Novelist, Ayishat Akanbi, Chanté Joseph & More Discuss Racism In The Workplace For ‘The Race Card’


Last week, Complex, Lynx and SocialFIXT teamed up to launch the first episode in their new collaborative series The Race Card, a three-part deep dive into the world of microaggressions and how they ripple through our daily lives. To help, they called on rapper AJ Tracey and Man United star Jesse Lingard to sit alongside MC and producer Novelist, presenter and comedian Sideman, writer and stylist Ayishat Akanbi, and presenter and journalist Chanté Joseph.

Episode one focused on school and how crucial those formative years are. Encouragement from teachers (or a lack thereof) can have a profound and lifelong effect on their students. Together, the panelists shared examples from their own lives and put forward some suggestions that could change things for the better.

The latest episode moves the topic to the workplace and the conscious and unconscious biases that can work against POCs and their careers. “There is that pressure on Black people to prove that they’re one of the cool ones, they’re one of the safe ones,” Sideman explains. When pushed by Ayishat Akanbi to explain further, he adds: “If I come into a room as a Black man, right, and I haven’t got a smile on my face, I might be one of the ‘dangerous ones’.” To illustrate that, a TUC ‘Racism At Work’ survey found that over 40% of those who reported a racist incident at work said they were either ignored or subsequently identified as a ‘troublemaker’. The result is that an overwhelming number of Black people are made to feel like they have to ‘keep their heads down’ at work and turn the other cheek in order to keep their jobs.

The Race Card was created in partnership with youth culture title Complex UK, Lynx, and SocialFIXT—an online job-board platform and community connecting Black talent to jobs in the creative industries. As part of their commitment to racial equality, Lynx will also be building on this relationship with SocialFIXT. The partnership is part of a broader diversity and inclusion plan focused on building a bridge between Black talent and the marketing and creative industries. For more information, head here.

Watch episode 2 of The Race Card above.

Posted on November 06, 2020