In the video, Chawawa plays both a reluctant Black Royal Mail employee and his white manager, ‘Roy’.
The employee is hauled into a meeting where Roy is unveiling their BHM initiative and instantly subject to a host of microaggressions and racism, such as being reminded he’s the only Black person in the company and having to suffer through Roy’s offensive attempts to use supposed Black slang like ‘Ya get me’.
Finally, the employee tells Roy that the black postboxes are tokenistic and “don’t mean anything”.
“This is just a bad idea,” he sighs.
Roy is undeterred however, and suggests a brand new idea: “Postman Brap”.
“Postman Brap and his black-and-white wap,” he explains, as the video ends.
And people were really tickled.
@munyachawawa Nah man Postman Brap n his black n white wap... im done 😂😂😂😂😂😂 https://t.co/v4wxnhZJKU
It perfectly encapsulated the critiques surrounding the postboxes, which were criticised as “performative’.
4 postboxes painted black for #BlackHistoryMonth.
But only 168 Windrush scandal victims have been paid compensatio… https://t.co/D7mcJNJOuB
— mwen pa sòt online (@mwen pa sòt online)
A Royal Mail spokesperson said: “Royal Mail often temporarily decorates postboxes to mark key events, communities and occasions. By marking the contributions of prominent Black Britons, we also wanted to mark the contributions made by our own black colleagues in their local communities.
"We are very proud of our BAME network, who were involved in creating and developing this idea and have celebrated Black History Month across the organisation for a number of years. As a diverse and inclusive business, we run a series of mentoring and career progression programmes and other initiatives to help our BAME colleagues fulfil their potential within our business.”