Posts Tagged: BAME

Colour-blind casting: a step in the right direction?

Colour-blind casting: a step in the right direction?

Does the diverse casting of shows like Bridgerton and Hamilton do enough to improve BAME representation? A lack of on-screen racial diversity is not a new phenomenon — White actors are too often the ‘go to’ for casting directors, and characters of colour (when included at all) are often relegated to the background. “Colour-blind” casting, …

The spike in anti-Asian hate crime

The spike in anti-Asian hate crime

Anti-Asian hate crime has drastically risen since the beginning of the Covid pandemic. Many activists have claimed that this rise in such hate crimes is due to the false yet incredibly widespread belief that Asian people are responsible for spreading the coronavirus. As a result, many from the East Asian community report feeling incredibly unsafe …

“Mirrors, windows, and sliding glass doors”: why children’s books need greater BAME representation

“Mirrors, windows, and sliding glass doors”: why children’s books need greater BAME representation

Representation not only means that children can see themselves in their favourite stories, but teaches them to understand lives and experiences beyond their own. Over the past year, debates surrounding issues like police brutality and colonial-era statues, as well as the healthcare inequalities that have been exposed by the Covid-19 pandemic, have contributed towards a …

In Memoriam: Rafaat Mughal OBE

In Memoriam: Rafaat Mughal OBE

Founder, matriarch, trailblazer, advocate. We are devastated to announce that Rafaat Mughal OBE, JAN Trust’s founder and a woman who educated, empowered, and encouraged women in her own right, passed away on Saturday 10th April 2021. During the course of her life, she was a matriarch, politician, teacher, and researcher, but we remember her most …

Environmental racism – What is it and why should we care?

Environmental racism – What is it and why should we care?

The climate crisis threatens everyone’s right to a safe and clean environment, but people from BAME communities are already suffering from pollution disproportionately.   What is environmental injustice? Alike many other discriminatory policies implemented by governments, environmental policies reflect existing power structures and entrench inequity in society. In the words of Mustafa Ali, former head …

Gentrification as a driving force for social injustice

Gentrification as a driving force for social injustice

The transformation of low-income neighbourhoods to trendy, more upmarket versions of their past selves often comes at an unfair cost for the communities who have resided there for decades.   What is gentrification? Gentrification can be defined as the transformation of an area to a middle-class neighbourhood leading to displacement of the original predominantly working-class …

Narratives blaming minorities for spreading Covid-19 are not new — instead, they reflect a wider pattern of scapegoating

Narratives blaming minorities for spreading Covid-19 are not new — instead, they reflect a wider pattern of scapegoating

Blaming marginalised communities for society’s problems deflects attention away from where it is needed. The Covid-19 pandemic has birthed a dangerous cocktail of anxiety, conspiracy theories, and racism. The UK witnessed a sharp rise in anti-Asian hate crimes in the pandemic’s initial stages, in direct response to narratives describing Covid-19 as the “Chinese virus”. Fake …

Is it time to find an alternative to the term BAME?

Is it time to find an alternative to the term BAME?

This blog discusses the origins of the term “Black, Asian, and minority ethnic (BAME)”, the significance of BAME as an acronym, and its implications for ethnic minority groups in UK society. BAME is a term used in the UK to refer to Black, Asian, and minority ethnic people, reflecting a wide grouping of different races, …