23 Quotes That Perfectly Explain Racism (To People Who Don’t “See Color”)

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If the first words out of your mouth are to cry ‘political correctness!’, … chances are very, very high that you are in fact part of the problem. N.K. Jemisin
White people don’t like to believe that they practice identity politics. The defining part of being white in America is the assumption that, as a white person, you are a regular, individual human being. Other demographic groups set themselves apart, to pursue their distinctive identities and interests and agendas. Whiteness, to white people, is the American default. Tom Scocca
never
trust anyone
who says
they do not see color.
this means
to them,
you are invisible. Nayyirah Waheed
People know about the Klan and the overt racism, but the killing of one’s soul little by little, day after day, is a lot worse than someone coming in your house and lynching you. Samuel L. Jackson
The problem is…

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We won’t play shabby back-room politics

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sandy martinThe following is Suffolk County Council Labour Group leader Sandy Martin’s speech to the Annual Meeting of the Council, delivered on the 30th May 2014.

Mr Chairman, congratulations on your election.

On 2 May last year, 79 thousand Suffolk residents voted Conservative, 54 thousand voted Labour, 40 thousand UKIP and 22 thousand Lib Dem. That may not look like an overwhelming endorsement for one political party, but it was enough to elect more Councillors for the Conservative Party than for all of the other parties put together.

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As people of colour, voting is only one part of our civic duty

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By Huma Munshi

It was Russell Brand that said he never voted. I was reminded of this on hearing the results of the local and European elections over the last few days. He noted in his New Statesmanarticle: “I have never voted. Like most people I am utterly disenchanted by politics. Like most people I regard politicians as frauds and liars and the current political system as nothing more than a bureaucratic means for furthering the augmentation and advantages of economic elites.”

With only 33.8% of UK voters taking part in these elections, the issue of voter apathy must be examined. Is it a political act of defiance? Is it ignorance at the system? Does it indicate that alienation from the political system is so entrenched that voting, political parties and representative democracy are all seemingly a pointless charade? As the final results come in from the…

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Don’t miss the Holi Festival

The Holi Festival will take place in Holywells Park on Sunday – a year after a thousand people enjoyed the first outdoor event of its kind in Ipswich.

“Holi” is the Hindu festival that welcomes the spring and celebrates the new life and energy of the season.

Holi is called “The Festival of Colours” and people celebrate the festival by smearing each other with colour and throwing coloured powder around in a good humoured atmosphere.

The festival is taking place on Sunday 6th April from 2.30pm to 4.30pm. It is being organised by the Ipswich & Suffolk Indian Association in partnership with Ipswich Borough Council.

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Art workshop at Town Hall event

Fine Art students will be leading an interactive community art workshop at the Town Hall as part of the Access All Arts event on Sunday (6th April).

The workshop is open to all ages and abilities, with chosen pieces inspired by the Town Hall, to be displayed in the venue at a later date. All participants will be invited to a private viewing of the exhibition.

University Campus Suffolk student Hannah Maynard, organiser of the event, said: “We welcome everyone to come and create a piece of artwork inspired by the Town Hall and to have it displayed in a public exhibition in the Town Hall Galleries, with participants invited to attend organised tours of the venue as part of the experience.”

Access All Arts is free to attend, open from 10am to 4pm and includes a range of activity for the whole family to enjoy, including and arts & crafts Market in the Grand Hall. Venue tours are scheduled for 12.30pm and 2.30pm.
Access All Arts is supported by the Ipswich ReCreate, a partnership between the Borough Council, CSV Media and the eastern Enterprise Hub which is supported by the European Union and aims to boost creative enterprise in Ipswich. For more information or to get involved in the ReCreate Project please go to http://www.ipswichrecreate.org

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In Praise of Mental Health Cop

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This morning I woke to the very sad news that Mental Health Cop (also known as Inspector Michael Brown of the West Midlands Police) has closed down his blog, Twitter and Facebook page. I don’t know the reasons for this, and those who do know seem to be rather tight-lipped about it. I have noticed, however, that several other police tweeters have also closed their accounts.

I had the pleasure of meeting Michael at the Mind Media Awards 2012, where he won the Mark Hanson Award for Digital Media, and interviewed him afterwards. We’ve also conversed online many times, and what’s frequently struck me is how dedicated he is to promoting better understanding of the intersection between mental health and policing. Over time, I’ve come to the view that I was speaking not only with an outstanding police officer, but also a genuinely nice guy. He has certainly…

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From Birth to Death – Our #NHS

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by Glen Chisholm

By the law of averages it is highly unlikely that if you’re reading this in the UK, that you have had no experience of the NHS. I’ve had many myself; from being born in an NHS hospital to trips for sports injuries over the years, from treatment for a heart problem to watching my father die to seeing my son born, the NHS has played a part in many moments of my life.

But firstly, I want to talk about an experience that is not directly connected to me. A few years ago my ex mother-in-law, Gwen was rushed to hospital after falling ill. She had slipped into a coma and we knew the end was near. Even though I was divorced from her daughter, she was still my son’s grandmother and her family were people who had been a part of my life for many years.

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