Writing Africa in America, living between two worlds

by Samira Sawlani  Over the years I have observed the many ways in which we diaspora folk stay connected to ‘back home.’ For some it is through cooking, for others it is music and dance. There are the hours spent trawling through the websites of local newspapers and days filled with the deliciousness of Skype… Read More

Why the #BernieorBust movement is failing Americans of colour

by Abdullah Shihipar  This past Feburary, I was having dinner with my brother and some of his friends in Boston. As we were waiting for our food and making conversation, the topic soon turned to the ongoing presidential elections. The New Hampshire primary had just concluded and Donald Trump had resoundingly defeated his opponents. Amongst those… Read More

The Logic of Whiteness

by Ronald A. Kuykendall The recent fatalities involving black men and white police have a long history, coupled with a pattern of government inaction and unwillingness to take action against white perpetrators and police abuse in cases of violence against African Americans. For example, the failure of conviction or prosecutorial indictment in the fatal incidents… Read More

No More Excuses: Why “Everyone’s A Little Bit Racist” Isn’t Enough

by Maya Goodfellow “I’m not racist, but…” Most people of colour have heard this tired-out phrase before. It’s usually followed by words that are meant to comfort but actually reinforce the racism lacing the sentence preceding it. It seems that now, for the more enlightened people wanting to condemn but in the same breath excuse… Read More

America Strikes Somalia, Without the Drones

by Samira Sawlani  “For too long, the people of Somalia have suffered from civil strife.Now is the best time for them to realize the promise that accompanied their nation’s independence. In that quest, the United States is right where it should be: on Somalia’s side. And as we support the country’s progress, our strategy is centered… Read More

VIDEO: Chapel Hill. Three. Shot. Dead. Muslim.

by Sultanah Parvin  and Shezana Hafiz. Tuesday 10th February 2015. Chapel Hill. Three. Shot. Dead. Muslim. And the news told us there is no terrorist, no radical, no community was responsible. What would that news report look like? Lets frame this crime differently. Lets frame this crime as Muslims are framed. #SpokenWord ‘The deaths of… Read More

Strange Stains in Ferguson

by Maurice Mcleod Everyone knew it was coming. Politicians called for calm, police officers polished their armour, some black people held vigils and some white people bought guns. Yesterday a grand jury in Ferguson decided that Officer Darren Wilson had no case to answer after shooting dead unarmed black teenager Michael Brown on a Missouri… Read More

The (white) British History Project

by Amit Singh Education reform has been high on the agenda since the Conservative led coalition came to power in 2010. Polls conducted in April 2014 demonstrate how divisive proposed reform has been, and how there has been huge opposition to Michael Gove’s plans. The changes have seen a clear government agenda which steers the… Read More