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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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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We need to talk about Diane Abbott

Recently I wrote a Facebook post that got a little bit of attention. The gist of it was that Tories are the baddies. Somewhat Entirely predictably, a significant proportion of the responses to me outlining the many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many reasons why Tories are the baddies, were from people saying: “But […]

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