For countless generations people of African and Caribbean descent have been shaping our nation’s story

For countless generations people of African and Caribbean descent have been shaping our nation’s story, making a huge difference to our national and cultural life and helping to make Britain a better place to be.

It is this contribution of black British people that I am proud to be celebrating  Black History Month  this October. 

That contribution is overwhelmingly apparent today in the energy, talent and dedication of business leaders, lawyers, academics, musicians, artists and many more. This year we have seen the heroic efforts of all the frontline workers and the doctors, nurses and medical professionals who have been tirelessly supporting our NHS throughout the coronavirus pandemic.  

Of course, there is much more work to be done to ensure that every person of every skin colour, background and creed has the opportunity to succeed, and to stamp out discrimination and racism. I understand the force and depth of feeling that has been expressed following the death of George Floyd in the United States, and share the determination of all those seeking a more equal and just world. That’s why I have set up a Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities to make the progress so many have called for, and to bring about lasting change.  

But I also believe that alongside tackling the substance of the problem, we should be giving due praise and recognition to all those who have played such an important role in helping to positively shape modern Britain and our modern Commonwealth.  

Because it’s a great shame that more people do not know more about Paul Stephenson or Mary Prince. Or that they haven’t heard about the many brave black servicemen who served in the World Wars – from those grappling in the mud of the Western Front, to the valiant Caribbean pilots and aircrew in the Second World War, and the heroes who fought further afield, in places such as Burma. Or even that they know so little about the Windrush generation, from the nurses who were there at the very start of our NHS to all those who helped rebuild our country after the war. 

A key part of the Commission’s work will be to look at how we ensure society is more aware of the significant role people from different ethnic backgrounds have played in our shared British history. Let’s use this Black History Month to celebrate not just the achievements of people today, but of all those who have shaped our nation. Let’s raise up those names. Let’s remember their acts. And let’s celebrate them – because black British history is all our history.

Boris Johnson Prime Minister

 

 

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Thank you Mr Prime Minister Boris Johnson for the comments you have made about our black people who have been at the side of white Britain at all times to make Britain a great nation. Without black people Britain would not be what she is today. Black people are a blessed people. Every nation prosper through them. Yet they are the most persecuted and unloved people in the world today. The time has now come to change this situation. There is no need for people to fear us. We are here to do good in the world. We are the children of the MOST HiGH GOD ALMIGHTY. We are in the world to do good and not evil. We have been through all our trials and tribulations the time has now come to set us free and to treat us as all people on earth with all respect. Let this be the experience of us all. We know our history. We know where we are coming from. Let the world know the truth of who we are. Then all the world would be bless.


Well, better late than never! Let the celebrations begin!


He should be doing more then just saying thanks,there is and has been work needing to be done in the Caribbean /commonwealth.


Of course he will say that but whether he means it is a different question altogether. The truth of the matter is blacks are the founders of civilisation and the West is rich becuse of them and the control by force they ave on blacks and ulitmately the hole population of the World. The Establishement and Elites of the World dont want this known as the status quo would change to favour the 80% working class populace of the World. Lets be a unity and take down these oppressor judge them with their own laws which they simply do not abide by.


As the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson has a duty to at least attempt to say the right thing, it would be seriously remiss of him to not try to say something positive and inclusive about Black History Month, BLM and Black British people and culture. But no, I don’t think I will be applauding him. His comments read as nothing more than PR, as they are coiffed and designed to be read by the many. Stuart Hall spoke and wrote on the idea of encoding and decoding, in regards how those in positions of power disseminate their ideas through popular culture; media etc and how we the recipients decode/assimilate that information. Unfortunately for Mr Johnson there are too many of us who are wise to these PR tricks dressed up as genuine compassion. It is impossible not to see it as anything else as it is plain for all to see and hear, that when he is caught off guard; when his words are not scripted, we see a side of our PM that is every bit as biased as the system from which he hails.


I am a black African that I have stood up for everyone to be United all life matters real never die otis connection either way supporting United Kingdom I need help with my organisation is suffer of racial abuse and still stand up to bring love and peace to the community


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