As Britain’s rulers try to defend their colonial past, Sarah Bates looks at how resistance, imperialist rivalries and decline ended the biggest empire in the world
Du Bois was one of the most prolific and popular sociologists, academics and civil rights activists of the first half of the 20th century
Defenders of slavers’ statues warn that tearing them down amounts to an attempt to “erase” Britain’s history. On the surface of it, many of them pretend this is about keeping the legacy of slavery visible, not hiding it away.
The indomitable political activist Fannie Lou Hamer was one of the most urgent and important voices of the US civil rights movement.
Is there a role for white people in the movement against racism? And what should it be?
Alongside a terrible history of vicious racism in the US, there is a tradition of militant anti-racism. Yuri Prasad looks back at when black and white people have fought back together against the system
When David Oluwale drowned in the River Aire in Leeds in 1969, police wrote “Wog” on the nationality section of his death certificate. His killing was the first black death by cops in Britain—and shows that police racism, violence and cover-up are a very British problem.
A revolt is exploding over George Floyd’s racist murder at the hands of the cops. Socialist Worker looks at a horrific history of killings in the United States—and the inspiring resistance to them
A million people in Britain are banned from claiming any benefits—and the coronavirus crisis will throw hundreds of thousands more into the same situation. Tomáš Tengely-Evans lifts the lid on a horrific, hidden world
The Dominic Cummings affair has exposed how far the Tories will go to protect unelected advisers. Nick Clark looks at what the scandal says about how society is run
We are not “all in this together”. Covid-19 is not some great equaliser that brings everyone together, but rather a crisis that is deepening the fissures in an already unequal society.
The coronavirus pandemic has laid bare the grotesque inequalities between rich and poor countries
Scientists are struggling to understand how Covid-19 affects people differently. Socialist Worker shows that the construct
of race has more basis in exploitation than biology
The battle over reopening schools could make or break the Tory drive to get people back to work before it’s safe.
What lay behind the horror of a past pandemic?
For many, lockdown will affect their mental wellbeing. Iain Ferguson and Sarah Bates explore why mental distress is linked to the social system that we live in.
How would a society that has had a revolution deal with pandemics? A glimpse comes from Russia in 1917. The working class, headed by the Bolshevik party, took power in a revolution there in October. Immediately, they had to deal with waves of disease sweeping large parts of Europe.
As we mark 75 years since Victory in Europe Day, Donny Gluckstein looks at the class forces behind the frontline that helped to shape the post-war world
In a crisis that puts workers’ lives at great risk, union leaders must step up the fight.
Tomáš Tengely-Evans explains why most have failed to do so
Despite Tory promises to house homeless people, the most vulnerable are left struggling with a situation that’s only getting worse