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If you have been watching the news or keeping up to date with what’s been going on around the world, you would be aware of the recent events. However, if you have not let’s have a quick catch up and talk about it a little bit more. As you would have read by the title of today’s topic for our blog is #StopAsianHate and #StopRacism.
One of the incidents that have been raised from India Eva Rae an actress that had come onto the show ‘On the Edge’ on Channel 4. Where she was one of the 21 other actors that had joined the Elevate scheme’s 2019 inclusion. Rea had explained that Elevate as a “PR exercise” failing to open opportunities and doors for the people that participated, also describe as those people included within Bafts was hired to “clean up” their image. When Elevate was established in 2017 after some time they had a lot of negativity towards them releasing a nomination list for all-white in the categories. There so also a backlash from this where it was trending on social media as #BaftaSoWhite. In a meeting with Elevate Rea was mentioned as an “exotic talent” and told that they could not understand her English. She was later told not to report this incident when she had reached out for advice. Rea has opened up about this as she is worried that nothing will change if she doesn’t talk about it.
The actions that are taking place on this diversity problem:
- Independent organisation is going to be allowed to do an investigation on Bafta’s procedures.
- Amanda Berry the CEO of Bafta says that “our door remains completely open to finding a solution”.
More on #StopAsianHate Sandra Oh had raised her voice and shared a powerful speech at a rally for #StopAsianHate. This rally was in support of the 8 women who were killed at three spas in Georgia US. She has opened up about the Asian community, “One thing that I know is that many in our community are very scared, and I understand that,” she expressed. Oh saying she understands to help support #StopAsianHate and so that no one feels alone. She encourages everyone to be there for each other and that she is there for them too.
The actions that are being taken to help #StopAisianHate:
- Oh had said, “One way to go through our fear is to reach out to our community.”
- President of the United States Joe Biden visited Atlanta where the killings took place he condemned anti-Asian racism and encouraged everyone to speak up about the hate.
- An article to raise awareness of who the victims were.
Overall, there is so much more that can be done to help #StopAsianHate. And I hope this blog helps raise awareness of what is going on today and in support of #StopAsianHate and #StopRacism.