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Racism & Class

The below video is a brief and (hopefully) accessible introduction to the ways in which racism overlaps with class. The material underpinnings of racism are often ignored, and class can sometimes be co-opted as something that only disadvantages white people. The video draw on UK and US evidence of property and wealth inequalities. Full sources are below. Adesina, Z., & Marocico, O. (2017, February 6). Adam or Mohamed – who gets the job? BBC News. Bertrand, M., & Mullainathan, S. (2004). Are Emily and Greg More Employable than Lakisha… Read more Racism & Class

BPS Presidents

Aim: To quantitatively assess White, Globally Northern, androcentrism across the leadership of the British Psychology Society, with a focus on its former presidents. Method: The British Psychological Society (BPS) lists their current and former presidents’ names, years of offices and sometimes URL links to obituaries or work on their website (The British Psychological Society n.d.). The likely, identifiable, ethnicity, gender and nationality of these presidents was coded. Results: At the time of the write up (2020), there had been 85 current or former presidents of BPS society. Most of the… Read more BPS Presidents

Student anti-racism: A case study

Of the successes of Decolonial Higher Education efforts, much is owed to BAME student activists. The #WhyIsMyCurriculumWhite, #RhodesMustFall and #WhyIsntMyProfessorBlack movements were initiated by students (and our project here was directly inspired by former Leeds University Union Education officer (2015 – 2017) Melz Owusu). In addition, as the recipients of higher education, and as those with lived experience of racism, BAME students are uniquely placed to input into these efforts. As Michelle Fine (2014) notes: “the people who have experienced injustice have brilliant insight into injustices, the nature of injustices,… Read more Student anti-racism: A case study

The ‘Race’ Attainment Gap

The Gap The ‘Race’ Attainment Gap refers to the higher chance White students in Higher Education have of getting a 1st or 2:1 degree compared to their Black, Asian, Minoritized Ethnic (BAME) counterparts. Nationally, the latest data shows White students are 13% more likely to be awarded these grades compared to BAME students, although this increases to 23% when looking at Black students specifically. Here at Leeds Beckett University, at our school of social sciences, data shows that there is a 23% attainment gap between White and BAME students (Craig,… Read more The ‘Race’ Attainment Gap