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Wednesday, May 25, 2005


The British Arts Council has decided to end racism:
More broadly, the council expects its grantees to create partnerships with minority artists and organizations; to advertise their programs in minority media; to attract minority audiences; to promote events for target groups, like Black History Month; and to support minority-owned businesses "wherever possible." And there is a lot more in the council's manual, which at times reads like an edict.

"Don't" ignore prayer times or dietary and alcoholic restrictions of board members from ethnic minorities. "Do" routinely integrate cast members of shows. "Don't" assume it will be difficult to attract minority audiences in areas without large minority communities. "Do" train new staff in race equality. "Don't" impose your tastes on minority artists. And so on.
Is "train new staff in race equality" even a meaningful sentence?