REVEALING: David Harewood
IT WAS revealed that the chances of a black child born today becoming Prime Minister are just one in 17 million – 12 times less likely than a white child.
This disturbing statistic was discovered on the BBC2 documentary Will Britain Have A Black Prime Minister, with Birmingham actor David Harwood exploring the possibilities of black people having an equal chance of become Prime Minister.
The documentary follows Harwood as he returns to his former Small Heath home, and discovers the realities faced by disadvantaged black children who may aspire to becoming PM.
Harwood follows black students through school and discovers that the chances of a black pupil getting three As or more at A level are just four in 100, compared to 10 per cent for a white pupil. In addition to this, He then learns that black pupils are less likely to be accepted by a university than their white counterparts, even with the same grades.
Harwood says: “I’m just staggered by that. That speaks to discrimination, prejudice and a complete lack of understanding of the hurdles that black child has overcome just to get to that point.
“It makes me feel angry. It’s not that we are less intelligent or less capable. It’s the fact there is a barrier of bias.”
While the statistics presented in the documentary may be disheartening, Will Britain Have A Black Prime Minister opens up the floor for a much needed discussion to incite change. A discussion that has been making its rounds across social media since the show aired.
Ronke Lawal tweeted, “This programme is so important. We need to pay attention to how the education system makes an impact on social aspiration. #blackandbritish”
While @blackballaduk asked; “If there is no black people in leading positions in media, law, politics, who is defending us & voicing our opinions? #blackandbritish“