Tag: Racism

Justin Trudeau says his ‘heart breaks’ with more Indigenous graves found

Canadian PM Justin Trudeau lays a teddy bear at a small flag at the site of a former residential school where ground-penetrating radar detected a potential 751 unmarked graves, in Cowessess First Nation, Saskatchewan.

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

‘Critical race theory’ is the right’s new bogeyman. The left must not fall for it | Cas Mudde | The Guardian

Opponents of the academic doctrine known as critical race theory protest outside the Loudoun County School Board headquarters, in Ashburn, Virginia, on June 22, 2021.

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

Old Dog Thought- Conservatives only deny: Climate Change is serious, the pandemic is an emergency, racism exists, women run second, LGBTQIs and asylum seekers are normal people and that Multiculturalism is in the national interest. Along with denying pollution,welfare, sustainable wages, unions, public health, education, housing and public media.

Fighting Fake News with REAL 25/6/21; Truth in Humour; Informed Opinion

“Exterminate All the Brutes” Was 500 Years of Genocide in the Making

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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 Charlottesville Model: Trump’s “Fine People” Praise of White Nationalists Is Now GOP Mainstream | The Smirking Chimp

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

Thinking Globally About Racial Justice

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

“We don’t have a race problem”: NSW Police Minister takes leave of senses – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The era of Trump has arrived in Australia and it began with No Cuts Tony Abbott.

Source: “We don’t have a race problem”: NSW Police Minister takes leave of senses – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Archewell strategist Genevieve Roth: why race is an issue in my marriage

Genevieve Roth, foundet of Invisible Hand, and her husband, and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s new strategist has revealed that she realised she was racist after marrying her black husband. Genevieve Roth has claimed all white people are “rife with internalised racism and unconscious bias”. “Race is an issue in our marriage because as a white woman of privilege, I have racist tendencies written in at a cellular level,” she said. The comment echoes an observation made by Prince Harry, who said his own upbringing meant he had been ignorant about the widespread nature of racism until he met his wife.

Archewell strategist Genevieve Roth: why race is an issue in my marriage

Australia’s racial terrorism – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The Original Inhabitants of these lands may have been reduced to a mere 3% of the entire population, but we, the Oldest Living Cultures in the World, are still here. We stand upon Aboriginal Land, why are we solely meeting on Colonial grounds? Australia, we are fellow citizens and it is time you stood by us, on our terms not yours!

Australia’s racial terrorism – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Being Indifferent to Difference – » The Australian Independent Media Network

We need to be careful to not assume that these high-profile cases are exceptions. They are the tip of the iceberg. I hear racist, homophobic and other slurs around difference at my local golf club and in other places where people mix, on a regular basis. And so do you. We damn the different, no matter what the form. We don’t value diversity, only diversity that makes others more the same as us, in other words, assimilation. We want migrants to be Australians, as long as they cook their authentic national dishes. Sadly, we are not as civilised as we would like to think ourselves to be. I think we are getting better at calling out prejudice when we see it but we still need much more leadership from politicians and institutions such as those that support the events I’ve described above. The quip of the week goes to Deborah Devine who talked about her son Dan Levy, the star of Schitt’s Creek, who is gay. She had a message to Dan’s bullies at a school camp when he was a boy: “Live from New York, it’s Saturday Night!” Dan was hosting the prestigious program, a measure of his enormous success.

Being Indifferent to Difference – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Open Letter Calls For Eddie McGuire To Resign, Demands Action From Collingwood Sponsors | HuffPost Australia

An open letter demands Collingwood President Eddie McGuire

First Nations politicians, academics and activists demand action from the club and its corporate backers following a report that found systemic racism at the Magpies.

Open Letter Calls For Eddie McGuire To Resign, Demands Action From Collingwood Sponsors | HuffPost Australia

The Palestinian boycott of Israel is not racist, it is anti-racist

The Palestinian boycott of Israel is not racist, it is anti-racist

The claims made by Democratic New York City mayoral candidate Andrew Yang in a recent op-ed in the Jewish weekly The Forward, point to the prevailing ignorance that continues to dominate the US discourse on Palestine and Israel. Yang is a former Democratic Presidential candidate and is vying for the Jewish vote in New York City. According to the reductionist assumption that all Jews must naturally support Israel and Zionism, Yang constructed an argument that is based entirely on a tired and false mantra equating criticism of Israel with anti-Semitism. His pro-Israel logic is not only unfounded, but also confused.

The Palestinian boycott of Israel is not racist, it is anti-racist

Old Dog Thought- It’s about time we stopped recording the theft a mars bar as a crime and recorded wage theft, tax evasion, and pork barrelling as crime.

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There Are No Black Victims in Donald Trump’s America – Mother Jones

After Jacob Blake was shot several times in the back by Kenosha, Wisconsin, police officer Rusten Shesky, and was lying paralyzed from the waist down and handcuffed to a hospital bed, right-wing media, conservatives, and the usual crowd of other assorted racists were searching for a justification for what seemed to the rest of the world as an unprovoked assault. Some said that Blake was reaching for a knife. Others insisted he was resisting arrest.

There Are No Black Victims in Donald Trump’s America – Mother Jones

William Barr Says Police Being Racist Toward Black People Isn’t Racism | HuffPost Australia

Attorney General William P. Barr at a news conference in Kansas City, Mo.

“I think there are some situations where statistics would suggest that they are treated differently, but I don’t think that that’s necessarily racism,” Barr said.

William Barr Says Police Being Racist Toward Black People Isn’t Racism | HuffPost Australia

Why we must confront the racism of ‘The Australian’ cartoon

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

Old Dog Thoughts- Ch9 took over Fairfax the heat is really on to get rid of the ABC and blinker Australia.

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Old Dog Thoughts- The enablers and recruiters of Australia’s shame are paid to flourish

Fighting Fake News with REAL 17/6/20; Scotty the Marketeer’s new “Task Force of Disinformation”; Throwing the fuel of denial on BLM; Australia’s Shame and the Media;

We don’t need China to tell us Australian racism exists – just ask international students | Australian universities | The Guardian

students in front of university building

If Australia wants to welcome Chinese students and the world back, it needs to reflect on the climate into which it is bringing them

We don’t need China to tell us Australian racism exists – just ask international students | Australian universities | The Guardian

Old Dog Thoughts-Grasping at straws Trump and Pompeii have Morrison playing their cheerleader

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Collateral damage in the time of COVID-19

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

It’s not racist, it’s politics: the treatment of Chinese students and MP Gladys Liu

Chinese tourists on a tour of Sydney University.

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

Old Dog Thoughts- Racism, Our Media, Role models and enablers, Child Suicide, Medevac. We boldly stand and accuse China of Human Rights Crimes

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Presidential Racism: Shining Example Of America’s Somber Status Quo | The Smirking Chimp

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