Is the UK a racist country? Boris Johnson says no, Black Lives Matter protesters disagree | 5 News
The death of an unarmed black man, George Floyd, in police custody in the US sparked protests across the world. In the UK, the Black Lives Matter movement organised marches up and down the country with one notably ending with the statue of Edward Colston, a slave trader, being pulled down and dumped in Bristol Harbour. It was clear that people weren't just protesting alongside the US counterparts, but were raising their own historic grievances here in the UK. It led Prime Minister Boris Johnson's spokesperson to state that the UK was not a racist country, however, many activists, historians and rights campaigners disagreed. Sayce Holmes-Lewis is the Founder and CEO of Mentivity, an organisation that works with young people from diverse backgrounds and helps them to get a foot in the door of global brands where staff may not currently represent them. How did we get here? Explaining the news is a podcast from 5 News. Join Andy Bell as he explains the world's biggest news stories through interviews with politicians, experts, and analysts.