A media internship “charity” has been accused of racism after its policy of only hiring non-whites came to light on Twitter.
The matter arose when ITV presenter Robert Peston tweeted a message stating the channel was “looking for an intern keen to learn about production and excited by politics”.
However, when people clicked the link in the tweet, they found it led to the Creative Access website, an organisation which states very plainly that white people are barred from applying for any of its internships.
The site informs visitors that internships are “only open to UK nationals from a black, Asian or non-white ethnic minority”. In other words, if you’re white, you’re not allowed in.
Many people on Twitter subsequently expressed anger that they would be banned from applying based on their ethnicity and questioned the organisation’s legality.
One user, called “vox populi, vox dei”, replied: “Wow, racism against whites, that can’t be legal surely?”
Another user said: “Hang on. It says no whites need apply. Is this legal?”
User Ben Dolbear also tweeted to various police force accounts, questioning the legality of the policy. “I would have loved to apply,” he wrote.
UK law states that it is illegal “to discriminate against anyone because of […] race including colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin”; however, it appears Creative Access gets around discrimination laws via its designation as a so-called Community Interest Company.
The Government’s anti-white “Positive action” law also allows organisations to favour people from “under-represented groups” based on factors such as race and sexuality (although it doesn’t permit them from outright banning whites from applying, as Creative Access does). In practice, this means British companies can hire non-whites over whites, women over men, and homosexuals over heterosexuals, not based on their abilities but rather because they aren’t straight white men.
Ironically Creative Access is based in London, where the one group it excludes, White Britons, are a minority.
This isn’t the first time Creative Access’s discriminatory hiring policy has come under fire. It was exposed in May last year by Katie Hopkins, writing in The Daily Mail, who blasted the organisation’s race-based restrictions.
“It galls me that my children – any white children – do not have access to the same opportunities, just because they are white,” Ms Hopkins wrote.
She also detailed examples of white people who had contacted her, saying they couldn’t get into certain jobs because of their race:
“One girl wrote to me about her experiences trying to get a job in the media industry. Every time she reached interview, she realised she was the lone pale face and knew she might as well turn around and walk out the door.
“Another gentleman recounted his work in a call centre, fielding calls from people looking for a job with large public-sector organisations, reading scripted replies from a screen. He recalls handling recruitment calls for the Metropolitan Police. If the caller said they were from an ethnic minority, a screen would come up for him to read – telling the candidate how to apply.
“If they were unfortunate enough to be white, they were told, ‘There are no vacancies at this time.’”
Creative Access boasts that it currently has 275 media partners, including other major TV channels like the BBC, Channel 4 and Sky, and even “conservative” newspapers like The Daily Mail itself.
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