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Teach out: Edinburgh’s role in the slave trade

Last week, Edinburgh University’s History Society and African Caribbean Society hosted a Teach Out, called ‘How Slavery Changed a City: Edinburgh’s Slave History’. Speakers Professor Sir Geoff Palmer OBE, Professor Diana Paton and Lisa Williams, led a conversation as relevant today as it was 200 years ago. Professor Sir Geoff Palmer, Scotland’s first black professor, […]

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The contagious xenophobia of Coronavirus

Since the coronavirus outbreak emerged late last year in Wuhan, China, there has been a dramatic increase in global concern as the number of people affected grows daily. There have been over 30,000 reported illnesses and 635 deaths in mainland China, spreading across Asia to Europe, North America and Australia. China’s response has both been […]

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Students vote against motion to assess feasibility of banning beef sales on campus

Students at the University of Edinburgh have voted against a motion titled ‘Cease the sale of beef from Student’s Association cafés and restaurants.’ The motion, which had a small majority of 51 per cent in a council meeting on Thursday 30th January, lost when put to an online student ballot the following week. Nearly 6,000 […]

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Victoria Derbyshire and the future of television media

The BAFTA-winning Victoria Derbyshire Show is to be axed by the BBC due to spending cuts.  Praised for being progressive and female-led, the show has become a nation favourite for younger generations, who have become more withdrawn in attaining headline news from traditional media outlets. In 2018, the BBC faced criticism for grossly underpaying their […]

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Apu and the future of diverse representation

Last week it was announced that long-standing ‘Simpsons’ actor, Hank Azaria, would step down from his role as Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, after 30 years voicing the Indian immigrant owner of the Kwik-E-Mart. The Simpsons is the longest-running American sitcom, known for its satirical portrayal of American life. When it began, it was praised for finding a niche […]

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Naga Munchetty was right to call out Trump’s racism

In a segment, broadcast on 17th July, the BBC news anchor Naga Munchetty passed comment on Trump telling four women of colour to ‘go back’ to ‘places from which they came’ on Twitter. On reading the story, she drew on her own experience, commenting, “Every time I have been told, as a woman of colour, […]

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We were sexually harassed during the Fringe Festival

The morning the BBC published an article on sexual harassment at the Fringe Festival (23 August 2019, available at: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-49435737), I received six messages by ten o’clock. It was close the end of my time working as part of the ‘Street Team’ for a well-known events company and my shocked friends and family immediately sent […]