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Who’s to blame for racism?

18 March 2008
There is a recurring theme in the media’s discussion of racism – that white working class people are more racist than other sections of society. The reality is that racism comes from the top of society and is deliberately propagated by the ruling class.

The White Season's shabby attack on multiculturalism

11 March 2008
White Season? Whitewash more like it. A backlash against multiculturalism has been gathering strength ever since the 7 July 2005 bombings in London. It has now become a tidal wave, sweeping through that supposed liberally temple, the BBC.

BBC’s White Season is founded on racist lies

04 March 2008
The trailer for BBC2’s new series entitled the "White Season" could easily be mistaken for a British National Party (BNP) recruitment campaign.

Dirty South: 'Young people in Brixton are not stereotypes'

19 February 2008
My new book, The Dirty South, which is out in April, deals with issues around young people today. It’s set in Brixton and deals with gun crime, alienation, peer pressure, and demonisation.

Alex Wheatle remembers 'stop and search' and Brixton’s anger

19 February 2008
When I heard last month about the government’s plans to give police more powers to stop and search, my mind flicked back to the early 1980s and all that happened in the days running up to the riots in south London on 10 and 11 April 1981 that we call the Brixton Uprising.

Images of uprising in Brixton 1981

19 February 2008

Sharia row triggers wider racist backlash

12 February 2008
Rowan Williams, the archbishop of Canterbury, gave a lecture last week on the Islamic tradition of sharia law and its relationship to the law in Britain.

Living under an alien law

12 February 2008
The newspapers are terrified. Rowan Williams, the archbishop of Canterbury, has raised the suggestion that some forms of sharia law be introduced as a means of "constructive accommodation" with British Muslims.

Islamophobia: resisting prejudice

05 February 2008
Most of us do not need to read the many reports coming out of the European Union, government departments and think-tanks to tell us there has been a rise in Islamophobia in Britain since 9/11 and the beginning of the "war on terror".

Stop and search: cut ‘red tape’, get more racism

05 February 2008
Under the guise of removing "red tape" Gordon Brown and David Cameron are competing to scrap rules brought in to stop police using their powers to racially harass black people.

Success of conference celebrating CLR James

05 February 2008
More than 90 people attended a dayschool to celebrate the legacy of CLR James in central London last Saturday.

Birmingham protest against A&E closure

08 January 2008
Birmingham Respect supporters joined a 40-strong protest on New Year’s Day against plans to scale down the accident and emergency service at City hospital. There has been major opposition to the plans from local people

Morrissey: sound and fury over immigration

04 December 2007
"Oh dear. Not again." So read the headline on the front page of last week’s music paper the NME. The words appeared below a quote from Morrissey, in which the former lead singer of The Smiths was alleged to have said: "The gates of England are flooded. The country’s been thrown away."

Frederick Douglass and Riversmeet: connecting 19th century struggles

27 November 2007
In 1845 Frederick Douglass arrived in Ireland and began a speaking tour that would take him across Scotland and England.

Mine Eyes Have Seen - chronicling black people’s resistance to US racism

20 November 2007
Journalists, we are told, must be impartial. Photojournalists are no exception. Both are trained not to get emotionally involved in the stories they cover in case they allow their feelings to affect their work.

Tell it like it is: interview with editor Brian Richardson

20 November 2007
It is two years since the book was first launched. It sold out very fast and a second edition has just been published. Some large meetings and campaigns have been organised around the book. Why do you think it touched a nerve?

Stop and search is not a solution to crime

23 October 2007
Keith Jarrett, the outgoing president of the National Black Police Association, sparked outrage last weekend by suggesting that police should stop and search more young people.

James Watson’s 'scientific' racism is inferior science

23 October 2007
So the hideous but seemingly immortal serpent that is scientific racism has emerged once again. This time the perpetrator is James Watson, who won the Nobel Prize for his part in the discovery of DNA.

Gun and knife crime campaign targets the poverty behind youth crime

16 October 2007
Over 120 people took to the streets of north London last Sunday against the gun and knife crime that has blighted so many young lives over the last few months.

Arun Kundnani: How liberals lost their anti-racism

02 October 2007
A new sentiment has gripped mainstream liberal thinking in Britain over the last few years – one which regards Muslims as uniquely problematic and in need of forceful integration into "superior" Western values.

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