UK Xenophobia

Now Is Not The Time To Question Our Values But To Stand Up For Them

Waqar Ahmed | Posted 31.01.2017 | UK
Waqar Ahmed

Prevent in the UK has focused on terrorism from a global violent jihadist perspective, but front-line workers like me up and down the country have always worked on all forms of extremism and have been dealing with a rise in referrals from far-right extremism.

With Trump In Power, Holocaust Memorial Day Matters More Than Ever

Andrew Grey | Posted 25.01.2017 | UK Politics
Andrew Grey

And perhaps above all, we can commit ourselves to always remembering, and striving to understand, the darkest hour in modern history, and vowing that we will never again allow the attitudes of prejudice and hatred that enabled the Holocaust, to grip our society.

After The Women's March, Our Need For Solidarity Is Stronger Than Ever

Phoebe Cleghorn | Posted 23.01.2017 | UK
Phoebe Cleghorn

The motivations of the Women's Marches were not as simple as they may have looked on paper. Some marched for reproductive rights, some in response to Islamophobia. Women marched so that their voices may be heard, though each voice said something different. This said, it's important to remember that these differences need not separate us. Positive movements such as feminism should, ideally, display no barriers between race, background, belief or sexuality, but rather solidarity amongst the diversities that define us.

Courage Beyond The March

Alicia Kearns | Posted 22.01.2017 | UK Politics
Alicia Kearns

Our march does not end once the placards are downed: we need to build stronger and more cohesive communities, and change the standard of our political discourse at dinner tables, on WhatsApp and in shops and town halls around the world. Not only to challenge inequality, but to include people who otherwise could be susceptible to the easy answers of hate.

Imagine The UK Without Migrants

Matt Carr | Posted 28.12.2016 | UK Politics
Matt Carr

It's nearly three months since the idea of a national protest by and in support of migrants in the UK on Feb 20 next year went viral on social media. ...

Welsh Assembly Form Equates Being Welsh With Being White

Shazia Awan | Posted 12.12.2016 | UK Politics
Shazia Awan

As someone born in Caerphilly, who grew up in Wales, and is learning Welsh, I feel nothing but Welsh. I am a proud Welsh Asian - and yet the Welsh Assembly appear to be telling me and many like me that that's not an option.

Hate Crimes? I Believe Britain Is Better Than That

Karolina Kołodziej | Posted 02.12.2016 | UK
Karolina Kołodziej

Post-referendum we have witnessed increased levels of physical and verbal violence as well as acts of vandalism towards EU nationals and other minorities living in the UK. Disturbing as these events are it is important to note that the Polish community also received great support and many acts of kindness from the British community. Politicians, community leaders and ordinary citizens voiced their shock and horror as well as assured us that it Britain is open to all.

Interracial Relationships: Have We Really Moved On?

Nicky Brown | Posted 25.11.2016 | UK Sport
Nicky Brown

At first sight across a dance floor my boyfriend and I fell innocently and completely in love. We were soul mates - so why did our society, the country of our births, tell us that our love was wrong and worthy of punishment through verbal abuse, physical attacks and rejection? Because we were a mixed race couple.

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.

Racism Reform: Recognise, Respect And Remember

Shahida Rahman | Posted 10.11.2016 | UK
Shahida Rahman

There seems to have been an intense hike in the instances of racism-fuelled violence in the UK since the referendum that brought us Brexit. Blame is w...

Every Muslim Knows Things Will Never Be The Same Again

Basit Mahmood | Posted 09.11.2016 | UK
Basit Mahmood

Muslims have been woefully underrepresented in both public life and politics, with turnout far lower in Europe in elections than other groups. Yet we can no longer afford to remain apathetic. We must not allow their world to be built, no matter how powerless and helpless we feel.

Good For Gary Lineker, Taking On The Daily Mail

Bob Morgan | Posted 03.11.2016 | UK
Bob Morgan

The Daily Mail seems to be doing it's usual bit towards xenophobia and racial hatred in the UK. As has been reported - the printed Daily Mail yeste...

Why Is Xenophobia Still An Acceptable Form Of Bigotry?

Beth Leslie | Posted 17.10.2016 | UK Politics
Beth Leslie

It is a quirk of democracy that the achievement of power often diminishes your ability to speak freely. Luckily I am neither famous nor dependent on the votes of those who disagree with me, and so I can say what Gordon Brown could not...

My Immediate, Unplanned, Angry Response To Tory Racist Rhetoric

Ben Moore | Posted 07.10.2016 | UK Politics
Ben Moore

To discriminate against people on the basis of their place of birth is prejudice and once upon a time it was illegal in this country. Your party shames the memory of our heritage, shames the country it claims to represent and shames me. I hope it shames you too.

Brexit Britain: A Foreign Student's Blues

Mikhail Yakovlev | Posted 22.09.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Mikhail Yakovlev

All things considered, I am no longer sure I want to stay. The only consideration keeping me here is last year's £18,000 university fee - it would really be a waste not to graduate. I can only hope that as Britons are confronted by a longer non-EU queue at Charles de-Gaulle's airport and the need to apply for a visa for a weekend break in Stockholm, these attitudes will change.

Stand Up For What You Believe In - But Be Prepared For A Rough Ride

Frederika Roberts | Posted 05.09.2016 | UK Politics
Frederika Roberts

In my keynotes and workshops, I always remind my audiences of how important it is for our own wellbeing, happiness and resilience to be part of someth...

I Confronted A Guy Insulting Refugees And It Turned Into A Kafkaesque Nightmare

Hannah Wolff | Posted 26.08.2016 | UK
Hannah Wolff

That's when my decency as a human being obliged me to turn around and ask muscle guy if this was really necessary to which his response was that it indeed was necessary. When I asked him why he explained that refugees 'have done a lot to him', not clarifying what exactly they have done to him. His girlfriend added wisely that 'at some point refugees just become annoying'.

A Holiday from Labour Madness

Julian Vigo | Posted 26.07.2016 | UK
Julian Vigo

As the Labour Party is continues its total meltdown that rivals any Shonda Rhimes production (actually, at this point I think it outdoes Rhimes), many...

Labour Needs to Address Immigration - Positively

Abdulla Zaman | Posted 25.07.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Abdulla Zaman

Labour is now paying for its own silence. It let the anti-migrant narrative go unchecked and, in doing so, it gave ground to the xenophobic factions within the Conservatives and Ukip. With the premiership of Theresa May, the stakes are much higher.

Big Jump In Number Of Hate Crimes, New Figures Show

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 22.07.2016 | UK

More than 3,000 hate crimes and incidents were reported to police in the first half of July - a jump of a fifth compared to last year. It takes the ...

Political Experiments, Divisive Narratives: How Brexit Jolted Memories of Soviet Collapse

Larisa Sotieva | Posted 13.07.2016 | UK
Larisa Sotieva

The morning after the UK referendum, on 24 June, I woke up feeling a strong sense of déjà-vu: that I had seen and gone through it all before, around...

A Tale of Two Mosques

Richard Reoch | Posted 04.07.2016 | UK Politics
Richard Reoch

As a Buddhist, I have spent the last month - to the surprise of many - visiting the morning and evening prayers at my local mosque during this holy month of Ramadan. In brutal contrast, this morning I woke up to the news that my fellow Buddhists in Southeast Asia had just razed a local mosque to the ground.

Expert Explains The Spike Of Post-Brexit Racism And It's Quite Scary

The Huffington Post | Louise Ridley | Posted 03.07.2016 | UK

The UK is seeing a surge of "celebratory racism" after the vote to leave the European Union, as some white Brits feel they have "finally got something...

Why I'll Be Leaving Post-Brexit Britain

Laura Hicks | Posted 01.07.2016 | UK Politics
Laura Hicks

It may seem drastic to some to move country entirely. It may even seem cowardly to 'bail' on a country that has given so much over the years. But sometimes a break up should come when a relationship is no longer helping you grow as a person. And unfortunately, I don't think the UK is an environment that will help my children grow up as stable and tolerant people as long as their mother is getting racial abuse shouted at her.

Brexit: It's Time to Fight Back With Education and Hope

Nathan Coyle | Posted 30.06.2016 | UK Politics
Nathan Coyle

I will always be proud of where I come from, but I am not proud of the institutions that represent us as they have quite clearly failed us. In the process they have created a legacy that the people who live in our neighbourhoods will need to clean up.