Rock Against Racism – how an artistic movement took on the National Front

A forthcoming exhibition at Autograph ABP gallery will showcase the work of Syd Shelton as he photographed the Rock Against Racism concerts between 1976 and 1981. Rock Against Racism (RAR) was a meeting of musicians and artists and political activists. Working together, they promoted racial harmony and understanding in the fraught political environment of the late … Continue reading

How British High Society Fell in Love With the Nazis

The Duke of Windsor and Mrs. Wallis Warfield Simpson, a twice-divorced American, pose at the Chateau de Cande, near Tours, France, on April 14,1937. As Edward VIII, King of England since Jan. 20, 1936, the Duke abdicated the throne when his proposed marriage to Simpson could not be reconciled with his role as head of … Continue reading

Britain’s race issue: now and then

Channel 4’s Britain’s Racist Election about the notorious 1964 Smethwick campaign sheds light on our current political climate, says Jasper Rees Controversial: Peter Griffiths campaigning in Smethwick in 1964 in Britain’s Racist Election, Channel 4, 10.00pm Photo: Express & Star Race is proving to be this election’s hot potato, with the meteoric rise of Ukiplinked by … Continue reading

Claude Sitton, front-line civil rights reporter in the South, dies at 89

In this 1961 photo, journalist Claude Sitton, right, listens as a University of Georgia official announces that reporters will be banned from campus during the university’s desegregation crisis. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP) Claude Sitton, a Georgia native whose powerful reporting for the New York Times on church bombings and other episodes of wanton violence across … Continue reading

Ukip is nothing new: the British Brothers’ League was exploiting immigration fears in 1901

Nigel Farage would envy the power and influence the BBL wielded. But its crude rhetoric about immigrants flooding the nation is all too familiar The crowded East End … Chrisp Street market in Poplar, 1904. Photograph: London Stereoscopic Company/Getty Images Enoch Powell warned of “rivers of blood”. Margaret Thatcher, David Blunkett and Michael Fallon spoke … Continue reading

Holocaust Memorial Day: How Much Did Britain Actually Know About The Mass Murder?

On the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the Huffington Post UK is running a series of pieces on how we remember the Holocaust, from the victims and perpetrators to the untold stories on what’s likely to be one of the last major commemorations with living survivors. Decades after the Nazi Holocaust ended, the … Continue reading

Athens 1944: Britain’s dirty secret

When 28 civilians were killed in Athens, it wasn’t the Nazis who were to blame, it was the British. Ed Vulliamy and Helena Smith reveal how Churchill’s shameful decision to turn on the partisans who had fought on our side in the war sowed the seeds for the rise of the far right in Greece … Continue reading