While there is no shortage of positive role models from among Britain’s diverse black communities, it is still a sad reality that for most young black people the only times they get to see someone who looks like them on TV is when that person is in a rap music video, on the sports field, in a police van, or threatening to shoot someone.
“The Hawaiian sailors are all black and ugly like devils.” This was an entry in the diary of Morita Kiyoyuki, one of the 170 samurai envoys who travelled from Japan as part of the first Japanese embassy mission to America in 1860 during the late Tokugawa Shogunate. The envoys meticulously recorded their views on what they saw during their journey in embassy dispatches, diaries, memoirs, and travelogues.
In 1981 the late Literary Theorist, Edward Said, published one of his influential texts “Covering Islam: How the Media and the Experts Determine How We See the Rest of the World” which challenged the essentialist representation of Islam and Muslims as the degenerate “other” in Western media since the Iranian revolution of 1979.
In March 2002 Professor David Gillborn, a leading authority on critical race studies in Education, warned that the reform of secondary education which introduced vocational programmes for “lower-performing pupils” would only serve to entrench institutional racism within schools. He argued that when teachers define “lower-performing pupils” “they generally underestimate the abilities of black youngsters.” His [...]
During his visit to Rome in August 2010 Colonel Muammar Gaddafi spoke at a ceremony in Rome and warned
, “We don’t know what will happen, what will be the reaction of the white and Christian Europeans faced with this influx of starving and ignorant Africans.” We are fortunate in that we live in a society where we can easily dismiss this as a racist statement.
The previous government’s controversial programme for preventing violent extremism is currently being reviewed by the Home Office. How did it happen that programmes which were introduced with the aim of promoting “community cohesion” and preventing the influence of violent extremists ended upachieving the opposite of what they set out to achieve?
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