Arts & Culture
22 Yards of Whiteness: “You Don’t Have to be Posh to be Privileged”
09 August 2021
Online | Free
Lecture and Q&A plotting my relationship with Whiteness via cricket, colonialism, and the private school system.
When members of the Northampton public saw fit to vote Tré Ventour as their Male Role Model of the Year in November 2020, it got him thinking about the institutions that helped facilitate that.
Having been a critic of his local establishment for years, he knew he was ‘acceptable’ because of how he carried himself, behaviours learned at private school. Would he have won that award had he not been privately educated?
For most of his childhood, he attended schools where he was socialised to act in characteristically White middle-class ways, also even having to learn Received Pronunciation [RP]. Now, he understands that his education privileged him over his state-educated peers, since school was also a guidebook to understanding White institutions.
In this lecture, Tré will plot his relationship with Global Colonial Whiteness in the context of his early induction in the private education sector, including the Whiteness of cricket, and his name as a colonial attachment in the days of White masters and enslaved Black people.
Tré Ventour is a teaching poet, writer, freelance race and Black history educator, and curator based in Northamptonshire. He has taught for schools, universities, prisons, community groups and more. With bylines also at the NN Journal, Critical Studies of Television, Wonkhe and more, his work has also seen him interviewed by The Guardian and the BBC.
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