Having witnessed the events of the past few weeks, colleagues at CIDT would like to express their unwavering solidarity to those among us that have endured and experienced the consequences of racial inequality and injustice.
CIDT colleagues recognise and express our pain and righteous anger about racial inequality and injustice anywhere in the world. As a Centre focused on social development, through our work we are aware of underlying systemic racial inequalities at local, national, regional and global levels. Racial injustice and discrimination is apparent in all areas of society, we cannot ignore the racial biases that exist within education, justice, health and society in general.
The killing of George Floyd in America and the recent data from Public Health England on the disproportionate impact of Covid 19 on ethnic minorities have thrown a spotlight on the racial inequalities and injustices that sadly still exist even in countries with more advanced economies. Both in the UK and US, ethnic minorities are more likely to be in essential jobs that that have a high risk of exposure to infection. Mortality rates of Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups have been disproportionately high, bringing into focus the sad reality that they are helping more and being helped less.
In the words of the cleric, anti-apartheid and human rights activist Desmond Tutu:
‘if you are neutral in situations of injustice you have chosen the side of the oppressor’.
We at CIDT would like restate our commitment to doing whatever we can, anywhere in the world to fight all forms of racial inequality and injustice. As long as inequality and injustice are not totally eradicated in the UK, US or anywhere in the world; the achievement of a better and more sustainable future for all – as outlined in the Sustainability Development Goals – will in the words of Bob Marley – ‘remain but a fleeting illusion to be pursued, but never attained’. 
Richard Nyirenda and Rufsana Begum, on behalf of the whole CIDT team.
- George Floyd statement by the University of Wolverhampton
- George Floyd’s Death shows us how international development needs to change, article by Segun Olowookere, Finance Director of Restless Development
The following images show the CIDT team holding up quotes and statements that speak to them. Click the images to enlarge.