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Beyond the Lure of Empire: The Door of No Return

, 30 December 2020
Bonnie Greer, a former British Museum trustee, observes the role of African Empires in her own roots and looks beyond possession and subjugation for true post-imperial thinking

‘Strongmen’: How a Crisis in Masculinity Paved the Way for Fascism

, 28 December 2020
Heidi Siegmund Cuda speaks to the historian Ruth Ben-Ghiat about the new global rise in authoritarianism and why the recent defeat of Donald Trump in the US Presidential Election was so significant

‘You See What People Can Do to Other People, People they Lived Side-By-Side With’: Ending the Silence on Partition and Empire

, 23 December 2020
As discussions of Empire and Britain’s imperial history have come to the forefront in 2020, Hardeep Matharu speaks to BBC journalist and author Kavita Puri to explore what she learnt from those who lived through the end of the colonial project in India about divisions tearing societies apart for her book ‘Partition Voices’

EXCLUSIVE Last In Line: The Forgotten Learning Disabled Soldiers of World War One

, 16 December 2020
Saba Salman explores how a century of prejudice still finds echoes today in the treatment of people with learning disabilities during the Coronavirus pandemic

Uprising to Rising Up: The Education of Alex Wheatle

, 15 December 2020
Bryan Knight speaks to Alex Wheatle, whose life was recently brought to television screens by Steve McQueen in the BBC’s Small Axe series

The Upside Down: The Year of No Yule – How the Puritans Created Christmas Without Meaning To

, 8 December 2020
John Mitchinson explains how increasing intolerance around festivities in the 17th Century helped promote a reactionary backlash

The Powerful Lure of the Soft Fascism Within

, 1 December 2020
Hardeep Matharu with a personal account from the psychological frontline of the culture wars exploring the inner appeal of hate, division and xenophobia

The Journey to Confront My Whiteness

, 30 November 2020
Hannah Charlton reflects on her personal exploration of understanding racism today and the individual and collective legacy of our Empire past

Fighting Fascism: Art As Activism

, 17 November 2020
Jan Fuscoe, of the ‘Brick Lane: The Turning Point’ project, hears from Dan Jones, an artist, activist and campaigner for over 50 years

‘The Trial of the Chicago 7’ and the Prosecution of America

, 13 November 2020
This Netflix depiction of mass protests repressed by brutal state violence has stark parallels to today, says Ellin Stein

‘We Want the Ability, Space & Time to Retell Our Own History’

, 21 October 2020
Melissa Chemam speaks to campaigners and creatives taking part in Black History Month in Bristol, where the statue of slave trader Edward Colston was brought down in June and discussions about past and present racism continue to run deep

Imperial Amnesia Strikes Back: ‘Racism in America Nothing to do with Us’

, 21 October 2020
In a debate on the UK’s Black History Month, Kemi Badenoch highlighted the Government’s colonial arrogance by deflecting attention and throwing its ‘special’ ally under the bus

Fighting Fascism and Britain’s ‘Divide and Rule’

, 20 October 2020
Jan Fuscoe, of the Brick Lane Project, tells the story of Balwinder Singh Rana, an Indian activist who has been fighting racism and structural attempts at division in Britain for decades

OUR LIVES MATTER: Black History is Still Confined to the Margins of the Education System

, 20 October 2020
Teacher Dr Cheryl Diane Parkinson explains how students are taught to equate Britishness with whiteness

EXCLUSIVE Government Cultural Recovery Spend Leaves North Out in Cold

, 9 October 2020
The Government’s new bid to save cultural institutions is heavily concentrated in the South of England, reports Sam Bright

Political Manipulation has Made ‘Patriotism’ a Dirty Word

, 24 September 2020

Did Black Lives Matter to the British Empire in World War Two?

, 14 August 2020

OUR LIVES MATTER: Educating the White Moderate

, 27 July 2020

Fighting Fascism - One Spray at a Time

, 18 June 2020
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