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PM’s bid to tackle inequality won’t be easy

TOUGH TASK AHEAD: Prime Minister Theresa May

LET’S FACE it, we live in a class system and that will never change. 
Prime Minister Theresa May's disparity racial audit may come as a sigh of relief but the problems it is trying to tackle are a long way off from being finally eradicated. 

Many of my BAME friends and colleagues who are born in this country should feel as British as their white friends and counterparts but in actual fact they feel quite the opposite.

They are simply not treated the same. There has always been a two tier system; them and us.

Have things changed or moved in the right direction? Not at all as I have spent years fighting for racial disparity to be challenged in all aspects.

Racial inequality has been going on for years in this country.

People with ethnic surnames have been excluded from getting jobs and young black men are languishing in the criminal justice system.

It's not just a BAME based problem but extends to the white working class. The issue around disparity revolves around a failure in this country to accept or believe that inequality exists and that there are people in society who have to fight to ensure that their voice is heard and to be given an opportunity to be successful.

I was once told by a manager of radio station in a corridor that I should be pleased to be working at the station as "most black people clean the streets".

It was shocking to hear that but it also woke up to prepare for what was lurking ahead. From that moment I knew I had to work harder. I was knocked back from jobs due to not fitting in. I knew I had an African surname and felt I did not fit in with the status quo. 

Many highlight their mistreatment and inequalities based on being badly treated by the police with stop and search enforcement's. Now I must stress I have never been stopped and searched but have heard stories from friends who have been repeatedly stopped.

They often cite stories of being mocked or felt uneasy about walking down the street in fear of being pulled up or interrogated for no apparent reason. This has been happening for years; it goes back to the Sus Law used during Margaret Thatcher's time in office.

The problem around inequality in Britain has existed for years.

It originates from placing people into boxes; stems back to the being at school in the playground; the fear of being left out and not having any friends for being different. 

The media have to act and are somewhat responsible for the output aired on various channels.

From Eastenders to late news programmes BAME people are often placed in boxes, that's the problem which has spread this virus.

Also the placement of talent on and off screen. Role models are required. 

David Lammy has called for affirmative action but we seem to have an obsession with class.

Once that has been challenged we can move along to deal with the problems currently in place. 

But we should applaud Theresa May for allowing us to at least have this conversation. 

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