Stuart Lawrence speaks out


As a young Black man, being stopped and searched by the police is seen by many, as just part of growing up. You just accept it. But should we really be accepting this?

Stuart Lawrence, the young brother of murdered Stephen Lawrence has had enough. He told the Daily Mail that he has been stopped and search up to 25 times “for no apparent reason and without any justification”. He believes the police are targeting him simply because of his skin colour, and because of this he has lodged an official complaint.

Open letter to Rt Michael Gove MP



Dear Rt Michael Gove MP

Remember that glorious summer evening when Jessica Ennis, Mo Farah and Greg Rutherford all won Olympic gold medals? It encapsulated multicultural Britain at its very best.

Given the nations collective celebration which included who we are and what we achieved, it is deeply disappointing that you as the Secretary State for Education, is considering removing two Black great Britons - Mary Seacole and Olaudah Equiano - from the schools curriculum.

Black mental health: a public debate


A Parliamentary debate will occur this Thursday to spotlight the unequal treatment of black patients who use mental health services

The public safety implications of the ongoing failings of mental health services in the treatment and care of people from the UK’s African Caribbean communities will be among the issues discussed at a parliamentary debate on disability and BME communities at 11.45am, House of Lords, on Thursday 10th January 2013.

EDL Stephen Lennon: ‘illegal immigrant’


The head of the EDL Stephen Lennon was jailed for 10 months after he used a false identity to enter the USA. As such he become an ‘Illegal immigrant in the USA’. Lennon pleaded guilty to using a friend's passport to board a Virgin Atlantic flight from London to New York. He was caught out after his fingerprints were taken by custom officials.

Gove also wants to dump Equiano


Not satisfied with consigning Mary Seacole to the historical scrap heap, the Secretary of State for Education Michael Gove, also has the same fate for another great Black Briton, Olaudah Equiano.

FIFA’s Sepp Blatter must go


Head, and President of world footballing body FIFA ,Sepp Blatter has once again demonstrated why he should step down from his post.

Responding to the walking off the field by the Milan team which responded to the racism shown to Kevin Prince Boateng during a friendly against Pro Patria, Blatter accuses Boateng of ‘running away’.

Finally Players walk off because of racial abuse


AC Milan captain Massimo Ambrosini led his team’s retreat, 26 minutes into a friendly match with Pro Patria, after Pro Patria fans hurled racial abuse at Ghanaian-born Kevin-Prince Boateng. Boateng reacted to the onslaught by picking up the ball and kicking it into the crowd, he then tore off his shirt and walked off the pitch.

Daily Mail: Headlines fuel xenophobia


Introduction: In his first article for OBV Usman Butt takes a look at the Daily Mail headlines and deconstructs how it is trying to manipulate the reader which ultimately causes arm to all of us. Usman’s argument is very compelling, and forces us to be on our guard.

Simon Woolley

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