Another incisive, insightful and sobering contribution which exposes the BAME self-loathing at root for what it is in order to climb the greasy socio-political ladder and generates vital questions over the compatibility of white privilege and entitlement in today’s ostensibly multicultural and democratic civil liberal society – or, are these labels simply a false construct to appease and pacify restless natives?
‘It is a peculiar sensation, this double-consciousness, this sense of always looking at one’s self through the eyes of others, of measuring one’s soul by the tape of a world that looks on in amused contempt and pity’
Du Bois, The Souls of Black Folks (1903, p3)
With the appointment of three brown people to senior ministerial posts in the UK discussions and divisionsover the significance of their presence abound. Some people of colour have shown fierce political and ideological support for the trio and for the new Prime Minister. A prime minister who has repeatedly made racist comments. There are those who see an important step forward in these appointments, stressing the symbolism of people of colour being invited to join the highest echelons of arguably the highest structure of power in society, regardless of their actual policies. Others speak of tokenism and window dressing; covert attempts…
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