Ethnicity

The Language Martyrs: Celebrating International Mother Language Day

Thaslima Begum | Posted 22.02.2017 | UK
Thaslima Begum

February 21st 1952, Dhaka. The fallen bodies of students and teachers lie scattered amid a campus-turned-battlefield, as tear gas lingers in bloody ha...

Ongoing Workplace Discrimination Of Highly Educated British-Bangladeshi Women

Shahida Rahman | Posted 09.01.2017 | UK
Shahida Rahman

A report by the government's Social Mobility Commission, published on 28 December 2016, has found that British children of Pakistani and Bangladeshi b...

Empathy: What Our Dysfunctional World Needs

Adnan Al-Daini | Posted 30.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Adnan Al-Daini

It is argued that empathy cannot be taught but could happen through our positive non-judgemental interaction with others. We need to listen and to imagine what it is like to be the other. It is always easier to interact with others if they belong to our group, and hence it is easy to empathise with them as they experience sufferings and hardships through life.

2017 - A Brighter Future After A Veritably Shocking Year

Ben Black | Posted 14.12.2016 | UK
Ben Black

With the veritable "shocks" of 2016 still fresh in our collective memory - Brexit, Trump, animal fat in the new £5 notes - 2017 is set to be an interesting year.

Remember That You Are Probably Not 100% Any Single Ethnicity

Kimia Etemadi | Posted 16.11.2016 | UK
Kimia Etemadi

Whether you hate foreigners or not, doesn't mean that your ancestors didn't travel around and reproduce with people from other ethnicities, and thus your ancestors themselves were at one point immigrants too, and you are a mix of many heritages. Rather than looking at this fact with fear, it should be recognised as what it really is: a beautiful thing.

#CSuiteSoWhite: Lack of diversity at the top prompts launch of UPstanding Executive Power List

Suki Sandhu | Posted 11.03.2016 | UK
Suki Sandhu

It may only be March but the issue of diversity, specifically ethnic diversity, has been one of the most widely covered topics of 2016. From University admissions to the Oscars, there is an unsettling sense of regression in the number of visibly successful BAME (black, Asian and minority ethnic-including Hispanic and Middle Eastern) people in both the UK and America.

Getting a Job is Harder for Some of Our Young People

Bob Morgan | Posted 03.03.2016 | UK
Bob Morgan

If only the world worked in such a way that great young people like Susan got good jobs and life opportunities because of their character and determination and ability instead of facing discrimination for all those stupid reasons - gender, ethnicity and where they were born.

#OscarsSoWhite and So Are The BRITs

Ben Johns | Posted 26.02.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Ben Johns

There's a plethora of non-white talent in the UK that hasn't been viewed by the BRITs let alone the general public. If the awards focused on record quality, rather than record sales then acts like Boy Better Know, FKA Twigs and Kwabs would have received a gong by now.

On a Budget and Looking for Make-Up for Darker Skin? Well Look No Further... Literally

Miriam Fagbemi | Posted 25.02.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Miriam Fagbemi

I've grown tired of watching low-budget beauty brands pick and choose when and when not to cater to women of colour, tired of applauding the beauty industry for its progression when it's still making women of colour feel like we are worth less.

"But Where Are You Really From?"

Simon Ragoonanan | Posted 20.11.2016 | UK Parents
Simon Ragoonanan

I haven't really spoken to my nearly 4-year-old daughter about race that much yet. She has previously stated that she is "white like mummy". I responded with "No. you're light like mummy, but brown like daddy", which she accepts.

Can I Ask Where You're From?

Sarah Kwong | Posted 22.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Kwong

I'm extremely proud of my mixed heritage, and everything both it, and I, stand for. It's taken me a good few years of diversions and confusion to get to this point. But I'm here and I'm proud. I would happily talk about my history and my family until the cows come home, and then when they've bedded down, too. But that isn't what the cashier is asking for.

The Civil Service in 2015 - In Seven Charts

Gavin Freeguard | Posted 08.10.2016 | UK Politics
Gavin Freeguard

A great deal has been written about diversity in the Civil Service in recent weeks (not least the Institute's own report on women and Whitehall since ...

Top Police Chief Is Really Not Happy With This Question About Diversity

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 07.08.2015 | UK

The Met's top police chief was affronted when he was asked about the number of ethnic minorities in the force, taking aim at critics who "never know" ...

The Minority Game: A BME Teacher's Daily Life

Bansi Kara | Posted 20.06.2016 | UK
Bansi Kara

I am facing the distinct possibility that I have worn you out with what appears to be my jaded and sarcastic approach to being a BME teacher. The truth is: I am worn out. The fact that there are not that many Asian women in senior leadership in teaching means that the ones who are here have to work harder to build cultural, ethnic and racial understanding.

Rachel Dolezal Denies 'Blackface' Accusations And Insists 'I Identify As Black'

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 16.06.2015 | UK

A civil rights activist accused of masquerading as an African-American woman has insisted: “I identify as black.” Rachel Dolezal quit as Presi...

The Rachel Dolezal 'Race Storm' Story Just Got Even Stranger...

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 17.06.2015 | UK

UPDATE: Piers Morgan Identifies Rachel Dolezal As A 'Lying Deluded Idiot' Rachel Dolezal Denies 'Blackface' Accusations And Insists 'I Identify As ...

'Black' Civil Rights Champion 'Outed' As A White Woman By Her Own Family

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 16.06.2015 | UK

UPDATE: Rachel Dolezal Denies 'Blackface' Accusations And Insists 'I Identify As Black' Rachel Dolezal Steps Down From NAACP Amid Allegations She S...

How Genocide Can Happen on Our Ordinary Streets

Tim Curtis | Posted 08.06.2016 | UK
Tim Curtis

"Bosnia is a beautiful place which is in sharp contrast to the evidence of the conflict which is still very much there. Sarajevo is peppered with bull...

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...

Why Exclusionary Racial Preferences are Prejudiced

Neha Shah | Posted 25.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Neha Shah

Firstly, a piece of advice: If you have to begin your sentence by clarifying that you are, in fact, not racist, it's a fairly good indicator that you need to reconsider what you're about to say.

Why Me Calling Myself Black-British Troubles My Mum So Much

Fisayo Fadahunsi | Posted 20.04.2015 | UK
Fisayo Fadahunsi

I agree with my mum that acknowledging my African heritage is important, both for the way I understand the world and the way that the world understands me. However, I would argue that how I identify is not entirely my choice.

Why Politicians Must Engage With Ethnic Minority Voters

Sandra Kerr | Posted 15.04.2015 | UK Politics
Sandra Kerr

These figures show that politicians of all parties can no longer afford to ignore the power of BAME voters - or take them for granted. Yet every day there seems to be a new article saying that they are not reaching these constituents. So what can they do to connect with them?

How Do We Make Britain's Boardrooms More Diverse?

Sandra Kerr | Posted 15.02.2015 | UK
Sandra Kerr

Put simply, the boardrooms of Britain's biggest businesses don't reflect the society they're operating in. And, as the BAME population - and their spending power - increases and organisations are increasingly asked about the make-up of their workforces by clients and contractors, this lack of diversity could potentially have huge impacts on their profits.

There's No Place Like Home...

Sophie Bauer | Posted 02.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sophie Bauer

I have always dreaded the question "Where are you from?" For me there are only two options. I can um and ah and seem horrendously self-obsessed. Alternatively I can spare myself the hassle and just go for the easiest, least controversial option: I'm from Birmingham. What a copout...

The UK's Most Diverse Organisations - And What You Can Learn From Them

Sandra Kerr | Posted 01.02.2015 | UK
Sandra Kerr

We know what works. We now need more organisations from every sector to use this knowledge and take action to close gender and BAME employment gaps that have no place in our 21st century workforce. The Benchmark reiterates just what employers need to do to ensure they are fit for a diverse future.