• Identity

    People pay for this?

    Anthony Andrews has a piece on Jane Elliott “the American schoolmarm who would rid us of our racism” in The Observer. Eliot is paid by (presumably institutionally racist) corporations to teach diversity. She encounters some problems in the UK with an exercise: Elliott tells me it’s “really difficult to get people of colour to play the role of the oppressor during the exercise. It takes a long time and a lot of work to get them to act white”. It’s a curious comment from someone who is supposedly an enemy of racial stereotyping, not least because, as I remind her, the two who refuse to “act white” are in fact…

  • Identity,  Nationalism

    Glad To Be English

    There is an article up at The Spittoon about identity by guest poster, Tariq, entitled “Is Ashley Cole British”, on the nature of English and British identity. This is a huge topic, and one which no short blog post can cover adequately, and I expect that the discussion that follows this post will contain the most interesting ideas. Tariq says: Having listened to the two young ignoramuses put forward by the BNP to represent them on BBC’s Radio 1 last week, I began to think of a debate I had with some of my friends a few years ago. You see, all my life up until then I had never…