On Monday 5th June, we were part of a collection of race equality organisations and individuals who joined together to launch the Race Equality Manifesto. We recognise that Britain is at a crossroads and think that it is crucial that the voices and opinions of Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) communities should be considered as we face Brexit, immigration and other issues on the national agenda. As recognised ethnic minority groups, members of the Romany Gypsy and Irish Traveller communities have an important part to play in this!
‘Power of the Black Vote’ research found that in 2017, the top 10 most marginal seats in England and Wales all had a Black and minority ethnic (BME) electorate larger than the majority of the MP who was elected last time. The BME electorate is significantly larger than the majority in seven of those ten seats. This is important as we approach the general election and by coming together in a partnership which promotes Race Equality, we can assure that race remains fairly on the agenda.
Preface of the Race Equality Manifesto:
Persistent race inequalities in employment, education, housing and the criminal justice system has meant and lack of social mobility for BME children growing up to be adults is nothing short of a scandal. Many do succeed despite the barriers but too many fail to have their potential recognised much less fulfilled.
That is why we are calling for a government-wide race equality strategy to root out racial inequality wherever it lurks in the system.
Our goal during this election is to demand a plan to unshackle BME talent so that it can flourish, and to quash the normalisation of race hate filled rhetoric from politicians and commentators such a Katie Hopkins, and Kelvin McKenzie.
This is a manifesto for change and a rallying call to our communities that in an election where our vote counts, we demand respect, equality and chance to fulfil our great potential.
View the Race Equality Manifesto and share with friends and families.