James Baldwin, I Am Not Your Negro and the construction of race

Kamaljeet Gill looks at the enduring importance of James Baldwin and his deconstruction of the concept of ‘whiteness’ Read More

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Not in the family portrait: BME voters and Brexit – Part II

By Brian Alleyne Brexit, social class and ethnicity According to research done by Lord Ashcroft, people in England and Wales who were older, lived outside major cities, had lower levels of education and a lower social class position tended to vote Leave. Conversely, people in London and the larger English cities, with higher levels of… Read More

The unbearable whiteness of history

by Jendella Benson  Deciding that it is never too early to take the task of cultural reproduction seriously (see David Osa Amadasun’s article, “‘Black people don’t go to galleries’ – The reproduction of taste and cultural values”), I took my fourteen month old son to the National Portrait Gallery one brisk November afternoon. The exhibition… Read More

No Alibis – Educating children about racism

by Margarita Aragon This past October I sat in the assembly room of my children’s primary school for the Year 1 presentation for parents. After a group of children in animal masks told us about their visit to the farm, and a few songs, another group of children came to the forefront of the stage to… Read More

For #IWD2014, I Salute Doreen Lawrence

by Huma Munshi The theme of this year’s International Women’s Day is ‘Inspiring Change’. Doreen Lawrence has been a force for change.  Challenging the institutional racism within the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) has invoked a cultural change within British society. And her fight for justice provides an important message for the feminist movement for liberation.… Read More

Western Neutral: Separating Common Culture From “Whiteness”

by Kayla Ancrum This article is a follow up to my very first article on diversity How to Write Women of Colour and Men of Colour if you are White. It was requested by a reader who wanted further explanation on the term “Western Neutral” which I had used when explaining how to write People of Colour. The… Read More

“but everybody on TV is white and all the nice people are blonde.”

by Hana Riaz Earlier this summer, my beautiful then five-year-old Nepali nieces sat with me in our garden enjoying the warm and easy sun. What started as a conversation about what happens to melanin when it finds home in all that glorious vitamin d, looking at our skin browner than it’s winter shade, turned into… Read More