I Saw Akala Speak Live — Here’s What I Learned

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Hana Makhlouf
3 min readOct 31, 2022
Natives: Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire by Akala (image source)

Recently, I had the privilege of attending a talk by Akala at work. This was part of a series of events organised for Black History Month.

For context, I read Natives (a book by Akala) about 2 years ago. This was my introduction to Black British history and gave me the foundation I needed to read and educate myself more about a big part of the history of the country I now live in.

Natives: Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire is a part memoir, part analysis of the interaction (and intersection) between race and class in Britain. The talk I attended was a conversation about race and class in Britain. There was no specific focus on a sub-topic as it was a shorter talk to allow for Q&A.

I have included a few Twitter threads with some enlightening statistics that Akala quoted in his interview. I would really encourage you to take a few minutes to read them.

Some of the main talking points covered below include:

  • How does media contribute to perceptions of race and class?
  • How does class impact people in comparison to race?
  • What can those in the audience (largely in privileged positions) do to help?



Hana Makhlouf

Software engineer by day. Passionate about everything tech, reading and self-development👩🏽‍💻