MSc student Emily Webb shares her story of misfortune and how the kindness of classmates and lecturers helped her to keep going.
Kehinde Abolarin, Doctoral Candidate at CCCU, reflects on the power of institutions to shape our perceptions of others.
Rebecca Papp, MSc Student, applies the ideas of environmental racism to show how the events of 2020 have deep roots in our unequal society.
In recent years the Politics and IR programme has taken steps to acknowledge and dismantle racism in the study of Politics. Dr Laura Cashman considers the progress so far and reflects on what still needs to be done.
Kumba Krubally, PhD candidate in Politics and International Relations, shares her experiences of racist discrimination in the UK
Individuals across the world have expressed outrage over the recent events in the US, specifically the killing of George Floyd by four policemen, and the less publicised murder of Breonna Taylor – a young black woman. This has highlighted the systemic racism prevalent in most western societies, the dehumanisation of black people, and the day to day struggles felt by many people of colour. Black people in the US are not alone in this. The issue is deeply rooted in various other societies including Britain. As long as one looks a certain way, one is prone to discrimination.
Dr Dele Babalola, Lecturer in Politics and International Relations, reflects on the protests sparked across the world by the murder of George Floyd.
George Floyd, an African-American was killed in Minneapolis, the United States of America by [four] white American police officers. One of the officers had his knee on the deceased’s neck for about nine minutes as the 46 years old man pleaded for his life, saying, “I can’t breathe”. George’s death has sparked mass demonstrations not only in the US but also across the globe. It has also rekindled the debates around the issue of racism in the US and other multi-racial countries like the UK, Canada, and Australia, to mention a few. Unfortunately, Britain is in denial about racism but the Black Lives Matter protests across the country speak directly to the systemic racism inherent in the system.
Dr Susan Kenyon considers the long-term environmental impact of the ‘super-spreader narrative’ surrounding public transport.
Public transport is facing a bit of an image problem.
In the latest installment of our blog series “The Impact of COVID-19 on Kent and Medway”, Dr Laura Cashman reflects on the implications for migrants living in Kent and Medway.
Migrants have been in the news a lot this week. The Immigration Bill to introduce a new points-based system passed its second reading in Parliament, signalling the government’s intention to press ahead with its populist plans to make immigration more difficult and expensive. On the other hand, following a public outcry, the government was forced to exempt migrant NHS and care workers from the NHS Surcharge and extend the NHS Coronavirus Bereavement Scheme to support families of low paid migrant workers. It is clear that the politics around so-called ‘good’ and ‘bad’ migration will not go away any time soon and the fallout from COVID-19 will certainly play a role in how the debates are shaped.
We are living in extra-ordinary times. Never has this phrase rung truer than today, in 2020, as we witness the global population come together in an unprecedented way, while staying apart in an equally unprecedented way.
What implications does COVID-19 have for the future of capitalism? In the first of a series of blog posts, Professor David Bates suggests that the current COVID-19 shock is likely to produce a new and increasingly exploitative form of ‘self-regulatory’ capitalism; yet it may also open up a new line of questioning against the current global economic status quo, in which the balance between employers and employees starts to be reset.