Racism


Four myths about antisemitism

29 October 2018 Antisemitism is a growing threat. Understanding it is a matter of urgency, writes Barnaby Raine.

Resistance and revolution in colonial Kenya

22 October 2018 Shehina Fazal reviews 'Kenya’s War of Independence: Mau Mau and its Legacy of Resistance  to Colonialism and Imperialism, 1948-1990' by Shiraz Durrani. 

‘The most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed’

18 October 2018 Mike Peters explores the legacy of Steve Biko, a radical who spent his life fighting for Black liberation and for the overthrow of the Apartheid government in South Africa.

‘Confronting imperialism means winning back the power to imagine alternatives’. An interview with Vijay Prashad

15 October 2018 Vijay Prashad talks to Daniel Whittall about socialism, anti-imperialism and the new global research network Tricontinental.

‘Could do better’: Racism in schools

3 October 2018 Remi Joseph-Salisbury writes that institutional racism is not just about individual teachers, but a lack of clear school-wide or nationwide policy.

Stormzy’s scholarships aren’t racist. They’re about tackling racism.

17 August 2018 Stormzy is offering university scholarships to Black young people - and some people are kicking up a fuss. By Dr Remi Joseph-Salisbury

Stop dehumanising Muslim women for political gain

16 August 2018 Boris Johnson isn't alone: politicians and pundits across the spectrum treat Burqa-wearing women as a symbol of a Europe 'in decline'. By Malcolm James, Naaz Rashid and Nabila Munawar

Boris Johnson isn’t an outlier. Islamophobia runs through the heart of government

12 August 2018 Johnson's comments and the subsequent reaction show just how widespread anti-muslim racism is throughout our society. By Dr Remi Joseph-Salisbury

Tackling racism, on and off the pitch

11 August 2018 As the Premier League kicks off across England this weekend, Red Pepper columnist Siobhán McGuirk spoke to scholar, author and Everton fan Emy Onuora about racism in football, right-wing 'fan' groups, and the legacies of Russia 2018

From muggers to gangs: It’s the same (police) story

9 August 2018 Patrick Williams argues that blaming 'gangs' for social problems further divides communities and fails to tackle the root causes of violence.

How the criminal justice system targets BAME children

4 July 2018 From stop-and-search powers to sentencing decisions, BAME youth face a criminal justice system rigged against them by structural racism. Annahita Moradi

The long history of the hostile environment

29 June 2018 For decades, the UK government has restricted citizenship to exclude and criminalise people from Commonwealth countries. By Marjorie H Morgan

There’s nothing ‘post-racial’ about the Royal Wedding

19 May 2018 Some may herald the Royal Wedding as a triumph for racial equality - but that depends on a total misunderstanding of how racism works. By Dr Remi Joseph-Salisbury and Dr Laura Connelly.

Britain’s Modern Slavery

13 March 2018 The Home Office estimates that there are currently around 13,000 slaves in the UK, though other sources suggest this is a a gross underestimate. And yet most of us remain oblivious to this reality of contemporary Britain, writes Abda Khan.

Strength in Unity: Why Pan Africanism matters today

24 November 2017 Drawing connections between events as disparate as the ‘social murder’ of Grenfell and recent mudslides in Sierra Leone, Remi Joseph-Salisbury points to the enduring relevance of Pan African thought for anti-racist struggle today.

Black Journalism Fund Open Editorial Meeting in Leeds

10 October 2017 Friday 13th October, 5pm to 7pm, meeting inside the Laidlaw Library, Leeds University

Black Journalism Fund – Open Editorial Meeting

8 September 2017 3-5pm Saturday 23rd September at The World Transformed in Brighton

The myth of the ‘white working class’ stops us seeing the working class as it really is

3 July 2017 The right imagines a socially conservative working class while the left pines for the days of mass workplaces. Neither represent today's reality, argues Gargi Bhattacharyya

Red Pepper’s race section: open editorial meeting 25 June

12 June 2017 On June 25th, the fourth of Red Pepper Race Section's Open Editorial Meetings will celebrate the launch of our new black writers' issue - Empire Will Eat Itself.

Red Pepper’s race section: open editorial meeting 24 May

26 April 2017 On May 24th, we’ll be holding the third of Red Pepper’s Race Section Open Editorial Meetings.

#AndABlackWomanAtThat – part III: a discussion of power and privilege

7 April 2017 In the final article of a three-part series, Sheri Carr gives a few pointers on how to be a good ally

Baldwin: Prophet of the Intersectional Oasis

7 April 2017 For the past 3 years, Barby Asante and members of London-based artists' collective, sorryyoufeeluncomfortable, have been responding directly to the vision of James Baldwin. Ahead of the nationwide release of a new film about the American activist and author, they reflect on the enduring relevance of Baldwin in Britain today.

Red Pepper’s race section: open editorial meeting 19 April

27 March 2017 On April 19th, we’ll be holding the second of Red Pepper’s Race Section Open Editorial Meetings.

#AndABlackWomanAtThat – part II: a discussion of power and privilege

22 March 2017 In the second article of a three-part series, Sheri Carr reflects on the silencing of black women and the flaws in safe spaces

Red Pepper’s race section: open editorial meeting 15 March

2 March 2017 On 15 March, we’ll be holding the first of Red Pepper’s Race Section open editorial meetings.

From the frontlines

9 February 2017 Red Pepper’s new race editor, Ashish Ghadiali, introduces a new space for black and minority progressive voices

Book review: Angry White People: Coming Face to Face With the British Far-Right

7 December 2016 Hilary Aked gets close up with the British far right in Hsiao-Hung Pai's latest release

From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation

1 December 2016 'A small manifesto for black liberation through socialist revolution' - Graham Campbell reviews Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor's 'From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation'

Black Lives Matter: crisis shutdown

28 October 2016 Kojo Kyerewaa introduces Black Lives Matter UK

Lexit delusionaries

10 August 2016 Marina Prentoulis lambasts those on the left who see success in the Brexit disaster

Building a progressive majority: Left strategy after the Brexit vote

27 June 2016 After the EU referendum we are seeing both horror at anti-migrant sentiment and pandering to it, writes Joseph Todd – but only a radical economic offer can carve a way through

The complicity of the white liberal left in the rise of Donald Trump

26 May 2016 There are deep reasons for racism in American politics, but the white liberal left has done little to prevent it, writes Mariama Eversley

Antisemitism and the left

9 May 2016 Paul Kelemen, author of The British Left and Zionism: History of a Divorce, looks at the roots of the recent controversies in the Labour Party

Biting lions: remembering the Grunwick strike 40 years on

11 April 2016 As the 40th anniversary of the Grunwick strike approaches, Sujata Aurora looks at its legacy and lessons for today

‘I could kill you here and no one would care’: The refugees at the sharp end of Europe’s borders

20 February 2016 Marienna Pope-Weidemann reports from Lesbos on the dangers faced by refugees as they struggle through a system that puts border control before human life

We’re students, not suspects

1 October 2015 Malia Bouattia argues that the government’s counter‑extremism strategy adds up to surveillance of the Muslim community

Dissident organising

1 October 2015 New community group Black Dissidents is taking direct action for racial justice. Zak Suffee explains why

Video report: Shut down Yarl’s Wood!

20 August 2015 A video report from the demonstration against the immigration detention centre, by Siobhan McGuirk

What the Calais ‘crisis’ reveals about racism

30 July 2015 The deaths we have seen in Calais are not the first, and until Britain can come to terms with race and racism, they won’t be the last, says Zak Suffee

Free the women of Yarl’s Wood detention centre

28 July 2015 After the success of a huge protest against detention in June Movement for Justice by Any Means Possible have called another Surround Yarl’s Wood demonstration on 8 August

Migrant Lives Matter: ideas for action

5 June 2015 Notes on practical solidarity from a discussion with the Black Liberation Collective at Reclaim the Power camp. By Jenny Nelson

Immigration detention: resistance and rebellion

18 March 2015 With protests and hunger strikes now taking place inside eight of the UK's detention centres, is this the beginning of the end for detention? asks Karen Doyle

“In Ferguson, a wound bleeds” – open letter from protesters

25 November 2014 Protestors in Ferguson have posted an open letter after a grand jury decided not to indict police officer Darren Wilson for the fatal shooting of unarmed 18-year old Michael Brown back in August 2014

Ferguson: The view from the US

12 September 2014 US-based Red Pepper commissioning editor Siobhan McGuirk compiles a round up of coverage and commentary on the murder of Michael Brown in Ferguson and subsequent reactions.

Ferguson: What next?

12 September 2014 US-based Red Pepper commissioning editor Siobhan McGuirk collates commentary following the murder of Michael Brown in Ferguson and explores the necessity of an enduring movement to fight for racial equality.

Anatomy of an insurrection

26 August 2014 Riots, or insurrections, are rational responses to systemic subjugation, argues Robert Stephens II. The insurrection in Ferguson, Missouri, following the murder of Michael Brown, is clear proof of the sophisticated political agitation that often precipitates spontaneous uprisings by marginalized groups.

Nelson Mandela, CLR James and the Brixton radicals: how South Africa inspired South London

6 December 2013 When Nelson Mandela came to Britain, the one place he visited beyond Westminster and Buckingham Palace was Brixton – and he had a rapturous welcome. Here Darcus Howe looks back at how the anti-apartheid movement interwove with the experience of black people in the UK

Us and them: how the far right feed off the racism of the mainstream

6 September 2013 Contrary to right-wing myth, Britain’s imperial past goes largely unexamined, so its assumptions remain active in forming our views, writes Mike Marqusee

How slavery shaped Britain

10 August 2013 An online database of every slave owner who claimed compensation following the abolition of slavery in 1833 has been launched at University College London.

Dale Farm: We stood because ye stood

6 May 2012 Mary Sheridan talks to Elly Robson about resisting the eviction of her family and the Traveller community at Dale Farm in Essex



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