The BAATN Blog

Where therapy, the race conversation and politics meet

About This Blog & Guest Contributor Guidelines

This blog is about the psychological consequences of being a person of colour in the UK. It’s about the impact on our inner lives and our sense of identity, about the political landscape we live in that shapes public opinion and the policies that have been put in place to mitigate against the impact of racial bias.

Guest Contributors Welcome

Contributors who want to highlight particular issues, or are keen to open up debate and discussion, are welcome. Comments are also welcomed. Both contributors and commentators will sign their posts.

Guest Contributor Guidelines

 

If anyone is to learn anything about life

If anyone is to learn anything about life

My role as a counsellor has thrown up many conundrums. I’ve learnt so much about the meaning of life and death and what it is to be human beyond the endless tick boxes that are frequently used to define who one is or how one is classified in society.

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Maintaining manliness, through the tears

Maintaining manliness, through the tears

Throughout the history of boxing, the most successful boxers have traditionally been groomed in, and recruited from, the harshest of environments. Their difficult upbringing, and associated social development, has typically honed the necessary physical and emotional acumen to survive, and even thrive, in a sport that is viewed by many as barbaric and inhumane.

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The Good Immigrant

The Good Immigrant

The Good Immigrant’ edited by Nikesh Shukla is a collection of 21 writers, from a range of professional backgrounds, who explore through their own experiences “what it means to be Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic in Britain today.”

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Trump vs Hillary or Trump vs Obama?

Trump vs Hillary or Trump vs Obama?

"This whole effort from Trump is to erase Obama, that’s what’s really going on here. They are trying to erase him as an entity" Bonnie Greer I went to see ‘The Hotel Cerise’ a play written by Bonnie Greer, and afterwards attended a discussion of the themes within the...

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Channel 4 News – Identity

Channel 4 News – Identity

Black people in the UK are more likely to be admitted to hospital for mental illness – they are also less likely to use mainstream services. Can connecting black therapists with black patients change that? Watch the video Help nurture Black and Asian psychological...

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Is it because I am black?

Is it because I am black?

Written by Adriana Dorsett To cut a long story short, this Summer I found myself watching a film in a sweltering hot tent with about 5 dozen wet wipe washed campers; collectively emanating a whiff of Olympic intensity. I love festivals for that. The plot of the film...

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Being Greater Than Our Suffering

Being Greater Than Our Suffering

Musings on Ben Okri and Jeremy Corbyn in conversation at the SouthBank - 15th July 2016 "The most authentic thing about us is our capacity to create, to overcome, to endure, to transform, to love and to be greater than our suffering" Ben Okri I read Ben Okri’s book ‘A...

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