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Robert Wedderburn: ‘Now I can tell slaves to murder their masters’

02 October 2004
The year is 1819, and the working class of Britain is in revolt. The year is to end with the bloody Peterloo massacre of unarmed radical demonstrators in Manchester by sabre-wielding guardsmen.

Islam and racism

17 July 2004
"Fanatic", "terrorist", "fundamentalist", "extremist", "suicide bomber" or just plain "evil". Those are some of the terms placed next to the word Muslim in the media in the last few days alone.

Paul Foot on Toussaint L'Ouverture and the great Haitian slave revolt

24 January 2004
This month saw the 200th anniversary of the founding of the Caribbean republic of Haiti after a revolutionary uprising against slavery.

Property: Slaves prove they're no one's property

23 August 2003
Valerie Martin’s novel Property tells the story of a slave revolt on a sugar plantation in the US Deep South. Manon, the planter's wife, narrates it. Manon misses the excitement and culture of New Orleans, where she was brought up. More than anything she wants to be free of her boorish husband. She is appalled by his violence and sadistic cruelty and contrasts him with her father, who had a paternalistic attitude to his slaves. In the background there are rumours of slave rebellion.

Notting Hill: Carnival of Unity

23 August 2003
Not so long ago the right wing press and the police tried to ban the Notting Hill Carnival. When all else failed, they physically attacked it. From its beginning they have hated it because it is a symbol of black resistance and black and white solidarity. The Notting Hill Carnival survived because of the resistance by black, and many white, people. The carnival was a response to the vicious race riots in August 1958.

Gun crime, the police and racism

09 August 2003
Over the last few months there has been a barrage of headlines about black people and crime.The tragic shooting of two young women in Birmingham at new year led to an outpouring of grief and a moral panic about gun crime. Politicians queued up to tell us that rap music was the cause of the problem. But the whole idea of black on black crime has been falsely created by the police.

Walter Mosley interviewed on What Next?

12 July 2003
Why did you write What Next?

Stephen Lawrence: the shocking case that lifted the lid on racism

19 April 2003
When Doreen Lawrence asserted that no police officer had tended her dying son because they didn't want to get "black" blood on their hands, the reverberations shook British society. Stephen Lawrence's stabbing in April 1993 followed a series of other murders and racist attacks in south east London, where the Nazi British National Party (BNP) had opened its headquarters.

Rabbit-Proof Fence

09 November 2002
The new film Rabbit-Proof Fence is based on a true story. It tells the story of three Aboriginal girls in western Australia who run away from a state institution for "half-caste" children. This is what Australia was like in the 1930s.

A horrific string of racist attacks in the area where Stephen Lawrence was murdered

09 November 2002
"Unless there is urgent action then a black or Asian person is going to be murdered by racists in Eltham." That is the chilling warning from Dev Barrah, who works at the Greenwich Council for Racial Equality.

Jury throws out police case in trial of Burnley Asians who defended community

19 October 2002
"NOT GUILTY." That was the jury's unanimous verdict on 12 charges against Asians who defended their community in Burnley from racist attack. The jury in Preston Crown Court last week sided with the Asians who on 24 June last year mobilised to stop gangs inspired by the Nazi British National Party terrorising the area.

Leeds footballers trial: Sheer racist thuggery

22 December 2001
"Thug and Liar Walk Free". Amazingly, it was the front page of Rupert Murdoch's Times that summed up most people's feelings last week as Leeds United footballers Lee Bowyer and Jonathan Woodgate walked out of Hull Crown Court. The two players were cleared of causing grievous bodily harm to student Sarfraz Najeib.

Who wants to keep people divided?

22 December 2001
Official segregation The report on Oldham, whose economy centred on textiles, goes some way to acknowledging how racial segregation has happened over the last three decades. It describes how in the 1960s mill owners found it harder to "recruit people for anti-social work such as night shifts.

National Civil Rights Movement

17 November 2001
Around 100 people attended the National Civil Rights Movement annual general meeting last weekend. Kwesi Menson, the brother of Michael Menson, Sukhdev Reel, the mother of Ricky Reel, and Doreen Lawrence were among the many relatives of victims of racism who spoke at the event.

Mixed Feelings: the colour of modern love

15 September 2001
Britain has one of the highest levels of mixed race relationships in the Western world. The number of mixed race people is growing. Half of "Caribbean" children have one white parent. According to the 1991 census, mixed race people formed 10 percent of the black population.

New Labour leads the hypocrisy on slavery

08 September 2001
The big powers at the UN conference also pushed aside calls for them to apologise for the slave trade. The British government led the pack. Britain was at the forefront of the slave trade in the 18th century.

The US won't even talk about racism

08 September 2001
Toxic Texan President George W Bush ordered the US delegates to leave the United Nations conference on racism this week. The US delegation marched out of the conference in South Africa because representatives of many countries had dared to condemn Israel's brutal treatment of the Palestinian people.

Racist murder of Firsat Yildiz – the bloody price of scapegoating asylum seekers

11 August 2001
Firsat Yildiz fled to Britain from Turkey in fear of his life. He hoped to find sanctuary from violence and terror. Last weekend he was murdered. At the age of 22 he bled to death in a Glasgow park.

Will we ever end racism?

04 March 2000
Kosovo's third largest city, Mitovice, has erupted in violence between Serbs and Albanians...

John Brown: he fought for slaves' freedom

06 January 2000
SOME 140 years ago white enemy of slavery John Brown stood in the dock of a Virginia courtroom, knowing that Southern slaveholders were certain to pass the death sentence on him...

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