Discrimination

Our greatest peril? Screening ourselves off from reality

Humanity - The Guardian

Immersed in life online like the followers of 4chan or PewDiePie, we start to imagine that nothing matters – even racism, misogyny and resurgent fascism George Monbiot The Guardian Everything is possible. Nothing is possible… Our greatest peril… Read More »

On hate crimes, presidential silence is complicity

Hate crimes - BS

REST ASSURED, everybody: President Trump is “deeply disappointed” over the escalating nationwide reports of anti-Semitic bomb threats. Renée Graham Boston Globe “Deeply disappointed” is an appropriate reaction when the local coffee shop runs out of your favorite cranberry muffins. It is not, however… On hate crimes… Read More »

How racism and a lack of diversity can harm productivity in our workplaces

Racism - The Conversation

Beyond the requirement for diversity management and training in workplaces, Australian businesses also need to grapple with implicit racial bias and discrimination. Yin Paradies and Amanuel Elias The Conversation A review of multiple studies indicates exposure to racism is detrimental to performance. This is due… How racism and… Read More »

Citizenship as commodity: Free movement for the rich

Brexit - Al Jazeera

The world is becoming a playground for the rich, as governments work towards putting a price on citizenship. Richard Seymour Al Jazeera News Citizenship is one thing that is never supposed to depend on how much money you have. The sheer luck… Citizenship as commodity… Read More »

18C debate: Racist speech law could be eased

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull arrives for Question Time in the House of Representatives at Parliament House in Canberra, Monday, Feb. 27, 2017. (AAP Image/Mick Tsikas) NO ARCHIVING

A parliamentary inquiry into changing race hate speech laws will suggest changes to the Racial Discrimination Act. SBS Race hate laws could be changed to ban speech that harasses or intimidates people, but the decision to push for it will be up to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. A parliamentary inquiry… 18C debate: Racist… Read More »

Race And The Death Penalty: How Stereotyping Almost Killed A Black Man In America

Crime - New Matilda

A decision handed down in the United States late last week has shone a spotlight on the issue of racial bias against defendants of colour, writes Stephen Keim and Luke Craske. Stephen Keim and Luke Craske New Matilda In its decision in Buck v Davis, the United States Supreme Court has held that for counsel to lead evidence indicating that a client is more likely to commit future acts of violence because of his race, this does, in fact, violate that… ... Read More »

Law protects women by guarding innocent unborn

Opinion

Thirty-one years ago in the District Court, Justice Fred McGuire interpreted the Queensland Criminal Code to allow abortion to be performed in cases where there is a serious danger to the physical or mental health of a woman. Julie Borger On Line Opinion There is no need to change existing Queensland legislation, as no woman has ever been jailed for or even convictedof an illegal abortion in the 118 years the law has been in place. And it cannot… Law ... Read More »

When the freedom to offend is a freedom to harm

Freedom - The Guardian

A backlash against politically correct language ignores the deeper oppression that unchecked microaggressions inflict on groups such as women and black people Abi Wilkinson The Guardian We’re currently in the midst of something of a backlash against “political correctness”. And by “we”… When the freedom… Read More »

Bigotry and fear is the new norm, says Muslim Greens candidate in WA

Muslims - SBS

A Muslim vice principal is throwing her hat in the political ring to counter what she says is a rise in the ‘politics of division’ in Australia. Ryan Emery SBS An Australian Muslim convert is contesting a Liberal-held lower house seat in the Western Australian election to “stick up for the underdog”. Toni Pikos-Sallie said… Bigotry and fear… Read More »

Misrepresentation and mispresentation of Islam

Islam - Daily Sabah

Both the Muslim and non-Muslim world have much to learn from the true source of Islam, whose teachings have been largely left unattended, unexamined and unpracticed on by both sides Ergin Yaman Daily Sabah As racial discrimination, vilification and intolerance continue to remain a global issue, it is only recently that countries have come up with legislation and policies to tackle this problem, while over 14 centuries ago, one man… Misrepresentation and mispresentation… Read More »

Trump and the cycle of dehumanisation

Dehumanisation - The Conversation

People rarely respond well to being demeaned and humiliated. Nick Haslam The Conversation When they believe others see them as lesser beings, they react with anger, revenge and distrust. In doing so… Trump and the… Read More »

COMMENT: Racism in Australia: The stats are clear

Racism - SBS

Associate Professor Gawaian Bodkin-Andrews gives us a snapshot of the research on racism against Indigenous peoples since the 1960s. Gawaian Bodkin-Andrews SBS There is no denying it: there has been a considerable and ongoing debate about racism in Australia, especially racism that targets and impacts Indigenous peoples, families, and communities. Ideally, such debates… COMMENT: Racism in… Read More »

We’re doomed by the identity trap, damned when we try to escape

Identity - The Guardian

It’s disheartening that even someone as resilient as Diane Abbott was hounded into defining herself in terms of race and gender Nesrine Malik The Guardian Diane Abbott wrote a powerful article in these pages last week about the hatred she receives. Whatever one thinks… We’re doomed by… Read More »

In Times Square, Protesters Take To The Streets To Say ‘I Am Muslim Too’

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At a rally in New York City’s Times Square on Sunday, protesters filled three city blocks to express solidarity with Muslims. Kat Chow npr The crowd gathered to speak out against President Trump’s executive order — now on hold after a unanimous federal appeals court decision — banning immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries. Organized by the… In Times Square… Read More »

Australians believe 18C protections should stay

Racism - The Conversation

While debate over the merits of Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act continues to rage, new research shows that an overwhelming majority of Australians support legislation that prevents insults on the basis of race, culture or religion. Andrew Jakubowicz, Kevin Dunn and Rachel Sharples The Conversation We found that just 10% of Australians believe people should have the freedom to “insult” and “offend” people on the basis of race, culture or religion. Over 75% are… Australians believe 18C… Read More »

Why are some black Africans considered white Americans?

Americans - Al Jazeera

Sudanese Americans do not fit neatly into the existing racial classifications of the American society. Hind Makki Al Jazeera News I always knew I was black. My childhood was… Why are some… Read More »