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#Cre8thefuture – the inaugural youth diversity sessions
It was a busy news day what with all the revelations regarding the Stephen Lawrence murder case by a former Met Officer who went public on how he’d been briefed to dig the dirt on the Lawrence family all those years ago.
Which meant some of the promised panellists for our inaugural Youth Diversity Sessions never actually made it to the door - or the event even. But the show must go on, as they say.
We had some technical issues too, but the audience and the guest speakers more than made up for the challenges.
In the Chair was Superintendent Leroy Logan, about to retire from the Met, a founder member of the Black Police Association and hot off a plane from Jamaica.
Joining him on stage for the Cre8 debate was the writer and social rights campaigner Kevin Maxwell; young Hackney actor Hammed Animashaun (currently appearing at The Lyric, Hammersmith) and our very own Chief, the four times Olympian John Herbert.
Ooh, and arriving late, spending 20 minutes of valuable debating time promoting his own shows and then leaving again before any of us had had a chance to challenge him, Paul Blake, a film-maker who runs Maroon Productions. Hmm. Thanks for your input, Paul.
So what were the memorable moments, and where will it all lead, I hear you say?
In no particular order:
“Cre8 is a powerhouse for change” – well we certainly admire your chutzpah young man and it’s certainly where we are heading.
“The Met Police needs a change of heart, not a change of face,” – Kevin Maxwell supporting a system of meritocracy over positive discrimination.
But it’s the culture in the Police force that’s all wrong, because Kevin was a detective for 11 years and it was discrimination that made him leave.
“The Met Police’s default position is not to appreciate difference.” Boom.
Cue employment tribunals – and Kevin is showing a winning hand.
And a compelling note on which to end on – “Discrimination is real. Racism ruins lives.”
So what next? Well, East London Radio will broadcast some podcasts shortly, so you can hear the debate for yourself and we will no doubt be producing a little video of it anytime now.
Until then, if you’d like to join the Cre8 Youth Board and start to Cre8 real and positive change, email firstname.lastname@example.org
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