October is Black History Month, which provides an important opportunity for us to develop a more inclusive understanding of our shared history.
The Black Lives Matter movement, the treatment of the Windrush Generation, and the disproportionate impact of coronavirus on Black people demonstrate that we are yet to achieve true racial equality in the UK. Black children and adults are still more likely to receive free school meals, to be unemployed, to be excluded from school and to be in the criminal justice system than their white counterparts. All of this illustrates that that we must take more action to tackle institutional racism in society.
It’s impossible to fully understand the inequalities that exist within modern Britain without a knowledge of the experiences, struggles and achievements of Black people throughout our country’s history.
Black history is British history and, as such, all young people should be taught Black history in school. In government, Labour will ensure that future generations understand the role that Black Britons have played in our country’s history, as well as the legacy of the British Empire, colonisation, slavery and the struggle for equality.
If you’d like to learn more about Black history, you can find resources and details of events that are taking place to mark Black History Month here.