How you can help ensure another Windrush scandal never happens
Friday 21st December 2018,
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In late March, the high commissioner for Barbados, Guy Hewitt, called a lunch to discuss an urgent challenge. It had been several months since Amelia Gentleman’s first Guardian story about Paulette Wilson, who left Jamaica for Britain when she was 10, raised a family, had worked in a restaurant in parliament and was now threatened with deportation because of the hostile environment policy.
Lewis Hamilton misspoke on Stevenage’s ‘slums’. In fact, this town can teach us a lot
Thursday 20th December 2018,
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Stevenage was not built for speed. With all the confidence of the government and the generation that won a war and created the welfare state and the NHS, those who planned the town resolved that traffic flow would be best managed not by traffic lights but roundabouts. There are close to two dozen of them, making directions from London to the house I grew up in quite straightforward: count six roundabouts off the A1 and then take the first right.
My year of reading African women, by Gary Younge
Saturday 15th December 2018,
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At last year’s Guardian Opinion Christmas party – modest affairs at which those who want to dance are outnumbered by those who want to talk by at least five to one – I met Chibundu Onuzo, a Nigerian author.
Don’t pity May. Her immigration obsession helped get us into this mess
Thursday 13th December 2018,
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At the beginning of this week it was difficult to imagine that Theresa May could be any weaker, her party behave any more recklessly or the country appear any more shambolic in the eyes of the rest of the world. It’s only Thursday and we’re already setting new lows.
Which Is Worse, Trump or Brexit?
Thursday 13th December 2018,
When I first came to live in the United States from the UK, the most common question, particularly from African Americans, was: “Where was it best to be black?” I would usually qualify my response by making it clear that it’s not morally possible to weigh up whose racism is better before using my autobiography as a vehicle to try and answer the question.
What happened next? How teenage shooting survivor David Hogg became a political leader
Wednesday 12th December 2018,
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On 1 February 1960, 17-year-old Franklin McCain and three black friends went to the whites-only counter at Woolworths in Greensboro, North Carolina and took a seat. The humiliation of growing up black in the south had left the teenage McCain contemplating suicide. Having spent the previous night chastising the older generation for their failure to effectively confront segregation, the four young men had talked themselves into an act that was brave, reckless, exhilarating and, ultimately, liberating.
'There were Africans in Britain before the English came here': how Staying Power shook British history
Saturday 1st December 2018,
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“The very serious function of racism is distraction,” Toni Morrison argued in a lecture in Portland, Oregon, in 1975: