Andrew Mitchell MP: ‘Welcome to our World’


An open letter

Dear Mr Mitchell

One negative altercation in which one officer is alleged to have fabricated evidence. One! And your ‘life long support and confidence’ in the whole of Her Majesty’s Police force, has been ‘shaken’.

Imagine Mr Mitchell being strangled, called, a N…r, arrested, thrown into cell. Then, having miraculously been able to record irrefutable evidence that you were racially abused, watch that officer walk free from a court of law, twice?

Adoption: Race matters


A Lords Committee has issued a report on the issue of adoption and has rejected Michael Gove the Secretary of State for Education’s argument that race doesn’t matter.

The cross party committee led by Baroness Butler-Sloss, said:

We do not agree with the Government’s proposal to remove the requirement to consider ethnicity when matching children with families.’

Sam Gyimah: The PM’s right hand man



Next time you watch Prime Minister’s Questions - every midday on Wednesdays - have a look at the man behind the PM passing him notes and other relevant files. That man will be Sam Gyimah MP and Private Personal Secretary to the nation's Prime Minister.   Gyimah’s role is to ensure that the PM has every base covered.  Whether it’s a Cabinet meeting with a historic visit by the Queen, or negotiating with other Heads of State around EU treaties. Sam’s your man.

The immigration debate but no Black voices


The new population census has once again put the debate about immigration firmly on the political map. Many politicians, newspaper editors, and often salivating columnists jump up to give an often deeply negative view in the issue.

And although the conversation about immigration is often a complex picture, it is usually presented in a very simplistic way, one in which evokes both fear and loathing in equal measure.

Here are a number of the headlines from the last few weeks:

Sanchia Alasia - The fight against the far right


OBV graduate Councillor Sanchia Alasia, successfully won her council seat from the BNP’s London regional coordinator Robert Bailey in 2010 to become the youngest woman on the Barking and Dagenham council. Alasia talks about her journey into politics and the continual fight against the far right in the UK and Europe.

Cliff Johnrose: My day with Operation Black Vote


Allow me to start with a brief history on how and why I got to spend a day in OBV with Simon Woolley, Director of Operation Black Vote, and his colleagues.

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.

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