#Clapforourcarers (But the not carers of colour)
The phrase “people of colour” is not our usual go to. It’s too broad and doesn’t really identify anyone in particular, thus homogenising minoritised groups. But for the sake of this post, this is the phrase we use (ever so loosely).
Last week Thursday, at 8pm, we were all encouraged to stop what we were doing and publically #Clapforourcarers. This was in an effort to show appreciation and thanks to NHS workers, and others, who are still out on tthe frontline saving lives and supporting Britain.
However, a recent social media post by Gina Yashere indicated that the British media were only clapping for one group; white people.
In her social media post, Yashere shows clippings from different newspapers (like The Sun) who only used images of white healthcare workers for their front page articles suggesting that the face of the NHS is white.
So who is Britain really clapping for?
Now, we all know that this is not the case. Just looking at the contributions of the Windrush Generation to Britain tells us that minoritised groups are deifntley an integral part of Britain’s NHS. Our own grandmother, who immigrated from Jamaica in the 60s, worked for the NHS as a nurse. So who is Britain really clapping for?
And we hear some of you in the back yelling, “It’s not always about race. Stop pulling the race card”. Well we’ve pulled it.
Let’s call a cow, a cow and racism, racism. If it’s not about “race’, include us. Show the Caribbean nurses and doctors, show the nurses and doctors from the Philippines and other parts of Asia, show the African doctors and nurses who are continuosuly sacrificing themselves for us, not when Rona’s in town.
So we say this to say, if you’re going to #clapforourcarers, clap for all of them, including the carers of colour because inclusion and honest representation matter.