Anti-blackness in South Asian communities – how do we break the cycle?

In the first of a series exploring the issue, Dhruva Balram discusses the history and social implications of colourism in South Asia and diaspora communities,  and how this relates to anti-Blackness worldwide. Colourism, and its close relative anti-Blackness, is a pervasive scourge that underpins any notion of progress the South Asian community attempts to make.… Read More

Open Letter: Eugenics is back in vogue again from the Observer to the Monash Bioethics Review

In 2018, there is evidence of an unfortunate resurgence in the acceptability of the  study of eugenics, with academics attempting to divorce its study from its inherent racism, classism and ableism and even defend it from critique under the guise of debates around free speech and “platforming” in academic spaces. Recently, an article entitled “Defending… Read More

Political class factionalism and the right-wing takeover of the Republican Party

In a fascinating essay, Ronald Kuykendall discusses the “right wing wave”, and how it relates to white identity politics, the history of factions in the two-party system in in the USA, and the backlash to the Obama presidency It is obvious and undeniable that in the United States the Republican Party is attractive to reactionaries,… Read More

Faith and Fundamentalism: creating art from uncertainty

by Rajeev Balasubramanyam  Two weeks ago I met an artist who hadn’t produced any work since Trump’s election in November. She was in shock, felt helpless and bereft. ‘I just want things to go back to normal,’ she said, ‘and then I can make art again.’ By ‘normal,’ I suspect she meant a return to… Read More

Get Out: If I’m around too many white people, I get nervous

By Maurice Mcleod  (spoilers only in the links) Good horror, just like good satire, isn’t built around the bizarre, it’s built on the familiar. There are few things more familiar to black people in the West than being the outsider in social or professional circles. Answering dumb-ass questions about your heritage or sporting prowess are just… Read More

Not in the family portrait: BME voters and Brexit – Part II

By Brian Alleyne Brexit, social class and ethnicity According to research done by Lord Ashcroft, people in England and Wales who were older, lived outside major cities, had lower levels of education and a lower social class position tended to vote Leave. Conversely, people in London and the larger English cities, with higher levels of… Read More

Not in the family portrait: BME voters and Brexit – Part I

Not in the family portrait: BME voters and Brexit – Part I By Brian Alleyne Martin is a Leave voter who was “unemployed … had his benefits suspended and been summonsed for non-payment of council tax. For him, the EU referendum was a chance to kick back”.  Martin’s story, as told in a June 20,… Read More

Theresa, Trump and a Culture of Demonisation

by Maya Goodfellow  When narratives form around politicians, they tend to be difficult to unpick. Over the weekend the carefully constructed image of Theresa May as a sensibly “cautious” prime minister was deployed by Tory MP Nadhim Zahawi and right-wing paper The Sun to explain her calculated silence over – and then limp criticism of –… Read More

The unbearable whiteness of history

by Jendella Benson  Deciding that it is never too early to take the task of cultural reproduction seriously (see David Osa Amadasun’s article, “‘Black people don’t go to galleries’ – The reproduction of taste and cultural values”), I took my fourteen month old son to the National Portrait Gallery one brisk November afternoon. The exhibition… Read More

2016’s Racism in Review

It’s Nothing New by Shane Thomas Racism. The obvious kind. We saw plenty of it in 2016. We’re likely to see more in 2017. But we’re less likely to get a nuanced analysis of it from the thinkpiece carousel. In truth, there’s the overt racist, the anti-racist, and a whole lot in between. You can be… Read More