Israel’s post-Gaza bombing assault on Black history and identities
To continue the marginalization of Black and, more recently, Muslim groups, you do not have to suddenly turn society upside down or challenge the dominant religious white or secular culture, or even, as in Nazi Germany, change citizenship and property ownership rules—in contrast to periodic historic assaults on certain white ethno-religious groups, who, by comparison, have sometimes enjoyed bourgeois, socioeconomic class power.
Stand in solidarity with Ken Loach
Ken Loach is one of Britain’s most revered and successful left filmmakers and he is currently being smeared by propagandists. If those who share Loach’s values fail to mobilize and stand in solidarity, then all of us should be fearful of potential similar persecution.
Popular narrative culture: the haunted mirror of capitalism’s failing social contract
In the post-Christmas edition of the United Kingdom’s daily socialist newspaper the Morning Star, the editorial commented on the holiday television broadcast of the 1983 film Educating Rita. In it, author Jim Leman pointed out that the 1980s story of a mature working-class hairdresser attempting to enter university, encouraged by a benign academic on tenure, could not happen today.
A racist endeavor: Zionist Israel’s Black Jewish victims of color
Even when reports of its racism escape this ideological censorship, examples of racism in Israel are treated as isolated incidents, rather than systemic characteristics of the entire racist regime.
The participation of UK corporate media in Black deaths
The focus of corporate media is to preserve the status quo and the careers of those at sites of power. This is in part why racist double standards are a constant feature of corporate media coverage. But why is it so important to limit the revelations that racism is systemic?