The London school that tried to end racism: Year 7 pupils are divided into mixed race 'affinity groups' for a TV experiment - but white pupils 'are terrified they could ruin their lives by saying the wrong thing' | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

The London school that tried to end racism: Year 7 pupils are divided into mixed race 'affinity groups' for a TV experiment - but white pupils 'are terrified they could ruin their lives by saying the wrong thing'

The programme was devised by Mariama Richards, an American diversity and inclusion practitioner who introduced mandatory affinity programmes in schools in New York and Washington DC, for children as young as eight.

When asked to discuss race, a student named Henry broke down because he was terrified of saying something which could offend someone, admitting: '[Before I talk about race] I think about how it's going to affect me in the future. If I say something bad, early in life, it could come back later in life.'

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The Race

Gleiwitz

Han Suyin famously said: "There is only one race - the human race." When we realize and internalize that reality, we can stop playing these games.

But we need to do this from the bottom up. When we, the people, come together as one race, then the old "divide and conquer" technique of institutionalized racism no longer works.

Gleiwitz

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