Tag Archives: racism in cumbria

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 […]

Cumbria Police partner with Anti Racist Cumbria to tackle any racial disparities.

Cumbria Constabulary are pleased to be working with Anti Racist Cumbria in its commitment to identify and address any racial disparities for anyone interacting with Cumbria police. The joint programme has been commissioned by Cumbria’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Peter McCall. Chief Superintendent Sarah Jackson from Cumbria Constabulary said “We are really pleased to welcome […]

Growing up Black in Cumbria. Racism and My Mental Health

Author: Sarah Saunders It is mental health awareness week and the theme this year is ‘Connecting with Nature’.  The last twelve months have been challenging for everyone and prioritising mental health and wellbeing has never been more important. Over the past few months, I have been forced to confront and reflect on my own mental […]

My Anti-Racist Journey

Author: Meghan Guy In the wake of the murder of George Floyd in May 2020 I was shocked into action. I realised the realities of racism here in the UK and even in my home county of Cumbria – something I had been loosely aware of but never fully confronted with. On realising the sad […]

But I’m Not Racist. Am I?

Author: Sophia Newton You’ve never called anyone the n*word, you’ve even stopped saying ch***y when you’re ordering a Chinese take-away. You feel a bit ashamed about that fancy-dress outfit, but hey, you didn’t know any better and you wouldn’t do that now. You’ve never knowingly judged anyone based on the colour of their skin. You’ve […]

ITV Border Interview: International Women’s Day 2021

To mark International Womens Day 2021 this week ITV Border are sharing the stories of five inspirational women from Cumbria and southern Scotland. We are delighted they chose to feature our Chair Janett Walker who has dedicated herself to helping Cumbria become the first actively anti-racist county. Watch the full interview above to hear Janett’s […]

Racism and Refugees in Cumbria

Racism and refugees in Cumbria Cumbria has a longstanding relationship with refugees. Whether it be in the aftermath of World War I or II, or in more recent times. Often, the terms ‘migrant’ and ‘refugee’ are confused and incorrectly used interchangeably in the media and public conversation. The definition of a refugee is described as: […]

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 […]

12 year old told to F*** Off Back To Africa – the reality of racism in Cumbria today

This is not an easy read. The following is a harrowing and personal piece by a mother, inspired by a social media post she wrote earlier in 2020. It outlines her experiences as a mother and of her son in Cumbria now. The mother is white and her son is of dual heritage and identifies […]