Race

How the culture wars are killing Western classical music

9 October 2021 9:00 am

Ian Pace on musicology’s culture wars

A well-meaning but dull Official History: Olivier's Normal Heart reviewed

9 October 2021 9:00 am

The Normal Heart is not about Aids. Larry Kramer’s play is set in New York in 1981 at a time…

Hugely pleasurable – a vision of summer: Jennifer Packer at the Serpentine Gallery reviewed

7 August 2021 9:00 am

We need to talk about Eric. In Jennifer Packer’s portrait of her friend and fellow artist, Eric N. Mack sits…

Britain is a tolerant country and a few football racists don't change that

15 July 2021 6:28 pm

The racist messages sent to England football players in recent days are shameful, but to suggest that the UK is a festering hotbed…

Why do those who abuse Priti Patel get a free pass?

15 July 2021 6:40 am

Remember when Labour MP Clive Lewis got into trouble for saying, ‘On your knees, bitch’? It was at a fringe…

Oli London and the trickiness of being ‘trans-racial’

10 July 2021 9:00 am

Not everyone will have heard of Oli London, a British social media influencer who made news for two reasons last…

This interactive Doctor Who show is as bombastic, fey and tedious as the TV series

26 June 2021 9:00 am

Death of a Black Man is a little-known script from the 1970s written by Alfred Fagon who suffered a fatal…

Don't blame 'white privilege' for the plight of working-class kids

24 June 2021 6:58 pm

Tory MP Robert Halfon is right to say that the underachievement of white working-class students is a ‘major social injustice’. He is also…

Forget race or class, marriage is the big social divide

24 June 2021 3:28 am

The latest spark to ignite the culture wars is a report from the parliamentary education committee on the underachievement of…

Taking the knee isn't the best way of showing black lives matter

22 June 2021 7:08 am

As a black football fan who grew up going to matches in the seventies and eighties, I know more than…

Cambridge deserves better than Stephen Toope

18 June 2021 2:26 am

Regular readers may be aware that in recent months I have been having a running-spat with a Canadian lawyer called…

France is divided on 'taking the knee'

15 June 2021 11:53 pm

Until this month ‘taking a knee’ has not been a French phenomenon. When the Black Lives Matter movement spilled out of…

Two hours of kitsch tomfoolery: Amélie at the Criterion reviewed

12 June 2021 9:00 am

The latest movie to turn into a musical is Amélie, from 2001, about a Parisian do-gooder or ‘godmother of the…

The problem with Equity’s anti-racism guidelines

1 May 2021 9:00 am

‘Rouse tempers, goad and lacerate, raise whirlwinds.’ Those were the words that Kenneth Tynan, the most celebrated drama critic of…

The case against reparations for slavery

24 April 2021 9:00 am

Last week, a bill cleared the US House Judiciary Committee that would establish a 13-person commission to consider federal reparations…

What's the problem with Apu?

14 April 2021 2:50 am

Remember Apu, the kindly Indian shopkeeper from The Simpsons? Well, in the time since most people have stopped watching that…

America isn’t speaking our language

10 April 2021 9:00 am

I haven’t yet read the report published by the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities. But, looking at the recommendations,…

The facts about race and education

10 April 2021 9:00 am

Judging from the reaction to last week’s Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities report, you’d think it had been written…

When 'white privilege' doesn't count

6 April 2021 6:37 pm

First off the blocks criticising Dr Tony Sewell’s report of the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities was Professor Kalwant…

The false narrative of white vs BAME

3 April 2021 9:00 am

Almost 20 years ago, Michael Howard spoke about the ‘British dream’: that immigrant families like his could come to this…

In praise of David Lammy, a true Englishman

30 March 2021 3:02 am

David Lammy, the shadow justice secretary, has been doing his LBC radio phone-in show. If you believe LBC, he has…

The dark history of dance marathons

27 March 2021 9:00 am

Stuart Jeffries on the dark history of dance marathons

Letters: What really irritates Meghan’s critics

20 March 2021 9:00 am

Meghan’s adroitness Sir: Tanya Gold suggests that people criticise Meghan Markle because she is mixed race and a woman, and…

The truth about my father, Philip Guston

13 March 2021 9:00 am

Musa Mayer talks to Hermione Eyre about her father Philip Guston’s cancellation and her fear that he will for ever be known as the artist who painted the Ku Klux Klan

Why is it racist to wonder what colour your child’s skin will be?

13 March 2021 9:00 am

Why is it racist to wonder what skin colour your child will have?