Boxpark is facing claims of racism after circulating an artist’s impression of its new south London mall that apparently shows no ethnic minorities.I’m astonished they’d risk being sued under the Advertising Standards Authority legislation…
But a revised image on the designers’ website shows several black and Asian people added at a later stage.Only ‘several’..?
Croydon Central MP Gavin Barwell told the Standard: “I think the fact Boxpark is coming to Croydon is really great, but quite often we get advertising that doesn’t reflect the reality that Croydon is one of the most diverse parts of the capital.
“That’s a shame and this isn’t the only example I’ve seen.” Mr Barwell, who at one time sat on the all-party parliamentary group on race, added:
“One of the real strengths of Croydon as a place is the incredible mix of people. People from all over the world live here.
“It would be great if they used the version that reflects that.”But then they might not get any visitors…
Oliver Richards’s post, shared hundreds of times, captions the picture: “According to this mock-up of the Croydon Boxpark, massive ethnic cleansing is going to take place before opening in 2016.”
Others labelled it “institutionalised racism” and observed: “NONE of these ‘what it might look like’ things ever seems to have a black person in them!”
Tatiana May commented: “How could they not have thought of this?”
Chris O’Donnell added: “Not a true representation of Croydon, but a glimpse into its gentrification. Just like everywhere else the real people are being forced out by new developments and unaffordable housing.”
And Angela Keating wrote: “Seriously, where the blacks at?”
Indika Sarathchandra asked: “Are us ethnics going to be served eviction notices?”Interesting that only ethnic minorities are considered ‘real people’, eh?