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I am the co-ordinator of Beyond The Will Smith Challenge (BTWSC), a not-for profit voluntary organisation that uses the creative arts to raise aspirations and promote social inclusion. BTWSC rose to the challenge of American entertainer Will Smith for artists, particularly rappers, to produce songs that did not have violent or sexist lyrics.
The-Latest.Comers' comments regarding a disturbing e-mail, (copied below), that I received from the British Commission for Racial Equality regarding Brent Youth Spotlight (BYS) 2006, an event that BTWSC runs in north west London, would be welcome.
BYS recognises Brent 13-17 year olds from ethnic minority backgrounds, who deserve recognition for achievement, exemplary behaviour, voluntary work, looking after disabled family members, or turning away from challenging behaviour. The aim is raise their self-esteem and encourage them to reach their full potential. Click on link to Brent Youth Spotlight 2006 for more information.
* The-Latest members can exclusively view the award-winning Anti-Racist Alliance short film Wondeful World and hear Big Bill Broonzy's powerful song against racism, Black, Brown and White (both attached below). If you are not registered the files will not appear at the end of this article.
25 May 2006
Our ref: 328/419/ OR/AN
Dear Ms Serwah
RACE RELATIONS ACT 1976 (as amended) Advertisement in Wembley Times
We have received a number of complaints regarding the advertisement which appeared in the Wembley Times on Wednesday 03 looking for Brent resident from ethnic minority background who deserve recognition. Section 29 of the Race Relations Act 1976 ("the Act") makes it unlawful "to publish or cause to be published an advertisement which indicates, or might reasonably be understood as indicating, an intention by a person to do an act of discrimination". Unless one of the statutory exemptions applies. Publishers as well as advertisers are liable for breach of this section.
The complainants are alleging that the advertisement is discriminatory in that it only offers an award to residents from ethnic minority background.
Direct Discrimination occurs: when someone is treated less favourable on racial grounds. Racial grounds include not only grounds of race but also those of colour, nationality, citizenship, and ethnic or national origin.
In order that we can consider the complaints further, please let us have your comments in writing, and provide us with statistical data upon which you relied together with further information and background material relating to the award as advertised.