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How and why Trump uses racism as a political tool – and why he will become even more aggressively racist in the run-up to 2020

In November 2016 –  shortly after Donald Trump was elected nearly three years ago – I wrote the following article for The New Statesman about his use of racism as a political strategy in order to appeal to the grievances of white Americans who feel that their sense of identity is under threat. As I […]

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Happy MLK Day

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Why are racists like this given a platform in major publications?

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An end to racism!

The wonderful instagram community @disruptivewoman – which features dynamic, pioneering women – was kind enough to feature me as one of their interviewees. The question they asked was “what problem in the world do you want to solve?”. What a great question! I had a lot to say on that one. See my answer is below: […]

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Mandela Day 2018

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Meghan Markle & the Diversification of the Royal Family

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Breitbart Writer Laments My Discussion with Joy-Ann Reid on MSNBC

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Trump’s “shithole” comments about Africa, Haiti and El Salvador reveal the deep-rooted racism at the heart of Trumpism

Every time Donald Trump makes a comment about a non-white country, or a non-white person, it becomes increasingly obvious that his America-First agenda is a zero-sum game whose aim is to elevate all things white while denigrating anything and anybody else. In Trump’s world, everything related to whiteness and white people (neo-Nazis included) is right […]

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How Alice Neel’s Sharp, Compassionate Eye Painted Harlem

[Originally published in The Atlantic] The artist’s portraits of neighbors, icons, and strangers show a keen and democratic attention to detail. A detail from “Mercedes Arroyo,” 1952DAVID ZWIRNER GALLERY When, in 1938, Alice Neel decided to relocate from Greenwich Village to Spanish Harlem with José Negrón, a musician and her then-boyfriend, she was making a […]

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Lola on Sky News: Will The #CrimingWhileWhite Hashtag Make A Difference? [video]

After a spate of black people being killed by white police officers, America is taking a closer look at discrimination. But will the “Criming While White” hashtag make any difference?     

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Lola in The New Statesman: As a white student sues a university for alleged racial discrimination, is this the end of affirmative action?

An educational system that has historically been set up to reinforce inequalities will take a lot of work to dismantle, says Lola Adesioye. In 2008, high school graduate Abigail Fisher of Sugar Land, Texas, was disappointed to find that her application to the University of Texas at Austin, a leading public college, had been rejected. […]

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Lola in The Guardian: Shirley Sherrod’s case exposes ugly media flaws

[Originally published in The Guardian] The hasty sacking of Shirley Sherrod shows how easily we are manipulated by ‘journalism’ based on inaccuracies When Shirley Sherrod spoke at an NAACP event and shared a 24-year-old story of overcoming her prejudices, little did she realise the same speech would come back to in a new, highly edited form, putting […]

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Lola in The Guardian: After Oscar Grant, just take guns away from US police officers

[Originally published in The Guardian]  A passerby walks by a mural of Oscar Grant in downtown Oakland, California. Photograph: Susana Bates/EPA Friday 9 July 2010 11.35 EDTFirst published on Friday 9 July 2010 11.35 EDT View more sharing options Shares 20 Comments 245 People in America always ask me what police officers do in the UK without guns. They […]

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Lola in The Guardian: Lena Horne, a true breakthrough act

With the passing of singer, actor and entertainer Lena Horne in New York yesterday at the age of 92, we remember yet another person – an African-American woman – whose life and work paved the way for America to be what it is today. It was the perseverance and passion of people like Lena Horne that helped […]

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Leave confederate history in the past

[Originally published in The Guardian] Virginia governor Bob McDonnell wants to celebrate confederate history – but it is inextricably linked to slavery There’s no shortage of events to create uproar in America. A couple of weeks ago it was caused by members of the Tea Party who seemed to forget that this is 2010, not […]

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King’s dream meets Obama’s reality

One year in office for a black president was never going to be long enough to cool America’s heated battles over race  Martin Luther King at the Lincoln Memorial in 1968. Barack Obama used the day before his inauguration to honour King. Photograph: Francis Miller/Getty The past year has provided the world with the opportunity […]

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Lola on MSNBC: Should the New York Times have a gift guide for people of colour?

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Lola in The Economist: The NAACP at 100: Much still to do

[Originally published in The Economist] But America’s oldest civil-rights outfit is redefining its role DURING the summer of 1908, riots raged through Abraham Lincoln’s hometown of Springfield, Illinois. The quiet removal of two black men who had been held in prison as suspects in two separate attacks on white people enraged the white community. They […]