“A film which celebrates black, Asian and ethnic minority key workers helping to tackle the coronavirus pandemic has gone viral with millions of views. The video features doctors, delivery drivers, teachers and celebrities including comedian Tez Ilyas. ts director Darren Smith says coronavirus has brought about a sense of solidarity within society” tells the Beeb’s feature. And there is more, not that Ms Evans wanted to hear it.
Ms Evans was horrified. After Siobhan Benita, who will contest the next London Mayoral election for the Lib Dems, observed of the film “When this outbreak is over, let us never again forget who puts their lives on the line to keep us all safe”, off she went.
What she managed to miss, as befits any good media-savvy bigot, is that not everyone in that film is from the BAME community. But they are from outside the UK. The point the video makes is well made: it’s all very well clapping now, but come a time after the Covid-19 pandemic, and while white Britons will continue to be applauded, there is the all too real possibility of a return to prejudice against those who are not.
The inability to take that point on board says more about Suzanne Evans, and her fellow political travellers, than it does about video producers seeking to educate others.
Once a bigot, always a bigot. If only there were a vaccine against that infection.