KEEP CALM AND CONTINUE BEING GASLIGHTED... Institutional racism doesn't exist! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜’πŸ˜”

By (S)llew la Wulf | Llewella_la_femme | 31 Mar 2021


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So... I can go to sleep tonight warm, comfortable and safe in the knowledge that Britain is officially NOT institutionally racist. I imagine most Black, Asian and non-white, European folk feel the same. Because, regardless of the overwhelming and agreed upon reality, that racism IS a huge issue in this country, it doesn't affect the institutions we hold dear. Of course it doesn't, because it makes perfect sense that a tree grown in poisonous soil would bear fruit you would feed to your children and not be concerned about.

When we look, closely, at the individuals who were responsible for this report. They could not have been chosen better. There are non white folk who get it...get it and give a shit and there are those non white people who just don't. Whether it's because they have done it (worked their way up in the (white) world) so therefore either racism doesn't exist (in their minds) or it serves them better to side with the establishment. If I wanted to persuade my children to work hard at school, I would choose examples of people who worked hard and did well. I would not choose (the countless (unfortunately)) examples of people who work hard but are denied access because of aspects of their identity. This is how you steer the susceptible into doing what you want for them. Yes, I realise that makes me sound like a terrible mother. Lying and manipulative. But the truth is, with kids, the full weight of the truth of the world is actually too much for them to bear (in one lump). So you break it down, pièce meal, in to bitesize chunks.

It is similar with how those who mainly authored the commission were chosen. 3 non white people. Which is correct and proper. But not all non white (even Black) people are allies. Dr Sewell, prominent Black academic who runs an educational charity. Seems good so far...until we find out that he has historically denied that institutional racism exists and who seemingly has his own set of schisms and isms, referring to gay people as "tortured queen's playing hide and seek". Bigotry is bigotry. I can't see how it's correct to have people with such bigoted mindsets heading a commission such as this.

Then we have Ms Munira Mizra, who was tasked to set up the commission in the first place and herself chose Sewell to head the operation. Mizra has also been a historical denier of institutional racism in the UK, talking openly about how much more liberal the UK has become in the last few decades. Question is... How could this investigation ever stand a chance of being unbiased, objective, when the individual tasked to set it up believed from the off it (institutional racism) does not exist and then she picks someone with the same attitude as her, to head it?

Then we have Dr Dambisa Moyo, Black economist and author of the book Dead Aid, in which she discusses the idea of how foreign aid to African countries basically makes them dependant and lazy and should be cut - to save them from themselves of course...

There were a few others too but we are getting the picture. When I was a member of a group who aimed to shut down the Hooters (international 'titty bar') in my city, obviously we only picked people who agreed with us. Who believed it was a misogynistic organisation and institution, which propped up rape culture. If you want to stand a chance of getting your idea through and across, you pick like minded souls or amenable ones... Our group failed because, in the name of true leftie politics, we courted too many differences in opinion. Many (like me) who didn't believe the sex industry per se was the issue (it was the casual and normalised objectification of women - in a family bar). Others who felt that any sex work was degrading and anti feminist... Ho chum. This is where the right always win. The left just naturally allows for more nuance.

Britain is not institutionally racist, so they say...they say the divides we see are more boiled down to socio economics...to wealth, class, family backgrounds, culture, religion.

Let's just focus on the first 2, which seem, on the surface to be nothing to do with race. Except race definitely comes into it. There is a link in this country, statistically (not anecdotally) between wealth/class and race. You are less likely to come from a wealthy or middle class background if you are not white. Yes, lots of non white folk have worked their way up and own their own houses, but still that is proportionally much less. Look at the top slice of society...economically and 'class' wise. Almost all white... Some Asian yes, few if any Black. There was a point made that there are more doctors and lawyers who are not white than ever before... Yea... Cos things should have been getting better. But is it correct to compare ourselves to a point when things were totally unacceptable? Then say look, its better. Better but still no way near proportionally equal. And yes, that is to do with class. But when you have experiments that show that if your last name sounds 'foriegn' (and by foreign I mean not white European - African, Asian, Middle Eastern), then you will not even make it to interview, despite your qualifications and experience being the same as white, European sounding candidates. This shows that we have an issue with racial bias in regards to hiring, especially in positions of power. Add to that the Eton effect in certain echelons. What percentage of PM's in the last 50 years went to one of top exclusive private schools? I haven't got the answer off hand, but I'm guessing pretty high. The idea being its not what you know, it's who you know and whom you have mixed with. And yes, these places are expensive. Require top dollar. Β£32k Γ  year for Eton I hear. If we have an issue with racism in this country. An issue with people being racist and we see that less non white people end up working in, being allowed into certain positions of power, are less able to earn the money to send their kids to Eton... Then it makes sense that this country is systemically racist. Ie it makes it so hard for minorities to gain prestige and power that they either give up (as their equally talented white peers would if they had the same obstacles) or they develop the sort of superhuman strength that only the very few have and succeed at all costs...sometimes at the cost of their own loyalty to their heritage. Like we see with those chosen to run the commission into institutional racism in the UK.

If a country has racist people, issues with racism, as we have seen up close and personal over the years then those who are the victims of racism, at all levels will have to work thrice as hard. We do not live in the utopian meritocracy the likes of Sewell, Mirza and Moko would have us believe. We have systemic and THEREFORE institutional racism.

In UK maternity units, Black women (REGARDLESS OF CLASS btw) are 5 times more likely to die in labour than white women. Is this because... Black women are inherently more susceptible to death than white women...mmm...no. This, I'm afraid, is because we have institutional racism within our beloved NHS. 60% of the doctors and nurses who have died of covid through the pandemic have been not white. 22.3% of NHS workers (as of January this year) are not white. I'm not a mathematician but that quite clearly is disproportionate. Again... Are non white people more susceptible to death... Or covid...? That was not seen to be a risk factor - hence non white people were not put on the priority list for vaccination... So... Yes. The NHS is institutionally racist.

Schools. Universities. Education full stop. From what is taught (the curriculum), to who teaches it. To who benefits most. Apparently there is no difference between non white and white children in regards achievement. Unless they are Black Caribbean. Then pass rates are considerably lower. A) I'd like to take a closer look at those stats and B)... It is shown that racism (institutional, street level, systemic) always affects Black people more than other non white (Brown) people.

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The police... Ughhh... I don't know how to suck my teeth textually, but THAT noise - Loud! What else is there to say? And let's not even get started on the royal family!!!!!Β 

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All of that aside. If our Tory government, led by the over privileged and uber racist Boris Johnson, says that the UK is not institutionally racist, then I should probably just be a good little nΓ©gress and accept that. Stop using terms like white privilege, institutional racism, inherent bias etc. And just believe that things are getting better so there is NOTHING TO WORRY ABOUT.

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Keep Calm everyone; racism only is a problem if you focus on it. In fact gaslighting is only an issue when you realise it is happening... Oh to be ignorant... Oh for the sunny bliss of not only not getting it, but not wanting to... Not caring.Β 

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(S)llew la Wulf
(S)llew la Wulf

Yet another artist screaming (colourfully) into the void. I like to dance. I write. I do self portraiture and i draw... I cover topics ranging from racial bias to female sexuality to capitalism to rape culture and of course, love ❀️


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