Did I just see what I saw? There is now a *White Working Class Writers Guild* group on Twitter?
I think we all need to talk. You see many of us ordinary folks, and many academics have been trying to shout down lie that has been told that the working class experience in UK is singularly White. It is a lie so ingrained in the arts that we’ve not challenged or interrogated it.
Mostly I’m sad. It s lie that has been at heart of racial and cultural divides in this country for too long. The poorest and most neglected areas of of this country also tend to boast the most diversity. Families of immigrants and refugees are almost entirely working class.
So many people in industry talk about working classes and conflate that with Whiteness, and everyone just nods. So much of the time, Black working class people are simply left out of the conversation, and if their poverty can’t be directly linked to crime, it doesn’t matter.
This is not how so much of country operates outside of arts. There is so much solidarity in communities of working class people, and although so much of that commonality had been destroyed by right wing press, there is still people working, living, loving against the same odds.
Immigrant class, working class, care system class, spent most adult life on benefits class, accruing debt class, no chance of owning a home class - and Black. Are our imaginations so limited that we can’t imagine that? Of course this is anger distorted - again - but at what cost?
And yes there are many of Black community that aren’t working class - that convo needs to be had too. But really? Your Whiteness is not what makes your experience unique. It is the inability to see how successive gov’ts have used that to beat you and beat Black people same way.
And frankly for this country to accept Black middle-classes, it would have to see Black wealth and success as viable and possible beyond the famous and extraordinary...I digress...
I am sad but not surprised. Please writers, creatives, workers in theatre let’s have the conversation. This is not about agreeing on what particular barriers we all might face, or shutting it down, this is about not buying into the hate hype. Truly divide and conquer vibes. Fark!
So will all artists or work callouts be followed by posts like this?...
The other day I asked a room zoom of people a difficult question about who gains from current system - now I ask how people have made insinuations, if not clear statements, that people have got work/commissions because they’re Black? Or questioned their class status? Honestly...
When I was invited to be on a panel last year to talk about being a working class artist, I truly cried after. It was the first time I had ever been invited to anything to do with class in theatre. It was the first time someone bothered to look beyond how I speak. First time.

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24 Oct 20
How do we speak to each other? How do we hear each other? How do we realise that sometimes we’re saying the same thing, sometimes fighting the same fight just expressing it differently? Timeline is full of commentary from people who think they’re on polar ends of something...
And they’re really not. The polarity that seems to be needed for us to feel validated in our values and principles in discussions is a smokescreen that simply does the very thing we are all asking for: nuance, to be seen for who we are, to be heard.
An example. I have been intrigued about how the unspoken values around ‘excellence’ night do more harm to Black artists in theatre than we know sometimes. I then read a post about how there’s nothing wrong with ‘excellence’ when it comes to Black work. And I agree.
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Not going to lie, I have been hanging on emotionally by a very thin thread all week. Everyday feeling ever more fragile and worried that the smallest thing will tip me over. But I’ve continued on...I’ve done my own writing, supported others in theirs, and dreamt up new stories...
I have answered emails, sent info, proofed things, and tried to keep my diary updated. Have had phone calls, and made phone calls, and been encouraged and encouraged where I can. And all of these things so many others could point to in their week too...
And whilst doing all of this I have watched through daily tears, the leaders of the country I live in disgrace themselves, and the leaders of the country I was born in disgrace themselves...and through those tears have worried for family and felt so unsure of the word ‘home’.
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I went to bed last night in tears. I saw the post about the @DailyMailUK FB comments were PEOPLE were being gleeful and expressing joy at the death of a young refugee. This is no longer something we can put under labels of Brexit, Politics or Immigration - THIS IS PURE HATE.
Hate that PEOPLE are walking around with and justifying to each other in open public and civil spaces - the digital space is both of those things. And both our gov’t and media see nothing wrong it captialising and encouraging it. This is a deep corrosion of societal values...
And many know what that hate looks like and how it plays out systemically, politically and personally. What we are witnessing in this country is not a repeat of history. It is a new form of hate. PEOPLE use their inventiveness not just for good technological advances...
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I think one of the things we really have to take stock of in this moment is that we work with, are acquainted with, live next door to people who think humanity only becomes relevant when it directly touches in something about them or what they deem important...
When people talk about noticing the importance of the deafening silence of some in this moment, with this injustice, they are talking also about finally recognising the real value you put in my life in this beautiful skin...
And we’re going to have to honest that do many of the liberal Whiteness that takes place in this country is lip-service and performative. We will have to be honest some very liberal creative people secretly think ‘there’s too much talk about race’...
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