Tag Archives: racism

In the face of fear and loathing, many British Muslims feel they must play hide and seek with their identity

DrimaFilm/Shutterstock Sham Qayyum, University of Hertfordshire Islamophobia is a form of prejudice that is not well understood. Instead it is often ignored and increasingly even undermined, such as through the argument that claims of Islamophobia are a threat to free speech, or hinder the prevention of crime. Terrorism is an oft-cited example, or more recently “Asian grooming gangs”. As it …

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Eight ways that Islamophobia operates in everyday life

Fear of Islam pervades every corner of modern Muslim life. Fotos583/www.shutterstock.com Peter Hopkins, Newcastle University; Gurchathen Sanghera, University of St Andrews, and Katherine Botterill, Edinburgh Napier University Immigration and national identity currently are at the forefront of the public conscience. In France, the burkini ban and in the UK proposals for migration controls following the Brexit vote are dividing communities. …

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Tackling racism in football: from silence to speaking out

Peter Powell/EPA Naz Ali, University of East London Data released this year has highlighted the not-so-beautiful side of the beautiful game – bringing to the forefront, yet again, deeply rooted racist behaviour and attitudes on and off the pitch. Despite numerous campaigns, initiatives and movements aiming to tackle racism in football, figures from inclusion and diversity charity Kick It Out …

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Religion, race and nationality – what are our prejudices and how can we overcome them?

Finding common ground. Melitas/Shutterstock Julian Hargreaves, University of Cambridge What do you think of your neighbours? And what do they think of you? Concerns around increasing division and polarisation in the UK have persisted stubbornly since the EU referendum in 2016. We hear a lot from academics, politicians and journalists about a supposedly fractured nation. But how divided is Britain? …

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New MP Ibrahim Omer’s election highlights the challenges refugees from Africa face in New Zealand

Ibrahim Omer campaigning with Labour MP Chris Hipkins during NZ’s 2020 general election. GettyImages Samuel Judah Seomeng, Te Herenga Waka — Victoria University of Wellington and Caroline Bennett, Te Herenga Waka — Victoria University of Wellington The election of Labour candidate Ibrahim Omer on October 17 makes him New Zealand’s first African MP and one of only two former refugees …

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Humans aren’t inherently selfish – we’re actually hardwired to work together


Franzi/Shutterstock Steve Taylor, Leeds Beckett University There has long been a general assumption that human beings are essentially selfish. We’re apparently ruthless, with strong impulses to compete against each other for resources and to accumulate power and possessions. If we are kind to one another, it’s usually because we have ulterior motives. If we are good, it’s only because we …

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How racism and classism affect natural ecosystems

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Donatas Dabravolskas / shutterstock Jake M. Robinson, University of Sheffield Structural racism and classism could profoundly affect the existence of flora and fauna in our cities, according to a recent landmark publication in the academic journal Science. Urban ecosystems are made up of lots of complex interactions between social and natural systems. The result is a variety of environmental conditions …

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