Tag Archives: race

Favorite Immigration Reads of 2014

If you’re anything like me, you mine these end-of-the-year book lists for your 2015 “to-read” list. So here’s an immigration-themed to-read list from the contributors here at The Migrationist that spans both fiction and non-fiction.  There’s some themes – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah is mentioned by several of us, author W.G. Sebald got multiple shout outs. […]

Race and racism in the ‘colour-blind’ West

…I’ve always been sensitive to race. I don’t support racism or racists. I’ve never considered myself racist and don’t think others would consider me a racist. How could I be one now? I never enslaved any one, prevented them from working or voting or living in my neighbourhood or joining my clubs. I don’t think there […]

Review: The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson

The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration Isabel Wilkerson, 2011, Vintage Books: New York. Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk The United States is a nation of immigrants. What is often overlooked is that it has also historically been a land of dynamic internal movement. Isabel Wilkerson’s The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic […]

“Non ci sono italiani neri!” The struggle to be black in the Bel Paese

The last few months have seen both Italian and international press roaring with reports of racism in the, apparently not so, Bel Paese[i]. Much of the reported abuse has focused on two of Italy’s most high-profile black Italians: Cecile Kyenge and Mario Balotelli. Both Kyenge and Balotelli are Italian citizens, both are black and both […]

An eclipse of policy spheres: revisiting race relations and integration in Britain’s ‘liberal hour’

Britain’s Race Relations Acts of 1965 and 1968 are widely recognised as major triumphs within the period known as the ‘liberal hour’.[1] The heroic role of the Home Secretary, Roy Jenkins, the collective efforts of ‘race activists’ in advancing the second round of legislation, and the inspiration of the North American example have all made for […]

Finding the self in otherness: global journeys in autobiography

What happens when we work strictly within a genre or grouping? When it comes to literature, the outcome can be destructive and boring: we risk isolating creative works, huddling them too close together and becoming blind to their engagement with the outside world. In my last blog I suggested that a discussion of migrant literature […]

Color Me English

I chose this book for the reflection of the author’s experiences in my own.  Caryl Phillips was born in one country, moved to the United Kingdom as an infant, grew up there, and relocated to the United States as an adult.  I was born in Canada, moved to the United States as an infant, grew […]