The BBC’s Countryfile ran a segment on their Sunday program claiming that minorities don’t visit the English countryside because it’s racist.
The Countryside segment was hosted by Dwayne Fields, who claimed that “many black and minority ethnic people who already live in our rural areas, can sometimes feel unwelcome,” due to pervailing racist attitudes.
“When I talk to people from the black and minority ethnic community, it’s clear that they don’t view the UK countryside as somewhere that’s for them. It’s not theirs. They don’t belong there,” Fields argued. “Our countryside will end up being irrelevant to the country that actually exists.”
While @DwayneFields found solace in the landscapes of the UK and beyond, many in Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups see the countryside as being a white environment #countryfile pic.twitter.com/kjma7FuGps
— BBC Countryfile (@BBCCountryfile) June 28, 2020
Beth Collier, a psychotherapist, claimed that “being black in a rural area is an isolating experience,” and that “as a black leader in the environmental field, it’s very difficult to find connection and support as a professional because of racist attitudes towards my presence in this space.”
Collier argued that black people were “fearful” of rural areas, and that black culture has a “strong narrative” of nature being backwards or dirty. “This is a culture that comes from the pain of feeling separate from the natural world.”
The segment included an interview with Mya-Rose Craig, an 18 year old leftist climate change activist who founded the “Black 2 Nature” campaign that would campaign for “systemic” change in the countryside, and another interview with two Black Lives Matter activists.
Fields concluded that society should “make sure that we continue to work breaking down barriers and prejudice and [make] sure these communities are welcome into these spaces.”
The segment was widely criticised online for pushing “divisive propaganda” on a tax-payer funded platform. Martin Daubney, a former Brexit Party MEP, said that it is “absurd,” and that “to imply that the countryside – a passive, welcoming phenomenon- is somehow racist is ridiculous.”
This is absurd. To imply that the countryside – a passive, welcoming phenomenon- is somehow racist is ridiculous
Worse, licence payers are funding this divisive propaganda
— Martin Daubney (@MartinDaubney) June 28, 2020
I’m sitting down with cup of Earl Grey chilling in the breeze keeping well away from the Bigoted horrible news! So I settle down to watch CountryFile on BBC only to spout out a mouthful of my tea as a Black Presenter has been given a massive slot to cont to promote BLM Movement
— Norman Brennan (@NormanBrennan) June 28, 2020
Countryfile is delivering a BLM program today. The BBC is ramming this Marxist controlled organization down our throats. It seems everything we think and do must now be seen in terms of division and the bogus notion humanity is not one race.There is no colour to anyone's life.
— C Cawley (@HardLineDemocat) June 28, 2020
What utter rot #countryfile is pumping out tonight. No one is stopping anyone getting out into the countryside – other than the recent lock down – of whatever colour, creed or religion or becoming involved in organisations. Stop stirring division.
— Lynn (@MistletoeSprite) June 28, 2020
Boris has to sort out this constant woke-ism on the BBC. Tuned in for a bit of light entertainment and get this rammed down the throat #countryfile
— Emma Connor (@WarwickBabe) June 28, 2020