Racism

German court rules that firebombing a synagogue is not anti-Semitic

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A synagogue burning in Germany is perhaps among the most literal illustrations of anti-Semitism imaginable. Updated by Sarah Wildman Vox But apparently, not all synagogue burnings are equal. This week a German regional court ruled that the 2014 firebombing of a… German court rules… Read More »

Anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism in British politics

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Anti-Zionism is deliberately conflated with anti-Semitism to suppress legitimate criticisms of Israeli policies. Avi Shlaim Al Jazeera There is no denying that from time to time anti-Semitism raises its ugly head in the UK, as it does in many other countries. What is striking… Anti-Zionism and anti… Read More »

On Lincoln, Sessions And The Hysterical Abuse Of Racism

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People living In the United States and other so-called Western countries, are living with what may be the death throes of the brief but eventful “democratic” age. Alan Keyes The Daily Caller That age began in earnest when the United States was still growing in the womb. The events precipitated by the… On Lincoln, Sessions And… Read More »

Soas students have a point. Philosophy degrees should look beyond white Europeans

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The story of the students preferring African or Asian to European philosophy isn’t what it seems. Tom Whyman The Guardian These so-called PC snowflakes just care about learning We all know what students… Soas students have a… Read More »

Now and then, who to blame?

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While history does not repeat itself in full details, it always shows us some patterns that we should always consider. Ahmed Al Sheikh Al Jazeera News It was another “first” for the US president-elect, Donald Trump, before he moves into the White House. Using just 140… Now and then… Read More »

Intolerant post-Brexit Britain: history shows we can be better than this

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The surge in hate crimes after 23 June stands in stark contrast to the decency shown to black GIs in the UK during the second world war Hugh Muir The Guardian Are we the nation suggested by the 41% spike in hate crimes that followed the Brexit vote? Where non-white Britons are abused in the… Intolerant post-Brexit… Read More »

Do black lives matter in the UK?

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For many the current position of Britain’s black population is one that is mired between achievement and marginalisation Al Jazeera News Alasdair Soussi Glasgow, United Kingdom – They are one of Britain’s most dynamic and enduring communities whose presence in the UK dates back hundreds of years. From serving Britain with… Do black lives… Read More »

Racism in primary schools only reflects the society the Tories have created

Racism - The Guardian

There may have been a rise in reporting, but five years of toxic political attitudes towards immigration has clearly seeped through to our children The Guardian Kehinde Andrews The Department for Education has revealed that the number of primary school children being suspended for racist behaviour has risen by a third in the past few years, from 430 incidents in 2014-15 compared with 320 in 2009-10. This is not a case of … Racism in primary… Read More »

Will Britain’s new definition of antisemitism help Jewish people? I’m sceptical

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While some consensus is needed in this debate, I fear this definition is imprecise, and isolates antisemitism from other forms of bigotry The Guardian David Feldman Antisemitism is anathema. From Ken Livingstone to… Will Britain’s new definition of… Read More »

Ku Klux Klan members say they aren’t white supremacists

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The Klan’s official rule book, the Kloran — published in 1915 and still followed by many groups — says the organization “shall ever be true in the faithful maintenance of White Supremacy.” The Star By JAY REEVES, The Associated Press PELHAM, N.C. — In today’s racially charged environment, there’s a… Ku Klux Klan members… Read More »

Australia’s human rights debate has always been political

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Human rights have been a hot topic of late. The Australian Human Rights Commission president, Gillian Triggs, has been accused of politicising her position, while The Australian newspaper and conservative politicians have led a campaign against Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act. The Conversation Jon Piccini Why has Australia’s long commitment to human rights bodies and legislation suddenly become such an issue? After all, the Human Rights Commission celebrates what amounts to… Australia’s human rights debate has always been… Read More »

There is a straightforward fix for section 18C

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Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act has received an extraordinary amount of attention over the past five years. The Canberra Times George Williams Indeed, the debate has transcended what the section actually does. The provision has become an icon for those… There is a straightforward fix for… Read More »

Denounce racism in your parties, UN rapporteur urges Australian leaders

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Mutuma Ruteere warns xenophobic hate speech on the rise, and political leaders need to ‘censure this kind of divisive and racist rhetoric’ in their ranks The Guardian Paul Karp Mainstream Australian political leaders need to denounce divisive and racist rhetoric, particularly from members of their own parties, a United Nations expert has said. The UN special rapporteur on racism, Mutuma Ruteere, made… Denounce racism in your parties, UN rapporteur urges… Read More »

Cities focus resistance against US President-elect Donald Trump

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Though Donald Trump has barely left the gilded confines of Trump Tower in Manhattan since he won the US election on November 8, already the city around him is marshalling its defences. SMH Josephine Tovey New York mayor Bill de Blasio, a progressive Democrat, is one of many city leaders across America already voicing defiance at a range of the President-elect’s professed positions. “We will use all the tools at our disposal to Cities focus resistance against US… Read More »

Peter Dutton did not appear out of thin air. He represents consistent Australian policy

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Peter Dutton’s comments remind Muslim migrants, in case they innocently forget, that they are not – and never were – welcome in this country The Guardian Oman Bensaidi I have grown quite tired of constantly needing to play the performance of the offended Other. Yes, Peter Dutton made racist… Peter Dutton did not appear out of… Read More »

#DefineAboriginal: Pauline Hanson’s ‘no definition to Aboriginal’ comment sparks sharing of racism stories

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Indigenous people have shared their personal stories of racism on social media, after One Nation Senator Pauline Hanson said there was no definition of Aboriginal in an interview on the Bolt Report. ABC “What defines an Aboriginal?” Senator Hanson told host Andrew Bolt. “If you marry an Aboriginal, you can be… #DefineAboriginal: Pauline Hanson’s ‘no… Read More »