England female footballer Eni Aluko accused her former coach of racism. She later reached a settlement with the English FA.
As a result of her experience, she became involved in a UK government anti-racism parliamentary inquiry.
Like Eni Aluko, the large majority of people advising Western governments on race relations are mostly high profile people who have experienced racism.
With all due respect to Eni Aluko and other high profile sufferers of racism turn advisers, experiencing racism does not make someone an expert in race relations.
I have undergone two heart surgery.
Does that make me an expert in heart surgery?
Would you be comfortable taking my advice about heart surgery?
Or would you want me to conduct surgery on your heart because I have undergone heart surgery?
Except you had death wish, you will not allow me to open your heart, would you?
Who Should Be At the Table
There are lots of black intellectuals who have spent their lives researching race relations.
Those are the people who are supposed to be at the forefront of solving race relations problems not those who shout the loudest.
So, for me, the first step in solving race relations issues is having the right people at the negotiation table.
I mean no disrespect to anyone.
All I am saying, it’s time to bring in the professionals.
We cannot solve a problem with the same type of thinking that created that problem.
We need fresh thinking from those who really know how to solve problems.