The National Basketball Association (NBA) has banned Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver for one year and fined him ten million dollars following an inquiry into workplace misconduct, the league said on Tuesday.
The NBA said in a statement that it commissioned an independent investigation following the publication of an ESPN.com article on November 4, 2021, about the statements and conduct of Robert Sarver, Managing Partner of the Phoenix Suns and the Women’s National Basketball Association’s Phoenix Mercury, as well as workplace issues.
According to the statement, the investigation’s findings “were based on information gathered from interviews with 320 individuals, including current and former team members who worked for the teams during Mr. Sarver’s 18-year tenure as Managing Partner, Mr. Sarver, and other relevant individuals; and from the evaluation of more than 80,000 documents and other materials, including emails, text messages, and videos.”
The statement continued, “This conduct included the use of racially insensitive language, unequal treatment of female employees, sex-related statements and conduct, and harsh treatment of employees that on occasion constituted bullying.” The independent investigation found that Sarver “engaged in conduct that clearly violated common workplace standards, as reflected in the team and League rules and policies.”
The inquiry found that Sarver used the N-word repeatedly while working for the Suns/Mercury organization on at least five different occasions.
Sarver frequently had sex-related comments in the workplace, made inappropriate remarks about the physical appearance of female co-workers and other women, and on several occasions engaged in inappropriate physical conduct toward male co-workers. She also frequently engaged in unfair behavior toward female employees. According to the statement, he allegedly treated workers harshly and demandingly, including by shouting and swearing at them.
The NBA penalized Sarver ten million dollars, the highest permitted per the rules of the league. The NBA will contribute this cash to groups dedicated to tackling racial and gender-based concerns both within and outside of the workplace.
Congressman Shashi Tharoor and many Twitter users are furious about a US TV anchor who extolled the benefits of British colonialism in India and asserted that the nation benefited under British control, according to a story in the Independent. The Fox News host Tucker Carlson also made the erroneous assertion that India did not produce any architectural wonders prior to the start of the British colonial era. Many users, including tennis player Martina Navratilova, have denounced his remarks as “racist” and “supremely misinformed.”
The US TV anchor had a protracted diatribe about how the British empire was “more than simply genocide” on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” last Thursday.
We (the United States) left Afghanistan, we left airstrips, weapons, and guns. When the British pulled out of India, they left behind an entire civilization, a language, a legal system, schools, churches, and public buildings, all of which are still in use today. At least the English took their colonial responsibility seriously. They didn’t just take things, they added.
Congressman Shashi Tharoor participated in the Twitter discussion that was started by the comments.
In response to Mr. Carlson’s remarks, Ms. Navratilova tweeted, “Hey @TuckerCarlson – your utter ignorance of history is quite staggering. I suggest you read the book “Inglorious Empire” by Shashi Tharoor and then try again. Your racism is off the charts and your stupidity on this specific issue is of Olympic proportions!!!”
The US TV anchor has not addressed the criticism as of now.
Viktor Orban, the racist Hungarian PM who is increasingly isolated in the European Union over his “racist” anti-immigration policies, dismantling of rule of law safeguards, and opposition to further Russian sanctions, is likely to receive a very warm welcome when he takes the stage at a right-wing annual conservative conference in the US.
Ahead of his address at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Dallas, Texas, on Thursday, Orban met with former US President Donald Trump, describing him as “our important ally”.
Trump, who is believed to be gearing up for a second run for the Oval Office, said he and the racist Hungarian PM “discussed many interesting topics — few people know as much about what is going on today.”
For Orban, the visit to the US comes after sparking outrage in Europe over comments he delivered during his annual address at the Tusvanyos Summer University in Romania on 30 July.
Orban had praised what he called the “unmixed Hungarian race” and denounced countries where European and non-European people intermingle as “no longer nations”.
The racist Hungarian PM defended his stance again last Thursday during a visit to Austria, arguing that “I can sometimes express myself in a way that can be misunderstood” and that his comments were not about racism but about “cultural differences” and preserving the Hungarian culture “as it is now”.
Leaders of the political groups in the European parliaments nonetheless branded his comments as “openly racist” in a joint statement issued on Saturday.
The EU triggered the Article 7 procedure — the so-called nuclear option– against Hungary in September 2018 but leaders in the Council have not yet voted to determine whether there is “a clear risk of a serious breach” of the EU’s common values, which could see Hungary stripped of its voting right.
Orban’s mounting opposition to sanctions against Russia has also resulted in a cooling of relations with traditional EU allies Poland and Czechia.
Sen. Chuck Schumer criticised Fox News anchor Tucker Carlson on Wednesday for endorsing the racial “replacement theory” that served as the impetus for previous white youth-led atrocities.
For asserting that leftist policies represent a long-term plan to “replace” white Americans with black and brown immigrants, the Senate Majority Leader branded Carlson a disgusting bigot.
After Carlson explored the topic on his Tuesday night show, Schumer said that Carlson was inciting racial animosity among his audience. It is irrational. It is hazardous. It is racial.
Schumer urged Fox to reject the odious thesis, which claims that changes in the demographics of America are the result of a liberal scheme to weaken the political influence of whites.
According to Schumer, it is risky and un-American for one of the major news organisations to promote conspiracies, noting that the shooter who killed 10 Black customers at a Buffalo grocery store was motivated by the tenet.
On his programme, which is watched every night by millions of Americans, Carlson frequently talks about the “replacement theory.”
Right-wing extremist organisations like the Proud Boys and those who organised the Charlottesville, Virginia, white nationalist march in 2017 have widely disseminated the ideology.
On Tuesday, Carlson went on an extended rant over the subject, claiming that the 1965 Immigration Act was a part of a wicked scheme to change America.
Carlson remarked on the programme that “our leaders ceased attempting to make the United States a welcoming place for American people, their constituents, to have their own families.”
To provide evidence, Carlson noted that immigrants who came to the country had more children, which contributed to the country’s moderate total population growth during the following nearly six decades, while birth rates among Americans who were born there fell.
More people wouldn’t be a bad thing, but who are they? On the programme, Carlson remarked. “From where do they come?”
A recent study from North Carolina State University underscores the feedback loop between racism, stress and anti-racist activism in young Black people. Specifically, the study highlights that experiencing racism is stressful for Black youth in their late teens and twenties, and that taking action to address racism is both a response to that stress and a source of stress in itself.
“There’s a lot of data demonstrating that racism is stressful and contributes to physical and mental health challenges for Black people,” says Elan Hope, corresponding author of the study and an associate professor of psychology at NC State. “We wanted to get a better understanding of what role engaging in activism can play in contributing to that stress. Is there a price associated with fighting racism? And, if so, what sort of toll does it exact?
“The burden of ‘solving’ racism falls largely on the people most affected by racism. The more we understand that burden, the better able we will be to support the people who are doing the work.”
To that end, the researchers conducted a survey of 443 Black adolescents (ages 14-17) and 447 Black emerging adults (ages 18-29). The survey included questions aimed at assessing physiological and psychological stress associated with anticipating racist events. The survey also asked participants about the extent to which they had experienced various instances of racism. In addition, the survey asked about the extent to which participants engaged in anti-racism activism. Activism was characterized as either consisting of low-risk activities, such as wearing a Black pride t-shirt, or high-risk activities, such as participating in a public demonstration.
“For emerging adults, we found that the more racism-related physiological stress participants reported, the more likely they were to engage in high-risk activism, such as participating in protests,” says Vanessa Volpe, co-author of the study and an assistant professor of psychology at NC State. Study Highlights
The researchers used statistical models in an attempt to determine whether, in light of past experiences with racism, study participants who had higher levels of stress were more likely to engage in high-risk activism, or if people were more likely to engage in activism because they have higher levels of stress.
“We found that it was a reciprocal relationship for emerging adults,” Hope says. “In other words, for emerging adults, it was true that higher levels of physiological stress were associated with engaging in high-risk activism, and that engaging in high-risk activism was associated with higher levels of physiological stress. But for adolescents, the models suggested that high levels of physiological stress were associated with high-risk activism – but not that activism was contributing to physiological stress.”
German carmaker Volkswagen has withdrawn a social media advert and apologised after an online backlash slamming the clip as racist.
The 10-second video post, which was shared on Instagram, had been meant to advertise the latest Golf model.
It showed a giant hand of a white person pushing a Black man away from a new car, then moving him to an open doorway by pinching his head, and flicking him inside a cafe.
Viewers also noted the floating letters in the video clip faded in such a way that it appeared to spell out an offensive word for people of colour in German.
Other social media users took offence at the sign above the building the man disappears into, which reads “Petit Colon”, a reference to colonialism.
After the social media outcry, Volkswagen apologised.
“Without question: the video is inappropriate and tasteless,” it said on Wednesday in a statement.
“We will clarify how something like this could happen, and there will be consequences.”
Many viewers expressed disbelief that the clip was ever allowed to air.
In the aftermath of August’s mass shooting in El Paso, a cursory glance at the news might have left you with the impression that there were two villains that day: the white supremacist who viciously killed 22 people and wounded 24 more, and President Donald Trump, who supposedly incited him.
“The president cannot be absolved of responsibility for inciting the hatreds that led to El Paso,” read a New York Times piece. Democratic presidential contenders echoed this sentiment, with Beto O’Rourke saying Trump’s rhetoric “has a lot to do with” the shooting and Kamala Harris alleging that Trump was “tweeting out the ammunition” used by the El Paso shooter.
Blaming the words of controversial politicians for the acts of terrorists and lunatics without hard evidence is not new. However, a recent academic paper, reported on by numerous outlets before it went through the peer-review process, suggests that Trump actually is to blame.
“You should not rent to Mexicans or Hispanics since this would lower our property values!”, “Hispanic people are liars!”
These are some of the wordings Marylin and Kazuo Tsuchiya told their neighbors who was trying to rent his house to prospective tenants.
Audio Recordings from the Court Hearing
Here are the recordings from the court hearing where they admitted they made racist remarks: Download the file
In early February of 2019 when Marylin and Kazuo Tsuchiya noticed that new tenants of Hispanic or Mexican background are moving to their neighborhood they could not stand it and decided to use any type of tactics and intimidation to push their neighbor not to rent to them. The fact was that out of three tenants none were Mexican or Hispanic race, they were White American, Japanese, and Hawaiian native! However Marylin & Kazuo Tsuchiya thought they were Hispanics just because one of them had a small trailer behind his truck! For that reason they decided that none of them should be their neighbors.
They told their neighbors that the prospective tenants have a landscaping business and everyday the area is going to be crowed with Mexicans coming from Home Depot to work with them! The fact is that the new prospective tenants were all into mortgage and real estate businesses but Marylin & Kazuo Tsuchiya told their neighbor that they were lying that they are into real state business! They told their neighbors that renting to Mexicans or Hispanic people would lower our property values and therefore we should not rent to them! Ironically Marilyn herself has a gardening and landscaping business herself and her husband’s business is gardening tour! After they failed to push their neighbor not to rent to the three respected professionals whom were not even Hispanic decent, they started a series of intimidation and harassment against the new tenants and this led them to appear in court. They also contacted the city telling them that the neighbor does not have a required permit for ADU, shed, and stairs that have been there for 10 years and it has never been an issue for Tsuchiya family! Furthermore, they are against any children to play in the neighborhood and in the past they had harassed the neighbors whose children were playing or riding bikes in the cul-de-sac. Marilyn had told neighbors that they should have a quiet neighborhood and not having kids in the cul-de-sac, at the court the judge rebuked them that if they want to have a quite neighborhood they should move to the woods! They regularly call the police for every little thing from kids playing to people washing their cars.
Marilyn writing to her neighbor that “the Hispanics” are not good neighbors!
Another case of tenant harassment by Marilyn
Their Business: Japan Specialized Group Tours
LET’S SPEAK OUT AGAINST RACISM AND BIGOTRY!
BBC Fires Radio Host Accused of Racism for Comparing Royal Baby to Chimp
BBC Fires Radio Host Accused of Racism for Comparing Royal Baby to Chimp
The BBC doesn’t mess around when it comes to the royal baby. One of its leading radio hosts has been fired after he tweeted a picture mocking the royal family A now deleted tweet from Danny Baker showed an image of an old timey couple holding hands with a chimp dressed in clothes with the caption Royal Baby leaves hospital Critics claimed he was comparing Harry and Meghan’s new mixed race baby Archie to a chimpanzee. Following a backlash the broadcaster insisted he didn’t mean to be racist saying it was just a joke about royals vs circus animals in posh clothes He went on Sorry my gag pic of the little fella in the posh outfit has whipped some up. Never occurred to me because, well, mind not diseased. Soon as those good enough to point out it’s possible connotations got in touch down it came And that’s it However the BBC confirmed Thursday that Baker had been fired from his Saturday morning radio show The BBC doesn’t mess around when it comes to the royal baby One of its leading radio hosts has been fired after he tweeted a picture mocking the royal family A now deleted tweet from Danny Baker .