Is Society Failing The BAME Community?

by Rodney Victor Williams


BAME unemployment has been a topic that has been heavy on my heart for a very long time. This article published on the Guardian’s website at the following link, states:

“There are now 41,000 16- to 24-year-olds from black, asian and minority ethnic [BAME] communities who are long-term unemployed – a 49% rise from 2010, according to an analysis of official figures by the House of Commons Library”

These stats suggest that society has failed the ethnic minority. The BAME community has suffered a decline in employment not due to lack of trying but rather the system’s filters which have suppressed the potential of a generation. I have friends whom were more qualified than there competition but failed to secure jobs due to what they felt was a prejudgment in the interviewing room.


In another article by the guardian, the Trades Union Congress’ [TUC] general secretary, Frances O’Grady says:

“The harsh reality is that even now black and Asian people, regardless of their qualifications and experience, are far more likely to be unemployed and lower paid than white people,”

Is it time to accept that society in 2017 faces the same racial divides that have plague the system since the colonial era?


 We can say that there’s improvement – in that racism is no longer so overt – but some would argue that they’ll prefer that over the institutionalised racism that is now suffocating our generation.

The business secretary Sajid Javid has stepped up the find to end discrimination. This article on looks at the issue further.

The most important question now though – is it enough to simply ‘STEP-UP?  In 2017 we have an American president that has WON an election by reaching out to an idea of a WHITE America that is being trampled by multiculturalism and needs to return to her greatness, a WIN that Nigel Farage said couldn’t have happened without the Brexit Vote.


The politics of the last two years have created an environment that will perpetuate the paralysis of an educated generation of BAME potential. We are living in a world that has rejected us fundamentally.

Is it that we fool ourselves into believing that we can coexist with each other in harmony! Probably not, and if there’s anything to learn from this, it’s that the culture of the city and the suburbs are different. London voted against leaving the EU, along with many other cities in England. Probably because deep inside  the collective soul/psych of the city, we know that the philosophy of multicultural harmony has been given enough time to ferment and work.

It is benchmarked and tested as we go about our lives’ utopian melting pots, we know that different races can get along and work in cross cultural unison at all levels in society.


It is the city that needs to rebel against the idea of a WHITE ELITIST paradigm because the DNA for the future is in the city. Many folks felt after Brexit that London was completely a different state in its attitude to culture and diversity!

Still there’s much work to be done. As the older population of the suburbs dies due to the failings of broken promises by politicians who pursue self-interest and betray the nature of their post.

The suburbs have become the breeding ground to exploit older WHITE ELITIST and ALT RIGHT paradigms of thought.
Nigel Farage is one who has blamed everything on immigration fuelling the sense of emptiness left by bad politics. This path of thinking isn’t new but in the city it seems to be dying.

What we are experiencing is the last push back towards the hostile culture of the 1930s as dinosaur ideologies about about how society should work, stand their last ground by politicians who see a return to “GREATNESS” asa return to philosophies that incited many civil movements and riots in society.

A last push to try to seek out an old idea of nationalism that was never correct. To be British or American isn’t an issue of the colour of your skin rather an issue of your birth, nationalisation or nationality. The man who was born an Indian, Chinese or Black in Britain is no different from the man whom was born white. They both have the same potential to be a pedestal of the values that bind us as a people in society. The values of freedom and the right to explore your full potential.

I believe that now more than ever we can’t give up HOPE. Although the recent politics and news may have a way of suffocating our pursuits for better. We have to shake off the depressive reality and coin a new POSITIVE REALITY.

Those of us in positions to help need to make wise choices to be PRUDENT when we are hiring. You have to focus on talent and be responsible not to be apart of the issue but be an active part of the solution.One of the most important notions in the last three speeches of Obama’s presidency was “We the people are responsible for the outcome”.

We have to take responsibility to do our part to shape the future of our society. The revolution doesn’t need to be violent. We need to be organised and we need to focus on living up to the ideals of freedom while dispelling any deep lying idea of inferiority or superiors, realising that together we are stronger as a people.

 The politicians have failed us but WE the PEOPLE need to be the instrument of our destiny. It is time to start standing up for these ideals in our institutions. Especially those of us who were fortunate enough to be born WHITE but feel the sense of something being wrong.

You are in a position to set an example that will promote the highest ideals of humanity by how you treat the BAME community. We are each other’s brothers and sisters as human beings. We can’t sit back and allow the tyranny of recycled old politics to usher in a dystopian future. We have to stand up for each other as a people.

To the BAME community. We must turn our anger into persistence and not give up on the HOPE. I believe that this trend of politics will fail. At its core, it is fundamentally flawed. If history has taught us anything. It is that WALLS FALL. We still have to keep going out there and banging those doors. Let’s not give up HOPE.

There is so much more that has to be written and address but I intend to do my part so please look out for more articles from me as the months go by.

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