British Vogue editor Edward Enninful has said he was racially profiled when coming into work after a security guard told him to ‘use the loading bay’. Enninful, who has been the fashion magazine’s editor-in-chief since 2017, said the incident happened as he tried to enter Vogue’s offices on Wednesday.
As I entered, I was instructed to use the loading bay. ‘Just because our timelines and weekends are returning to normal, we cannot let the world return to how it was. Change needs to happen now.’
Enninful was awarded an OBE in 2016 for his services to diversity in the fashion industry.
He said Conde Nast, which owns British Vogue, ‘moved quickly’ to dismiss the security guard following the incident.
In his Instagram post to one million followers, he said: ‘…It just goes to show that sometimes it doesn’t matter what you’ve achieved in the course of your life: the first thing that some people will judge you on is the colour of your skin.’
It comes as protests continue around the globe demanding equality for black people and an end to police brutality, sparked by the murder of George Floyd in the US.
The Black Lives Matter movement became galvanised after Floyd became the latest in a long line of black people to die in police custody.
In the UK, the increased mainstream attention on the issue has led to a keener focus on longstanding claims of racial profiling by police and others.
Some of the relatives of black men who have died while being held in custody in the UK have told Metro.co.uk that police brutality in the UK is ‘worse’ because the majority of British people are ‘unaware’ it is happening.
Marcia Rigg, whose brother Sean died in custody in 2008, said: ‘Only when it happens to you personally as a family, do you realise that this happens.’
Source – Metro.co.uk