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16 Jul 2021

Diversity Lens - Issue 85

Jul 16

Diversity Lens - Issue 85

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It may be of no surprise that this week's newsletter is reflecting on the Euros final. However, this championship has had a broader effect on society.

It is painfully evident that potent racism still exists in our society and the discourse surrounding race right now is hard for anyone to ignore. Many people of colour are not surprised by the racist vitriol that followed the England team’s narrow defeat. If anything, it has only strengthened my belief that minorities are too often only valued only as far as they are 'useful' - whether that is as an NHS frontline worker or an athlete achieving dizzying heights of success. Both examples are de-humanising and point to a dangerous transactional valuing of people.

Read our story of the week for a glimmer of hope amid all the disappointment.

 
OUR STORY OF THE WEEK
"Southgate showed us a new England. But the old one hasn’t gone away" David Olusoga, The Guardian
This week should've been marked by a celebration of an extraordinary and unexpected second place at the Euros - and the remarkable England team that landed us there.

Instead we are left with hate, toxicity, and a deep shame of our country.

Olusoga in this piece deftly presents a divided nation; a modern, diverse England contrasted against "the ugliest strains of English nationalism". A football team which had inspired great hope by its sense of togetherness and representation was dragged down by the abuse of fans, booing of other teams and even of our own.
"The alternative England, the one embodied by Southgate’s team itself, is a nation that seems to flicker in and out of existence."
Southgate's England has suffered against a tide of backwards thinking, bolstered by a government who refused to condemn it. Yet what Southgate and the team represent is still inspiring, a symbol of what could be: "another path, another form of English patriotism, another way of being together".
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IN OTHER NEWS...
Tokyo Paralympics: Most of Channel 4's TV hosts will be disabled

The broadcaster has pledged that more than 70% of the presenting team will be disabled - the largest number of disabled presenters ever seen on UK TV. TV host and former basketball player Ade Adepitan will be joined by disability advocate Sophie Morgan and ex-rugby player Ed Jackson among others.Read time: 1 minute
‘It’s okay if you misgender me’: Demi Lovato opens up about non-binary identity

After coming out in May as non-binary, Lovato opens up to fans. They told their audience that misgendering them is OK as long as it is an accident - “I accidentally misgender myself sometimes!". They appreciate that the transition can be difficult for some but that is "all about your intention". A significant message for many who may find a change in pronouns confusing or difficult to remember. Read time: 1 minute
GB News reporter takes the knee after ‘underestimating’ racism until abuse at England players Co-presenter Guto Harri exemplifies how you can become more educated on a subject, change your mind and make amends. After the racial abuse targeted at Black footballers, Harri says he now 'gets' the significance of taking the knee, before doing so live on GB News. This left many loyal watchers swearing off the channel for its newfound 'wokeness'.Read time: 2.5 minutes
THIS WEEK IN D&I...
Paternity leave: The hidden barriers keeping men at work

Paternity leave as an option is more widespread than ever, but men report feeling “judged by managers” and getting "looks" from colleagues when taking up this option. The low uptake is owed to fears of being discriminated against, missing out on promotions, and even being marginalised or mocked. This is a result of internalised stereotypes and outdated social norms which must be overthrown before we will see effects of a more gender equal workplace.Read time: 9 minutes
ADHD, Neurodiversity, and Bias

This week The Anxious Achiever podcast looks at ADHD and building workplaces with neurodiversity in mind. Host Morra Aarons-Mele speaks to Stephanie Ozuo, a career advisor in the UK, about her experience being diagnosed with ADHD as a 25-year-old Black woman.Listen time: 34 minutes
"In the hiring stages they would love me [...] but when I get into those jobs, especially the 9-5, I would really struggle"
Be part of history: ‘The Voices in The Shadow’

We support TLA Black Women in Tech and their initiative. Their upcoming book ‘The Voices in The Shadow’ gathers the stories of 51 Black women in tech. It will inspire many young girls to dream big. To find out how you too can support this project, click here.
 
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