image from ‘Family Guy’, 20th Television

Today, the world remains stunned by the chaos on the steps of Capitol Hill. Pro-Trump rioters made their way into the building with ease, with some videos even showing police officers helping them. Social media users were quick to ask how differently police would have behaved had these rioters been Black with many pointing out that while just 52 arrests were made last night, over 14,000 were made at protests for George Floyd which were largely peaceful. Comparisons between Black Lives Matter ‘rioters’ and ‘looters’ and Capitol Hill’s Trump ‘protesters’ soon became the centre of conversation.

This discussion of labelling…


We teach haters to shrink themselves…to make themselves smaller.

Image taken from http://natalievartanian.com/2013/07/undercover-man-hater/

The art of hating, or “hateration”, is a complex one. It is one we despise. One that often reflects our own insecurities or downright bigotry. The label “hater” is, unsurprisingly, a derogatory one. It is meant to imply this insecurity telling the target that the things they say are only out of jealousy. Make no mistake, I do not believe that those contributing to the onslaught of hateful comments online are undeserving of such a label, rather, I take issue with the “let people enjoy things” brigade. …


image obtained from, now deleted story by thesun.co.uk

When Claudia Jones arrived in Britain in 1955, she brought the Communist and Black feminist beliefs that got her deported from the US with her. At the same time, the Black African-Caribbean community was expanding, with the Windrush generation arriving in the UK, and racial tensions were high. Three years later the Notting Hill Race Riots occurred with angry mobs of 300 to 400 white people terrorising West Indians on the streets and in their homes. West Indians came together to defend themselves against mobs and hostile police forces. As an organiser in the community, Jones set up the first…


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I’m living in a past-present where everyday seems to be dictated by what has come before me. What I do tomorrow. What I have done. I must find a future that encompasses both.

Yet that future is always at arms-length, never quite within my reach. It waits for me to inquire about it. In fact, it exists only in this inquiry. The question of whether it will ever be keeps it alive.

My present, then, works backwards. It asks what once happened to find what might be. It never truly is present for it constantly passes me by. …


image shows various Black British figures
image shows various Black British figures
image taken from https://www.tcsnetwork.co.uk/black-history-month-is-outdated-its-time-we-had-a-black-british-history-month/

In February, I felt the US festivities where the usual famous Black Americans are paraded out for us to commemorate in typical liberal fashion. They are commemorated, yes, but in superficial manner. Infamously Dr Martin Luther King Jr is used each month by white liberals to encourage peace and colour-blindness — completely stripping his words of their context and power.

October, however, seems devoid of such champions. In fact, we spend much of our time uncovering those who have been forgotten. It seems to be that time of month when schools, universities and businesses suddenly remember they have to at…


Professor Jessica Krug who recently revealed she had been pretending to be Black.

“Black comes in all shades” we are often told. It’s true there are Black people across a wide colour spectrum and with the hyper-visibility of light skinned, often mixed race, Black people it seems the boundaries for what constitutes Blackness are ever expanding. Jessica Krug, a professor of African American history, was able to claim to be Black for years using it to bolster her career despite being fair skinned with just slightly wavy hair and no other Black features whatsoever. In doing so, she took away a role that is already incredibly difficult for Black women to achieve and…


SPOILER WARNING!

Michaela Coel’s I May Destroy You has been praised for its creative and poignant dealing with a Black women’s experience of rape and abuse, and rightfully so. In just 11 episodes Coel covers the various emotions a victim has to deal with, often making viewers uncomfortable through the less commonly known and not so palatable ways a victim deals with their experience. As the lead character, Arabella, deals with her rape; her close friend Kwame deals with his sexual assault by a Grindr hook-up. As a result, Kwame gives up on dating men and decides to give women…

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