What are Black people in Britain to make out of this international year for people of African Descent? – Ade Sawyerr

2011, Year for People of African Descent

What are Black people in Britain to make out of this international year for people of African Descent?  – Ade Sawyerr

The African Diaspora has been a reality for such a long time that we do not even think about its complexity and how it happened.  Slavery was definitely a contributory and historical reason for the creation of this Diaspora in the Americas and the Caribbean, but economic migration has been a major reason, in modern times, for swelling the numbers of people of African Descent in the Diaspora in Asia and Europe.

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The Black Man and the Seven ‘isms’

August 7, 2009…1:37 pm

Trevor Phillips and the Seven ‘isms’ The row over Trevor Phillips has distracted from the more important question of how to tackle racism, says Ade Sawyerr

Trevor Phillips, who chairs the Equalities and Human Rights Commission, has been reappointed to his position and the other commissioners representing the other equalities are resigning. And Black people in this country have been caught in an issue not of their making. They are being asked to support another black man who has risen to the top, and who suddenly needs their support to hang on to his job. The problem is that instead of a debate on the relevance and the effectiveness of the Equalities and Human Rights Commission to deal with the problems of racism, the focus is now on the competence and suitability of a black person to chair that super institution.

It was never supposed to be like this. It was supposed to be different.

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Essay: Will I ever join the Labour Party?

Essay: Will I ever join the Labour Party?

23 01 2008

TMP asked Ade Sawyerr what it would take to get him to join the Labour Party.  Here he explains what Gordon Brown will need to do to seduce him.

What would it take for me to join the Labour Party in the UK? Surprisingly, it would take a lot of persuasion from Gordon Brown the current leader; this is because I have not seen much difference between the policies of the Labour Party and those of the Conservative Party.

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