David Cameron cares more about white votes than brown lives

by Maya Goodfellow If there’s one thing David Cameron is more reluctant to do than let refugees into the UK, it’s risk losing votes. This week, he abandoned plans to slam Britain’s door in the face of refugee children — not because he’d realised how callous this would be but most likely “to avoid defeat in… Read More

The UN’s Good vs. Bad Narrative Clears the Way for Sexual Violence and Impunity

Content warning: Rape, Sexual violence and abuse by Maya Goodfellow A Blue Helmet’s job is, quite literally, to keep the peace. The UN peacekeepers whose nickname comes from their characteristic headwear, are supposed to protect people in countries torn apart by war. However a steady drip of accusations coming out of the Central African Republic (CAR) suggests… Read More

Success is defined as white and male – a new school curriculum could change that

by Maya Goodfellow Lord of the Flies, Animal Farm and Great Expectations. What do these books have in common? They were all written by white men and they’re all set texts on GCSE exam syllabuses. From politics to the media, white men dominate so much in society – school curriculums are no exception. Since September… Read More

Trump has succeeded in an America that is already pre-disposed to racial suspicion

by Chimene Suleyman   Long before Donald Trump became known as a political contender, communities of colour tussled with the spaces between campaign lines. Either side of economic graphs and cultural cut-backs remains our instinct, from which we may swiftly tell if this is an individual who will push a person of colour under the bus, or… Read More

When xenophobic words become real violence

by Maya Goodfellow  Last week, in a chilling report that has the faint echoes of lynching during the Jim Crow era, a group of refugees and migrants in the Calais camp say outsiders attacked them. Unidentified men put them in a van, drove them to a field, stripped them naked, handcuffed them and beat them… Read More

There’s a race problem in our mental health services

by Maya Goodfellow  On 7th November 2014, Faiza Ahmed told staff at the job centre that she was three days late to sign on because she had been trying to commit suicide. Then she went home and rang the ambulance service. Police and an ambulance crew paid her a home visit and decided she wasn’t… Read More

What a difference eight years makes; Hillary Clinton was confronted about white privilege live on air

by Maya Goodfellow  “Can you tell us what white privilege means to you and can you give me an example from your life or career when you think you have benefitted from it?” This was the question Thalia Anguiano put to Hillary Clinton, one of the world’s most famous Democrats and the woman who could… Read More

America may be ‘Trumped’, but Britain has its demons too

by Maya Goodfellow Republican candidate Donald Trump was a figure of ridicule until he spouted yet another racist view earlier this week. We need a “complete and total shutdown of Muslims entering the United States”, he declared in the wake of an attack in California, where a Muslim couple – claiming to support ISIS –… Read More

The UK’s New Privacy Laws Will Have Profound Affect on People of Colour

by Maya Goodfellow The United Nations’ head of privacy described it as “worse than scary.” Former CIA employee, responsible for one of the biggest leaks in American’s history, Edward Snowden called it the “most intrusive and least accountable surveillance regime in the West.” Apple’s chief executive has warned it could have “very dire consequences.” Meet… Read More

Exploiting Feminism for Profit

by Maya Goodfellow Last week while flicking through TV channels an advert caught my attention. I was momentarily pleased to watch as a young girl was enchanted by clips of famous women – from feminist activist Emmeline Pankhurst to iconic singer Billie Holiday – while Fleur East’s version of Girl on Fire played in the… Read More