Transgender model who claimed ‘all white people are racist' is Labour’s new equality adviser
The 30-year-old model, from east London, revealed the news on Twitter. Posing next to Corbyn, she wrote: "Thrilled to announce that I've been asked to be part of an LGBT+ advisory board for The Labour Party - To advise Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities, Dawn Butler MP, on issues affecting the LGBT+ community, to help form and push through fairer and more effective policy change."
Thrilled to announce that I've been asked to be part of an LGBT+ advisory board for The Labour Party - To advise Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities, Dawn Butler MP, on issues affecting the LGBT+ community... pic.twitter.com/v7Be0YtLtE— Munroe Bergdorf 🌹🌹 (@MunroeBergdorf) February 26, 2018
Bergdorf came to prominence when she became L'Oréal’s first trans model. Her stint for the cosmetics company was short lived, however, as she was fired only days after joining when critics unearthed comments she made in response to the far-right march in Charlottesville, US.
She had previously written about race issues, with one post positing her belief that white people are “drenched” in racism. At the time, she said: "When I stated that 'all white people are racist', I was addressing that fact that western society as a whole, is a SYSTEM rooted in white supremacy - designed to benefit, prioritise and protect white people before anyone of any other race. Unknowingly, white people are SOCIALISED to be racist from birth onwards. It is not something genetic. No one is born racist."
Bergdorf has since said her words were misconstrued. Following the incident, some of her supporters said they would boycott L'Oréal over the issue.
The model, who is prevelant on social media, has taken aim at a number of targets, including the Suffragettes.
FYI - The Suffragettes were white supremacists who were fighting for WHITE womens rights - they specifically left black women out of the movement. It is not 100 years since women got the vote it's 100 years since WHITE women got the vote. Black women couldnt vote until MUCH later— Munroe Bergdorf 🌹🌹 (@MunroeBergdorf) February 19, 2018
Tbh the fact that we are celebrating 100 years since women got the vote at the anniversary that white women got the vote. Shows how as a society we prioritise and centre white experiences, placing whiteness as the norm whilst erasing black history.— Munroe Bergdorf 🌹🌹 (@MunroeBergdorf) February 19, 2018
Following the post, Bergdorf was attacked the activist Caroline Criado Perez, who campaigned for the statue of British feminist Millicent Fawcett to be erected in Parliament Square.
Why do people keep claiming black women didn't get the vote in 1918? There was no racial component of the law, there was an age & property component.— Caroline Criado Perez (@CCriadoPerez) February 27, 2018
incredibly lazy and weird to just conflate British history with American history. British history is full of racism and oppression, but it's not the same as America's history.— Caroline Criado Perez (@CCriadoPerez) February 27, 2018
Bergdorf has previously detailed her views on how racism is reproduced in society, arguing it is not something people learn through experience, but is “unconsciously passed down through privilege.”
She stated: "Because most of ya’ll don’t even realise or refuse to acknowledge that your existence, privilege and success as a race is built on the backs, blood and death of people of colour. Your entire existence is drenched in racism. From micro-aggressions to terrorism, you guys built the blueprint for this s--
"Come see me when you realise that racism isn’t learned, it’s inherited and consciously or unconsciously passed down through privilege. Once white people begin to admit that their race is the most violent and oppressive force of nature on Earth… then we can talk. "Until then stay acting shocked about how the world continues to stay f------ at the hands of your ancestors and your heads that remain buried in the sand with hands over your ears."
A spokesperson for Labour MP Dawn Butler responded: “Dawn is proud to stand with those challenging discrimination. Dawn will consult with the LGBT+ advisory group on a wide-range of LGBT+ issues.”
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