The following is the opening monologue from today’s Insight News podcast…
Here at ESC Insight we like to consider what the Eurovision Song Contest tells us about our society. Everything happening in the news today tells us that our society is racist and does not value black lives.
What we have been asked to do is to look at ourselves and try to rebuild our ways of thinking to reject the white supremacist society we’ve lived in. It’s going to be hard, we’re going to make mistakes along the way and it is going to mean that you are going to receive new information and be asked to change your mind.
Even though one of the things that we like to do at Insight is to host a wide variety of voices, we are painfully aware that we’re an entirely white group. We have no Black regular contributors and no Black eurofans have been interviewed for Castaways. Clearly, that’s not acceptable. Perhaps some of you noticed that this was the case, and perhaps that’s not even the kind of thing that you think about. Part of the work that white people are being asked to do is notice if your media only contains white people and their views and then demand change.
This podcast, this site can only work if it is part of the community and if it reflects the full diversity of the community. So I want to encourage you to join the team if you do not already hear your voice here. We’re 100% ready to move over and give you the platform. We’re big enough and established enough to make sure your voice really gets heard. We’re also well supported enough to be able to make payment for contributions. We’ve a track record of hosting articles that make people think more deeply about the contest – and you’ve got my full support as editor to say what you want to say.
We like to think about our little Song Contest as a force for good and for unity. Well here’s your chance – every white person hearing this can now make the choice to learn, to listen, and to be better in future. It will make a difference, I promise you.
And again I’d like to reiterate that ESC Insight is always looking for new voices. If you want to join the team, we’re ready to pass the microphone. It’s your fandom, it’s your Contest.
Eurovision Insight Podcast: Open Up
Some thoughts on ESC Insight and Black Lives Matter, along with the latest news from the Eurovision Song Contest world. Read more at www.escinsight.com.
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