UK Race

Goldsmiths SU Forced To Backtrack Over Event Which Banned White and Male Students

The Huffington Post UK | Victoria Farley | Posted 24.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Goldsmiths Students' Union has been forced to backtrack over an event which banned "white and/or male" attendees, following public outcry. The even...

Word From the Wise

Ciara Cohen-Ennis | Posted 21.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Ciara Cohen-Ennis

On 8 April, Tim Wise gave a lecture at Loyola University New Orleans. The talk was called "Don't Call Me A Racist" and focused on anti-racism and white privilege. Wise is an American anti-racism activist and writer who lectured at over 600 college campuses. One of my tutors advised that our class attend the lecture...

David Starkey Hits Out At Stephen Lawrence's Mother For 'Treating Blacks As Victims'

PA | Posted 11.04.2015 | UK

Ethnic minority groups and disabled people should not "assume the status of victim", according to historian David Starkey. In a wide-ranging interv...

Who Am I Anyway?

Joshua Virasami | Posted 29.03.2015 | UK
Joshua Virasami

Personally I have found that I couldn't even place myself in cultural groups around me. When my hair was short, afro-diasporic people gave me the nod of solidarity, when my hair was long south-Asian diasporic peoples spoke to me in their diversity of languages, yet I remained neither here nor there.

Does Questioning the Police Use of Intrusive Stop Search Powers Mean You're 'Anti-Police'

Nick Glynn | Posted 23.03.2015 | UK
Nick Glynn

What makes them 'anti-police' (apparently) is that they challenge the misuse of those powers, sometimes emotionally, sometimes robustly, often persistently because they see that things haven't changed or they're not changing quickly enough. They're not waiting 30 years, they're raising it now, because it is happening now. If that's what makes someone anti-police then I, like 'them', am guilty as charged.

Yes Kanye's an Idiot, But Is Trying to Get Him Banned From Glastonbury Really More About Race?

Sophia Eribo | Posted 19.03.2015 | UK Entertainment
Sophia Eribo

No matter how much anyone against Kanye West headlining on Glastonbury's Pyramid Stage claims it's nothing to do with racism or hip hop (a genre of music intrinsically tied to black people and the black experience), I can't help but feel uncomfortable and unsatisfied with these denials.

Sorry White People, You Can't Talk About Racism...

Inez Sarkodee-Adoo | Posted 19.03.2015 | UK
Inez Sarkodee-Adoo

Moving past crippling mistrust and misidentification of the guilty requires recognition of the ways that dominant representations of racial difference legitimise and normalise habitual discrimination, phenomena that everybody ought to be welcome to oppose.

Race in the USA

April Xiaoyi Xu | Posted 09.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education
April Xiaoyi Xu

I find the insight that my peers have shared in those events / classes extremely eye-opening. Yes, race has been a hot issue in the United States for a long period of time. We need to continue those thoughtful dialogues in order to respect and empathise with individuals' unique experiences.

Don't Blame the Oscars for Its Lack of Diversity, Blame Yourselves

Iman Qureshi | Posted 24.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Iman Qureshi

It's an industry where diversity means Denzel Washington. It's not news that a disproportionate number of directors are male, resulting in an inevitable plethora of egotistical, navel-gazing, cock-yanking films like Birdman, Boyhood and Whiplash, that feature women as little more than glorified set design.

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.

"You Are Hot, But I Don't Date Monkeys"

Tracey Agyeman | Posted 10.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Tracey Agyeman

I do not want to live in a colour-blind society; we should not pretend that our individuality does not exist; the problem does not lie in acknowledging differences but rather in being ignorant. What distinguishes us does not make us inferior or superior, it makes us diverse.

Being Black and Brown in Britain

Joshua Virasami | Posted 08.04.2015 | UK
Joshua Virasami

Racism, the point where power meets prejudice, is something we shy away from discussing in Britain, but it is a lived reality for millions on a day-to-day basis, a one-way stream of continued offense on varying scales.

This Is What Frozen's Elsa Would Look Like As A Black Woman

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 05.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle

An 18-year-old from São Paulo, Brazil has posted incredible drawings on Tumblr of Disney princesses reimagined as black and hispanic women. Julia,...

Life as a Foreigner in Germany in Times of Pegida

Sandhya Matthes | Posted 23.03.2015 | UK Politics
Sandhya Matthes

Germany has a way to go before a 'multi-culti' side-by-side living is taken as a given, but I don't believe it to be impossible. Which is why I sometimes can't help thinking: pull yourself together! Show the world what a big nation you are!

Bleach Blood: Against All Odds

Clara Cullen | Posted 20.03.2015 | UK Entertainment
Clara Cullen

What Bleach Blood is exactly is difficult to define. Dance punk? Electro-rock? Forget genres, they often make things unnecessarily confined, and Bleach Blood were never going to fit neatly into a box anyway.

Brown Faces in Tech Spaces

Damilola Odelola | Posted 14.03.2015 | UK Tech
Damilola Odelola

If the industry is dominated by white men - as most very profitable industries are - that automatically means that others have a harder time breaking through and getting some of those riches. Women are already paid less in tech making it harder for them to get a piece of the pie.

Nigel Farage's Defence of Kerry Smith Demonstrates that Casual Racism is the Norm

Zahra Wynne | Posted 19.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Zahra Wynne

It seems that week after week, we're hit with another story of Nigel Farage or one of his UKIP counterparts spouting racist, sexist and homophobic comments left right and centre. It's become worryingly predictable, and it seems that although there is a candidate step down here and there, a half-hearted apology and a tepid reassurance that this is 'not representative of UKIP', they continue to receive support.

Street Harassment Isn't Just About Sexism, It's Also an Issue of Racism

Zahra Wynne | Posted 09.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Zahra Wynne

Street harassment: a frequent occurrence for many people, yet always it's always as just as nasty as the last time. Many women experience street harassment on a regular basis, and more and more discussions regarding it are debunking the tired excuse that catcalling is a 'compliment'.

What Ridley Scott's 'Exodus' Says About the Film and Television Industry

Zahra Wynne | Posted 06.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Zahra Wynne

Now, it's hardly a controversial view that people residing in North Africa and the Middle East during the era of the Old Testament weren't white. They were likely to be of an Arab or Black complexion. So imagine my disappointment upon watching this trailer, to see that pretty much every single character, other than a few background thieves and slaves, were white.

Race Inequality Is Real, Whether We Choose to Recognise It or Not

Dr Omar Khan | Posted 03.02.2015 | UK
Dr Omar Khan

The first step in ensuring that a third generation of British-born ethnic minorities doesn't experience the same imbalance is recognising the extent of these inequalities. It's no good to argue that race doesn't matter anymore, when all the evidence shows that BME people still experience disadvantage over every significant measurement of quality of life in Britain.

Remember The Guy Who Raced A Tube Train? Now He's Up Against A Boat

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 02.12.2014 | UK Comedy

When he raced a Tube, he won. Now take a look at what happened when James Heptonstall and his friend Noel Carroll tried to race the Thames Clipper...

Men's Health Survival of the Fittest

Lucy Karsten | Posted 01.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Lucy Karsten

Survival of the Fittest is a 10km obstacle race run by Rat Race Adventure Sports. Written like that, it looks fairly manageable. Waking up on Saturday morning, schlepping to Wembley and then joining 1000s of other, much fitter and happier looking people, it was less so.

On Remembrance Day Who Are The Real Patriots?

John Wight | Posted 05.01.2015 | UK Politics
John Wight

With Remembrance Day almost upon us we have entered another period of debate and discussion over the symbolism of the poppy. It's a debate which offers irrefutable proof of the increasing politicisation of this annual event, one which rather than unite the country around a shared narrative and set of values instead reminds us of a history of conflict that is contested over the question of whether it should be considered a source of pride or shame...

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.

The Scottish Solution

Andy Cope | Posted 14.11.2014 | UK Politics
Andy Cope

So, a simple plea. Can we not let go of the past and just share our island? Sure, there are a few unfairness issues that need ironing out. You have poverty in Scotland just the same as we have it in the other corners of the UK. And I know that 'Yes' voters will scream that this blog is too simple and that, as an 'Englander', I don't understand how it feels to be a 'Scot'.