Last week in Irving, Texas, high school freshman Ahmed Mohamed was arrested for bringing his homemade clock to class. Ahmed, an enthusiastic student devoted to engineering and building his own inventions, was in turn questioned, handcuffed, and taken to a juvenile detention center for making a hoax bomb. Ahmed’s arrest – a clear demonstration of the virulence of anti-blackness and Islamophobia in the US – is also indicative of consequences of the school-to-prison pipeline.
The delayed and despicable reactions of politicians from the foot-dragging David Cameron to the racist, "radical right" Hungarian PM Viktor Orbán to the current refugee crisis have resulted in a global upsurge of activism, with tens of thousands signed up to rally in central London and across Europe this Saturday as part of #EuropeSaysWelcome: European Day of Action for Refugees. The continent’s conscience has been moved as people all over the world upturn the racist, exclusionary narratives of politicians and the liberal and right-wing press with acts of compassion, generosity and everyday solidarity.
We have put together a reading list intended to better our understanding of the underlying causes of the crisis, including: racism, political inertia and capitalist war.