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March 11, 2019

Today, 12th March 2019, the Coalition of Racial Equality and Rights launches an anti-racist poster campaign aimed at encouraging the public to intervene in racist incidents. The poster shows a white person shouting racist abuse at a Black person. A third person ponders what they heard and what they should do about it. In Scotland, we hear racism daily on the buses, in taxis, at libraries, doctors’ surgeries, sports clubs, museums and pubs. What do we do about it?

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April 19, 2013

Aside from the few cases of race discrimination which hit the headlines, we don’t hear much about how Britain’s equality laws are upheld. To the casual observer, this probably seems quite natural. The Employment Tribunal system is so far removed from our everyday lives that we barely perceive it, assuming that it simply toils away in the background, resolving other people’s discrimination problems ten a penny.

But what happens when someone needs to use its services – say, fo...

April 15, 2013

After over 80 years, a gross injustice has at last been righted in the U.S. 


It was an intriguing old photo from a Glasgow newspaper that had belonged to my Dad that led me to find out about the tragic tale of the Scottsboro Boys.  The old Press photo showed a black woman heading up some kind of demonstration in the 1930s, the time of the Depression.  Her prominence was unusual at the time on the double count of her gender and her colour.  

My research led me to...

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