Black – Political vs. Ethnic?

by Nathan E Richards Next month Goldsmiths University is to host an event on black feminism, with two guests from the institution to speak on this important topic – the event is billed thusly: “Conversation on Black British Feminism”. Two of Britain’s internationally acclaimed professors of race and gender will talk about Black British feminism… Read More

What does jihad actually mean?

by Abdullah Alhomoud We’ve been hearing a lot about jihad since 9/11 in connection to Islamist extremism, and it has been in popular usage once again with the rise of ISIS. But what does the word actually mean? In the Oxford English Dictionary, “jihad” is defined as “a holy war fought by Muslims against unbelievers.”… Read More

Teaching English in China While Black

by Ashley Evangelista In the industry of teaching English abroad, people of colour don’t exist. Or at least that’s what you might think from reading articles like Vice’s White People with No Skill Sets Wanted in China. In the piece, Walker and Hartley suggest that Chinese people believe all white people can teach English well.… Read More

Western Neutral: Separating Common Culture From “Whiteness”

by Kayla Ancrum This article is a follow up to my very first article on diversity How to Write Women of Colour and Men of Colour if you are White. It was requested by a reader who wanted further explanation on the term “Western Neutral” which I had used when explaining how to write People of Colour. The… Read More

Part Two: Ethnic Minority? No, Global Majority

PART TWO Editors’ note: We asked 10 writers for their opinion on the classifications and terminology used to describe people. We stressed there was no right or wrong answer. Below are their answers: Read Part One: Ethnic Minority? No, Global Majority.  I’ve wondered for quite a while how Race politics has transformed from the passions… Read More

Part One: Ethnic Minority? No, Global Majority.

PART ONE Editors note: We asked 10 writers for their opinion on the classifications and terminology used to describe people. We stressed there was no right or wrong answer. Below are their answers: Read Part Two: Ethnic Minority? No, Global Majority There are a great deal of acronyms and labels used by society to address and… Read More

What is Afrofuturism?

by Micah Yongo You need only cast a quick glance over the considerable career of someone like Isaac Asimov to note the prescient, directive power of science-fiction. The man who coined both the word and idea of robotics in his classic I, Robot and, in his 1964 article, Visit to the World’s Fair of 2014,… Read More

How to Write Women of Colour and Men of Colour if you are White

by Kayla Ancrum A colleague of mine was talking to me recently about her misgivings about her capabilities regarding writing Women of Color. She wanted very badly to include several WOC characters in her sci-fantasy series, but she had some concerns about correct portrayal and writing them in a way that wouldn’t instantly piss people off. I told… Read More

Brave Words from a Bully Pulpit

by Kiri Kankhwende With current transitional controls imposed on Bulgarians and Romanians moving to Britain due to be lifted in January, anti-EU, and in particular, anti-Roma rhetoric is ramping up. In an interview with his local BBC news station on 12 November, Former Home Secretary David Blunkett said: We have got to change the behaviour… Read More

Waiting For Krypton: Race, Ableism, and Education Reform

by Rod Thomas The opening scenes of the documentary Waiting For Superman depict education reformer/charter school advocate Geoffrey Canada as describing one of the saddest moments in his life. When he learned that Superman was not real, he was distraught because there was, in Canada’s words, “I was crying because there was no one coming… Read More