Black Achievement in the Age of Colourblindness

It’s been a year since the sun set on my graduation, and I can say with some reflection my degree failed me as a Black student.

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Shouldn’t the texts read at in education be representative of the society, not just student population of that class?

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Where was Chimimanda Ngozi Adichie? What an inspiration. Where was Purple Hibiscus, Chinua Achebe, and Franz Fanon’s The Wretched of the Earth?

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I was part of a system that doesn’t do enough to cover my experience as a person of colour. And this is tied up in how we interact with our academic staff, lecturers (if at all) and if we do well at the end of our three years.

When we talk about the Industrial Revolution, we need to talk about how it was paid for — that Britain still profited off US slavery long after its own regime was abolished.

I graduated with a 2.1; I achieved. I left with a good degree but what about the clearly intelligent Black student that can graduate with a first class or a 2.1, and don’t?

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Unconscious bias doesn’t see age — it goes back to Sus Laws and Slavery; they are generations in the making and will take generations more to fix.



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Tré Ventour-Griffiths

Public Historian-Sociologist | Writer | Speaks: race, whiteness, Black History, dyspraxia/autism and more | Work: | ND