Read this brilliant and important thread by George The Poet. Finally some deeper thinking! Then, listen to his podcast...


First published in June 2020.

My appearance on @BBCnewsnight yesterday reminded me that racism convos are weakened by gaps in our information. Ideally, we would all leave school with a basic awareness of Britain's leading role in the oppression of black and brown people. But we're a long way from this 1/7

"It's not that bad is it?" - Racism debates remain surface-level cos by the time we're old enough to see how deeply divided we are, we're all too busy to do anything about it - busy working and building families. By this point we expect the solution to be someone else's job 2/7

Expecting a solution to racism from someone somewhere is unrealistic, cos we are starting from a place of mass unawareness. Commitment to building that awareness is the first step, but is almost unreachable in a society that doesn't recognise the urgency of the problem 3/7

The job of reversing racism's effects falls on us. We need careers that support us in doing this. It's possible for us to plan such careers for our kids. We need to think like a government: long-term economic planning around the unique challenges and strengths of black people 4/7

The industry offering the biggest opportunity for young black people to forge their own economic path is entertainment. Through music and film, we are able to amass international influence and economic clout - largely from our own self-made culture. This is important 5/7

I celebrate all black professionals outside of entertainment. I recognise your power and appreciate your achievements, but ppl are reading this tweet not cos I studied at Cambridge - it's cos I learned how to rap, then became a poet, then reached TV. Black innovation is real 6/7

Black innovation has created music/culture that is admired and copied around the world. What we do with this influence is up to us. I use it to promote Sociology, which is why I can offer you my podcast as a step towards the future
I hope it helps 7/7

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[This piece was first published as a Twitter thread and turned into the above article on 2 June 2020 with the purpose of reaching a larger audience. It has been minorly edited and corrected. | The author of the tweets writes in a personal capacity.]

(Cover: Screenshot of George The Poet at Business Fights Poverty Oxford 2019.)



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