BARAC UK are working with The New Black Film Collective (TNBFC) campaigning against institutional racism in the film industry.
Racism is deepening every day and the film offers an opportunity to initiate dialogue about some of the issues explored in it. Whilst the film is set in a USA university, highly racist and offensive 'blacking up' is something that has taken place in universities in the UK as recently as this year; Stirling University Students Black Up and York University students black up for fancy dress prank. These types of horrific events and the discrimination and isolation that black students face in the UK, in addition to the disproportionate impact of austerity on black students, mean that the work of the NUS Black Students Campaign is essential.
|The nine people who were murdered in Charleston|
Black deaths at the hands of the State is a concern both in the USA and in the UK, since BARAC was formed in 2010 we have supported a number of family justice campaigns, a week ago we saw the horrific mass murder of worshippers at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, yet the media both in the USA and the UK have been reluctant to call it out for what it is, a terrorist attack by a racist supremacist even though the murderer himself declared his racist intent. The church, one of the oldest black churches in the USA was burned down in 1822 and 35 people were hanged in response to a slave rebellion.
|Bree Newsome has now been arrested for taking down the flag in the USA #FreeBree|
A debate has followed in recent days about the permanent removal of the Confederate flag in the US because of its historic connection to racism and the fact that photos were found of the killer posing with the flag.
|BARAC team at Glastonbury led by BARAC Women's Officer, far right, Donna Guthrie|
Last week BARAC sent an all black woman team of volunteers to work at Glastonbury Festival but they had not anticipated yet another campaign against racism in arts and culture whilst there. After only one day at the renowned music festival, they were shocked to discover a Confederate flag on display. They staged a picket outside the staffing area the flag was situated in order to force its removal by the festival organisers but we believe that questions must be asked as to the intent of those bringing the flag to the festival in the wake of such a brutal racist massacre associated with the Confederate flag and will be writing to Glastonbury about this.
|Confederate Flag found at Glastonbury|
How do young black film makers in the UK stand a chance of getting a platform for their work with attitudes like this from the BFI?
|Photo by: T Cobham, all rights reserved|
|Left to right, Priscilla Igwe, Zita Holbourne, John McDonnell MP Photo by : T Cobham, all rights reserved|
|Zita Holbourne & Jeremy Corbyn MP Photo by T Cobham, all rights reserved|
|Zita Holbourne & Rosemary Laryea|
|Dear White People cast|