Fury on the streets following racist murders in the US
Protests erupted in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, last weekend after police shot and killed 23 year old Sylville Smith.
Smith was the 721st person killed by police in the US this year. He was allegedly carrying a weapon when the car he was travelling in was stopped.
Police then shot him dead. There was no allegation that Smith fired a gun at anyone.
Smith’s mother, Haynes, said he had a licence to carry a weapon because he had previously been shot at and robbed several times.
Police said Smith had a “lengthy arrest record”. In fact although he had been arrested or detained many times, the charges were dropped in practically every case.
The only serious offence he was convicted of was for carrying a concealed weapon, a misdemeanour for which he was sentenced to one day in prison.
Initial peaceful protests after the killing were met by heavy-handed policing and this led to a bank and several police cars being set on fire.
One protester said, “The police aren’t here to protect us, they are here to kill us unless we are their slaves”.
Wisconsin governor Scott Walker called out the National Guard—a force of military reservists with all the weaponry of the regular army.
Walker previously called out the National Guard in 2014 during protests over the police killing of Dontre Hamilton.
Latina Has The Perfect Response To Woman Who Called Her Mother A ‘Wetback’
A woman’s racist rant against a Colorado family has gone viral after one of the family’s daughters responded with a moving, insightful Facebook post.
“You, your kind, you’re the ones that give the brown people a bad name,” an unidentified woman wearing sunglasses can be heard saying to Yolanda Flores, who lives in the city of Grand Junction. Flores recorded the exchange, which her daughter Wendy later posted to Facebook.
Flores and her family were parked near the Mesa County Health Department, where she was taking her son for a physical on Monday, the Grand Junction Sentinel reports.
In cell phone footage shot by Flores, the woman calls her a “wetback,” accuses her of “trying to get something for nothing,” and even demands, “Speak English, bitch,” while snapping her fingers in her face.
“This right here is what’s wrong with the world,” wrote Flores’ daughter, Wendy Flores, in a powerful takedown that she posted along with the video on Facebook.
Man charged with arson for torching home of black upstate N.Y. firefighter was neighbor, former firefighter
The lone black firefighter of an upstate New York town whose home burned to the ground just two days after receiving a racist letter was shocked to learn that man arrested for the act of arson was a neighbor and former firefighter.
Matthew Jurado, 39, admitted to police that he torched Kenneth Walker’s North Tonawanda home in retaliation for getting removed from his job as a volunteer firefighter. He did not claim responsibility for the hate-filled letter, but claims “he knows who wrote it.”
Police told WGRZ that Jurado “didn’t want to tell us who that person was,” that wrote the nasty note.
Jurado had been recently let go from the Live Hose Co. No. 4 volunteer fire department because he was not properly trained, Buffalo News reported. The suspected arsonist told police that he set fire to Walker’s home in retaliation for losing his job. Walker and Jurado had trained together but worked at two different departments in North Tonawanda, just north of Buffalo.
Jurado told police that “it was not race related, but rather he was upset with the fire department because he has recently been removed from the volunteer fire department,” according to WGRZ.
On Monday, Walker received a typed letter in his mailbox, warning him that if he did not quit his position as a volunteer firefighter he would “regret it.” The letter used the racial slur “n—-r” twice.
Two days later, flames tore through his home, leaving him and his family homeless. Walker and his wife were at work at the time of the fire and their two young daughters weren’t inside the house. The Walker family lost two cats in the blaze and all of their belongings.
The Anti-Semitism Report That Britain’s Labour Party Didn’t Want You To See
It’s difficult for straight white Americans to understand what it is to be Jewish in Britain. But it’s important to try if you want to make sense of the ongoing scandal of anti-Semitism in the Labour Party in the shadow of Brexit.
Today, for example, Baroness Royall’s full report into allegations of anti-Semitism in the Oxford University Labour Party (the non-Jewish chair resigned in disgust at anti-Semitism) was just leaked to the London Jewish Chronicle after having been suppressed by Labour’s National Executive Committee for over two months. Why that matters hinges on the types of racism (including anti-Semitism) that pervade British society and how they’re dealt with.
A generation ago, I went to one of the top ten private schools in Britain. I was frequently called a “yid” by other students (including sons of teachers) and regularly called a “f—king yid.” It had nothing to do with my actions or appearance; they just hurled this epithet the same way a racist in America, annoyed by an African-American driver taking a parking spot, might spew the n-word. At the same school a generation before that, my father had explicitly racist teachers, and in my grandfather’s time one of the school’s “principals” was a blackshirt.
In the late 1980s I played club soccer in a competitive league in which, to my knowledge, no other Jews played, and I routinely mischaracterized where I lived — even to my own team. Living in Alwoodley (“All-yid-ley”) was too much of a giveaway, so I would say Moortown. Sort of like saying Midtown Manhattan instead of the Upper West Side. Since I was six feet tall, light-haired and blue-eyed, it was easy to pass.
Will Smith Discusses Racism on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Smith came onto the show to massive applause, and even decided to give one of the audience members a kiss on the cheek because she was so excited to see him on the show. After a cordial introduction, Smith began to talk about some more serious subjects.
While talking with Stephen Colbert, Smith discussed politics, his relationship with his wife and even race relations in America. Smith argued that racism isn’t nearly as prevalent as it was in the 1960’s and also made the point that the race discussion is more open that it has ever been.
Rainbows and Racism Marched Together in Sweden During LGBT Pride Week
This article originally appeared on VICE Sweden
When we arrive at Tensta square the area seems peaceful. People go about their daily business while a handful of policemen stroll up and down the square – the demonstration hasn’t started yet.
That demonstration is Järva Pride, a self-proclaimed LGBT event in Stockholm’s suburbs, organised by nationalist, right-wing Swedish Democrat (Sverigedemokraterna) party member Jan Sjunnesson. The march goes through the Tensta, Rinkeby, and Kista neighbourhoods – all heavily populated by Middle Eastern and African immigrants – to highlight what those marching say is a lack of acceptance for LGBT people’s rights. The demo thus kicks up controversy and outrage in both the LGBT community and anti-racism movements.
At the centre of the conflict sit Sjunnesson’s far-right sympathies and his association with the Swedish Democrats – a highly controversial party in Sweden, given its critical view on immigration.
Sjunnesson himself has been the editor-in-chief of the party’s official magazine, Samtiden, and contributes to Avpixlat: a propaganda-fuelled website that specialises in self-dubbed “politically incorrect” news, and picks up criticism from elsewhere in the media for allegedly spreading xenophobia and Islamophobia.
I quickly spot white-clad Sjunnesson, who seems very pleased with the media attention. Before allowing us to take any photos, he asks to wait for him to assemble what he calls his signature outfit – a cap from Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.