My decision to move the private Black Women in Europe™ Social Network off of Ning and into two private groups on Facebook and one on LinkedIn was bittersweet. The thought of moving something you created out of personal need and social commitment and built up to over 900 members was sad. What if I loose members? But then again, what if I get more members? What if we grow and enable ourselves to prop each other up even higher? Can I do this all alone? Of course not. But it needed at least one other sister in Europe to step up and say,
“My role here will come as a support of Adrianne’s amazing work”.
A cafe owner has put up a sign telling customers she is black because she is fed up with people walking out when they see the colour of her skin.
The sign on the door of Yeanon Cafe in Ossett, West Yorkshire, reads: “I am a black woman… If you are allergic to black people, don’t come in.”
Martha-Renee Kolleh said some people
“take a look at me and walk out”.
Local councillor Tony Richardson said he was “shocked” as he did not believe racism was widespread in the town.
A spokesman for Wakefield Council said it was “obviously concerned” by the issue which it had not been made aware of before.”I would urge the business involved to get in touch with us as soon as possible,” the spokesman added.
Figures for ethnicity from the 2011 Census show that of Ossett’s population of 16,116, 97.5% (15,724) were recorded as white.
Ms Kolleh said the reaction to the sign, which adds that the cafe serves “quality wholesome meals”, had been mixed.
“Some people find it amusing, they were laughing and said ‘oh yes it’s about time you put that up’, so I think they all realise what’s going on here,”
“And some others just read it and walk away. I’ve heard one or two swear words as well regarding the notice.”
The single mother-of-three has run the cafe for two years, serving a mixture of British, African and Caribbean food.
I want to be clear that I am only closing the private social network on the Ning platform. I am not giving up on the original purpose of having a social network dedicated to providing sisters in Europea safe space, a place to meet friends, network, share information, encourage each other and even do a little business. That mission continues, now via other channels.
For African American women and our sisters around the world:
A need that became apparent after the formation of our network was a platform for sisters outside of Europe to network with sisters in Europe to seek advice, information, and a personal take on life in Europe. For that reason I formed our Facebook group that is open to black women living in and outside of Europe.
Most importantly the multiple award-winning Black Women in Europe blog(another first) ,the inspiration for the social network, continues and will continue to shine the spotlight on the ordinary and extraordinary lives of black women living and thriving in Europe.
Thank you for your emails and support and I remain excited for the future. Not only mine here in Europe but all of ours.
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