My grandfather, the migrant patriot

Sudip Bhattacharya explores the tensions of patriotism and living in diaspora in the US Read More

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Theresa, Trump and a Culture of Demonisation

by Maya Goodfellow  When narratives form around politicians, they tend to be difficult to unpick. Over the weekend the carefully constructed image of Theresa May as a sensibly “cautious” prime minister was deployed by Tory MP Nadhim Zahawi and right-wing paper The Sun to explain her calculated silence over – and then limp criticism of –… Read More

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

Gabby Douglas Did Not Need To Be Discarded For Simone Biles To Succeed

We cannot encourage a culture where only one member of a marginalised group is reserved a platform by Chan Maroon The public spotlight can often be cruel towards those aiming for success. In these Olympics, it has been particularly cruel for gymnast, Gabby Douglas. Douglas was thrust into the public consciousness after her winning display… Read More

The Taming of the Shrewd

…or the incessant need for *PWIs to make black icons “safer”   by Joseph Guthrie Throughout my lifetime, there are three things that have continued to remain a permanent mainstay in society: Politicians are the masters of manipulation. It’s always darkest before dawn. When an iconic black activist dies, mainstream media rush in to distort said… 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

White Men Dancing: We’re all cleaners

By Maurice Mcleod Cleaning the corridor For some, the revelation that black MP for Brent Central, Dawn Butler, had been mistaken for a cleaner by one of her fellow MPs came as a shock. ‘In these prim and proper days, when diversity is shoved down your throat from every angle,’ they ponder, ‘how can anyone… Read More

America may be ‘Trumped’, but Britain has its demons too

by Maya Goodfellow Republican candidate Donald Trump was a figure of ridicule until he spouted yet another racist view earlier this week. We need a “complete and total shutdown of Muslims entering the United States”, he declared in the wake of an attack in California, where a Muslim couple – claiming to support ISIS –… Read More

FROM THE ARCHIVES: Cultural Appropriation: The Fashionable Face of Racism

Although Media Diversified is on a site break for the month of August while we develop exciting new projects, we still want to continue delivering challenging, insightful content to our readers — so we’ll be going into the archives to bring back some of our most-read articles. Chimene Suleyman’s “Cultural Appropriation: The Fashionable Face of Racism”… Read More

“Nope, You Really Can’t Say That”: My Love/Hate Relationship with The Mindy Project

by Nashwa Khan Living in what can sometimes feel like a South Asian feminist echo chamber, we become accustomed to never questioning those we idolize. As a result, years have gone by without Mindy Kaling’s body of work being critically examined within our community. Many black women have made observations of Kaling’s anti-blackness on social… Read More