A Havering Councillor has angered residents with his racist comments on a talk taking place on dealing with racism in the work place.
Rainham councillor David Durant stated in response to the above talk: “You say to provide a similar safe space for all, there will be a similar event for white colleagues in the near future. Alas! I’m in a quandary as to what forum meetings to attend as although I’m not a light skinned Black, I’m often a particularly when the sun shines, a dark skinned white, albeit on zoom I often look red, but I suppose my dilemma can be solved with self identification as the need arises!”
These comments have angered many who feel that he is ridiculing people of different skin colours and making a mockery of an important event in the community.
The talk taking place is being run by Havering’s BAME forum and is there for our BAME community to attend and share any experiences they may have of racism in the workplace.
Prospective Labour Councillor for the Rainham ward Fay Hough was outraged with these comments and told the Havering Daily:
“As a mother of two mixed raced children and also someone who has aspirations to be a councillor I find it absolutely disgusting that a local politician can joke so openly about skin colours.
“Clearly Councillor Durant chooses to ignore the growing racism and hate crime happening around the world which is seeing people lose their lives due to the colour of their skin. I hope Durant retracts his comments and makes a public apology.
“There is no room for fascism and racism in our borough, and if Durant cannot accept this (being that he is an ex National Front member) then he should stand down as a councillor. I hope Havering’s electoral services investigate Durant’s comments.”