On being a black female postgraduate in the UK

An important article by Janine Bradbury.

in a climate where only one in 13 (7.7%) university professors are from BME backgrounds, where only 50 out of a total 14,000 university professors in Britain are from black Caribbean or black African backgrounds, and only 10 of these are women, how much tenacity does one black female PhD student need to achieve her full potential?

4 thoughts on “On being a black female postgraduate in the UK

  1. wow! if statistics are scary, it’s these!

    before i can think of ‘reaching a full potential’ in those straight-uphill circumstances………i’m thinking: ‘how much fighting spirit and tenacity is needed to even start on a path this challenging!’

    credit to you for taking this path, and my wishes you keep reaching out this way to get the support and encouragement you deserve to help you stay with it and keep striving and moving up that mountain.

  2. “From birth we are called Black or referred to as Black People. But should we allow ourselves to be defined by the below definition?

    Definition of Black according to Dictionary.com:

    1. lacking hue and brightness; absorbing light without reflecting any of the rays composing it.
    2. characterized by absence of light; enveloped in darkness: a black night.
    3. soiled or stained with dirt: That shirt was black within an hour.
    4. gloomy; pessimistic; dismal: a black outlook.

    I/We are none of the above.

    If you still do not understand where I’m coming from insert any of the below words in front of the word “People” (i.e. “Dirty” People).

    Synonyms
    1. dark, dusky; sooty, inky; swart, swarthy; sable, ebony. 4. dirty, dingy. 5. sad, depressing, somber, doleful, mournful, funereal. 7. disastrous, calamitous. 9. sinful, inhuman, fiendish, devilish, infernal, monstrous; atrocious, horrible; nefarious, treacherous, traitorous.”

    http://www.theopenedbox.com/articles/being-called-black-being-called-a-ner-reflectionblog/

  3. The feminist woman Trudy at Gradient Lair calls herself and others of her ethnicity “black.” The NAACP has “colored people” in the title. It seems to be a personal choice, at times. Deciding what term to use when addressing issues of race and racism in writing can seem dubious for this white woman and others, no doubt, who have no intention of offending or deprecating.

    When used with respect, attention to preferences, and fair content, I think the term “black” is not politically or personally contentious, on the whole, though if I were talking with you about race, Raashad, I would use the term of your choice.

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