Mayor's Black mentoring scheme questioned


Last year summer I reluctantly attended a public meeting held in City Hall by Mayor of London Boris Johnson and his team. The meeting was meant (or so I was told) as an information/consultation meeting to gauge the Black community’s feelings towards the Mayor’s proposed mentoring program. The programs remit was clear; 1000 Black men to mentor 1000 Black boys. Seven London boroughs were chosen by virtue of their Black crime statistics.

Can we end racism in a generation?


UK race equality think tank The Runnymede Trust is currently in the midst of an innovative new project looking at how we can end racism in a generation.

Called Generation 3.0 the project partially focuses on young people three generations on from the post-war migration of the 1940s and 50s, as well as on creating spaces for older and younger people to come together to share their experiences and views on how to end racism.

OBV Black History Month competition winner


OBV would like to congratulate Maurice Price who was the winner of our Black History Month book competition.

Mr Price wins a signed copy of Remi Kapo's Reap the Forgotten Harvest, labelled as one of the greatest novels of slavery which covered all aspects of life on a slave ship.

Mr Price gave the correct answer to the first question of what is an Astrolabe, which is a navigation instrument to work out the position of a ship at sea. He also gave his hero from the slave trade period, writing about John Newton, the writer of Amazing Grace.

David Goodhart: More dangerous than Nick Griffin?


Founder of Prospect Magazine criticised.

Whether you are Black or White most people know what the BNP Leader Nick Griffin stands for. The fascist boot boys that follow him around, along with his own putrid rhetoric, ‘ Sink those ships full of Africans that try to come to Europe’, ensures that Griffin is about as transparent and as honest, in his rabid racism as he could possibly be.

Ahmed Sule : The prevalence of racism


Very often, racially inflammatory comments are made in the British press against the Black community. Despite the outrage that often occurs after these comments are made, these racially offensive comments still persist. The prevalence of these attacks in the British media are starkly illustrated in two famous race rows; David Starkey's comment on 'the Whites are becoming Blacks' and Shilpa Shetty's race row in Celebrity Big Brother.

Occupy London protests


For over two weeks, protestors have set up camp outside St Paul's Cathedral, London as part of the "Occupy London" movement. London is just one of a number of cities around the world to be "occupied" with similar protests taking place across 951 cities in 82 countries.

The movement emphasises the flaws of capitalism and a turn towards global democracy. The protesters also support ending corporate greed, respecting the earth, and moving towards socialism, which they believe will give everyone a better future and life.

Let's not talk about race!


According to the New York Times, the USA economic crisis is also a 'racial crisis'. We could go one step further and equally say this global economic crisis is becoming a chronic racial crisis too.

Why? Because the same dynamics that are occurring in the USA: African Americans and Latinos being hit disproportionately hardy than white Americans, is very much the same here in the UK, and one suspects across wider Europe too. The data is compelling: in the USA unemployment rates in July were 8.2 %for whites, 16.8 % and 11.3 % for Latinos.

Racist Halloween Costumes?


American OBV interns Oksana Trofimenko and Danny Mucinskas examine how one organisation in America has started a protest against "racist" Halloween costumes.

A student organisation at Ohio University is challenging some Halloween costumes as racist. Students Teaching Against Racism in Society (STARS) have initiated a poster campaign targeting racist costumes. The posters depict five minority students holding photographs of costumes related to their respected races, with the slogan “This is not who I am, and this is not okay.”

United Friends and Family Deaths in Custody march attacked by police


For 13 years the families of those who have tragically suffered the death of a loved one in custody have gathered together to make their annual sojourn from Trafalgar Square to 10 Downing Street. Dressed in black, they make their march silently with no placards or chanting as they hand in their letter on behalf of the families requesting that the Prime Minister hear their cries for justice. They have done so without incident or arrest during that time.

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