Segregation is back

This is a Guardian article about a bird-watching club “that organises monthly walks for people of colour”.

First of all – great that people are getting out into nature. I don’t want to take anything away from the organisers.

Also – I’m only commenting on this one because it happens to be one of a series; i.e. I’ve noticed a trend. The trend is that of clubs for “people of colour” only to do certain activities. (I think I’ve also seen walking).

It isn’t clear what would happen if someone not “of colour” showed up. Would they be turned away? Is this legal? I do know that if a group of white people advertised as white only and turned away a black person they would be in trouble.

Really – I can’t see that this is helping anyone. Are black people so fragile that they can only mix with people of the same skin colour? Isn’t this in effect segregation? Surely if we want a mixed society where race isn’t important we should…. well, mix?

This is part of a contemporary social movement which is highly sensitive to race and skin colour – which pushes this to the fore, which constantly counts all social metrics in terms of how black people are doing and how white people are doing. A movement which, in essence, constantly cultivates a consciousness of skin colour and links this to position in society. In the same way that therapy prioritises the emotions this movement seems to prioritise skin colour. It is worth adding that this movement is not some Rastafarian back-to-our-roots movement. It doesn’t champion African cultural heritage for example. it is thoroughly liberal/Democrat and middle-class.

The sub-textual purpose of the Guardian article is to normalise it.


This is another example. A story in the Guardian about a woman ‘thought to be the first woman of colour’ to ski across Antartica. Great that someone has done this; but why on earth does it matter that she is ‘a woman of colour’. That a woman has achieved this is news because such feats are usually reserved for men – men and women having different physiologies. But why does it matter that she is black or Asian? If we are all the same what significance does this have?

This is just an example – the trend is incessant. A continual creation of difference.

Author: justinwyllie

EFL Teacher and Photographer