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> Kent Union's Black History Month sponsored by....Zayn Malik, eh?
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post Oct 26 2016, 02:53 PM
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It seems Uni of Kent's SU decided to take the bizarre decision of having Zayn Malik and Sadiq Khan as two of their six poster people for their Black History Month campaign. Yes really.

As you can imagine there has been a huge backlash against them and they have since apologised but people are still raging on social media about it and are calling them a national embarrassment etc.

I honestly don't know what even possessed them to do this. Who in the SU team honestly thought it would be a good idea to put Zayn Malik and Saqid Khan on posters for Black History Month. I almost feel it undermines the purpose of Black History Month. The official twitter page for BHM even pointed out, imagine if this was in reverse and black people were put on Asian Heritage Month posters. I haven't read to much about it, but apparently their justification was something to do with recognising political movements about race in general.

If anyone wants to see the offending posters, they've on the Telegraph's article: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/2016/...malik-and-sadi/
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post Oct 26 2016, 03:05 PM
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yeah it indeed seems very odd... Black History Month is meant to celebrate achievements of African-Americans, not just anyone who isn't white.

hopefully the backlash just gets aimed at the union and not the university itself as I'm a student there
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post Oct 26 2016, 03:08 PM
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I used to do some work at Kent Union when I was a student there so I'm ashamed!
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post Oct 26 2016, 03:22 PM
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QUOTE(Dannoween @ Oct 26 2016, 04:05 PM) *
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yeah it indeed seems very odd... Black History Month is meant to celebrate achievements of African-Americans, not just anyone who isn't white.

hopefully the backlash just gets aimed at the union and not the university itself as I'm a student there


It seems to be aimed at the union rather than uni itself. Have people at your uni taken much notice of it?
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post Oct 26 2016, 04:09 PM
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Saying Black History Month is about 'African-Americans' isn't a lot better tbh... kink.gif
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post Oct 26 2016, 04:51 PM
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I thought 'African-Americans' was still the most politically correct term, rather than 'Black people', but it seems there's no definitively 'correct' way.

Wikipedia says it's a celebration of African-American history anyhow https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_History_Month
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post Oct 26 2016, 10:53 PM
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I think the point is 'American' sort of excludes a lot of people, what about British black people or any other nationality? Just the term black people works a lot better for descriptive purposes. I thought 'African American' wasn't so popular now as a term anyway, Italian Americans and Irish Americans are rarely referred to as such and I've never heard the term 'European American'.

As for Black History month itself I find myself agreeing with Morgan Freeman on the matter.
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post Oct 27 2016, 12:11 AM
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I think this is more on British Black History Month rather than the Anerican one which isn't until February.
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