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Leaving lockdown with a positive impact

Leaving lockdown with a positive impact

There is now light at the end of the tunnel, but we must make sure vulnerable minority women also see that light. As we exit lockdown and many look forward to returning to some sense of normalcy, it is important to remember that the end of lockdown is not necessarily an exciting prospect for everyone. …

Post-Colonial U.K.: The Denial of Racism and the Whitewashing of British History

Post-Colonial U.K.: The Denial of Racism and the Whitewashing of British History

The U.K., now considered to be in post-colonial times, has ostensibly left behind its racist legacy. However, placing the U.K.’s imperial history entirely in the past neglects the relics of imperialism imbued in U.K. society, exhibited through the exclusionary and racist narratives that permeate U.K.’s society today. Protestors targeting statues of important imperial figures as …

Prevent: preventing the full enjoyment of human rights

Prevent: preventing the full enjoyment of human rights

Many people know about the discriminatory effects of the Prevent strategy, but there are also important human rights implications. Whilst the Prevent duty is widely criticised for its Islamophobic effects, a problem that is not discussed to the same extent, even though it is certainly worth the attention, is the effect it may have on …

Oppression and suppression: whose story is history?

Oppression and suppression: whose story is history?

History is famously written by the victors, but there is often neither a fair fight nor any discussion of what the victors have edited, especially when it comes to minority groups. There are countless theories and reasons for the current divisions and tensions we are witnessing in society, with possibilities including the role of social …

Informational Images: Racial Bias in Photojournalism

Informational Images: Racial Bias in Photojournalism

Visual elements of news are crucial components of communicating information to the public. The implicit prejudices that news images convey are significant, because they perpetuate harmful stereotypes about marginalised groups.   News images as communication Effective communication requires that the audience absorb the information that it is presented with. Words can only go so far …

The not-so-hysterical problem of sexism in healthcare

The not-so-hysterical problem of sexism in healthcare

The entrenched health inequalities women face is a result of centuries of the medical field being developed with a male bias — including the roots of the term “hysterical”. The classic stereotype of the unhinged or emotionally unstable woman is well-established in history and popular culture. Even beyond the problematic implied judgement made upon mental …

Correct people, but do it ‘politely’: the prejudice behind the double standards applied to minorities when they confront discrimination

Correct people, but do it ‘politely’: the prejudice behind the double standards applied to minorities when they confront discrimination

It is incumbent on minorities to remain civil and calm when pushing back against discrimination rather than on the offensive party to face up to any upset or their own ignorance. As movements for equality have gained traction — be it on the grounds of gender, race, religion, or some other personal characteristic — individuals …