CAMRA slammed for ‘racist’ crossword

By Nikkie Sutton

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'Inappropriate clues': CAMRA apologises for any offence caused by the publication of the crossword
'Inappropriate clues': CAMRA apologises for any offence caused by the publication of the crossword

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The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) has apologised after it was criticised on social media for the language used in one of its branch's publications.

The crossword, which was featured in the Derby Drinker​ magazine included clues that said: “US negro could become an operational doctor” and “a sex toy or an effeminate man”.

The puzzle was greeted with criticism after a Twitter user shared it on the social media platform.

CAMRA posted a response, which included an apology on its own Twitter page, which was signed by national chairman Colin Valentine.

Offence caused

It said: “On behalf of CAMRA, I’d like to apologise for the offence caused by the publication of very inappropriate crossword clues in the Derby Drinker​ magazine, which involved a small number of members at local level.

“We do not condone the use of such language and it does not represent CAMRA, the views of our wider membership, or the values we stand for.

“For many years, CAMRA has actively promoted inclusivity and tolerance through its code of conduct, volunteers' charter and guidance to branches about how they should conduct their activities, including the production of magazines.

“In addition, CAMRA members have approved a policy instructing branches not to issue awards to pubs that demonstrate discriminatory views or display offensive material.

“More recently, the national executive issued a clear statement that it does not condone discriminatory marketing of beers and ciders and will not accept products marketed in this way at festivals or in its competitions."

Lack of judgment

It added: “CAMRA’s volunteer leadership and the vast majority of our active volunteers work hard to promote an inclusive culture across the organisation.

“Unfortunately, a tiny minority of members through lack of judgment, or ignorance, fail to heed instructions and guidance and contravene our policies, codes and charters.

“When CAMRA is made aware of this, we investigate and take action – sanctions available to our disciplinary committee include suspension or expulsion from the organisation.

“We continue to proactively communicate our values, codes and charters to the entire membership and encourage all our volunteers to adhere to them.

“CAMRA’s national executive welcomes anyone reporting discriminatory behaviour by our members, or branches, so we can take action as soon as possible.”

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