Serbia’s racism punishment: A joke!


UEFA have sent a clear message to Europe’s footballing nations about how it regards rampant, rabid racism: It doesn’t give a damn.

Yesterday Europe’s governing body penalised the Serbian FA with a paltry fine of 65k Euros. The only way you can effectively put this into perspective is when you judge how one individual, Danish international star Nicklas Bendtner, was punished for contravening UEFA rules.

Racism: Football lacks morality and leadership


In one of the most damning indictments on top flight English football, Lord Herman Ouseley has slammed the games authorities and many top flight clubs. Ouseley’s courageousness in boldly speaking out has sent shock waves across the multi-billion pound sport.

In particular, he argues that the Football Association, the Premier League, Chelsea and Liverpool, lacked ‘morality’ and leadership’ over their handling of the racial abuse incidents by the then England captain John Terry and Luis Suarez.

James Meredith: Long Walk Into History


James Meredith is a name whom many in the UK may not immediately recognise, but whose actions were globally significant.

In 1962, James Meredith became the first black student to be admitted to the segregated University of Mississippi. His admittance exposed the fault lines of race and power in the USA.

Those who would cancel a promise to black America


Introduction by Simon Woolley: Today Gary Younge writes in the Guardian in anticipation of the Supreme Court ruling that may down grade affirmative action in regards to university education. It is a brilliant article, one that sites those Black critics of affirmative action or positive discrimination such as Condoleezza Rice, and those who would pretend that because of President Barack Obama we now live in post racial world.

The Voice: Football against racism campaign


Get the nation's leading Black newspaper - The Voice - past the significant 500 barrier for its campaign to once and for all effectively deal with racism in Sport.

As we’ve seen at the weekend with the Rio Ferdinand incident in which he could have easily lost his eye, racial abuse and attacks blight the game of football at every level.

The Voice campaign is urging authorities both on and off the field to take urgent action and deal effectively with the disease of racism that shows no sign of abating.

Ugandan Asians in Britain


Shailesh Vara MP last week paid tribute to the Ugandan Asians who settled in Britain some 40 years ago.

It was in 1972 that President Idi Amin of Uganda launched a crackdown against 57,000 Ugandan Asians who held British passports, giving them 90 days to leave the country before being thrown into concentration camps.

The then Conservative Prime Minister Edward Heath’s government took the courageous decision to welcome 28,000 refugees to the UK.

In a speech at the House of Commons Vara stated:

BME women unemployment stagnates for 30 years



A damning report has been published today in which MPs and Peers argue that unemployment levels of ethnic minority women are too high and need to be tackled.

The All Party Parliamentary Group on Race and Community, chaired by David Lammy MP, uncovered racial discrimination and other barriers to employment.

Eliminating UK caste discrimination



Last week, equality campaigners led by the Anti Caste Discrimination Alliance (ACDA) met in the House of Lords to call on the Government to answer their calls for protection from caste discrimination under British law. Many may think that this is an issue that is only practised in South Asian countries, but this is not so. Over the last 60 years, the immigration of people from the Indian subcontinent has meant that these communities have settled here and brought with them their own social habits, norms and religious customs including the caste system.

Hip Hop is not all bad



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