Not talking to white people about race doesn’t mean withdrawing

Huma Munshi shares her thoughts on Reni Eddo-Lodge’s 2017 book on race politics Read More

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From a survivor to the new government: every woman matters

by Huma Munshi  The prevalence of violence against women and girls remains unabated. We have become all too familiar with the statistic that two women are killed a week by their partner, with women of colour and migrant women disproportionately impacted by domestic homicide. Rather than properly address the issues that protect women and young… Read More

Police impotence continues to fail women and girls at risk of male violence

By Huma Munshi As I read the findings of the IPCC last week on the police failings surrounding the killing of Becky McPhee, I was reminded of how the police had similarly failed me when I had sought their protection after I had fled a situation of domestic violence. This case also illustrates the painful… Read More

White supremacy remains intact despite the increase in interracial relationships

by Huma Munshi It’s been a strange tale of race relations of late. On the one hand, research indicates that one in ten relationships are between people from different ethnic backgrounds. Yet on the other hand, the effects of institutional racism are as potent ever. It can come as no surprise that we are seeing… Read More

Class vs. Race how the liberal elite just don’t get it

By Huma Munshi As I was listening to Radio 4’s Today programme yesterday, I found myself gritting my teeth in frustration. The subject of black children and their aspirations was being discussed following recent research by Newsnight which shows that 21% of black children feel their skin colour would make it harder to succeed compared… Read More

Expendable Lives: A snapshot of how men hate women

By Huma Munshi  Women are hated all over the world. Our lives are expendable in the face of family “honour” or a man’s spurned pride. This sounds like hyperbole but given how the news has unfolded of late, it is hard to dispute. In Lahore, Pakistan, Farzana Parveen was waiting outside a courthouse with the… Read More

As people of colour, voting is only one part of our civic duty

By Huma Munshi  It was Russell Brand that said he never voted. I was reminded of this on hearing the results of the local and European elections over the last few days. He noted in his New Statesman article: “I have never voted. Like most people I am utterly disenchanted by politics. Like most people… Read More

Loneliness, anger and learning to let go

By Huma Munshi I find summers a difficult time. Most people struggle in the winter with Seasonal Affective Disorder but, for me, it is the summer. It could be because three summers ago my mental health deteriorated quite seriously and, for the first time in my life, I was unable to take care of myself. I… Read More

Archbishop Desmond Tutu, forgiveness and survival

by Huma Munshi Archbishop Desmond Tutu wrote a stirring piece on the power of forgiveness this weekend. In the article he writes of the guilt he carried as a child witnessing the violence perpetrated by his father against his mother, which he was powerless to stop. He realises now that this guilt is unfounded and has been able… Read More