Institutional racism? It’s in British national media and the BBCmain
We broke the news yesterday that Britain has its first music director of Black, Asian or minority ethnic (BAME) extraction: the young and extravagantly gifted Alpesh Chauhan becoming chief at Birmingham Opera Company.
Not one national newspaper has carried that news today. Nor, needless to say, has sad-sack, celeb-obsessed BBC News.
Alpesh is Birmingham born, a British-Asian product of state education at its best. He is principal conductor at Parma in Italy. He ought to be a source of national pride and a role model for minority communities. But the national media blank him because…. well, you tell me.
Were they aware? Well, I personally flagged it up to the Telegraph news desk, who usually respond to music events.
When Munira Mirza puts together Boris’s panel on institutional racism, I’ll be happy to testify at the media session.