Is it any surprise that British Colonial settler territories have so much in common? Australian history with it’s “stolen generations” had very similar experiences even if the specific details differed. However Canada doesn’t have the denialist racist attitudes expressed by the Murdoch media organization when it comes to resisting the re-investigation of their history.
The Kuper Island Indian Industrial School was operated by the Roman Catholic Church from 1890 until 1969, when the federal government took it over. The school was closed in 1975 and the building was demolished in the 1980s.
Source: Justin Trudeau says his ‘heart breaks’ with more Indigenous graves found
Rightwing politicians and media outlets are attacking a strawman version of antiracism. A disappointing number of liberals and leftists have bought into it
Source: ‘Critical race theory’ is the right’s new bogeyman. The left must not fall for it | Cas Mudde | The Guardian
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
The big takeaway that Republican leaders and conservative pundits clearly got from the Trump era was that the Republican base wants their racism delivered piping hot and with the minimal amount of subtlety. It’s a situation that is likely to get much worse before it gets better.
Source: The Charlottesville Model: Trump’s “Fine People” Praise of White Nationalists Is Now GOP Mainstream | The Smirking Chimp
For example, the Biden administration has moved aggressively to roll out vaccines here in the United States. But it has rejected global appeals to waive patent rights for vaccines, to share vaccine technology, and to require transparency from pharmaceutical companies about their pricing. The result is “vaccine apartheid” on a global scale. As of early April, 20 percent of the population in North America had received at least one dose of a vaccine, compared to less than 1 percent in Africa. Global inequalities play out on so many issues like these that it is no exaggeration to talk of a more general “global apartheid.” This global system is structured not only by race, but also by class, gender, and national origin. There are many different levels of privilege and vulnerability. But similar patterns are repeated from the local to the global levels.
Source: Thinking Globally About Racial Justice
In refusing to call out the cartoon you are refusing, once again, to call out so very much more.
It is the faux purity of ignoring one cartoon so that you can continue to ignore the far more threatening task of addressing the foundational racism of News Corp that is most sickening.
via Why we must confront the racism of ‘The Australian’ cartoon
The plight of Indigenous Australians is demonstrated by the light sentencing of the two accused murderers of Lynette Daley, writes Rosemary Joiner.
via The Lynette Daley story: A failure in the justice system for Indigenous Australians
News Corp has certainly been fuelling Sinophobia as it did Islamophobia and anti African sentiments yet we have Racial vilification laws and the goverenment simply stands by and watches. (ODT)
Here are some recent examples of racism outbreaks:
people who appear to be Asian in origin being abused at supermarkets;
a Malaysian student being denied rental accommodation;
the Chinese being blamed for the virus;
Chinese restaurants seeing a marked drop off in patronage;
students at some schools being mocked as “Coronas” in the playground (my son has witnessed this personally);
my niece – of Indian ancestry – and another young girl being abused on a train in Melbourne — the abuse was about them “being the problem” that led the abuser to have to take his children out of school;
snide remarks being made to people of general “Asian” appearance; and
talkback hosts allowing these comments to go to air without regard for community outcomes.
via Collateral damage in the time of COVID-19
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
Trump trumpets the low unemployment rate among blacks as proof that his body contains no racist “bones.”
But what Trump doesn’t say (and what the media doesn’t report adequately) is that the current unemployment rate for blacks remains about twice that of whites. The June 2019 national unemployment rate for whites was 3.3 percent compared to 6 percent for blacks. The June 2000 rate was 3.6 percent for whites and 7.8 percent for blacks. Since Trump has neither eased nor erased that long-standing unemployment rate disparity – one rooted in racial discrimination – he does not deserve credit.
via Presidential Racism: Shining Example Of America’s Somber Status Quo | The Smirking Chimp