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England People Very Nice: why racism and comedy do not mix

10 February 2009
I wasn’t surprised by Carol Thatcher making racist jibes. She is after all the daughter of Margaret Thatcher, who once declared that immigrants were "swamping" Britain.

Guess Who Is Coming To Dinner: photographs of mixed race Britain

10 February 2009
This exhibition tells the stories of black mixed race families in Birmingham in the 1950s and 1960s.

Exposing myths of a segregated Britain

03 February 2009
The popular perception that parts of Britain are becoming "ethnic no-go areas" is based on a misreading of the facts, population expert Ludi Simpson tells Anindya Bhattacharyya

The Hounding of David Oluwale – interview with Daniel Francis

27 January 2009
David Oluwale was last seen alive on the night of 17 April 1969, as he was being beaten by police officers in Leeds. Two weeks later his body was pulled out of the River Aire.

Is racism dead? If only it were true

27 January 2009
Could Martin Luther King’s dream of a society without racism ever become a reality? For millions of people, the inauguration of Barack Obama as US president is a sign that maybe it can.

Trevor Phillips is wrong: Police are still racist

20 January 2009
In a speech marking the tenth anniversary of the Macpherson report into the murder of black teenager Stephen Lawrence, the equalities and human rights commissioner Trevor Phillips argued that the police should no longer be accused of institutional racism.

Films show a history of black unity in Britain

06 January 2009
Shortly after the 1958 Notting Hill "race riots", the notorious British fascist Oswald Mosley announced that he intended to become MP for the west London neighbourhood.

Voices from Britain on Obama

11 November 2008
‘I was so excited that I stayed up most of the night to see if Obama could win. But some time after three I nodded off.

The reaction to Obama's election in Britain

11 November 2008
‘The common reaction of black people in Britain to Obama’s election is that it’s a big poke in the eye to racists. There’s a euphoric feeling among many people.

Is this the end of racism in the US?

11 November 2008
Does the election of a black president mean that the US is now a society that has moved beyond bigotry? Certainly the election delivered racism a tremendous blow.

The Black Panthers: defiance in the face of repression

04 November 2008
The Black Panther Party was founded by Huey Newton and Bobby Seale in Oakland, California.

Black Panther: Emory Douglas and the Art of Revolution

04 November 2008
The outstanding Emory Douglas exhibition at the Urbis in Manchester is much more than an art show. Visitors can feel the atmosphere the Black Panthers developed in and the outrage that made the party grow.

Emory Douglas interviewed about the Black Panthers in print

04 November 2008
The former Minister of Culture in the Black Panther Party talks to Ken Olende about the fight for black liberation in the United States and a new exhibition of his art work

Babylon: A call to arms in the fight against racism

14 October 2008
Every so often a film comes along that so brilliantly captures an era that it can tell you more about how life was than any historical document. Babylon is one such film.

Tommie Smith interview: Olympic black power gesture of defiance

14 October 2008
Mexico City, 16 October 1968. Two black athletes stand on the podium at the Olympic Games with their fists raised. They wear black gloves and keep their heads bowed throughout the US national anthem. (<a href="">» The famous image</a>)

Has Black History Month become too safe?

07 October 2008
Every year in late September I get a flurry of emails from council officials telling me that October is Black History Month and that a number of events are taking place to celebrate it. These are typically accompanied by flyers featuring pictures of Mary Seacole or Nelson Mandela.

Why no outcry from black leaders as police target black males round Notting Hill?

02 September 2008
Picture this scene – hundreds of young black men, some appearing to be as young as 13, rounded up, surrounded and held for hours without charge by a cordon of police in body armour; parents standing outside the cordon demanding to be told what is happening to their children; dozens of officers with machine guns sealing off the area; simmering anger from those released from the cordon after being searched and finger printed.

The Notting Hill riot and a carnival of defiance

19 August 2008
The establishment and the media are never quite comfortable with the Notting Hill Carnival, which is held this weekend, but they are generally happy to praise it as an annual celebration of Britain’s diversity.

Plan to close mosque highlights anti-immigrant bias of Italian government

08 July 2008
The Italian home affairs minister, Roberto Maroni, a member of the hardline, anti-immigrant Northern League, has ordered the closure of Milan’s largest mosque. The Jenner mosque attracts 4,000 worshippers each week.

Marcus Garvey: a liberating legacy of challenging racism

08 July 2008
Black nationalist leader Marcus Garvey inspired millions in the 1920s with slogans like, "Up, you mighty race, accomplish what you will" and "Liberate the minds of men and ultimately you will liberate the bodies of men."

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