The Left, the Right, and American Exceptionalism

by Sudip Bhattacharya I was in high-school when I stopped standing for the pledge of allegiance. As the occupation in Iraq reached its peak and the War on Terror rampaged on, the further and further away I felt from the stars and stripes hanging from the wall. During our current presidential campaign, that same sense… Read More

The Taming of the Shrewd

…or the incessant need for *PWIs to make black icons “safer”   by Joseph Guthrie Throughout my lifetime, there are three things that have continued to remain a permanent mainstay in society: Politicians are the masters of manipulation. It’s always darkest before dawn. When an iconic black activist dies, mainstream media rush in to distort said… Read More

Exclusive excerpt – Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America

Excerpt from Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi In celebration of World Book Night, we present this exclusive excerpt from Ibram X. Kendi’s book narrating the Harlem Renaissance in the 1920s and the origins of the one of the most everlastingly popular antiracist strategies in the US (and across the world).… Read More

Jean Charles de Menezes and the limits of human rights

By Gracie Mae Bradley “In truth, if any officer reasonably decides that he must use lethal force, it will inevitably be because it is absolutely necessary to do so.” Collins J in (Bennett) v HM Coroner for Inner London [2007] Last week, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR or Court) handed down its judgment… Read More

Joint Enterprise: A dangerous cocktail of innuendo, hearsay and racism

by Colin Joseph  Last week it could finally be reported that the first two defendants in a murder trial at the Old Bailey walked free from court following the recent landmark Supreme Court ruling on joint enterprise. Joint enterprise is not a new law, but it was developed by the courts to allow for more… Read More

The Black Panther Movement is part of Black British History too

by Amber Fletcher The Black Panthers are well-known for their fight against racist oppression in America, but the importance of their work was not limited to the US. Their commitment to equality for black lives inspired black people around the world to stand up for their rights, including here in the UK. With that in… Read More

Class War in Lebanon?

by Nasser Elamine   What happened in Lebanon on August 22, 2015, at the You Stink Anti-Government protests was a radical restructuring of the political landscape and, with it, the revival of Lebanese politics as class struggle. Following a garbage crisis which swept the country, poor and commercial areas alike, protesters staged demonstrations in major… 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

France’s refusal to pay Haiti reparations is a symptom of an even wider issue

by Halimat Shode   Last Tuesday, President Hollande arrived in Haiti – the first French president to make an official visit since Haiti’s independence – and declared that France had a ‘moral debt’ to the Caribbean country. Yet his declaration avoided any mention of the debt that France has enforced on Haiti since 1825, and… Read More

Translating Malcolm X into Irish

by Sukant Chandan Sukant Chandan is a co-ordinator of the Malcolm X Movement, which is currently organising Malcolm X Film Festivals in seven cities across Britain and Ireland. These festivals bring together revolutionary thinkers and fighters from across the globe to discuss the legacy and relevance of Malcolm’s thought and practice to the fight against… Read More