Children and students to feel comfortable in reporting racial incidents
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No one is born racist, racism is a culture that is bred or educated into someone. If I ask you now to look back on primary school can you actually remember any racial incidents? So why is it now we’ve come into secondary school it’s so prevalent and normalised. At Westcliff high school for boys in particular, a culture, a nasty culture has been allowed to cultivate the reproduction of a disgusting virus. No one is born racist, racism is a culture that is bred or educated into someone. If I ask you now to look back on primary school can you actually remember any racial incidents? So why is it now we’ve come into secondary school it’s so prevalent and normalised.
Moreover, in my 7 years at this school I can only remember about 1 black teacher and he didn’t even last long. But every new academic year more and more black and coloured people come to this school. Where are the role models for our community, for our coloured community? I argued to the member of senior management that there needed to be more coloured senior management and he replied ‘well more coloured staff should apply for the role.’ But how can there be applicants when there are barely any coloured staff? Currently about 4% of the members of staff are coloured and in fact there are no black members of staff. I know the school don’t intentionally not employ black or coloured teachers but at the end of the day that’s all we see no coloured teachers, no staff I feel I can go up to and tell my problem, no staff who is a role model for the younger coloured children. And this has been a constant theme at my time in this school. It’s just not acceptable with an ever growing coloured community to have no representation.
Some of you may think, why you even bothering nothing will change. And maybe you’re right but if I did nothing then defiantly nothing would change. Rosa Parks could’ve easily gave up her seat and saved herself the hassle but she didn’t. Her remaining sat in that seat didn’t change the segregation act but it inspired thousands and those thousands inspired 100,000s of thousands. I’m here today to inspire a few 100 people to stand up. I’m here today creating this petition to implore in particular you the coloured members of
westcliff school to have the confidence and step up and report any sort of racial incident you’ve been a victim to or a witness and make the school take notice. As a year 13 pupil nothing has changed in my 7 years here so I'm taking things into not just my hands but our hands. if we gather enough signatures our voice will not be ignored.
This petitiom won’t make the school change much but I hope I can inspire you all and we can continually apply the pressure and come up with your own methods to enforce a change. Who knows this time in 7 years when the year 7s are in year 13 such a problem is a thing of the past. Personally my dream is for my kids or my kids kids to be raised in a world in which institutional and systematic racism is a thing of the past or the day after I die for there to be true equality of the sex’s and skin colour. For there to be truly a system in place for all to be heard. I can’t do that all at once but I can start small and I choose to start today and i hope you do too!
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