Here's a story from the Guardian about an all-black drama school.
Inside, a class of students line up, their backs pushed up against the walls of the studio, the room already thick with the warmth and odour of hard work. "In," bellows the vocal coach as he strides around the space. The students inhale. Eyes shut. Focused. He counts four beats. "Out," he says. The students exhale. "Sha," he calls. "Sha," they reply in unison. It's a fairly routine vocal warm up, so what is going on here that's unique?
It's simple. All the students present are black. Set up eight years ago, Identity is Britain's first "black" drama school and, partnered with its talent agency, IAG in Covent Garden, and a sister school in Birmingham, is fast becoming a powerhouse in the promotion of black and minority ethnic talent to the entertainment industry, both at home and abroad.
You'll gather from the gushingly reverential tone that the reporter isn't going to stop for a second to consider whether there's anything dodgy about this. Yet there's absolutely no question that, were anyone to try setting up an all-white drama school they would instantly fall foul of Britain's race relations laws.
Is it just me or are there serious double standards and hypocrisy at play here?