Extinction Rebellion: a necessary nuisance?

Extinction Rebellion are a nonviolent organisation who aim to persuade the government to take action on the climate and ecological emergency. They recently made headlines for blocking access to Rupert Murdoch’s printing presses and delaying the distribution of many nationwide newspapers. Extinction Rebellion’s actions were motivated by the failure of papers like the Sun, theContinue reading “Extinction Rebellion: a necessary nuisance?”

Making the grade

‘Your application has been unsuccessful’ were the words I read at 8AM on my UCAS letter, after being rejected from the University of Sheffield. I was heartbroken. Two years of A-Level struggle had been fruitless and I was rejected from my first choice university. I was confused. I had been predicted grades good enough toContinue reading “Making the grade”

Clenton Farquharson MBE: A Conversation for Today

Imagine that life is a game of monopoly. In the game, the white players begin playing three days before the black players do. In addition to having a head start, the white players already possess the properties, wealth, resources and decision making abilities to succeed in the game. The difference between the players, is power.Continue reading “Clenton Farquharson MBE: A Conversation for Today”

Boohoo: a crying shame for Leicester

After a spike in coronavirus cases, Leicester was forced back into lockdown; facing travel restrictions and unable to reopen pubs and restaurants on the 4th July. It is no coincidence that Leicester is also home to 1000 garment factories, some of which are genuine, though some are extremely exploitative and have ignored government Covid-19 instructions.Continue reading “Boohoo: a crying shame for Leicester”

How the fashion industry have commercialised black culture

In tribute to George Floyd, prominent brands among the fashion industry took to social media to show their support for the Black Lives Matter movement on ‘#blackouttuesday’. However, critics fear that this display of solidarity was merely lip service. The fashion industry does not have the best reputation for encouraging diversity or for being representativeContinue reading “How the fashion industry have commercialised black culture”

Juneteenth: what freedom looks like today

Last Friday, the 19th June 2020, marked the 155th anniversary of Juneteenth, otherwise known as Liberation Day, Freedom day or Emancipation Day. On the 19th June 1865, enslaved African-Americans in Galveston, Texas, were told they were free from emancipation and that the civil war had ended. Now, 155 years later, people in cities and townsContinue reading “Juneteenth: what freedom looks like today”

Grenfell: a fire fuelled by racism

This week marks the third anniversary of the Grenfell Tower blaze which claimed the lives of 72 people on the horrific morning of the 14th June 2017. As Black Lives Matter protests are taking place across the country, and with greater awareness of structural racism in the UK, the anniversary this year has been particularlyContinue reading “Grenfell: a fire fuelled by racism”

Confronting British History

Due to the recent protests, awareness of systematic racism has highlighted the discriminative ways in which black people are treated in society and portrayed in British culture. Racist TV programmes like ‘Little Britain’ and statues like Edward Colston for example, which for a long time have gone unchallenged, now face scrutiny. The focus going forwardContinue reading “Confronting British History”