“This is a @_CreativeAccess scheme for people from a black, Asian or non-white ethnic minority background. Know anyone who’d be suitable? Share this with them!” it concludes, with a link to the advertisement, which is accepting applications until February 4th, 2018.
The explicitly racial criteria for the position raises potentially uncomfortable questions around who does and does not qualify as “non-white”.
BBC Newsbeat has yet to respond to questions from Breitbart London regarding whether or not it would consider a fair-skinned ethnically Jewish applicant or an applicant with a non-white grandparent who is mixed race but “white passing” in terms of their outward appearance.
Newsbeat is looking for a Trainee Multi-Media Journalist. This is a @_CreativeAccess scheme for people from a black, Asian or non-white ethnic minority background. Know anyone who'd be suitable? Share this with them! Full details here: https://t.co/uS5WORiz27 pic.twitter.com/wh05k7CsYu
— BBC Newsbeat (@BBCNewsbeat) January 17, 2018
This is by no means the first the publicly-funded broadcaster has posted ‘no whites’ advertisements, and rival ITV network caused a stir for using similar anti-white hiring practices at its flagship Peston on Sunday current affairs programme.
The BBC often tries to defend these advertisements by saying they are offering “training opportunities” rather than “jobs” — but the posts are generally salaried, and often pay more than one could expect to earn working full-time for the minimum wage.
Many members of the public are under the impression that Britain’s equality legislation makes it illegal to discriminate against people based on their race, but the Equality Act 2010 does, in fact, contain so-called ‘positive action’ provisions which do allow employers to discriminate in favour of people with certain ‘protected characteristics’.
These include being female, homosexual, or non-white — leading to situations where straight, white men are sometimes literally the only people excluded from a training workshop, internship, etc.
British Police Force Uses ‘Positive Action’ to Ban White Men from Recruitment Workshops
— Breitbart London (@BreitbartLondon) October 12, 2017
Broadcasters, police forces, and so on are continuing to pursue policies designed to reduce the number of white people — and, more specifically, white men — in the workforce despite mounting evidence that white working-class boys have in many respects the worst outcomes of any demographic in the United Kingdom.
Shadow Education Secretary Angela Rayner recently admitted that the establishment’s focus on “race and women’s agendas” has had “a negative impact on the food chain [for] white working boys”.
Statistics on university attendance appear to support this assessment, with the number of white people in further education having declined by 5.5 per cent over a five-year period, while the number of black, Asian, and other/mixed race students has increased by 10.8 per cent, 12.5 per cent, and 21 per cent, respectively.