Black Lives Matter
Its effect is to stall conversations about anti-Black racism and instead either pretend that all lives do matter, or talk about everybody’s lives all at once—whether or not particular groups are...
Astronomers unknowingly dedicated moon craters to Nazis. Will the next historical reckoning be at cosmic level?
Philip Ball / June 26, 2020
Science is slowly facing up to its own problems with monuments to its historical figures, even when they are not on earth
Editing the past to tell some stories while silencing others is exactly what public commemorations do—even in the 19th century, the campaign to commission the Colston statue was met with a distinct...
Will Tanner / June 17, 2020
There is no historical figure whose arguments are better suited to our times
Slavery is celebrated on our plinths. Our PM talks of "thuggery." Black Lives Matter is a UK issue, too
Zainab Asunramu / June 11, 2020
Priti Patel’s assertion that “police brutality in the United States is no excuse for the violence against our brave police officers at home” is laughable considering police brutality against...
There is a long history of African-American struggles inspiring black Britons but this moment feels new
The drive to make our public spaces more diverse is clearly worthy of support. But aspects of the latest saga leave me uneasy
Is there finally consciousness that law enforcement officers too often serve white privilege, not justice?
Aida Amoako / November 28, 2018
The music critic Hanif Abdurraqib loves Bruce Springsteen—but is troubled by his singular vision
Chris Tilbury / September 15, 2016
Another Day in the Death of America by Gary Younge (Guardian/Faber, £16.99) On 23rd November 2013, 10 children were fatally shot dead across America. Shockingly, that figure was only slightly...
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