Black Staff Claim Working at BBC is like being on ‘Plantation’
The BBC is “institutionally racist” claim a number of unidentified black employees, who said working for the publicly-funded broadcaster is like “being on a plantation”.
Speaking to the left-liberal online news outlet The Huffington Post, dozens of current and former black employees of the BBC complained of a hostile work environment and “covert racism” within the organisation — which is seen as “woke” and disproportionately diverse and by most right-leaning Britons.
“Of course there is an issue with systemic racism in the BBC; look at how many black staff are in leadership roles, how many black producers there are, how many shows that have a BAME perspective yet don’t have BAME producers,” an anonymous source told HuffPost UK.
“Even when you’re in a senior role with the BBC, as a black person, you’re not trusted with your own judgement. You’re ‘helicopter checked’ by white managers more often than not, who have final say over how stories are told,” the source alleged.
Another source, identified only as “M”, claimed that BBC newsrooms are unwelcoming environments for black people, saying: “You see the system of racism as soon as you enter the newsroom.”
“I think the most horrendous form of racism is covert, because you can’t put a finger on it. You can’t say ‘she called me the N-word,’ he said ‘you don’t belong here,’ or ‘she said I’m not having the job because there’s no space for black people in the role.’ It’s the most hurtful kind of bigotry because you know you’re being overlooked, passed over, left out because of the colour of your skin,” the source claimed.
“Management equate the colour of your skin to having low intelligence,” M concluded.
The sources claimed that while so-called BAME (Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic) employees make up some 15.2 per cent of all staff members — more than their share of Britain’s general population, according to the last census — institutional barriers such as nepotism and racism prevent them from climbing the ranks to upper management.
“If people go to work and apply for roles and don’t get it – one of us might not be very good, 10 of us might not be very good, but when you see scores of people applying for promotions and not getting through, you’ve got to ask questions. Why is that happening?” Source C questioned.
Black journalists for BBC Africa also accused the left-leaning broadcaster of “producing propaganda” when it comes to stories about Africa, while claiming that reporters for the bureau are treated like second-class journalists.
“What we’re doing at BBC Africa is producing propaganda – a colonial view of how white people see the continent. Working here is like being on a plantation,” Source L alleged.
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