Ultimately, being a person of colour, there’s one question that runs through my mind when I read about events like this: do white people even care? And I don’t apologise if that question offends you. Look back at recent events like Grenfell: still no justice for the victims. Brexit: how immigration was a focal point yet only 35 words on the mobility of people between the UK and EU in the prime minister’s Brexit deal (LOL). And how the national media continues to demonise Muslims but when domestic terrorism occurs the individual is portrayed as mentally ill rather than using religion or race as a narrative.
You know what, I should be grateful, it’s 2018 and there’s an activist and hashtag somewhere to empower anything and everything under the sun. But who is actually making a difference for the people in their communities?
England legend John Barnes told the BBC this week in response to the abuse directed at Sterling: “It didn't surprise me because black people go through invisible banana skins being thrown at them and unspoken racial abuse every day of their lives.”
I took the time to interview my good friend and talented writer Calum Jacobs to find out how publishing a magazine about football and race can help tackle these issues and bring awareness to the problem. Established a little over a year ago, CARICOM magazine sprang from a need to see football and fan culture examined through the under-explored lens of the black experience in Great Britain and beyond.
Click here, to read the full interview.