Education worker Laura Pidcock discusses why Bloom’s comments were offensive, the power of language and appropriate international aid with BBC’s Richard Bacon.
Show Racism the Red Card continued the debate on the offensive nature of UKIP MEP Godfrey Bloom’s statement in which he said "How we can possibly be giving £1bn a month, when we're in this sort of debt, to bongo bongo land is completely beyond me.”
In the interview Laura discusses how the language used by Godfrey Bloom is dehumanising, and creates an almost cartoonish image of those outside of the UK who are in need of aid.
Ms Pidcock also went to lengths to challenge the idea cutting or reducing international aid means that more money will be spent on issues currently affecting the UK including the NHS.
Finally, the pair discussed the power of language and how it has been used to support the development of racist attitudes.
You can listen to the interview, which was part of yesterday’s Richard Bacon show here, the interview with Show Racism the Red Card worker Laura Pidcock can be heard from 1.24.53 onwards:
Show Racism the Red Card Education worker Laura Pidcock discusses Godfrey Bloom's comments with BBC Radio 5Live's Richard Bacon UKIP MEP refers to international aid as ‘sending money to bongo bongo land’