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Black Lives Matter, so it is time to talk about colourism.

The recent murder of George Floyd has raised many questions about the role of celebrities and companies with regards to social justice. Colourism is the ‘preferential treatment of lighter-skinned individuals compared with their darker-skinned counterparts’. Whilst people of colour will suffer from institutional racism, darker skin individuals tend to be further discriminated due to how …

How do we stop marginalised communities being seen as the ‘other’?

How do we overcome divisions and perpetuated marginalisation? Marginalised communities (including, but not restricted to, BAMER communities) are often seen as the ‘other’. Individuals are seen as fundamentally separate from the mainstream or majority of society. Reasons for this vary, depending on the person involved. Some may find it emotionally difficult to think of themselves …

End of compassion in immigration policy

 The new immigration bill, ending free movement within the EU, may be intended create a ‘high-skill’ economy, but comes at a high cost for the British society. Embed from Getty Images On Monday 18th of May, the House of Commons accepted the proposed new immigration bill by 351 votes to 252. Such a development is …

COVID-19 and the Privilege of Productivity

Remote work does not look the same for everyone. The ability to focus is tied to societal privilege on a larger scale. Embed from Getty Images Working from home – a blessing and a curse These past two months, many non-essential workers have had to adapt to working and studying from home to adhere to …

Refugee Week: Imagine Being a Refugee in 2020

This week, for Refugee Week and World Refugee Day, we imagine being a refugee during a pandemic. Embed from Getty Images This week marks UK Refugee Week and World Refugee Day (on the 20th). The 2020 theme for Refugee Week is “Imagine”. Imagine a world where no one will be forced to flee their homes. …

Loneliness Awareness Week: the struggles of the isolated and marginalised

On Loneliness Awareness Week, let’s remember the challenges of those for whom this is more than just a campaign. This week (15th-19th June) is Loneliness Awareness Week, with a focus on increasing the conversation surrounding loneliness. Participate in this discussion on social media by using the hashtag #LetsTalkLoneliness to remove barriers against discussing our struggles. …

Britain’s Black Lives Matter

Is the UK racist like the US? Some might say Yes. This does not mean every individual white Brit hates black people – however, it does mean that our institutions, from the education system to criminal justice, uphold some level of white supremacy that puts BIPOC communities at a disadvantage and privileges whiteness.   The …