New ‘Third Way’ needed to discuss racism and solutions

The British Social Attitudes survey released this week – which showed 30% of Brits admit to being racially prejudiced – may have taken Britain further away from finding solutions to racism.

 

A “third way” is necessary to find common ground between UKIP voters and anti-racist activists.

V4CE are hosting a major conference to discuss ‘alternative perspectives’ to the debate about racism, and will be launching a discussion pamphlet which challenges assumed wisdom and old patterns of campaigning.

The ‘Alternative Perspectives: Flipping the Script’ conference – which will respond to the NatCen social attitudes research - will take place on:

Thursday 26th June, 9.30am – 5.30pm, at Bernie Grant Arts Centre, Town Hall Approach Road, Tottenham Green, London, N15 4RX

The conference is free, and comes with a Caribbean lunch and refreshments, but is a ticketed . You can get your free: http://alternativeperspective.eventbrite.co.uk or http://alternativeperspectives.org

The conference will explore:

  • How we get rid of the confusion between racism and prejudice
  • Need approaches to tackling structural and institutional racism
  • How to bring together citizens who are concerned about immigration and activists committed to fighting racism

Kunle Olulode, director of V4CE, said:

“There’s a lot of polarisation involved in the debate around race and immigration, some of which has been fed by media coverage. As a result we have a chasm between many ordinary citizens who do not consider themselves to be racially prejudiced, and campaigners for race equality.

“But the truth is we can find common ground and build on that. We have to move forward quickly because the scourge of unequal racial outcomes is ruining too many lives and life chances.

“The NatCen research showed 70% of people surveyed did not consider themselves prejudiced, yet the vast majority of them also wanted to clamp down on immigration. In order to unpick these attitudes we must first engage those of different viewpoints in a constructive dialogue.

“That’s what the Alternative Perspectives conference aims to do.”