Ambalavaner Sivanandan (see picture below), who was a leading voice on race relations in UK and beyond for over 40 years, passed on earlier this year on January 3rd. As Director of the Institute of Race Relations, he re-named their journal to “Race and Class” and was the editor for many years. Gary Younge, Guardian editor-at-large, described him as “a tireless and eloquent voice explaining the connections between race, class, imperialism and colonialism.”
To read the full obituary written by Younge, click here
For more about the work of the Institute of Race Relations, please see here
Another excellent piece written by Gary Younge entitled “End all Immigration Controls – they’re a sign we value money more than people” can be read here. The final paragraph, very much in the spirit of Sivanandan, follows:
Nation states are a relatively new concept; migration is as old as humanity. Borders seek to regulate and restrict that basic human custom for the distinct purpose of excluding some and privileging others. They discriminate between all people with the express intention of then being able to discriminate against some people. They do not simply set boundaries for countries, but are metaphors for the boundaries of how we might think about other human beings. Immigrants are not the problem. Borders are.
For more of Gary Younge’s writing please see here