It's Mother's Day, and feelings of love for my mum are mixed up with a deep sense of grief following Sarah Everard and what happened at the vigil last night.

How can my generation still be fighting the same fight as hers? Why are mums still having to mourn their lost daughters?
Sarah Everard just wanted to go home. And so many women just want to be safe at home. Trans women want to be able to live in peace, sex workers want to have their basic rights respected, women of colour want respite from the every day violence of structural racism.
We can't even mourn without facing male violence - last night, from the colleagues of the man who may have killed one of us.

How many mothers were caught up in the violence last night, or were watching the footage worried sick about whether their daughters would come back safe?
The love women have for one another - as mothers and daughters, sisters, friends, lovers and comrades - is powerful and it's beautiful.

But it shouldn't be tinged with grief like this. We should be able to take joy in the light without having to fend off the encroaching dark.

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2 Mar
Re: *that* Politics Live panel, the trouble with saying that it wouldn't happen to any other minority is that it does happen to other minorities.

There's a fundamental problem in news and current affairs media when it comes to demonstrating basic racial literacy.
At one level, it's a problem of panel structure and representation. Having a Jewish person come in for 5 minutes to discuss "are Jews ethnic minorities?" with a panel of non-Jewish people is obviously an awful way to address a serious and historically nuanced question.
You see it with discussions around BLM and Islamophobia all the time: a voice of colour gets parachuted in to talk race with an otherwise white panel. Structurally that's just bare iffy, and inadequate for addressing the issue with the thoughtfulness it deserves.
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1 Mar
One of the worst features of contemporary id pol is the persistent sense that all people want is their pain recognised, acknowledged, and represented in mainstream culture.
It's not the only reason why id pol has been so readily co-opted by liberals who have neither the tools nor inclination to address structural discrimination, but my god it's a big ol' part of it.
Antiracism (or feminism, or whatever liberation movement you care to name) does not end at the point where your lived experience has been validated by others. And I think there's some deep sense of that being lacking, because the demand to recognise pain and trauma never ends.
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8 Feb
Got a few things to say about David Baddiel's characterisation of my views in his new book, but before I get into it I'd like to ask people don't @ him about it.

Not because any of what I've got to say is a secret, but because I don't want it to turn into a big hostile thing.
I'm saying this because a number of reviews that I've seen of his book have picked up on a quotation he's taken from this article:…

On the left is the quotation as it appears in the book. And on the right is the quotation in its context in the article.
I messaged David this weekend saying that I think he substantially misrepresents my point.

The context makes clear that I'm not talking about Jewish people being well-off, I'm arguing the nature of other racisms mean that an IHRA-style definition isn't suitable for other groups.
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6 Feb
I don't think that this was an illegitimate question to ask, but its presentation as a 'gotcha' displays a really profound ignorance of how Muslim spiritual leadership works (i.e. its complicated, and not analogous to either the Anglican or Catholic church).
What it shows is that, unfortunately, when Muslims are in the media there's already narrative constraints in place about being backward and anti-woman. I mean, anyone remember this incident from a few years ago?…
I've experienced it firsthand. A few years ago LBC invited me to talk about a feminist and gay-friendly mosque that was opening, and Nick Ferrari proceeded to argue (a Muslim feminist) that there aren't any Muslim feminists.
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6 Feb
So... I had time (Pt. 1)
I had time (Pt. 2)

I guess you’d call this a happy ending?
I'll be honest, I don't know whether engaging with people like this is a complete waste of time or not. Perhaps I should just block and move on, and let people rage by themselves.
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5 Feb
This is really disappointing from @NickCohen4. Whether it's by error or by design, he has completely misrepresented my point.

I'm not saying that Jewish people are rich, I'm explaining why the left has often struggled to include antisemitism alongside other antiracist struggles.
It's completely unfair to suggest, as @NickCohen4 does, that I've argued that we shouldn't worry about Jewish people being under threat from racist violence and harassment. In fact, I've publicly argued the opposite.
Pleased to see the quote has been changed, so that it no longer wrongly presents me has having shrugged my shoulders at antisemitism.

Moral of the story? If you're serious about having a debate in good faith, double check that someone's actually said the thing you said they did.
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