The residents of major German cities took to the streets on Sunday to express their protest against racism.
All of them were marching under the common motto “Hand in Hand Against Racism,” forming miles-long human chains, according to social media and local municipal press.
In Berlin, some 9,000 people took part in the demonstrations, in Munich they brought together from 3,500 to 5,000 participants, according to various estimates, while in Hamburg at least 7,200 people were involved in the protest action.
The city of Bochum literally witnessed “almost four kilometers” of human chain holding each other’s hands in support of equality and human diversity.
According to live social media posts, the weather was rainy in some of the cities, but it did not stop the activists who brought with them bright umbrellas.
“Coincidence Detector”: The Google Chrome Extension White Supremacists Use to Track Jews
A Google Chrome plugin with the seemingly innocent name of “Coincidence Detector” has one sole purpose: compiling and exposing the identities of Jews and others who are perceived as “anti-white.” Drawing from a user-generated list of Jewish names, the extension works in the background while users browse the web and encases the names in three sets of parentheses — for example, (((Fleishman))) — on web pages.
As Mic detailed in a story earlier this week, white supremacists have begun using the construction, called an “(((echo))),” to single out Jewish figures in media and entertainment for harassment online, particularly on Twitter.
The extension has 2,473 users and boasts a rating of 5 out of 5 stars. It is connected to a database of names that is regularly updated. With the click of a button, users are able to refresh Coincidence Detector to make sure their list of known Jews and other “anti-whites” reflects the most recent additions to the database.
Man Rips Off Woman’s Hijab During Flight, Yells ‘This Is America’
Last December, Gil Parker Payne spotted a Muslim woman wearing a hijab on a Southwest Airlines flight from Chicago to Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Payne, who was seated several rows behind the woman, walked up the aisle towards her while the plane was still in flight, stopped next to her seat, and said, “Take it off! This is America!” When she didn’t follow his orders, he proceeded to pull her hijab all the way off, leaving the woman’s head exposed.
On Friday, the 37-year-old man from Gastonia, North Carolina, plead guilty in the District of New Mexico one count of “using force or threat of force to intentionally obstruct a Muslim woman … in the free exercise of her religious beliefs.”
There has been a spike of Islamophobia recently, particularly in the wake of the ISIS attacks in Paris last November and in Brussels this spring. The presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has even called for a ban on all Muslims entering the United States, although he now says that is just a “suggestion.”
Source: Think Progress
Donald Trump’s KKK connections go back to dad Fred’s arrest at Klan riot in 1927
Racism reportedly runs in the family, when it comes to the Trump Klan.
Trump’s late father, Fred Trump, was arrested following a Ku Klux Klan riot in Queens in 1927, according to a bombshell report that further suggests unusual ties between the 2016 front-runner and the notorious white supremacist group.
Fred Trump Sr. was among seven men arrested following a May 30, 1927 brawl between members of the KKK and the New York Police Department, according to The Washington Post, which unearthed news articles from the June 1, 1927 edition of The New York Times.
The elder Trump’s role in the brawl was unclear, The Post reported, and there is no proof in the report that he was a member of the KKK.
The fights that broke out in Queens occurred after 1,000 KKK members dressed in white hooded robes marched through the Jamaica neighborhood.
According to The Post, the address of the elder Trump from the arrest report matched the Jamaica address where he lived, according to a 1930 Census.
Aung San Suu Kyi in anti-Muslim spat with BBC presenter
The Nobel Peace Prize laureate made an off-air comment about BBC Today presenter Mishal Husain after losing her temper, new book reveals
Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi is globally revered for her patient, peaceful struggle for democracy, which will finally see her take power next week – but a clash revealed in a new biography of her paints a rather different picture.
According to the book, Ms Suu Kyi lost her temper after a robust interview with BBC Today programme presenter Mishal Husain and muttered off-air: “No-one told me I was going to be interviewed by a Muslim.”
The book reveals that the 70-year-old president of Burma’s National League for Democracy refused to condemn anti-Islamic sentiment and massacres of Muslims in Burma when she was repeatedly asked to do so by Husain, the first Muslim presenter of Radio 4’s Today programme, during the interview.
Her response was: “I think there are many, many Buddhists who have also left the country for various reasons. This is a result of our sufferings under a dictatorial regime.”
The incident, which took place in 2013 after the interview about anti-Muslim violence, is the latest to raise eyebrows internationally about Ms Suu Kyi’s attitude towards Burma’s Muslim minority.
Her National League for Democracy party sailed to victory in November’s 2015 election but it did so without any Muslim candidates, and her government will have no Muslim ministers.
She has also been criticised for her failure to condemn the persecution of the country’s Rohingya Muslim minority, 140,000 of whom still live in miserable conditions in internally displaced persons camps more than three years after violent clashes with the local Buddhist majority.
Chicago’s anti-Trump protests were about much more than one man’s racism
After protesters forced Donald Trump to cancel a rally in Chicago on Mar. 11, much of the media narrative quickly turned against the anti-Trump contingent. From political scientist Jonathan Bernstein to longtime organizer Al Giordano, experts argued that Trump’s decision to shut down his own gathering rather than face his detractors was a stroke of genius. For these pundits, the protest ultimately was a failure.
Activists who were at the protests, however, have a different perspective—not least because their goals have been misunderstood by much of the coverage thus far. In fact, for some protestors on Friday, Trump was of only peripheral concern. The presidential race is on the ballot today in Illinois. But an equally important contest, for many activists, was the Democratic primary Cook County state’s attorney race.
The activist group #ByeAnita had been planning for weeks to organize a protest on Friday night against the incumbent Anita Alvarez, who has become infamous for her failure to hold police accountable for violence. When officer Dante Servin recklessly shot into a crowd, killing Rekia Boyd in 2012, critics claim Alvarez undercharged him, resulting in his acquittal. When officer Jason Van Dyke shot and killed 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, Alvarez failed to file charges for a year, despite the fact that she had access to a dashcam video providing evidence of culpability. Alvarez finally charged him with first-degree murder—after a court had ordered the video released.
Anti-racism theme for Human Rights Day
Pretoria – President Jacob Zuma, who has declared this year’s Human Rights Day the “national day against racism and as a foundation to lay a long-term programme on building a non-racial society”, will address South Africans on Human Rights Day from Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban.
South Africans commemorate Human Rights Day next week Monday, March 21.
Acknowledging the “upsurge in racist incidents that manifested themselves on various platforms including especially on social media,” Zuma said in a statement on Wednesday that this year’s Human Rights Day would be held under the theme “South Africa United Against Racism”.
Human Rights Day, he said, was a day that sought to remind all South Africans about the sacrifices that were made in the struggle for liberation and to celebrate the achievement of freedom and democracy in 1994.
It also commemorated the day that apartheid police shot and killed 69 protesters in Sharpeville during what became known as the Sharpeville Massacre.
People had been protesting the injustice of the pass laws which strictly controlled the movements of non-white people when people opened fire.
The Sharpeville Massacre, said Zuma, “exposed the apartheid government’s deliberate violation of human rights to the world. These events mobilised the international community into action against the apartheid government”.
This day is also known as the United Nations’ International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, which was declared after the 2001 Durban Declaration and Programme of Action.
Court Only Gives Teen Community Service For Nearly Beating Man He Thought Was Muslim To Death
A Chicago-area teenager was just given a slap on the wrist for nearly beating a Sikh American man to death.
Inderjit Singh Mukker was beaten in a Chicago suburb last September, by the teen who has been sentenced to 200 hours of community service over a two-year probation, and is otherwise only expected to pay a moderate restitution, according to the Chicago Tribune.
The teen, whose name has been withheld because he’s a minor, must pay Mukker’s medical bills that are not covered by insurance. But that is only estimated at $4,870.
His “punishment” by the court also includes being forced to “attend high school every day.”
Isn’t he already required to do that?
He also must undergo counseling for anger management, cultural awareness, and substance abuse.
“Since Mr. Mukker was viciously assaulted last September, we have seen a meteoric rise in hate crimes against Sikh Americans as xenophobic political speech has increased,” said Harsimran Kaur, legal director of The Sikh Coalition, in an interview with NBC News.
“Charging the assailant with a hate crime is an important step towards addressing the broader epidemic. We hope that the 200 hours of community service are spent with the Sikh American community in an effort to further educate,” Kaur continued.
Kaur explained to NBC News back in September that Mukker was a U.S. citizen and father of two. He was innocently in one of two left-turn lanes when the teenage driver of the car next to him began yelling obscenities and racial slurs, which included but were not limited to “Bin Laden” and “terrorist.”
After the light changed, Mukker pulled over to let the other car pass, but instead, the other driver stopped in front of him, came out, and began repeatedly punching Mukker in the face through the open car window until Mukker lost consciousness for 10 or 15 minutes.
Youth invited to stand against racism in Anti-Racism Challenge
In honour of the International Day for the Elimination of Radical Discrimination on March 21, the Multicultural Education Program of the P.E.I Association for Newcomers to Canada (PEIANC) has launched its fourth annual Anti-Racism Challenge.
The association is now accepting applications for the Anti-Racism Challenge, a creative competition targeted toward students from Grade 7 to 12. The students, competing individually or as a team, are invited to explore the meaning of anti-racism (not anti-bullying or anti-violence).
Suna Houghton, multicultural educator at the PEIANC, says, “We hope the current focus on refugees and immigration in Canada will encourage even more entries in the Challenge. We are looking forward to what junior high and high school Island students have to say and illustrate on this important topic.”