Laura Norris looks at Lemn Sissay’s memoir, My Name is Why, which covers his experience of being adopted, going through the care system, and the racism throughout.
Jane Calder reflects on the conditionality of liberal anti-racism
Mia Clement discusses the TV series ‘Shadow and Bone’, and explores the relationship between race and casting choices.
In the first of a new Oxford Blue series, Tosin Olusoji details her experiences confronting Eurocentric standards.
“It was when I got to year 6 and looked around at my blonde (and straight) haired, blue eyed peers, and realised that I, myself, was ‘Ugly Betty’, and that my worst nightmare had come true. I was the token, with unconventional and ‘large’ features. Unless my idea of what made a person beautiful changed – which for a long time it didn’t – ‘Ugly Betty’ would remain who I was and who I would always be.”
Illustration by Rosa Bonnin
Nadia Hassan discusses the disparities between the prevalence of institutional racism in the UK and the inapt positivity of the findings from the Sewell Report.
CW: Racism In a statement referring to the handling of incidents of alleged racism which occurred in November last year, the Oxford African and Caribbean Society (ACS) has criticised the culture of Christ Church College and its complaints process, saying it was “inept in disciplining bigots”. The events addressed include a white Christ Church student Read More…
“After decades of unaccountability for institutional racism in south Wales, and the Black Lives Matter network bringing greater organization to protest via formalised groups in BLM Gwent and BLM Cardiff, the calls for justice and reform should be louder and more persistent than ever before.”
Elliott Cocker examines the Black Lives Matter movement and police brutality in South Wales
Oxford University LGBTQ+ Society has issued a statement after a number of individuals hijacked a panel event with racist and homophobic slurs.
Earlier this week, Lady Margaret Hall’s JCR executives released a statement of support for Gracie Oddie-James, who was subjected to racial abuse by members of the Christ Church JCR in Michaelmas last year.
“The events of the past year are not unexpected flukes: they are simply the unmasking of problems that have been festering for years or even decades.”
Zaman Keinath-Esmail examines why the optimism surrounding the New Year is misplaced.