The Exploitation and Fetishism of the Black Female Body: How Popular Media Continues Centuries of Racism

Photo by Jeanne Menjoulet on Flickr The fetishisation of black women’s bodies is attributed to colonial times when black women were presented as hypersexualised, promiscuous wantons. As explained by Nefertari Bilal, when European colonisers travelled to Africa they met women who, to cope with the hotter climate, wore revealing clothes. Their exposed bodies contradicted theContinue reading “The Exploitation and Fetishism of the Black Female Body: How Popular Media Continues Centuries of Racism”

The Exploitation and Fetishism of the Black Female Body: How Popular Media Continues Centuries of Ra

Photo by Jeanne Menjoulet on Flickr The fetishisation of black women’s bodies is attributed to colonial times when black women were presented as hypersexualised, promiscuous wantons. As explained by Nefertari Bilal, when European colonisers travelled to Africa they met women who, to cope with the hotter climate, wore revealing clothes. Their exposed bodies contradicted theContinue reading “The Exploitation and Fetishism of the Black Female Body: How Popular Media Continues Centuries of Ra”

Crystal Mason: A Case Study in Electoral Fraud Sentencing, Voter Suppression and Racism

Crystal Mason. Source: Max Faulkner/Fort Worth Star-Telegram In 2011, Crystal Mason, an Afro-American woman from Fort Worth, Texas, was charged and plead guilty to tax fraud and was sentenced to three years in federal prison. On 8 November 2016, while still on probation, Mason went to her local polling station to vote in the ClintonContinue reading “Crystal Mason: A Case Study in Electoral Fraud Sentencing, Voter Suppression and Racism”

Legalized, Racialized Voter Supression

In the week following the United States midterm elections, there is still great uncertainty regarding some key elections in typically Republican stronghold states. In both Florida and Georgia, results are still hanging in the balance. Additionally, there is a growing concern that there has been voter suppression. We are often reminded that just because somethingContinue reading “Legalized, Racialized Voter Supression”

Human Rights and the Opioid Crisis

The opioid crisis in the United States is a plague that has taken hundreds of thousands of lives, and it needs to be addressed. The Center for Disease Control has categorized the opioid crisis as an epidemic, and its presence is felt from cities to rural areas. Every day 91 Americans die from opioid overdoses.Continue reading “Human Rights and the Opioid Crisis”

2018 FIFA World Cup: Racism, Homophobia, and Hooliganism in Russia

One of the world’s biggest sporting events, the FIFA World Cup, will be hosted by Russia in 2018. This is despite the serious issues surrounding football within Russia such as the racism and homophobia which are rife at all levels of the game. There are also issues surrounding hooliganism within Russian football, which threatens theContinue reading “2018 FIFA World Cup: Racism, Homophobia, and Hooliganism in Russia”

The Silent Majority: How Disillusioned White Voters Gave the Presidency to Trump

The final nail in the coffin for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign was the Rust Belt. Democratic states became Republican, and as the states were called, the reality of one of the most scandal-ridden and intense election seasons became clear: Pennsylvania for Trump, Ohio for Trump, Wisconsin for Trump, Iowa for Trump. Donald Trump, a politicalContinue reading “The Silent Majority: How Disillusioned White Voters Gave the Presidency to Trump”

How White America Controlled the US Presidential Election

“Not My President.” These three words have been entering the daily conversations of the American public since November 9, when Republican nominee Donald J. Trump was declared the next President of the United States. Discontent with the ascension of an individual that has consistently exhibited racist, xenophobic, and overall bigoted behavior, thousands of Americans haveContinue reading “How White America Controlled the US Presidential Election”

What It All Means: Looking Beyond the Death of Keith Scott

Preface: This piece should not be seen as an indictment of America’s police force. A vast majority of police in America try to uphold the values of service to their country. Rather, this piece delves into the intricacies of the system of racial bias that America maintains; it hopes to explore what one of theContinue reading “What It All Means: Looking Beyond the Death of Keith Scott”

Black Hair: Why the Revolution Matters

For many black females, the decision to ‘go natural’ has been fuelled by a revolution of self-acceptance, self-love, redefined standards of beauty, and nonconformity. The term refers primarily to the eradication of relaxer, a chemical straightener which works its magic by uncoiling, unkinking, and de-constructing the tight coils which are the hallmark of our AfricanContinue reading “Black Hair: Why the Revolution Matters”