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Designing the Future: Race Inequality

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Designing the Future: Race Inequality

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These blog posts were collated by Sheffield Futures staff, based entirely on ideas from a range of young people in Sheffield at our ‘Designing the Future’ workshop, where we asked them to discuss various topics, identify the key issues and come up with potential solutions. We strive to give a voice to all young people, so all of their points of view have been included. 

Problems

Cultural segregation means that different communities don’t necessarily have the opportunity to regularly interact, integrate and learn from each other.

People of different backgrounds may experience a lack of confidence based on all of the negative press, and not enough is being done to encourage them.

One of the largest propagators of racism is sensationalised news. The media rarely shines a positive light on multiculturalism, instead choosing to deepen social divides by opting for negative spins for the sake of dramatic headlines.

Racial inequality can be prevalent in employers, too – CV’s can be binned for having a name at the top which suggests a different ethnic origin.

 

Solutions

There are parts of each culture that everyone shares an interest in, and these are a good way to introduce different communities to each other. Food is the way to everyone’s heart, and a mutual appreciation of cuisine could be a brilliant way to ‘break the ice’. Markets for food and clothes should make a point of being cross-cultural, as these can be a great way to facilitate interaction between communities. Musical events should also encourage talent from different backgrounds to perform together, introducing people to things they may never have heard before.

This could be extended by ‘skill swapping’ classes. English speakers and non-English speakers can help to learn each other’s languages – people who enjoy cooking can teach each other different cuisines.

Employers should be encouraged to look at CV’s blindly – by omitting the name and address of people, they can make a fair assessment of the candidate without discrimination.

People should be taught from an early age to think critically about what they are reading and watching, developing an awareness that people are trying to influence their decisions and opinions constantly, and make up their own mind about issues based on facts. We can’t allow unfounded blame to influence ideas. Young people should also be taught more about different ethics and cultures.

As a society, we should boycott and stand up against sensationalist news stories in favour of positive press coverage of different races. Individuals in media organisations should be held accountable for the hate they spread by spinning stories against other cultures.

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