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The Cultural Exchange
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Harlow Gets Serious on Discriminatory Language
In November 2015 in the Essex town of Harlow, HOPE not hate carried out one of it's largest regional training events to date, training just over 500 employees of the Essex County Council/Burnt Mill Trust in twelve 45 minute back-to-back sessions, in order to cut down the size of the groups so that each session could be as interactive as possible.
Built in 1955, Harlow is one of Essex's two New Town developments designed to rehouse blitzed London families after the Second World War, a legacy that still remains with the town having the third-highest proportion of social housing in England. Harlow has come on a long way since the 1950s and now boasts major transport links to London via the Stansted Express and M11, which has attracted new industry and workers looking to live outside of the city; along with this has been a change in the social demographics of the town.
Although the demographics are changing, certain attitudes have been slow to keep up, and HOPE not hate was brought in to start a serious dialogue with the local educational sector as it was feared that discriminatory language was being passed down the generations and affecting the community and local school environment.
Working within the town, HOPE not hate was quickly aware of many people from the town, who although not racist themselves, were certainly confused about what are considered racist terms, largely through a lack of understanding and right-wing media slamming the overuse of “PC” terms.
During the day, HOPE not hate very successful created a safe space, where people could feel encouraged to air their opinions and confusions. For the first time in many of these peoples' lives we were able to have a frank discussion about the impact and consequences of “casual” racism so that they could have a clear understanding of the damage it does on the community rather than just being told it is wrong. Finally, each session summed up with a discussion about how language can reinforce oppression on an individual level.
Teri-Leigh, an English & Media teacher commented that “the training made the participants really think about the impact of language; most of us are conscious of the impact of our words so choose them carefully, but how you can change until you change until you really understand what is acceptable?&lrquo;
This was just a start of the discussion in Harlow. We are already in talks with the Burnt Mill group about two more events to further develop understanding about discrimination.