ABBEY SERVICE RAISES RACE QUESTIONS
by Paul Butler
"A ‘black’ person constructed in the media has three attributes: they are involved in criminality, involved in sports or involved in entertainment. Anything that goes outside of those classifications is not of interest to the media."
These are the words of activist Toyin Agbetu, a prominent member of LIGALI, which is a British-based organization whose mandate is to challenge the misrepresentation of black people in the UK media. At least two of these criteria –entertainment and alleged criminality– became the focus of Mr. Agbetu’s own recent appearance in the international media.