Give us today our daily Lie: how we survive in post-racial society

One of the most disabling consequences of the post-racial lie is that people of colour are afraid to speak their truth. It pains me to see how deeply the Lie has penetrated our consciousness and policed our behaviour and words. Time and again we self-censor, out of fear that not to do so is to invite a world of pain on … Continue reading Give us today our daily Lie: how we survive in post-racial society

The end of invisibility (or: why it’s time to stand up)

There is a sequence in Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man where the protagonist is repeatedly chastised by Brother Jack, leader of pseudo-Marxist organisation the Brotherhood, for inflaming what is termed "Negro sentiment". He is reminded that to be successful, they have to be colour-blind even if that means knowingly retarding the economic and social welfare of African Americans … Continue reading The end of invisibility (or: why it’s time to stand up)