Stories of migration and exile: in conversation with writer Olumide Popoola

by Yasmin Gunaratnam  “Calculate is angry because all of his things were stolen in Puglia. He has nothing but his good English. He went to the police…He didn’t think. Next thing he was standing in a police station and someone wanted to fingerprint him. But you can’t get fingerprinted there. Unless you want to stay.… Read More

“Complicit No More”

Yasmin Gunaratnam introduces the series ‘In creating a forum to discuss gendered racisms, ‘Complicit No More’ aims to encourage more generous and ‘conscientious’ feminist inspired dialogue’  As far as feminism of colour goes we seem to be caught in something of a doublethink. Feminism is dis(mis)sed on a daily basis but has also become part… Read More

Meeting Stuart Hall

We have come together as black feminists to commemorate Stuart Hall who died on 10 February, 2014. ~ Sara Ahmed, Gargi Bhattacharyya, Yasmin Gunaratnam,Vera Jocelyn, Patricia Noxolo, Pratibha Parmar, Ann Phoenix, Nirmal Puwar, Suzanne Scafe Suzanne: I first heard Stuart Hall speak in the early 1980s, when he gave the keynote speech for the Norman… Read More

3D Racism – Denial, Disclaimers and Doubt

by Yasmin Gunaratnam and Karim Murji “I’m not a racist, I have good friends that are black and anyone that knows me knows I’m not like that.” Councillor Jeffrey Tucker ‘One of the crucial properties of contemporary racism is its denial, typically illustrated in such well-known disclaimers as ‘I have nothing against blacks, but . .… Read More

The Home Office has an ‘end of life plan’ for Asylum seekers

by Yasmin Gunaratnam I am not in the least legally minded. I become easily confused by the archaic jargon and machinery of our legal systems. This naivety aside, one thing has become clear as I have watched the situation of the asylum seeker and hunger striker Isa Muazu unfold over the past few weeks: with… Read More

Everyday Prisons – Women’s Lives Under Occupation

by Samah Saleh Hanan, a Palestinian woman, was released in a prisoner exchange, after serving five years of her life sentence. In an interview, during my research on women in Israeli prisons, Hanan closed her eyes as she described prison as no more than a series of boxes. The boxes are connected to each other’ she… Read More

Race GPS? No Right Turn Ahead

by Yasmin Gunaratnam The recent exchanges here and @WritersofColour show the continuing emotional charge of race semiotics. And that’s not to forget the generous doses of hurt innocence from those called out about their use of language. “What’s wrong with that?” the baffled MEP Godfrey Bloom asked when it was pointed out that his comments… Read More