Hindu groups protest release of film depicting Hindu-Muslim romance


The Indian government has been asked to delay the release of Padmayati, a film depicting a mythological 16th century queen, following protests, assaults on the director and the set, and threats to mutilate the lead actress’s face. Civil unrest has culminated to the point where riot police may be stationed outside Indian cinemas for the release of the movie, but Uttar Pradesh officials have reported that this will prove difficult due to elections and a Muslim holiday on the same date requiring police personnel.

Labour must show they understand racial nuances


The controversy surrounding Labour MP Emma Dent Coad appears to have split opinion along party lines.

Her defenders, including the Corbyn loyalists Skwawkbox, claim the MP’s old blog was merely quoting a constituent who told her that black Conservative Shaun Bailey was a “token ghetto boy” and “ghetto man”.

Her detractors, not least black Tory MPs Kemi Badenoch and James Cleverly, accuse the Kensington MP of racially-charged language.

How Russian "troll factories" have been using social media to infiltrate Western politics


Many may recall the viral photo of a Muslim woman on Westminster Bridge following the March attacks circulating twitter earlier this year. The account that shared the hijab-wearing woman, @Southlonestar, posted a picture of the woman on her phone, supposedly callous and indifferent as she passed by a victim being treated on the bridge. The caption read “Muslim woman pays no mind to the terror attack, casually walks by a dying man while checking phone #PrayForLondon #Westminster #BanIslam.”

The whiteness of Remembrance Day


Islamophobia is more than hate crime


The hallmark of a free society is the freedom to criticise ideas, but the marker of an unjust one is a society that discriminates against people based on their background. And so it is with Islamophobia, or anti-Muslim racism.

Lupita Nyong'o calls out Grazia magazine for racist editing


Earlier this week, Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o spoke out against a photographer airbrushing over her natural hair in the November edition of Grazia magazine. The young actress took to social media to accuse the publication of editing her hair to “fit a more Eurocentric notion of what beautiful hair looks like”.

Charlotte, N.C. elects Vi Lyles as its first African-American mayor


On Tuesday, the United States ushered in several firsts with the results of their local elections. One of these firsts is North Carolina’s Vi Lyles – Charlotte’s first African American mayor, according to the Charlotte Observer. Democrat Lyles, in a state that has historically voted Republican, won with 58 percent of the votes and defeated her Republican opponent, Kenny Smith.

Living With the Gods: Storytelling through artefacts with Neil MacGregor


BBC Radio 4 has begun airing Living With the Gods this month, an exploration of community and religion as they have influenced society from the Ice Age to present day. The thirty part series, hosted by Neil MacGregor – retired director of the British Museum, art historian, and impassioned Christian – is complemented by a related exhibition of religious objects that has been on display at the British Museum from 2 November.

Muslim teacher sacked for safeguarding students welfare


Surayah Bi, a Muslim teaching assistant, has won an unfair dismissal case after being sacked from the Heartlands Academy in Birmingham in 2015 for arguing that a teacher should not be showing graphic footage from the 9/11 attacks in the classroom.

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