PUBLISHED: 12:17, Thu, Oct 15, 2020 | UPDATED: 12:19, Thu, Oct 15, 2020
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have launched their list that recognises notable black leaders whose influence is making a positive and lasting impact on British life. Each person they nominated was also asked to identify another member of the black community in Britain whose cause-driven work is creating a lasting legacy for the next generation. Mr Phillips argued that, while the list contains many great people with admirable achievements, there is a critical flaw in the project as a whole.
The list contains fantastic artists, athletes, actors and activities but no doctors, scientists, lawyers, business leaders or teachers.
Mr Phillips claimed this falls into the trap of showing black people as “interesting but not important, prominent, but not powerful”.
He wrote in The Times this month: “There is nothing wrong with the ‘trailblazers’ [Harry] and Meghan have chosen.
“Several are admirable artists, actors, athletes and activists.
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Meghan and Harry launched their BMH Next Generation list in an interview (Image: Evening Standard)
Trevor Phillips (Image: GETTY)
“But Black History Month was inaugurated to show that we black folk are wealth creators, inventors and professionals.
“The list has no doctors, scientists, lawyers, business leaders or teachers.
“The Harry and Meghan Show has fallen straight into the oldest trap in the book: showing black folk as interesting, but not important, prominent but not powerful.
“Sadly this may say less about black Britain and more about a couple who could have changed the world but have settled for pleading, ‘Let me entertain you’.”
Baroness Doreen Lawrence nominated education expert Dr Nicola Rollock (Image: GETTY)
Mr Phillips also took issue with some of the things the couple said in their