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Glasgow is part of the European Coalition of Cities Against Racism, and as part of this coalition people in Glasgow are being asked to contribute their experiences to help shape a travelling play that will tour Europe.

If you have experienced discrimination, you can tell your story online at The organisers (the City of Liège and ECCAR) are looking for examples of all kinds of discrimination, whether related to race, disability, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation or religion and belief.

Selected stories will be used to develop the play at the Conservatory of Music and Theatre in Liège.

Please share this information with friends, colleagues and communities so we can ensure Glasgow is well represented alongside our fellow ECCAR cities in this exciting project.

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The Black Minstrelsy in Scotland

This interactive lunchtime event will discuss the black faced minstrel shows from America at a critical time in the battle for “hearts & minds” on the issue of slavery in the southern states of America – in the two decades prior to the outbreak of the Civil War. The great emancipation campaigner Frederick Douglass, then in Scotland, denounced the shows as rooted in racist bigotry.

The presentation will be delivered by Dr Eric Graham, Honorary Post-Doctoral Fellow, and Scottish Centre for the Diaspora, University of Edinburgh. Project consultant to the Structure & Significance of British Caribbean Slave ownership project (UCL) and author of Burns & the Sugar Plantocracy of Ayrshire.

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Tagged in: Black History CRER


The Great Black Quiz Night 

Could you name the Black Football player who captained Scotland to a 6-1 victory over England?

Which famous Crimean War nurse said “I am a Creole, and have good Scots blood coursing through my veins. My father was a soldier of an old Scottish family.”

Which brave woman drew national attention to segregation in the American South when she was arrested for refusing to give up her seat on the bus to a white person?

Who was the first Black politician to be elected to office in Scotland?

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Tagged in: Black History CRER

Date: Wednesday 8 October 2014

Venue: Rutherglen Town Hall, 139 Main St, Rutherglen, South Lanarkshire G73 2JJ

Time: 7.30pm

Tickets: £6

Call our Box Office on 0141 613 5700 or visit us online at 

WALTER TULL, the first black officer in the British Army is portrayed in powerful new play, touring this year in celebration of Black History Month.

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For the first time, detailed information on stop and search at a local level has been made available through Police Scotland’s
Local Policing Management Information reports. Carol Young explores what this data tells us about race equality in stop and search.

Institutional racism in stop and search has long been seen as one area where England and Scotland diverge in terms of race equality. Inequalities are well evidenced south of the border, with people from Black communities six times more likely to be stopped and searched in England and Wales in 2010.

In Scotland, stop and search is generally more prevalent than it is in England and Wales. This may be at least partly due to differences in legal powers, with non-statutory[1] stop and search being prohibited in England and Wales since 2003. Looking at Police Scotland’s preferred measure of stop and search, the rate per 10,000 people, stop and search rates are almost seven times higher in Scotland than in England and Wales (1,285 stop and searches per 10,000 people compared to 180). Comparing the two areas with the highest rate of stop and search, Cleveland in England recorded 570 stop and searches per 10,000 people, whereas Glasgow in Scotland recorded 3,712. These are the latest comparable figures, for 2012/13.[2] More recent figures for Scotland from Police Scotland’s Management Information 2013/14 show a slight drop, to 1,206 per 10,000.

Despite the relative prevalence of stop and search, to date national statistics have suggested that stop and search has little impact on race equality in Scotland. According to Police Scotland, over 2013/14 “95.9% of stop and searches recorded were conducted on persons of white ethnicity which is very close to the proportion of ethnic white people in the Scottish population in the 2011 Scottish Census (96%).” This is as far as that report’s overview of stop and search by ethnicity goes. Although statistical tables give more detail, the written analysis of race equality is purely about white communities.

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Tagged in: CRER Equalities Policing