By Vannessa Marovatsanga There are these things I like to call the 4 D’s. If you are a person of colour, undoubtedly you have met them. If you are a woman of colour, they are old friends. They usually appear whenever the topic of gender or race is discussed. They are: Dismissal, Denial, Deflection and Derision. Not necessarily in that order of course. No, the use of the 4 … [Read more...] about Liam Neeson isn’t racist, he’s just white
By Kaylen Blanchier I recently witnessed a rather unsettling scene in the streets of Galway where a middle - aged man of African descent verbally attacked an Asian student out of nowhere calling out the “(Expletive) Chinese” and how they didn’t belong in this country. The student chose not to retort, however comments from affected bystanders rang out, one person bursting … [Read more...] about Brace yourself and open your mind
Early in 2018, tech giant Google faced a number of lawsuits regarding discrimination against, wait for it, white male former employees. Such attempts to diversify their workforce have in fact, led to many lawsuits, including one from Arne Wilberg, who claims that YouTube illegally used quotas to hire more female, as well as more black and Latino engineers. Wilberg claims he was … [Read more...] about Positive discrimination is still discrimination – but what can we do to prevent it?
While 2018’s Academy Awards ratings hit an all-time low, there was much to say, and much to be said, at and about the awards show. This year’s Oscars marked the 90th occurrence of the ceremony, with Jimmy Kimmel returning to host on Monday 5 March. While Saoirse Ronan and Cartoon Saloon’s The Breadwinner were nominated for Best Actress and Best Animated Feature Film … [Read more...] about Oscars 2018: fan service or social movement?
Free speech is important. It’s a cornerstone of democracy and should be a right that all are entitled to. While the topic of free speech is more contentious in the U.S, where it’s built into their constitutional rights, it is a universal issue and one that has come to light here in Ireland recently. In a recent poll on Claire Byrne Live, 65% of those questioned did not … [Read more...] about Free speech vs hate speech: Where’s the line?