City of London Corporation forms working party to tackle racism

The City of London Corporation has taken swift action in response to a call to action from one of its few mixed-race councilmen.

The local government body for the Square Mile has established a new working party to tackle racism and to identify steps it could take to promote racial equality.

Earlier this week, investment executive Andrien Meyers appealed to the City Corporation to take action against racial inequality in the light of the Black Lives Matter protests.

The decision to heed his call by creating the new working group was taken at a meeting of the Policy and Resources Committee on 11 June, which Meyers presented at. The committee is chaired by Catherine McGuinness.

The Tackling Racism Working Party will also be tasked with responding to demands for historical landmarks dedicated colonialists to be torn down or renamed.

The move comes amid growing calls to remove effigies that represent oppression and racism from groups associated with Black Lives Matter. The calls were triggered by the killing of George Floyd.

A number of City statues have been targeted by activists who published an interactive map of Britain’s racist monuments earlier this week.

READ Activists include City statues in ‘hit list’ of landmarks they want torn down

Meyers, head of treasury and pensions at the London Borough of Lambeth, which has assets of over £1.4bn, also serves as the only mixed-race, mixed-heritage male councilman at the City of London Corporation.

“There is only one race, the human race – and we all collectively have a responsibility to do our part so that in this vast ocean of material prosperity, no one from the next generation is left on a lonely island of poverty and missed opportunity,” he said.

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