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.
Channel 4 sparks furious race row after ‘blacking up’ white woman so she can ‘live as a Muslim’ for a week in new show
Katie Freeman went “undercover” as a British Pakistani Muslim for the programme My Week as a Muslim, wearing a hijab and prosthetics to make her nose bigger.
She is heard admitting in the trailer that she normally “wouldn’t want to sit next to” a Muslim “in case they blow something up”.
The concept has sparked a furious race row, with hate crime charity Tell Mama saying it “crosses a line” and is “offensive” to Muslims.
“The most offensive bit is the gross exaggeration of features of the face, and that blurs the line, pandering to stereotypes of race and religion actually,” Fiyaz Mughal, founder of Tell Mama, told The Independent.
“They did not have to do the ‘blacking up’. You could have taken somebody who is willing to talk to Muslims but in that journey experienced what Muslims experience by shadowing, using a secret camera, listening to what happens around women’s role in Islam, this could have been done without pandering to some quite silly 1920s stereotypes.”
Mr Mughal accepted the premise was “coming from a positive place”, but added the manner in which it was executed was “offensive”.
“You can still make it really interesting for the public you don’t have to end up doing something quite covert and unsettling and racial that has crossed the line,” he said.
Ms Freeman said she was shocked at the racist abuse she received on the programme, saying at one point she considered pulling out of the show.
She said: “It makes me ashamed to live here. I was raging and fuming inside. But I also felt vulnerable. What harm was I doing?”
‘Sexist and racist’: Indigenous inmate takes prison security tests to the Supreme Court
The Supreme Court of Canada will hear the case Thursday of a Métis inmate who claims the tests that determine prison security level and parole decisions discriminate against Indigenous offenders.
Jeffrey Ewert, who is serving a life sentence for second-degree murder and attempted murder, has been in the federal system for 30 years in prisons across the country.
He says the tools used to measure potential risks for violence are unreliable for Indigenous prisoners, affecting their liberty and breaching their constitutional rights.
According to documents filed with the Supreme Court, the appellant says relying on test scores that are not scientifically known to be accurate for Indigenous inmates does not afford them “equal protection and benefit of the law.”
“While there is no evidence that Correctional Service Canada’s use of these tools is unreasonable in respect to non-Aboriginal inmates, their use in respect to Aboriginal inmates overshoots the objective because unreliable tests likely result in unreliable public safety risk assessments,” the records state.
Assessments called valid
The correctional service argues the assessments are used regularly by psychologists in the private and public sectors around the world to expertly determine risk.
“There are no empirical studies concluding that these tools are unreliable or invalid for use with Indigenous offenders,” a document filed with the court reads.
Data provided to CBC News by correctional investigator Ivan Zinger’s office shows that Indigenous offenders are less likely to get parole than non-Indigenous inmates and spend longer portions of their sentence behind bars.
It also shows that the percentage of Indigenous offenders has reached a record high of 27.4 per cent of the total inmate population, according to most recent statistics from August 2017.
Since 2012, the Indigenous inmate population increased by 21.3 per cent, while the non-Indigenous inmate population declined by 11.8 per cent.
Gun control’s racist past and present
Gun control is again at the forefront of US public discourse following the mass shooting in Las Vegas on Sunday that left 59 people dead and more than 500 wounded.
Stephen Paddock, 64, had stockpiled 23 firearms in his 32nd-floor room, many with legal “bump stocks” that served to convert the guns into fully automatic weapons.
These upgrades allowed him to wreak havoc on the 22,000 concertgoers at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival for nine to 11 minutes, Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said on Tuesday.
The mass shooting was the deadliest of its kind in the last seven decades.
The calls for increased gun control have grown louder as the victims are mourned, even from the historically pro-gun country music community.
But the country’s history reveals a dark side to gun control.
The implementation of stricter gun laws has always been marred by accusations of racism.
In many cases, regulations were specifically introduced in response to people of colour exercising their Second Amendment right to bear arms.
Gun control is again at the forefront of US public discourse following the mass shooting in Las Vegas on Sunday that left 59 people dead and more than 500 wounded.Stephen Paddock, 64, had stockpiled 23 firearms in his 32nd-floor room, many with legal “bump stocks” that served to convert the guns into fully automatic weapons.These upgrades allowed him to wreak havoc on the 22,000 concertgoers at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival for nine to 11 minutes, Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said on Tuesday.The mass shooting was the deadliest of its kind in the last seven decades.The calls for increased gun control have grown louder as the victims are mourned, even from the historically pro-gun country music community.But the country’s history reveals a dark side to gun control.
British Airways SACKS stewardess behind racist Snapchat rant against Nigerian passengers after two-hour meeting with bosses as SHE tries to claim it was ‘just a joke’
British Airwaystoday sacked a stewardess who posted a racist Snapchat rant attacking Nigerian passengers after she was called in for a two-hour meeting with bosses.
Joanne Wickenden sparked outrage after recording the racist clip in her BA uniform before flying from London Heathrow to Abuja on Friday night.
In a statement today the airline said ‘she no longer works for British Airways’, adding: ‘We expect the utmost professionalism from our staff when they are representing British Airways.’
The 23-year-old, who wants to be an actress, told friends ‘I am not a racist’ and claimed the sickening video was just a joke.
She told MailOnline: ‘I have been framed by another BA employee. They were encouraging me, egging me on to say things. They were recording me and sent it around to our friends.’
She added: ‘I don’t want to fly anymore.’
A friend said that the other colleague wanted her to impersonate what goes on on the flight.
A source told MailOnline that the video – which was captioned ‘I can’t cope with this flight’ – was circulated among ‘horrified’ BA cabin crew who are ‘very concerned’.
Another shocked staff member said BA should apologise to its Nigerian passengers.
In the expletive-filled footage, Ms Wickenden said: ‘All Nigerians are going to be asking for f****** upgrades’ – after claiming the men would need more leg room in an apparent joke about the size of their privates.
During the one-minute clip she also revealed how she was going to deal with passengers on the six-hour flight.
She said: ‘Alright, so all of yous are there getting ready for your Friday night, getting in the pre-drinks, you know, as you do.
Kitchener high school teacher paints over racist slur at McLennan skate park.
Local high school teacher Tom O’Connor felt he needed to do something after he saw a swastika and a racist slur with a hangman figure spray painted on the McLennan skate park in Kitchener.
O’Connor often takes walks through McLennan Park with his family. He said he’s used to having conversations with his son about the swear words spray painted around the skate park, but they were shocked with that they saw on Sunday.
“The very first thing we saw was a large N-word that took over about five feet on the west side of the skate park pool,” O’Connor explained.
“My son said that they also had the Nazi symbol and I turned to the north side and I saw the swastika with the 88 under it.”
He said that his son seemed concerned and sadden by the situation.
“He couldn’t wrap his head around why people would do it and I don’t know if I necessarily wrapped my head around why people do it,” he said.
O’Connor took photos and notified the City of Kitchener through the city’s Pingstreet app. He also did a callout to see if any local artists would be interested in covering up the graffiti.
But after giving it some thought, O’Connor felt time was of the essence and something had to be done right away.
“I just thought that there’s a lot kids that go through there everyday and go to the skate park before going to school and I didn’t want them to see it,” he said.
So he went back to the park, painted over the racist graffiti, and added a message of his own: #NotInMyKW.
City Councillor Yvonne Fernandes told CBC News that, generally speaking, the city frowns upon tagging city property, but said it was encouraging to see the act concerned citizens in her ward.
‘Remove racist’ Native American tapestry from public display.
A British tapestry depicting Native Americans as “subhuman, warlike savages” should not be put on public show, campaigners say.
The 267ft (81m) New World Tapestry perpetuates a “racist tradition”, the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) said.
But designer Tom Mor said the claims were “rubbish”.
The work, depicting North American colonisation between 1583 and 1642, may feature in an upcoming anniversary.
It took 256 volunteers from Devon and Dorset 20 years to complete the tapestry, with the final stitch sewn by Prince Charles in 2000.
It was put into storage in 2008 by Bristol City Museum because of its size.
However, sections have since been made available online and could be displayed as part of plans to mark 400 years since the Mayflower left Plymouth, taking Protestant settlers to North America.
Jacqueline Pata, executive director of NCAI, said the tapestry’s depictions of Native Americans were “inaccurate” and should be removed from the public domain.
“It shamelessly perpetuates a centuries-long artistic tradition that seeks to portray Native people as subhuman, warlike savages.
“Unfortunately, too many Americans form their misinformed opinions of Native people based on such inaccurate, harmful depictions of who we supposedly were and are, as somehow ‘less than’ other Americans.
“It is time for this racist tradition in all of its forms – whether art tapestries or football helmet logos – to end, once and for all.”
But Mr Mor said there was nothing racist about the depictions of Native Americans, who were represented in the same cartoon style as the colonisers.
“It’s rubbish, it’s not racist, what’s racist about it?,” he said.
“Mine is a cartoon, but it is a reality.
“It’s reality, we slaughtered the Native Americans, and they slaughtered us.
“It’s no use pretending about it or being shocked by it.”
The depictions were based on watercolour drawings by 16th Century artist John White, Mr Mor explained.
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.
The Good Morning Britain presenter argued with the British model who was fired for ‘speaking of the origins of racism’
Piers Morgan stood up to L’Oreal’s first transgender model today as she tried to defend claiming ‘all white people’ are racist.
Munroe Bergdorf was fired by the cosmetics company in a sensational turn of events, after ‘speaking of the origins of racism’ in a rant on social media.
The 29-year-old, who was dismissed from her role as the face of the company’s True Match campaign, came up against the Good Morning Britain presenter in a heated row.
Piers defiantly claimed that as a straight, white man he was ‘not sexist, racist or a homophobe’ but was accused of ‘taking it personally’.
An angry Piers said: “I’m not sexist, I’m not racist and I’m not a homophobe. With the greatest respect, who are you to say all straight white guys are racist?”
Bergdorf replied: “This is where there’s a problem as you’re taking it personally. Instead of taking it personally think how you can be part of the solution.”
Piers reminded her that the five most powerful women on the planet are female, asked if woman could be ‘misogynistic’.
The model responded: “I don’t think woman can enforce misogyny. Women don’t uphold the patriarchy Piers.
‘Piers you are part of the problem because you are denying my lived experience. You’re speaking over me for one.”
The GMB host claimed Bergdorf was “playing the victim” and that men were rightfully annoyed by her.comments.
Shortly after the post gained L’Oreal revealed their decision to terminate her contract in a tweet, stating that as “champions of diversity” they felt the model’s comments were at “odds” with those of the company, and that they could no longer work with her.
“L’Oreal champions diversity. Comments by Munroe Bergdorf are at odds with our values and so we have decided to end our partnership with her,” the statement read.
Passengers tell Canadian woman ‘get the f*** off the train’ after she hurls racist abuse at elderly couple
A Canadian woman who launched a tirade of racist abuse at a Filipino couple on a train was told to “get the f*** off” after passengers came to the pair’s defence.
The woman, who was travelling on the Vancouver SkyTrain on Monday afternoon, started hurling insults at the couple and said she thought they were speaking too loudly.
The pair, who were speaking Tagalog, apologised to the woman, telling her it was normal for them to speak loudly.
A Canadian woman who launched a tirade of racist abuse at a Filipino couple on a train was told to “get the f*** off” after passengers came to the pair’s defence. The woman, who was travelling on the Vancouver SkyTrain on Monday afternoon, started hurling insults at the couple and said she thought they were speaking too loudly. The pair, who were speaking Tagalog, apologised to the woman, telling her it was normal for them to speak loudly.But the woman interrupted, accusing them of making an “excuse” before adding: “Go back to the f****** Philippines.”Horrified train passengers immediately intervened, telling the woman “you’re a racist” and “people care that you are here so get off.”The incident was caught on camera by multiple witnesses, including Ashley Klassen, who posted a video of the incident to Facebook. She called it “probably the most disgusting thing I’ve ever seen” and said it was an example of “unfiltered Vancouver racism.”Vancouver’s transport police said in a statement: “Once the videos were reviewed by Transit Police, it was determined that the aggressor in this situation had used profane and racially slanted language toward the elderly couple and an investigation was launched.”The suspect has been identified by Transit Police as a 75-year-old New Westminster woman. She is known to police for documented anger related issues in the past but there is nothing documented that would indicate there is a concern for public safety.