Last month, a Czech police officer kneeled on the neck of Romani man Stanislav Tomáš until he stopped breathing. Fifty years since the first World Romani Congress, Europe’s Romani people urgently need a new movement against discrimination and deprivation.
Source: Europe’s Romani Population Can’t Breathe
Coming to you Australia via the LNP, Minister Alan Tudge, and News Corp the “don’t hurt my white feelings” Bill. An original carbon copy of America’s Republican push because the LNP simply has no original, even racist ideas of their own.
“I’m not trying to tell them how to live their lives or what their political ideology should be,” he says. “I just want them to be critical thinkers.” These days, he sometimes thinks of this quote by the American historian Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.: “Honest history is the weapon of freedom.”
Source: The Moral Panic Over Critical Race Theory Is Coming for a North Carolina Teacher of the Year – Mother Jones
That’s the conclusion we must draw from Republican state laws written to “ban” critical race theory from classrooms and schools but written so vaguely as to cover virtually anything related to race, racism, whiteness, white supremacy, the history of slavery or even unkind interpretations of American history. In a very real sense, we are just a few small steps from “banning” ideas to burning books. It’s not enough to just explain what critical race theory is, because while we’re doing all this explaining, the republic’s enemies are in the early stages of forming state and local thought police.
Source: Republican-controlled State Governments Are in the Early Stages of Forming Their Own Thought Police | The Smirking Chimp
Legislation “purporting to outlaw” the teaching of critical race theory has passed in Idaho, Iowa, Oklahoma and Tennessee.
Source: Opinion | Politically Correct Racism | Robert C. Koehler
The latest “woke” boogeyman riling up conservatives is critical race theory, a scholarly framework that seeks to understand the role race and racism have played in all aspects of society. Of course, ask a Fox News host, and he’ll tell you with a straight face that CRT is a Marxist ideology that teaches white children that they’re inherently inferior—and if that’s not enough, they should feel bad about their skin color. According to extensive research by Media Matters for America, Fox News has mentioned critical race theory more than 1,300 times in the last three-and-a-half months alone.
Source: Critical Race Theory Panic Is Everywhere—Just in Time for Juneteenth – Mother Jones
So here’s the great irony: we’ve gone from a theory that considers racism inseparable from laws and institutions in American life to the actual enactment of rules and laws that forbid the teaching or consideration of racism as inseparable from American life. Put another way: if there ever was proof beyond a reasonable doubt that critical race theory is reality–that American institutions such as our legislatures and courts are sick to the core with racism–Trumpist Republicans are providing us that proof in spades. They are elevating critical race theory from theory to fact, and from controversy to necessity.
Source: Critical Rage Theory | The Smirking Chimp
It may well be the case but in “reality” it still exists and need to be called out and eradicated
The idea of “race” still matters in sociology only because racist oppression still exists. But, since the mapping of the human genome, biologically, the term is irrelevant, writes Dr A L Jones.
Source: Science has made the idea of ‘race’ non-existent
The state board drafted a resolution restricting classroom discussion of racism, then blocked comments from the YouTube livestream.
Source: Georgia Board of Education Votes to Censor American History
That is 100 percent true. Before this moment in history, it would have been impossible to imagine that one of the world’s largest corporations — AT&T, owner of HBO, with a current market cap of $220 billion — would have funded and broadcast a film like this. The fact that it somehow squeezed through the cracks and onto our TVs and laptop screens demonstrates that something profound about the world is changing. Decades, centuries of people fighting and dying were required both to widen the cracks and mold someone like Peck, the right human at the right time, to step through. “Exterminate All the Brutes” is a sprawling disquisition — four episodes, each an hour long — into the invention and consequences of 500 years of “white” supremacy, presented via a high-gloss pastiche of old footage, newly filmed dramatizations, and clips from Hollywood movies. “White” needs scare quotes because the film makes clear that whiteness is not something that exists in reality — like, say, the moon — that is right there whether we believe in it or not. Instead, it’s something imaginary that we’ve somehow all agreed on, like pieces of paper having value.
Source: “Exterminate All the Brutes” Was 500 Years of Genocide in the Making
During the course of his sermon, King quoted this sentence from the statement of a group that called itself the Clergy and Laymen Concerned About Vietnam: “A time comes when silence is betrayal.” Regarding race, it appears that the great majority of Americans have now rejected such silence. This is good. It remains an open question, however, when their silent acceptance of militarism, materialism, and the abuse of Planet Earth will end.
via Martin Luther King’s Giant Triplets: Racism, Yes, But What About Militarism and Materialism?
While there is a strong element of truth in individual cases like this, let’s not turn it into something to generalise from either. Australian History is a documented record of Racism against Chinese for colour alone. Patterns of behaviour were culturally accepted and became systemic institutionalised for political reasons back then too, and those adversarial tactics have remained supported throughout generations today. In just the same way our Colonial attitudes did to Indigenous Australia.
Power and white culture reflected what the pecking order was among whites too but for other reasons such as religion or worse atheists primarily because they tended to deny the socially constructed order of things as natural or god-given. Socialists and Communists were a focus of danger, even more so and globally.
However, to say colour wasn’t predominant is to deny the history that landed on our shores and that still predominates and is pulled out so quickly and misused by Politicians for tactical reasons and in the case Scott Morrison PM is being used in a non-applicable but racial way in defense of Gladys Liu. Reverse Racism Black and Sino Racism aren’t Racism It’s the tactical cry of alt-right whites claiming victimhood where none exists. It’s calling Adam Goodes a Racist when he’s not. It’s a strategy of smoke screening systemic and institutional patterns of behaviour so ingrained in our cultural psyche to be regarded as usual and ill-mannered but little more. However, there is no equivalency between black and white racism because black yellow racism isn’t an institutionalised pattern of behaviour in Australia. (ODT)
It’s not racist, it’s politics: the treatment of Chinese students and MP Gladys Liu
Apply this to the offences Indigenous Australians are incarcerated for. We are worse than the US (ODT)
“Now we have presidential candidates, senators, bragging about their pot use while there are kids who can’t get a job because they have a nonviolent offense for doing things that two of the last three presidents did,” he added.
While he declined to name them, both Harris and Sanders recently attracted attention for joking about their past use of the drug during interviews with “The Breakfast Club,” a nationally syndicated radio show.
the gross disparity in the way that rich and poor users are currently treated by the criminal justice system makes it no laughing matter. “The privileged can break laws and not have to worry about it. There’s no difference between blacks and whites for using marijuana, or even selling marijuana, but blacks are almost four times more likely to be convicted,” Booker said.
via Cory Booker Scolds Kamala Harris for Joking About Pot Use
Simply put Australian Conservatives are Racing to be American and we aren’t far behind this Failed Democracy (ODT)
As we look at the news coming out of America (or the tweets from the President) we are aggrieved that the country is more than ever gripped in the claws of racism, and even worse, that of a white supremacist society. Chicago-based activist Karla Thomas tells us of a country that is “erroneously predicated on white as ‘good’ and black as ‘bad’.”
There is no denying that America is strung collectively tight. Marginalised people have had an extra-large orange boot stepping on their backs, and they are rightfully angry. Immigrants, African Americans, people with disabilities, women, Muslims, and Indigenous people speak out in frustration and the Right, wavering centre and the oh-so-woke but not really Left, are all muting, ignoring, or tone policing their anger respectively. We are at war. And in the centre of this cauldron, there are some very triggered white folks who are tired of people insinuating that their actions have anything what so ever to do with racism.
via Redefining Your Limited View of Racism and White Supremacy – » The Australian Independent Media Network
Catholic Americans show what they are made of (ODT)
In them, a Native American man steadily beats his drum at the end of an Indigenous Peoples March on Friday while singing a song of unity for indigenous people to “be strong” in the face of the ravages of colonialism that now include police brutality, poor access to health care and the ill effects of climate change on reservations.
Surrounding him is a throng of young, mostly white teenage boys, several wearing Make America Great Again caps, with one standing about 30 centimetres from the drummer’s face also wearing a relentless smirk.
Native American Indian elder Nathan Phillips is taunted by Covington Catholic High School students wearing Make America Great Again caps near the Lincoln Memorial in Washington.
Native American Indian elder Nathan Phillips is taunted by Covington Catholic High School students wearing Make America Great Again caps near the Lincoln Memorial in Washington. Credit:Twitter
Nathan Phillips, a veteran in the indigenous rights movement, was that man in the middle.
Phillips, 64, said on Saturday he felt threatened by the teens and that they suddenly swarmed around him as he and other activists were wrapping up the march and preparing to leave.
Phillips, who was singing the American Indian Movement song of unity that serves as a ceremony to send the spirits home, said he noticed tensions beginning to escalate when the teens and other apparent participants from the nearby March for Life rally began taunting the dispersing indigenous crowd.
via It was getting ugly: the Native American who faced down his tormentors
While most of us see ourselves as ‘not racist’, we continue to reproduce racist outcomes and live segregated lives
I am white. As an academic, consultant and writer on white racial identity and race relations, I speak daily with other white people about the meaning of race in our lives. These conversations are critical because, by virtually every measure, racial inequality persists, and institutions continue to be overwhelmingly controlled by white people. While most of us see ourselves as “not racist”, we continue to reproduce racist outcomes and live segregated lives.
via White people assume niceness is the answer to racial inequality. It’s not | Robin diAngelo | Opinion | The Guardian
The phrase, which has been described as “every urban Black woman’s angst”, was the first sexist comment ever levelled at me – and the first of many bizarre interactions I, along with many other Aboriginal women, endure when announcing our heritage.
Mostly, I am met with pure shock – and often, an onslaught of backhanded compliments:
“But you’re so articulate … and exotic.”
“You’re not like those other ones.”
“What percentage Aboriginal are you?”
via Don’t tell me I’m ‘too pretty to be Aboriginal’. It’s not a compliment; it’s racism | Sasha Sarago | Television & radio | The Guardian
The depiction of the tennis star in an Australian newspaper recycled centuries-old racial stereotypes. Publishing it showed an extraordinary lack of judgment
via The Serena cartoon debate: calling out racism is not ‘censorship’ | Gary Younge | Opinion | The Guardian
So it was all bullshit. Total and utter bullshit.
New official statistics confirm that the alleged Victorian crime wave – an outbreak of criminality supposedly so intense that, at one stage, Liberal MP Craig Kelly wanted road signs on the border warning travellers from New South Wales about the danger they faced – never existed.
On the contrary, Victoria’s safer than at any time in the past ten years, in line with a general decline in crime across the nation. As Fairfax’s Peter Martin notes, ‘at 1392 offenders per 100,000 people over the age of 10, Victoria’s offence rate was Australia’s second lowest, bettered only by the Australian Capital Territory.’
Crime in Victoria is not increasing. Rather, the new figures mark the fourth successive annual fall. That’s right. Contrary to just about everything you’ve read or seen on TV, crime in Victoria’s been declining for years.
via Total and utter racist bullshit | Overland literary journal
Even this story is about the black person where are the photos and the story behind the White girl? (ODT)
It seems the story has been told a hundred times before.
A white person sees a person of colour doing something they disagree with. They call the police. The videos of the police encounter show up on social media and soon it appears on news outlets across the world.
Lolade Siyonbola is a black postgraduate student at Yale University. She shares a common room with other students that live in the same hall of residence.
On 8 May, a white student living in the Ivy League university’s hall of graduate studies saw Lolade napping on a sofa in the shared room.
She called the police.
via Police called after black Yale student fell asleep in common room – BBC News
The shooting happened weeks after police in northern California killed Stephon Clark, an unarmed father who was standing in his family’s back yard. Though Yarber’s killing has not prompted massive rallies, both shootings have shone a harsh light on the way police continue to aggressively use lethal force in black communities, even in a liberal state where the Black Lives Matter movement has long protested against police violence and racism.
via Diante Yarber: Police kill black father with barrage of bullets in Walmart parking lot | US news | The Guardian
MURDER BY STEREOTYPE
Police helicopter and body camera footage shows the moment two California cops killed Stephon Clark, an 22-year-old unarmed black man, in a hail of gunfire.
Two officers with the Sacramento Police Department shot at Clark 20 times on Sunday night after police received a call about car break-ins. Clark, a father of two young children, was armed only with a cellphone when he died, and was in his own backyard.
via Footage Shows The Moment Cops Fatally Shot Unarmed Black Man Stephon Clark | HuffPost
The leaders of far-right extremist group Britain First have been jailed for anti-Muslim hate crimes after targeting people they incorrectly believed were involved in an ongoing rape trial.
via Britain First leaders jailed for anti-Muslim hate crime | The Independent
At the base of a Captain Cook statue in Sydney, the inscription reads, Discovered this territory, 1770. Surely we need no longer maintain the fiction that he discovered this country.
Source: America tears down its racist history, we ignore ours – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
A Cape Town magistrate’s court has ruled that an art poster with the words F*ck White People scrawled all over it is not racist or that it amounts hate speech since it seeks to address the problems caused by a white-dominated society.
Source: ‘F*ck White People’ art not racist, rules South Africa magistrate — RT News
If you are white in America, you have an unfair advantage solely based on skin color. So deal with it
Source: No black person is safe in America – Salon.com
The fear of ‘the others’ permeates everything lately. Social media, politicians, commentators and the mainstream media are enabling a culture of stigma and ‘othering’. Fear of people we don’t understand shuffles beneath the surface of individual thought. These fears have a parasitic grip on beliefs, ideas and thought. It channels thought, word and deed through the…
Source: The Racist Agenda Was Made to Destroy The Working Class – » The Australian Independent Media Network
Fox News host Bill O’Reilly was widely criticized for his racist remarks in which he mocked the hair of an African-American congresswoman, saying it looked like she was wearing a “James Brown wig.” This isn’t the first time O’Reilly has made such comments; in fact, he has a history of saying racist things.
Source: Bill O’Reilly’s History Of Racism
By Josh Hoxie | ( Inequality.org ) | – – A new study shows the legacy of racism far outweighs …
Source: It’s Racism, Stupid. America’s Persistent Racial Wealth Divide
The failed integration of Roma is not the reason why Europeans fear refugees, racism is.
Source: Why are Roma blamed for Europe’s rejection of refugees? – Al Jazeera English
By Nader Galil “My name is Nader and I am a racist*!” (think alcoholics anonymous)! I am also a cheat, a liar, I’m selfish and I’m a hypocrite. These are essentially ordinary human traits that lay within us all to varying degrees. Although we’re inaccurately taught to see these as defining personality characteristics, it is…
Source: I am a Racist – Live with it! – » The Australian Independent Media Network
If you were supported for the majority of your life in a world that reinforced white supremacy, you become fearful rather than embrace a deconstruction of the truth
Source: White fragility, white fear: the crisis of racial identity in Australia, and beyond | Marcus Woolombi Waters | Opinion | The Guardian