Has Britain Achieved a Post-Racial Politics?

January 05, 2022

The most closely guarded secrets of the British government are currently being reviewed by Priti Patel, the home secretary, or minister of the interior, as she would be described in most countries. It is her duty to receive the reports of the secret services: MI5, MI6 and GCHQ. Patel has to take...

Will the Azeem Rafiq Case Purge Britain of Racism?

November 19, 2021

Britain is in purgatory. Its latest racial crisis is as grave, urgent and compelling as the upheaval that followed the urban riots of the 1980s and the soul-searching over the report on the murder of Stephen Lawrence in 1999. But the latest scandal that has engulfed one of Britain’s favorite...

German Pharmacies at the Heart of an Anti-Racism Debate

September 20, 2021

Friedberg is an inconspicuous town with roughly 30,000 inhabitants in a rural district in the middle of Germany. It lies at the hinge of the metropolitan region of Frankfurt/Rhein-Main, where the European Central Bank is headquartered. In recent years, this town where urban and rural life collides...

The A-Word in the Arab World

May 14, 2021

Facebook Throws a Fit, a Culture Fit

March 15, 2021

Sam Biddle of The Intercept recounts the story of a black woman who applied for a job at Facebook only to discover the nature of the cult-like empire Mark Zuckerberg has created. Her candidacy was rejected. Some surmise from this that Facebook’s policies are racist. That is certainly true, but...

The Complex Role of Racism Within the Radical Right

March 04, 2021

Several political parties and governments around the world have centered their commitment to countering the radical right on tackling hate and racism. The most recent example was the announcement by the German cabinet in late 2020 to spend €1 billion ($1.2 billion) for a four-year program on...

Why Do We Forgive Liam Neeson?

February 05, 2019

We simply don’t have enough time, energy or incentive to investigate the thoughts and behavior of people we admire. I’m not sure why I still remember this so clearly, but I do. In the late 1970s, while a student in Toronto, one of my professors, Gregory Baum, announced to a social theory...

Being Black in America

January 09, 2019

In this edition of The Interview, Fair Observer talks to Akil Houston, an associate professor of African-American studies at Ohio University. Anti-black racism in the United States continues to be a problem over half a century since the abolition of Jim Crow laws. These laws enforced segregation...

Baseball Commentator’s Words Put Racism in the Spotlight

October 25, 2018

When a culture focuses on slips of the tongue, it invites everyday racism to play out with total impunity. Commercial sports media have long sought to be a model for tolerance and racial justice. Whenever a commentator says something that could be perceived as politically incorrect, humiliation...

Singapore’s Road to Multiculturalism

September 27, 2016

What lessons can multicultural Singapore offer America in light of the latter’s ongoing racial and religious tensions? Raw feelings over race and religion dominate the American political season. The talk is of walls and deportations to keep some out, "extreme vetting" for immigrants of a...

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