We are not “belligerent,” “dark” or “bitter”

by Tele Ogunyemi Yasmin Alibhai-Brown’s recent article ‘Blend it like Britain’ is a masterpiece in how to simultaneously erase and fetishize people of colour. Published on 6th November 2016 in the Sunday Times Magazine to promote Amma Asante’s new film A United Kingdom, the article is littered with racist or otherwise problematic assertions about people… Read More

We’ve Got the Diagnosis on Inequality; Where’s the Action Plan?

by Kiri Kankhwende  Every week seems to bring a new report that sets off alarm bells about inequality in the UK but it never seems to reach a level of critical mass that sparks action. This week, the interim findings of David Lammy MP’s review into race and the criminal justice system showed that ethnic… Read More

White tribalism was not made by Trump. It already existed in America as it does in Britain

by Lester Holloway ‘This was a whitelash.’ Political commentator Van Jones pulled no punches on election night as he sought to nail the reasons for Trump’s victory. ‘This was a whitelash against a changing country. It was a whitelash against a black president.’ The phrase was picked up by the chatterati, including Polly Toynbee in… Read More

Why we have to take white working class people’s fears seriously

by Jacinta Nandi There’s this sense of relief in their tone when white people tell you – when white middle-class people tell you – how poor and miserable the Brexit voters are. Or, in the US, Trump. Or, in Germany, the AfD. There’s a sense of relief, but also a certain satisfaction. Friends and family… Read More

With Brexit the Tories have made sure we all have egg on our faces

by Kiri Kankhwende   UK politics at the moment is characterised by a series of hostage situations and bad ideas. Depending on who you listen to, the Labour Party is either being held hostage by the UK’s thousands of communist sleeper cells or by Tories who got lost on the way Conservative Party Conference somewhere… Read More

Theresa May Might Become PM, but this is Not a Feminist Revolution

by Kiri Kankhwende  It’s almost a fortnight since the referendum and no one seems to have figured out what to do with all the control we took back yet, least of all the architects of Brexit. David Cameron, who risked the both the European Union and our own fragile one for the sake of Tory… Read More

Brexit Britain: how did we get here? Ask the toxic blonde, the Dickensian nightmare, or the would-be fascist

by Raf  Bloody proud of you UK. Especially now that Vote Leave has raptured away all the foreigners, the pound is officially worth less than a signed Rolf Harris painting; and it’s cheaper to drive your car to France than to have it cleaned. Best of all, the 1980s-style in-your-face racism encountered after the referendum… Read More

Time to stand together and face down those who would divide us

by Maurice Mcleod  Britain, we are constantly told, prides itself on its tolerance and fair mindedness. In the immediate aftermath of the vote to leave the European Union, that pride has been shaken to the core and tolerance seems in short supply. The racists and xenophobes we always knew were there have felt buoyed and… Read More