Category: Racism

Cory Booker Scolds Kamala Harris for Joking About Pot Use

UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 04: Sens. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and Cory Booker, D-N.J., attend the Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in Hart Building on September 4, 2018. The hearing was delayed by motions to adjourn by Democratic senators and protesters. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

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

Australia is deplorably racist, as people of colour are reminded when they speak up | Jack Latimore | Opinion | The Guardian

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There can be no reconciliation until politicians acknowledge the harmful impacts of race baiting

via Australia is deplorably racist, as people of colour are reminded when they speak up | Jack Latimore | Opinion | The Guardian

Redefining Your Limited View of Racism and White Supremacy – » The Australian Independent Media Network

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

It was getting ugly: the Native American who faced down his tormentors

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.
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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

White people assume niceness is the answer to racial inequality. It’s not | Robin diAngelo | Opinion | The Guardian

‘Suggesting that whiteness has no meaning creates an alienating – even hostile – climate for people of color working and living in predominantly white environments.’

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 Serena cartoon debate: calling out racism is not ‘censorship’ | Gary Younge | Opinion | The Guardian

Illustration: Eleanor Shakespeare

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

Total and utter racist bullshit | Overland literary journal

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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

Police called after black Yale student fell asleep in common room – BBC News

Lolade Siyonbola

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

Diante Yarber: Police kill black father with barrage of bullets in Walmart parking lot | US news | The Guardian

Diante Yarber was driving his cousin and friends to a local Walmart when he was shot and killed by police on 5 April.

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

Footage Shows The Moment Cops Fatally Shot Unarmed Black Man Stephon Clark | HuffPost

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

Britain First leaders jailed for anti-Muslim hate crime | The Independent

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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

America tears down its racist history, we ignore ours – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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)

‘F*ck White People’ art not racist, rules South Africa magistrate — RT News

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

The Racist Agenda Was Made to Destroy The Working Class – » The Australian Independent Media Network

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

Bill O’Reilly’s History Of Racism

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

I am a Racist – Live with it! – » The Australian Independent Media Network

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

White fragility, white fear: the crisis of racial identity in Australia, and beyond | Marcus Woolombi Waters | Opinion | The Guardian

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

Emma Niles: Truthdigger of the Week: Zianna Oliphant, Fearless Fourth-Grader Who Spoke on Racial Injustice – Truthdigger of the Week – Truthdig

Oliphant pleaded for the right to protest and argued for change in the treatment of the black community in the wake of the fatal police shooting of an African-American man in Charlotte, N.C.

Source: Emma Niles: Truthdigger of the Week: Zianna Oliphant, Fearless Fourth-Grader Who Spoke on Racial Injustice – Truthdigger of the Week – Truthdig

Mo Farah ‘humiliated’ and sent to back of queue while boarding flight home from Rio Olympics, claims wife | The Independent

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Mo Farah was left “humiliated” when he was forced to go to the back of the queue while boarding his flight home from the Rio Olympics, his wife has claimed.  The four-time Olympic champion’s wife, Tania Farah, said he was shouted at by a flight attendant who refused to acknowledge he had a business class ticket for the journey.

Source: Mo Farah ‘humiliated’ and sent to back of queue while boarding flight home from Rio Olympics, claims wife | The Independent

Racial bias found in Texas death penalty cases, Harvard Law School study says | US news | The Guardian

Harris County was named one of 16 ‘outlier’ counties in the US, where five or more death sentences were assessed between 2010 and 2015

Source: Racial bias found in Texas death penalty cases, Harvard Law School study says | US news | The Guardian

What we’re missing while we argue over individual acts of blatant racism

It seems not a week goes by without another incident hitting the headlines. But it’s easier to call out a racist individual the society we’ve built, writes Celeste Liddle.

Source: What we’re missing while we argue over individual acts of blatant racism

Rohan Connolly: Disgraceful banana-throwing episode shows why there are no excuses for racism in the game

Racists and their apologists can’t ignore the evidence right before their eyes, and Port Adelaide should be commended for moving swiftly in response.

Source: Rohan Connolly: Disgraceful banana-throwing episode shows why there are no excuses for racism in the game

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How conservatives use racism and why – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The 60s and 70s were times of great change in Australia.  Women were throwing off the shackles of domestic servitude, Aborigines were demanding civil rights, and the end of the White Australia policy saw us embracing a new era of multiculturalism where discrimination on the basis of race or gender was no longer unacceptable. But…

Source: How conservatives use racism and why – » The Australian Independent Media Network

‘Racists aren’t welcome here!’: how we kicked a racist passenger off the bus | Andrea Myles | Opinion | The Guardian

When the man who’d called fellow passengers ‘monkeys’ flipped us off and left the bus, there was nervous and awkward applause

Source: ‘Racists aren’t welcome here!’: how we kicked a racist passenger off the bus | Andrea Myles | Opinion | The Guardian

The Average Black Family Would Need 228 Years to Build the Wealth of a White Family Today | The Nation

If current economic trends continue, the average black household will need 228 years to accumulate as much wealth as their white counterparts hold today. For the average Latino family, it will take 84 years.

Source: The Average Black Family Would Need 228 Years to Build the Wealth of a White Family Today | The Nation

Bill Leak’s Racism Is About Hurting The Powerless, Not Freedom Of Speech – New Matilda

The Australian cartoon attacking Aboriginal men was free speech. But Glen Le Lievre’s cartoon in Fairfax stereotyping Jews was an outrage. Apparently. Michael Brull delves into the latest breath-taking hypocrisy from Australian’s conservative commentators. Most people who saw the way Aboriginal kids were being treated in Don Dale were horrified. Children being beaten, tear gassed,More

Source: Bill Leak’s Racism Is About Hurting The Powerless, Not Freedom Of Speech – New Matilda

A Punter’s Guide To Bill Leak, The Oz And The Companies That Finance Their Racism

‘I was in disbelief’: Student speaks up after Apple store incident | SBS News

File pic. (AAP) (SBS News) Abdulahi Haji Ali, one of the students at the centre of the racist incident. (SBS News) File pic. (AAP) (SBS News)PreviousNext apple apple kid Apple store Treasurer Joe Hockey says he’ll introduce new laws to crack down on multinational tax dodgers. (AAP) apple apple kid Apple store Treasurer Joe Hockey says he’ll introduce new laws to crack down on multinational tax dodgers. (AAP) apple apple kid Apple store Treasurer Joe Hockey says he’ll introduce new laws to crack down on multinational tax dodgers. (AAP)Hide GridImages 041/04Video1/AudioOne of the students at the centre of an apparent racist discriminatory incident at a Melbourne Apple store says he was in disbelief when the group was told to leave a store because staff were worried they “might steal something”.Source: SBS News12 Nov 2015 – 8:27 AM UPDATED 13 Nov 2015 – 9:08 AMOne of the African students turned away from a Melbourne Apple store because a staff member was afraid he and his friends “might steal something” has told SBS News he wants a formal apology from the company.A video posted on Facebook and Twitter on Tuesday night showed the staff member telling the boys, who were wearing Maribyrnong College uniforms, “we’re just a bit worried about your presence in our store”.”We’re just worried you might steal something,” the staff member said.”Why would we steal something?” one of the boys asked.The staff member did not address the boy’s question, saying, “End of discussion, I need to ask you to leave our store”.One of the boys, Abdulahi Haji Ali, told SBS the group was shocked to be asked to leave.”Once the incident happened I was in shock, I was in disbelief,” he said. “I didn’t believe the employee said that, I thought I was day dreaming.”The principal of Maribyrnong College, Nick Scott, later accompanied the boys back to the store to seek an apology for their treatment. He told SBS News the store manager responded to them favourably and told them they were welcome any time.Abdulahi told SBS News the incident hadn’t changed his opinion of the company.”It was just one employee and we shouldn’t blame the all company just for one employee’s mistake”. “I didn’t believe the employee said that, I thought I was day dreaming.”But he wanted Apple to give the group a formal apology.An Apple spokeswoman provided the following statement to SBS in relation to the incident:“Inclusion and diversity are among Apple’s core values. We believe in equality for everyone, regardless of race, age, gender, gender identity, ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation. That applies throughout our company, around the world with no exceptions. We’ve looked into the details of the situation and we apologise to the customers involved. We will continue to do everything in our power to ensure all our customers are treated the way they should be.”Since the video was published, there has been a huge amount of support for the boys on social media and condemnation for the conduct of the Apple staff involved.Mr Scott said he wasn’t surprised the boys had filmed the incident and commended their actions.“In speaking to the boys, it’s clear to me they’ve experienced this kind of thing before,” he said. “They know it for what it is and they certainly felt they wanted to record this incident and I congratulate them for it.” Recommended ‘We believe in equality for everyone’: Apple apologises for ejecting African students from Melbourne store 13 Nov 2015 – 10:22am ‘We believe in equality for everyone’: Apple apologises for ejecting African students from Melbourne store

Source: ‘I was in disbelief’: Student speaks up after Apple store incident | SBS News

Day to Day Politics: The wisdom of a child defeats Hanson. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Thursday 21 July 2016 1 Sometimes the wisdom of a child can put words into action that convey the simple truth that we are more like each other than we care to admit. A fact that some through their inherited hatred, or ignorance, are afraid of admitting. “I’m proud of you, and I’m a proud…

Source: Day to Day Politics: The wisdom of a child defeats Hanson. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Flags burned at Melbourne racism protests | SBS News

Masked members of a splinter anti-fascism group have set Australian flags on fire and scuffled with police and media in the latest Melbourne rally between rival protest groups. However, there was no repeat of the violent clashes seen at recent protests as police kept the opposing groups separate on Sunday. About two dozen people dressed in black and wearing masks still managed to interrupt an anti-Islam rally, setting flags alight and scuffling with news photographers.

Source: Flags burned at Melbourne racism protests | SBS News

Havard student gives emotional graduation speech that goes viral | Americas | News | The Independent

 

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A Harvard graduate’s inspiring commencement speech has been called “one of the most powerful, heartfelt student speeches” by Harvard University. Donovan Livingston, a master’s graduate from the university, performed his spoken word poem “Lift Off” for the Harvard Graduate School of Education student speech.