MACDONALD PROMOTES RACIAL EQUALITY
Thursday, 21 February 2013 10:10
Angus with Tracy Johnston; Political Shadowing Scheme participant through the Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights
Falkirk East MSP Angus MacDonald has welcomed the efforts of the Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights (CRER) to increase black and ethnic minority representation in Scottish politics.
The Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights aims to promote racial harmony across Scotland and to help eradicate racial discrimination. CRER plays a key role in advocating, campaigning and influencing developments to promote racial harmony. The organisation has experience of anti-racist work covering areas such as youth empowerment, community engagement and helping to mainstream race equality across the public sector in Scotland. One such initiative is the “Political Shadowing Scheme” which aims to increase Black and Ethnic Minority involvement in the Scottish political arena. Through the scheme, Angus MacDonald has taken on Tracy Johnston as an intern. Tracy has an interest in politics and international development.
Mr MacDonald said:
“There is a considerable underrepresentation of Black and Ethnic Minority people involved in Scottish politics.
“Currently, only two of our 129 MSPs are of non-white heritage and, of the 1,223 available council seats, a mere 17 seats are taken by non-white councillors. This is a poor reflection of the Black and Ethnic Minority community in the Scottish population.
“This is why I am happy to support the CRER and have Tracy as an intern to encourage ethnic minority involvement in politics.”