racism

Are Universities Too Tolerant of Racism?

Trigger Warning: This piece contains discussion of racism, racial abuse, and racial slurs. — Last month, two incidents of black university students being racially attacked garnered a lot of online attention. I am saddened to say, one of these incidents took place at De Montfort University where I graduated from …

Britain’s Long and Dark Relationship with Eugenics

Trigger Warning: This article contains discussions of ableism (including ableist slurs), classim, racism, and eugenics. — Recently, Conservative Vice-Chair Ben Bradley made headlines by calling for people living in poverty to be sterilised in order to prevent Britain from “drowning in a vast sea of unemployed wasters.” Granted, he did write …

Should We Separate the Art From the Artist?

It’s amazing to see survivors finally being able to come forward and name their abusers. It’s even more incredible to see fellow survivors being believed and action being taken against their assailants. However, each new #MeToo story that emerges where the accused is a prominent actor, musician or writer brings with it an …

Lena Dunham’s Brand of Neoliberal Feminism Needs to Go

Since the creation of her show Girls, Lena Dunham has made so many missteps that you could probably fashion them together to make a full length novel. Her most recent ‘blunder’ was coming out in defence of Girls’ writer Murray Miller, following allegations that he had sexually assaulted Aurora Perrineau.  …

Mixed Race Children and the Violence of the British Empire

Trigger Warning: This piece discusses racism and the oppression of people of colour, and mixed race children in particular. — BBC 3 recently published a video entitled ‘Things Not To Say To Someone Of Mixed Race,’ as part of their series in which minorities discuss uncomfortable comments they often hear. In …

The Message Dove’s Advert Sends Shouldn’t Be Tolerated

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, I’m sure that you’ve heard of the latest controversy involving Dove last weekend. The skincare brand came under fire for an advert showing a dark-skinned woman removing a shirt, revealing a light-skinned woman underneath. Is @Dove soap’s marketing strategy Before – black & …

What White People Need to Learn About White Supremacy

All white people are racists.   That got your attention, didn’t it? Before you start on the whole ‘How dare you’ thing, I’m white and, while I try my very hardest not to be prejudiced, I am – because that’s what I was taught by society as I grew up. I don’t always realise it, but that is …

The Unfair Treatment of Black Female Celebrities in Mainstream Media

Imagine achieving everything you set out to achieve in life, and then add some. Let’s say you’re a multi award-winning artist or an unbeatable tennis player, and whilst you’re up there on cloud nine living your best life, you’re having to read malicious articles that dismiss all your achievements.  You …