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Ain’t no stopping us now

seizetheday243Kwame Kwei-Armah’s play about a Black London mayor could become a reality, says Richard Sudan

I don’t usually read London Lite. However, last night on my way home I picked up a copy and opened it. And there it was. None other than Mr. Kwame Kwei-Armah saying London would do well to elect a Black Mayor.

He was speaking as his play Seize The Day, about a London Mayor (a scene from the play is pictured above) opened.

For those who don’t know Armah is a successful British actor, broadcaster, playwright, and singer.

A Black Mayor would be nice. Mind you we had to wait until the 1980’s for the world to have its first Black mayor in Harold Washington, Chicago Il.

Many, including we at OBV, have been saying for a long time that having a Black Prime Minister would be a landmark symbol of equality finally beginning to take root as a reality in this country.

Of course anybody filling either position in office should be solely selected on ability. But they should never be excluded because of the colour of their skin.

Whatever other arguments we might feel in the world of the media there is no room for debate on this one. Many black people are held back from advancing through all manner of oganisations and institutions, and if they do advance, they often face blatant racism.

If these same organisations are often discriminatory to ethnic minorities in the services they provide then under-representation must play a part. The heart and soul of political decision-making, is a mere shadow rather than a reflection of modern Britain. And that is how it is.

It must change. Parliament must look like Britain. America finally overcame this monumental hurdle in her struggle for some kind of reconciliation last year with the election of Barack Obama to the top job.

Almost a year to the day, is Britain any closer to reaching this milestone? We’ve had a woman Prime Minster here at home, so in that sense we are ahead of America. And of course the electoral systems are different, but really, will it ever happen here?

14 from 646, is not good enough. We must continue to engage with, inspire, and support the next generation of BME decision makers. We already have some immensely talented black leaders and PPC’s ready for the challenges ahead.

We must continue to engage with, inspire, and support our young people-the next generation of BME leaders. Set them free and there’s no stopping us.


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