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Not Racism™, the Voice Referendum and white progressive anxiety

The lead-up to the referendum on the Indigenous Voice to parliament is replete with text-book case after text-book case of what I have called ‘Not Racism™’. Not Racism is something anyone who has faced racism knows about. In an article I published in 2017 on the subject, the title the editors…

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Inside the Black Box of White Backlash: Letters of Support to Enoch Powell

Olivier Esteves, the author of the recently published Inside the Black Box of White Backlash: Letters of Support to Enoch Powell asked me to contribute a preface to the book. Looking at letters written to Enoch Powell, the grand majority of which supported his opposition to immigrants is instructive from…

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Courageous Conversations

I was honoured to be invited to participate in the Courageous Conversations series of talks organised by Professor Malinda Smith. The talk addressed the argument in the second chapter of my book on how those who set themselves up as ‘contarian academics’ make the definition of racism the linchpin of…

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The weaponized anxieties of the racially illiterate

I was invited by Max Haiven to speak to him and Aris Komporozos-Athanasiou on the podcast they host, The Order of Unmanageable Risks, an occasional research podcast about the crisis of anxiety in our society today and its links to the system of capitalism presented by the Common Anxieties Research Project. The focus of the…

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Coronavirus is the ultimate demonstration of the real-world impact of racism

I have published an article in The Guardian in which I discuss the ways in which the media’s treatment of racism as a topic for debate has allowed eugenics in through the back door as just another talking point on the ‘marketplace of ideas’. Unfortunately, the article contains a mistake.…

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The Dangers of Refusing to See Race: ‘Not Racism’ in the times of Covid-19

In this video, I discuss how decades of refusing to have a serious public discussion about race, grounded in the lived-experience of people targeted by the operations of racial rule, and instead turning racism into a matter of debate, has dangerous implications for racism in the times of the Coronavirus…

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‘I’m Not Racist, but …’: How Denying Racism Reproduces Its Violence

I was invited to write an article for the ABC Religion and Ethics website. On 12 August 2017, a white supremacist rally at the University of Virginia at Charlottesville resulted in the death of Heather Heyer and nineteen injuries, as “white nationalist” James Alex Fields, Jr. ploughed his car into counter-demonstrators.…

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