Do we still need BME specific housing associations in Britain?

Yes. by Siana Bangura In the wake of Brexit and Trump’s victory in the USA as well as the increasing hypervisibility of movements such as #BlackLivesMatter, race is firmly at the forefront of conversation. And whilst we are increasingly discussing police brutality, upsurges in racially motivated hate crimes, mental illness in minority communities, employment disparities… Read More

Should we leave or remain in the EU? Roundtable Discussion – Part 2

The EU referendum debate has been raging for months now. Whilst it has droned on, as a nation we have come to accept that this isn’t really a discussion about our place in the global market place but a proxy for talking about how immigration threatens British identity. Who would be better placed then to… Read More

Sarah Reed’s death is a call to end our complacency

by Siana Bangura   I am tired of feeling numb, tired of mourning, tired of bearing witness to a war declared on black bodies. Here I am yet again writing about the death of a Black British victim of police brutality. Last May I wrote about the story of Sheku Bayoh.  Since his death, the… Read More

All Black Lives Matter: seeking justice for Sheku Bayoh

by Siana Bangura Have you heard of Sheku Bayoh? Sheku Ahmed Tejan Bayoh, a Sierra Leonean man who worked for British Gas and had two young children, died on 3rd May 2015, after being arrested by police in Kirkcaldy, Fife. He had been detained, handcuffed, pepper-sprayed, and put in leg restraints following an alleged altercation… Read More

I too am Black and a Feminist: On the importance of Black British Feminism

by Siana Bangura ‘Sisterhood empowers women by respecting, protecting, encouraging, and loving [them]’, bell hooks declared in 1982 in her exploration of black women and Feminism. By default, when speaking about Black Feminism most will turn to bell hooks or Audre Lorde or another African American woman and quote her words and experiences. A quick… Read More