Covert racism and discrimination persist in the UK’s colleges and universities, according to new film, Witness, commissioned by the University and College Union (UCU).
Well, there’s an impartial and unbiased source, I think we can all agree!
And as you’d expect, actual evidence is thin on the ground.
Gurnham Singh, a lecturer in social work, explains: “There is a massive abundance of what are called micro-aggressions … it’s like death by a thousand cuts. When you experience them all the time, those micro-agressions have a cumulative effect.”
Ah, micro-aggressions. Where would whinging chip-on-shoulder holders of the Race Card be without them?
Kirsten Forkert, a lecturer in media theory, says: “There is an assumption in higher education that it is already a progressive workplace and problems like racism don’t exist. So when you try to raise this issue the response is: ‘We don’t have to deal with issues like that.’”
She adds that that job insecurity and casualisation present more of a worry for ethnic minority staff.
You mean, you are just as capable of fighting like ferrets in a sack as anyone else? Whodathunkit?
Gargi Bhattacharyya, professor of sociology, says it is “very difficult for staff in further and higher education to explicitly talk about racism at work”.
You’d think they’d have little problem, given how they constantly bang on about it in other arenas, wouldn’t you?
Josephine Kwhali raises the issue of supposedly unconscious bias. “I don’t think some of it is unconscious, I think that’s a get out clause,” she says. “After years of anti-racist debates, policies, strategies, universities banging on about increasing diversity … if it still is unconscious, there really is something worrying about what it will take for the unconscious to become conscious.”
What..? I mean, can anyone translate that?