If even Michelle Obama can’t speak about race without being told to ‘quit whining’ then who can?

First lady Michelle Obama existed this week, so naturally the internet is very, very upset. Specifically, Obama had the gall to approach a microphone at Tuskegee University’s commencement ceremony and say, in the mildest possible terms, that racism is real, and that the eager, bright-eyed Tuskegee graduates should devote their lives to some combination of…

As a black feminist, I see how the wider movement fails women like my mother

I grew up in a household where domestic violence was a God-given right. Last year 1.2 million women in Britain experienced domestic abuse, according to the charity Women’s Aid. Having witnessed such violence, statistics like this call up feelings of sickening fear, terror and helplessness. It is why gratuitous violence is something I never find…

Thailand racism row reignited by Unilever ad for skin-whitening cream

An advert for a skin-whitening cream which appeared to offer university scholarships to students with fairer skin has stoked a debate over racism in Thailand, where Unilever – the company behind the ad – has been forced to apologise for any “misunderstandings”. The “Citra search for clear, soft and glowing skin” asked female students to…