Some of England’s players were reportedly racially abused by Hungary fans during the team’s 4-0 World Cup qualifying win over Hungary.
ITV reporter Gabriel Clarke, who was at the stadium, says he heard monkey chants directed at Raheem Sterling, as well as at substitute Jude Bellingham as he was preparing to come on.
England’s players had earlier been loudly booed as they took a knee before kick off, an ongoing gesture to protest racism.
Raheem Sterling was reportedly racially abused during the World Cup qualifier against Hungary on September 2.
Hungary had been ordered by UEFA, European football’s governing body, to play its next three home games behind closed doors after fans’ discriminatory behavior at Euro 2020, but this ban wasn’t yet implemented as World Cup qualifiers fall under FIFA’s jurisdiction.
“Following analysis of the match reports, FIFA has opened disciplinary proceedings concerning the incidents last night at the game Hungary-England,” FIFA said in a statement to CNN on Friday.
“Once again, FIFA would like to state that our position remains firm and resolute in rejecting any form of racism and violence as well as any other form of discrimination or abuse.
“We have a very clear zero tolerance stance against such abhorrent behaviours in football.”
In a statement, the English Football Association (FA) said it was “extremely disappointing” to hear reports of “discriminatory actions” directed towards some of its players.
“We will be asking FIFA to investigate the matter,” the statement read. “We continue to support the players and staff in our collective determination to highlight and tackle discrimination in all its forms.”
England and Manchester United defender Harry Maguire wrote on Instagram: “Since last night’s match I’ve spoken to my team mates and seen some of the footage.
“Any discrimination is totally unacceptable and the authorities must look into it. Racism has no place in our game or society.”
Last week, the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) welcomed students back to campus. But how welcome can the university’s Jewish population feel sharing a campus with a student group whose members have a long history of horrific anti-Semitic social media posts?
The group, Students for Justice in Palestine, runs a very active chapter at UIC. Even with the COVID-related shutdown of in-person learning in the past academic year, SJP made great headway in its campaign to demonize Jewish students.
A new report released by the anti-hate watchdog group Canary Mission found “disturbing” levels of anti-Semitic activity by this group going as far back as 2015.
The report broke this activity down into three categories: a campaign to attack and malign Chicago’s largest Jewish charity; an effort to bully “Zionists”; and spreading anti-Semitism, support for terrorism and hatred of Israel on social media.
Additionally, the report takes a look at the evolving strategies used by SJP.
Attacking the Chicago Federation
The 2020-2021 academic year saw SJP UIC take their attacks into the larger Jewish community of Chicago for the first time. In the hope of appealing to their intersectional allies, the group branded the Jewish United Fund (JUF) of Metropolitan Chicago, Chicago’s Jewish Federation, as “racist,” “Islamophobic, anti-Arab, transphobic and homophobic” and a “hate group.”
Among its other activities, the Federation provides food, refuge, health care, education and emergency assistance to 500,000 Chicago residents of all faiths and funds a network of more than 100 agencies, schools and initiatives.
As documented in Canary Mission’s report, in February 2021, SJP UIC began a two-month campaign to pressure UIC to cut ties with the JUF for sponsoring a Zoom talk by an Israeli professor Gabi Bin Nun of Ben-Gurion University at the university’s School of Public Health.
Employment tribunals across the UK saw a dramatic 48% surge in the number of race discrimination claims in 2020, as the pandemic slams ethnic minorities hardest.
There were 3,641 employment tribunal cases with the jurisdiction code for race discrimination during the year, according to the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service.
“It’s the opportunity to speak up about it and for complaints to be properly heard that has increased,” Baroness Helena Morrissey, AJ Bell chair designate and chair of the Diversity Project told FN.
“My hope is that this doesn’t suggest more people are suffering racial discrimination, rather that more victims feel encouraged by the increased attention around the issue over the past couple of years to bring their cases to tribunal, which carries risk and is expensive.”
This is up 48% from 2,464 cases in 2019, 23% from 2,948 cases in 2018 and 76% from 2,036 cases in 2017, Financial News can reveal.
As of 30 June, there have been 1,734 such cases during 2021.
The Acas data, which tracked case numbers since 2017, was obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request.
The wave of new cases come as companies face increased pressure to boost diversity and inclusion initiatives amid the rise of movements like Black Lives Matter after the police murder of Black American George Floyd last year. His killing sparked public outrage in the US and triggered a chain of protests around the world.
In the financial services sector, senior executives have also been forced to reckon with these issues, with public conversations about race and inequality take place both inside and outside the workplace.
The pandemic, which has hit ethnic minorities hardest, further increased the urgency of the discussions, with new protests in the UK emboldening objections to historical slavery-era statues within the City’s own Square Mile.
Alongside this, the City’s regulators also moved to consider what, if any, regulatory changes should be made to improve diversity and inclusion among firms.
Source: fn london
Hate crimes in the U.S. rose about 6% last year, fueled by an increase in anti-Asian, anti-Black and antiwhite incidents, according to FBI statistics released Monday, reaching levels not seen in more than a decade.
State and local police reported 7,759 criminal incidents in 2020 motivated by bias, amid a global pandemic and a racial reckoning prompted by the murder of George Floyd in May 2020, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said. The number of such episodes last year matched levels last seen in 2008, and a rash of high-profile incidents have continued this year.
In March, a white gunman killed eight people at three Atlanta-area spas, including six women of Asian descent. The attack deepened nationwide conversations about racism and a recent rise in anti-Asian bigotry. The gunman pleaded guilty to some charges last month.
The shooter’s killing spree occurred in two different counties, giving two sets of local prosecutors jurisdiction over the crimes. One local prosecutor’s office said last month that the federal, state and local investigation didn’t find evidence of prejudice against Asians. However, another local prosecutor has said she would seek an enhanced punishment against the gunman under Georgia’s new hate-crimes law.
Congress passed new hate-crimes legislation in response to the wave of anti-Asian violence earlier this year. The law is designed to improve data collection around hate crimes and aims to expedite a Justice Department review of such incidents. It also requires the attorney general to issue guidance to state and local law-enforcement agencies for setting up online hate-crime reporting processes, collecting data and raising public awareness about hate crimes during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Source: The Wall Street Journal
As state lawmakers continue to introduce legislation that would limit how schools can teach about racism and sexism, some teachers are pushing back and speaking out.
This past weekend, educators in more than 50 cities held in-person and virtual events pledging to “teach truth”—in other words, to continue teaching about oppression and injustice in the face of new laws that they believe attempt to stifle these kinds of discussions.
These rallies and teach-ins are an initiative of the Zinn Education Project, a resource for teachers coordinated by the nonprofit organizations Rethinking Schools and Teaching for Change. The group provides free lessons and materials aligned with historian Howard Zinn’s approach to teaching history—foregrounding the perspectives of people whose stories have been marginalized or ignored in dominant narratives.
Teachers who use this approach fear their work will be threatened by the recent pushback to classroom discussions of historical and present-day racism. Over the past year, 27 states have introduced bills or taken other steps that would restrict how teachers can discuss race. Twelve states have enacted bans on such classroom discussions, either through legislation or other avenues.
The laws aim to discourage teachers from making race or gender salient in conversations about power and oppression. And they target the kinds of diversity, equity, and inclusion trainings that many schools adopted amid last spring’s protests against police brutality, in the wake of George Floyd’s murder by a Minneapolis police officer in May 2020.
More than 6,500 educators have signed the Zinn Education Project’s pledge to “teach truth” in response to these laws. “We the undersigned educators will not be bullied. We will continue our commitment to develop critical thinking that supports students to better understand problems in our society, and to develop collective solutions to those problems,” the pledge reads.
Source: Ed Week
Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) deleted a tweet Wednesday that compared vaccine passports to the identification numbers Nazis forcibly tattooed on concentration camp prisoners during the Holocaust.
Screenshots of Massie’s tweet circulated on Twitter shortly after its deletion and sparked backlash. The original tweet shows a black-and-white photo of a clenched fist with numbers tattooed along its wrist. It was accompanied with the caption: “If you have to carry a card on you to gain access to a restaurant, venue of an event in your country … that’s no longer a free country.”
According to a screenshot shared by CNN reporter Andrew Kaczynski, Massie posted the tweet at 3 p.m. and took it down by 11 p.m. that same day.
Roughly 400,000 Holocaust victims and survivors at the Auschwitz concentration camp complex received tattooed serial numbers, which were used as a means of identification and dehumanization.
Massie’s caption refers to vaccine passports currently under debate in Kentucky and across the country. Kentucky does not require residents to show paper documents that indicate they have been vaccinated against COVID-19, but private workplaces and venues may require proof of vaccination.
Andrew Zirkle, who identified himself on Twitter as an intern for Massie’s office, said Thursday that he quit his internship in response to Massie’s tweet.
“The tweet that Congressman Massie posted last night, in which he compared vaccine passports to the Holocaust, was insensitive to not only survivors of the Holocaust, but the millions who perished as a result. The anti-semitic nature of the post is beyond apology, and as a result, I cannot in good conscience continue at my current position,” Zirkle said in a statement posted to Twitter.
Massie’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment Thursday.
Source: The Hill
The Urban Institute’s Coronavirus Tracking Survey, a nationally representative survey of adults ages 18 to 64, found that Black adults were more likely than white or Hispanic/Latinx to report being discriminated against or unfairly judged by a doctor or health care provider.
“These patterns are concerning given that health care disruptions and suboptimal quality that result from unfair treatment can lead people to delay or forgo care, to search for a new provider, and to experience adverse health consequences,” authors of the study wrote.
The report comes as Covid deaths and hospitalizations continue to soar, with people of color disproportionately affected.
It also comes as many advocates and activists call more attention to the dire maternal health crisis facing Black women.
CNN reported that Black women in the United States are more likely to die in pregnancy or childbirth than any other demographic – and the Covid-19 pandemic may be exacerbating one of the starkest disparities in American health care.
The network reported that health care practitioners and advocacy groups had raised the alarm that the pandemic may further increase barriers to care for pregnant people.
“Even before the pandemic, the United States was considered the most dangerous developed nation to be pregnant,” Stacey Stewart, CEO, and President of the March of Dimes, a nonprofit that advocates for better health care outcomes for mothers and babies, told CNN.
“Black women and women of color are far more likely to die — and that was the case even before the pandemic.”
Earlier this year, Congress introduced the Black Maternal Momnibus Act, providing pre-and post-natal support for Black mothers.
However, the bill has lingered since its February introduction.
The Urban Institute’s study, part of an ongoing body of work exploring patients’ reported experiences of discrimination and unfair treatment in health care, found:
- Roughly 5 percent of all nonelderly adults reported having been discriminated against or judged unfairly by a doctor, other health care provider, or their staff in the previous 12 months …
Source: Amsterdam News