Race Debates

Covering all things regarding race in the UK and worldwide. Read my opinion – as well as the opinions of various guest bloggers – on the world around us!

The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975

This documentary changed my life. If you genuinely want your eyes opened want to the civil rights movement, this is the documentary for you.  Available on iTunes (and YouTube - but you didn't hear it from me!) this is well worth a watch. A film…

American Black History Month

Happy Black History Month to my American Brothers and Sisters!  Now I have - and always will be - of the strong belief that black history month should be celebrated and taught throughout the year. To assign only one month a year to a race…

Abigail: TWO Fro’s ONE Heart!

6MONTHS !!!...I’ve reached reached my first mini milestone in my journey. Boy has it been a bumpy one with a few certain wrong turns along the way, but I can honestly say for now I’m smooth sailing…. but when I say smooth sailing I mean there are still days I want to jump ship & swim to shore, wave my white flag…or even give myself up to the the sharks. (Ok have you guessed I'm kidding). For someone like me with an attachment complex to my hair (i.e. obsessed with length, dying it and then needing weave), I found the decision to go natural quite difficult. At one point I was 100% certain that having grown my hair to 16inches long there was no way I was going to just CUT IT ALL OFF…I mean, I used to pay for this kind of length! But luckily, I did not go through my journey of discovery all alone... I had my beautiful baby girl with me along the way.

Light Girls – My Honest Review

So much promise, yet so many BLATANT pitfalls... here is my honest review on the much anticipated Light Girls documentary. Now if you have been a follower of my blog, my Instagram... or any other form of social media, you will know that I have been dying to watch the Light Girls documentary. The documentary promised to give a light skinned perspective on shadeism after the Dark Girls documentary shared a dark skinned view. I welcomed this prospect with open arms as I felt - and still feel - that the issue of colorism from both perspectives is such a key topic that needs to be discussed in order for us to move forward together; so much so in fact, that I began a project that invited people of all shades to share their experiences of colorism and shadeism in the run up to the documentary's release on the 19th. I eagerly waited for the documentary to finally become available in the UK, cancelled all my plans, sat down to watch it only to feel... let down. Let me explain...

Carol: I am Proud of Being Mixed

I am mixed African American and Belgian. I went to a predominantly white school and as far as I can remember was always conscious of the fact that I was different from the other kids. I grew up in the 90's in a very small Belgian town where diversity was close to non existent. I remember my mom picking me and my little sister up from school, the stares, the comments and questions. "Are you adopted?", "Why is your mom white?" "Why is your skin brown?" and the list goes on. Luckily enough my parents raised us to know how beautiful and special we both were.

Manza: Being Black in Thailand

Last year I decided to become a a missionary in Thailand. I've been here for 5 months already and I'm loving it. It's been the most exciting, exhilarating and challenging experience of my life. I live in the town of Korat, Nakhon Ratchasima. It's about 3 hours from the city Bangkok.

Del: I am prejudice. I empower Colorism.

I am prejudice. I empower Colorism. I'm going to explain that statement; but first I'm going to make a disclaimer that this is not a story about my own personal struggle with being a victim of colorism. Yes, I've heard the "you aren't really black anyway" statement before but me writing about it isn't going to bring much to the conversation. Perhaps we have a danger of fundamentally misunderstanding a complex situation by focusing on one type of narrative; being the victim. A single story told many different ways doesn't define an issue so hopefully me explaining my perpetuation will help add more to it.

Candace G: Breaking the Cycle Of Hatred

I come from a mixed background, and I've got 2 younger brothers and one sister from my parents. Mom's white, Dad's black - both from the deep south. And yes, it's as complicated as it sounds. Growing up we had "family" members who didn't accept us. Wouldn't let us or our dad on certain parts of the land. Crazy but that's how it was.

Sarah: So Much More Than Skin

 Hello!
 
First off I would like to start by saying that this whole project is amazing; "Dark Girls" was really eye opening and I love that everyone is getting the opportunity to share their experiences.
 
The first time I 'experienced' shadism was the day I was born. Obviously I do not remember this happening, but my mother remembers it vividly and I hate how sad it makes her. When I was born, I was pretty pale, with straight, black hair. When the nurse went to check on me, she gasped when she saw my Mongolian spots. She had assumed that I was white. She turned to my mother and asked her if she knew that I was half black. It's bewildering to think that even as a newborn there was something about me that let other people know that I wasn't really one race or another.
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