Racism and Sexism in the UK

When people think of racism, they often think of discrimination against minorities — especially blacks and women. They rarely consider it against whites and men. Yet, that’s exactly what has been taking place at Goldsmiths University of London.

The Welfare and Diversity officer Bahar Mustafa has repeatedly discriminated against whites and others for student events. On February 4, she posted an invitation to a movie screening that was “BME ONLY” — Black and Minority Ethnic ONLY. On April 15, as revealed on Reddit and various news outlets on Tuesday and Wednesday this week, she only permitted BME women and non-binary people to attend: “…if you’re a man and/or white PLEASE DON’T COME…”

Now, Facebook tells us that everyone knows there are social groups, especially support groups, that restrict access to members of that group — for example, a private support group for non-binary people would typically be open only to non-binary people who need help. Yet, the February 4 event was for a screening of Dear White People. Worse yet, the April 15 event was promoting “anti-racism.” Essentially, Bahar Mustafa, took an event designed to fight racism and turned it into the perfect example of racism. Additionally, the event became a great example of modern sexism.

Supporters of Mustafa’s decisions believe she was right to ask men and white people to not attend because the event was designed specifically for BME women and non-binary attendees.

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