Posts under ‘Race/Racism’

BAME representation: “community leaders” or genuine advocates?

by Lizzy Ali.

Back in the 1980s, a new generation of radical black leaders like Bernie Grant and Sharon Atkin emerged in the Labour Party, determined not only to increase minority representation, but also to commit the Party to socialist policies. The struggle for Black Sections took place against the backdrop of uprisings within the inner cities in […]

Avoiding charge of racism is a cover for patriarchy and misogyny in Rotherham

by Diane Abbott.

The child sex abuse scandal in Rotherham is a toxic mix of race, class and misogyny. And this was not a handful of girls hidden in a cellar by a particular gang. This was hundreds of young women (and some young men), year on year, being victimised in plain sight. Anybody who took a cab […]

How not to write about Rotherham

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

Sexual violence against women and girls comes in all skin colours, all languages, all forms of religious belief. One would hope its tacit acceptance by institutions laying claim to the protection of the most vulnerable lies in the distant past. But the report into the institutional silence, if not silencing of the victims of a Pakistani-descent paedophile gang […]

Stop the witch-hunt of Tricycle theatre for a “boycott” that never was and a false charge of antisemitism

by Jon Lansman.

For a number of years, the Tricycle theatre & cinema in Kilburn (alongside other cinemas in London, Manchester and elsewhere) has hosted a Jewish film festival. Although most films are non-political, last year, films did include UK premieres of ‘Besa: the Promise‘ about mostly Muslims Albanians who risked their lives sheltering Jews during WWII, ‘From Cable Street to […]

When genocide is permissible?

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

Never. Well, sometimes. Or at least thinking aloud about it is okay. Why else would The Times of Israel publish such a thing? They may have removed it in short order, but as we know once things get on the internet…. Yochanan Gordon’s execrable screed shits on the memory of his ancestors. I am loathe to bring up […]

Darcus Howe: setting the record straight

by Conrad Landin.

Four of us stood glued to the television for the best part of five minutes. We were all familiar with Darcus Howe. For my part, I’d seen his gripping TV series on English identity, White Tribe, several years before. This was 2011, and in the wake of riots that the political establishment were struggling to […]

Sadiq Khan: an exercise in self-serving selectivity

by Richard Allday.

Sadiq Khan is Shadow Justice Secretary, Shadow Minister for London, and Labour MP for Tooting. Last week, he wrote a begging letter to UKIP voters, published in that traditional labour movement paper, the Express. Yet again, faced with the choice between defending the interests of the class that supports it at the polls, or the vested […]

Fight austerity not migrants

by Barry Gray.

Last week’s local and European elections, alongside opinion polls, suggest Labour should win next year’s General Election, but only if the decline in its support since late 2012 is halted at this point. Labour’s share of the European election vote was 25 per cent and its national equivalent vote (NEV) share of the local election […]

Whoever wins in Tower Hamlets, it’s time for Labour to heal the rift

by Jon Lansman.

Until today, I have avoided writing about the hard-fought election in Tower Hamlets in which Labour’s John Biggs, who I backed to be Labour’s candidate in this election, hoped to unseat as Mayor the incumbent, Lutfur Rahman, who I supported as Labour’s candidate four years ago. As a loyal Labour Party member who also wishes to […]

Calling UKIP Racist won’t stop them

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

<It’s become a daily thing. Every day a new UKIP candidate is exposed as a racist, a homophobe, a Holocaust denialist. It’s like we’ve been here before. The establishment is all sixes and sevens as an upstart far right party makes waves, but this is 2014, not 2009. The debates that have rippled across countless […]

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