Now is the time to address racism and discrimination in our sector

“Racism creeps in under your skin so sometimes you don’t know whether you’re not quite good enough for that job or whether it’s because you’re not understood or wanted,” says @JitinderT1 #UKhousing #RacismandHousing


Joining the housing world in 1992 was always going to be a challenge for a Doc Marten-wearing ex-student recently exiting the academic world and into what was then a very male-dominated property development environment.

I can remember tearing down The Sun newspaper page three posters in site huts and speaking up in site meetings surrounded by men even when I was new to the development process. So it is fair to say that I thought I was never afraid to speak out. However, I realise now I was – and it’s time to stop.

There is something sinister about racism. It creeps in under your skin so sometimes you don’t know whether you’re not quite good enough for that job or whether it’s because you’re not understood or wanted.

I have had some breaks along the way and have met some excellent employers. But I have also come across a number of prospective employers and recruiters where I couldn’t get past the first interview.

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