In employment, 65 percent of all BAME participants reported racial harassment in the workplace.
In healthcare, BAME groups are more likely to have ill health and experience ill health earlier than white Britons. Many health variations are linked to poverty and wider social inequalities.
Most recently, 94 percent of Doctors who have died from Covid-19 are from BAME backgrounds, yet the report into why the disease is affecting the BAME population has been stalled.
In housing, BAME households wait longer for social housing and are often offered poorer quality houses and flats. The injustices that surround Grenfell tower are a testament to this statement: as of 2020, three years from the horrific event, the survivors have not been rehoused.
In education, Black boys are three times more likely to be permanently excluded from school and in higher education Black students are less likely to be accepted into Russell Group Universities. In 2016, almost 70 percent of professors in Britain were white males. In addition, Black history and the British empire aren not part of the national curriculum.
Furthermore, consider the everyday micro-aggressions that black people suffer; “where are you really from?”, “I don’t date black women”, “you’re so articulate”, “you’re very aggressive.” These are but a few examples of the covert racial discourse that is viewed as socially acceptable. I’m just scraping the surface here. What about the overtly racial language that is all too often chanted in places and events like football games?
Finally, the classic phrase – “go back to where you came from”. Funnily enough, as I’ve got older this has taken another meaning. I would love nothing more than to retreat to Jamaica via Africa or Ireland. Even more so since 2016, the year Britain campaigned to leave the EU, where the unforgiving racist discourse underpinned the leave campaign. As a consequence, statistics have shown how hate crime has doubled since. Therefore, I beg another to tell me, “Racism doesn’t exist in the UK”. As the hashtag says, the UK is not innocent.
All of the above provides an explanation to those people who were bizarrely perplexed that protests took place up and down this ‘Great’ Island of Britain in relation to American racial violence. It is because there is a shared pain and frustration within the Black diaspora following Floyd’s death. Too often conversations of race are met with animosity and denial. We are tired of how we’re treated globally and locally. Existing isn’t enough. We need to be heard, we need to be appreciated, and a change must come.