How do we tackle racism?

During my year abroad, I took a class called Discrimination Law and Diversity in which I had my first black teacher. In this class we tackled the question of how to effectively deal with the race problem in America, which can also apply to the UK. The first thing we discussed was the difference between…

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Don’t tell me to open up

Naturally I am someone who is quite closed off, mainly because I don’t feel the need to be telling everyone my business. I like knowing that I have control over what people know about me and that not everyone has had the luxury of knowing a lot about me. I also think I am a…

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Meghan’s farewell wardrobe

A few months ago, Meghan Markle and her husband Harry announced that they would be stepping back from their royal duties. This caused a lot of controversy among the British public, with many people acting as if they would be personally affected. Nevertheless, on Monday, they performed their final engagement as working members of the…

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Religion v faith

As a Christian, the distinction between religion and faith is of great importance to how I view my relationship with God. Religion is based on rules and behaving in a certain way so as to receive mercy from God. Religion involves guilt and the thought that we are unworthy to come before God. By contrast,…

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What does it mean to be black?

Being black is an interesting and complex phenomenon. What’s strange is that we not only have to fight oppression and stereotyping from other races, but also within our race. The clichéd idea of what is means to be black presented in the media has permeated the black community so much so that we segregate people…

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Why is Black History Month so important?

It is common knowledge that the history curriculum is deliberately whitewashed and Eurocentric. The eras and figures highlighted are European and the discourse is always pro-European. Unless you study history to a higher level and elect to study the history of other nations, it is very unlikely that you will have this experience. Even then…

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‘Finding yourself’

Our generation appears to be obsessed with ‘finding’ ourselves. Whilst the premise of this notion is noble, it has perhaps lost its meaning as its use has widened. Finding yourself implies that you are currently lost and clueless about who you are. Yet for most of us this is not the case. We tend to…

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Life update: living in Cali

As I type these words on a Word document, I look over my laptop to see my view. I see the big trees and the random bushes. I see the cute villas and apartment buildings. I see the big cars and the man walking his dog. I see the views that I do not recognise…

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A love letter to Africa

Beyoncé’s best qualities are perhaps her ability to capitalise off every opportunity she is presented with as well as benefitting the black community in any way she can. This was brought to life in her homage to HBCUs and is seen again in her new album The Lion King: The Gift. A childhood favourite is…

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