The Prime Minister invited delegates from across the UK to celebrate Black History Month on the 8/10/15
It was an exceptional evening with brilliant opportunities to meet people from different fields, and very interesting to hear what the Prime Minister had to say regarding inequality.
Laura Watkins, Campaign Support Worker
As we are sure you know, October is Black History Month and in celebration of this event the Prime Minister invited delegates from education, charity and business backgrounds to attend a special event at 10 Downing Street on the 8/10/15.
The event was extremely popular with delegates arriving from afar afield as Newcastle for the evening’s entertainment. Show Racism the Red Card was invited to the event and Campaign Support Worker Laura Watkins attended on behalf of the charity.
The event started at 4.45pm when guests were lead through security to number 10, and provided with canapés, wine, and an excellent opportunity to mingle and make connections. The Prime Minister arrived about 5.30 and took the time to walk around the room talking to his guests and having photos taken.
The Prime Minister then gave a speech. It had similar tones and message to the conference party speech he gave the day before, but he definitely had something important to say. ‘It is not enough to say that if we treat people the same, then we will have equality. It is not enough to say that the door is open to everyone and BMAE people and women can apply. If these people look through that open door and see that the room is filled with white men, they may decide not to enter. What we really need to do to create equality is to provide opportunity. We need to approach these people and pull them into that room. Only then will we have equality and opportunity that will start to create representation’.
Show Racism the Red Card agrees with Mr Cameron with this assessment. It is not enough to say ‘apply for this job’ when there is no one from your background working there. We need to go further.
The Prime Minister also made it clear that he considered the people in the room to be role models. ‘When you go back to your schools, your jobs, you are not just doing your job. To the young black child that you are working with you are a role model. They can see you, they can see how far you have come, and they can say ‘I can do that too’. It is important that you are aware of this and of the difference you can make just by being in the positions you are in.’
Although it can be received with differing views, being told that you are a role model (whether you want to be one or not), it was a good message and showed that the Prime Minister is aware of the problems that his party and society face, and that he is willing and eager to take steps to redress this imbalance.