Tag Archives: education

A 'Stop Racism' poster illustrating the difference between standard dolls and the offensive 'Gollywog' dolls

Are Gollywogs really so racist?

In the past few years there have been several stories circulating in the media about Gollywogs being sold in shops, and reports of Gollywogs being prized collectibles.  One article described the reactions of a couple in Yorkshire simply ‘looking to buy jam’ and instead coming across Gollywogs for sale in a shop. The couple where […]

The slave trade was hundreds of years ago, why does it matter to Britain today?

If you went to a British school, chances are you learned about the Industrial Revolution; the Spinning Jenny, James Watt and the industrialisation of our towns and cities like Manchester becoming Cottonopolis. You almost definitely won’t have learnt that James Watt once sold slaves as a trafficker. You may just recall being told that the […]

Anti Racist Schools: Transforming Education

More than forty primary and secondary schools are working with us towards being anti-racist schools. An anti-racist school doesn’t mean a school where racism doesn’t happen (though one day that would be incredible) it means a school that recognises racism in all its forms, it means a school that teaches more than just a White […]

Animate Your Future: Animated Futures

What’s it like growing up in Cumbria if you aren’t White? If you’re a young person age 8 – 25 who lives this experience you can explore this question, make friends and create a short animated film which will be shown in cinemas, museums and online across Cumbria and beyond. You’ll pick up new digital […]

Black Hair, Pride and Prejudice

Black people, Black women in particular, have long been on an oppressive journey with their hair, having to deal with other people’s views on what is and is not acceptable. My own ‘locs’ have been called unprofessional, inappropriate, and unsuitable more times than I can count. I still wear them with pride.  For many hair […]

8 Books to Start your Anti-Racist Journey

These 8 books are a great place to begin or strengthen your anti-racist journey. 1. Natives: Race & Class in the Ruins of Empire – Akala   A searing modern polemic and Sunday Times bestseller from the BAFTA and MOBO award-winning musician and political commentator, Akala. From the first time he was stopped and searched as a child, […]

Achieving Educational Change: One Step at a Time

Change making takes time The 22nd October 2020 saw the first event from Anti Racist Cumbria: Race and Education in Cumbria. There was an incredible turnout, with representation from primary and secondary schools across the county. During the past weeks, the Education Working Group has run follow up sessions with over 40 school ambassadors. Our […]

VIDEO: Being Young & Black in Cumbria 2020

This moving video features interviews with black Cumbrian school children as they talk about their experiences being black in Cumbria today. Everyone is anonymous in order to protect them and the schools from further discrimination. It needs no further introduction but it does require a response which is why our Race & Education in Cumbria […]

VIDEO: Race & Education in Cumbria Event

Enabling Anti Racist Schools On 22nd October over 130 people including school leaders, MPs and Cumbria’s Police and Crime Commissioner attended our online Race & Education in Cumbria Event. Anti Racist Cumbria’s mission is to make Cumbria the first actively anti-racist county. “Everything starts with education – it has the power to transform lives, but […]