Charity professionals have taken to Twitter to share their experiences of racism in the charity sector using the hashtag #CharitySoWhite.
The movement was started by Fatima Iftikhar, who last week uncovered racist training material handed out by Citizens Advice.
She launched the campaign on 21 August to encourage staff from across the charity sector to come forward in sharing their experiences of racism within the workplace.
Since her initial tweet, thousands of people have come forward with personal stories, which many have since called ‘sobering’, ‘upsetting’ and ‘distressing’.
"We launched #charitysowhite in response to the emergence of training materials from Citizens Advice, which played into damaging stereotypes about People of Colour and BAME communities," Iftikhar told Charity Times.
"The incident, while shocking, was not surprising, and it is clear we need to have a broader conversation about institutional racism in the charity sector."
The Citizens Advice scandal is not a one-off incident.— Fatima (@IftikharFatima) August 19, 2019
You can make change happen.
Share your stories and experiences of #racism in the #charity sector as staff, trustees, volunteers & service users.#CharitySoWhite #charitytuesday
My work in #charitysector began some 18yrs ago supporting ethnic minority charities in the North. I experienced #CharitySoWhite whenever I stepped out of that bubble — on many occasions, finding I was the only #POC in the room. 18yrs on, it seems little has changed in the sector.— Harsha Patel (@HarshaPatel_) August 20, 2019
A little thread on #CharitySoWhite— Samir Jeraj 🇰🇪 🇮🇪 (@sajeraj) August 20, 2019
At a charity event...— Darshan Sanghrajka (@chiefchimpanzee) August 20, 2019
Senior charity leader who I’ve only met twice:
“We are off to the pub but I assume you don’t drink, but of course you’re welcome to join us”
“Why do you assume that?”
“Sorry, I just thought cos of your religion”
“Yeh, I’m not Muslim.”