Reflections from Jane Knowles, SASP CEO: Tackling racism and racial inequality
Posted: Wed, 26 May 2021 12:04
Reflections from Jane Knowles, SASP CEO
Just over a year after George Floyds death, I have been reflecting on the impact this has had on me personally and professionally. Initially I began my reading and discussing with friends and family, being white, I suppose testing out my thoughts, asking for challenge and trying to become more articulate with my thoughts and feelings. It goes without saying that as head of an organising like SASP, which is all about tackling inequality, it didn't take long for me to start exploring this with staff too.
We have spent 3 staff meetings exploring our awareness of the issues, the language and our ability to challenge appropriately if needed outside of our organisation. This wasn't always easy, and we still have much more to do and will continue to do this. We are creating a culture of trust and learning around equality, particularly racial equality, which is something we have rarely talked about in Somerset and staff are least comfortable with. Language is changing and we are finding a more proactive stance around racial inclusion and it's growing within our organisation.
As awareness and understanding grows, SASP is committed to being an anti-racist organisation and this is to be shown in the way we operate not just policy. Our learning, growth and commitment to this grows as we become more able to speak clearly, challenge appropriately and discuss with colleagues different scenarios and reactions.
Learn more about our work to build our knowledge and understanding of the causes and impact of racial inequality in our sector, building a long-term commitment and identifying priorities for action #RacialEqualityCommitment here