Monkey chants and bananas: Understanding the racist language of sport.

I’m sure most football fans would say that supporting their teams is their main motivation for getting back in the stands. It’s also entirely possible that 90 minutes of outdoor screaming might provide a cathartic outlet for those still frustrated at seeing Black people enjoying gravy on TV last Christmas. While a third lockdown might […]

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I can see your but…

“I support the Black Lives Matter protests, but…”  “I’m against police brutality, but…”  “I deplore the 21st century lynching of a black man in broad daylight at the hands of those supposed to serve and protect… but…”  I see you, you know?   I see what you’re doing. I read what you write. I listen to what […]

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The trauma of blackness

It’s been a difficult week.  I feel stupid even saying that, because unlike George Floyd, I haven’t had my last breath forced out of my lungs by a Minneapolis police officer taking a knee on my fucking neck.   Unlike Tye Anders, I haven’t been forced to lie on the ground by a sounder of police […]

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Kobe

Ok. I think I have it now. I’ve refrained from commenting on Kobe Bryant’s death for a few days. Partly because nobody gives a crap about what I think, but partly because I needed a little bit of time to think about what I think and what I felt. I put my daughter to bed […]

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Racial Gaslighting – What the Meghan Markle debate reveals about racism in the UK.

Ooof. Where to start. Right, let’s start at the beginning. Gaslighting is “the action or process of manipulating a person by psychological means into questioning his or her own sanity.” The term comes from the 1944 George Cukor film, Gaslight, in which Ingrid Bergman’s character, Paula, is manipulated into questioning her own lived experiences by […]

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