Why the conversation on BAME inequality isn't finished yet: Clive Myrie

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Why the conversations about race equality aren't over yet, says Clive Myrie

Article written by Ela Hollies, Marketing Coordinator
 

We dropped into public lecture, delivered by Clive Myrie, on black celebrities and social activism.

 

Honorary Graduate of Staffordshire University and BBC reporter, Clive Myrie, delivered a public lecture on how black celebrities and well-known figures have used their status, at the detriment to their careers and livelihood, to raise awareness of the inequality that faces poor communities from Black, Asian & Minority Ethicity (BAME) backgrounds.
The lecture started off with, how any good lecture should start, a familar song from rapper, Childish Gambino...

Clive spoke about how Gambino used this video to portray how the public (at least in America) are distracted by celebrity culture and ignorant of the reality of poverty and social deprivation in the country but also explained how he, Donald Glover, as an individual is able to distance himself from his activism using his rapper persona, separating this from his acting/directing career. A privildge celebrities in the past, for example Aretha Franklin, were unable to do.

Aretha Franklin had to wear her actvism on her sleeve and was brave enough to use her status and even financial gain to invest in and promote the civil rights movement in the 1960s.
Clive touched on other notable people throughout history, such as Mohammed Alli and Frederick Douglas, who again risked their status for justice, but were later remebered as significant figures in movements for equality.

Even in 2018, notable people in popular culture continue to use their platforms to raise awareness of issues of inequality, such as police brutality and often they are still ostracised for their actions. It is interesting now that some big companies are choosing to take the route of more social responsibility and stand behind these individuals (sometimes to their own benefit, sometimes not).
 
The big take away from the lecture was that the conversations on the issues of race equality are not yet over and we definitely agree!
This is why throughout October we'll be holding focus groups aiming to understand the experiences of students from BAME backgrounds so that we can tackle issues like the black attainment gap and successful representation.
 
The first of these is Wednesday 17th, 3:30PM in S011, Mellor Building... we hope to see you there!*

 

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