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The hidden story of West Indian volunteers in the Second World War

17 June 2008
The arrival of the Empire Windrush 60 years ago represents a defining moment in British history.

UB40 and Steel Pulse at anti-'Rivers of Blood' press conference

22 April 2008
Birmingham bands UB40 and Steel Pulse joined Yaz Alexander at a Love Music Hate Racism press conference on Friday of last week.

Enoch Powell and racism

15 April 2008
This Sunday sees the 40th anniversary of Enoch Powell’s "Rivers of Blood" speech – the nastiest and most calculated piece of racism ever to be heard from the lips of a senior politician in postwar Britain.

Martin Luther King and the fight against racism in the US

01 April 2008
The legendary US civil rights leader Martin Luther King was assassinated on the balcony of his hotel in Memphis, Tennessee 40 years ago.

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.

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.

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.

Images of uprising in Brixton 1981

19 February 2008

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.

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.

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".

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.

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.

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?

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