Realities

Review: A People’s History of Tennis

Credit: UA Archives – Upper Arlington Public Library (Repository: UA Historical Society) I have never considered myself a “sports person”.  In my salad days, I hardly brimmed with natural athleticism. To me, school sport was at best an irritant and at worst an exercise in humiliation–I faked injuries in order to do my homework in the library (I know, I know) and declared…

The Social Review Podcast Episode 50: The 1987 Caucus

Jasper meets singer/songwriter Jermain Jackman, and Labour activists Jake Cable and Amen Tesfay, to discuss the 1987 Caucus, a new movement to enhance the representation and power of black men within Labour. They discuss racism in Labour, changing public perceptions of racism, how the Conservative Party may be trying to appeal to black voters, and much more. Theme composed by Katrina Toner.…

What the Robert Jenrick Story Tells Us About Corruption in the UK

Credit: Chris McAndrew / UK Parliament (Attribution 3.0 Unported (CC BY 3.0)) In any normal world, Robert Jenrick would have resigned by now. If you aren’t aware of the Housing Secretary’s misdemeanor, Jenrick is accused of facilitating a ‘cash for favours’ deal in which he approved a housing development on the Westferry Printworks site in Tower Hamlets, a site owned by Conservative Donor…

Review: Yesterday’s Man: The Case Against Joe Biden by Branko Marcetic

Famously, Franklin Roosevelt was described by none other than Supreme Court Chief Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes as possessing a “second class intellect but a first class temperament”. While perhaps they wouldn’t say as much out loud, one gets the feeling that this is an epithet with which supporters of Joseph R. Biden, former Vice President, 6-term Senator from Delaware and presumptive Democratic…

We Could Never Breathe

I was initially approached to write a few words for the Social Review about the work of the 1987 Caucus and the under-representation of Black men within the Labour Party. However, recent events in Minnesota and across the United States have become impossible to ignore. The killing of George Floyd is an all too familiar American story. A “routine” police stop for…