Tag: racism

Last Talk: Good and Bad Diversity

I recently gave a talk on Good and Bad Diversity: The Crisis of Multiculturalism as a Crisis of Politics at the Reconfiguring Antiracism Conference, held at Deakin University, Melbourne (9-10 December 2013). This paper emerges from The Crises of Multiculturalism, the book I co-wrote with Gavan…

Why Scott Morrison is wrong on immigration

Published on Guardian Australia on 19 July, 2013, my reaction to Australian opposition leader Scott Morrison’s speech on integration. Meanwhile, the governing Labour Party has hit asylum seekers hard by effectively making it impossible to seek refuge in Australia for those arriving by boat and resettling…

How the Riots Are Being Made About Race

More than a week has now passed since areas of London, beginning with Tottenham, erupted in rioting and looting spreading to Birmingham and Manchester. Not much else is being discussed in the UK these days be it in the mainstream or through social media and the…

What Happens to Antiracism when we are Post-Race?

I have a new article our in Feminist Legal Studies, part of a Special Issue on ‘Queer Liabilities of Critique’ edited by Stacy Douglas, Suhraiya Jivraj and Sarah Lamble. You can read my article, ‘What Happens to Antiracism when we are Post-Race?’ on Scribd. Comments welcome…

I don’t even know where to begin

This has been a week rich in racist pickings, if ever there was one that was not. First we had IMF chief, French Socialist Dominique Strauss Kahn’s arrest for allegedly raping a Guinean hotel worker in his $3,000 a night hotel room in New York. DSK’s…

If this is ‘freedom of speech’…

The London School of Economics has seen it fit to invite Thilo Sarrazin to a debate tomorrow as part of this year’s ‘German Symposium’. Sarrazin recently made waves with his book, ‘Deutschland schafft sich ab’ (‘Germany does away with itself’), a rant on how Germany is…

Zombies, again

This piece, co-written with Gavan Titley, was published on the Muslim Council of Britain’s website in response to Prospect Magazine’s ‘Rethinking Race’ feature, edited by Munira Mirza. As reluctant connoisseurs of multicultural clichés, we were somewhat disappointed that Munira Mirza’s essay forgot to report how Birmingham…

Griffin was right about one thing

Nick Griffin was right about one thing: Churchill would have felt at home in the BNP. The appearance of Nick Griffin, leader of the British Nartional Party, on BBC Question Time on October 22, 2009 has led to massive debate across the UK. Those in favour…

The Demographic Winter

Proponents of the notion that European populations are falling in to decline because of the increased birth rate among the ‘wrong type’ of people are gaining influence. There is a close link to be observed between these types of arguments and those of populist writers such…