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November 7, 2019

As part of 2019’s Trustees’ Week (4-8 November), the Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights (CRER) and Glasgow Council for the Voluntary Sector (GCVS) are asking Glasgow’s voluntary organisations to sign up to an Equality Action Pledge committing to improve representation in the voluntary / third sector.
The general underrepresentation of many people with protected characteristics (as defined by the Equality Act 2010) in employment, participation, and volunteering is well...

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...

May 2, 2014

This week’s news has been dominated by racism both in the UK and abroad. The Dani Alves incident, Jeremy Clarkson mark one and two, various UKIPpers, and a US basketball team owner (who ironically owes his successes in that position to the very people he seems to hate).

High profile recognition that racism is unacceptable should be a good thing. We should be welcoming all of this discontent about racist language. But look a little deeper and it soon becomes clear that this w...

March 18, 2014

Following the lead of Harvard students, a group of Oxford University Black and Minority Ethnic students launched “I, too, am Oxford”

The group explained that their project was “inspired by the recent ‘I, too, am Harvard’ initiative. The Harvard project resonated with a sense of communal disaffection that students of colour at Oxford have with the University. The sharing of the Buzzfeed article ‘I, too, am Harvard’ on the online Oxford based race forum, ‘Skin Deep’ led to stu...

July 5, 2013

In the past few months the world has witnessed several high profile incidents which have resulted in increased discrimination against persons from Asian backgrounds. Such incidents have included the bombing of the Boston Marathon, the trial and conviction of an Oxford sex-grooming ring, and most recently the murder of Drummer Lee Rigby. With each of these events has come a media flurry that has overwhelmingly focused on the Muslim community, and through this one-sided coverag...

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