The last few months have been trying for black people in the UK. We are facing a global coronavirus outbreak that many of our relatives work on the frontlines of, in the NHS and other essential services, and it is also a pandemic that we are four times more likely to succumb to. Then there’s the global anti-racism action which we have mobilised in solidarity to support relentlessly.
In times like these it’s natural to turn to the media for information in order to feel like things aren’t totally spinning out of control. However, recent events have shown there is a desperate need to get clued up on a couple of things.
Grime godfather Wiley’s anti-Semitic tweets have been rightly condemned by a cross-section of personalities in the public eye, including Black Jewish voices. Initially, there seemed to be minimal comment from black media outlets and personalities online. It exposed a gap in understanding of what anti-Semitism is and why Wiley’s tweets were harmful.