Why I’m grateful for black people talking to me about race


I've just finished reading Reni Eddo-Logde's Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race.* As a result I feel I need to update some of what I've recently written. Eddo-Lodge does an excellent job of articulating how 'whiteness' can - possibly should - be viewed as an ideological structure similar to patriarchy. She argues that being white conveys all sorts of advantages, some subtle, some obvious while not being white results in equal and opposite disadvantages, and, because being white comes along with all this good stuff, white people, wittingly or otherwise, have a vested interest in maintaining the status quo. [...]

Why I’m grateful for black people talking to me about race 2017-09-05T17:05:17+00:00

On being called a racist


At the time of writing, there's a group of people on Twitter calling me a racist for writing this blog post. This feels pretty awful. The violence of such a term is hard to quantify, but it's left me feeling shaky and anxious. Some of the comments are so hateful that reading them feels a bit like being beaten up in my own home. Trying to prove a negative is difficult and simply saying, "I'm not a racist," hasn't had much traction. So, for clarity, what follows is an attempt to set the record straight. Here are three things I believe [...]

On being called a racist 2017-08-21T21:35:51+00:00

Differences and similarities  


To deny that people differ from each other is patently ridiculous. We are all unique and our uniqueness is endlessly fascinating. Our physical differences are readily apparent; some of us are taller, heavier, stronger, paler, hairier and more appealing to look upon than others. No one denies these differences; to do so would be to deny the evidence of our own eyes. We also know that people’s personality and character vary enormously – some people we are drawn to, others we instinctively dislike. We know too that not everyone has the same intellectual capability. Schools divide children into ability groups and [...]

Differences and similarities   2017-08-21T21:47:56+00:00