Tag Archives: racism in britain

How to have conversations with your family when you are “So Woke”.

Chances are if you’re reading this, you’re probably what the mainstream media would label as ‘Woke’.  But what does that word even mean, and where did it come from? In the 60’s it was mentioned by The New York Times in an article titled “phrases and words you might hear today in Harlem”, but the […]

Azeem Rafiq’s testimony highlights the need for authentic anti-racism not knee jerk reactions

Azeem Rafiq’s damning, honest, powerful and emotional testimony this week has struck many chords. Black and Brown people are not shocked by his story, it is all too easily recognisable and relatable and should shine a light on racism in every workplace. Giving evidence to the cross-party Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, Azeem spoke […]

The Bristol Bus Boycott

Author: Sarah Saunders Many of us have heard of Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott in 1955.  But how about Paul Stephenson and the Bristol Bus Boycott of 1963? In 1964 when Paul Stephenson walked into the Bay Horse pub for a drink, the pub’s manager told him to get out, saying: “We don’t […]

A 'Stop Racism' poster illustrating the difference between standard dolls and the offensive 'Gollywog' dolls

Are Gollywogs really so racist?

In the past few years there have been several stories circulating in the media about Gollywogs being sold in shops, and reports of Gollywogs being prized collectibles.  One article described the reactions of a couple in Yorkshire simply ‘looking to buy jam’ and instead coming across Gollywogs for sale in a shop. The couple where […]

Protesters march against racism in the police and in support of The Mangrove. Protesters carry flags and placards.

The Mangrove Nine

Author: Sarah Saunders When we think of the civil rights movement we tend to think of the US, hardly surprising when you consider we are predominately taught American examples of the Black struggle.  Most people have heard of Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott, Martin Luther King and the Alabama Church bombing but many […]

5 things you can DO to act against racism right now.

The last few days have felt overwhelming at times, from the lows of the vile racism to the highs of the outpouring of anti-racism and support at Marcus Rashford’s mural in Wythenshawe. There have been TV, radio and newspaper interviews to give, countless comments to respond to and MANY MANY messages from our Cumbrian community […]

What is Windrush and Why It Matters Today

Author: Janett Walker What is Windrush? Empire Windrush was the ship that brought the first large scale group of immigrants from the Caribbean. Unknowingly at the time, it began the post war mass migration boom that changed the face of British society. To be clear, the Windrush passengers were not the first Black people in […]

Stephen Lawrence: The Murder That Should Have Changed A Nation

Author: Janett Walker On 22 April 1993, Stephen Lawrence was murdered as he waited for a bus with his friend Duwayne Brooks.   THE EVENTS THAT EVENING Stephen and Duwayne had spent the evening at Stephen’s uncle’s house playing video games and then went to take a bus home. They realised the bus they’d taken […]

Beware the Covid Blame Game

    Author: Janett Walker “ALMOST HALF OF PEOPLE IN HIGH ETHNIC MINORITIES AREAS SNUB CORONA VIRUS JAB” “FEARS LOW BAME VACCINE UPDATE WILL ‘CAUSE DEATHS’’ “WHITE PEOPLE ARE TWICE AS LIKELY TO HAVE BEEN VACCINATED AGAINST THE CORONAVIRUS AS BLACK PEOPLE” “YOUNG AND HEALTHY ASYLUM SEEKERS GETTING VACCINE BEFORE OLDER BRITS” In difficult times […]

Too Much is Never Enough: Meghan’s fate was always sealed

Author: Nykia Herron-Ash There was never going to be a way for the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, to ever truly be accepted by the Royal Family or the British public. Her fate was sealed from the moment she met her Prince. Her fate had actually already been determined by the DNA which was passed […]