Jeffery, how about the simple reason is that racism has sadly grown. It doesn't have to be because people of colour are more aware and want change, it is because racist are now empowered and feel able to voice their opinions and carry out their actions with relative impunity in the current climate.
I suppose you will all get offended if I mention white privilege. It may be a gross assumption, but are the majority of those of you who defend her words, white middle aged men. She is the face of inclusivity at the RIBA and should know better. I feel my ethnicity keenly whenever I am at the RIBA as a Asian architect who is nothing but British. Get over your indignation, this is real and we deserve equal opportunities, not having to be better than everyone else just to get to the same position. This issue also applies for women in architecture, but I feel it keenly that race is too controversial for the RIBA to really grapple.
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Whilst Alan Jones has been an eejutt, this commentator sums up what is wrong with architecture from the london glitterati-
a dismal succession of provincial non-entities, what a condescending attitude which makes me dismiss her entire response.
Just one simple way to encourage more of this. VAT Free.
Since the RIBA has declared a climate emergency, it would be a great gesture if they paid the fine.