We reported a few days ago that an agency was advertising a trainee vacancy for the BBC that was only open to ‘non-white’ people, and this story has received a lot of social media attention.
The activist Tommy Robinson has now stepped into the debate with a simple but very effective Facebook post, and he said:
Blatant racism but because it’s against whites no one cares
As far as we are concerned, he is making a valid point here.
We are struggling to understand how on earth it can be acceptable or even legal for this sort of recruitment activity to take place in 2017 Britain.
While we appreciate that the BBC may feel the need to address an imbalance when it comes to the representation of BAME talent in the corporation, there is definitely a case for the term ‘discrimination’ to be applied to this job advert.
Imagine a ‘no black people’ statement and you will see where we are coming from, and a lot of people agree that this vacancy is being advertised in an outrageous manner.
This might sound like a knee-jerk response, but surely there is a possibility that someone could pursue the legal option regardless of the advert’s content.
Exactly Luke. How the ruddy hell is it legal?
Although many on the liberal left would beg to differ, there are many people who do feel like this is the case. The argument of ‘settling the score for past attitudes in society’ simply doesn’t wash anymore.
Good point Trevor. If you can do the job, you can do the job.
This comment did raise a chuckle in the office, seeing as there is such a debate at the moment about people being able to ‘identify’ in schools and places of employment.
If a white person decides that they wish to identify themselves as black, who the hell is going to be able to stop them without a major lawsuit on their hands? This concept seems t be acceptable for gender after all.
White candidates have just been BANNED from applying for this job at the BBC
A job vacancy advertisement has been placed online for a role at the BBC that specifically excludes white people from applying.
Take a few moments to read that opening paragraph again – we know. FFS.
The good guys over at Breitbart picked up on this earlier today
A job advert offering “an exceptional and unique opportunity to train as a broadcast journalist” at the BBC says it is only open to non-white applicants.
Posted to the jobs section of w4mp — the Westminster political, media, and lobbying jobs portal — on Tuesday, the advert states plainly that the year-long, paid internship at the BBC World Service is “only open to candidates from a black, Asian or non-white ethnic minority background”.
The advert was placed by Creative Access, a registered charity which — as previously reported by Breitbart London — offers highly desirable, paid internships at top media companies, from which white people are excluded from applying.
Does it really need to be pointed out that this is surely shaky ground on a number of levels.
We accept that this has come from a situation where BAME employees are underrepresented at the BBC, but we cannot see how actively excluding white people from applying is sending out the right message.
By all means open it up to everyone and perhaps ‘shuffle the deck’ of CVs creatively to meet your own needs – but advertising the fact so blatantly is only going to cause problems.
Naturally we are racist for pointing this out, but consider how this advert would be received:
Trainee Broadcast Journalist role at the BBC. We are only accepting applications from white candidates.
We accept that racial equality has to be seen in every single sector of society, but at what point does equality become anything but?