Racism

The far right tell us kindness is weakness. We can’t give in to that

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Urging people to be something as squishy as ‘kind’ may seem childish. But compassion is a revolutionary tool that can steer people away from bigotry Phil McDuff <link rel=”stylesheet” type=”text/css” href=”https://assets.guim.co.uk/stylesheets/42bee2c5049126b57d69de2339a324f8/content.css”/> I might be imagining it, but I think people have been behaving a little bit more kindly over the last few days: a few more shared smiles, a… The far right… Read More »

The Silver Lining When Bill Leak Wins His Racial Discrimination Case

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You win some, you lose some. And New Matilda editor Chris Graham thinks Aboriginal Australia is about to lose small, but ultimately win big. By Chris Graham  In case you’ve been living under a rock, cartoonist for The Australian newspaper, Bill Leak is being taken to the… The Silver Lining… Read More »

When race and class collide, the biggest challenge is using your voice

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For a new series from the Australia Indonesia Centre, four writers and thinkers – two Australian (Alice Pung and Susan Carland), two Indonesian (Leila Chudori, Eliza Vitri Handayani – were invited to reflect on key issues facing their societies • Read more about the Australia Indonesia Essay Series Alice Pung When you are seven months pregnant, your husband and… When race and class collide, the… Read More »

How conservatives made Hanson’s ideas part of the political furniture

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A reading of Pauline Hanson: The Truth reveals the extent to which Hansonist positions have been co-opted by conservatives in politics and media Jason Wilson It’s 2016, and yet somehow ponderous Paul Kelly has still not been put out to pasture. Only in the Australian – a newspaper made by and… How conservatives made Hanson’s ideas part of the political furniture… Read More »

The word ‘Muslim’ belongs to the ‘war on terror’. It has little to do with me

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The word ‘Muslim’ belongs to the ‘war on terror’. It has little to do with me Yassir Morsi I agree with the 49% of Australians who polled in favour to “stop Muslim immigration”? I agree. The “Muslim” threatens to destroy an innocent and… * The word ‘Muslim’ belongs to the ‘war on terror’. It has little to do with me… Read More »

To fight racism, we need to craft a better ‘we’ and ditch the ‘us’ and ‘them’

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A sense of alienation is attracting people to populist leaders with simple solutions. But there are better solutions, ones that draw communities together Tim Hollo Pauline Hanson didn’t appear out of a vacuum. Like Donald Trump and Nigel Farage, she is a reaction to trends in our society, economy and politics. Their type… Source: To fight racism, we need to craft a better ‘we’ and ditch the ‘us’ and ‘them’ | Tim Hollo | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

Typecast as a terrorist

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The Long Read: As my acting career developed, I was no longer cast as a radical Muslim – except at the airport by Riz Ahmed To begin with, auditions taught me to get through airports. In the end, it was the other way around. I’m an actor. Since I was a teenager I… Source: Typecast as a terrorist | Riz Ahmed | The Long Read | World news | The Guardian Read More »

S Africa: Black students protest ‘racist’ hair rules

Teachers at South African high school accused of racism for forcing black girls to follow a discriminatory hair code. By Anealla Safdar High school students in South Africa have protested against black girls being forced by teachers to arrange their hair differently, alleging that they are being made to follow strict style rules that are  racist and… Source: S Africa: Black students protest ‘racist’ hair rules – News from Al Jazeera Read More »

Free speech: would removing Section 18C really give us the right to be bigots?

Despite previously saying we all have the right to be bigots, Attorney-General George Brandis now says reform of Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act is no longer on the government’s agenda. However, there are several senators – some new, some returning – who beg to differ. David Leyonhjelm, Bob Day, Derryn Hinch and One… Source: Free speech: would removing Section 18C really give us the right to be bigots? Read More »

Racism is not human nature. A work of fiction can help us understand that

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Pauline Hanson’s racist vitriol is legitimised by commentators who urge us to listen to her. My new book When Michael Met Mina looks at other ways to dismantle racism.. The sheer weight of racist legacy and entrenched Islamophobic narratives was made clear to me all too often while researching Islamophobia, racism and multiculturalism in Australia… Source: Racism is not human nature. A work of fiction can help us understand that | Randa Abdel-Fattah | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

‘You end up with Adam Goodes’: Indigenous public servants speak out against racism

The disturbing findings were revealed by a landmark Australian National University study based on interviews with 34 former and currently employed Indigenous public servants. Many said racism within the workforce contributed to their decision to quit the public service. “You can either make a joke of it or you can get really upset and you then get labelled angry and get moved on,” said one respondent… Source: ‘You end up with Adam Goodes’: Indigenous public servants speak out against racism Read More »

Indian states must take steps against attacks on African nationals – Asia Times

The murder of a Congolese youth in Delhi in street altercation points to racial hatred and has come as a big embarrassment for the Indian government. Such attacks have happened in other Indian cities too. It is sad that in the land of Mahatma Gandhi, who had relentlessly fought against racial discrimination in South Africa, African youth, mostly students or job-seekers, are feeling unsafe. They are often labelled as “drug-peddlers” and denied homes on rent.. The recent murder of a 29-year-old ... Read More »

Greens candidate pulls out of anti-racism protest over violence fears

The Greens candidate in the inner city seat of Wills has pulled out of an anti-racism rally in Coburg this weekend because of police fears of violence. Samantha Ratnam, who will stand down as City of Moreland Mayor on Friday to contest the election, was due to speak at the “Moreland says no to racism’ rally on Saturday. But on Thursday afternoon she decided to pull out… Source: Greens candidate pulls out of anti-racism protest over violence fears Read More »

This Man Will Make You Question Everything You Know About The Refugee Crisis

‘We’ve forgotten that this happened before’.. Journalists and politicians are wilfully ignoring the facts about Muslims and migrants, a senior figure in the UN has claimed, leading to a complete misrepresentation of the refugee crisis engulfing Europe. Michael Møller, Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva, argues… Source: This Man Will Make You Question Everything You Know About The Refugee Crisis Read More »

Rape is black people’s ‘pastime’, white South African judge says in Facebook rant

South Africans aren’t blind to the fact that race still divides their country. But when an activist named Gillian Schutte went public recently with messages she had exchanged with a high court judge a year ago, she certainly achieved her stated goal: to expose the “deep racism and colonial thinking” that still pervade upper echelons of South African society. Mabel Jansen, who is the daughter of a former governor-general of South Africa during the apartheid years, sent the messages last ... Read More »

White flight in schools: it’s not about racism

The idea that smart kids should sacrifice their own education to drag up their peers from non-English speaking families is simply obnoxious.. What are they playing at, these smug, middle-class families deserting their local state school just because it’s next to commission housing? (White flight: race segregation in Melbourne state schools) How… Source: White flight in schools: it’s not about racism Read More »