Afua Hirsch

Journalist and Documentary Maker

Conduit Member

“I am a conduit for the incredibly diverse and energetic community of people from so many backgrounds, industries and countries, united around a common enthusiasm for creative ways of making change.

I’M PASSIONATE ABOUT

I’m very concerned about everyone who is sick or dying from Covid-19 but I am particularly worried that black and ethnic minority people are so overrepresented in the statistics. I worked with the Guardian Newspaper’s data team recently on their new analysis of local authority census data, which paints a picture of just how disproportionate those deaths are. It’s striking that black and Asian people appear to be dying across the class spectrum, with almost all of the doctors who’ve died whilst treating Covid patients coming from these communities. I’ve been writing and speaking as much as I can on this subject because I think the government needs to be held to account on its failure to investigate this phenomenon and consequently take the steps needed to protect people in light of their specific vulnerabilities.

YOU CAN HELP ME BY

Asking questions and holding those in power to account. It’s inspiring to see how people are coming together and helping each other, but that doesn’t mean we should let go of our intellectual curiosity nor our faculty for critique.

ABOUT AFUA HIRSCH

Afua Hirsch is a former barrister, journalist and documentary maker. Her current projects include a 6-part series with Samuel L Jackson, a major BBC series about African art, and another about whiteness, both forthcoming. She regularly writes, reports and speaks on international current affairs, and has published two bestselling books, Brit(ish): On Race, Identity and Belonging, winner of the Royal Society of Literature Jerwood Prize, and Equal To Everything, about the UK Supreme Court. Afua was a judge on last year’s Booker Prize and is currently the Wallis Annenberg Chair of Journalism at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

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