Racism

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

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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

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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?

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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 »

Closing the gap: Australia is meaner, dumber and more racist than 25 years ago

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The Closing The Gap report should have been a wake up call about the way the government is failing First Australians. Andrew P Street Brisbane Times It won’t be. In 2001 John Howard… Closing the gap… Read More »

Why can’t Muslims talk about the Muslim ban on US TV?

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US cable news media’s coverage of Trump’s ‘Muslim ban’ featured predominantly white men instead of Muslims. Khaled A Beydoun Al Jazeera News In his landmark work, Orientalism, Edward Said theorised that Muslims are fundamentally subjects of study and scrutiny for Western outsiders, systematically excluded from the enterprise of contributing and commenting on… Why can’t Muslims… Read More »

Why we still need Black History Month in the US

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In an ideal world, Black History Month wouldn’t be necessary. Danielle Fuentes Morgan Al Jazeera News But we don’t live in one. Earlier this month… Why we still need… Read More »

Study finds troubling consequences for anti-Muslim and anti-Mexican attitudes and actions

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When Muslims and Mexican immigrants feel dehumanized by Americans, they are more likely to exhibit hostile responses, including support for violent over nonviolent collective action and unwillingness to assist counterterrorism efforts University of Pennsylvania Eurek Alert The President’s recent Executive Order is attempting to close U.S. borders to citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries, with the rationale that it would make Americans safer against the threat of terrorism. But new research… Study finds troubling… Read More »

ACT Law Society defends claims it discriminated against black lawyer

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The ACT Law Society and its professional standards manager have successfully defended claims they discriminated against, vilified and victimised a black Canberra lawyer. Alexandra Back The Canberra Times The claims of Emmanuel Tam Ezekiel-Hart, a solicitor who came to Australia from Nigeria more than a decade ago, centred around an alleged incident at the society’s office and its decision to refuse him a practising certificate. On February 23, 2016… ACT Law Society… Read More »

Australia cannot be complacent with ‘evil’ of xenophobia on the rise, says Tim Soutphommasane

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Australia cannot afford to be complacent in a growing climate of xenophobia around the world, according to the Race Discrimination Commissioner Tim Soutphommasane. Caroline Winter ABC As the parliamentary inquiry into freedom of speech continues this week, Dr Soutphommasane said Australia needed strong leadership to maintain cultural harmony. “What I’m hearing from… Australia cannot be… Read More »

Queensland Government ‘defending racism’ in appeal against discrimination ruling

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The Queensland Government is perpetuating racism and injustice in backing a court challenge against a landmark discrimination case, Indigenous health campaigner Professor Gracelyn Smallwood says. Kristian Silva ABC The Federal Court ruled in December that police committed racial discrimination during the 2004 Palm Island riots following the death in custody of Aboriginal man Cameron Doomadgee. More than 16,000 people… Queensland Government ‘defending… Read More »

The markers of everyday racism in Australia

Racism - The Conversation

While Australians value equality, our multicultural nation contains markers of racial discrimination. Claire Smith, Jordan Ralph and Kellie Pollard The Conversation Some are so innocuous we may not recognise them. Experiencing racism is part of… The markers of everyday… Read More »

Free speech is a lot more than 18C

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Free speech is a lot more than the right to freely comment on issues of race – important though that is. David Leyonhjelm On Line Opinion There is other legislation that contains restrictions on speech just as oppressive and infantile as Section 18c of the Racial Discrimination Act. If you “insult” a registrar in… Free speech is a lot… Read More »

The problem with photojournalism and Africa

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Why African photographers don’t get to tell African photo stories in Western media. M Neelika Jayawardane Al Jazeera News Whenever “Africa” is in the headline of mainstream US and European media sources, especially those that are highly regarded, I wince. I know the storyline is going to… The problem with photojournalism… Read More »