TV presenter Jean Johannson has opened up about how racism is being dealt with in Scotland, insisting the problem is “getting worse”.
Ohannson, a reporter for BBC’s The One Show and presenter of Animal Park and A Place In The Sun, recalled her experiences growing up in Scotland in the 1980s and 1990s – and revealed she spat in her face when she was 17 became .
But in a BBC documentary Disclosure: The Truth About Scotland And Racism, she said: “If I compare what I’ve heard to my upbringing in the 80s and 90s, I can honestly say things are getting worse and worse. “
The TV presenter, who was born in Port Glasgow in western Scotland, said she knew the show would “evoke all sorts of emotions and compel me not only to confront my past, but also to confront the reality for people today.” places that look like me”.
She added: “I approached the project from a privileged place in terms of my lifestyle, my job, my profile and my circumstances. I now realize that these things have shielded me from what’s really going on around me and the reality for people who look like me.
“My eyes were opened. It’s not the Scotland I grew up in. I don’t have all the answers, but from the people I’ve spoken to, I think education is key and allies and community are incredibly important.”
Nasar Meer, professor of racial identity and citizenship at the University of Edinburgh, told the program that while “about a third” of black and ethnic minority people in Scotland say they routinely face racial discrimination, “about 60% of people who say they have experienced racial discrimination and have not reported it to any authority”.
Prof Meer explained: “Poverty is a really good example of the problem of ethnic and racial differences in Scotland.
“Although black and ethnic minorities only make up around 4% of Scotland’s population, they make up 11% of the population considered to be living in poverty. And that’s the number that’s actually going up.”
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Meanwhile, Edinburgh University Rector Debora Kayembe told the show: “The further I go into society, the worse the racism gets.”
She recalled being “targeted when I had my portrait put up at the Royal Society of Edinburgh,” adding that “a lot of people weren’t happy” that her portrait was exhibited.
Asked how she feels about having become Rector of the University of Edinburgh, Ms Kayembe said: “It’s a great feeling but once the robe is off and you’re not in this court where the meeting is taking place, you see someone you only as a colored woman. It always decreases. It’s always degrading.”
Disclosure: The truth about Scotland and racism airs April 4 at 8pm on BBC One Scotland.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/tv-presenter-jean-johannson-says-racism-in-scotland-is-getting-worse-41515300.html TV presenter Jean Johannson says racism in Scotland is getting ‘worse’