Race

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…

Darwin’s unexploded bomb

6 May 2014 9:23

‘This book is an attempt to understand the world as it is, not as it ought to be.’ So writes…

Say it loud, say it proud: UKIP are a party for reactionary xenophobes

3 March 2014 12:49

Sometimes what doesn’t occasion interest or drama or controversy is more interesting – or at least more telling – than…

When it comes to diversity, most of us vote with our feet

26 November 2013 14:37

Liberals are almost as likely to flee diversity as conservatives, according to new research by Prof Eric Kaufmann for Demos.…

Today's easy question: Why won't minorities support right-wing parties? - Spectator Blogs

11 December 2012 17:40

I’m afraid that I can’t help but feel some of the comments left responding to this post go some way…

Race, gay marriage and modern Conservatism. Lessons for David Cameron from America. - Spectator Blogs

13 November 2012 17:10

So, we’ve had nearly a week to digest the results of the American election and contemplate what, if anything, it…

Medal matters

11 August 2012 10:44

The Grauniad is running an Olympic medal table to show where all the countries would be if it was weighted…

Invented racial ugliness

13 July 2012 11:30

I wasn’t especially impressed by Mitt Romney’s speech to the NAACP (nor, frankly, by the way Romney was booed, though…

Romney’s pitch for the new America

12 July 2012 13:00

Tim Stanley says Mitt Romney’s speech to the NAACP’s annual convention was his campaign’s first ‘moment of magic’. Up to…

Another voice: Casablanca state of mind

22 June 2012 11:00

‘I don’t buy and sell human beings,’ says Rick to the rival club owner hoping to get the pianist Sam.…