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Indeed: "Look at my skills not my identity"

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Indeed has released a hiring advertising poster with the tagline "Look at my skills not my identity."

The tagline would seem to suggest that employers who are looking into hiring people should focus on one's skills and not what they look like. In a perfect world, we would like to think that employers would look at a person's knowledge and skills before their race, religion, or personal background, but research and facts have seemed to suggest otherwise.

Diwali festivities begin worldwide

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Millions are celebrating the holiday of Diwali, the annual festival that lights up every autumn worldwide. Celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs, and Jains alike, Diwali is an event marked by fireworks, prayers, and other festivities. It represents the triumph of good over evil, light over darkness, hope over despair, and knowledge over ignorance.

Nivea subject of backlash over skin lightening cream advertisement

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Nivea is receiving a barrage of criticism over ‘racist’ advertisements showing across West Africa. These TV spots promote a body lotion that purportedly lightens the skin of black women, with a black actress saying that she uses the product to “restore [her] skin’s natural fairness”. A man then compliments her, calling her skin “beautiful” and “glowing”, and fairer skin is described as younger looking.

Greg Clarke under fire for mishandling of racism within Football Association

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Greg Clarke is finding himself under fire as chairman of the Football Association in the wake of new information regarding his handling of reported racism – and its subsequent cover-up – within the organisation. Wednesday, he, along with other FA higher-ups, was summoned to a parliamentary inquiry concerning the Mark Sampson scandal.

Oxford recognizes first black student

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In a move to satisfy its priority to recognise its broad range of alumni displayed in its pictures, paintings and plaques around campus, Oxford University has unveiled a new plaque honouring Christian Cole. The plaque, which can be seen in Logic Lane at University College, commemorates the first black Oxford student.

Boundary change review and political clash

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The boundary commissions for England, Scotland and Wales have just produced a new map of constituency boundaries – one that would increase the chances of continued Conservative power in the next election, and abolish Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s Islington North seat. Labour and Liberal Democrat MPs have staunchly vowed to oppose these plans for boundary changes – plans that would slash the number of MPs from 650 to 600.

Michelle Alexander: Race central to drugs policy reform

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I’ve just returned from an international conference on drugs policy reform in Atlanta, Georgia USA. The keynote speaker addressing the 1500 strong attendees was Michelle Alexander, author of the best-selling book, 'The New Jim Crow'. In it she outlines how the US systematically targets and incarcerates Black America through the prism of ‘drugs policy’.

Four years to appoint ethnic minority directors in FTSE 100 companies

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With more revelations being revealed over the lack of diversity in the positions of UK society, Britain's biggest companies have been given a four-year deadline to appoint one board member from an ethnic minority background. Only 85 of the 1,050 director positions in the FTSE 100 companies were held by people from ethnic minorities.

Olaudah Equiano birthday celebrated for BHM

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As the UK celebrates Black History month in October, Google Doodle decided to celebrate what would have been the 272nd birthday of Olaudah Equiano (1746-1767), the African writer whose memoir gave the world for the first time a perspective on the slave trade from a slave’s perspective.

OBV's role in the Race Equality Audit

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Operation Black Vote director Simon Woolley writes in The Times newspaper:

The findings from the race disparity unit present us with a real opportunity to dramatically confront and deal with persistent race inequality in the UK.

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