it wasn’t until I saw the extent to which members within our own giffgaff team had been affected that the true reality sank in. I’m deeply sorry for that.
It took George Floyd's death on another Continent, for us in the UK to react and accept there could be a race problem. Where were those same people, some of whom who worked in London, when Stephen Lawrence died on our streets, did they speak out then and say that things must change. Very few did, fewer still, spoke up about being policed by an officially 'Institutionally Racist¹' Met-Police service. Who are we to criticise America, when here in the UK we haven't started to address our own acts of racism played out by Institutions and the Media?
Nothing has changed much, since the Scarman Report² way back in 1981 he painted a bleak picture of inequality and described those in charge, of essentially being negligent.
How is it that giffgaff didn't ask a Black Staffer to author this thread?
I watched the 10yr giffgaff party video, I don't remember seeing much ethnicity on display, nor do their tv or cinema adverts truly reflect the race diversity of the City I work in and where giffgaff HQ is located.
Discussion is all very well but when might we see real change, here at home?
John Barnes the former England footballer, seems to have his finger on the pulse of a sick society, identifying those who hounded and criticised Meghan Markle over her relationship with her father and who are now positioning themselves as defenders of Black rights. Those that did that, are not fooling anybody, they never did, it is positive actions that create constructive changes, words alone are no longer enough, in fact they never were.