Booker Prize winner Bernardine Evaristo has stated she thinks that some individuals within the UK are ‘proud to be racist.’
The Lady, Girl, Different writer, who received the coveted award final yr, opened up about how the present political local weather has impacted individuals’s willingness to be open with their attitudes.
Requested by presenter Emma Barnett on BBC Radio 5 Dwell about the place we’re within the UK when it comes to racism, Evaristo stated: ‘I’d say that we’re in a greater place – we’ve to acknowledge the developments and the progress we’ve made as a nation when it comes to racism, as a result of till the Race Relations Act […] it was authorized to be racist, and folks had been.’
Nevertheless, she went on to say that, whereas there are some people who find themselves prepared to broaden their horizons and have interaction in conversations about racism, there are some who by no means will.
Evaristo added: ‘We’re going to have people who find themselves proud to be racist truly, and sadly they may dominate a few of the social media platforms.
‘We all know for instance Black girls, who’re excessive profile, are trolled in a method that different individuals aren’t.’
Evaristo received the Booker Prize along with her novel Lady, Girl, Different (Image: AFP through Getty Photographs)
She went on to say: ‘There are all the time going to be individuals who don’t need to interact with the concept of racism, who are usually not ever going to acknowledge that they could have to interrogate their very own behaviour […].’
‘For those who say to individuals, “You’re racist”, they’re both going to really feel terribly responsible or they’re gonna really feel extremely defensive and neither of these positions actually work,’ the writer continued.
‘What you actually need to do is enrol individuals within the thought of a extra equal society.’
She opened up about racism within the UK (Image: Getty Photographs)
Evaristo went on to say: ‘As quickly as you personalise it … it may be counterproductive. However on the identical time, it’s additionally as much as the person to take duty for everyone within the nation as a part of our nation.’
‘Since Brexit and this type of resurgence of anti-immigration attitudes – and I’m not saying they weren’t there [previously] – however abruptly it felt as if individuals may very well be very public about their anti-immigration stance,’ she stated.
‘And that additionally was broadened out into individuals feeling that truly being racist was OK and that was factor to be.’
Evaristo is the primary Black individual ever to win the Booker Prize, which started in 1969.
Her novel Lady, Girl, Different, follows the lives and struggles of 12 individuals, largely Black and British girls, as they inform their tales.
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