The last few weeks have been particularly difficult for the BAME community. The review published by Public Health England has confirmed that the risk of dying among those diagnosed with coronavirus is higher within BAME groups than in white ethnic groups.
The latest research by WBG, Fawcett Society, London School of Economics and Queen Mary University London has shown that the physical, psychological and financial impact of coronavirus is being felt sharply by the BAME community and in particular amongst BAME women.
In light of this and the protest that are taking place in the UK and across the globe to highlight systematic racism we want to express our continued support and solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. We are part of a sector that has work to do to be genuinely anti-racist. We must reflect & commit to change, today & everyday.
One of the ways we can begin to reflect is by educating ourselves, so that we can learn and understand more. The Next Generation Youth Theatre have organised 'Reading Race.' Reading Race is a project that invites you to read, research and learn more about Black Culture, History and Anti-Racism, through a reading challenge! All funds raised will go to Black Ticket Project. Black Ticket Project, is an award-winning initiative that gives young Black people the opportunity to experience the theatre for free or at a discounted rate, introducing them to new forms of expression that truly represent them. Find out more here.