Accessing NHS treatment as a young Black woman forced me to self-diagnose online

Although doctors often warn of patients diagnosing themselves online, as Benita Barden writes, when you are a young Black women accessing healthcare, inequality can mean that is the only option It was a rainy Tuesday the day I received what I can describe as a formal diagnosis from my GP. The printer in the tiny… Read More

Race rewritten: Brown Gypsy erasure in British media

Cyrine Sinti, who self identifies as Gypsy, discusses how brown Gypsies in the United Kingdom face erasure and racism even within their own communities, and how it’s time to celebrate their contributions to culture Editor’s note: article contains an uncensored racist slur. I say ‘Gypsy Woman’ and too many people conjure up images of tumblr… 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

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

The co-opting of Black culture in the South Asian diaspora, hip hop and the n-word

In the third of his articles discussing anti-Blackness in South Asian communities, Dhruva Balram discusses how South Asian people often gravitate towards Black culture and music, and how use of the n-word became an issue.   Moving to Canada from India at the cusp of adolescence, I instantly felt different, out of place – ‘othered’. Within… Read More

Liam Neeson’s revelation unmasks the dark heart of toxic white masculinity

The response to Liam Neeson’s recent revelations of his plans to randomly kill a Black man as an act of revenge has now switched to the impact on the actor’s career. But as Kristel Tracey writes, it reflects the fact there is still much work to do around toxic white masculinity and structural racism You… Read More

When calling the police is weaponised against Black people

Calling the police often has very different connotations for Black Americans than it does for their white counterparts: fear of death. However, as LeRon L. Barton writes, it’s control, not fear that drives that call to 911 to people who are simply “Living While Black” It’s happened yet again. When I read the story of… Read More

In the rush to criticise Kate Osamor, many have forgotten her humanity – a response | THE TWERKING GIRL

Following her article on Kate Osamor and the furore over her council home, Ava Vidal responds to the overwhelming number of comments she has received on social media, and asks if the outrage is proportionate. Since writing my article “Kate Osamor and the insidious and dangerous racism from the left” my Twitter mentions have been on fire.… Read More

Kate Osamor and the insidious and dangerous racism from the left | THE TWERKING GIRL

Recent press coverage about Kate Osamor choosing to stay in her council home has caused a social media storm, but as Ava Vidal writes, it’s not just the right being critical, and that presents a double standard and potential danger The furore surrounding the revelation that Kate Osamor lives in social housing is another reminder… Read More