It’s time we all did this and become more comfortable with difference.
Diversify: Six Degrees of Integration by June Sarpong is published by HQ, Harper Collins on October 19 in hardback, ebook and audiobook.
I’m doing specials for them.” The 36-year-old former T4 presenter has moved back to Britain from America ahead of the role.
“I got back to London six weeks ago,” she explains.
As disappointed as I was by the fact that the review didn’t offer any solutions, I’m glad that it has at least helped to get a conversation started; a conversation that, as a nation, we have avoided for far too long.
A country that ensures everyone receives a fair shot in life is challenging but it isn’t impossible.“I’m going to be doing some stuff for Newsnight,” June tells me at the Ubuntu Education Fund’s 15 Year Anniversary Gala dinner at the Roundhouse, Camden.“I’m not replacing Jeremy Paxman before the rumours start.We need to be able to make a compelling case for diversity.You would assume living in one of the most diverse cities in the world that the case would have already be made.Happily, it seems that Katz became rather taken with this latter idea.The day we met, I had the opportunity to reach out and make a connection but I initially faltered.But gated communities, parallel lives and a burnt-out tower block in West London tell a different story.We can’t afford to be blind, silent and inactive to injustice any more; we can’t keep on allowing the talents of this century to go to waste when we need it most.Change will always prove difficult as many of us don’t know how to incorporate difference in a way that maintains our comfort level.Well, a degree of discomfort is how you get to new levels of improved comfort.