The struggle continues for South Africa’s #FeesMustFall Students

by Mako Muzenda A young man being dragged across the road by two armed policemen. The screams and pleas of “Don’t shoot us!” went unheeded; the South African Police Service (SAPS) officers opened fire, shooting students with rubber coated bullets. Those that could run away did, but some weren’t fast enough to escape the police. Dragged… Read More

The #BlackLivesMatter Movement: Your comfort isn’t the priority, justice is

by Robert Kazandjian Black Lives Matter. Today, three weeks after 18 year old Mzee Mohammed’s death in police custody in Liverpool, five years and one day since Mark Duggan’s murder by armed police officers in Tottenham, Black British activists are undertaking bold collective action. Organiser Joshua Virasami told the BBC that black people should unite… Read More

Open Letter: The BBC must stop uncritical coverage of fascists

We, the undersigned, believe that giving uncritical coverage of fascists by the BBC and other media outlets is wrong, dangerous and diminishes political debate in Britain. We call on the BBC, as a key democratic institution, to refuse to allow violent political views to be broadcast unchallenged. Did you see the fascist with a swastika tattoo… Read More

The decimation of Legal Aid – why should you care?

by Miranda Grell In the first half of the twentieth century when the Legal Aid and Advice Act came into force in Britain, legal aid was considered to be the fourth pillar of the new welfare state, alongside the National Health Service, comprehensive schools and council housing. There was public support for the new form… Read More

FGM as spectacle: the dehumanisation and commodification of the black girl

Warning: the following post contains images that readers may find graphic or disturbing. by Firdos Ali  Last week, FGM campaigner Hibo Wardere broke the news that Sky had filmed the mutilation of a little girl in Somalia and intended to broadcast the footage in the UK. FGM campaigners who had seen the footage were in… Read More

‘Palatable Victimhood’ and the Callous Hierarchies of Power within Student Politics

by Ananya Rao-Middleton In a landscape of short-term contracts, precarious teaching positions, and student-as-consumer models, universities are becoming increasingly hostile environments for students of colour, particularly non-EU international students. Responses to the neoliberalisation of higher education institutes have ranged from student-led campaigns and protests to academic discourse. Persistent and tenacious work has led to national… Read More

Why Do We Need Activism?

by Shane Thomas “Never forget that justice is what love looks like in public.” – Dr. Cornel West I think of myself as a hopeful pessimist. I don’t think things will turn out alright. I don’t believe in the milk of human kindness. I don’t think we collectively learn from history. But I always hope… Read More

Why the Charleston AME Church Shooting was not a “hate crime”

By @KojoTheLibSoc Dylann Roof’s bloody slaughter of nine Black church attendees should not be called a “hate crime”. To sit in a church for an hour before opening fire on its constituents because they simply exist is a calculated act of awesome terror. But this was not any church; it took place in Emanuel African… Read More

All Black Lives Matter: seeking justice for Sheku Bayoh

by Siana Bangura Have you heard of Sheku Bayoh? Sheku Ahmed Tejan Bayoh, a Sierra Leonean man who worked for British Gas and had two young children, died on 3rd May 2015, after being arrested by police in Kirkcaldy, Fife. He had been detained, handcuffed, pepper-sprayed, and put in leg restraints following an alleged altercation… Read More

Media Diversified Experts Directory launch event a success!

Last night, Media Diversified was proud to join with the London Press Club and ESI Media to co-host the launch of the new Media Diversified Experts Directory, a searchable and managed database of BAME experts and professionals from a variety of fields, all of whom have experience in media settings. The launch was marked with a drinks… Read More