[NetBehaviour] shameful behaviour at Goldsmiths

Graziano Milano grazmaster at googlemail.com
Wed Jun 17 22:43:44 CEST 2020

I live close to Goldsmiths University and last year campaigners said the
university failed to respond adequately to racist abuse of student
elections candidate. Students occupied Goldsmiths campus in protest at
institutional racism:

And then the students started an anti-racism protest to mark 100th day with
a rally

After that, the University made a Goldsmiths Anti-Racist Action (GARA) as
a comprehensive action plan to help address the BME degree attainment gap
and wider racial justice issues highlighted by a the student protest at
Goldsmiths: https://www.gold.ac.uk/students/dth-protest-college-response/

Well, it looks like Goldsmiths completely failed to implement its GARA

This is really terrible considering that on 13th August 2017 Goldsmiths
organised various activities in marking the 40th anniversary of the Battle
of Lewisham when the racist National Front suffered a massive defeat thanks
to a vast crowds of counter-protesters that had massed on New Cross Road
(close to Goldsmiths University) to prevent the 500 supporters of the
National Front from marching.

Just a week before the 40th anniversary there was the emergence of a
long-lost footage, thought to have been destroyed, that offered a fresh
understanding of that protest. I went to watch it that week at Goldsmiths
and it’s on Vimeo as part of the London Community Video Archive:

It's a 40+ minutes long footage that really shows the amazing protest by
the local multi-racial community against the National Front fascists.


On Wed, 17 Jun 2020 at 10:41, Ruth Catlow via NetBehaviour <
netbehaviour at lists.netbehaviour.org> wrote:

> Yes
> I've been watching this unfold.
> And I agree with your statement
> Goldsmiths has long had a very problematic relationship with both the
> artworld and with racism.
> There have been (and continue to be) some such excellent people there
> working at take-downs in both domains:
> Suhail Malik
> Zach Blas
> Ramon Amaro
> Helen Pritchard
> Sarah Ahmed
> Kristen Krieder
> .... to name a few (and ignoring all the excellent work going on at the
> intersection of social justice, art and environment)
> But still the dreadful stories keep coming from all departments on the
> brutal and utterly unprincipled treatment of students and staff alike that
> would appear to stem from the status of the university as a business
> rather than a place of learning.
> On Tue, Jun 16, 2020 at 12:08 PM Michael Szpakowski <
> m at michaelszpakowski.org> wrote:
>> Have people seen this?
>> https://twitter.com/evan_ife/status/1272456549215211521
>> It is utterly shameful.
>> If you're on Twitter I urge you to like and reweet Evan's message.
>> If I hear of any other solidarity steps people can take I will post them
>> here
>> Michael
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