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Cross-posted from Retrospect Journal – Interview with Professor Diana Paton, University of Edinburgh, UK and Professor Matthew J. Smith, University College London, UK. Transcribed and edited by Jamie Gemmell, Editor …

As part of the first anniversary of RACE.ED, we are delighted to present our collection, ‘RACE.ED Speaks: Conversations on Race and Racialization’.

As socially committed and Spain-based researchers, we have long been amazed by the rhetorical power of the integration discourse (in this case, immigrant integration).

In collaboration with RACE.ED, Retrospect Journal has published a special issue on the theme of “Race in Retrospective” in June 2021.

For the past few months I have felt like I am in one elongated Zoom training, attempting to disentangle white feelings and embedded racist ideologies – including my own.

This June marks RACE.ED's one year anniversary, and with that, we would like to mark the occasion by spotlighting RACE.ED's blog collections over the past twelve months.

In the face of the coronavirus pandemic that has disproportionately affected black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities, people across the globe have taken to the streets in protest. They have gathered in solidarity to express anger about George Floyd’s death and the persistence of police violence.

The themes of becoming and opposition as identification resonated with me, a white man from the US, as I searched for alliance strategies of anti-racism and anti-essentialism in historically the most creolised part of Europe: Portugal, and more specifically, the capital city of Lisbon.

Dr Timothy Peace shares his analysis of the 2021 Scottish Parliamentary elections – “2021 election results show that the challenge has been recognised, but the fight for equality and better representation in Scotland continues”.

Last week’s election has already been praised in delivering the “most representative parliament of devolution”. Whilst that is true, the bar up to now has been exceptionally low; with no women of colour elected in 22 years, a stagnant number of women MSPs and a decrease in the number of disabled MSPs after the 2016 election.

At the time of writing this piece, I was confronted with two strikingly different scenarios. One, involved friends in the UK posting images of their vaccine cards on social media (and I am proud of them for taking the first step in making themselves and the world a safer place).

It has been widely reported that the COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately impacted Black and Ethnic Minority (BAME) communities across the UK, which have suffered higher rates of hospitalisation and mortality.