Race and Politics

#GE2019: Anti-Semitism and the Erasure of Minority Voices

The General Election is this week.  Despite the fact that there are plenty of candidates standing for other parties, the reality facing us is that the real competition is between Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party and the Conservatives, ‘led’ by Boris Johnson.  This has been, in my opinion, one of the nastiest election campaigns in recent […]

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Race

Giving Blood: Why More Black People Ought to Do It

A few months ago, I received a letter from the NHS informing me that I have the sickle cell trait. For those of you who are unfamiliar, sickle cell disease is a group of red blood cell disorders.  Red blood cells contain haemoglobin, which carries oxygen around the body, and people who suffer from sickle cell […]

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The Personal

Self-Doubt and the Importance of Remembering Your ‘Why’

WARNING: There’s going to be a lot of omphaloskepsis in this post. If you think you’re going to struggle with that, I suggest you look away now. For those of you who are staying with me, I also want to say I am no self-help guru or life expert. But life in recent months has […]

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Race and Politics

National Windrush Day has passed. Where do we go from here?

  Saturday 22 June saw the arrival of the UK’s first official Windrush Day, a day commemorating the arrival of British citizens from the Caribbean on the Empire Windrush in 1948, and celebrating the immense contribution the Windrush generation has made to British society and economy for the last 70+ years.  Windrush Day also brought […]

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Race and Politics

The Windrush Scandal Isn’t Over: CALL TO ACTION

  Last year, the news of the Windrush scandal shot into mainstream political discourse and, rightfully, became a subject of national outrage.  Members of the Windrush generation – Caribbean people and their children who were invited here as British citizens to help rebuild Britain and fill labour shortages after World War II – suddenly found themselves […]

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The Personal

Rules of Engagement: Why We Need to Be Respectful of Minorities’ Time and Space

  I had (what I’m now going to call) a rather insightful week last week, and I learned some valuable lessons.  Lessons that I think life has been trying to teach me for some time now that I haven’t really been listening to, thinking that things are and will be fine and I can just […]

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Race
Race and Gender

#SurvivingAbuse: Three Reasons Black People Need to Stop Caping for Sexual Abusers

  TW/CN: This post discusses sexual abuse. 2018 was hailed as the ‘Year of the Woman’, and there was much celebration of women’s achievements across the world.  Notably 2018 saw the rise of women visibly speaking out about the injustices and evils they have and continue to face – particularly sexual abuse.  The #MeToo movement, […]

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Race

Why Telling Black People They Are Aggressive IS Aggressive In Itself

  Pretty much every Black person I know – myself included – can tell you of a time when they have been branded ‘aggressive’ or ‘intimidating’ by a white person. Get angry at someone who has done something wrong to you? Aggressive. Walking around in a group with your friends? Intimidating. Challenging any form of […]

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Purple Book Club

Purple Book Club: Our First Book!

Thank you for joining Purple Book Club! Ready for our first read? Drumroll please…. Sooooo…in celebration of the launch of the blog and book club, I thought it apt that our first read should be the novel from whence the site takes its title. The Color Purple by Alice Walker Studying this novel for A […]

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Uncategorized

Why ‘Purple Hued Views?’

  When I first floated the idea of this blog to friends and family, the first question I was asked was “Why Purple Hued Views?” I had to explain each and every time, and I figured it would stand to reason that everyone else reading this blog would ask the same question, so this is […]

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