Are you a young person, aged between 14 and 21, who is interested in delving deep into Barry and the Vale’s Black History?
Stand Up to Racism in the Vale are offering a unique chance for a local to help produce a valuable resource for the community under the expert mentorship of a former journalist and teacher.
The Group who were formed in the Vale of Glamorgan as part of a growing movement who have now recognized that racism is on the rise, want to break down the barriers faced by Black people in our community.
One of the ways Stand Up to Racism in the Vale, known as SUTR Vale, plan to do this is through education and engagement, producing professional resource to be used county-wide.
Never has the need to unite people who will stand together in the resistance and rejection of this evil, been greater, with the death of George Floyd galvanizing people from all over the world call out, oppose and reject racism in all its forms.
The rise of the BLM movement has seen a backlash from people emerging vocally and publicly with Far Right views but sadly a subtler style of racism is being seen.
This includes people objecting not only to the BLM movement, but also the use of the term Black Lives Matter which is often challenged with the ‘All Lives Matter’ chant.
Society’s widespread rejection of the phrase Black Lives Matter is considered to be the new style ‘covert racism’ in much the same way as people would often say ‘I’m not racist I have a black neighbour/friend/family member’.
Stand Up to Racism (SUTR) Vale aims to work to raise awareness of this racism and to challenge racism within the Vale of Glamorgan – whilst also working with local, national and international campaigns in support of those facing the devastating effects of Racism.
Spokesperson Hilary Brown said: “Never has there been a greater need for people to stand together in unity to challenge Racism in all its forms.
The killing of George Floyd in the US or the treatment of Alexansdra Wilson in the British Courts or the treatment of Bianca Williams, 26, a European and Commonwealth gold medallist, and her athlete partner Ricardo dos Santos, 25 are not isolated instances – they are repeated right on our doorstep here within the Vale of Glamorgan.
“Racism exists here within the Vale of Glamorgan and it is right here that it will be challenged and called out and to be able to do that effectively, we need allies who stand with us and stand up for those who have no voice. The struggle to combat racism is not a Black V White peoples struggle. It is a struggle of all people against racism.”
Stand Up to Racism Co-Chair Alison Woolcock added: “We are keen to help a young mentee develop and grow in confidence whilst working on a worthwhile and useful project.
We want your help to galvanize, promote and challenge issues where racism has featured with the view to ensuring that people of colour experience justice and equality.”
All, who support their aims and values, are welcome to join.
🖤Stand Up To Racism (SUTR), are a voluntary group, open to all who support their aims and values.
🖤More information, background, and pictures are available here.
Sue Vincent-Jones, writing as Mrs SVJ, is a Barry born journalist, editor, and communications specialist. She blogs about Barry – and her life in the wider world, through the eyes of a, quirky and queer, local girl done good.
As a founding member of Stand Up To Racism (Vale) she, promotes the Black-led Campaign Group who, with the strong support of Allies, aim to unite our communities. And also acts as Communications Advisor for the voluntary collective.