Representing every single black person in Britain

AS posted yesterday, one of the great laments of the nonsense-storm around Diane Abbott’s tweet was that hardly anybody wrote about what freelance journalist Bim Adewunmi was saying in the first place, an important point about how the ‘black community’ is clumped together in commentary and news reports as if every black person thinks as one and has been moulded by the same experiences.

Chris Morris made the same point – what? 15 years ago now – in Brass Eye. This screengrab of his mock news studio and an apolegtic community leader sums up the usual suspects syndrome of asking the same people on to news channels to discuss ‘race’ issues. Fifteen years ago, seems a long time… Our contacts books need to get bigger.

1 Comment on Representing every single black person in Britain

  1. Constantine Buhayer // January 8, 2012 at 7:42 pm // Reply

    Just about all significant intellectual achievements by and about our British ethnic communities remain silenced.
    It remains impossible to debate and contribute to the issue of racism and to the changing face of diversity, unless you are a victim of serious violence, an Oxbridge parvenu from the ethnic ranks, or a member of the exclusive media intelligentsia.
    It seems that the quite well meaning ‘liberals’ who are first to rationalise uprisings / riots in our cities, are reluctant to step back and let THE debate take shape.
    This state of affairs can only bring endless joy to the bullying right wingers whose GIH (grievous intellectual harm) tactics keeps bombarding London and English society.


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