The Tragedy of Mesut Özil

Image Credit: Ronnie Macdonald (CC BY 2.0) Recently, Mesut Özil announced his retirement from international football at the relatively young age of 29, citing racism as the reason for his decision. I think I can safely say that his decision to quit caught a lot of the football community by surprise. Sure, we thought, there […]

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Rhodes Must Fall Oxford inspires Bristol students’ campaign against Wills Memorial Building

Students at the University of Bristol have demanded that the Wills Memorial Building, housing the School of Law and Department of Earth Sciences, be renamed due to its namesake’s profiting from the slave trade. The campaign was inspired by the Oxford student-led initiative to pressure Oriel College into removing Cecil Rhodes’ statue from its position […]

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Rhodes Must Fall accuses university of “institutional neglect and indifference”

Supporters of the Rhodes Must Fall Oxford campaign gathered outside Oriel College at midday today to protest against institutionalised racism and the continued presence of the Cecil Rhodes statue. Around 40 protesters were present and called for increased representation of black students and black professors at the university, the “decolonisation” of the curriculum and an […]

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‘Black Bond’?

“I’ve always detested the phrase ‘Black Bond,’ I just don’t understand it.” So spoke Idris Elba in reply to the mentioning of his name in connection with the most successful film franchise in history. In an interview on ITV earlier this year, the star of The Wire and Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom, dismissed the […]

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Who’s Hugh’s for looking stupid?

St Hugh’s hasn’t had a good year of it. First the controversy over rejected postgrad Damien Shannon and the rules on financial guarantees, and now the scandal involving freshers blacking up to portray ‘Ni**as in Paris’ for a ‘Song Titles’ bop. For a college that likes to characterise itself as Wadham’s slightly less cool little […]

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