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

SketchFactor for the Middle East: Israel Is a ‘Good Country’ in a ‘Bad Neighbourhood’

by Zishad Lak This year we saw SketchFactor, an app which rates the ‘sketchiness’ of a neighbourhood to help individuals avoid ‘undesirable’ areas, reach the finals of New York’s Big Apps competition. Unsurprisingly, when we start to unpack what ‘sketchy’ actually means, the race implications become evident. The 47-second preview of Obama’s interview with the… Read More

GTA is America

by Haseeb Azad When Dan Houser, head writer of the GTA series, commented on the prospect of a future 3D London-based GTA game he remarked ‘GTA is America’1. Grand Theft Auto has been around for over two decades and since its inception, it has put the player in the driving seat of an anti-hero character.… Read More