Success is defined as white and male – a new school curriculum could change that

by Maya Goodfellow Lord of the Flies, Animal Farm and Great Expectations. What do these books have in common? They were all written by white men and they’re all set texts on GCSE exam syllabuses. From politics to the media, white men dominate so much in society – school curriculums are no exception. Since September… Read More

When xenophobic words become real violence

by Maya Goodfellow  Last week, in a chilling report that has the faint echoes of lynching during the Jim Crow era, a group of refugees and migrants in the Calais camp say outsiders attacked them. Unidentified men put them in a van, drove them to a field, stripped them naked, handcuffed them and beat them… Read More

There’s a race problem in our mental health services

by Maya Goodfellow  On 7th November 2014, Faiza Ahmed told staff at the job centre that she was three days late to sign on because she had been trying to commit suicide. Then she went home and rang the ambulance service. Police and an ambulance crew paid her a home visit and decided she wasn’t… Read More

“But, do you think Empire was really all that bad?”

by Maya Goodfellow  “But, do you really think Empire was really all that bad?” Everyone in our corner of the pub went silent as one of our course mates brazenly put this question to our Indian professor. “It was an absolute catastrophe – all we got out of it was the railways, and even that… Read More

What a difference eight years makes; Hillary Clinton was confronted about white privilege live on air

by Maya Goodfellow  “Can you tell us what white privilege means to you and can you give me an example from your life or career when you think you have benefitted from it?” This was the question Thalia Anguiano put to Hillary Clinton, one of the world’s most famous Democrats and the woman who could… Read More

The UK’s New Privacy Laws Will Have Profound Affect on People of Colour

by Maya Goodfellow The United Nations’ head of privacy described it as “worse than scary.” Former CIA employee, responsible for one of the biggest leaks in American’s history, Edward Snowden called it the “most intrusive and least accountable surveillance regime in the West.” Apple’s chief executive has warned it could have “very dire consequences.” Meet… Read More

Exploiting Feminism for Profit

by Maya Goodfellow Last week while flicking through TV channels an advert caught my attention. I was momentarily pleased to watch as a young girl was enchanted by clips of famous women – from feminist activist Emmeline Pankhurst to iconic singer Billie Holiday – while Fleur East’s version of Girl on Fire played in the… Read More

When will the Met Police be held accountable for deaths in their custody?

by Maya Goodfellow 240, the number of racial discrimination cases made against the Met in 12 months. 509, the disproportionate number of black and minority ethnic people who’ve died in state detention since 1991. 0, the number of people held to account in either instance. These statistics might seem dull; they’re no rivals to the… Read More

*Misogynoir vs. The New Politics

by Maya Goodfellow  “Anyone who tells Diane Abbott to fuck off has my vote “, “I don’t like Diane Abbott”, “she’s not credible”. Scroll through Twitter and these are just a handful of the attacks directed at Britain’s first and most prominent black female MP. Virtual sentiments translate into the real world, where if you… Read More

“The Migrant Crisis” The real issue here is inconvenienced British holidaymakers

by Maya Goodfellow  On Tuesday night a man was crushed to death by a truck in Calais. The next morning, David Cameron offered the following condolences: “I have every sympathy with holidaymakers who are finding access to Calais difficult because of the disturbances there”. The Prime Minister made no mention of the young, as yet… Read More