Sunday, 4 June 2006

Abraham Eshetu

In the article, Fighting Back Against Racism, found at the BBC web site on 30 May 2007, Abraham Eshetu, a Community Race Development Officer Working with the Norwich and Norfolk Racial Equality Council, said this:

"When I came to Norfolk I found it very white. I found myself isolated and very depressed… I thought I should fight back… We are not just working for ethnic minority people but also for ethnic majority people… Lack of knowledge and information is an evil… What we do is what's right… My goal is eventually that we won't need the NNREC because Norfolk would be a great place to live."
The BBC article tells us:

"Abraham has felt a reluctance in some quarters to admit that inequality still exists in Norfolk... Abraham emphasises that he has met lots of white people in Norfolk who are committed to making things better".
You heard it here, Norfolk, black activists like Abraham get depressed because Norfolk is 'very white.'

Well, he's 'fighting back' and with the help of Tony Blair's government, the NNREC and 'lots of white people in Norfolk who are committed to making things better', he's going to make sure you do 'what's right' and make Norfolk 'a great place to live.'

For people like him.

They're coming, Norfolk. You shut your eyes to what was happening to everyone else and, somehow, you managed to convince yourself that it was never going to happen to you. But now you're going to get it as well. Oh yes. The Abrahams are coming.

Correction: They're already here.

On 9 December 2010, EDP24 quoted Abraham, who was by then, Norfolk Police's 'diversity manager', thus:

“Whether it is racism, homophobia or any other form of discrimination, this is an area of crime which is traditionally under-reported. It isn’t just a problem in Norfolk... There is no doubt that many more offences are happening which we never get to hear about... These are crimes that we want people to report.”
EDP24 added:

"Reports of hate crimes have risen sharply in Norfolk as police say they are forging better links with minority communities."

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