High school basketball poster dubbed ‘insensitive’
OSCEOLA, Iowa —A girls high school basketball team poster is causing a stir in southern Iowa.
The poster features the 2016 Clarke basketball team in headdresses and war paint.
A viewer told KCCI none of the girls is Native American, and many in the community find the poster racially insensitive.
Vicky Apala-Cuevas of the Oglala Lakota tribe said everything depicted on the poster is culturally incorrect, and it is painful to look at.
“Everything that I saw on the poster does not in any manner depict Native American women and that’s the sad part,” Apala-Cuevas told KCCI over the phone Thursday. “Our women are very beautiful and to be respected.”
Apala-Cuevas said dance is a form of sacred prayer in Native American culture, and the totem pole is like a family crest honoring their leaders.
She said the way the basketball players are dressed is “culturally insensitive.”
Clarke Community Schools Superintendent Steve Seid said the poster is meant as a prideful demonstration of the school embracing its heritage.
“Really out of total respect for not just the community, but the entire state in general with a Native American background,” Seid said. “No negativity intended at all. Just respecting a rich culture.”
Community members and parents of the players said the poster is meant to show how proud they are to be Clarke Indians.
“These girls are representing being ready for the season to come up, being ready and even nowadays it’s an empowering message for women all over and these young women are doing it,” said Arminda Cosner, who has a daughter on the team.
Apala-Cuevas said she wants people to be educated in order to avoid misinterpretations like those in the poster.
“The saddest part, the part that we feel is most overwhelming and overcoming, is that there’s another generation depicting us in an offensive way,” Apala-Cuevas said.
UK: Arrest made in racist attack on pregnant woman
A man has been arrested in connection with a racially motivated attack on a pregnant woman last month in the UK, which caused her to miscarry.
The 34-year-old woman was verbally abused with “racial remarks” while shopping at a supermarket in the town of Bletchley, north of London, on August 6, police said on Wednesday.
The man then followed the woman out into a parking lot where he physically attacked her, kicking her in the torso and knocking her to the ground.
She was later rushed to the nearby Milton Keynes General Hospital, and treated for repeated blows to the abdomen, but doctors were unable to save the baby. It was unclear how far along she was in her pregnancy.
“The … victim was pregnant and as a result of the assault she lost her baby,” police said.
A 40-old-man who tried to intervene oh behalf of the woman was hit over the head with a bag of ice and a bottle.
Thames Valley Police confirmed to Al Jazeera that a 37-year-old man was taken into custody on Wednesday in connection with the incident.
Witnesses told UK media that the woman was “Middle Eastern in appearance” and wore a headscarf, but a police spokesman refused to comment on the victim.
‘Religious hate crimes rising’
The attack comes shortly after the UK’s National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) confirmed a surge in xenophobic attacks across the country in the aftermath of the June 23 referendum to leave the EU, known as Brexit.
According to the NPCC, racist and xenophobic attacks increased by 58 percent in the month following the Brexit vote, and although they abated slightly in August, hate crimes were still 14 percent higher than in the same period in 2015.
Harun Khan, secretary-general of the Muslim Council of Britain, said that while the “spike” in the number of xenophobic attacks may be related to the Brexit vote, it is connected to a “growing undercurrent of anti-Muslim sentiments” across the country.
The Dakota Access Pipeline Fight Is A Chilling Mix Of Racism & Environmentalism
The Dakota Access Pipeline didn’t come out of nowhere. The pipeline project — which aims to transport crude oil from North Dakota to Illinois while passing through South Dakota and Iowa — became public in July 2014. Supporters of the pipeline argue in favor of its economic benefits, like job creation and energy independence. However, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe objected to the pipeline because it could affect the local water supply and damage sacred land. President Obama recently announced a temporary halt in pipeline construction, but that wasn’t a true victory. The fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline has not yet come to an end, and the federal government’s response to this issue reflects the historical treatment of Native American and indigenous people in the United States.
It’s important to look closely at what the Obama Administration actually saidin response to #NoDAPL protests. Shortly after a federal judge refused to grant the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe an injunction to stop construction on the pipeline, the Department of Justice, the Department of the Interior, and the U.S. Army released a joint statement last week. “Construction of the pipeline on Army Corps land bordering or under Lake Oahe will not go forward at this time,” the statement read. “We request that the pipeline company voluntarily pause all construction activity within 20 miles east or west of Lake Oahe.”
As anti-state violence organizer Kelly Hayes wrote, all this statement guarantees is further consideration of the issue. Additionally, this is really just a momentary delay, as Hayes points out. The federal government is creating the illusion of victory by asking Energy Transfer Partners — the company that owns the pipeline project — to voluntarily stop construction while everything is being discussed. The statement really only addresses a small portion of the pipeline, and construction on the rest of the pipeline has continued.
Sorry, ‘deplorables’: Being called racist doesn’t mean you’re being oppressed
If you want to insult white folks in 2016, call them racist.
Apparently, it’s akin to being called the n-word, slandered or victimized. Just ask Maine Gov. Paul LePage, Donald Trump or the many conservatives who seem to think that being identified as a racist is worse than actually being one.
These days, a lot of white people are feeling victimized and discriminated against, even though they’re not actually being systemically victimized and discriminated against because of their race. In one breath, they will deny that racism exists, only to cry “reverse racism” in the next breath. To racists, the real meaning of reverse racism is having to treat people of color fairly and with respect — to the point where it just feels uncomfortable.
The latest example of this dynamic came in the presidential campaign. At a fundraiser Friday, Hillary Clinton said that “half” of Trump’s campaign is attracted to his message because of their shared racism, sexism, xenophobia and homophobia. She called them “irredeemable” and a “basket of deplorables.”
Trump, predictably, expressed shock and outrage, as racists tend to do when they’re challenged. Addressing the National Guard Association in Baltimore on Monday, he cast himself and his supporters as victims. “I was, thus, deeply shocked and alarmed this Friday to hear my opponent attack, slander, smear, demean these wonderful, amazing people who are supporting our campaign by the millions,” he said.
Trump has demanded an apology from Clinton, arguing that her remarks should disqualify her candidacy. His running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, who declined to call former Ku Klux Klan imperial wizard (and Trump supporter) David Duke deplorable, said Trump voters “are Americans and they deserve respect.” One Trump supporter told The Washington Post that Clinton’s words made him “feel real little.” Another tweeted: “Hillary is truly anti-American. She hates us. For once she told the truth.”
Texas Textbook ‘Dripping With Racism’ Opposed at Hearing, Awaits Vote
Just as the U.S. is about to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, the Texas’ elected education board is facing whether to send to its schoolchildren a Mexican American studies textbook that has been called “dripping with racism” and has been found by a state committee to have many mistakes.
The Texas State Board of Education gave the textbook a full hearing, putting it through the same process as other state textbooks, a process that lacks any earlier filter for a problematic book. The board held the hearing on the book on Tuesday, taking public comment including that of Mexican American studies scholars, legislators and a couple of young people. About 100 people signed up to speak and the book drew a busload of protestors to Austin.
The book, Mexican American Heritage, published by Momentum Instruction, was found to have 68 factual errors and 73 interpretive and omission errors by an ad hoc committee of scholars assembled by board member Ruben Cortez Jr.
The book says that “stereotypically” Mexicans were viewed as lazy, that “drinking on the job could be a problem” and that Chicanos “opposed Western civilization and wanted to destroy this society.”
The country’s celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month begins Thursday.
Texas’ Hispanic population is the second largest in the nation at 10.4 million, about 19 percent of the entire nation’s Latino population. According to Pew Research Center, 87.5 percent of the state’s Latino population is of Mexican descent.
Ruben Cortez Jr., a board member who has spearheaded efforts to keep the textbook from moving forward, said after Tuesday’s hearing that he expects a supermajority of board members to reject the textbook in the vote scheduled for Nov. 18.
“Imagine Donald Trump or David Duke writing a book about African American studies, that’s what Cynthia Dunbar has done on Mexican American studies,” Cortez said. Dunbar heads the publishing company that produced the textbook and is a former member of the state’s education board. The book, he said is “dripping with racism.”
Lil Wayne Really Just Said There’s No Such Thing As Racism
Lil Wayne is convinced that racism doesn’t exist anymore because white people listen to his music and attend his concerts.
The Louisiana rapper came forward in an interview on the “Undisputed” Tuesday to dispel rumors of him possibly planning to retire from the rap game. But while fans of the artist may be glad that he’s not quitting hip-hop, his comments about race and racism are making some people scratch their heads.
After discussing his career and his rocky relationship with Cash Money record label co-founder Birdman, the conversation shifted to race and the political statements of athletes like Lebron James and Colin Kaepernick. Wayne was asked by host Skip Bayless what it felt like seeing sometimes predominantly white audiences at his concerts, particularly a recent concert in Westchester, New York.
“I don’t want to be bashed, because I don’t want to seem like I’m on the wrong side,” Wayne responded. “But I thought that was clearly a message that there was no such thing as racism.”
The 33-year-old explained that he doesn’t have one type of crowd but, rather, his fan base has always included “everybody.” Later, according to Pitchfork, the rapper said that he thinks millennials are distancing themselves from racism because it is “not cool to them.”
Wayne implied that he was aware that he might get criticized for his statement, and the people on Twitter definitely didn’t disappoint by calling him out for his comments.
Kate Upton slams NFL players kneeling in anti-racism protest on 9/11
Kate Upton has slammed a group of NFL players as “horrific” for kneeling during the National Anthem on the anniversary of September 11.
The model, 24, criticised four Miami Dolphins players who refrained from standing at a match on Sunday in protest against racial injustice in the US.
The players were supporting Colin Kaepernick who refused to “stand and show pride” for a country that oppresses people of colour at a match in August.
Upton said the protest is “unacceptable” because citizens should feel “truly blessed” to live in the US.
In a series of tweets the Sports Illustrated model wrote: “This is unacceptable. You should be proud to be an American.
“Especially on 9/11 when we should support each other.
“Protest and speak your mind whenever you want but during the 120 seconds you should support the people who protect our freedom (sic).”
Upton faced a backlash online and was accused of missing the point.
The struggle against racism is not over
OUR ARDUOUS STRUGGLE AGAINST RACISM:
WHILE THE rest of the world discusses the sociology of Racism and its limitations. Ours is a lived and deeply entrenched reality. Just like the colonial yolk, we will probably be the last country to unshackle ourselves from this scourge. Racism in South Africa will not simply disappear because we all wish it to it will have to be consciously un-learnt.
After years of living in a society where racism is legal and normal, it is quite possible that it is an unconscious condition that infects all of us in one way or another.
Perhaps we missed the opportunity to dedicate a chapter in our Constitution to this matter it is an undeniable right that every citizen be treated with no racial prejudice.
The struggle against racism has been a long, protracted and arduous journey that still remains unfulfilled. From the time of the arrival of colonialists on our shores to this very date we still, in different measures, have to contend with the ugly revival and re-appearance and resurgence of this monstrous beast in the national scene in South Africa.
In this brief article I seek to show how, over many years, the ANC has waged a tireless struggle, through protests, campaigns, petitions and representations with the sole aim of overthrowing a racist system with its elaborate illegitimate laws and promulgations. At the heart of the minority regime were a litany of laws that were rooted in the Nazi’s Herrenvolk belief of the superiority of white race over Africans.
An anti-racism advocate explains why Hillary Clinton’s “basket of deplorables” comment was accurate
Last week, US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton outraged Republicans and others when she called half of her opponent Donald Trump’s supporters “racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, [and] Islamaphobic”—in short, a “basket of deplorables.”
Clinton later said she regretted this “gross generalization.” But some, including the anti-racism advocate, DJ, and video blogger Jay Smooth, have come out in defense of Clinton’s remarks. The New York-based commentator asserted in a Sept. 10 video blog post that, while he has his own issues with Clinton, her “basket of deplorables” comment was completely accurate.
He went further than Clinton herself, saying that all Trump supporters—if not fundamentally deplorable—indulge in “deplorable” behavior. “The Donald Trump campaign is a deplorable, racist phenomenon,” said Smooth, in the video. “That means everyone, everyone who is supporting the Donald Trump campaign is being deplorable and supporting something racist.”
Texas couple shocked by racist deed
SAN ANTIONIO, TX (WOAI) — A San Antonio couple says they were shocked to find a racist clause in the deed to their new home.
“My own grandfather told us never to bring a black person home,” says San Antonio resident Maggie Rios.
Times have changed and Rios is now engaged to a black man.
Her fiancé, Fidel Simmons grew up in Barbados and while he remembers feeling the sting of prejudice, it is not something he thought would be thrown in his face in 2016.
“You might see certain things in text books, but nothing that I thought could impact me in this day and age,” Simmons says.
Just a few days before they were scheduled to close on their new property, Rios was going through documents from the title company.
“That’s when I saw the clause and I said, have you read what’s in here?” Rios recalls.
She remembers bringing the deed restrictions over to her fiancé to read the offensive, racist wording she had just seen.
The deed stated, “No lot, site, structure or dwelling, with the exception of bona fide domestic servant’s quarters shall be used or occupied by any person, or persons, other than members of the Caucasian race.”
“I actually saw kind of hurt in his face,” Rios says. “It was a different kind of angry than I’ve seen before.”
The language of the deed made Rios and Simmons question if the document was even valid.
“I don’t think anybody should have to read that and still wonder is this still valid and then see the hurt,” Rios said.
Under the civil Rights Act, passed in 1968, race-based contract restrictions are unenforceable.
“What is the point of even having them or attaching to it?” Rios asked. “If it’s no longer valid then it shouldn’t be there.”
The Civil Rights Act of 1968 makes race-based covenant restrictions unenforceable, but the title company said these documents are included in the chain because of the valid restrictions that they also have. The title also has a list of exceptions, invalid portions that violate the Civil Rights Act.