Racism

I hate to admit it, but Spike Lee is right about the Oscars and racism

23 January 2016 9:00 am

In 2017 it will be exactly 50 years since a dapper Sidney Poitier announced to Rod Steiger, in the excellent…

Is there a difference between being prejudiced and being a connoisseur of prejudice?

23 January 2016 9:00 am

Paul Minx ventures boldly into Tennessee Williams country with The Long Road South. It’s 1965 and the Price family are…

‘I’m a racist. My sister’s a racist. We’re all racists here’

14 November 2015 9:00 am

My sister has a new man in her life: Henry, 60. He lives in a gay hotel. Or rather, it…

I went to Pedro’s Tex Mex Cantina to claim my racist sombrero

17 October 2015 9:00 am

Pedro’s Tex-Mex Cantina is a fantastical shack near a ring road in Norwich. It was recently asked to stop handing…

What the Great British Bake Off really says about Britain

17 October 2015 8:00 am

There was an interesting news item on the television the other day. A transgendered chap was hoping to become the…

Turning back refugee boats saves lives - as Australia found out

12 September 2015 9:00 am

Turning back boats saves lives

Serena Williams is an all-time great – but is it wrong not to declare her the greatest?

12 September 2015 9:00 am

Serena Williams, according to some commentators the greatest woman who has ever graced this earth of ours, will complete the…

Think ‘migrant’ is an insult? ‘Refugee’ can be too

5 September 2015 9:00 am

Al Jazeera, the Qatari broadcaster, is going to use refugee instead of migrant in its English output. ‘The umbrella term…

How to help black boys afraid of ‘acting white’

22 August 2015 9:00 am

Black British boys are being held back by fear of betraying their background. Immigrant children know how to deal with that

The wonders of the Muslim world that my children will never get to see

1 August 2015 9:00 am

I celebrated Eid in a sandy bay in Sri Lanka, watching from the warm, shallow sea as gaggles of local…

Barometer: Where could Lewis Hamilton go and not wear a tie?

18 July 2015 9:00 am

Ties that bind Lewis Hamilton was ejected from the royal box at Wimbledon for not wearing a tie. Some places…

Atticus Finch (played by Gregory Peck) with his children Scout and Jem in the 1962 film version of To Kill a Mockingbird.

Go Set a Watchman should never have been hyped as a ‘landmark new novel’, says Philip Hensher

18 July 2015 9:00 am

Philip Hensher on the tangled history of To Kill a Mockingbird’s much-anticipated ‘sequel’

The Proms is taxpayers’ money well spent: it’s a national asset like fish and chips and the royal baby

18 July 2015 9:00 am

Make no mistake: the Proms, whose 2015 season was launched last night, would not, could not, exist without the BBC,…

Roger Mosey and the questions you don’t ask at the BBC

27 June 2015 9:00 am

There was a remarkable scene in one BBC Today programme morning meeting in about 1995, as all the producers gathered…

The subject of immigration has become a means of entrapment

20 June 2015 9:00 am

When I founded the American Conservative 13 years ago — the purpose being to shine a light on the neocon…

Eritrean migrants face many dangers. Are we one of them?

6 June 2015 9:00 am

A few weeks ago someone very dear to me passed on a question about The Spectator, asked them by a…

An innocent abroad defies South Africa’s insane colour code

16 May 2015 9:00 am

At the eye of apartheid South Africa’s storm of insanities was a mania for categorisation. Everything belonged in its place,…

Racism, paedophilia and an inverted Snow White

2 May 2015 9:00 am

God Help the Child, Toni Morrison’s 11th novel, hearkens back to two of her earliest. Like The Bluest Eye, it…

'The truth is hard': an interview with Roger Scruton

4 April 2015 9:00 am

Roger Scruton on why we’re losing the battle for western civilisation

I have absolutely no sympathy for liberals who find themselves being called 'right-wing'

21 March 2015 9:00 am

This week I would like you to share the deep pain of a liberal who has been called ‘right-wing’. This…

Raised by Wolves review: council-estate life but not as you know it

21 March 2015 9:00 am

Journalist, novelist, broadcaster and figurehead of British feminism Caitlin Moran, who writes most of the Times and even had her…

The delicious cant of the Guardian is such a treat on a Saturday morning

14 February 2015 9:00 am

One of the highlights of my week comes on a Saturday morning, when I make myself a cup of fair-trade…

An A-to-Z guide to the new PC

7 February 2015 9:00 am

Anyone who thought political correctness had croaked, joining neon leg warmers, mullets and MC Hammer in the graveyard of bad…

King maker: David Oyelowo in ‘Selma’, the best performance of the year not nominated for an Oscar

Selma review: rich, nuanced, heartbreaking

7 February 2015 9:00 am

Selma, the civil rights film that stars David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King, undoubtedly contains the best and most powerful…

What Benedict Cumberbatch didn’t understand about ‘coloured’

31 January 2015 9:00 am

Benedict Cumberbatch apologised at length: ‘devastated’, ‘shaming’, ‘offended’, ‘inappropriate’. What had he done? Been caught in a compromising situation or…