Posts Tagged: institutional racism

Don’t touch my hair!

Don’t touch my hair!

Non-straight hair is beautiful, normal, and above all human. While we have made strides in becoming a more inclusive society, Western Eurocentric beauty ideals are still ingrained in our society, creating a society that is hostile towards non-European physical features. The standardisation of straight hair is due to straight hair being the common hair type …

Stop and search is a crime: Why the government must rethink the latest crime reduction plan

Stop and search is a crime: Why the government must rethink the latest crime reduction plan

How this series of measures threatens to compound discrimination, divide communities, and neglect the deep-rooted issues that permeate the criminal justice system. At the end of July, the government unveiled its latest crime reduction strategy to make the streets safer and protect victims, and it has been widely disputed ever since. The Beating Crime Plan …

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 …

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 …

What do we do about extremism and hate in our security forces?

What do we do about extremism and hate in our security forces?

Recently, there has been an increase in reported cases of members of the armed forces or police being found to have engaged in racism or extremism. Historically, the security forces — in this piece, referring collectively to the military and police — have had a complicated relationship with minority communities. Whilst this is a general …

The Degree Gap: Preserving White Advantage

The Degree Gap: Preserving White Advantage

Historically, the education system in the U.K. was designed for and only benefitted White students. Today, although there have been great leaps made since the beginning of the educational systems in the U.K., large disparities still exist between White students and students of colour. In recent years, universities have been tracking the “disparity in the …

Why should we care about hair?

Why should we care about hair?

Whilst some people see hair purely as a superficial concept, it has long been a point of contention, as it has strong connections to religious and cultural traditions for minority communities. Some people may have been surprised to read news reports of students at Pimlico Academy in London protesting against their school’s new uniform policy, …

Financial Literacy: The Myth of Structural Change

Financial Literacy: The Myth of Structural Change

Research shows that persons of colour, but especially those in Black communities, have significantly less knowledge of saving and investing than their White counterparts. Although improving financial literacy can indeed help with individual wealth growth, educating communities cannot solve the structural sources of racial and religious economic inequality within our society. This is not to …