Racism

Visitants from the past: The Ministry of Time, by Kaliane Bradley, reviewed

1 June 2024 9:00 am

An experimental project transports people across centuries. Lieutenant Graham Gore, an Arctic explorer whisked from the 1840s to present-day London, is not overly impressed

Don’t write off Hofesh Shechter – his new work is uniquely haunting

4 May 2024 9:00 am

In 2010, when his thrillingly edgy and angry Political Mother delivered modern dance a winding punch right where it hurt,…

Progressives vs. bigots: How I Won a Nobel Prize, by Julius Taranto, reviewed

10 February 2024 9:00 am

When a quantum physicist and her partner reluctantly move to a university staffed by cancelled luminaries the scene is set for a darkly comic clash of ideologies

Prejudice in Pennsylvania: The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store, by James McBride, reviewed

18 November 2023 9:00 am

Inspired by his own family history, McBride explores the problems faced by a Jewish shopkeeper and her black neighbours in the small town of Chicken Hill in the 1930s

Why were 80,000 Asians suddenly expelled from Uganda in 1972?

26 August 2023 9:00 am

Lucy Fulford never fully explains how this community was so easily scapegoated, nor why Idi Amin’s decree caused such jubilation across East Africa at the time

Our academics are attacking the whole concept of knowledge

12 August 2023 9:00 am

The decolonisers in Britain’s universities are not just trying to defend their views. They are seeking to upend the free market in ideas by imposing them, says Doug Stokes

Black Britons betrayed

5 August 2023 9:00 am

Racism in Britain may be less acute than in America or even France, but the false promises made to the Windrush generation have left a bitter aftermath

Kwame Kwei-Armah’s embarrassing update of Love Thy Neighbour: Beneatha’s Place, at the Young Vic, reviewed

15 July 2023 9:00 am

Beneatha’s Place, set in the 1950s, follows a black couple who encounter racial prejudice when they move to a predominately…

Daniel Penny and the problem with have-a-go heroes

13 May 2023 9:00 am

I have always liked the phrase ‘have-a-go hero’. It sums up a certain type of person who can emerge from…

Rupa Huq and the politics of prejudice

1 October 2022 9:00 am

The Labour party’s contribution to the national debate this week has included the idea that someone can be ‘superficially’ black.…

The uncomfortable lessons of the new Fourth Plinth statues

10 September 2022 9:00 am

Alexander Chula on the uncomfortable lessons of the new Fourth Plinth statues

Guston is treated with contempt: Philip Guston Now reviewed

20 August 2022 9:00 am

Philip Guston is hard to dislike. The most damning critique levied against the canonical mid-century American painter is that he…

Does the Met have a racism problem?

8 August 2022 5:00 pm

Back in the winter of 2012, a postal worker named Zac Sharif-Ali was taking a lunchtime stroll with his dog…

I feel sorry for those stupid enough to believe that ballet is racist or transphobic

6 August 2022 9:00 am

Sick though one may be of the way that the poison dart of ‘woke’ is lazily flung at what is…

A post-racial world: The Last White Man, by Mohsin Hamid, reviewed

6 August 2022 9:00 am

Mohsin Hamid’s fifth novel opens with a Kafkaesque twist: Anders, a white man, wakes to find that he has turned…

Spare us the preaching: The Railway Children Return reviewed

30 July 2022 9:00 am

It doesn’t help the cause of The Railway Children Return that the original 1970 Railway Children film is currently on…

Stop tearing down controversial statues, says British-Guyanan artist Hew Locke

16 July 2022 9:00 am

Rather than tearing statues down, Hew Locke believes in reworking them to highlight their place in our imperial history. Stuart Jeffries speaks to him

Accusations of racism have lost all meaning

23 April 2022 9:00 am

The War on the West is Douglas Murray’s latest blast against loony left wokery, chiefly in the areas of race…

It’s a miracle this exhibition even exists: Audubon’s Birds of America reviewed

9 April 2022 9:00 am

In 2014, an exhibition of watercolours by the renowned avian artist, John James Audubon, opened in New York. The reviews,…

Kemi Badenoch: the curriculum does not need ‘decolonising’

18 March 2022 6:34 am

When the government published a report last year by the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities (CRED) into racism in the…

Are Bored Apes racist?

5 January 2022 9:20 pm

A plague of apes has spread across social media. Wherever you look, blank simian faces stare back at you. Their…

Jussie Smollett and the rise of American hate hoaxing

10 December 2021 6:45 pm

So Jussie Smollett, the world’s most notorious hate hoaxer, has at last been found guilty of lying to the police. …

Mispronouncing names isn't a 'microaggression'

6 December 2021 11:03 pm

People can make a bewildering number of offensive transgressions these days: from using the wrong pronoun when addressing people to…

Bernardine Evaristo sets a rousing example of ‘never giving up’

13 November 2021 9:00 am

Bernardine Evaristo’s Manifesto — part instructional guide for artists, part call to arms for equality, part literary memoir —shimmers with…

Tsunami of piffle: Rockets and Blue Lights at the Dorfman Theatre reviewed

11 September 2021 9:00 am

Deep breath. Here goes. Winsome Pinnock’s new play about Turner opens with one of the most confusing and illogical scenes…