind the ‘white working class’ education report. It’s a disgrace, Left Foot Forward, 22 June 2021

“The Education Select Committee’s report shows the Tories couldn’t care less about the white working class.”



Ethnic Health Inequalities and the NHS report

Ethnic health inequalities and the NHS, The NHS Race and Health Observatory, 15 June 2021

“This report represents one of many steps needed to help understand the factors that shape race inequality in health, including the forces of structural racism and discrimination, and to begin to respond to them with impactful changes. Knowing how the system works, and how it interacts with underserved communities, is an important step towards rebuilding that system in a way that truly has equality at its core. We invite those reading this report to join us on that journey.” Read the full report in PDF format here

Race impacts COVID-19 outcomes among children, Cosmos, 22 June 2021

“Study finds racial disparities in COVID-19 testing and hospitalisation among children in the UK. The research, conducted by a team from the UK and published today in JAMA Pediatrics, compared testing rates and hospitalisation rates across 2.5 million British children of different races…More concerning, children from minority ethnic backgrounds were more likely to test positive for COVID-19, Asian children were more likely to be hospitalised and admitted to intensive care, and black and mixed-race children had to spend longer times in hospital than white children.”

White patients refuse care from Asian doctors, Eastern Eye, 23 June 2021

“Some have taken to social media to complain about white parents and white patients who refuse to be treated by them. The phenomenon of so-called “white led care” is not new. But disturbingly, Eastern Eye has learnt that senior managers are continuing to collude with, what doctors have described as, “racist parents and patients”.”

Barnardo’s teams up with UK rappers for World Music Day to highlight ‘Boloh’ the COVID-19 mental health helpline, The Voice, 21 June 2021

“A LEADING children’s charity have launched a partnership with several UK rappers and poets to raise awareness of a new mental health helpline for those struggling during the pandemic. Barnardo’s announced the collaboration today on World Music Day of a helpline service titled “Boloh” targeted towards Black, Asian and ethnic minority young people and their families.”

The unequal pandemic: Are we really all in it together?, Transforming Society, 15 June 2021

“In 1931 Edgar Sydenstricker identified inequalities in the 1918 Spanish flu epidemic, reporting a significantly higher incidence among the working classes. This challenged the widely held popular, political and scientific consensus of the time that ‘the flu hit the rich and the poor alike’. In the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, there have been parallel claims made by politicians and the media – that we are ‘all in it together’ and that the COVID-19 virus ‘does not discriminate’. But we can dispel this emerging myth of COVID-19 as an ‘equality of opportunity’ disease, by showing how, just as 100 years ago, the pandemic is experienced unequally across society. COVID-19 and inequality are a syndemic – a perfect storm.”

Racial discrimination, bullying on maternity wards threaten mothers and babies, UK doctors’ watchdog chief warns, Eastern Eye, 18 June 2021

“Racial discrimination and bullying on maternity wards could have a disastrous impact for both mothers and babies, the head of the UK’s General Medical Council (GMC) has warned. Young medics working in obstetrics and gynaecology were at a greater risk of being undermined by their peers and get less support than colleagues who are in other specialisations, Charlie Massey, the chief executive of the doctors’ watchdog, told The Telegraph.”


Has Brexit Been a Success The Public's Perspective

Has Brexit been a success? The public’s perspective, NatCen Research, 23 June 2021

“Today marks the five-year anniversary of the EU referendum held on 23rd June 2016. How do the public now feel about the UK’s departure from the EU and the deal secured from the Brexit negotiations? Over the last five years, surveys on the award-winning NatCen Panel have tracked public attitudes towards Brexit. Using the data, a new report by Sir John Curtice for has found Britain is still evenly divided over the UK’s departure”

Brexit: Let’s reform the immigration system, not regret lost privileges, openDemocracy, 23 June 2021

“Five years on from the Brexit vote, we must fight for the rights of all migrants in the UK – not for EU ‘exceptionalism”

Five arrested after ‘racially-aggravated offences’ aimed at asylum seekers within grounds of Napier Barracks, The Independent, 23 June 2021

“Mounting fears about safety of camp residents after locals alleged to have climbed over fence”

 28:1 issue contents – Producing Injustice, IPPR, 18 June 2021

“Conclusions by the Independent Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities undermined the role of racism in 21st century Britain, against the weight of evidence and lived experience. The articles in this edition of IPPR Progressive Review (guest edited by Race on the Agenda and Race Equality Foundation) gives an alternative account of racial disparities.“

Independent body should run Windrush compensation scheme, Labour says, The Guardian, 21 June 2021

“‘Systemic mismanagement’ by Home Office has led to complaints over delays and low offers to claimants…Home Office figures show that only 687 people have received compensation out of the 11,500 who officials estimated might be eligible, given that the government’s mistake in categorising them as immigration offenders led to them losing work, housing, pensions, medical treatment and, in extreme cases, saw some people arrested, detained and removed to countries that they emigrated from as children in the 1950s and 1960s.”



Dalian Atkinson: PC guilty of former footballer’s manslaughter, BBC News, 23 June 2021

“The former Aston Villa striker died after a stand-off with West Mercia police officers outside his father’s home in Telford, Shropshire in 2016…Monk was granted bail until his sentencing hearing at the same court on Monday, after being told a custodial sentence in his case was inevitable. His trial had heard he tasered Mr Atkinson for 33 seconds and kicked him twice in the head.”

The rape review ignores the experiences of Black and minority ethnic survivors, The Guardian, 22 June 2021

“Research shows that if the perpetrator of sexual violence is white and the victim is from a Black or ethnic minority group, the offence is 11 times more likely to be given a “no crime” label and therefore less likely to be prosecuted in comparison to cases where the victim is white. Specialist advocates tell us that they spend significant parts of their working day preparing and supporting victims to cope with the added trauma they suffer from facing sexism, racism, classism and discrimination from courts, juries and poor case outcomes.”

Campaign to oust police from schools in Greater Manchester gathers pace, The Guardian, 22 June 2021

“Teaching unions say plans for more officers will risk criminalising young people”


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Security funding for places of worship launch by Home Office, The Muslim News, 18 June 2021

“We take hate crime extremely seriously. No one should feel persecuted simply for who they are and how they worship…Just a few weeks ago worshipers at the Ilford Islamic Centre were pelted with eggs and stones in a suspected anti-Muslim attack. That is simply unacceptable, and I know the police will do all they can to bring the offenders to justice. Incidents like that are why we have launched the latest round of our Places of Worship protective security funding scheme. Bids are open for faith organisations who have experienced or are vulnerable to hate crime, so they can improve security such as installing CCTV, or intruder detection systems.”

Women married in faith ceremonies need better protection, New Humanist, 10 June 2021

“Marriage law in England and Wales is finally being modernised. We must not forget the women harmed by religious ceremonies.”

Why choosing the next dalai lama will be a religious – as well as a political – issue, The Conversation, 24 June 2021

“The 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, the spiritual leader of Tibet, is turning 86 on July 6, 2021. With his advancing age, the question of who will succeed him has become more pressing. The successor to the dalai lama is traditionally identified by senior monastic disciples, based on spiritual signs and visions. In 2011, however, the Chinese foreign ministry declared that only the government in Beijing can appoint the next dalai lama, and no recognition should be given to any other candidate.”

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Prince Charles funded Harry and Meghan until summer 2020, accounts show, The Guardian, 24 June 2021

“Buckingham Palace also said it aims to improve diversity of staff as Queen’s annual financial accounts released. Buckingham Palace has admitted it “must do more” in terms of diversity and is “not where we would like to be” as figures show people from ethnic minority backgrounds make up 8.5% of its staff…Buckingham Palace wants to reach a target of 10% of its staff being from ethnic minority backgrounds by 2022. It has not ruled out appointing a diversity tsar, though has no plans at present to do so.”

 ‘Colonial hang over!’ Queen could be ditched as Tuvalu head of state – review launched, Express, 19 June 2021

“Tuvalu could become a republic and leave its colonial past behind by removing the Queen as Head of State, it can be revealed tonight.”


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Asian joggers fear for safety as they face abuse on streets, Eastern Eye, 24 June 2021

“A recent survey found that 60 per cent of women said they had been harassed while out jogging and a quarter reported being regularly subjected to sexist comments or unwanted sexual advances… With more people taking up jogging in parks and on the streets over the past year due to the lockdowns, running clubs have been praised for giving people strength in numbers and more confidence. Namrah Shahid, founder of the Hijabi Runners group in Leeds, Yorkshire, said the racism she has faced has been passive or in-direct.”

Be whoever you want to be!” Marcus Rashford fronts campaign to open up football to more people, FourFourTwo, 17 June 2021

“The England forward stars in Nike’s new video to promote greater inclusivitity in the beautiful game”

 Michael Holding: West Indies cricket great calls for better education on racism, BBC, 23 June 2021

“The 67-year-old former fast bowler was part of the legendary Windies attack of the 1970s and 1980s and played county cricket for Lancashire and Derbyshire. He says he received letters containing racist abuse when he played in England.”

Do Black Lives Still Matter? Football, Series 1, Episode 2 of 3, BBC3, 21 June 2021

“In the wake of George Floyd’s death and the growth of the Black Lives Matter movement, footballers across the nation took the knee and the governing body of English football, the Football Association, made a pledge on diversity and inclusion. Despite these actions, little appears to have changed in the world of football so far, with representation in the women’s game appearing to be falling back over the years. Grime artist Saskilla speaks to Premier League footballers, coaches and managers across the UK for answers, and asks, is there a lost generation of black talent in the sport?”


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Tipping point: the apps that make rewarding good service easier and fairer, The Guardian, 24 June 2021

“Cashless services such as Tip Pot and EasyTip help customers pay restaurant staff who fear losing out…However, the trade union Unite remains sceptical about the rise of tipping apps…“We need the government to honour the promise it gave in 2016 for tips to be made fairer by introducing legislation which ensures 100% of gratuities remain with workers.”



Extinction Rebellion hits back at ‘defamatory’ Telegraph article ahead of protests, Left Foot Forward, 23 June 2021

“The direct action group is gearing up for a weekend of action, against the mainstream media’s failure to report fairly on the climate crisis.”

Legal experts worldwide draw up ‘historic’ definition of ecocide, The Guardian, 22 June 2021

“Draft law is intended to prosecute offences against the environment”

 Extinction Rebellion Youth Cambridge stencil ‘Churchill was a racist’ on Churchill College sign, ITV, 21 June 2021

“The protest follows the College disbanding its working group on Churchill, Race and Empire, which was set up during the renewed Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests last summer.”


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