Posts Tagged "racism"

5 rules to protect you from racism.

Posted by on 8 May 13 in Non-fiction, Social Justice | 0 comments

5 rules to protect you from racism.

When you’re growing up brown in a white country, you’re taught a few techniques of self-protection. Some of these are things you learn from your parents, others are those you build after you’ve experienced racial injustice, and some you learn from watching others like you be targeted. These are some of the tactics I have observed or been taught (but not necessarily abided by). The Sore Thumb Rule If you’re coloured in a majority white school, you already stick out when you should really blend in. Your colour makes you easy pickings, though being of colour may not be...

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Depicting an African election: still barbaric but capable of civilising

Posted by on 4 Mar 13 in Non-fiction, Politics | 5 comments

Depicting an African election: still barbaric but capable of civilising

As 6 million Kenyans cast their votes today, newscast and media has been awry with fears of violence. Rather than focusing on the political concerns that the candidates represent, international news corporations have focussed on fears of violence/peace initiatives, illegitimacy of the candidates  or ethnic voting divides – all focusing on the failures of an African nation to abide by the laws of liberal democracy. The image constructed is the same – Africa as unstable, tribalist and incapable of being free of Western protection. Is it no wonder that when the Financial Times was...

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Race, Racism and the culprits

Posted by on 26 Sep 12 in Social Justice | 4 comments

Race, Racism and the culprits

Preamble: Since it seems necessary, I would like to point out that I do not feel hatred against white people for the colour of their skin or any other reason. I don’t really hate white people. I hate the institution and the power they have – the privilege they have. This distinction is important.     The largest argument I seem to have with white colleagues is on whether it’s possible to be racist to white people. Their natural reaction (especially if they’re male and heterosexual) is that it obviously is. The argument often stems down into the gutter, without a...

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The racism of tram woman is only the tip of the iceberg

Posted by on 29 Nov 11 in Non-fiction, Politics | 0 comments

The racism of tram woman is only the tip of the iceberg

Many liberal mouths fell open as they watched the now famous tram woman loudly mouth, “You ain’t British, you’re black,” followed by the ever-so-common, “Why don’t you go back to where you came from?” Shock Horror! Could it be that a woman with a young child could actually vocally express the thoughts of the Daily Express out loud?! The outcry was enormous; people from all sectors of “middle Britain” were disgusted, scandalised that their society could breed such racism (even though the entire election campaign last year was run on an anti-immigration platform). Worse, many...

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