Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

There Were So Few Brown Women in Politics That I Was Once Mistaken for Baroness Warsi

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

There Were So Few Brown Women in Politics That I Was Once Mistaken for Baroness Warsi

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ACE is back on the agenda.

RIt's that time of year, Black History Month. This is when lots of brown and black folk get invited to receptions where someone nice, posh, follically challenged, male and pale -- normally a Sir or a Lord -- makes a heartfelt appeal for more diversity at the top of his organisation. We all applaud and everything goes back to normal again.

Don't get me wrong, I celebrate Black History Month or International Women's Day but it does get exhausting after the decades pass. Every year, we voice the same old aspirations and the needle barely moves. It's like Del Boy's dream "This time next year, Rodney, we'll be millionaires" I feel like that about the Prime Minister's Race Disparity Audit. Yes, it's important to collect the data and publish it but these stats aren't new. When are we going to see change? Britain is a tolerant country but there is still a bit of racism alive and kicking, as any person of colour knows. Thankfully there's much less of the oldschool horrid racism that my wee brother and I experienced when walking home from school near Glasgow. People would shout "Go back to China", which was weird as our parents were from India. We'd correct them, then leg it.

But then there's hidden racism. This is the tricky one. At its best, this is where people are really polite and pleasant to your face but it never quite fits. You never get that promotion. It's just never "your time". At its worst, hidden racism is where assumed prejudices and lazy assumptions can ruin lives. …

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