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
The Top Ten people we should leave in 2018
After a long year of their monumental trolling, abject bigotry and outright villainy Joseph Guthrie considers the ten people who should absolutely be cancelled for 2019. 2018: the year where everyone aged ten or twenty years in 365 days. There were an incalculable number of trending current events in 2018, ranging from the inspirational to the intensely… Read More
Why I’m no longer talking to… well, anyone… about religion
Inspired by Reni Eddo Lodge and her best selling book Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race, Mariya bint Rehan has decided to channel that same energy for conversations about religion Content Note: discussion of Islamophobia and link to an Islamophobic YouTube video in this article. I’m quite a talkative person, but… 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
Should Chris Rock have let Louis CK and Ricky Gervais say the n-word unchallenged? | THE TWERKING GIRL
Chris Rock has been under fire for enabling Louis CK and Ricky Gervais to enthusiastically say the n-word in a video, facing more criticism than the white comedians themselves. Ava Vidal discusses the context of that video and whether white men should be given an n-word pass by a Black fellow comedian. Content note: This… Read More
Can a woman of colour succeed in the performing arts without getting pigeonholed?
Theatre-maker and writer Naomi Joseph discusses her experiences as an artist in the performing arts – while lack of representation is one issue, challenges about being pigeonholed are another. Main image: A Letitia Wright in The Convert, written by Danai Gurira Much has been said about the representation of people of colour in the arts.… Read More
An Open Letter to Amnesty International from NGO Safe Space
Alexia Pepper de Caires and Shaista Aziz of NGO Safe Space respond to Amnesty International Netherlands’ recent refugee campaign with an open letter. Dear Amnesty, As a global leader on human rights, women, gender-queer/ non-binary people and men around the world support your work. They join you to act in solidarity with oppressed people in the… Read More
How language makes and unmakes our world: French language policies in Algeria
As part of our #MDAcademics space, in a two part essay, Barâa Arar discusses the impact of French Language policies in Algeria, how it impacts not only language but a whole culture, and how to overcome. Part One Language is a fundamental hallmark of the human experience. Without language we cannot express trivial things; “Pass… Read More
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
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