On why racism is still ingrained in th Western world


“ …anti-blackness is usually not overt. It no longer hangs plainly on the front door of a restaurant reading “whites only”; it is cloaked in neoliberal colourblindness and post-racialism. This reality claims that black people should dress “respectfully” to avoid being profiled by the police. It grosses $10 billon a year globally in skin-bleaching cream revenues. It points to the repressed economic conditions of black “third world” nations as an outgrowth of corrupt leadership, while thoroughly ignoring the historical, white supremacist project of colonialism and its legacy. It claimed that Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old black boy with a toy gun, looked older than he actually was – and, by default, less innocent ”

Funmilola Fagbamila, ‘The myth of meritocracy in the era of Black Lives Matter’, The Guardian


On the western conviction that Muslim women are all victims of sexism


“ Commonplace is the firm conviction that sexism against Muslim women is rife, most often coupled with the utter disbelief that women who challenge sexism could exist, let alone that there are many of them, that they are not a new phenomenon, and that Muslim men often support them in their efforts (…) The assumption is that Muslim women need to be extricated from the religion entirely before anything close to liberation or equality can be achieved (…) It is as though male Muslim scholars and non-Muslim western feminists have handed down predetermined scripts for us to live by. And it is left to those people thought not to exist — Muslim women who fight sexism — to rewrite those scenarios and reclaim our identities ”

Susan Carland, ‘If you want to know about Muslim women’s rights, ask Muslim women’, The Guardian

On the ineffectiveness of neoliberal development policies


“ Making people richer by promoting economic growth has been the assumption at the centre of international aid and philanthropy since it began. Early modernist theory taught us that if ‘traditional’ societies could be helped to develop in the same manner as more ‘developed’ countries, there would be prosperity for everyone. But this ignored the colonial roots of the sector and the inequities that existed in so-called rich countries. Today, more and more people are recognising that neoliberal models of development belie the ecological realities of the earth’s capacity, as well as basic human rights (…) The limitations of thinking of development purely from a western-defined, economic growth-fuelled perspective are hard to ignore. Neoliberal development policies and approaches have resulted in economic, social, and environmental failures. Our global food system is broken, dominated by corporate-driven agricultural policies that push out small-scale farmers. The world’s richest 1% now have more wealth than the rest of the world combined. Unchecked natural resource consumption has led to a climate crisis that threatens our planet and our collective futures ”

Jennifer Lentfer, ‘ ‘International development’ is a loaded term. It’s time for a rethink’, The Guardian

Climate change or Social change?


On Western double standards


“ Certain western countries, while turning a blind eye to their own deep-rooted human rights issues, such as rampant gun crime, refugee crises and growing xenophobia, have a double standard on human rights, alongside a sense of superiority ”

Tom Philips, ‘Your only right is to obey: lawyer describes torture in China’s secret jails’, The Guardian