Colonialism

New M&S Pie Sparks Fierce Debate Over Whether It's Racist

The Huffington Post | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 14.09.2016 | UK

A woman has sparked a heated social media row, after she accused Marks & Spencer’s of creating a pie that celebrated the deaths of millions in Brita...

Algeria to New Caledonia: An Exile

Naila Missous | Posted 12.07.2016 | UK
Naila Missous

Algerians of New Caledonia, known as Algerians of the Pacific are a group men that were deported by French Authorities to labour camps on the islands of New Caledonia in 1873, just off the coast of Australia. Why? As punishment for participating in the 1871 uprising against the French Colonial Administration in Algeria.

Britain Cannot Turn Its Back On A Problem That They Were A Part Of Creating.

Vanessa Berhe | Posted 20.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Vanessa Berhe

I am not asking you to open your hearts, I am not asking you to imagine what it would have been like to be a refugee. I am not even asking you to imagine what it was for that Eritrean woman who drowned in the Mediterranean while giving birth. I am simply asking you to look at your life, your country and your place in the world.

On White Guilt and Social Justice: Put Human Rights First

Roger Dubar | Posted 12.04.2016 | UK
Roger Dubar

White guilt is understandable: but it should not stop us seeking Human Rights for all. European colonisation killed over a hundred million people. In...

We Can't Learn From a Stump: Why the Queen Victoria Statue Should Stay

Gabriel Webber | Posted 08.03.2016 | UK
Gabriel Webber

Memento Park just outside Budapest is a bizarre wonderland. It's where the Hungarians deposited all its unwanted Communist statues after the fall of t...

The Oriel Donors' Revolt Highlights the Worst of Both Rhodes Must Fall, and the College's Response to it

David Browne | Posted 03.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
David Browne

On Friday, the Rhodes Must Fall saga seemingly came to an end, with Oriel announcing that neither the plaque, nor the statue, would fall - and the six...

Tony Abbott Thinks 'Racist' Cecil Rhodes Statue Should Stay At Oxford University

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 24.12.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Former Australian prime minister Tony Abbott has waded into the row between Oxford University and its students over whether a statue of "racist" Afric...

Three Everyday Ways Privileged People Can Help Equality

Eamonn Crowe | Posted 12.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Eamonn Crowe

Being privileged is tough. My equally liberated friends and I are constantly expected to like, be respectful towards minorities or something. So to help with this massively inconvenient task, I've written up three everyday ways you can challenge prejudice and work towards equality. (Don't worry, it doesn't involve making punny placards and marching to Number 10).

Asian Suffragettes: Women Who Positively Impacted Society

Shahida Rahman | Posted 12.10.2015 | UK
Shahida Rahman

Sophia Duleep Singh and Bhikaiji Cama are examples of Asian women who demonstrated great strength and determination and played vital roles parts in the British suffragette movement in the early 20th century. Their outstanding courage in the face of great odds has made them inspirational role models for women of all ages worldwide.

Seven Survival Steps for Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) NHS Staff - Step 2

Claudia Tomlinson | Posted 11.08.2016 | UK
Claudia Tomlinson

This series of articles will appear weekly and present my recommended Seven Survival Steps for black and ethnic minority staff working in the NHS, but may be a useful read to anyone with an interest in the NHS. The articles are excerpts from a forthcoming handbook, and provide highlights.

Oxford Students Call For 'Racist' Statue's Removal

The Huffington Post UK | Samuel Lovett | Posted 13.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Students from Oxford University have called for the removal of a college statue because of its perceived racist and colonial connotations. After th...

Are British Muslims 'Disloyal' for Criticising This Country?

Dilly Hussain | Posted 28.06.2016 | UK
Dilly Hussain

I had the pleasure of debating British history last weekend on the BBC Sunday Morning Live Show with lecturer and historian Kate Williams, editor of B...

Oxford University's Debating Society Advertises 'Colonial Cocktail'

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 29.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Oxford University's debating union has landed itself in hot water after advertising a cocktail called 'The Colonial Comeback', accompanied by a pictur...

It's Not the Counting It's the Taking Part That Wins: How Al Zebab Beat UKIP

Brother Faisal Ibn Bertiyyah | Posted 19.05.2016 | UK Politics
Brother Faisal Ibn Bertiyyah

Was our victory any more radical than that of the Tories? Was our campaign any more bizarre than that of UKIP? Is our religion any less reasonable than the blind worship of England - that wounded Leviathan made of real ale, fake history and potato-faced aggression?

Cultural Appropriation: What's the Issue?

Neha Shah | Posted 09.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Neha Shah

Most people who come from marginalised cultures (myself included) don't have a problem with people wanting to participate in our culture in an appropriate and respectful setting - in fact, we love it! Under the correct circumstances, cultural exchange can be a truly wonderful thing...

A Portrait of Rebecca: What Became of Pocahontas?

Katy Gregory | Posted 23.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Katy Gregory

The couple's marriage was known as a "golden age" for both sides in the Virginian region. It brought eight years of peace before a second war from 1622 to 26. Although the English reported that she wished to remain with her new people, as a diplomatic figure for both sides, Rebecca still expressed concerned for the security of those she had left behind.

Colonial Flavoured Yoga

Joshua Virasami | Posted 29.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Joshua Virasami

Yoga is not a pick-n-mix, you cannot take the fitness aspect, asana, and ignore the aspect of jnani, self knowledge, or bhakti, doing selfless service for others. We cannot afford to pay no heed to how our daily consumerism, and lack of resistance toward consumerism, propels the impoverishment of brown bodies in the East

R, Alice and I

Joanne Dwyer | Posted 06.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Joanne Dwyer

Alice came with the house. She is the maid. An observant, motherly figure in her late fifties, Alice could have been a character in a silent film. It was possible to walk into a room and not know that she was there, levitating through the house like a human hovercraft.

Band Aid Is Offensive

John Wight | Posted 18.01.2015 | UK Politics
John Wight

Band Aid reinforces negative stereotypes of Africa and Africans. It reflects a colonial mindset that is so deeply entrenched in Western culture that we aren't even aware it exists. The sight of a bunch of rich pop stars parading themselves as paragons of virtue and heroes is crass and eminently offensive. While it may allow them to wallow in self congratulation and positive PR, it is paternalism of the most grievous kind.... Ultimately, it is not Africa that needs to be saved, it is us. Only when we are saved from the greed and paternalism that distorts our understanding will Africa and the rest of the developing world finally begin to emerge from under the iron heel of Western hegemony.

The Historical Context and Contemporary Relevance of PM Modi's 'Zero Defect, Make in India' Vision

Abhaey Singh | Posted 28.11.2014 | UK Politics
Abhaey Singh

Given China's continuation of a broadly Anglo-Saxon model of economics and manufacture, instead of one derived from her own exemplary past - which in turn equates to a lost opportunity for all global consumers - the inherent 'Indianess' of Prime Minister Modi's manufacturing vision may ultimately be good news for all of us.

A Note on Censorship - Some Final Reflections on the Human Zoo Campaign

Akala | Posted 28.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Akala

To those that crying that our discussions of white supremacy and empire somehow constitute reverse racism or victimize white people, please. It is you who make this accusation that are in fact anti-white, because it is you who assumes that there are not white human beings with enough intelligence to understand the discussion and the history at hand and engage with it in a meaningful way, clearly you are wrong.

Anti-Racist Protestors Manage To Shut Down Anti-Racist Play

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 24.09.2014 | UK

A critically-acclaimed performance event featuring black actors in a "human zoo" has been cancelled after protests which posed "a serious threat" to t...

British Muslims + British Values Does Not = 'British Islam'

Dilly Hussain | Posted 05.10.2014 | UK
Dilly Hussain

'British values' is an ambiguous term which means many things to different people, especially to those who were born and raised in the UK. I highly doubt that the ruling political class in Whitehall could define what British values are without parroting automated generic words like "freedom", "tolerance" and "respect".

The Empire Writes Back - Kamila Shamsie's 'A God in Every Stone'

Nauman Khalid | Posted 01.08.2014 | UK Entertainment
Nauman Khalid

Lance-Naik Qayyum Gul of the 40th Pathans is the other main character who animates this tale through the warp and weft of which runs Empire. Along with his friend and subordinate Kalam, he fights for the British in the Great War. At Ypres, he is saved by his friend but loses an eye in combat. He is nursed back to health in Brighton and returns to Peshawar.

The Third World Fallacy: What It Really Means to Be From a Third World Country

Awoowe Hamza | Posted 13.05.2014 | UK
Awoowe Hamza

If you're expecting me to paint a picture of the struggles of those from developing countries to reinforce the first thought of an Aid commercial showing a young child that came to mind when you read the words 'Third World', then I am sorry to disappoint you.