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March 11, 2019

Today, 12th March 2019, the Coalition of Racial Equality and Rights launches an anti-racist poster campaign aimed at encouraging the public to intervene in racist incidents. The poster shows a white person shouting racist abuse at a Black person. A third person ponders what they heard and what they should do about it. In Scotland, we hear racism daily on the buses, in taxis, at libraries, doctors’ surgeries, sports clubs, museums and pubs. What do we do about it?

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June 27, 2017

Have you ever been asked to go on anti-racist training and find yourself rolling your eyes with your thought bubble stating ‘Here we go again! Why do I need this? I’m not a racist!’ I’ve delivered anti-discrimination training for a number of years and yes, on its own it is not the answer. However there are times when it is necessary intervention to prevent situations escalating in the workplace. The fear of getting ‘it’ wrong, or actually getting ‘it’ wrong is a real dilemma...

The recent publication of NatCen’s British Social Attitudes survey for 2013 appears to show that tolerance and acceptance of others has become rather passé in Britain. People are now bolder and more assertive in openly declaring their prejudices. Since 2000 there has been a significant rise in the number of people who self-report to BSA researchers as being racially prejudiced. Drawing on a sample of 2,149 people, the question asked by BSA researchers since the early 1980s ha...

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