Africa, in its fullness

The West focuses only on slavery, but the history of Africa is so much more than a footnote to European imperialism Toby Green teaches Lusophone African history and culture at King’s College London. His latest book, A Fistful of Shells: West Africa from the Rise of the Slave Trade to the Age of Revolution (2019), was awarded the Nayef Al-Rodhan Prize for Global Cultural Understanding and will be published in paperback in January 2020. Edited by Sam Haselby To understand the complexity and significance of West African history, there is no better thing to do than to go to Freetown. Sierra Leone’s capital is sited … Continue reading Africa, in its fullness

What's the difference between race and ethnicity?

By Emma Bryce – Live Science Contributor  This question reveals something much deeper about the ways we understand — and misunderstand — race. If someone asked you to describe your identity to them, where would you begin? Would it come down to your skin color or your nationality? What about the language you speak, your religion, your cultural traditions or your family’s ancestry? This bewildering question often pushes people to separate their identities into two parts: race versus ethnicity. But what do these two terms actually mean, and what’s the difference between race and ethnicity in the first place?  These words are often … Continue reading What's the difference between race and ethnicity?

THE FACES OF THE TRUE AMERICAN COWBOY

By Zaron Burnett – is an investigative journalist and longform features writer based in Los Angeles. He covers culture, politics, race, and other perplexing mysteries for MEL. Black faces mostly go missing when we tell stories of the Old West — but they were living legends who created our idea of the cowboy today Imagine the classic cowboy: dusty, trail-worn, laconic. Now, picture a second man, equally familiar with squinting and equally crusted with earth. Add a third. Perhaps he’s taller, left-handed and lanky. Finally, round out the group with a fourth. The most daring of the gang.  If your imagination was … Continue reading THE FACES OF THE TRUE AMERICAN COWBOY

Race on the mind

Berber women photographed in January 1932. Photo by Marcelin Flandrin/National Geographic When Europeans colonised North Africa, they imposed their preoccupation with race onto its diverse peoples and deep past Ramzi Rouighi is an associate professor of Middle East studies at the University of Southern California. His latest book is Inventing the Berbers: History and Ideology in the Maghrib (2019). He lives in Los Angeles.  Edited by Sam Haselby Three centuries after Christopher Columbus landed in the Americas, Europeans had sailed to the farthest reaches of the Earth, trading in markets as far away as the Americas, Africa and Asia. North Africa, just across the … Continue reading Race on the mind

STILL DECEIVING YOURSELF THAT POPULATION REPLACEMENT IS A CONSPIRACY THEORY

The Ethnic European barely survives on book royalties donated by Michael Walsh and supporters of real news and views. WE AIM to replace victor’s spin with real history, to enlighten, inspire and to educate, and with your help to share our stories as widely as possible.  by Mike Walsh  Emma Bonino, parliamentarian of more Europe, interviewed on the sidelines of the conference The Contemporary, believes Europe’s survival and its welfare needs should come only from the transfer of people from the most populous countries of Africa. “We need to organize a population transfer from Africa and in particular from Nigeria which … Continue reading STILL DECEIVING YOURSELF THAT POPULATION REPLACEMENT IS A CONSPIRACY THEORY

The Disturbing Resilience of Scientific Racism

Nazi officials use calipers to measure an ethnic German’s nose on January 1, 1941. The Nazis developed a pseudoscientific system of facial measurement that was supposedly a way of determining racial descent.(Hulton-Deutsch Collection / CORBIS / Corbis via Getty Images) By Ramin Skibba SMITHSONIAN.COM  A new book explores how racist biases continue to maintain a foothold in research today Scientists, including those who study race, like to see themselves as objectively exploring the world, above the political fray. But such views of scientific neutrality are naïve, as study findings, inevitably, are influenced by the biases of the people conducting the … Continue reading The Disturbing Resilience of Scientific Racism

POLL: America on the verge of civil war, and neither side is backing down

by: Vicki Batts (Natural News) Will the United States soon enter a second civil war? Polling data from Georgetown University shows that an overwhelming majority of Americans believe a civil war is coming down the pike — and most people aren’t actually willing to make the changes necessary to stop it. Across the board, Americans are doubling down on their political values and are refusing to compromise on the issues tearing the country apart. Government officials say that there is a substantial chance that America will enter a civil war within the next 10 or 15 years, meanwhile other experts say the war … Continue reading POLL: America on the verge of civil war, and neither side is backing down