We talked about the new Kanye album, the passing of John Witherspoon, riding the subway while black and more!
A fun discussion with the play cousins Joy and Jacque about British culture, attitudes to race and class and why the tabloids are so mean to Meghan Markle. I’m on about 40 minutes in.
We had a good discussion on WBLS 107.5’s open line 2nd hour about Trump, impeachment, Democratic talking points and much more.
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 […]
This is bad, bad, bad news for America. In addition to upholding this Muslim ban, this court has also a) upheld racial gerrymandering in Texas and North Carolina (where voting boundaries are re-drawn, effectively making votes of minority voters less important) and b) upheld voter purging in Ohio allowing them to remove the names of […]
It was with anticipation that I tuned in, along with 111.3 million other people, on Sunday night, to watch the Super Bowl. I don’t fully understand American football to be honest, but I’ve always enjoyed a good Super Bowl party. This game, however, wasn’t just your average Super Bowl. Not just because of the Patriots’ […]
Today marked an historic day, as the Supreme Court ruled that President Obama’s Affordable Care Act was indeed constitutional. My thoughts on it all to come later. For now, here are the remarks made by President Obama on the ruling. REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT ON THE SUPREME COURT RULING ON THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT East Room […]
I first saw Barack Obama speak in New York City in the summer of 2007. On that day, surprised by the multi-generational, multi-racial crowd, I realized that something very major was going to happen in the next (2008) election. 2008 came… I spent a lot of time writing and doing TV and radio […]
[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 […]
[Originally published in The Guardian] The Dalai Lama’s trip to DC has seen the US and China acting like a dysfunctional couple. They must find ways to co-operate The controversy surrounding the Dalai Lama’s visit to the White House to see President Obama has highlighted the confrontational politicking that can take place as powerful countries attempt to […]
[Originally published in The Guardian] Individually ridiculed as devoid of substance, together Sarah Palin and the Tea Party could be a powerful Republican force Sarah Palin may not know that Africa is a continent, but if there is knowledge that she is not lacking, it’s a canny ability to spot, and seize, any opportunity that will propel her […]
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 […]
By backing Glenn Beck’s wild rant that Barack Obama is racist, Rupert Murdoch is as incendiary as his Fox News pundits When watching the likes of Glenn Beck (or other pundits of his leanings) on Fox News, I’m not just alarmed by the man himself. It takes a big team of people to sustain a daily TV […]