No-platforming Peter Tatchell

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No-platforming has a bad rep. It’s become one of those swearwords in the media, used with little regard for its meaning or its purpose. The press would have you believe no-platforming is equivalent to a ban. On the contrary, no-platforming is a tactic originally designed to not allow fascists to organise, march or speak, as they are trying to smash democratic movements. It was not a call for a ban by the state or a public institution. Incidentally, student unions are neither and can invite or disinvite speakers at will. The Left understands that any such ban would harm social movements. If … Continue reading

The phony outrage of white men

In recent months, the mass-media has been watching events at Goldsmiths University with a particularly close eye. What could’ve sparked such interest? It wasn’t the fastidious standards of contemporary art. Nor was it the occupation of Deptford Town Hall. Never mind the occupations at LSE, UAL and KCL. You would think that this is worthwhile news. But no, none of that! It’s all down to Bahar Mustafa, the Welfare and Diversity Officer of Goldsmiths Student Union. Mustafa posted a Facebook message asking white men not to attend an event for black and ethnic minority women. The conservative elements of the … Continue reading