The ignorance that underpinned empire and slavery still has staunch defenders | Zoe Williams

It’s not the ‘woke’ who want to erase the past, but those who are determined that it should never be examined It seems that the government’s war on woke is box office gold, infinite spite fired at an endlessly replenished stream of targets, none of them moving very fast, since they totally weren’t expecting culture […]

George Floyd: a landmark moment for justice in America? – video

The murder trial of Derek Chauvin drew the attention of the world to Minneapolis, the focal point of the Black Lives Matter movement after the murder of George Floyd. In some parts of the city people have reclaimed the streets, while others are under military occupation. With the area reeling from yet another recent police […]

Wisden accuses English cricket of ‘raising a finger’ to BLM in 2021 edition

ECB ‘lost its nerve’ in stopping taking a knee, says editor Darren Stevens and Jason Holder among cricketers of the year Were England’s cricketers too hasty in their decision to stop taking a knee last summer? It is a charge laid down by this year’s Wisden, which states the move to quietly abandon the Black […]

So the term BAME has had its day. But what should replace it? | Alex Mistlin

The truth is, there’ll never be a handy acronym that can capture the complex histories and cultures of Britain’s ethnic minorities Publication of the report from Boris Johnson’s Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities should have been a landmark moment in the UK’s conversation about race. In the wake of last summer’s Black Lives Matter […]

Yes, we need a more nuanced debate about race. But this flawed report fails to deliver it | Kenan Malik

How racist is the UK? The Sewell commission says it has answered the question. Instead, it has chosen easy polemics Britain is less racist than it was 40 years ago. Many minority groups in Britain still face racism. Both those claims can be (and are) true. So are these two claims: racism exists in Britain; […]

What is the police and crime bill and why are people protesting against it? – podcast

Thousands of people have been protesting against the government’s police, crime, sentencing and courts bill, which would allow police to take a more proactive approach in managing protests, but many worry is an attempt to restrict the right to protest Rachel Humphreys talks to Mark Townsend, the Observer’s home affairs editor, about the police, crime, […]

No 10’s race report widely condemned as ‘divisive’

Review set up after Black Lives Matter protests says family and socioeconomic background bigger factors than racism A landmark report on racial disparity has been widely condemned by MPs, unions, and equality campaigners as “divisive” and a missed opportunity for systematic change. Critics said the report by the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities had […]

The Sewell report displays a basic misunderstanding of how racism works | Kalwant Bhopal

The government’s commission on racial disparity ignores the role of institutional racism in the lives of young people When Boris Johnson established a new commission on race and ethnic disparities after the Black Lives Matter protests last year, many doubted how serious this body would be. Its chair, Tony Sewell, had in the past openly […]

Racial justice is key to effective policing, says top chief amid legitimacy crisis

Martin Hewitt says he wants to change ‘generations of history’ between police and black communities The leader of Britain’s police chiefs has said forces’ legitimacy in black communities is so low it is damaging the effectiveness of law enforcement, as he vowed to change generations of strained trust and confidence. In his first interview about […]

‘Everything is riding on the outcome’: Minneapolis braces for Chauvin trial

Prosecutors due to set out their case in heavily fortified building for trial of ex-officer charged with murdering George Floyd The city of Minneapolis and millions across the US and around the world are bracing for Monday’s opening arguments in the trial of Derek Chauvin, the white former police officer charged with murdering George Floyd, […]

‘Protest is a human right’: one long week in Bristol, a city with a history of dissent

Demonstrations against the police bill follow a long tradition of radicalism. Protesters say that, after last week’s violence, their side of the story has not been told For the third time in less than a week thousands of protesters gathered in the centre of Bristol last Friday to oppose the police and crime bill, which […]

Talawa theatre company: ‘It’s time to double down on Black Lives Matter pledges’

The minds behind Britain’s oldest black theatre group discuss pulling out of Birmingham Rep when it became a Nightingale court – and their plans to conquer the West End Britain’s oldest black theatre company, Talawa, is plotting its 35th-anniversary celebrations and hopes to go big. It might have gone bigger, had its plans to stage […]

White people, black authors are not your medicine | Yaa Gyasi

When Yaa Gyasi’s book rocketed up the charts after last year’s Black Lives Matter protests, she grieved. Treating authors of colour as tools for self-improvement is an impoverished response to centuries of harm In 2018, two other novelists and I were being driven back from a reception in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, to our hotel in […]

Republican senator says he would’ve been afraid had Capitol rioters been BLM activists

Ron Johnson: pro-Trump insurrectionists ‘love this country’ Critics call for senator’s resignation over racist comments Republican Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin faced charges of racism and calls for his resignation after he told a radio host that he did not feel threatened by the pro-Donald Trump mob that raided the Capitol in January, but he […]

Soas students call for director to resign over use of N-word

Adam Habib apologises for causing offence in meeting, adding ‘context matters’ Students at Soas University of London have called for its director to resign after a meeting where he used the N-word in response to a question about lecturers using the term in class. In a meeting on Thursday afternoon between students and Adam Habib […]

Case of reporter facing trial over BLM coverage seen as attack on press rights

Iowa journalist Andrea Sahouri was arrested and charged last year while covering a Black Lives Matter protest A journalist will face trial in Iowa on Monday on charges arising from her arrest while covering a Black Lives Matter protest last year, in a case condemned by Amnesty International and news organizations across the US as […]

British Vogue covers celebrate black joy with sculpted hair

Resurgence in gravity-defying dos follows Black Lives Matter movement The intricate art of sculpted hair celebrating black identity is front and centre of British Vogue’s April issue. Made up of four different covers around the theme of “joy”, each edition features different models (Achenrin Madit, Precious Lee, Mona Tougaard and Janaye Furman) with their hair […]

‘Woke guy’ Joe Biden is an inspiration for Labour, says Lisa Nandy

Shadow foreign secretary says party will seek to improve standing of UK damaged by Boris Johnson Joe Biden won the US presidency as a “woke guy” who proudly defended trans rights and Black Lives Matter but also set the agenda on economic recovery, the shadow foreign secretary, Lisa Nandy, has said as Labour seeks to […]

Lockdown news: artist Sho Shibuya’s reimagined front pages – in pictures

When New York was in its first lockdown, in April 2020, artist Sho Shibuya found himself isolated in a studio flat in Brooklyn. “I realised that the noise of honking cars and shouting had been replaced by the sound of birds and wind in the trees. I saw the sky, as beautiful as ever despite […]

Tech platforms vowed to address racial equity: how have they fared?

Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google and Amazon issued statements in response to Black Lives Matter this year but did they follow through? Following the death of George Floyd and nationwide protests against police brutality and racial inequality, some of the largest technology corporations waded into the anti-racism movement with slickly worded corporate declarations that “Black Lives […]

2020 visions: daily drawings of a very strange year – in pictures

Since Boris Johnson won the general election in December 2019, London-based artist Jolie Goodman has been making a daily digital drawing for her series 1872 days of Tory Government (which would be the length of a full five-year term). Depicting everything from Black Lives Matter protests to Prince Charles with the Covid-19 virus under his […]

‘This has never happened before!’ Bernardine Evaristo and Reni Eddo-Lodge on their history-making year

The novelist, playwright and poet talks to the writer about what their spectacular success has meant for them – and for the hopes of black female writers in future This year, in twin firsts, black British women topped both the fiction and nonfiction charts. Both successes were a long time coming, but sparked a ray […]

Tell us: how have you found the Guardian’s coverage this year?

We would like to hear your thoughts about our journalism and if there are things you’d like to see more or less of in 2021 From the Covid-19 pandemic and the climate crisis to the Brexit negotiations and the Black Lives Matter movement, this year the Guardian has covered stories which have a huge impact […]

A restaurateur, a radical chef and a cook-turned-campaigner: ‘What 2020 has taught us’

From Covid-19 to Black Lives Matter and the storm around food inequality, it’s been a tumultuous year. Three people in the hospitality industry reveal how it’s changed their lives Owner, Lunya restaurant and deli, Liverpool Continue reading…

Witchcore: ‘If you want to wear a taxidermy owl on your shoulder, this is your moment’

From bell-sleeved dresses in Topshop to a tarot-inspired collection from Dior, it seems fashion is firmly under the witches’ spell this Halloween This year’s Halloween celebrations may be scaled back considerably, but they still have a dress code. It is called “witchcore” and, while the term may be unfamiliar, you have probably seen its influence. […]

Pink emerges as 2020’s colour of political protest

Just as ‘Vote’ has become the fashion slogan of the season, pink has been reframed as the colour of activism “Political pink” has become the colour of activism in the US, as a pivotal election approaches next month. This week, celebrities including Kerry Washington, Amy Schumer and Zoe Saldana posted selfies on Instagram of themselves […]

Plan to solve Florida’s non-existent protest problem is pure ‘mini-Trump’

Governor Ron DeSantis wants to crack down on demonstrators to distract from a disastrous pandemic response, critics say For many who heard Ron DeSantis outline his proposed “Combatting Violence, Disorder and Looting Act” it was a head-scratcher. Why would Florida’s Republican governor suddenly be pushing severe penalties on protesters in a state that escaped the […]

UK schools: What are you doing for Black History Month?

We’d like to hear from UK schools about plans for projects and activities during Black History Month that have come about because of the BLM protests this summer Black History Month in the UK is observed in October and we’d like to find whether the Black Lives Matter protests across Britain, during the summer, have […]