Why don’t presidential candidates support reparations for American descendants of slaves?

As the Democratic candidates for the 2020 Presidential elections make their cases for leadership, LeRon Barton asks why the issue of reparations for Black American descendants of slaves is such a stumbling block for most of the hopefuls At the start of his campaign, Democratic Presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders appeared on The View and was… Read More

Windrush, welfare and caring for history

A year after the Windrush scandal broke, Lara Choksey writes that we should be looking at the deportations and violence in the context of decades of state definition of who deserves care As Brexit turns the screw on a national consciousness split over who should fall under its remit of care, history is asking for… Read More

Can President Muhammadu Buhari now triumph over the issues facing Nigeria?

Muhammadu Buhari’s election triumph was one thing, but working to overcome the challenges in Nigeria is now quite another. Orji Sunday discusses the issues the new president must now face. Being Nigeria’s president is a  painful pleasure. After all, most leaderships, if not all are driven principally by the premise of flashy honours and thorny… Read More

Dimming her lights: The public shaming of Ilhan Omar

The condemnation of Ilhan Omar not only betrays hypocrisy at the heart of the US government, it also demonstrates how Black Americans are subject to disproportionate discipline and censure on a daily basis, writes Olivia Woldemikael The public humiliation and condemnation of Congresswoman Ilhan Omar by Democrats, Republicans, and the American media is all too familiar.… Read More

Why doesn’t the media portray Islamophobia in the Conservative Party as a scandal? | AN ALTERNATIVE LENS

  As The Independent Group welcomes three Conservative MPs, Basit Mahmood wonders why the widespread Islamophobia within the Conservative party has garnered little media attention As three Conservative MPs quit their party to join the new Independent Group of MPs, I wondered if, among the reasons for their departure, any would make reference to the… Read More

The revoking of Shamima Begum’s citizenship sets a worrying precedent for the children of immigrants

Following her discovery by a British journalist in Syria, The Home Office has written to Shamima Begum’s parents to revoke her British citizenship. Shahnaz Ahsan writes that it is a reminder that children of immigrants will never be British enough. British Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, has announced that he will be using his special privileges… Read More

Chuka Umunna and why we need to talk about structural racism

The newly launched political party The Independent Group cites challenging antisemitism as one of its founding beliefs, however as @KojoRTE argues, such aims are futile unless we look at racism with a structural lens. The Independent Group seven became eight and were  joined by three Tories at the time of publishing. Anna Soubry, Sarah Wollaston and Heidi… Read More

Angela Smith’s “funny tinge” comment showed she was right about institutional racism

The launch of The Independent Group of former Labour MPs was much derided following the debacle of Angela Smith referring to BAME people as a “a funny tinge”. However as Angelo Irving writes, the remark reveals much about the institutional racism the fledgling party professes to abhor Monday 18th February. A day that saw a… Read More

Is segregating state school students really the solution to Oxbridge’s diversity issue? 

Labour Party peer Andrew Adonis recently suggested that state school pupils be separated from privately educated pupils to increase diversity at Oxford and Cambridge colleges. A solution, or as Shahnaz Ahsan writes, the creation of a two tier system? How do you solve a problem like state school students at Oxbridge – or rather, the lack… Read More

Sajid Javid: the Prime Minister who deported himself

Our time-travelling correspondent Raf reports from late 2019, where after the fall from grace of Theresa May following a disastrous Brexit, he interviews new Conservative party leader and Prime Minister Sajid Javid I sat down with Prime Minster Sajid Javid over some Nando’s Lemon and Herb chicken and a side order of coconut water to discuss… Read More