CELEBRATING RACIAL DIVERSITY

This term saw the first 'Race Takeover' of the Portsmouth Point school blog. Every day for a week entries from pupils in Years 7-13 were shared on issues around race and ethnicity.

Whilst we as a nation have made great progress on racial equality we cannot deny that racist attitudes and behaviours still persist. With the huge increase in racially motivated hate crimes since the Brexit referendum in 2016, we feel that it’s our responsibility to avoid complacency on this issue. At The Portsmouth Grammar School we do not simply tolerate difference, we celebrate it. We are unambiguous in our mission to help every member of our community feel safe and valued and we are delighted that so many pupils have engaged with this movement for positive change. Let this be the beginning of more dialogue and engagement with issues around race and together we will make a difference. The links to some of the articles and pieces of creative writing written not just by our pupils, but also by pupils at our Partners in Learning School, Kikaaya College School in Uganda, are below along with artwork inspired by the 'Race Takeover' week.

Jo Morgan introduces Race and Diversity Week on Portsmouth Point and suggests that more needs to be done to tackle unconscious racism in the classroom; James McCallum, Joe Houlberg and William Hammond discuss the ways in which the existence of white privilege is ignored. James Cuthbert and Finn Heseltine explore the relationship between race and the criminal justice system; Madeleine Peel, Charlotte Barber, George Keiditsch, Annika Bright, Daniel Perkins and Amelie Parnell examine the worrying rise in racist attitudes and actions nationally and globally. Eddie Banham presents migration as a moral issue; Will Davis, Tavie Hynes-Laitt, Alex Beckett, Cian Fish and Ollie Thomas highlight the issue of global migration through the personal stories of three individuals. Tilly Goldman investigates the controversy over "racially diverse" book covers in the United States; the Senior School Reading Groups reflect on the Carnegie Medal diversity scandal. Phoebe Clark suggests Islam is a misunderstood religion; Christopher Clark reassesses the legacy of Malcolm X; Ruth Richmond offers a personal perspective on the civil rights movement; James Burkinshaw argues that the legacy of slavery continues to poison American politics. Martha Bell criticises US Senator Marsha Blackburn's war on gender equality and LGBTQ rights; Sophie Reeve-Foster, Becky Wiles, Francesca Aston and Jimmy Cathie explore the intersection between race, gender and sexuality, from Meghan Markle to Lil Nas X. Emily Curwood, Sofia Findlay-Pacheco, Emma Moseley, Joe Russell and Becky Wiles celebrate the work of one of America's greatest writers, Toni Morrison; and pupils from PGS and Kikaaya School, Uganda, present an anthology of poems exploring diversity & an exhibition of art (from painting to cooking) that represents race and identity.