Posts Tagged ‘Racism’
Arsenal Manager Arsène Wenger Argues Against Quotas to Increase Number of Black Managers and CoachesWednesday, November 21st, 2012
The Professional Footballers’ Association took much of the English game by surprise on Wednesday by unveiling a six-point plan to tackle discrimination which included the implementation of a form of the ‘Rooney Rule’ in the American NFL.
The ‘Rooney Rule’ does not actually set any quota on the numbers of black managers within the NFL but does say that qualified black coaches should be on the interview list for vacancies.
“I feel that no matter what job you do in life, you should just do it because you deserve to do it and you have the quality to do it,” said the Arsenal manager.
“Just to put a quota out, for me, is exactly against what sport has to be. Sport is about competition and competence. That will have exactly the opposite effect to what it should have.”
“You can say as well then, ‘why do you leave him out?’ It’s again a kind of racism and what we have all to fight for is just competence.
“Put in people who are good, no matter what colour. I feel that sport can be a massive example for [the] fight against racism. Sport has one big advantage. You can measure the performances of people. If you’re good, you play.”
The PFA’s plan was also criticised yesterday for not being sufficiently far-reaching.
Peter Herbert, the chair of the Society of Black Lawyers, has been meeting some black players in recent weeks and believes that they should still set up an organisation within the PFA.
The SBL has published its own 10-point plan for football, which includes a 20 per cent target for all club staff, including managers, within three years, and an annual league table of those clubs who have made the most progress in addressing racism.
“The SBL welcomes the announcement of the six-point plan by the PFA, however this is too little too late given the pressure faced by the Ferdinand brothers and others for the stand they have taken against racism over the past year,” said Herbert.
“The PFA have rushed to issue a knee-jerk reaction. A fundamental shift is needed to address the segregated style glass ceiling that exists where black players are prevented from becoming coaches and managers.”Share on Facebook
We all saw the headlines and heard the sound bites about racist tweets sent out during the election. Floatingsheep.org, a website founded by geography scientists, measured racist tweets across the country, and Alabama wound up producing the most such tweets among the 50 states. Mississippi came in a close second.
Floatingsheep.org counted tweets that were “geocoded,” meaning the senders had enabled the geo-location sensor on their smart phone or computer, so the scientists, and anyone else who received such tweets, could record where they originated.
For the analysis, these scientists defined racist tweets as those including the words “reelection” or “Obama” or “won” as well as the n-word or the word “monkey.”
They counted those tweets from Nov. 1 through Nov. 7, then compared the number of racist tweets they discovered to the total number of geocoded tweets from each state. This allowed them to compute a “location quotient inspired measure,” also called an LQ.
Alabama got the highest LQ, a whopping 8.2. Coming in a close second was Mississippi at 7.4, which was twice as high as the next state on the list, Georgia.
What I wanted to know is how many racist tweets came from each state, and I could not find that number anywhere in the Floatingsheep.org data posted on their website. So I called Dr. Matt Zook, a professor of geography at the University of Kentucky and one of the scientists who conducted the analysis.
Now close your eyes for a few seconds and try to guess how many racists sent geocoded tweets in Alabama over those seven days, resulting in our No. 1 ranking?
The answer is 14. And maybe not even that. The study found 14 racist tweets sent by people in Alabama, but some of those 14 tweets could have come from the same person. In fact, those 14 tweets could have come from a tour bus full of white supremacists from Boston, Mass., puttering through Alabama during that seven-day period.
I submit that 14 tweets is not a big enough sample to leave us with the ignominy of being the most racist state in the entire Twitterverse.
In fact, if you really take the study to heart, there should be cause for jubilation in Coastal Alabama. Look at the accompanying map produced by Floatingsheep.org. Judging from it, no more racists befoul south Alabama. They’ve all slithered upstate!
But we all know that’s not true: Our moderators at al.com play Whack A Mole with anonymous racist commenters just about every day.
Dr. Zook and Floatingsheep.org have shown that the age-old scourge of racial hatred has metastasized into cyberspace. For that they should be commended. I just think they need a lot more data before tagging us as Racist State Number One.
By the way, although Dr. Zook was mostly forthcoming and helpful, he would not share those 14 tweets with me, not even the twitter handles of the senders. He said Floatingsheep.org is concerned that releasing such data might cause Twitter to shut them out of future research.
But Twitter is a very public space. If you think you might have received one of those 14 racist tweets between Nov. 1 and Nov. 7, please email me. We’ll track down the senders and shine a light on them.Share on Facebook
The Supreme Court deliberations on the Texas affirmative action case bring to mind a terrible injustice which passed with little notice this past summer: At the London Olympics, 8 out of 8 of the sprinters in the finals of the men’s 100 meter dash were black.
And this has in fact been the case dating all the way back to 1984: 64 out of 64 finalists have been black.
In this country, the racism is even more egregious: there hasn’t been a single white man representing this country in the 4 x 100 relay since 1964.
This is the type of disparate impact which should not be tolerated in an enlightened society.
We should have a 4 x 100 sprint relay which looks like America — with at least two white members. This is not a quota, of course, merely a guideline.
Ameliorating institutional racism must start at the grass roots level. Slow white children from the suburbs should be put on remedial HeadStart exercise programs starting at age four. And white children should be encouraged to attend federally funded summer running camps.
After an initial grace period of five years, any public school at which whites don’t hold a proportional share of the school sprinting records will have its federal funding cut off. We will call this program No Runner Left Behind.
Much of the difference in performance stems from coach expectation. Coaches rarely encourage whites to go into the sprints on the mistaken assumption that they are less talented than blacks. This sort of subtle discouragement can have drastic effects on the psyche of a young athlete. Every coach must attend an indoctrination session to rid them of these erroneous racist beliefs.
We must also explore the role of other factors in the racial divide, such as prenatal nutrition, the home environment, self esteem issues, and intimidation at meets. All of these have subtly corrosive effects which must be counteracted.
And we must change a culture among young whites where running fast is considered “acting black” and looked down upon.
Perhaps it’s time to even reconsider the primacy of the stopwatch when it comes to judging runners. Perhaps we should consider stopping such a discriminatory practice and start looking at the runner holistically, as an entire person.
Just think of how much more competitive we will be internationally once we achieve the benefits of diversity. (Watch out Jamaica!)
Anyone who questions whether all this is a good use of resources, and who doubts that even with more training whites will perform up to the level of the top black sprinters, should be sent to a sensitivity training seminar. Hate speech must be eradicated.
Should anybody point out that blacks have a superior genetic predisposition to sprinting, with their proportionately long legs, their narrower hips, their fast twitch muscle fiber, and their higher testosterone levels, he will be branded a racist. He will be driven from public life, and if possible, fired from his job.
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Australians are being urged to stand up to racism in their daily lives.
“It does require people to stand up when they see something that’s wrong and like in all other areas of bullying, the silence of the majority allows bullies to get away with bad behaviour,” Ms Roxon told reporters in Melbourne.
The strategy comes on the heels of a random survey of 2000 people last year, in which one in seven Australians reported experiencing discrimination based on their colour or background, a figure that has risen steadily in recent years.
Federal race discrimination commissioner Helen Szoke said racism was more prevalent in Australia than people believed.
“Australia is not a racist country, but racism exists and we have to do better,” she told reporters.
Dr Szoke said the Australian Human Rights Commission’s strategy would begin a national discussion about what racism is and include initiatives to prevent it.
She said racism could take a real toll on people’s lives and communities.
“Discrimination costs us financially and culturally,” she told the launch.
Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation national director Jacqueline Phillips said public consultations held in the lead-up to the strategy showed racism was a reality for many indigenous people.
“Racism is an ongoing reality for many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and can result in feeling like second class citizens in their own land,” she said.
Reconciliation Australia co-chair and former race discrimination commissioner Tom Calma said racism was a significant obstacle to achieving a reconciled Australia.
Ms Roxon said most Australians accepted people who come from other parts of the world but ignorance and bad behaviour still existed.
“We all like the idea of a fair go,” she said.
“Now we actually have to make sure we deliver it in our daily lives.”Share on Facebook
Has it come to this? Yes it has, according to Joan McKenna, whose son Tim McKenna, 19, was shot while delivering pizza in Detroit.
In the wake of the shooting, a Jets Pizza franchise in Dearborn ruled it will no longer deliver to Detroit after dark. Before the shooting, they sent two drivers to every nighttime Detroit delivery, one of whom was armed, Joan McKenna said.
“They usually send somebody with a guy … who carries a gun,” she said. “Usually they have two go into Detroit after dark, if they have a delivery … One guy has a legal, he can carry a gun. That night, Timmy was the only one left, they had this one run to do, he said ‘yeah, I’ll do it.’ He’s a kid, he doesn’t think anything’s going to happen to him.”
“He can’t play football right now, he’s on the team at Adrian, it’s really hard … It went right in the chest, this guy shot him right in the chest,” Joan McKenna said, adding, “It was a robbery, the guy wanted his money, he hit the gas and the guy went ‘pop pop’ and he was shot in the chest.”
“I realize this is a terrible situation, it is tragic, but some people say it’s racist, we’re eliminating Detroit, we’re sectioning Detroit off from the rest of the world,” Langton said during his show on Talk Radio 1270, adding, “Some people will say ‘Why should we let the acts of one stupid gun person, make a whole policy that alienates a city?’”
But Joan McKenna thinks any claims of racism are hogwash.
“You want to talk about racism? This has nothing to do with color, it has to do with people who are not willing to get up, plug in the coffee maker, and go to work … Come on, get a job, we’re not talking race here,” Joan McKenna said.
John from Chesterfield called in and said, “This is not racist, this is a high probability risk assessment. I was in the military … If you’re going to go into Detroit after dark the risk assessment is you’re going to be robbed, shot or mugged … There are people in Detroit who don’t want to go out after dark either, it’s crazy, but that’s it.”Share on Facebook
“A black kid asks his mom, ‘Mama, what’s a democracy?’
“‘Well, son, that be when white folks work every day so us po’ folks can get all our benefits.’
“‘But mama, don’t the white folk get mad about that?’
“‘They sho do, son. They sho do. And that’s called racism.’”
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A third of Brits admit they are racist, a shock report has revealed.
The worrying figure emerged in a poll of 2,000 adults who were asked to honestly express their feelings about foreign nationals living and working in this country.
One in three admitted regularly making comments or being involved in discussions which could be considered racist.
Additionally, more than one in ten admitted they had been accused of being a racist by someone close to them.
And almost 40 per cent confessed to using the phrase ‘I’m not a racist, but …’ when discussing race issues facing Britain today.
Alarmingly, many felt their animosity towards foreigners was passed down by previous generations.
But the country’s immigration policy also emerged as a trigger for emotions which could be considered racist.
The true extent of the racist undercurrent within the country was revealed in a nationally representative study carried out by OnePoll in which 88 per cent of the respondents classed themselves as ‘White British’.
Anti-racism campaign group Hope Not Hate, said they were not ‘surprised’ by the poll results.
‘These are very disappointing findings. The positive way to look at it the majority of Britain’s shun this behaviour.
‘It equally shows there is a long to way to go to tackle prejudice in sections of society.
It’s disappointing – we know there is a long way to go and this poll merely underlines the fact.’
Yesterday a OnePoll spokesman said: ‘What constitutes being racist will always be a contentious issue.
‘What one person deems inappropriate the next person may not.
‘The opinions and beliefs of our parents and grandparents are bound to be a factor in the way we address other people regardless of their nationality or skin colour.
‘Likewise life experience and cultures we have grown-up in are inevitably going to influence our beliefs and the language we use.
Other factors which many feel stir up anti-foreign emotions was the environment or neighbourhood people currently live in.
Life experience was also hailed as a reason.
The study also found one in five accept the fact people around them make disparaging remarks about different ethnic groups – and are not bothered by it.
Age-wise, the over 55s were found to have the biggest chips on their shoulders, with the 18-24 age range close behind.
The younger of these two brackets were also more likely to admit making racist comments or partaking in behaviour which could be deemed racist.
The Government’s immigration policy was slammed by many of those who took part in the study.
Seventy one per cent said they felt the ‘open doors’ approach to foreign nationals was leading to an increase in racist feelings.
As many as one in six demanded Britain close its doors to anyone who is not a UK national.
Just over four out of ten said they felt a strict number of immigrants should be allowed in at any one time.
A OnePoll spokesman added: ‘It’s alarming that so many people are just accepting the racist behaviour around them.
‘Nobody should feel an outsider in their own community.
‘The findings did show that immigration policy was fuelling the fire for racist behaviour amongst some adults.
‘But immigration and race are two separate issues although these findings show that many believe one is a consequence of another.’Share on Facebook
Avowed racist and aspiring butler John Derbyshire is back from literary exile. Firedfrom The National Review for failing to adequately veil his racism, the Derb has now taken up residence at VDARE, a hate group.
Leaving aside the intended malice, I actually think “White Supremacist” is not bad semantically. White supremacy, in the sense of a society in which key decisions are made by white Europeans, is one of the better arrangements History has come up with. There have of course been some blots on the record, but I don’t see how it can be denied that net-net, white Europeans have made a better job of running fair and stable societies than has any other group.
Non-white supremacy is after all the rule over much of the world, from entire continental spaces like sub-Saharan Africa to individual black-runor mestizo-run municipalities in the U.S.A. I see no great floods into these places by refugees desperate to escape the horrors of white supremacy.
Ultimately, though, Derb settles on a more P.C. moniker for like-minded individuals: “Dissident Right.” He says “race realist” or just “conservative” will do in a pinch, too.
Meanwhile, VDARE is raising funds to help pay for Derb’s chemotherapy. I support this effort, because if Derb dies then my weird end-of-life interactions with him may necessitate that I write an obituary, and I’m not ready to deal with the strange and frightened feelings this man continually instills in me.Share on Facebook
Twitter users — one a freshman at Franklin Pierce University in Rindge — who fired off racist rants about Washington Capitals hockey hero Joel Ward are facing possible disciplinary action from their schools.
One of the individuals, who has since apologized, said he’s getting death threats
“The B’s lost and I just said it,” said one Western Massachusetts Boston Bruins fan who called Ward a racial slur in a tweet. “The fact is, I’m not a racist. It was stupid of me. I would apologize to Joel Ward if I could.”
The fan said he’s received death threats.
After Ward, who is black, scored the series-clinching goal to end the Bruins’ NHL season, Twitter was flooded with tweets calling the 31-year-old winger a variety of racial slurs. Many were sent by students and hockey players, including some from Gloucester, Cumberland, R.I., and Vernon, Conn.
A spokeswoman for Franklin Pierce University said the student who tweeted there is facing disciplinary action for firing off an expletive-laden tweet using “vile racial slurs.”
“We consider the racism, ignorance, lack of inclusiveness and poor sportsmanship reflected in the student’s actions to be a matter of grave concern, and we are taking immediate action,” the school’s statement said.
The student apologized in a tweet Thursday night, saying: “I was in a state that had me frustrated. I am not racist and never will be. Sorry.”
The university spokeswoman had no update on the student this morning.
In Cumberland, R.I., school Superintendent Phil Thornton said a junior hockey player is facing possible sanctions for his actions.
“The comments … are deeply disturbing and not part of what we teach,” Thornton said. “We have been in contact with the family and are taking all steps to address this very serious issue.”
The NHL released a statement condemning the cyber racism as “ignorant and unacceptable,” while the Capitals said the team was “outraged” and the Bruins said the team was “disappointed” by the “classless, ignorant views.”
The comments sparked fury from some who said they bolster claims Boston is racist. But Mayor Thomas M. Menino fired back, saying: “Cowards that hide behind Twitter handles don’t represent the city of Boston nor our sports fans.”Share on Facebook
It’s the same neighborhood where witnesses say a white man was severely beaten by a group of black men.
“These newspapers are wrong,” Marsha Parker, one of the neighbors, said. “This is evil. I called police immediately.”
Neighbors say all they want is peace, and this is an obvious attempt by racists to incite violence.
“This is putting gas on the fire,” Kendric Reese said. “This is just pure hate. It doesn’t make any sense.”
Reese and Parker said the beating was a feud between neighbors, and was not racially motivated. The neighbors said there are no racial tensions between blacks and whites on Delmar Drive.
Local 15 News contacted the Southern Poverty Law Center, an organization that tracks hate groups. They said last year, a chapter of Neo-Nazis called the American Aryan Reich in Mobile crossed their radars.
Mobile Police say they know the person or group who delivered the newspapers, but would not specify who they were. Police say the newspapers fall under the protection of freedom of speech.Share on Facebook
ABC’s reality dating game show series, which includes “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette,” is expected to face a class-action lawsuit this week for racial discrimination due to its failure of featuring minority contestants on the show . . . the show’s lack of diversity over the course of 23 seasons has raised a few questions in recent years as to why there has never been a non-white bachelor. Last year show creator, Fleiss told Entertainment Weekly that he and his production team are always looking to cast for ethnic diversity, “it’s just that for whatever reason, they don’t come forward. I wish they would.”Share on Facebook
For nearly a year before filing their lawsuit in March 2007, the seven black officers charging racial discrimination within the Richmond Police Department worked to undermine police Chief Chris Magnus, all the while documenting comments that they could later twist and claim were bigoted, an attorney for the city told jurors Wednesday.
Never once did the plaintiffs, all of whom are supervisors or managers in the department, come forward to allege offensive conduct, denying the city and the chief the opportunity to resolve any issues outside a courtroom, defense attorney Arthur Hartinger said in his closing statement.
“Lots of these incidents were saved up until they could drop a bomb and hit the chief over the head with a sledgehammer,” Hartinger said. “They weren’t saying anything. They were holding their cards close to the vest so they can get their (lawsuit) right.”
Lts. Michael Booker, Johan Simon, Arnold Threets, Shawn Picket, Cleveland Brown, Sgt. James Jenkins and Capt. Eugene McBride are suing Magnus, now-retired Deputy Chief Lori Ritter and the city of Richmond over claims of a hostile work environment based on racial discrimination. The jury heard three months of testimony and saw hundreds of documents before the plaintiffs’ attorneys gave their closing argument Tuesday.
Those attorneys argued that a pattern of racial discrimination has existed within the city’s Police Department for years, and each of the
plaintiffs has been denied opportunities, subjected to racist conduct and retaliated against for speaking out about racial divisions.
“Absurd,” “ridiculous” and “unfair” were among the adjectives Hartinger used to describe those claims Wednesday.
He told jurors that the plaintiffs were against Magnus before he even moved to California to take the helm of the Police Department in January 2006 because they were threatened by change. The officers never acted in good faith, and some did what they could to hinder Magnus’ efforts to diversify sections of the department.
At the trial, the plaintiffs attacked another black command staff member who sided with Magnus and Ritter, claiming that he didn’t identify himself as an African-American, Hartinger said. The defense introduced a birth certificate and 1973 employment application into evidence to show that the now-retired officer, Enos Johnson, is black and identifies himself as such.
“They can’t handle the fact that the chief promoted an African-American man, and they can’t handle an African-American man is a good friend of Lori Ritter,” Hartinger said.
Since Magnus became chief, violent crimes in Richmond have fallen dramatically and an unprecedented number of women and minorities have been promoted, the attorney said.
“Send a message that this is not right, there was no discrimination,” Hartinger told jurors. “Stand with the community, stand by the chief.”
The trial continues Thursday with the attorneys’ rebuttal arguments, followed by jury deliberations.
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Webster’s dictionary defines prejudice as: “(1) Pre-conceived judgment or opinion; (2) an adverse opinion or leaning formed without just grounds or before sufficient knowledge.” This perfectly describes the Un-Fair Campaign.
The campaign wanted to begin a discussion about race, but it entered into the discussion seemingly already having decided that everyone who is white is racist, or at least prejudiced. The only basis for this was the color of people’s skin, and that sounds pretty racist to me.
If people want to have a discussion about race, that’s fantastic; let’s talk. But don’t start the discussion basically by telling me I am, and can be nothing but, a racist just because I’m white. That is discrimination (and hypocrisy) in its purest form, and it needs to stop so we can make way for real discussion.Share on Facebook
This Saturday should be an interesting one up in Duluth.
Backers of the Un-Fair Campaign’s controversial “It’s hard to see racism when you’re white” billboards have scheduled a pro-racial-justice counter-rally set to happen concurrently with a white nationalist group’s pro-white rally.
The controversial billboards tell passersby that “It’s hard to see racism when you’re white,” but some white folks locally and nationally object to being singled out and argue the campaign contradicts itself by using racism to combat racism.
Saturday’s pro-white rally is being organized by the Supreme White Alliance, whose members share “a common belief that our race and our heritage are in danger of disappearing from existence due to the lies that come from multiculturalism.”
|SWA: Un-Fair Campaign suggests whites are “automatically racist because they are white.”|
A statement on the SWA’s homepage says the Un-Fair Campaign “has plastered advertisments [sic] all over these towns basically telling white people that they are automatically racist because they are white. The rally will be held on March 3rd to protest this outrageous claim.”
Supporters of the Un-Fair Campaign and its billboards first planned to ignore the SWA rally, but have now decided to make their presence felt this Saturday morning.
Duluth activist Joel Kilgour told the Duluth News Tribune that he and other counter-rally organizers look at it “as an opportunity for people to recommit, as a community, to work on racial justice and grow together as a stronger community.” He said that 50 Duluth-based organizations and nearly 200 community members have signed an open letter calling on Duluth residents to take action Saturday to counter racism and promote community.
Saturday’s festivities probably won’t be quite on par with the Selma to Montgomery marches, nonetheless it’s surprising that Duluth and its 90 percent white population has emerged as Minnesota’s hotbed of racial controversy. Hard to see racism when you’re white? Not when hundreds of white supremacists are rallying in your city.
I’m a racist!
I know many people have touched on this subject be for, and I may be just spewing out what’s probably a common opinion. But anyway.
Am I’m a racist? Yes. You don’t like people of color? True, but I don’t hate! I just prefer the company of my own kind, and who doesn’t? BET wouldn’t exist if people didn’t seek their own.
What makes me a racist? Ummm… nature? Natural law? Instinct? Take your pick. How ever, I never declared ” Hello word! I’m a racist!” what I said was. “that’s not right” “they shouldn’t do that” ” can you believe what their doing” “what kind of people do that?”. The answer to these questions was ” Your a Racist!” yelled by whom ever was standing near me when I instinctively spoke out as a reaction to seeing or hearing something. I was declared a racist! By people with less moral character and more guilt. I can almost understand the ” less moral character” you know the saying ( it takes all kinds)
But the guilt? Really? I should feel guilty for winning the genetic lottery? They call us racist out of fear, envy, and ignorance. That’s rooted in a deep seeded knowledge that they need us a lot more than we need them. Because we don’t.
So yes I’m a racist, not because I chose to hate, or feel superior. I just feel different. Like a wolf is different from a dog. And like wolves we thrive in an environment dominated by wolves.
Economically speaking with geographical and political environments aside we can see that the whiter and area is the more prosperous it is.
The word racist/ racism stem from a time where ist and ism were placed on word to give them negative a sounding stigma, to advance a political or social agenda.
” who wants to be called a racist?
Who supports racism?”
and it works great! We can’t deny it. It’s shut us up for decades! They are such new words in fact,
Wikipedia says ; (As a word, racism is an “ism”, a belief that can be described by a word ending in the suffix -ism, pertaining to race. As its etymology would suggest, its usage is relatively recent and as such its definition is not entirely settled.)
it’s the second paragraph under definitions.
It’s so new it’s definition isn’t entirely settled! That means its up for grabs! “it’s racist to make whites feel guilty”.
“forcing multiculturalism on whites only is racism” Wow!
So knowing that being a racist is new, and it’s still undefined. Is it bad to be a racist? It doesn’t feel bad.
I’m called a racist because I’m confident, intelligent, creative, have strong moral character, and work ethic, because I care about the future of my people and want them to prosper in the future. Well, maybe the new definition of racist should be
Racist, adj. One who is proud of his people’s heritage and history. One who wishes to see his people flourish in the future and grow in numbers. And remain pure and untaintedShare on Facebook
Watch as she refuses to acknowledge her public racist remarks, proving SHE is one herself.
If we are ever to treat the problem seriously we have to be honest with ourselves and Dianne is not being.
A champagne socialist, too.
CHICAGO – A 48-year-old Chicago public school teacher used the “n-word” as part of a lesson on the perils and pitfalls of racism, and it landed him a five-day suspension from his job. The teacher is fighting back, filing a federal lawsuit against the district and claiming that his civil rights have been violated.
Lincoln Brown, a 21-year veteran teacher and native of Chicago’s Hyde Park, used the word in his sixth grade classroom at Murray Language Academy on Oct. 4, 2011 after discovering a note that female student was passing had the slur written on it as apart of some rap lyrics. Brown, who is white, used the note as an opportunity to teach lesson about racism in the context of Huckleberry Finn.
In almost impeccable timing, as soon as Brown said the “n-word,” the school’s principal, George Mason, walked in the room, and the trouble started.
“This cannot be apart of who I am,” Brown said during a press conference with his attorney. “My character has been assassinated.”
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A BOY of seven was accused of racism after asking a fellow pupil if he was “brown because he was from Africa“.
Elliott Dearlove’s mum Hayley White was summoned to the head’s office after the other boy’s mother complained.
Healthcare worker Hayley, 29, was read the school’s zero-tolerance policy on racism and asked to sign a form saying Elliott had made a racist remark.
But she said: “I refused to sign it. It was simply curiosity from a seven-year-old boy, nothing more.”
She added: “Elliott was extremely distressed by it all. He kept saying to me, ‘I was just asking a question. I didn’t mean it to be nasty.’ ”Share on Facebook
Launching in January, concerned White residents of Duluth, Minn., formed the Un-Fair Campaign to help fellow Whites in their community recognize their “white privilege” and encourage an honest dialogue to foster racial justice. What they did next, though, has many whites — locally, nationally, and even internationally — up in arms: They set up a number of billboards, such as “It’s Hard To See Racism When You’re White,” around their community, which has ignited a firestorm.
With other billboards asking, “Is White Skin Really Fair Skin?” many of Duluth’s White residents were reportedly angered by the displays, complaining they are being indiscriminately upbraided for racism.
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Hundreds of the city’s white residents have complained that the campaign’s kick-off images and messages are offensive. The campaign, they say, blames all racism on whites and implies that white people aren’t smart enough to recognize racism.
One resident, Phil Pierson, was so upset by the Un-Fair Campaign’s placards that he formed the “Stop Racist Unfair Campaign” on Facebook, with more than 425 people becoming members almost immediately.
You can’t open a discussion on race and hope to see it move in a positive direction when you raise the topic by stereotyping an entire race, Pierson said. It spreads animosity and hate, teaches a new generation to point fingers and [focuses] on the color of our skin instead of the idea that we’re all human.
And Pierson — and the hundreds of White Duluth residents — aren’t alone. A number of white supremacist groups and racists are said to now be sending “hateful messages and e-mails from all over the world” to both the campaign and Mayor Don Ness, who is said to be one of the campaign’s sponsors.
I became kind of a lightning rod for groups outside our community, said Ness, who was accused in messages from as far away as Scotland of inviting “white genocide” and being a “traitor” to his race. It was disappointing to see the level of hate and ugliness, he said.
Members of the Un-Fair Campaign say they started the organization because of the local issues in their community. Duluth is said to be 90 percent White, making multi-racial contact hard to come by.
Ellen O’Neill, a YWCA director and campaign sponsor, adds:
“It’s possible to never interact with a person of color here,” O’Neill said. “It makes the problem more invisible.”
More to the point, the majority of the Black and American Indian populations not only have obscene high school graduation rates at 25 and 34 percent, respectively, they also have poverty rates of 67 percent and 56 percent, respectively.
The Un-Fair Campaign and its supporters feel as though this discrepancy in wealth and education is the effects of institutional racism and have organized meetings and workshops, such as “Cracking the White Shell,” to help put an end to this injustice.
To see the backlash residents and campaign members have received isn’t surprising, but what is surprising is the taking up of this endeavor at all. We live in such a racially polarized society, that oftentimes, the simple acknowledgement of racial injustice seems, dare I say it, radical.
But then to go a step further and actually look to bring awareness to this issue shows a courage that is in line with Dr. Martin L. King Jr.’s ethos that all people are capable of calling out injustice even when it is uncomfortable, disadvantageous, and inconvenient to do so.
While many — if not most — would like to see this nation as strictly Black and White, news events such as this remind us that we aren’t just one-dimensional products of our society. In fact, each and everyone of us has the potential to be much more dynamic and powerful in our complexity.
To the editor:
Throughout the racist South, under the control of Democrats, there were vile programs that were blatant eugenics projects. They were aimed at sterilizing poor black women to prevent them from having kids. They were black attrition programs. Margaret Sanger would have been ecstatic.
The legislatures of those southern states, and their governorships, were solidly Democratic Party strongholds. They knew of, funded, and executed the programs for years. They were still trying to protect and perpetuate them well into the mid 1960s with help from their media minions.
The Democratic Party vigorously supported and elected a fellow name Robert Byrd to the U.S. Senate for decades. Byrd had not only been a KKK member, he had been so rabid a member, and organizer, for so long, the Klan made him a Grand Wizard planning and executing their vile actions toward black folks. Yet the Democratic Party perpetually elected him to the U.S. Senate until he grew ancient and faded away – not long ago.
When white Democratic Party members are embroiled in sex scandals the Democrats rally behind them. For Klintonov, Edwards, Weiner, and others, Democrats freely threw their integrity down the toilet. But let a black fellow, Herman Cain, who freely stated he had “escaped the Democrat Plantation” run for office and see what happens. The Democrats and their media minions crowed about sex scandals 24/7 even though the sources of the accusations were probably totally untrustworthy, and their allegations very possibly completely false. It mattered not. He was slandered 24/7 and forced to withdraw. No uppity black folks escape the Democratic Party plantation and become prosperous self-made men without suffering dire consequences. Bet on it.
Republicans have vigorously tried to establish voucher programs for black families to let their kids escape some of the most horribly failed public school systems in this country, and enroll them at better schools. Every time this has been brought up one organization has stood rigidly opposed and stopped the programs – the Democratic Party. They have used any means possible to stop those programs dead in their tracks and endlessly mire those kids in absolutely horrid schools where they have no future but dependency and poverty. Some friends, huh?
It will be easy to go on and on with the racist history of the Democratic Party. It has arguably the longest, most vicious and despicable anti-black racist history of any organization on this planet.
Maybe we should fully expose it here.
“White supremacists from all over the world are sending me threats and some of the most hateful messages I’ve ever read,” the mayor wrote five days after helping launch an anti-racism project called the Un-Fair Campaign; he did so at a press conference, apparently making himself a face of the movement — and a target for its backlash.
“The racism I’ve seen this weekend is all the proof I need that we (need) good people to step up,” Ness continued in a post that was “liked” nearly 500 times in less than a day, that received more than 150 comments and that was reposted on countless walls.
Not exactly viral, but certainly not invisible.
“No, the (Un-Fair Campaign) is not calling all white people racists,” Ness wrote. “It’s saying white folk need to be part of the solution. And I’m not backing down from that. Will you join me?”
So there was a call to action from the mayor. And by early Monday afternoon, his smiling mug was popping up on the Facebook walls of Duluthians from across the city accompanied by the words, “I got your back, Don. Stand against racism and intimidation.” The graphic included the Un-Fair Campaign’s website.
The website contains tons of information about the campaign’s 15 partners, about racist laws, about “seeing” racism, about white privilege and more.
But is the campaign doing enough, in this moment, to seize another call to action, that to educate? Much of Duluth is paying attention — right now. Many are offended by billboards reading, “It’s hard to see racism when you’re white.” Others are curious, like gawkers at a car wreck, about those who are offended and why they’re so on the defensive.
One goal of the Un-Fair Campaign was to engage the community. That’s been accomplished. Another goal was to educate. Doing so while the community is engaged seems the opportune time.
“We will be meeting with our partners, and we’ll be talking about how we want to address that,” a member of the campaign — who asked not to be identified because “it’s dangerous” — told the News Tribune Opinion page today. A meeting should take place this week, she said.
The sooner the better.
“We are not calling individual people racist. That is not the intent of the campaign,” the woman said, speaking on behalf of the campaign. “What we’re saying is we live in a monoculture where whiteness is the norm, and if you fit that norm then you have advantages. All the campaign is doing is … asking people to look at the advantages they get by fitting the norm.”
The campaign has received about 150 e-mails, a third of which have been supportive. The other 100 or so messages have been from white people who think they’re being called racists.
“Please go to the website and read,” the campaign spokeswoman urged. “A lot of people are responding just to the billboards. We want them to please go to the website and read, to spend some time on there. There (are) hours and hours of information there.”
Before the campaign was launched one of its most active members told the News Tribune that the point was to “open a dialogue (and) to eliminate racism … as a community.” That dialogue is open. We can all be part of the necessary community conversation that’s following. And we can all accept personal responsibility for making sure it remains civil and proves productive.Share on Facebook
Simmonds, a Scarborough, Ontario native, converted the goal despite the overt show of racism.
After the game, Simmonds, 23, said that as a black man you have to “expect” racism. On Friday, he maintained that he is “above” the issue and would no longer discuss it. In a statement released by the league, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman called the act “stupid and ignorant.”
When word broke of the racial taunts, the initial reaction by those on Twitter and other public avenues was expectedly one of shock. In the U.S. today it’s not often that such overt acts of prejudice are seen within the context of sports.
It’s been 64 years since Jackie Robinson debuted for the Brooklyn Dodgers and 38 years since tennis legend Billy Jean King beat Bobby Riggs in the “Battle of the Sexes.”
In sport on this continent, it is rare for such an explicit act of hate — like what occurred in Canada last night — to rear its head. Sportsmen and women are, to sound completely rote, cultural heroes. Race is of minimal importance. Some athletes are, it seems, more popular because of their race. An example: while tennis popularity in this country flounders, Venus and Serena Williams are household names (globally, too) and amongst our most popular athletes. Though they are both decorated champions, this sentiment, in part, derives from their unique place in the sport as African-Americans.
Earlier this week, in a story by CSNPhilly.com, Simmonds professed the honor he feels to represent African-Americans in a game that has few amongst its professional ranks. He was, ironically, targeted in Ontario just days later.
So should we be shocked? Sure, here at home the incident marks a near anomaly. But what about abroad? Well, that’s a whole different story.
For decades, the game of soccer has been one afflicted by racist spectators. Across Europe, from west to east, droves of black athletes have been attacked in ways far worse that was Simmonds experienced Thursday night.
It is an issue so pervasive that FIFA, over the last decade, has launched various campaigns against discrimination in an attempt to clean up the sport.
In 2006, the ‘Say no to Racism’ campaign was launched ahead of the World Cup. Other initiatives and penalties are brought on clubs whose fans act in racist ways. (For instance, some clubs have been penalized by having to play home games in empty stadiums as punishment for their ticket holders’ discriminatory behavior.)
Even Thierry Henry, one of the greatest goal scorers of his age and perhaps of all time, has been the recipient of many racial taunts. Not just by fans. Former Spanish national team manager Luis Aragones publicly slandered Henry ahead of a 2005 World Cup qualifier between the Spain and France national teams. His words were archaic and pointed. They revealed a deep-seeded racism.
Earlier this month, English midfielder Ashley Young was met with monkey chants and Nazi salutes in a national team game against Bulgaria in the city of Sofia.
Moreover, the incident involving Simmonds is just the second racially charged presence at a sporting event in his native Canada this month. Students at the University of Montreal dressed in blackface at the elite Hautes Études Commerciales while using mock Jamaican accents in an Olympic themed event.
Such incidents, which occur regularly around the globe, have prompted the Poland-based organization Never Again, which works with UEFA (European football’s governing body), to publish a report called “Hateful,” which documented the number of racist incidents in Poland and Ukraine. It detailed 195 individual incidents of racist and discriminatory behavior during an 18-month period from September 2009 to March 2011.
That is just in the game of soccer. Nevermind Simmonds, who was graceful in answering questions regarding the incident, especially considering his age (23) and location (his home nation). He will, as he said, rise above this. He will move forward because he has no choice.
Those who throw bananas do.
- Ontario fan throws banana at Wayne Simmonds in shameful racist display (prohockeytalk.nbcsports.com)
- Fans, players and writers support Wayne Simmonds after racial taunt (prohockeytalk.nbcsports.com)
- Moron Throws Banana At Wayne Simmonds (lakingsnews.com)
- Wayne Simmonds Target Of Banana Taunt During Philadelphia Flyers Game (sbnation.com)
The “double-r words” have been invoked again. I bristle every time I hear the term “reverse racism” applied in a new context. It’s kind of like the blogger at “I’m not a racist, but,” who tracks the use of this phrase in Facebook postings, then documents the clueless racist statements that inevitably follow. Same goes for the double-r; whenever you hear it, brace yourself for what follows.
Last week, The New York Times reported that a relative has come to the defense of Deryl Dedmon, a white teenager who is being charged with murder for his alleged role in beating and then driving his truck over James Craig Anderson, a 49-year-old black man.
The gruesome incident took place in Jackson, Miss., in late June and was caught on video by a security camera monitoring the parking lot where the attack took place. It burst into national headlines when CNN aired the video last week. Hinds County Prosecutor Robert Shuler Smith is expected to bring hate crime charges against Dedmon. He was among a group of white teens allegedly involved in beating Anderson while repeatedly yelling racial epithets, including “White Power!” according to witnesses. Smith has asked for federal assistance in investigating the crime, according to the Jackson Clarion-Ledger, and is exploring charges against additional teens allegedly involved in the incident. One other teen, John Rice, has been charged with simple assault.
More than 500 people marched in Jackson on Sunday to denounce the crime and memorialize Anderson.
On a Facebook page set up by Dedmon’s supporters, the teen’s great aunt said, “He is not a racist or a murderer…. If anything, he is being tried by the media, suffering from reverse racism and placed in jail without bond. I am sick of the race card.”
With this recasting of the story, the alleged white murderer is now the victim, the perpetrator is the media, and the crime is “reverse racism.” And anyone suspecting racist foul play is recklessly playing the race card.
If your head is spinning, welcome to the Orwellian world of so-called post-racialism, where the new racists are people of color, along with anyone who still sees or speaks about racism. The new victims of racism are always white. Any effort to redress racism is itself racist.
The gospel of this new, upside-down world is colorblindness, which treats any kind of race consciousness as a cardinal sin. Of course, there are exceptions, such as when you play the race card in an effort to absolve someone likely to be charged with a racially motivated murder. That’s an irony that I’m sure is lost on those whose only true colorblindness is to their own whiteness.
Efforts to equalize opportunities across race, such as affirmative action and voluntary school integration, are viewed in this new universe as “reverse racism,” merely because they acknowledge racism’s existence. This sentiment is best epitomized by U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, who famously opined, “The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis or race.”
In other words, focusing on racism is the problem, rather than racism iteslf. It follows that ignoring race—not remedying racism—is the solution, at least as seen through Robert’s rosy colorblind lens.
Those with a clearer view of the real world, however, see these twisted efforts to characterize racial remedies as “reverse racism” as the distraction they are intended to be. Sure, racial prejudice can go in all directions—forward, sideways and especially backwards. But racial prejudice is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to understanding the realities of racism. Power, more than prejudice, is the foundation of racism.
Despite holding the overwhelming share of economic, political and cultural power, some white people believe in “reverse racism” because they truly fear that whites are the targeted and threatened racial group. If you hold this worldview, the concepts of systemic racism, white superiority or even white privilege are likely to escape you. This reductionist view limits racism to mere personal prejudice.
But most racism stems from a historically-evolving and institutionally-based system of racial hierarchy and inequality that routinely privileges white people and disadvantages people of color. It’s alive and well today, and even worsening—as, for instance, with the widening racial wealth gap, which has reached record highs thanks to a recession that has hit people of color hardest.
For further evidence of systemic racial inequality, look at any key quality-of-life indicator in the U.S., from infant mortality to life expectancy and everything in between. Whether it’s household income and wealth, home ownership or health care access, educational attainment or employment, it’s all racially skewed. Any one of these glaring disparities is serious enough, but taken together—the cumulative and compounding impacts—they point to an organized and ongoing system of racial inequality.
So when it comes to the dubious concept of “reverse racism,” I’m a literalist. “Reverse” means to go in the opposite direction. So in my book, “reverse racism” means reversing all the damages of racism. Only problem is, racism, once it has occurred, can’t truly be reversed.
How do you give someone back his or her life? How do you give people back their stolen land, their foreclosed homes, their precious health or the wealth lost by their exploited labor? Don’t get me wrong, there’s still plenty to do about the racism that’s already gone down. We can and should strive for racial reconciliation and reparations. We should force predatory lenders to return the goods to their rightful owners. We should support affirmative action and equitable policies to help level the playing field of access and opportunity. And we should bring people to justice for racial crimes, past and present.
But remedying racism cannot be confused with reversing it. Sadly and soberingly, “reversing racism,” much like “post-racialism,” is just not possible. To talk about either is delusional and disingenuous. There’s too much water, and blood, under the bridge.