Beyond the Limits of Labor: Race and Consumption in Modern Society

Ismail Qaiyim Opinion, US

“I didn’t hire you to think.” An invisible activist is faced with the reality that his revolutionary ‘brotherhood’ passed over his humanity, in favor of him the mascot. Concepts like class struggle and wealth redistribution beckon a sense of action. Yet in the U.S., action and orientation appear to be at odds in the discussion surrounding race and labor. Race …

Reflections on Microaggressions

ArmanOsmany Culture and Arts, Discussion, UK

In 2011, the National Union of Students (NUS) published the Race for Equality report. The report, which was the result of two years’ worth of research, highlighted many issues Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) students faced within the UK’s Higher Education system. In 2012, work began in order to advance race equality nationwide namely in the form of the Race …

Choking Justice: Eric Garner and Directionless Dialogue

Ismail Qaiyim Discussion, US, World Politics

Amid widespread protests, U.S. Department of Justice investigations into state police departments, and abundant media coverage, the only commonality concerning the implications of unarmed police killings in American society is an ironic and confounding lack of consensus. There is a schism between those that unconditionally support the police and others that are calling for complete policing reforms. Then there is …

Trauma and Denial: Michael Brown and the American Psychosis

Ismail Qaiyim US, World Politics

America is experiencing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Much like the battle-wounded that struggles to cope with the heart wrenching realities of war, American society falls into bouts of depression and rage. From the race riots of the depression era to the social unrest following the deaths of civil rights era figures, race in America is inherently linked to instability. …