Posts Tagged: Black Lives Matter

What does Instagram activism do, anyway?

What does Instagram activism do, anyway?

Is sharing Instagram graphics an important way of organising and educating, or an exercise in performative wokeness? Instagram, the land of brunch photos and fitness bloggers, has not always been a political platform. But, in the last year, with the increasing online visibility of the Black Lives Matter movement, the app has seen a boom …

George Floyd, a year on: has any progress been made?

George Floyd, a year on: has any progress been made?

Whilst the British public wake up to the realities of racism, the government are reluctant to pursue real change. Over a year has passed since George Floyd was murdered by a police officer on the 25th of May 2020, sparking a summer of protests and a global conversation about anti-Black racism. Floyd’s death became a …

Why pitting BAME communities against the ‘white working class’ misses the point about inequality

Why pitting BAME communities against the ‘white working class’ misses the point about inequality

The UK government’s rejection of anti-racism in favour of tackling socioeconomic equality presents a false choice that ignores intersectional struggles. “There is no such thing as a single-issue struggle because we do not live single-issue lives” – Audre Lorde In December 2020, Liz Truss, the Minister for Women and Equalities, delivered a speech outlining a …

Is there a ‘hate crime crisis’ in English football?

Is there a ‘hate crime crisis’ in English football?

A recent ‘wave’ of racist abuse against players highlights a persisting culture of discrimination. In 2011, then-head of FIFA Sepp Blatter controversially claimed that “there is no racism” in football, arguing that football has “moved on” from the relentless and often violent racism of the 1970s and 1980s. However, racist chants and taunts from the …

Belly Mujinga has been failed by the UK

Belly Mujinga has been failed by the UK

When will endless condolences stop being enough and when will actual justice prevail? Belly Mujinga was a British-Congolese 47-year-old railway ticket worker, who died on April 5th earlier this year after being spat at by a man claiming to have COVID-19. She was working at Victoria station alongside a colleague when she was assaulted. Both …

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 …