Casta painting

The longue durée of racialized capitalism: a response to Charlie Post

In his recent article for Field Notes, Charlie Post insists on the need to think racism and capitalism together but is keen to move the discussion “beyond racial capitalism” perspectives because of disagreements about the spatial and temporal origins of racism, and about the explanation those perspectives offer for the reproduction of racism in capitalist societies.


Containment, activism and state racism: the Sheku Bayoh justice campaign

Sheku Bayoh died shortly after he was arrested by up to nine police officers in the early hours of 3 May 2015 on a quiet street in Kirkcaldy, a small town on the east coast of Scotland. Sheku’s mother had encouraged him to move to Scotland to be near his sister because she thought a young black man would be safer in Scotland than in London.


The system isn’t working

There is a tendency to think racism in our societies will lessen over time, and that attitudes and outcomes will inevitably improve. This belief endures despite frequent and sobering evidence of deeply entrenched racial inequalities in Britain.


Covid: how racism could hinder take-up of a vaccine by Black people

This post was originally published by The Scotsman – Blog post by Dr Gwenetta Curry, Lecturer of Race, Ethnicity and Health, University of Edinburgh, UK Black people are 2.7 times as likely to die from the virus compared to their white counterparts with Asian people 1.5 times more likely to die than whites. The announcement of …

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It is never too early to talk anti-racism with young people

Young children are ‘too young’ to understand race, racism and discrimination; you don’t want to ‘put ideas in their heads’; young children ‘do not notice differences, it is not an issue, it is more adult ideas and certainly you can’t say they are racist at such a young age’.