First black women to vote in Ettrick, Virginia, USA, 1920

Colour Blind

Can writers transcend the bigotry of their time? Often prominent white journalists in Britain struggle. Richard Wright recognised his own intolerance back in 1945, despite himself being a “half-starved, ignorant, victim of racial prejudice”. He realised the anti-semitic songs he sang were wrong. If he could do it then, why can’t we do it now?

“Since I put my leg in Europe I suffer”

Everyone thinks Europe is like heaven,” says Sharaf. “Since I put my leg in Europe I suffer. Since I left my country two years and three months ago. I didn’t sleep on the bed. I don’t think that I am in Europe.”