Black-on-Black Racism at Cornell
A Rasmussen poll taken in 2013 asked American adults, “Are most white Americans racist?” “Are most Hispanic Americans racist?” and “Are most black Americans racist?” Of the three groups, the winner was blacks.
Thirty-seven percent said most blacks were racist; 18 percent felt most Hispanics were racist, and 15 percent said most whites were racist.
Thirty-eight percent of whites felt most blacks were racist. Even blacks agreed, with 31 percent saying most blacks were racist, while 24 percent of blacks thought most whites racist and 15 percent believed most Hispanics were racist.
This brings us to the Cornell University’s Black Students United and whether the organization is engaging in racism — against blacks. The BSU complains that the prestigious Ivy League school admits too many blacks — from Africa and the Caribbean. “We demand that Cornell Admissions to come up with a plan to actively increase the presence of underrepresented Black students on this campus,” the BSU student group said in its demands. “We define underrepresented Black students as Black Americans who have several generations (more than two) in this country.”
Hold the phone. Isn’t the mantra of modern higher education “diversity,” “inclusion” and “overcoming disadvantage”? If so, the black African and Caribbean students would seem to nail all three.
Maybe the problem is that it is tough to explain why so many black foreign applicants outperform America-born blacks on what some call “culturally biased” standardized tests. A 2007 study by Princeton and University of Pennsylvania sociologists examined the standardized test scores of black students enrolled at 28 selective universities. As to the SAT, the test most colleges use as an important factor in offering admission, the study found that foreign-born black college-bound students earned a statistically significant advantage on SAT scores, averaging a score of 1250 (out of 1600) compared to 1193 average points for their American black counterparts. This explains, in large part, why first- or second-generation black immigrants made up 27 percent of the black student bodies at colleges nationwide. In the Ivy League, black immigrants comprised 41 percent of black students.
The Impacts of Segregation on ‘Discrimination in America’
The findings of a comprehensive survey on American discrimination conducted by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health has revealed several interesting and not-so-interesting observations so far. There’s the Wait, what?! findings that more than half of white Americans believe that discrimination exists against white Americans. And there’s the Wait, that’s news? findings that majorities of African Americans said they or their family members have been discriminated against when applying for jobs or pursuing housing.
There are also some illuminating nuggets that haven’t yet surfaced in the top-line findings of the poll.One standout section of the study finds that African Americans living in majority-black neighborhoods expressed more negative opinions about quality of life issues across the board than those in other neighborhoods. Whether talking about schools, job opportunities, park access, housing, or crime, there were more people reporting poor perceptions about their neighborhoods from those living in majority-black settings than from those living in non-majority-black settings.
It can be argued that this is because government policies have starved majority-black neighborhoods of the resources needed to put them on even keel with neighborhoods where they are the minority, and there’s plenty of truth in that. But that wouldn’t totally explain the finding that black people in majority-black neighborhoods more “often” feel discrimination when voting or participating in politics than do black people living in non-black majority neighborhoods.
The study also finds that African Americans who live in low-income and majority-black areas were more likely to report discrimination than African Americans living in middle-class and non-majority-black areas. According to the study, 45 percent of black people who live in “lower income areas” were more likely to say that they or a family member were told they weren’t welcome, or felt unwelcome in their neighborhood, building, or housing development. That’s compared to 32 percent of black people living in “middle-income areas” reporting the same. Similarly, 45 percent of African Americans living in urban settings said black people “often” experience discrimination when trying to rent or buy housing—far higher than African Americans living in suburban settings (31 percent) reported.
How have black writers responded to Trump’s NFL attack
Over the last week, US President Donald Trump lashed out at players who have been taking a knee during the customary national anthem at NFL games.
While speaking in the US state of Alabama on September 22, Trump decried the protests, calling for National Football League (NFL) owners to fire “any son of a b****” who “disrespects our flag”.
The following day, many NFL players knelt during the national anthem, which is known as the “Star-Spangled Banner”.
Terrell Suggs of the Baltimore Ravens and Mike Evans of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were among those who knelt last Sunday.
Others locked arms in a show of solidarity and unity, while some avoided the ceremonies altogether by remaining in the locker rooms until they concluded.
An estimated 200 people participated in some form of protest last Sunday, prompting Trump to post a series of tweets that criticised those who knelt and called on the NFL to create policies that require players to stand during the anthem.
The protests – known as #TakeAKnee on social media – were started by Colin Kaepernick, former quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers. During a preseason game in 2016, Kaepernick sat down during the national anthem rather than stand.
In an interview after the game, Kaepernick explained that he chose to sit in protest of the ongoing police killings of people of colour, particularly black Americans.
“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of colour,” he said. “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”
White supremacist summit convenes in Tennessee
CROSSVILLE, Tenn. — White supremacists from Stormfront, an online forum with more than 330,000 members, traveled here this weekend for a conference replacing what had been billed earlier as their annual Great Smoky Mountains Summit.
Don Black of West Palm Beach, Fla., a former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard and the forum’s founder, announced the Sept. 30 weekend event in July.
In the time since the forum’s domain hosts removed the site from the Internet, Black became ill and withdrew from its planning, according to Billy Roper, another prominent white supremacist who took over the conference.
Saturday also is Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement and the holiest on the religion’s calendar. Roper, whose ideology is neo-Nazi according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, said the date of the conference was a coincidence.
Stormfront’s Web domain was released Friday, and the website is up and running again.
Roper waived the registration fees and began giving out the location to interested people who emailed him. Based on the emails, Roper insists this Stormfront summit may be the largest ever.
“I keep getting more and more e-mails and (instant messages) from more people who are coming to the replacement conference next weekend,” Roper wrote in the forum. “Especially now that they know that it’s free and if they’ve prepaid they won’t be using up their ‘credit’ paid to Mr. Black by attending!”
Though Black first advertised the event as taking place in the Smoky Mountains near Knoxville, Tenn., it has since been moved further west to Crossville.
And it’s not the only gathering of a far-right group this weekend. The Gulf Coast Patriot Network, which says on its Facebook page that it is a collection of Southern anti-government militia and Patriot groups, will be rallying 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT Saturday and Sunday in support of a 1906 Confederate monument in Shreveport, La., that has been recommended for removal.
A brief history of the Catholic Church’s fight against racism.
Catholic bishops from around the country recently condemned the white nationalism at rallies in Charlottesville, Virginia.
But what might be lesser known is that the Church has spoken out against racism through the centuries, and still calls for conversion from it.
“If we want a different kind of country in the future, we need to start today with a conversion in our own hearts, and an insistence on the same in others,” Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia said after the Charlottesville rallies.
White nationalists had held a “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Va. from Aug. 11-12, to protest the city’s planned removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee.
White supremacists from various extremist groups like the Ku Klux Klan and neo-Nazis participated in torch-lit rallies on Friday night and a daytime rally on Saturday, chanting racist messages like “Jew will not replace us,” and “blood and soil,” a historically white supremacist slogan used by the Nazi Party in the days of Hitler.
A diverse coalition of counter-protesters, from religious leaders to members of “Black Lives Matter” to the anarchist group Antifa, formed around the white supremacist rally.
Violence broke out between the rally and the counter-protest, culminating with a 20 year-old man from Ohio driving a car into the counter-protest killing one woman and injuring 19. The man was eventually charged with second-degree murder.
In the wake of the racist rally, Catholic bishops spoke out against violence but also specifically condemned racism, including a joint statement by Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and Bishop Frank Dewane of Venice, Fla., chair of the bishops’ domestic justice and human development committee, condemning “the evil of racism, white supremacy and neo-nazism.”
From the earliest days of the Church, Christian teaching has opposed the promotion of one person above another because of their genetic or ethnic background.
In his letter to the Galatians, Saint Paul wrote that “through faith you are all children of God in Christ Jesus. For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free person, there is not male and female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus (3:26-28).”
As the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace explained in its 1988 document on racism, “The Church and Racism: Towards a More Fraternal Society,” early in the history of the Church, distinctions were made between people on basis of religion, not race.
That began to change with the discovery of the “New World,” the letter said, as nations colonizing the Americas tried to “justify” the killing and enslavement of indigenous peoples with a “racist theory.”
Pope Eugene IV issued a papal bull in 1435, Sicut Dudum, condemning the enslavement of African Christians in the Canary Islands, a year after his bull Creator Omnium threatened excommunication for those enslaving Christians. Thirty years later, in Regimini Gregis, Pope Sixtus IV excommunicated those aiding in the transport of Christian slaves from Africa.
Debate sparks over student display at high school football game
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Some community members are saying a display by students standing with Forest Hills Central fans during Friday’s high school football game against Grand Rapids Ottawa Hills was racist.
Some of the students cheering on the Forest Hills Central football team wore red, white and blue. Others also brought along a Donald Trump campaign flag and the old Betsy Ross flag, which has 13 stars in a circle representing the 13 colonies.
Critics of the display claim it was racist and intimidating to the predominantly black home team playing against Forest Hills Central’s mostly white school.
“It’s all very obvious. You can’t deny the overt, intentional racism and intimidation,” said Briana Urena-Ravelo, a longtime Grand Rapids resident who learned of the situation after a friend posted a video from the game at Houseman Field.
“For these white kids from a white school to bring out a flag of the colonies with the ‘Make America Great Again’ Trump flag to a game with black students on the field, it’s all very obvious,” she continued.
Comments agreeing with her poured in on Facebook. Dozens of people shared photos and videos from the game.
Urena-Ravelo explained to 24 Hour News 8 why she thinks parading the Betsy Ross flag at a game against a predominantly black school like Ottawa Hill High is offensive.
“What were the conditions for people of color when that flag was created? I was property. Other people were getting their land stolen,” she said.
Dr. Tony Baker, the president of Grand Rapids Public Schools Board of Education, was at Friday’s game.
“I realized that there was this real buzz of concern from the principal and teachers and some of the parents who were concerned about the message that was being portrayed,” he told 24 Hour News 8 over the phone Saturday.
Baker said that he and the principal talked at the game about a response to keep students safe, but he said they were also concerned about freedom of speech. He said that he can’t know if it was an intentionally offensive display and added that he hopes it was not.
Air China Will Fly You to London, and Warn You About Dark-Skinned People There
Like most seat pocket airplane magazines, Wings of China features anodyne articles, along with tips on cities served by Air China, the country’s flagship state-run airline.
But the September issue, dedicated to tourist attractions in London and other well-known British towns, took a sharp detour into an international social media uproar and national embarrassment with some ill-chosen words on safety.
The passage, written in Chinese and English, said tourists should take precautions “when entering areas mainly populated by Indians, Pakistanis and black people.” It added, “We advise tourists not to go out alone at night, and females always to be accompanied by another person when traveling.”
The passage offended Twitter users like Georgina Blewett, who wrote:“Whoever wrote that #AirChina racist guide nonsense should be embarrassed as hell. And the dummy who gave final approval.” Several British politicians also expressed outrage; one invited Air China officials to visit his multiethnic election district to see how safe it was.
Haze Fan, a producer for CNBC in Beijing, brought attention to the passage by tweeting a photograph of it on Tuesday.
“A piece of advice in Air China in-flight magazine. What does @MayorofLondon think?” Ms. Fan wrote, referring to Sadiq Khan, the new London mayor, who is of Pakistani origin and whose Twitter posts regularly praise London’s multiculturalism.
Air China was quick to apologize, saying on Twitter that it did “not condone discrimination in any shape or form” and that copies of the magazine were being removed from all flights.
Joyce Zhang, a spokeswoman for Air China in Beijing, said in an statement on Thursday that the article in Wings of China contained “inappropriate expressions” and that in general its articles did not represent the opinions of Air China. The magazine apologized as well, blaming an “editing error” for the travel warning.
Is ‘Black Lives Matter’ a Racist Term? Watters’ World Tackles Racism
One of the biggest issues of this presidential race is race itself. Jesse Watters traveled to Philadelphia and asked people about the definition of racism, whether Black Lives Matter is a racist group, and of course, Donald Trump.
A parent at Pretoria Girls High School says the issue at the school is not just about hair‚ but about “plain racism”.
Lebo Madiba Lokotwayo on Monday took to social media to give her view of how the hair issue erupted at the school.
This follows the school’s reported instruction to black pupils to straighten their hair.
Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi said he had received complaints from parents about the hair policy‚ allegations that pupils in groups of two or more were being stopped and asked questions – after an earlier protest by pupils – and was told that teachers prevented pupils from speaking African languages.
Lesufi was due to visit the school on Monday to address the controversy as more than 4500 people signed a petition calling for his intervention.
#StopRacismAtPretoriaGirlsHigh was trending on social media as people vented their anger over the isse.
Madiba-Lokotwayo‚ who is a guardian to her niece who goes to the school‚ wrote on her Facebook wall: “The issue at Pretoria High School for Girls is not just about hair. It is just plain racism.
“The girl with the uncontrollable hair gave a speech in class about employment in South Africa. She gave a comparison of the politics of employment pre- and post-apartheid‚ she highlighted the ills of apartheid and the role of trade unions.
“Her speech was interrupted; she was taken to the headmaster’s office and was threatened with suspension.
“When her parents fought the suspension‚ they used the school’s hair regulations against her. Her hair is uncontrollable! Her mother is black (Zulu) and her father is Indian. Doesn’t that just make her proudly South African? She represents everything that is beautiful about this country. #SheIsHerHair “…I join the list of parents that say #NotInOurName#StopRacismAtPretoriaGirlsHigh‚” said Madiba-Lokotwayo.