The Powerlist: is it right that people are still set apart by race?
The Powerlist details the 100 most influential black people in the UK.
This list, or Powerlist—as it is called—shouldn’t exist.
Its website claims the purpose of Powerlist is to ‘provide professional role models for young people of African and African Caribbean heritage.’ Should such young people only look up to figures with the same skin colour as themselves? Surely not.
A list of the 100 most influential white people would seem ridiculous—and rightly so; it would be ridiculous.
Haven’t we gotten rid of the racialist view that people are set apart by race?
If not, this survey certainly isn’t acting as a step away from that purely irrational and morally unjustifiable stance.
I thought we’d all (and by all, I obviously mean the vast majority of intelligent, thinking people—let’s not be too pernickety) come to agree with Robert Sobukwe’s famous line that ‘there is only one race to which we all belong, and that is ‘the human race’.
Congratulations to everyone who made it onto the Powerlist 2019. Look forward to seeing many of you later @plaisterershall for the Black Excellence Dinner. #powerlist2019 #blackleadership pic.twitter.com/MKz2hdog0R
— POWERLIST (@powerlistmag) October 23, 2018
Just to top it all off, the list was officially launched (as can be seen above) at a ‘Black Excellence gala dinner’. Does that event title not make you wince, even if just a little?
It certainly does for me.