It’s time we say no to racism and no to racists like KessieNair
Kessie Nair’s brand of vitriol and racism is not only crude and dangerous, but also a bullet in the head of a proud cohort of Indians who; having arrived here as slaves, have evolved to come to stand proud amongst the oppressed people; come to accept these southern shores as our only home, come to have little to no ties with the Indian sub-continent, and come to proudly call ourselves South African. What little “Indian” lies in us, is largely of a religious or cultural complexion.
Nair, a convicted fraudster, finds it appropriate to insult President Cyril Ramaphosa; in the most ugly and repugnant form; with impunity and in so doing he feeds into the “Indians are the most racist” narrative. Truthfully though, he is sadly not a lone voice, nor is his backwardness and racist tendencies.
Let’s be honest; racism is well and alive in very many Indian homes. So, to start with, let’s be clear, it’s never okay to be “just a little” racist, not even in the confines of your personal circles, Whatsapp groups or cover of home. It’s never okay to be racist in the name of expressing genuine problems of poverty, crime; corruption or anything else. It’s not okay to put fear into little kids about an African person; this only lays the seeds of racism. These kids grow up harbouring those ill feelings, which mutate into prejudice; and often into full-blown racism.
It’s not okay to refer to African people (or anyone else) in derogatory terms. Using other forms of reference (whether in Tamil; Hindi or whatever else) is no less racist then the use of the K-word. It’s not okay to have an “African Friend” to mask your racism; when on the homefront everything about your demeanour is racist.
Gay dating app launches anti-racism campaign
If you’re a black or Asian user of gay dating app Grindr, then it’s possible you’ve encountered racism while using it.
Some users of the app have said they’ve come across what they believe are discriminatory statements on other profiles – things like “no blacks and no Asians”.
Others say they’ve faced racist comments in conversation with users when they’ve rejected their advances.
Now Grindr has taken a stand against discrimination on its platform and says no user is entitled to tear another down for “being who they are”.
It’s launched the #KindrGrindr campaign to raise awareness of racism and discrimination and promote inclusivity among users.
It says it will ban users who “bully or defame” others and will remove offensive language from profiles.
This is the first in a series of videos, and includes well-known BAME individuals such as RuPaul’s Drag Race star The Vixen and comedian Joel Kim Booster.
Zac Stafford, chief content officer at Grindr, says he has experienced racism on the app himself.
“I was a user of Grindr before I started working here, so I was already familiar with the racism and issues faced by people of colour or non-masculine identifying people on the app,” he says in a statement.
“Online discrimination has reached epidemic proportions affecting not only Grindr but other social networks.”
“I’ve had people call me a monkey,” says 26-year-old Alex Leon, an LGBT activist from London who uses Grindr.
“Some people will very bluntly say something along the lines of “no blacks, no Asians, no Hispanics”.
He welcomes Grindr’s Kindr initiative but says he’d “like to see more” from the company in the future to protect young BAME people using the app.
“For many young people, this is their first foray into the world of what it means to be LGBT,” he adds.
“These spaces are supposed to be meant for you as a gay or bisexual person and then you come into contact with even more discrimination.”
‘Not just in the US’: amateur historian highlights Canada’s forgotten racism
Archives shed light on incidents of racial discrimination and the country’s civil rights pioneers.
An amateur historian in Canada has highlighted a forgotten story of racial injustice, and one of the country’s earliest segregation lawsuits, in hopes of bringing recognition to civil rights pioneers.
In 1914, Charles Daniels bought a pair of tickets to see King Lear at Calgary’s Sherman Grand Theatre, but when he attempted to take his orchestra-level seat, he was told by ushers to move up to the balcony level, where other black patrons were seated.
Theatre staff told Daniels that his presence made the white patrons uncomfortable. Daniels protested – refused offers of a refund, and left.
“The fact that this happened in 1914, in Calgary, Alberta, blew my mind. It broke the whole narrative that these kind of things only happen in the United States,” said Bashir Mohamed, a civil servant who has been scouring the provincial archives in Edmonton for the last two years, and wrote about Daniels’s case in an essay for the Sprawl, a Calgary journalism site.
Daniels’s story has re-emerged amid a belated recognition across Canada of past injustices that have been largely absent from the national conversation on race.
At the time, the incident at the theatre was widely covered in local papers, with one running the headline: “CALGARY ‘NIGGER’ KICKS UP FUSS — Wants to Attend Theatre With ‘White Folks’ But Management Says No.”
Daniels retained a lawyer, sued the theatre over its policy of segregation – and won the case.
He was awarded $1,000, worth more than $17,000 USD today. During the trial he had said: “I think the humiliation is worth that amount.”
Mohamed said he had started research the history of black Canadians after reading an online commentator claiming that Canada does not have the same history of racial discrimination as the US. “When I was going through school, I never learned about this black history. But I always assumed there was something there,” he said.
Since then he has documented Canada’s racist place-names, the extensive presence of the Ku Klux Klan in western Canada, the effects of segregation and the fights of early – but largely forgotten – civil rights activists.
“I think it’s very important work… because there isn’t as much written about people of African descent within Alberta,” Jennifer Kelly, a University of Alberta education professor, told the CBC.
Daniel’s story has been told before, over the years and in different publications. But few Canadians are aware of the pioneering theatregoer, whose successful fight against discrimination predated the broader civil rights movement by decades.
“We have photos of Martin Luther King being arrested. We have mugshots. We have photos of Rosa Parks sitting on a bus. We have photos of her mugshot too,” he said.
The State Department’s silence on racism is deafening
The way in which America — for years a self-proclaimed role model for human rights — projects its values to the rest of the world has real, tangible effects on the global stage. In the age of Donald Trump, the US State Department has turned its back on the fight against racism and xenophobia. Even worse, the agency seeks to remove anti-racist language from international documents. The US government has a racism issue, and it is a dangerous problem with international implications.
Khloé Kardashian’s Baby True Thompson Is Only 5 Months Old And Facing Racism Online
Khloé Kardashian’s Baby True Thompson Is Only 5 Months Old And Facing Racism Online
Ready to feel bad about the world? Khloé Kardashian‘s daughter True Thompson is only five months old, and she’s already facing racism and colorism in particular from Kardashianfamily “fans.” Recently, the adorable little girl was featured in a too-cute pic her aunt Kim Kardashian posted on Instagram. The shot was a little “photo shoot” of True and her cousins, Chicago West and Stormi Webster. And, uh, it was basically the best gift that Keeks ever gave the internet. All three babies are beautiful, and it was a treasure to see them all together for the first time. But not everyone was so grateful.
“The Triplets,” Kim captioned the pic of the Kardashian babies who are all within just a few months of age. And while any Kardashian is prone to getting hate in the comments, little True bore the brunt of the negativity, with Instagram users being horrible AF and remarking rudely about how dark True is. “I hate that True is so dark, the other two are a nice mix,” read one awful comment. “True is so ugly… don’t at me!” said another.
Ready to feel bad about the world? Khloé Kardashian’s daughter True Thompson is only five months old, and she’s already facing racism and colorism in particular from Kardashianfamily “fans.” Recently, the adorable little girl was featured in a too-cute pic her aunt Kim Kardashian posted on Instagram. The shot was a little “photo shoot” of True and her cousins, Chicago West and Stormi Webster. And, uh, it was basically the best gift that Keeks ever gave the internet. All three babies are beautiful, and it was a treasure to see them all together for the first time. But not everyone was so grateful. “The Triplets,” Kim captioned the pic of the Kardashian babies who are all within just a few months of age. And while any Kardashian is prone to getting hate in the comments, little True bore the brunt of the negativity, with Instagram users being horrible AF and remarking rudely about how dark True is. “I hate that True is so dark, the other two are a nice mix,” read one awful comment. “True is so ugly… don’t at me!” said another.
Are today’s white kids less racist than their grandparents?
In America’s children, we often see hope for a better future, especially when it comes to reducing racism.
But do we have any reason to believe this? Should we have faith that today’s white kids will help make our society less racist and more equitable?
Previous research has had mixed findings. So in order to explore more fully what white kids think about race, I went straight to the source: white children themselves.
In my new book, “White Kids: Growing Up with Privilege in a Racially Divided America,” I explore how 36 white, affluent kids think and talk about race, racism, privilege and inequality in their everyday lives.
The limitations of survey data
Before beginning my research, I looked at what previous studies on the racial attitudes of young white people had found.
According to some researchers, we do have reason to be hopeful.
Using survey data, they found that young white people are expressing less prejudice than generations before them. For instance, white support for segregated schools – a traditional measure of racial prejudice – has dramatically decreased over a 50-year period. And surveys show that younger whites are less likely to express racial stereotypes than older whites.
But a second group of researchers disagreed. They found that whites today simply articulate racial prejudice in new ways.
For example, according to national survey data, high school seniors are increasingly expressing a form of prejudice that sociologist Tyrone Forman calls “racial apathy” – an “indifference toward societal, racial, and ethnic inequality and lack of engagement with race-related social issues.”
Victoria’s Secret Model Thinks Bleaching Her Hair Is Same As Experiencing Racism
Victoria’s Secret Model Thinks Bleaching Her Hair Is Same As Experiencing Racism
Being incredibly thin and white have practically been prerequisites to becoming a Victoria’s Secret model in the past. But according to Devon Windsor, it’s hard out there for girls like her.
In a clip from the E! docu-series “Model Squad,” Windsor — a white, blonde VS model — seemingly infiltrated a meaningful discussion about diversity in the modeling industry to complain about how hard it is to be her. It’s just as cringeworthy as you’d imagine, and naturally, it shook up the world wide web.
Being incredibly thin and white have practically been prerequisites to becoming a Victoria’s Secret model in the past. But according to Devon Windsor, it’s hard out there for girls like her. In a clip from the E! docu-series “Model Squad,” Windsor — a white, blonde VS model — seemingly infiltrated a meaningful discussion about diversity in the modeling industry to complain about how hard it is to be her. It’s just as cringeworthy as you’d imagine, and naturally, it shook up the world wide web. Being incredibly thin and white have practically been prerequisites to becoming a Victoria’s Secret model in the past. But according to Devon Windsor, it’s hard out there for girls like her. In a clip from the E! docu-series “Model Squad,” Windsor — a white, blonde VS model — seemingly infiltrated a meaningful discussion about diversity in the modeling industry to complain about how hard it is to be her. It’s just as cringeworthy as you’d imagine, and naturally, it shook up the world wide web. seemingly infiltrated a meaningful discussion about diversity in the modeling industry to complain about how hard it is to be her. It’s just as cringeworthy as you’d imagine, and naturally, it shook up the world wide web.
State Department: Allegations of racism ‘disgusting and false’
The State Department is hitting back against allegations that its staff lacks diversity, saying it the claims are “disgusting and false.”
“The assertion that [the State Department] is ‘racist’ is disgusting and false—a brazen attempt to create division for domestic political gain,” State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a tweet on Monday.
Nauert said the State Department is “among the most diverse of government agencies” and “empowers” those from diverse backgrounds.
“[The State Department] is dedicated to promoting human rights & dignity through our actions, policies & annual reports, including reports on Human Rights, Trafficking in Persons & Religious Freedom,” she added. She posted a link to the department’s 2017 report on global human rights.
Politico Magazine on Monday published an article by Uzra Zeya, a former State Department official, under the title “Trump Is Making American Diplomacy White Again.”
Zeya, who formerly served in multiple top positions at the State Department, denounced the department’s lack of diversity at the senior levels under Trump.
Three of the department’s most senior African-American career officials and the top-ranking Latino career officer were removed or resigned rom their positions after Trump came into office in 2017, Zeya wrote. They were replaced with white successors.
“In the months that followed, I observed top-performing minority diplomats be disinvited from the secretary’s senior staff meeting, relegated to FOIA [Freedom of Information Act] duty (well below their abilities), and passed over for bureau leadership roles and key ambassadorships,” she wrote.
A State Department spokesperson in a statement to The Hill said the report is “false” but did not dispute the numbers listed by Zeya.
“Our talented workforce is diverse and reflects our strength as a diplomatic corps,” the spokesperson said. “We are better equipped to tackle tough foreign policy challenges and advance American interests around the world with a diverse cadre of diplomats from all backgrounds.”
The State Department said in a statement to Politico that the percentage of African Americans, Hispanics and women hired as Foreign Service officers increased from 2016 to 2017.
“That’s an encouraging sign at the entry level, but it does not address reduced minority representation at the senior level,” Zeya wrote in the article.
Sixty-four percent of Trump’s ambassadorial nominees so far are white males, 7 percent more than the ambassadors appointed during the Obama administration, according to the American Foreign Service Association.
Trump has not yet named any African-American female ambassador.
The Senior Foreign Service is 88.8 percent white and more than two-thirds male, according to State Department data.
This story was updated at 12:59 p.m. to reflect the State Department was responding to reports regarding staff diversity.
Racism and antisemitism: examples and words matter
It’s been a long, hot summer for the Labour Party in England as it struggled with allegations of antisemitism. The source of the problem was its reluctance to adopt examples of antisemitism contained in the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition.
The reason for its reluctance was lest it impeded its freedom to criticise Israeli policy on Palestine. The problem is familiar when the right of free speech and the right to freedom from hateful discrimination clash. A similar problem came to the fore recently in Cyprus after publication of a voluntary glossary for journalists proposed by the Organisation for Cooperation and Security in Europe.
It was condemned by some Greek Cypriot journalists as contrary to free speech and a rewriting of history. But all it did was to identify a number of words that cause offence and suggest alternatives more conducive to improving community relations.
Decorum and civilised discourse are not inconsistent with freedom of speech. Besides freedom of expression is a qualified right: as a judge once remarked ‘you are not free to shout fire in a crowded theatre unless there is a fire.’
Anyway under human rights law a voluntary glossary of words for journalists cannot amount to an interference with the right of freedom of expression because journalists remain free not to adopt the alternatives proposed in the glossary.
The debate on antisemitism in the Labour Party was also about a voluntary glossary – this time of examples identified by the Holocaust Alliance as antisemitic. The clash was between freedom to criticise Israeli policy on Palestine on the one hand and antisemitism on the other. During the debate the Labour leader was branded a racist antisemite by the Israeli government and some members of the Jewish community, while people in-the-know have a diametrically opposite opinion of him. Jeremy Corbyn spent all his political life fighting racism and, with every respect to the former Chief Rabbi Lord Sachs, does not have an antisemitic bone in his body.
Antisemitism is defined as ‘a certain perception of Jews expressed as hatred toward Jews’ and includes the ‘targeting of the state of Israel, conceived as a Jewish collectivity’.
Advocates fear for future of province’s anti-racism directorate
What will happen to the province’s anti-racism directorate?
For many who work in anti-racism, this has been the question since June, when Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservatives won the provincial election with a majority government.
Community members who worked closely with the anti-racism directorate say they’ve received no answers from the government, which controversially moved the directorate to a new ministry and recently disbanded its subcommittees.
Longtime anti-racism advocates who lived through the Mike Harris years are now having flashbacks to 1995, when his Conservative government was elected to Queen’s Park — and promptly moved to eliminate what was then called the anti-racism secretariat, established just a few years earlier.
Two decades would pass before the anti-racism body was revived by the Liberal government in 2016, amid controversy over carding and debate over the acceptance of Syrian refugees. But less than two years into its mandate, the body, this time labelled a “directorate,” has fallen back into the hands of a Conservative government and community activists worry the province’s anti-racism efforts are once again doomed to fail.
“It just feels like 1995 all over again, where we take two steps forward only to go three or four steps backwards,” said Nigel Barriffe, president of the Urban Alliance on Race Relations. “What we see is a very hard, right-wing government that I don’t believe has any intention of honouring the commitment that the previous government has made towards the anti-racism directorate’s strategy.”
There are already early signs that changes are coming to the directorate, which had a number of subcommittees, including four community groups that consulted on issues of anti-Black racism, anti-Indigenous discrimination, Islamophobia and anti-Semitism.
In early August, some members of the subcommittees told the Star they were contacted by staff and informed that their services would no longer be needed. “It was basically ‘Yep, your year is up, thank you very much,” said longtime Jewish rights advocate Bernie Farber, who co-chaired the anti-Semitism committee.