The Statement

DEMANDS

These are a list of 8 points that we have compiled from across Wales.

This statement is a list of recommendations to the Welsh Government that we believe will benefit the current generation and future generations of BAME citizens across Wales. The Welsh Government are in a unique position to set the example for all other European countries in regard to race and race relations. We hope that this statement can be the beginning of positive dialogue between the powers that be and BAME citizens in Wales. It’s important to reiterate that whilst we believe these eight topics are all-encompassing and considerate of all facets of life in Wales, there is room for negotiation, alteration and conversation. We urge the Welsh Government to engage with these suggestions, and to keep an open mind and open heart in regard to the issues that have been flagged. We hope that this statement is the catalyst for the conversations that must be had not only between the people and the state but between all of us. The changes that we are fighting for cannot occur without the voices of the state and the people being heard. Although some of these conversations are difficult, they are absolutely crucial for us to better ourselves as people and as a nation. 

1.CULTURAL INTEGRATION
We believe that the Welsh Government should publicly encourage and support BAME organisations to organise culturally relevant events in accordance with the law and local policy.
This kind of support expressed by the Welsh Government will encourage cultural integration, introducing those to the different cultures that contribute to the Welsh identity. This is also a direct action against the UK Home Offices’ Hostile Environment policy.

2.HERITAGE
It is an absolute necessity that museums across Wales safeguard the history and archival heritage of BAME communities in Wales.

We request permanent exhibitions on the heritage and history of BAME communities in pre-existing museums in Wales such as:
Amgueddfa Cymru/National Museum of Wales
Saint Fagans Natural History Museum
Swansea Museum
National Waterfront Museum. We submit that the Welsh Government should commission a public inquiry into why the Public Sector Equality Duty has not been upheld in museums across Wales. The report should address how many, and the nature of, BAME exhibitions the have been displayed in Wales in the last 100 years.

We encourage the Welsh Government to actively document Black stories through the creation of exhibitions and events.

3.ASSEMBLY
We submit that it is in the public interest that the Welsh Government create a national BAME citizens assembly with young people (25 and under) at its core. This citizens assembly will work together with the Welsh Government to foster and encourage an authentic dialogue between policymakers and the general public. Furthermore, this citizens assembly should be tasked with ensuring that the interests of BAME communities in Wales are always considered and upheld.

4.EDUCATION
We propose that the Welsh Government commit to ensuring an accurate and authentic representations of the contributions of Black people and other ethnic minorities in the curriculum across all subjects, particularly History, English Literature, Art, Welsh Language, Religious Education and Music. This entails embedding a nuanced, all-encompassing and historically accurate account of Black figures and works that have been integral to the listed subjects with a specific focus on Black Welsh figures and works. Black culture has been, and continues to be, integral to the Welsh identity. We want this to be properly acknowledged within all of our educational systems.


We urge the Welsh Government to fully implement the Equality Act Public Sector Duty into education in Wales including; mandatory anti-racism training for all teachers and administrative staff, mandatory anti-racism for all trainee teachers (whether those undertaking a PGCE or an undergraduate course) and mandatory improvement in the monitoring and recording of hate incidents in schools and universities.


We believe that the Welsh Government should homogenize anti-racism policies across schools in Wales.

5.POLICING & PRISONS
We request an inquiry into institutional and systemic racism in Welsh police forces. The reasons for this can be demonstrated by but is not limited to the following:
Christopher Kepessa – 2019
The Cardiff 5 – 1988
Mahmood Hussein Mattan – 1952
This inquiry should review stop-and-searches and arrests in Wales which disproportionally effects Black communities and BAME citizens.
We require further participation and understanding into any further militarization of our prison and policing systems.

6.PUBLIC SERVANTS
We propose that the Welsh Government should implement compulsory racial bias, hate-crime and de-escalation training for every single person working in the public sector. It is in the public interest that workers in the public sector are effectively equipped and trained.
We propose that the Welsh Government should provide full transparency on what screening processes are currently in place for racist tendencies and bigotry in their recruitment of workers to the public sector.


The Welsh Government should ensure that they thoroughly screen every potential public servant for any racist tendencies or bigotry. Those that fail this screening should not be able to become a public sector worker of any kind.

7.FUNDING
We request that the Welsh Government commit to funding grassroots BAME organisations that evidence their engagement with BAME communities and young BAME citizens across the country.


We request full transparency of the way that BAME organisations in Wales are funded. This avoids a culture of favouritism.

8.GOVERNMENT REVIEWS
In accordance with All Black Lives UK (ABLUK), we urge the Welsh Government to consider the following reviews that extensively detail issues within BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) communities:
Windrush Lessons Learned Review (30 recommendations)
Lammy Review (35 recommendations)
Timpson Review (30 recommendations)
McGregor-Smith Review (26 recommendations)
Angiolini Review (110 recommendations)

These recommendations are just fragments of the larger discourses surrounding the worldwide BLM movement. Many of the suggestions throughout this statement are already supported by petitions and campaigns across the country. This is an active and collective mobilisation of individuals and agencies who all want to see justice and equality enacted in Wales. Taking this into account, we believe that it is incredibly important that the Welsh Government are willing to discuss the matters above with BLM and other anti-racist activists across the country to ensure that the changes we need are actually made. To the general public; keep having candid conversations, keep signing petitions and keep the momentum going. 

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