BLM: A Voice for Black Britons?

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BLM: A Voice for Black Britons?

25th February 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

2020 was a turning point for Britain. Following the death of George Floyd in the US state of Minnesota, a wave of Black Lives Matter demonstrations took place in the UK. The protests, as far-reaching as the Shetland Islands to the Isle of Wight, have undoubtedly had an impact on various spheres of British life – including politics, education, media broadcasting, and entertainment. Concepts such as “white privilege” and “white fragility” have come to the fore, with matters of race and identity now dominating national political discourse. However, a cultural counter-challenge is in full motion, with leading members of the UK Government criticising forms of anti-social behaviour during BLM demonstrations and the central claims and objectives of the UK BLM political organisation. Indeed, some of the sharpest voices in opposition to BLM are prominent Black British figures.


These social developments give rise to a number of questions. To what extent are the central claims and objectives of UK BLM, supported by the Black British public? How differently do Black Britons view British society and its public institutions, when compared with the wider general population? What are the key social and political differences between Black British Africans and Black British Caribbeans? And crucially, how do we create a more socially cohesive and democratically satisfied Britain?


Unpacking intriguing social and political patterns in the Black British population, the Henry Jackson Society is delighted to invite you to this online report launch event, ‘BLM: A Voice for Black Britons?’, which will be held on Thursday 25 February (6:30pm-7:30pm BST).


Dr Remi Adekoya is a writer and political scientist at the University of York, who specialises in the politics of identity and in political economy. He also holds degrees in Law and Public Relations. He has written on socio-political issues for The GuardianSpectatorWashington PostForeign PolicyForeign AffairsPolitico, UnHerd and Standpoint magazine among others. He has provided socio-political analysis and commentary for BBC, Sky News, Al Jazeera, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), African International Television (AIT), Radio France International and Geopolitical Intelligence Services (GIS) among others. He is the author of Biracial Britain: A Different Way of Looking at Race, a book which explores the mixed-race identity experience across generations in Britain and narrates some of his own experiences as a Polish-Nigerian who lived in both Nigeria and Poland before moving to the UK in 2015.


Calvin Robinson is a Senior Fellow at Policy Exchange and secondary school leader in the state sector. He was involved in the planning and building of a new secondary school in North London, where he served on the leadership team for a number of years. He is currently consulting for the Department for Education’s National Centre for Computing Education as a Subject Matter Expert, supporting school leadership teams across London. Calvin was a Director and Governor of Michaela Community School, which recently achieved the best GCSE exam results in the UK. He is a regular contributor to The Telegraph and TalkRadio, and has also featured on Good Morning Britain (GMB) and flagship BBC programmes such as The Big Questions. He is currently studying theology at the University of Oxford.


Dr Rakib Ehsan is a research fellow who sits in the Henry Jackson Society’s Centre on Social & Political Risk (CSPR). An alumnus of Royal Holloway, University of London, his PhD thesis investigated the impact of social integration on the socio-political attitudes of British non-white ethnic minorities. Currently a columnist at Sp!ked and a regular contributor for The Telegraph, he has also written for The Independent, The Scotsman, The Jewish Chronicle, UnHerd, and CapX. A regular guest on TalkRadio’s Independent Republic of Mike Graham, Rakib has also featured on Sky News and BBC World News. He has also made radio appearances for stations such as LBC, BBC Radio London, and BBC Asian Network. Establishing himself as a prominent British authority on matters of social integration and racial identity, Rakib has consulted influential UK parliamentarians and policymakers on issues surrounding community cohesion and race relations.


Esther Krakue is a political commentator and writer, and is currently a contributor for the conservative-leaning young engagement initiative Turning Point UK. She holds a BA in Politics and French from the University of Bristol, and has written for publications such as The Mail on Sunday. Esther has also featured on Sky News and TalkRadio to discuss contemporary race-related issues in the UK and beyond.


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25th February 2021
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm


United Kingdom


Henry Jackson Society
+44 (0) 20 7340 4520


Dr Rakib Ehsan, Dr Remi Adekoya, Calvin Robinson, Esther Krakue


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