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Most of the race relations literature explores the problems faced by first generation New Commonwealth immigrants to this country. The main purpose of the programme is to throw light en the feeling...s and attitudes of their children who have been born and educated in Britain. This programme is centred on a discussion with a group of black teenagers from a youth club in a deprived area of the London Borough of Brent. The boys were encouraged to talk freely about their experiences and the main topics to emerge were school, employment and the culture and identity of black youth in Britain. What emerges is an attitude of distrust towards white society, and a feeling of being discriminated against. The school teachers, employment officers and employers who appear in the programme deny discrimination towards blacks and part of the purpose of the programme is to open a debate about how far feelings of deprivation are attributable to racial factors and how far they are due to class and environment. The programme is shot on film, on location in North London.
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Module code and title: D302, Patterns of inequality
Item code: D302; 09
First transmission date: 22-06-1976
Published: 1976
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Duration: 00:49:17
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Producer: Claire Falkner
Contributors: Les Aller; Paul Anderson; Carlbert Bradford; Peter Braham; Peter Braham; Kenneth Burris; Carlton Duncan; Owen Gordon; Ian Hill; Lloyd Johnson; John Leavold; Lloyd Lee; Colin Prescod; Ike Rainford; Dennis Simpson; J.B Stacey; Sue Streetly
Publisher: BBC Open University
Keyword(s): Education; Employment; Inequality; Race relations: Willesden College of Technology
Footage description: Braham introduces the program which will concentrate on black teenagers' perceptions of their situation. Prescod explains why this will necessarily concentrate on their school experiences. Prescod interviews a group of black students at Willesden College of Technology. Comments are made on teachers and streaming. Hill looks at some of the problems, such as language difficulties and motivation. Hill continues by explaining the concept of solidarity and security amongst his friends and how he had to adapt in order to complete his education. Duncan describes some of the problems in schools where there were not enough black teachers for the pupils. The Willesden students continue to give examples of the problems they faced with individual teachers, the different treatment they received and the generalisations made about them. Leavold, local headmaster, explains the philosophy of his school and the problems he encounters, which he links to general problems for working class children. The Willesden students describe how much their parents were involved and how this affects their development. Leavold, Hill and Simpson comment further on parent involvement. Simpson compares British and West Indian schools. Over shots of Grunwick film processing laboratories Simpson describes his work there and the interpersonal relations. Stacey outlines Grunwick's recruitment policy. The students from Willesden describe their initial work experiences, difficulties over employment, benefits etc. Lee examines his search for work in more detail, what he was interested in etc. Shots of Lee at an employment office and in interview with Streetly. Aller from Willesden employment office discusses the problems of black youths in the area and the kind of jobs available. Lee continues to outline what he would like to do and his own feelings about whites and being black. Finally the Willesden students discuss what blacks want from society, their search for their own culture and how they should fit in Britain. Credits.
Master spool number: 6HT/72000
Production number: 00525_2284
Videofinder number: 190
Available to public: no