Since 2020, influential books like Reni Eddo-Lodge’s Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race and Ibram X. Kendi’s How to be an Anti-Racist have provided a new framework for understanding systemic racial inequality on a global scale. But these totemic works don’t signal an end to the conversation. Join two prominent British writers, Tomiwa Owolade and Remi Adekoya, for a ThinkIn that will share new perspectives to challenge aspects of the prevailing anti-racist agenda. How do we better account for uniquely Black British values and experience in the way we tackle racism here in the UK? And to what extent are race relations shaped by socioeconomic realities, as opposed to ideologies?
Polish-Nigerian Dr Remi Adekoya teaches Politics at the University of York. Remi is focussed on trying to better understand identity in its emotional, psychological and political manifestations. He is particularly interested in the links between identity, history, psychology and politics in white-majority Western societies and in black Africa. Remi has written for Guardian, Spectator, The Times, Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, Washington Post, Politico, Evening Standard, UnHerd and Standpoint among others. He has commented on issues of identity and politics for BBC TV, Sky News, South Africa Broadcasting Corporation, BBC Radio, Times Radio and Radio France International among others. Remi lived in Nigeria and Poland before moving to Britain.
Tomiwa Owolade is a writer and critic. He writes about literature, politics, sport and identity for The Times, New Statesman, the Spectator, the Evening Standard, Literary Review, and UnHerd. He has also appeared on BBC Radio 4 discussing some of the ideas in this book. He won top prize at the RSL Giles St Aubyn Awards 2021.