Real Life, Mama

Work in Progress I didn’t know a baby could be a weapon And it took nearly 7 years to see what she represented When While idling on my phone I came across a mention Not of me (Though it could have been) Or so I felt…

How apps and other online tools are challenging racist attacks

Justine Humphry and I have just published an article at The Conversation on our research into antiracism apps. More details about this ongoing research can be found here. In the aftermath of Brexit in the UK and the success of Pauline Hanson in the Australian Senate…

Brexit demonstrates the Left’s failure on Race issues

Mohamad Tabbaa suggested to me that it would be a good idea to write something on the problems of the white left’s reaction to #Brexit and their failure to take seriously the racism on which the leave vote very much relied. We were particularly troubled by…

Austerity and war against multiculturalism

I wrote about sexualised race, austerity, the ‘left’ and Brexit for the Anti-Austerity and Media Activism series on OpenDemocracy. I concluded that It has become a problem to identify that racism has been made play a role in how austerity is framed – as a struggle…

On Jo Cox, fascism and racism: Interview with Indymedia

On Monday June 20 I was interviewed by Raymond Grenfell on Indymedia on RTR FM (Perth) about the assassination of Jo Cox, the far right and racism in Britain and Australia. You can listen again here. I tried to talk about how mainstream politics nurtures the…

Rest in Power, Jo Cox

The racism of the Brexit campaign set the scene for the murder of Jo Cox. Her brutal killing is continuous with Breivik’s Utoya massacre. Then as now the peddlers of hate, from the those who ‘bravely’ spoke of the failures of multiculturalism, to those inciting hooligans…

I Stand with Roz Ward & Houria Bouteldja

Roz Ward, academic and co-founder of the Safe Schools Programme has been suspended from her post by La Trobe University. She called the Australian flag racist in a private Facebook post. Welcome to academia 2016. Of course, for many Muslim people accused of ‘terrorism’ for their…

On making refugees work for us

Two recent comments summarise the problem with responding to Australian Immigration Minister Peter Dutton’s base level Powellian dog-whistling racism with pictures of successful refugees. Somayra Ismailjee‘s Engaging with Dutton’s Rhetoric is a Slippery Slope. And this from Rise Refugee