Boston shows solidarity with Pittsburgh, rallies against antisemitism
rallies against antisemitism
Glowing softly amid the wave of candle lights, hundreds of progressive Jews, interfaith allies.
And others gathered in a circle next to the Boston Holocaust Memorial on November 1.
Holding Shiva in remembrance of the murders of the 11 Jewish elders at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh.
Two black people in at a Kroger in Louisville, and three Palestinian teens in Gaza Strip.
The vigilant yet peaceful rally was led by members of the Boston Workmen’s Circle Center for Jewish Culture & Social Justice.
IfNotNowBoston, Jewish Voice for Peace – Boston, and Moishe Kavod House. It was also cosponsored by Mijente Boston.
Free Siham, Muslim Justice League, Mass Jobs with Justice, and 1for3.org.
In a continuous stream of speeches, speakers from Jewish organizations shared their pain and called for solidarity against anti-semitism, white supremacy and all manifestations of hate.
Nadav David, a member of Moishe Kavod House, an organization of Jewish youth committed to combining Jewish practice with local social justice, said that the safety of the Jewish community lied in its united relationships with all minority groups instead of “an isolation or in relying on policing.”
Rapper Drake Accuses Vancouver Casino of Racial Profiling
Vancouver Casino of Racial Profiling
The Canadian was in town to perform two concerts as part of his Aubrey and the Three Migos Tour on Saturday and Sunday.
After Saturday’s show, Drake — who is known to be partial to a spot of high-stakes gambling — popped into the Parq Vancouver to let off some steam.
For reasons unclear, the casino said no dice. But as far as Drake was concerned, the reason was clear as day, as he vented on Instagram.
“Parq casino @parqvancouverbc is the worst run business I have ever witnessed … profiling me and not allowing me to gamble when I had everything they originally asked me for,” wrote Drake
Within minutes, the “customer reviews” section of the Parq website was flooded with comments from angry Drake fans.
“It’s 2018 not 1945,” fumed one user.
On Monday, the comments section appeared to have been disabled.
Parq President Joe Brunini was sufficiently concerned about the backlash to issue a press release denouncing racism and insisting the matter was being investigated.
Neil Lennon: there is a big problem with anti-Irish racism in Scotland
Neil Lennon has said Scotland has a major problem with anti-Irish racism as he rebuffed claims that he incited the latest attack against him. The Hibernian head coach backed his agent, Martin Reilly, who claimed Lennon was routinely targeted for abuse because he was an Irish Catholic who had played for Celtic.
Lennon was among several participants assaulted during Wednesday’s Edinburgh derby and was angered by claims – including one from his former teammate Gary Caldwell – that he had partly brought it on himself by signalling to Hearts fans to calm down following a disallowed goal. The former Northern Ireland international has previously been attacked at Tynecastle and suffered a number of other incidents in Scotland, including being knocked unconscious in the street and being the recipient of a parcel bomb. The message “hang Neil Lennon” was daubed on a wall near Tynecastle on Thursday.
“You call it sectarianism here in Scotland, I call it racism,” he said. “If a black man is abused, you are not just abusing the colour of his skin, you are abusing his culture, his heritage, his background. It’s the exact same when I get called a Fenian, a pauper, a beggar, a tarrier. These people with the sense of entitlement or superiority complex. And all I do is stand up for myself.
“I’ve been subjected to this for 18 years. I’m 47, I’m fed up of it. I’m the manager of Hibs now and I’m still getting it. Hanging people is something the Ku Klux Klan did in the 60s to black people, so maybe that’s the mentality of the people who write this stuff. There’s a problem. It’s a big problem.”
Lennon spoke to Partick officials after Caldwell, their manager, made comments but did not take a phone call from his former colleague. He added: “It’s pretty poor all this – I was goading people, I bring it on myself. There’s an effigy [graffiti] outside Tynecastle saying ‘hang Neil Lennon’. That was before the game. Did I bring that on myself?”
In a world where everyone has enough freedom to easily say whatever they want nowadays, the penchant for racism and hate speech is inevitable, especially in online games such as Dota 2, where (professional) players may become so caught up and carried away that they seemingly forget their values, whether they are trying to be competitive or entertaining.
On April this year, Fnatic player Daryl Koh “iceiceice” Pei Xiang used the “N” word in his livestream, in an attempt to crack a joke among his viewers.
A few months after, sometime last June, Team Liquid player Ivan “MinD_ContRoL” Ivanov cursed his Russian teammates in a public match for their seemingly terrible gameplay, wishing how they should have been “killed” by Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler to make the world “a better place.”
Recently, compLexity Gaming player Andrei “skem” Ong delivered a racist remark against Chinese team Royal Never Give Up during the Dream Hack DreamLeague Season 10. Ong appeared to have mocked Chinese speech by typing “Gl chingchong” in all chat, where practically the whole world were watching live.
Even if the aforementioned professional players have already received backlash from the public and have faced the consequences of their misdemeanor by paying a fine and any other penalty upon their organizations’ discretion, it raises an alarming message for everybody, including the non-gamers.
These infamous cases are just part of the much bigger picture regarding the rise of racism and hate speech in the Dota 2 community, and by extension, the esports industry.
Even without a statistics of such cases, one ought to be familiar to derogatory terms such as “Malays**t,” “Indogs,” “Peenoise,” and many more in pubs, one way or another. Narrowing it down in the Philippines, for example, there is a so-called “racism within racism,” where Filipino Dota 2 players in the Visayas and Mindanao regions are contempted as “Bisaya/Bisakol” or “Badjao” by those in the metropolis.
This is in conjunction with other offensive, homophobic, misogynistic, and disturbing remarks that shall fill in an endless list, just in Southeast Asia server alone, that are all being used by several players across thousands of matches everyday.
While reporting a player for communication abuse post-game is possible in Dota 2 thrice a week, in addition to gaining an extra report when one is successfully penalized, it is nothing but a band-aid solution.
How can one, even if it were the game’s publisher Valve Corporation, prevent such obnoxious cases from happening, much less curb them, through one-day chat bans, a few low priority games, and the threat of a “much-dreaded” six-month ban from playing Dota 2?
Reinforcement would always be better than punishment. So, for a good start, it is already perhaps the high time for professional players to be reminded that they are not merely engaging with the game for prize money, titles, or their passion.
If they are already struggling to lay their moral compasses in the game, then what more if they are already outside the computer screen?
The game has already been a platform where they must also painstakingly promote values and influence their fans positively, aside from offering entertainment, in this already degrading world because of warfare, global warming, pollution, corruption, political and religious differences, and many, many more.
Talents and agencies could be of help as well in raising awareness. It would not hurt to hope that their campaign has a good chance to have a “trickle down effect” among the public, who will all be eager to follow them anyway.
As caster Eri Neeman posted on Twitter, professionals must have an “underlying obligation to do what’s right more than most circumstances,” where it “weighs deeper when the world sees [them].”
How racism impacts your health -by Roberta K. Timothy
Health impacts related to racism interrupt narratives of the ‘disadvantaged,’ the ‘poor,’ the ‘lazy’ and the ‘needy’.
Outside in public: Smiling, dressed real fine, manners on point. I am well schooled on how to be respectful, how to take up space, how to use silence when necessary. Travelling home on transit listening to music to drown out my day — filled with injustices from the minute I left my “sanctuary” ten hours earlier. Fumbling for keys, nearly pushing the door down to my home. All I experienced outside threatens to crash down my door and engulf my insides and swallow me whole. My breath struggles to calm itself. Grief shadows me through the hallway. I self-talk my way into the kitchen, slipping my armour off; my thick silver bangle hits the floor, the sound awakening me to reality. I am home. I sit still for a minute and contemplate how I will go out again to face the monster of anti-Black racism. I drink my tea quickly, and begin to make dinner. – Feb 9, 2018, author’s journal.
Witnessing and hearing stories about racism can impact your health. The feelings evoked can make you ill if not processed.
Here’s Why Trump’s Double-Down on Racism and Hate Is Even Worse than It Seems
Trump’s Double-Down on Racism and Hate Is Even Worse than It Seems
There are issues Americans are really concerned about: Healthcare, education, dealing with the strains of caring for both children and the elderly in a society that seems to honor neither. Climate change is literally battering down American homes. The economy has devolved into a system that very efficiently vacuums every last cent to the wealthy, leaving nothing behind for everyone else. The Republican tax cut has handed off so much to the top 1 percent, that they’re hoping to use that self-inflected wound as an excuse to end Social Security and Medicare. These are real concerns, affecting real Americans. Things that define both this generation and the next.
But Republicans aren’t allowing those discussions to happen. Because racism. Trump made it clear that racism is the beginning and the end of these midterm elections. This is the race of “Kavanaugh and the caravan,” the race to prove that fanning the flames of white fears can trump (and Trump) everything else. Republicans began on racism, they’re going to the wire on more racism. No level of violence and murder committed in the name of that racism is going to get in their way,
It would be great to ignore them; to believe that their monstrous allegations and violent fantasies could be left to die under the weight of their own dishonesty. But previous election cycles have indicated that’s not an answer. In fact … there’s no good answer. In whipping up racist, Antisemitic fear Republicans are holding a knife to the nation’s throat, endangering the meaning of America in such a fundamental way that it, sadly, cannot be ignored.
Worldwide Google walkout over sexual harassment, racism and pay inequality
Worldwide Google walkout over sexual harassment, racism and pay inequality
More than 1,000 Google employees and contractors in Asia and Europe staged brief midday walkouts on Thursday, with more expected to follow at offices worldwide, amid complaints of sexism, racism and unchecked executive power in their workplaces.
In a statement late Wednesday, the organizers called on Google parent Alphabet Inc. to add an employee representative to its board of directors and to internally share pay equity data. They also asked for changes to Google’s human resources practices intended to make bringing harassment claims a fairer process.
Google Chief Executive Sundar Pichai said in a statement that “employees have raised constructive ideas” and that the company was “taking in all their feedback so we can turn these ideas into action.”
Hundreds of workers filed out of its European headquarters in Dublin shortly after 11 a.m. local time, while organizers shared photographs on social media of hundreds more leaving Google offices in London, Zurich, Berlin, Tokyo and Singapore. (Reuters)
When Ghofrane Binous was a child, she was told she was dirty because her skin was black.
Binous, now a flight attendant with Tunisia’s national carrier Tunisair, recounted how children in her neighbourhood excluded her from their play one day, telling her: “All of you is dirty because you are black and your family does not bathe you.”
She returned home crying that day and scrubbed her face until it was raw. Later on, she said she started using bleach on her face because she was told it would make her skin lighter.
Many Tunisians are “instinctively racist”, Binous said, explaining that racism and discrimination are everyday occurrences for many black Tunisians.
In May, Binous made global headlines when a disgruntled passenger on a Tunisair flight called her a racial slur.
“She could have criticised Tunisair. Instead, she targeted my person,” said Binous. “I don’t remember ever crying that hard.”
The incident prompted the captain to deplane the passenger and sparked outrage on social media. Binous was also called to the parliament’s rights committee, where legislators expressed solidarity with her and called for an investigation.
The passenger never faced action, according to Binous.
But that could change now.
Last Tuesday, Tunisia’s parliament voted to criminalise racial discrimination, in a vote activists hailed as historic in the North African country, where unofficial estimates say 15 percent of the 11.5 million population identify as black.
Under the new legislation, those convicted of racist speech face one month in prison and a $350 fine, while incitement to hatred, making racist threats, or belonging to an organisation that propagates racism can result in one to three years in prison and fines ranging from $185 to $1,110.
The law makes Tunisia the first Arab country, and the second in Africa, to outlaw racial discrimination.