Black Consciousness is Not a Legitimate Way Out of Politics

Black Consciousness is Not a Legitimate Way Out of Politics

The logic that you shouldn’t participate in UK politics because of white supremacy & political corruption, and that the solution is to build “back home”, doesn’t make sense.  White supremacy doesn’t have a cut-off point at Gatwick Airport, and #Blacklivesmatter in the UK, as they do back home. The irony is that it is white supremacy…

“Light Skin Guys Be Like” – On the Boundaries of Blackness (A Response)

“Light Skin Guys Be Like” – On the Boundaries of Blackness (A Response)

The Big Bad Black Community I loved the Lion King metaphor in Bilal’s blog post “Light Skin Guys Be Like”. So I thought I’d start with a Simba reference of my own in the form of a meme, (which I found online, don’t start with me). Bilal asks questions about what it means to be…

Black History and the Conservative Roots of Race

Black History and the Conservative Roots of Race

October marks Black History month in Britain and manifests in our key institutions (schools, libraries, museums) as thirty-one days of PR for British colonialism and The Transatlantic Slave Trade. Twenty-four years since its beginnings in Britain we resurrect the annual debate over whether we still need it, but counter narratives – of which BHM is…

Why Make A Caricature of What Are Complex Feelings for Black Women?

Why Make A Caricature of What Are Complex Feelings for Black Women?

A video has been circulating my Facebook news feed this week. It stages a scene in which a Black man brings his white girlfriend into a barber shop. A hairdresser who is a hired actress says a number of inappropriate things about the couple and the presence of this woman. The camera crew eventually interrupt the…

Disrespectability, Black Feminism, and a Race to the Bottom   

Disrespectability, Black Feminism, and a Race to the Bottom  

I do not endorse respectability politics in so far as it is an ineffectual strategy for countering white supremacy, or any other structural subordination (say rape culture), through sheer will and demonstration of moral uprightness, in accordance with the values of a dominant group in society. It does not work. I do however understand its…

Leona Nichole Black is a cultural sociologist and creative conversationalist. She works as a passionate educator, Black mental health advocate, and tarot practitioner.
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