White supremacist who killed protester leaves a mother ‘forever scarred’
White supremacist who killed protester leaves a mother ‘forever scarred’
The mother of a woman killed in a car attack during a white supremacist rally here last year told a jury on Monday that her daughter “was full of love, she was full of justice, she was full of fairness” – and that avowed neo-Nazi James Fields jnr “tried to silence” her by ramming his speeding Dodge Challenger into a crowd of anti-racism demonstrators.
“I refuse to allow that,” Susan Bro testified in a strong but sometimes halting voice.
Bro, mother of 32-year-old Heather Heyer, was the prosecution’s fourth and final witness at the sentencing hearing for Fields, who was found guilty on Friday of first-degree murder and other crimes for an August 12, 2017, act of homicidal vehicular rage.
“Almost all members of our family have gone into grief therapy as the darkness has tried to swallow us whole,” Bro said. Her daughter, who worked for a local law firm, had been described by friends as a committed advocate for social justice. “We are survivors,” Bro said, “but we are much sadder survivors. We are forever scarred by the pain.”
Piling on Racism Accusations to Take Down a Conservative State Legislator
Conservative State Legislator
The left has a bad habit of labeling conservatives racist merely for being politically incorrect. Whereas when someone on the left actually is racist, they get a free pass. Hillary Clinton recently joked about how a woman interviewing her confused the two black men Eric Holder and Cory Booker. “Yeah, I know they all look alike,” Clinton laughed. Most of the left-leaning media didn’t even bother covering the incident.
Contrast this to what is happening with conservative Arizona State Rep. David Stringer (R-Prescott). Stringer is a culture warrior, who is concerned about illegal immigrants and radical Islamists entering the country and changing the culture. This is a fairly common view, popularized by conservative author and commentator Pat Buchanan.
Trump’s Racism Doesn’t Have To Be A Political Strategy. Sometimes It’s Just Racism
In 1955, after the nation’s most infamous lynching ― of her son, Emmett ― Mamie Till-Mobley sent a telegram to President Dwight Eisenhower. In it, she pleaded with Eisenhower to “see that justice [was] meted out to all persons involved” in her son’s murder, which took place in Money, Mississippi.
She received nothing in response — not correspondence from the White House and not justice for her 14-year-old son.
This is helpful context for understanding the culture of Mississippi. While the state may have been rescued from the scourge of slavery, in many ways it still upholds the character of that era and the repressive years that followed. Mississippi boasts a higher percentage of black residents than any other state, a fact that historians say fueled its long tradition of anti-blackness dating back to the antebellum years. Since the murder of Emmett Till, there have been more lynchings in Mississippi than in all other states combined, according to the Tuskegee Institute’s Department of Records and Research.
All this is to say that when Mississippi’s Republican Senate candidate, Cindy Hyde-Smith, gleefully invoked hanging to express appreciation for a supporter of hers, she was drawing from a sordid history that is especially potent in her home state.
“If [the supporter] invited me to a public hanging,” she told a crowd during a campaign stop, “I’d be on the front row.” Hyde-Smith was met with raucous applause. In a separate incident that surfaced later, the candidate was heard endorsing the idea of making it harder for her opponent’s likely supporters to vote.
Hyde-Smith, the incumbent senator, will face Democratic candidate Mike Espy, a black man and former U.S. secretary of agriculture, in a run-off election scheduled for Nov. 27.
And when President Donald Trump visits Mississippi on her behalf ― which he plans to do on Monday ― he has given us every reason to believe that he will go because of Hyde-Smith’s racist evocations, and not in spite of them.
Quebecers among Canadians most likely to believe racism is decreasing
Canadians think racism is on the rise in the world but not here, a new survey shows — and Quebecers are among those with the rosiest view of the degree of racism in Canada.
When asked if they think the degree of racism is getting better or worse in the country, half of Quebecers said it’s getting better.
In Atlantic Canada, nearly as many — 49 per cent of those surveyed — said the degree of racism is getting better. That figure was 48 per cent in Alberta and 46 per cent in B.C.
People in Manitoba and Saskatchewan had the opposite view: more than half said the degree of racism is getting worse in Canada, and a similar proportion thought the same about what’s happening in other countries.
The survey of 1,503 Canadians, which included 403 Quebecers, was conducted by Leger Marketing for the Association of Canadian Studies. It has a margin of error of 3.5 points, 19 times out of 20.
Touchy subject in Quebec: Jedwab
What explains this regional divide?
Demographer Jack Jedwab, the vice-president of the Association for Canadian Studies, suggests simply talking about racism is a touchy issue in Quebec.
“In Quebec, we saw considerable resistance to the very idea of having a consultation about systemic racism,” Jedwab said, out of concern that it might give rise to “Quebec bashing.”
The consultation was scuttled by the previous Liberal government after considerable outcry from critics and the opposition.
On the Prairies, Jedwab noted, there has been a more open discussion around issues of racial discrimination.
“In Manitoba and Saskatchewan, Indigenous issues and high Indigenous poverty have influenced perceptions about racism over the past few decades.”
Perceptions don’t match statistics
Sixty per cent of Canadians surveyed said they believe racism is on the rise worldwide, compared to 43 per cent who believe it’s a growing problem in Canada.
Moses Gashirabake, a spokesperson for the Canadian Race Relations Foundation, cautioned that further study is needed to accurately measure Canadians’ attitudes.
Canadians’ belief that there is a lessening degree of racism flies in the face of what data suggests.
Hate crimes reported to police rose steadily between 2013 and 2016, the latest numbers available, according to Statistics Canada.
The Jewish organization B’nai Brith Canada, which has tracked anti-Semitic incidents since 1982, said 2017 was the second-straight record-breaking year for such incidents, mostly harassment and vandalism.
It seems that every week we hear of a swastika graffiti or someone spray-painting ‘Hitler was right,'” said Daniel Koren, a spokeperson for B’nai Brith.
Anecdotal evidence from sociologists, historians and minority community leaders contacted by CBC News also suggests that racist speech, especially on social media, is on the increase.
“People are becoming more emboldened to behave in a racist way, thinking there are no consequences,” said Marva Wisdom, a diversity consultant in Guelph, Ont. and a director of the Black Experience Project, a large study of black Canadians in the greater Toronto area.
“There aren’t enough people pushing back.”
“There is no doubt that there is a rise in racist rhetoric in Canada that mirrors the rest of North America and Europe,” said Barrington Walker, a professor of black Canadian history at Queen’s University.
Nazi salutes, blackface: Is racist behavior becoming normal in Wisconsin?
Nazi salutes, blackface: Is racist behavior becoming normal in Wisconsin?
A group of high school students in Baraboo came under fire earlier this month for displaying a Nazi salute in a prom photo.
Just weeks before, two men in Wausau stirred controversy by wearing blackface and shouting racial slurs during a Halloween party.
Hatred toward minorities is nothing new in the United States. But observers say people have become emboldened to express those views publicly since President Donald Trump’s campaign and election.
Trump has faced criticism for making racially-charged statements both as a candidate and also after the election, such as calling Mexicans rapists. Critics argue such statements play a role in normalizing what had become socially unacceptable speech and actions, and tacitly signal support for extremist groups.
Anti-racism protest deserved coverage, too
I’m glad that you reported on the Extinction Rebellion protest in London on Saturday, blocking several Thames crossings, attended by up to 6,000 people (Warning from artist among 82 arrested at climate blockade, 19 November). But I’m sorry Monday’s paper didn’t cover the anti-racism, anti-fascist protest in London on the same day, marching from Portland Place to Whitehall, attended by up to 30,000 people from a wide range of political, civic and charitable organisations and trade unions. Both were significant democratic events and both, surely, should have been brought to public attention.
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ICERD: Yes to affirmative action but no to racism
The May 9 general election results ushered in a new wave of democratic and institutional reforms towards greater accountability and human rights compliance in Malaysia. However, in recent days we have experienced a lot of public backlash to the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government’s proposal to strengthen human rights compliance in Malaysia, especially through ratification of major human rights conventions. Some of the reactions moved beyond democratic practices to hate speech, provocation and even threats of violence like running amok.
We should not be surprised that this is happening, given the major shift in government to one which is multi-ethnic and multi-religious, and to the new opposition in Parliament which is predominately of one major ethnic and religious community. Seeing everything through the lens of race and religion is now unavoidable.
The current public discussion/dispute/contestation is with regards to the ICERD, or the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination. Let me make two observations, two points of facts and one recommendation on this matter.
Observations in the contestation
Firstly, the PH government seems totally unprepared for the backlash on this issue from a section of Malaysian society. What is surprising is that at the level of both Cabinet members and backbenchers, no one seems to have details on the ICERD, the Federal Constitution or the implications of ratifying the treaty. Think tanks at the political party end as well as government agencies must be better prepared and have a media handling strategy on all matters for reform.
Secondly, we note that a majority of the opposition MPs, including former ministers, and many of the NGOs against ratification of the ICERD have been more emotive than factual, including by propagating half-truths instead of a full interpretation of the Federal Constitution with reference to Article 153. They have been successful in igniting the fears of the Malay community on this matter.
Checking the facts on ICERD
Thirdly, facts pertaining to the ICERD. This was the first of the conventions endorsed by the UN in 1965, even before the convention on civil and political rights. It was done in the fight against the apartheid system of South Africa and the rising racial discrimination across the world. So far, 179 countries have made a global stand against racism. This is very significant. There are only 14 countries which have not ratified the ICERD. At the Asean level, there are only three countries which have not ratified ICERD: Myanmar, Brunei and Malaysia. A majority of the 14 are small island nations and not any major world power other than North Korea.
Veteran lawyer blames New Zealand’s ‘polite racism’ for job troubles
Colin Henry was once offered the post of solicitor general in Bermuda.
But in New Zealand, the veteran lawyer’s applications for roles such as tenancy adjudicator and coroner have all been fruitless – and he believes discrimination is at play.
The New Zealand citizen, originally from the Carribean, recently stalled the appointment of a Race Relations Commissioner when he sued the Minister of Justice over the selection process.
The search for a new Commissioner has resumed after his application for interim injunction at the High Court in Auckland was thrown out.
He said that since he was persuaded to migrate to New Zealand by Immigration NZ advertising 23 years ago, he has repeatedly failed to land a job commensurate with his experience.
“It certainly appears to me to involve discrimination,” he said.
He said despite being highly qualified, with decades of experience, he’d only ever secured one job interview in New Zealand – for a role requiring three to four years’ experience.
Although Bermuda offered him the post of its solicitor general in 2008, his applications for dozens of roles at the Human Rights Review Tribunal and Legal Aid Review Panel, among others, had never resulted in an interview.
He agreed with recent comments made by New Plymouth’s former mayor, Andrew Judd, who told Radio NZ New Zealanders “view ourselves as some utopian country on race relations whereas we’re actually just polite racists”.
“What I have described it as is non-hostile racism,” said Henry.
“Whereas in the US I would run the risk in certain places of hearing the shout of n….., that has never happened here, and no one shows me ill will as such.
“[New Zealanders are] not confrontational, but when you have the chance, you don’t miss the chance to act on your preferences. So yes, there’s a polite racism. New Zealand needs to realise you can’t just open logistically, you need to open up psychologically as well.”
Henry is the vice-president of the Refugee Council of New Zealand and a High Court barrister and solicitor.
Never Forget That World War I Was Also Racist
It is no secret that French President Emmanuel Macron, who sees the Elysée less as a bully pulpit than a university lectern, saw the centenary of Armistice Day as a teaching moment. With one eye fixed on the several dozen heads of state he has invited to Paris—the other eye, of course, is fixed on his tanking poll numbers—Macron sought to recall one of the causes and consequences of World War I, what he had called “the leprosy of nationalism.”
Years from now, historians will tell us whether U.S. President Donald Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin, and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan exchanged notes or smirks during this particular lesson. What historians can tell us now, though, is that nationalism was not the only ism that hatched World War I and hastened World War II. Racism was an equally important, though mostly ignored, ideological malady tied to the war to end all wars. Given the current spasm of ethno-nationalism now convulsing the Western world, the role played by racism in the events of 1914 to 1918 is a question of more than historical interest.
In the case of France, racism took both expected and unexpected shapes. Consider Macron’s visit last week—one of his stops during his tour of French battle sites—to Reims. The northeastern city famed for its cathedral—the traditional site for the crowning of French kings that was devastated by German shelling—Reims just became the site of another tradition of France: imperialism. The city inaugurated a statue, one that replaced an earlier statue destroyed by the Germans in 1940, honoring the memory of those 200,000 African soldiers who fought and 30,000 who died pour la patrie. At the ceremony, Macron’s guest, President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta of Mali, spoke while he stood silently at his side.
CNN Panel: White Women Trump Voters are Racist and Heavily Invested in White Supremacy
God bless the work that the good people at Newsbusters do on a daily basis – watching liberal crap on TV and calling out leftist nonsense so that the rest of America does not have to. This time, Newsbusters’ Brad Wilmouth snagged a clip from Friday night of CNN’s Don Lemon’s panel of liberal hacks (except one) accusing white, pro-Trump women of being racist fools who support white supremacy.
Kirsten Powers admonished white women for bad behavior. Despite also being “oppressed” under white patriarchy, Powers asserted that white women vote in ways that harm other disadvantaged groups because their “fathers…husbands…and brothers” are benefiting from systemic racism and thus they are as well.
Liberal contributor Kirsten Powers argued that such women must be “racist” because they voted for Trump, while UC Berkeley Professor Stephanie Jones-Rogers argued that women have long benefited from “white supremacy” even while being “oppressed” by white men. Alice Stewart was the exception to the liberal rule.
I think we have to recognize that white men are doing it as well, but sometimes I think that we would hope that we would get better behavior from white women because white women are themselves are oppressed and that they would be able to align themselves with other oppressed people.
I think we have to remember that the white patriarchal system actually benefits white women in a lot of ways, and they are attached to white men who are benefiting from the system that was created by them, for them. And their fathers and their husbands and their brothers are benefiting from the system, and so they are also benefiting.
Professor Jones-Rogers agreed with this sentiment, adding that these women have a “deep investment” in white supremacy.