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“My writing is a rhythmic overlay. Sounds, visions, ideas coming in waves between Europe and the Caribbean to illuminate, resonate, and demonstrate. For if the revolution will not be televised, as brother Gil said, the protest will be sampled. I constantly see/hear in my head a bass-soaked relay that reverb saturates timespace without delay, for we can no longer wait.”

An art-armed freedom fighter from Latin America, poet, award-winning author, and philosopher in exile.

Mural by Jazz Grant

England’s racism revealed in its Uefa Euro 2020 defeat

The shock of England’s defeat in the Uefa Euro 2020 games wasn’t so much in the defeat itself. That much could have been expected from England’s poor record in penalty shoot outs. For many, the real shock was in the resurgence of racism that followed, directed at black English footballers, including the socially-conscious Marcus Rashford, who had failed to convert their penalties. But the cultural critic, Oscar Guardiola-Rivera, argues that it, too, wasn’t really a surprise, that racism and the encouragement of nostalgic self-delusional nativism lie just beneath the surface of English society and are tacitly encouraged and stoked by politicians in times of strife.

Mural by Jazz Grant

Biography

Oscar Guardiola-Rivera is the author of such critically acclaimed books as What If Latin America Ruled the World? (Bloomsbury, 2010) which was a winner of the Frantz Fanon Award, and Story of a Death Foretold. The Coup Against Salvador Allende (Bloomsbury, 2013) was shortlisted for the 2014 Bread & Roses Award, and was selected among the best non-fiction publications of the year. 

His more recent works include In Defence of Armed/Art Struggle (Bogota: UTadeo, 2019), ‘A Future for the Philosophy of Liberation’ in Decolonising Ethics (Pennsylvania University Press, 2020), and the poetic novel Night of the World (The 87 Press, 2021). He’s a Fellow of the RSA and teaches at Birkbeck College, University of London. His docu-series “Art & Fire: A Journey in Five Films”, co-produced with Hay Festivals is available at  https://hayfestival.com

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