Posts Tagged: Islamophobia

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 …

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 …

The Misuse of the Label “Terrorist”: How governments label people as terrorists without charging a crime of terrorism

The Misuse of the Label “Terrorist”: How governments label people as terrorists without charging a crime of terrorism

The Capitol riots in the U.S. on 6 January 2021 led to outcries from many well-intentioned citizens from both parties to label the white supremacist extremists that stormed the U.S. Capitol as terrorists. Joe Biden, the President-Elect at the time, echoed these claims dubbing the rioters “domestic terrorists”.  Indeed, White people are often not held …

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, …

Political correctness has not gone mad

Political correctness has not gone mad

Why freedom of expression has never been an unlimited right to be offensive. The phrase “political correctness gone mad” has become synonymous with “I’m no longer allowed to say what I want”, and is commonly used with some sort of reference to freedom of expression being violated. Applied to a variety of personal characteristics — …

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 …

Facebook’s Oversight Board: long-awaited accountability or smokescreen for culpability?

Facebook’s Oversight Board: long-awaited accountability or smokescreen for culpability?

How trusting or sceptical should we be of Facebook’s Oversight Board and its decisions? In response to years of criticisms of its algorithms and decisions on what content should be allowed, Facebook established its own Oversight Board, as a sort of independent appeals body that would review past controversial decisions and publish fully transparent decisions. …