What are Respectability Politics, and Why do We Subscribe to Them?

by Maurice Dolberry You may not be familiar with the term “respectability politics”, but you’ve heard them before.  Maybe you’ve even engaged in them.  Whether it’s Don Lemon’s ranting, actor Romany Malco’s open letter to Trayvon Martin sympathizers following the George Zimmerman trial, Bill Cosby’s 2004 “Pound Cake speech” or even The Talk co-host Sheryl… Read More

Living in Black and White on Twitter: Why #AliveWhileBlack is Much More Important than #CrimingWhileWhite

by Queen Muse   Black people already know that white privilege exists. We know this because we observe it every day on our jobs, in our schools, and sometimes even while simply trying to get a good table at a restaurant. We also know that police brutality and discrimination are real issues that disproportionately affect… Read More

International Men’s Day: What Are We Celebrating?

by Shane Thomas Today is International Men’s Day. According to the organisation’s website, International Men’s Day is, “…an occasion for men to celebrate their achievements and contributions, in particular their contributions to community, family, marriage, and child care while highlighting the discrimination against them.” While well-intentioned, I find any type of self-congratulatory discourse around men… Read More

Black – Political vs. Ethnic?

by Nathan E Richards Next month Goldsmiths University is to host an event on black feminism, with two guests from the institution to speak on this important topic – the event is billed thusly: “Conversation on Black British Feminism”. Two of Britain’s internationally acclaimed professors of race and gender will talk about Black British feminism… Read More

Brazil’s new primetime show “Sexo e as Negas” serves the white gaze

TV Channel Globo, one of the largest television networks in Brazil, is broadcasting a series called “Sexo e as Nega”. The series is an adaptation of Sex and the City, but this time with four Black actresses. The series has been written by the famous White actor, writer and producer Miguel Fallabella.

The very title of the series is itself hugely problematic, not only because race is the primary signifier of the women, but also because the terms are full of racist and gendered connotations, such as the venacular Brazilian expression “I’m not your niggaz “. In racist discourses, Black women are those who work for sex, while the white woman is the woman who is worthy of romantic love, kindness and respect. Read More

#WeAreAllMonkeys Today. Tomorrow You’ll Be Human Again [Don’t Bait Me!]

by Matthew Simmermon-Gomes As a doctoral student who researches the intellectual foundations of black slavery in the Americas and as a black man who writes about race and queer issues online, I am no stranger to having offensive or upsetting content tweeted at me or in my blog’s comment moderation queue. Threats, slurs, accusations, visual… Read More

Part Two: Ethnic Minority? No, Global Majority

PART TWO Editors’ note: We asked 10 writers for their opinion on the classifications and terminology used to describe people. We stressed there was no right or wrong answer. Here are the results: I’ve wondered for quite a while how Race politics has transformed from the passions of being “Black and Proud” to the insultingly… Read More

Part One: Ethnic Minority? No, Global Majority.

PART ONE Editors note: We asked 10 writers for their opinion on the classifications and terminology used to describe people. We stressed there was no right or wrong answer. Here are the results: There are a great deal of acronyms and labels used by society to address and refer to people who are not white.… Read More

Doing the Right Thing: Black Film and TV in a Biased World

by Micah Yongo  ‘You know, where I come from, there are a lot of different ways of being black.’ ‘Well, then you one lucky black man. But see, blood, ‘bout now, where you come from ain’t where you at… Roun’ here, they only got the one way of being black, and sooner or later that’s the… Read More

Footballers, rappers and drug dealers – the need for positive role models

by Lee Pinkerton The recent Channel 4 series Top Boy came in for much criticism from some quarters. There are those that argued that this gritty urban drama set in east London which depicted a young Black drug gang was yet another negative depiction of Black males on our TV screens. No wonder, they argued,… Read More