Why the #BernieorBust movement is failing Americans of colour

by Abdullah Shihipar  This past Feburary, I was having dinner with my brother and some of his friends in Boston. As we were waiting for our food and making conversation, the topic soon turned to the ongoing presidential elections. The New Hampshire primary had just concluded and Donald Trump had resoundingly defeated his opponents. Amongst those… Read More

Why are black girls killing each other – or trying to?

by Jendella Benson  “I don’t like working with black girls, because they’re not professional.” “You mean black girls…like me? Like you?” I wanted to say, but the way she said it with so much confidence astonished me, and I struggled to formulate a response in the moment. Sure enough, when the model arrived, she was… Read More

For the record, BDS is an anti-racist issue

by Hilary Aked    Following a wave of accusations made against some members of the Labour party for claims of anti-Semitism, the saga reached absurd new lows last week, when long-standing anti-racist activist Jackie Walker was suspended. Among Walker’s alleged crimes was her refusal to condemn the boycott of Israel. While some of the accusations… Read More

A Former Republican Party Insider Tells All: ‘After all… they’re still black first.’

Lisa Fritsch ran in the Republican primary for Governor of Texas in 2014. She finished second against Greg Abbott as a first time political candidate. by Lisa Fritsch I was a state-level Donald Trump. In 2014, when I ran a primary campaign for Governor of Texas, I was an outsider, party loyalist, and a first-time political… Read More

If Muslim women’s clothing makes them consenting slaves, who are their slave masters?

by Shohana Khan Last week French Women’s Rights Minister Laurence Rossignol likened how Muslim women dress to being in collusion with slavery, roundly offending a vast number of groups. Quite an achievement. She was closely followed by the co-founder of Yves Saint Laurent, Pierre Berge, who claimed that the fashion world should not get their hands… Read More

Some of us just want to BE: the importance of trans visibility

by Khaleb Brooks  I sat quietly in a large room at Chicago’s Gerber/Hart Library. Some sat nervous like me, wide-eyed and curious, fidgeting with their clothes, bags, nails and expressions. Others seemed like old friends, gallantly laughing, bending wrists, and gliding across the room in an array of both extravagant and dapperly conservative fashions. This… Read More

The Woman of Water Dreams

from Why Dust Shall Never Settle Upon This Soul by Ryka Aoki 1. Consider that for every rational number, there exists an infinite array of values that do not resolve. The dead or frightened housecat. The slipshod dance of sun and moon. A Shanghai butterfly splits the baryons of a faraway nucleus… And you wonder… Read More

Visible Ordinariness: the journey towards protection, acceptance and equality for trans people

Or: Clear and Present Transgender by Suzy Wrong Visibility for many trans people is a conundrum. Unlike our genderqueer compatriots, we often work for ideas of gender that seem to be about, above all, conformity and normality, which in turn implies a certain ordinariness and social invisibility. In early stages of our individual transitions, we… Read More

Joint Enterprise: A dangerous cocktail of innuendo, hearsay and racism

by Colin Joseph  Last week it could finally be reported that the first two defendants in a murder trial at the Old Bailey walked free from court following the recent landmark Supreme Court ruling on joint enterprise. Joint enterprise is not a new law, but it was developed by the courts to allow for more… Read More

Trump has succeeded in an America that is already pre-disposed to racial suspicion

by Chimene Suleyman   Long before Donald Trump became known as a political contender, communities of colour tussled with the spaces between campaign lines. Either side of economic graphs and cultural cut-backs remains our instinct, from which we may swiftly tell if this is an individual who will push a person of colour under the bus, or… Read More