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October 27, 2015

The BME Network Launch Success

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by Rahat Siddique On Thursday evening LSESU’s BME Officer, Mahatir Pasha, re-launched the BME Network with a panel event entitled, ‘What does it meant to be BME in today’s society?’ The three members of the panel were Samiha Begum, ex-BME Officer, Busayo Twins, ex-President of the LSESU ACS, and Damien Kempf-Akvist, current International Students’ Officer. They commendably, shared personal accounts of what being BME means to them, highlighting the irony…

Black History is World History

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by Martha Ojo Every year in America, Britain and Canada we set aside a month solely to celebrate ‘black history’. It is widely accepted that this is a good thing, during this month we pause to recognise and appreciate all of the contributions, past and present, that black people have made to the societies we live in today. However, I believe that Black History Month, as a concept is very…

Black Lives Matter… But Only In The U.S.

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by Onis Chukwueke #BlackLivesMatter professes that it is ‘working for a world where Black lives are no longer systematically and intentionally targeted for demise.’ Whilst this is a noble cause that is deserving of support, one must ask just how committed to the cause they have been. The amount of solidarity sent to our American brothers and sisters from the international black community has been overflowing. Yet, have African-Americans truly…

“I’m Black Every Day”

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by Pascalle Dolcie The celebration of Black History Month is upon us. But alongside this comes its critics. Opposition to this time of recognition comes from two distinct parties. There are those who struggle with the ‘overbearing’ reminders of a history that has cultivated pain and suffering, as well as the devaluation of black histories. Conversely there are those who believe that the realities of black history should not be…

A Massive Leap Towards AU For All

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Although Men’s Rugby only have one competitive team as opposed to the three in previous years, as of last Wednesday, the men’s rugby development squad have been given opportunities to play merit standard rugby once a fortnight at Ruislip rugby club. This is fantastic news for a future that previously seemed very bleak. The Merit tournament was an opportunity to remove some rust and play some tough full contact rugby….

The UN and Rwanda: 100 Days Of Horror

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By Stefanos Argyros In April 2014 the world marked the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide. In the space of a few months more than 800,000 Tutsis (as well as Hutus who protected them or refused to commit the atrocities) lost their lives to machete killings and mass rape carried out by Hutu militias. Survivors were left feeling dehumanised, destitute and lost amid the regional turmoil that ensued. Crucially, the…

The Power of X

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By Griff Ferris X. The right to a surname was just one of the many things Malcolm X sacrificed in his unrelenting struggle for the recognition of African-American rights. He likewise relinquished the rights to property, money and goods, and after many incessant, tireless years, he eventually gave up his life in the fight. Malcolm X was brutally initiated into the racial struggle in mid-20th century America, when his father was…

Hip Hop State Of Mind

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By Zwan Mahmod Hip Hop is a culture that originated and developed in the 1960’s in the United States, primarily in the black community. It consists of four main elements including rap music, DJing, breakdancing and graffiti art. However, for the purpose of the article I will be focusing on one element of the culture, specifically rap music–which has had arguably the greatest impact. The nature of rap made this…

How Ben Carson Has Played The Race Card

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By Daniel Shears The election of Barack Obama as the United States’ first black President was brought about by unprecedented black and minority-ethnic (BME) participation in the 2008 election. Census Bureau data shows the extent to which strong minority-voter turnout in the 2008 election helped Obama win over key swing states and make significant inroads into Republican strongholds. Historically the black community in America have displayed poor turnout at Presidential…

Ferguson: Where It All Began

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By Seb Shehadi Considering that it is Black history month, it seems appropriate to revisit the events of August 9, 2014, and their aftermath. The killing of Michael Brown by a policeman, and the protests that ensued, now belong in the annals of North American history. Brown’s death and the controversial court case that followed, have been significant moments for Black Equality activism. These events triggered unprecedented civil unrest and…