Response to complaints against Radio 1 playing Dave’s ‘Black’.

Opinion piece… Yesterday Radio 1 played the song ‘Black’, by Dave, and some listeners complained saying it was ‘reverse racism’ for him to talk about being proud to be Black. I’d say if they see this song as a problem, then it is they themselves that are the problem. Arguably however this is where communication

Decolonising the curriculum

For the record, I did my MA at SOAS 17 years ago, and in one of the essays I wrote there talked about Kant’s racism, Marx’s dismissive blind spot to race, and today I continue to talk about Franz Fanon and Paulo Freire (who was directly inspired by Fanon) in most lectures I give about

Black Nerd Bullet Points

I made this graphic in honour of Zadie Smith, who on Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs told Kirsty Young, “It’s good to be a Black nerd — I enjoy it.”  I totally agree! It would be great to hear more Black people in the public eye in the UK and US say this .  It’s time.  Especially those

Gary Younge’s article about the disgusting Zimmerman verdict, removed by the Guardian

Article removed “pending investigation”. Here’s the full text: Let it be noted that on this day, Saturday 13 July 2013, it was still deemed legal in the US to chase and then shoot dead an unarmed young black man on his way home from the store because you didn’t like the look of him. The

Complaint sent to the BBC about the bias on the BBC Bristol newsdesk – 26.5.13

This was sent to the BBC via their complaints website – http://www.bbc.co.uk/complaints/complain-online/ “On 25 May there was an anti-Islamic EDL faction march in Bristol, which started in the Kingswood area and turned violent in a pub in Church Road. They were heading to Lawrence Hill and Easton, quite Muslim populated areas of Bristol, before the police

Warning: (Possible) News bias detected on BBC Bristol news desk

Why didn’t the BBC Bristol news desk mention it was an anti-Islamic EDL march that turned violent in Bristol?  If this was an Islamic march, Black people’s march or anti-capitalist protest that turned violent you can bet that would have been mentioned.   What is going on BBC Bristol?  I sure hope you are not

To Post or not to Post

Today’s meditation: Over the last few days on a few occasions I’ve started to write different statuses about it, but then deleted them rather then pressing send, as I don’t want to get into a debate about it. But there is so much to say about it, but I don’t want to spend my time

Where can young people go for refuge? (Open letter to the Principle and Governors of Life Learning Academy, San Francisco)

Courtni Webb, one of your 17 year old high school students, is now facing the possibility of being expelled from your school after writing a poem about the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School. In the poem Courtni wrote she understood why someone like Adam Lanza might do what he did. She wasn’t agreeing with

Bristol police miss opportunity to work with community filmmakers to build dialogue after riots

See below the latest street news video by the South Blessed Community Channel, as a follow-up to their anti-Tesco film, (see previous post).  Last night the local police used vans and deployed a helicopter to stop the screening of a film in a park about last week’s riots.  When the screening moved to a local house, at first the police then

Missing persons reportage in the traditional press and social media outlets

The following is a reply I sent to Rachel MacPherson, a journalism student from University of the West of Scotland.  She was writing her dissertation on the media’s representation of victims of crime, in particular missing person cases, and read my post about Serena Beakhurst and wanted my opinion.  I provided answers to her questions, as shown