Racism

Identity politics are – by definition – racist

18 August 2018 9:00 am

To mark last weekend’s one-year anniversary of the violent right-wing demonstrations in Charlottesville, Virginia, a meagre two dozen card-carrying white…

Baseball is perfect. Don’t make it all about race.

11 August 2018 9:00 am

The press is saying baseball is racist. It isn’t

Video games like Fortnite are fun — so they must be bad

14 July 2018 9:00 am

It was only a matter of time. The headteacher of a primary school in Ilfracombe in Devon has banned ‘Flossing’,…

Benjamin Zephaniah once found the leg of a man in the back of a Ford Cortina

5 May 2018 9:00 am

‘For me rhyming was normal,’ said Benjamin Zephaniah, reading from his autobiography on Radio 4. Back in the 1960s, on…

Racism and the RSC: why I was a sitting duck for the arts mob

21 April 2018 9:00 am

Our ducks are back. Two wild mallard have spent the last five springs on the brook which gurgles past us…

Can you prove you’re not a racist?

31 March 2018 9:00 am

After an essay in this month’s Prospect about literature and freedom of speech, it seems I was cited on Twitter…

The head of Jeremy Bentham, who died in 1832

What can we learn from Jeremy Bentham’s pickled head?

18 November 2017 9:00 am

Under the central dome of UCL — an indoor crossroads where hordes of students come and go on their way…

Rarely has the West End seen such a draining and nasty experience: The Exorcist reviewed

11 November 2017 9:00 am

The Exorcist opened in 1973 accompanied by much hoo-ha in the press. Scenes of panic, nausea and fainting were recorded…

Goodbye London, Reykjavik here I come

4 November 2017 9:00 am

I have a message for the London mayor, Sadiq Khan: you and your policies stink! While the fuzz are busy…

Crying wolf on the far right in Europe

28 October 2017 9:00 am

This book is an exercise in crying wolf that utterly fails to prove its main thesis: that Europe is abandoning…

Richard Nixon in September 1968

Richard Nixon: the nightmare president of his age

14 October 2017 9:00 am

In this giant, prodigiously sourced and insightful biography, John A. Farrell shows how Richard Milhous Nixon was the nightmare of…

Good as it is, the material is highly perishable: Labour of Love reviewed

14 October 2017 9:00 am

  Labour of Love is the new play by James Graham, the poet laureate of politics. We’re in a derelict…

Everything on television is policed by politically correct dwarves

30 September 2017 9:00 am

My own fault, I suppose, for turning on the television. Not an action I undertake very regularly these days, because…

A terrifyingly brilliant drama from the golden age of American radio

30 September 2017 9:00 am

‘On air, I could be the most glamorous, gorgeous, tall, black-haired female… Whatever I wanted to be, I could be……

The conductor, a joke between friends and an orchestrated race storm

16 September 2017 9:00 am

A fascinating story has emerged from a north-western leftie quadrant of the United States: the sacking of British conductor Matthew…

Theresa May’s phoney race war is dangerous and divisive

16 September 2017 9:00 am

Her cynical attack on institutional racism is dangerous and divisive

I like Donald Trump — but don’t tell anyone

2 September 2017 9:00 am

I arrived for lunch a bit late and was led to the dining table. Our hostess disappeared back into the…

Letters: Why General Lee is much maligned

26 August 2017 9:00 am

In defence of General Lee Sir: In your leader ‘America’s identity crisis’ (19 August) you state that ‘When General Lee…

The women tackling racism head on

26 August 2017 9:00 am

These three timely works of creative nonfiction explore the question of race: chronicling histories of colonialism and migration; examining the…

Witty gun-slingers, exhibitionist aggro-mongering and a new low... Edinburgh Fringe roundup

26 August 2017 9:00 am

Truman Capote should have been called Truman Persons. His father, Archulus, abbreviated his first name and introduced himself as Arch…

Beyond the pale: China’s cheerful racists

19 August 2017 9:00 am

China’s casual racism is shocking

A vicious reaction to a very bad word

15 July 2017 9:00 am

Having a nigger in the woodpile and a skeleton in the closet are closely related problems, although subtly different. In…

In praise of the fuzz

15 July 2017 9:00 am

I was going through my paces in Hyde Park, sweating out the booze, raising the heartbeat with short wind sprints,…

The trouble with diversity training? It’s complete hokum

8 July 2017 9:00 am

Is diversity training snake oil? According to its proponents, women and minorities are not competing with white men on a…

Spare a thought for the boys in blue

24 June 2017 9:00 am

Described by the publisher as a ‘moving and personal account of what it is to be a police officer today’,…