Chelsea FC owe Clatternburg an apology


If racism is to be taken serious when genuine mistakes around racial language are made - sometimes words get lost in translation- we must be quick to rectify them.

To call someone a monkey or describe them as one is without doubt a racial slur. Any attempt to disguise that fact, as some are now doing by claiming their reference to Black people as monkeys was a discussion about anthropology, is frankly risible.

The battle for Croydon North


Following the sad death of Malcolm Wicks MP, five candidates have spent every waking hour trying to convince an already cynical electorate that voting for them will change their fortunes. All of the five candidates, I have no doubt will not rest until forced to at midnight tonight. Then as morning breaks the voters will decide.

BBC Sports Personality of the Year


All twelve nominees gave us a summer to remember. Their performances, their demeanour, their smiles, wonderfully showcased multicultural Britain.

They all have heart-wrenching stories, some of them dealing with adversity of the cruellest kind. It is almost a shame that in a year when so many excelled, there can only be one winner.

Cllr Anna Rothery to speak at UN



We think that Councillor Anna Rothery will make history by becoming the first Councillor from Liverpool City Council to be a highlighted guest speaker at the United Nations, Forum on Minority Issues.

Councillor Rothery, a graduate of the OBV MP Shadowing Scheme, will deliver a speech to the Fifth Session of the Forum on Minority Issues, which is to be hosted by United Nations Human Rights Commission in Geneva on 27-28 November; will be attended by over 700 dignitaries from close to 200 countries, making it a truly global event.

Met Officer: Black people ‘Look like Monkeys’


Two Metropolitan Police officers are on trial for allegedly making racist comments about members of the public and fellow officers, hot on the heels from another infamous case of alleged racism in the Met.

Martin Soloman: The Gift of a Lifetime



Although many of us are aware of the health disparities which affect BME communities, it can at times feel that we may not have the knowledge, the resources or simply the time to make a difference. Well here is a chance to make a difference - a life saving difference and you only need 10 minutes.

20-year old Martin Solomon from Salford is battling Hodgkin's Lymphoma for the second time in his short life. He needs a lifesaving transplant.

Turbanology: Guide to Sikh Identity



Issues of mistaken identity have led to race hate crimes, such as the innocent shootings of Sikh worshippers in Wisconsin last August which left six people dead and three people critically injured.  

This important issue is at the centre of a new book entitled Turbanology:Guide to Sikh Identity.  The newly published book unravels the meaning of identity for Sikhs and chronicles the significance of their symbols of faith at a time when they have become misunderstood.

Croydon By-election: Can Jasper do the impossible?


With virtually no money and a small team of activists, Respect candidate Lee Jasper has gone from rank outsider to second favourite in a matter of weeks.

The Voice newspaper reported this week that Jaspers bid to become a south London MP moved up a notch yesterday (Nov 21) after bookies moved the Respect party candidate to second favourite behind Labour.

The by-election was called following the death of MP Malcolm Wicks earlier this year.

Nottingham Muslim family met with burning cross


In what must seem reminiscent to the feared Klu Klux Klan in the USA, a Muslim family were greeted at their new home in Nottinghamshire with a burning cross wrapped with ham.

The family, who do not want to be indentified, heard a knock on the door. The father answered only to find no one there but a burning cross which fell into the house.

Police are now investigating the incident which happened in Bingham, Nottinghamshire on Tuesday evening.

Europe – should we stay or should we go?


OBV Graduate Olivia Boland shares her views on Britain’s role in the European Union as she feels that some politicians have just got it wrong.

Staying in Europe or getting out is a mathematical question. I believe that it is financially illiterate for parties like UKIP and those on the right wing of the Conservative Party to talk about leaving Europe when more than 45% of our exports go to the free trade zone of Europe.

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