Trump has said nothing about Jacob Blake & his family’s pain. That tells us all we need to know

by Rashmee

Posted on August 26, 2020


Today (Wednesday, Aug. 26) the international news media is making much of US First Lady Melania Trump’s emollient speech to the Trump convention. The BBC reported that Mrs Trump “made a plea for racial unity”. “Like all of you, I have reflected on the racial unrest in our country,” she said, “Stop the violence and … Continue reading “Trump has said nothing about Jacob Blake & his family’s pain. That tells us all we need to know”

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Kamala Harris and the complexity of racial identity

by Rashmee

Posted on August 25, 2020 / The National


Harris’s birth certificate alone illustrates the problem of rigid binary notions around identity in the US It has taken a Kamala Harris — half Jamaican, half Indian and by her own definition, all American — to show the United States and the world that race isn’t a black or white issue and there are grey areas in our understanding … Continue reading “Kamala Harris and the complexity of racial identity”

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They’re still raving about bishop who tried trans-Atlantic spiritual union at royal wedding

by Rashmee

Posted on May 26, 2018


They’re still at it.  The British media. Even some of the crustier establishment types. It was a week ago today that the Most Rev. Michael Curry, Chicago-born bishop of the Episcopal Church, thundered, dreamed and inspired at the royal wedding. And they’re still talking about it. Perhaps that’s not wholly surprising. Rev Curry made one … Continue reading “They’re still raving about bishop who tried trans-Atlantic spiritual union at royal wedding”

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Is Barack Obama finally becoming the ‘black’ president he should have?

by Rashmee

Posted on July 20, 2015


Is it just my imagination or is Barack Obama finally becoming the “black” president he should’ve been? (Or, to put it another way, the black president that many white people feared?) But in the past few years, race has featured so heavily in the American (news) story: Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, Charleston S.C., riots, mobile … Continue reading “Is Barack Obama finally becoming the ‘black’ president he should have?”

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Unknown knowns: Is Indian racism only about the ‘habshi’ word?

by Rashmee

Posted on May 11, 2015


Reshmi Dasgupta, my former colleague from the Times’ group of newspapers, recently wrote an interesting blog about Indian racism. Sonia Gandhi, she said would have been less acceptable as a daughter-in-law had she been from Uganda, not Italy. That was true back then, nearly 50 years ago when the young Sonia Manio married Rajiv Gandhi, … Continue reading “Unknown knowns: Is Indian racism only about the ‘habshi’ word?”

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Rashmee has lived and worked in several countries in the past decade, including Afghanistan, India, Haiti, Tunisia, the UAE, US and UK