Race

On black privilege

15 October 2019 13:28

Discussions of ‘privilege’ have become one of the themes of this age. In a short space of time, the obsession…

Anthony Ekundayo Lennon and the left’s dilemma about race

7 November 2018 11:47

I feel some sympathy for the director Anthony Ekundayo Lennon. According to the Sunday Times, which broke the story last weekend,…

What’s the problem with Anthony Ekundayo Lennon identifying as black?

7 November 2018 7:30

Anthony Ekundayo Lennon, the white director who has identified as black, is on the receiving end of a backlash from black…

Life & Arts Podcast: Heather Mac Donald on how race and gender pandering corrupts universities

6 November 2018 10:25

This week on the Spectator USA Life & Arts podcast, I’m casting the pod with Heather Mac Donald. A scholar…

Martin Luther King’s vision is being betrayed by progressives

5 April 2018 11:44

Martin Luther King is easily misrepresented in our era of heightened identity politics, and of scepticism towards grand unifying ideals.…

The royal family isn’t racist – but the monarchy is

28 November 2017 20:36

Contrary to what the liberal gushing might suggest, Meghan Markle marrying Prince Harry and joining the royal family is a very modest…

Theresa May’s phoney race war is dangerous and divisive

13 September 2017 14:23

Next month, Theresa May is expected to launch her long-awaited audit into racial disparities in public services. We are being…

The right is now more colourblind than the left

19 August 2017 9:00

As a tot growing up in a provincial proletarian Communist household in the 1960s, I’d been led to believe that…

The violent product of identity politics

15 August 2017 17:25

Identity politics is turning violent. It’s been brewing for a while. Anyone who’s witnessed mobs of students threatening to silence…

Both sides are missing the point in the row over Dana Schutz’s painting

3 April 2017 15:00

‘Let the people see what I have seen’, said the mother of Emmett Till. In 1955 her son, a 14-year-old…

How the Stepford students rekindled racial thinking

17 January 2017 19:09

Many mad things are happening on campuses. Fancy-dress parties are banned lest the costumes offend minority groups. Saucy pop songs…

Why don’t Black Lives Matter want to ban the Notting Hill Carnival?

31 August 2016 13:43

I do not get out very much these days, but the glorious weekend weather persuaded me that I should spend…

Height, weight, hair colour, race, bum size: critics must be allowed to discuss how performers look

13 May 2016 16:44

‘Dancer sees red at critic’s ginger jibes’ was the Times headline on Tuesday. You can call the Royal Ballet dancer…

Tragedy on the American Left as liberals discover that Bernie Sanders isn’t awesome

22 July 2015 11:50

For the last few months, young American liberals have been writing love letters to a white-haired 73-year-old former mayor from Vermont who…

Don’t try and bring race into the voting booth. It has no place there

17 April 2015 16:39

The voting booth is, to borrow a fitting phrase from history, the great leveller. Outside the voting booth, you might…

An uncomfortable interview for India

4 March 2015 18:13

British film-maker Leslee Udwin’s video interview with one of the Delhi rapists may not make for comforting viewing, but there…

The orthodoxy of safety

12 February 2015 15:57

Props to Goldsmiths Students’ Union, for taking the ‘safe space’ concept to absurd new levels. Last week, one faction of…

By all means protest against Exhibit B, but do not withdraw it

23 September 2014 13:20

Having met with an equal mix of critical acclaim and revulsion at the Edinburgh Festival, Brett Bailey’s Exhibit B –…

In praise of Den-zel

18 September 2014 13:21

His Christian name is only two syllables, with the stress (following the African-American pronunciation) on the second. Two syllables that…

America’s racial tensions are on show for the world to see in Ferguson

19 August 2014 9:41

Washington, D.C. Week two of the crisis in Ferguson, Missouri and peace is nowhere in sight. The problems began on…