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Ted Brown: the man who held a mass kiss-in and made history

After a tumultuous childhood, he helped organise the UK’s first Gay Pride in 1972 – going on to battle against homophobic media, in a lifetime devoted to change On 1 July 1972 Ted Brown walked through central London, stopped at Trafalgar Square for a kiss – and made history. He was at the event he had helped to organise, the UK’s first official Gay Pride, in which more than 2,000 people marched through the capital before holding a mass kiss-in. Half a century later, his memories of the day are e...
Tags: UK, London, Race, US, Society, World news, LGBT rights, Pride, Trafalgar Square, Ted Brown, Gay Liberation Front GLF


UK public health expert Sir Michael Marmot criticises No 10 race report ‘shortcomings’

Sir Michael Marmot says racial disparities report underplays impact of structural racism in health outcomesMichael Marmot: The Sewell report cited my research. Unfortunately, it was out of dateCoronavirus – latest updatesAn inquiry into racial disparities used outdated references and notably underplayed the impact of structural racism in health outcomes, the UK’s leading authority on public health has said, in a new blow to the credibility of the much-criticised report.Sir Michael Marmot, who le...
Tags: Health, UK, Race, Society, UK News, Inequality, Michael Marmot, Coronavirus


What uncovering my family's Nazi history taught me about how we approach the past | Géraldine Schwarz

Heinous crimes committed years ago cannot be excused by appealing to the ‘social context’ of the ageRooting around the basement of my family home in Mannheim, south-west Germany, some years ago, I discovered evidence that in 1938 my grandfather had taken advantage of antisemitic Nazi policies to buy a small business from a Jewish family at a low price. I also found letters from the only survivor of this family: his relatives had been killed at Auschwitz. After the war he wrote asking for reparat...
Tags: Europe, Germany, Nazis, Race, Society, UK News, World news, Second world war, Colonialism, Nazi, British Empire, Nazism, Auschwitz, Ingrid, Volker, Mannheim south west Germany


Row erupts over bid to revive London's historic Caribbean cultural hub

Haringey council admits neglecting the West Indian centre in north London but is locked in a dispute over who should improve itA row has broken out over the future of an important Caribbean community centre in north London which has fallen into serious disrepair after years of neglect by its landlord, the local council.Stewart Wellington, whose parents arrived in the UK from Jamaica in the 1950s as part of the Windrush generation, has drawn up multimillion-pound plans to demolish it and start ag...
Tags: UK, London, Race, Communities, Society, UK News, World news, Architecture, Jamaica, Regeneration, Caribbean, Haringey, Windrush, Stewart Wellington


Atlanta spa shootings: Georgia hate crimes law could see first big test

Law was passed after killing of Ahmaud Arbery in 2020Atlanta shootings: why US hate crime data is so lackingA hate crimes law passed in Georgia amid outrage over the killing of Ahmaud Arbery could get its first major test as part of the murder case against a white man charged with shooting and killing six women of Asian descent at Atlanta-area massage businesses this week. Related: 'It's time for people to hear us': Georgia's Asian Americans vow to stand up against hate Continue reading...
Tags: Protest, Law, Race, US, Atlanta, Georgia, World news, US news, US politics, Gun crime, US crime, Ahmaud Arbery, Atlanta spa shootings


Claude James obituary

My friend and colleague Claude James, who has died aged 90, was the first black person to be elected to a railway trade union executive committee and the first black manager of Euston station. He fought for fairness and and against racism in the UK.The eldest of six, Claude was born in Guyana to Gladys and Cyril, and lived in Kitty village. His grandmother was influential in his early life, taking him to meetings to discuss current affairs. He enjoyed his time at Britain high school in Queenstow...
Tags: UK, London, Activism, Race, Communities, Society, Britain, Claude, TUC, Rail transport, Guyana, Queenstown, Cyril, Gladys, Claude James


'She was so scared': family and friends tackle Covid jab hesitancy

People across the UK tell how they are speaking with loved ones to convince them to get vaccinatedCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAlisha Issa, 16, remembers the moment her mum finally agreed to get the coronavirus vaccine. It was a chilly Tuesday afternoon in Bolton and the pair had gone for a walk before it got dark. Alisha went through her mother’s questions and fears again, answering what she could. When, at the end of the walk, her mum agreed to take the jab, she ...
Tags: Health, UK, Race, Society, UK News, Vaccines and immunisation, Bolton, Alisha, Issa, Coronavirus, COVID


Duke and Duchess of Sussex to give to race and mental health charities

Announcement of donations follows Meghan’s claim she did not get help with mental health from palaceThe Duke and Duchess of Sussex have announced a series of donations to charities related to mental health and racial equality, particularly in the press, in a move seen as an assertion of their commitment to causes they have been outspoken about in recent months.The announcement came less than a week after their televised interview with Oprah Winfrey, in which Meghan revealed she had been suicidal...
Tags: Race, Society, UK News, World news, US news, Mental Health, Charities, Monarchy, Prince Harry, Oprah Winfrey, Duke, Sussex, Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex


The Guardian view on women and the pandemic: what happened to building back better? | Editorial

Around the world, coronavirus has both highlighted and worsened existing inequalitiesOne year into the pandemic, women have little cause to celebrate International Women’s Day tomorrow, and less energy to battle for change. Men are more likely to die from Covid-19. But women have suffered the greatest economic and social blows. They have taken the brunt of increased caregiving, have been more likely to lose their jobs and have seen a sharp rise in domestic abuse.In the UK, women did two-thirds o...
Tags: Health, Europe, Family, Gender, Politics, UK, Race, Women, US, Society, UK News, US news, Poverty, Unemployment, US politics, Sierra Leone


NHS body in England urges minority ethnic people to fill out census

Completing survey is vital to ensure access to health and care services, says Race and Health ObservatoryAn independent NHS body is urging black and minority ethnic communities to complete this year’s national census survey to help capture a more accurate picture of the overall health condition of households across England.The independent NHS Race and Health Observatory has called on minority ethnic communities to complete the online survey sent by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) by Sun...
Tags: Health, England, Race, Society, UK News, NHS, Census, Office for National Statistics ONS, Race and Health ObservatoryAn, NHS Race and Health Observatory


Julie Felix: the brilliant Black ballerina who was forced to leave Britain

She was told there was no room for a ‘brown swan’ in the London Festival Ballet, so she went to the US. There she found enormous success, dancing for everyone from Michael Jackson to PrinceThe turning point in Julie Felix’s career came in 1975. A student at Rambert ballet school in London, she was selected to dance in Rudolf Nureyev’s production of Sleeping Beauty with the London Festival Ballet (now the English National Ballet). Nureyev was the god of British ballet – and he lived up to his rep...
Tags: London, Race, US, Society, World news, Dance, Culture, Britain, Stage, Ballet, Michael Jackson, Rudolf Nureyev, FELIX, Nureyev, Rambert, Julie Felix


General Assembly Approves Bill Banning Hairstyle Discrimination

A few years ago, I talked with some students about a report they were doing for NPR about how hairstyles and race have been historically intertwined. Earlier this week, the Connecticut General Assembly gave final approval a bill that seeks to right some of these historical wrongs by making it illegal to discriminate in employment on the basis of a hairstyle related to the person’s race. Specifically House Bill 6515 amends the state’s anti-discrimination laws to define race as being “inclusive of...
Tags: Education, Law, Race, Natural, Connecticut, Respect, Hair, Npr, Discrimination, Definition, General Assembly, Dreadlocks, Crown, Lamont, Bantu, Connecticut General Assembly


Ethnicity and poverty are Covid risk factors, new Oxford modelling tool shows

Campaigners demand black, Asian and minority ethnic groups have higher priority for vaccinationCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageEthnicity and deprivation have for the first time been recognised as risk factors for severe Covid in new modelling, which will lead to nearly 2 million more people in England being advised to shield and 800,000 being fast-tracked for vaccines.The risk analysis tool, commissioned by the chief medical officer for England, Chris Whitty, from a t...
Tags: Health, England, Race, Society, UK News, Oxford, Health policy, Vaccines and immunisation, Oxford University, Inequality, Coronavirus, Chris Whitty, COVID


Covid: almost 2m more people in England will be asked to shield

New modelling identifies more higher-risk adults, of which 800,000 will be offered priority vaccinationCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageNearly 2 million more people in England will be asked to shield and 800,000 of those offered priority vaccination as a result of new modelling that has identified adults at higher risk from Covid-19 because of a combination of health factors and their circumstances, including ethnicity and low income.Until now the NHS identified those ...
Tags: Health, England, Race, Society, UK News, NHS, Health policy, Vaccines and immunisation, University of Oxford, Inequality, Coronavirus


'They deserve more credit': Britain's south Asian taxi drivers on Covid frontline

Many minicab workers are used to racism and danger, but worked through the last year facing a new, invisible threatCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageShaz Saleem first started helping out at his father’s taxi firm when he was 13, manning the phones and processing fares for the drivers. Even as a child he could see it was not an easy job, but it was a trade that allowed Pakistani men, some of them very recent immigrants to the UK with few qualifications, to earn a living....
Tags: Health, UK, England, Race, Society, UK News, Britain, Social exclusion, Birmingham, Saleem, Taxi Association, Coronavirus, Dudley Private Hire, West Midlands Drivers Association


'It is so much bigger than Trayvon': how bereaved mother Sybrina Fulton fought back

She had a joyful life before the killing of her teenage son, Trayvon Martin, in 2012. Since then, she has been determined to change laws and minds – as an activist, an author and by running for officeFew people have acquired such a high-public profile as reluctantly as Sybrina Fulton. Before February 2012, she was content to be an anonymous Floridian, working for the Miami housing department and raising her two sons with her ex-husband, Tracy Martin. Then one of her sons, 17-year-old Trayvon, wa...
Tags: Race, Society, World news, US news, Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman, Miami, Trayvon, Black Lives Matter Movement, Sybrina Fulton, ZIMMERMAN, TRACY MARTIN


Jackie Kay on Bessie Smith: 'My libidinous, raunchy, fearless blueswoman'

As a black girl growing up in 1970s Glasgow, poet Jackie Kay developed a passion for Bessie Smith. In this extract from her new book, she remembers the wild spirit who helped her find her true selfI was adopted in 1961 and brought up in a suburban house in a suburban street in the north of Glasgow. A small, semi-detached Wimpey house. Outside our house is a cherry-blossom tree that is as old as me. It doesn’t seem the most likely place to be introduced to the blues, but then blues travel to wher...
Tags: Books, Music, Race, Women, Life and style, Society, Culture, Vinyl, Blues, Glasgow, British identity and society, Jackie Kay, John Hammond, CBS Records, Wimpey, Bessie Smith


More deaths, worse care? Inquiry opens into NHS maternity 'systemic racism'

Childbirth rights group supports examination into disproportionate health outcomesAn urgent inquiry to investigate how alleged systemic racism in the NHS manifests itself in maternity care will be launched on Tuesday with support from the UK charity Birthrights.The inquiry will apply a human- rights lens to examine how claimed racial injustice – from explicit racism to bias – is leading to poorer health outcomes in maternity care for ethnic minority groups. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, UK, Race, Women, Society, UK News, NHS, Global development, Maternal mortality


Top surgeon joins drive to encourage BAME people to have Covid vaccine

Barts trauma specialist Martin Griffiths, who had coronavirus himself, urges people to spread the message that the jab is safeCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA leading surgeon who is known for his work in tackling knife crime is joining the fight to tackle vaccine hesitancy among black and other minority ethnic communities.Martin Griffiths, a consultant trauma surgeon, is one of a team of clinicians who has stepped up to help the vaccination effort at Barts Health NHS...
Tags: Health, London, Race, Society, UK News, NHS, Vaccines and immunisation, Martin Griffiths, Barts, Coronavirus, Barts Health NHS Trust Continue


Study reveals depth of BAME health inequality in England

Impact in some ethnic minority groups equivalent to being 20 years older than actual age, study saysThe health impact of belonging to some ethnic minority groups is equivalent to being 20 years older than your actual age, England’s largest ever study of health inequalities in BAME communities has found.Not only are people from these groups often poorer and more likely to suffer from underlying health conditions, they are also more likely to report worse treatment when visiting their GP surgery, ...
Tags: Health, England, Race, Society, NHS, BAME


Black on both sides: the African diaspora around the world – in pictures

Sasha Phyars-Burgess’s Untitled features essays, poems and stunning photographs that delve into the black experience and the true meaning of ‘home’ Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Books, Photography, Poetry, Race, Women, Life and style, Society, UK News, World news, US news, Culture, Feminism, Art and design, Social history, Black Lives Matter Movement


Beverley Bryan: the British Black Panther who inspired a generation of women

After her friend Olive Morris was assaulted by police in 1969, Bryan joined her in the civil rights group. Then she decolonised her classroom – and contributed to a groundbreaking bookIn the mid-60s, Beverley Bryan was a prefect at Lavender Hill secondary modern in south London. One of her responsibilities was to stand at the school gates and scribble down the name of any student who was late. One such girl was Olive Morris, who would become one of the country’s leading anti-racism activists. Br...
Tags: London, Education, Race, Society, World news, Britain, Jamaica, Race in education, Black Lives Matter Movement, Morris, Bryan, Lavender Hill, Olive Morris, Beverley Bryan, Brixton Black Women 's Group, Black Women 's Lives


'Eye watering': top police officer laments rate of stop and search on young black men

Exclusive: Mike Cunningham, who has just retired as head of College of Policing, calls for ‘humility’ from former colleaguesThere is “widespread dissatisfaction” with the police among black communities with it being clear young black men are being disproportionately stopped and searched at an “eye-watering” rate, a former senior police chief has said.Mike Cunningham, who retired last month as chief executive of the College of Policing which sets standards for law enforcement, said stop and searc...
Tags: Law, Police, Race, UK News, World news, US news, UK criminal justice, College of Policing, Stop and search, Mike Cunningham, George Floyd


Noel Clarke: 'Would I play Doctor Who? There's a conversation to be had'

He has played a pivotal role in bringing black drama to British screens – but Noel Clarke must still battle for recognition. As his hit cop show Bulletproof returns, he talks about fighting prejudice, returning to the Tardis – and saying no to America“I would love to stay out of the papers,” says Noel Clarke. “I don’t even like speaking to journalists.” It’s not what an interviewer wants to hear, but in this case it is understandable. Whether he’s pointing out his omission from a movie poster, o...
Tags: Television, Drama, Film, Race, Doctor Who, America, Society, Culture, South Africa, Television & radio, Clarke, British identity and society, Tardis, Noel Clarke, TV crime drama


We're on the verge of breakdown: a data scientist's take on Trump and Biden

Peter Turchin, an entomologist-turned-historian, offers insight into the battle between elitesPeter Turchin is not the first entomologist to cross over to human behaviour: during a lecture in 1975, famed biologist E O Wilson had a pitcher of water tipped on him for extrapolating the study of ant social structures to our own.It’s a reaction that Turchin, an expert-on-pine-beetles-turned-data-scientist and modeller, has yet to experience. But his studies at the University of Connecticut into how h...
Tags: Business, Science, Republicans, Race, Economics, Society, World news, Joe Biden, US news, Democrats, US politics, Biden, Donald Trump, Wilson, Trump, University of Connecticut


Covid vaccine: 72% of black people unlikely to have jab, UK survey finds

Sage voices concern at BAME uptake and says more must be done to increase trust in vaccineCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAdvisers from the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) have raised fresh concerns over Covid vaccine uptake among black, Asian and minority ethnic communities (BAME) as research showed up to 72% of black people said they were unlikely to have the jab.Historical issues of unethical healthcare research, and structural and institutional ra...
Tags: Health, UK, Race, Society, Vaccines and immunisation, Sage, BAME, Coronavirus, Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies SAGE


Black women in the UK four times more likely to die in pregnancy or childbirth

Disparity with white women shows need for action, doctors say, despite slight improvement in mortality rate Black women are still four times more likely than white women to die in pregnancy or childbirth in the UK, and women from Asian ethnic backgrounds face twice the risk, according to a new .The data shows a slight narrowing of the divide – found black women were five times more likely to die – but experts say that is statistically insignificant and not a sign of progress. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, UK, Race, Women, Pregnancy, Society, UK News, Global development, Parents and parenting, Maternal mortality


'Colonialism had never really ended': my life in the shadow of Cecil Rhodes

After growing up in a Zimbabwe convulsed by the legacy of colonialism, when I got to Oxford I realised how many British people still failed to see how empire had shaped lives like mine – as well as their own There was no single moment when I began to sense the long shadow that Cecil John Rhodes has cast over my life, or over the university where I am a professor, or over the ways of seeing the world shared by so many of us still living in the ruins of the British empire. But, looking back, it is...
Tags: Race, Society, South Africa, Oxford, Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe, Colonialism, University of Oxford, Orange, Rhodes, Cecil Rhodes, Cecil John Rhodes, Rhodesia, Erasmus Jacobs


'I came up a black staircase': how Dapper Dan went from fashion industry pariah to Gucci god

In the 1980s, his Harlem store attracted famous athletes and musicians. Then the luxury brands got him shut down. Now, at 76, he’s more successful than ever – and still on his own termsIt was a mentor on the gambling circuit in Harlem, New York, who gave Daniel Day the moniker that would make him famous. Day was just 13, but had revealed himself to be not only a better craps player than his guide, who was the original Dapper Dan, but also a better dresser. So it came to be that Day was christene...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Race, Life and style, Society, UK News, Culture, Hip-hop, Day, Gucci, Harlem, Fendi, Louis Vuitton, Harlem New York, Dapper Dan, Daniel Day



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