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by Arwen McKechnie So, as many of you may know, after five long years of advocacy and international pressure against it, the President of Uganda has signed a bill into law which adds horrifically harsh sentences to existing Ugandan legislation criminalizing homosexuality. The bill originally called for cases of “aggravated homosexuality” to receive the death […]
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by Genevieve Yam This past week, numerous countries around the world, including Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom, took part in the National Eating Disorders Awareness Week (NEDAW). According to the website, NEDAW aims to “promote public and media attention to the seriousness of eating disorders and improve education about the biological underpinnings, […]
If you can get past the particularly offensive homophobia and racism here, I think you will see what I mean: Recommend this Post
Says the brilliant Thomas Sowell in this week’s Random Thoughts: Once, when I was teaching at an institution that bent over backward for foreign students, I was asked in class one day: “What is your policy toward foreign students?” My reply was: “To me, all students are the same. I treat them all the same […]
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Black History Month: Problematic Realities
Okay, this has been bothering me ENORMOUSLY. I talk about racism a LOT. I also blog a lot. For the entire duration of my social justice life I have never […]
may have seen the ad Coke aired during the Super Bowl, where a variety of American sang “America the Beautiful” in their native languages. It was quite controversial, and by controversial I mean idiot racists hated it. Here’s hoping they’re equally enraged by this new version.
More support for changing the name of the NFL team in Washington comes from Jesse “The Body” Ventura. Yesterday, I wrote about how incredibly easy it would be to change the racist name of any kind of team. It’s really not that hard. Imagine the reverse, though. Imagine changing the Vancouver “Canucks” to the Vancouver “Insert racist slur here.” Somewhat inconceivable, so it should be easy to do the reverse, and fix the Washington NFL team name, as well as the other racist team names.
Now, hear how Jesse Ventura puts it:
Just as the N word (Read more…)
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Ezra and crew created the racist hashtag #IndianIgnorant for Neil Young. Then they deleted it when they realized their own racism. This is what we’re up against. It’s not just Licia Corbella and the Conservative press. It’s assholes like Vivian Krause,…
Sometimes I cry when reading the news. I cry because so many horrendous things happen to people and I can’t possibly understand why this world is SUCH a horrible place.
There are countless stories about the negative stereotypes and police brutality that Black men must endure… but this really broke my heart: “I blame myself, I taught my son to respect cops, not to fear them…
Well, I miss Mandela. The post-Mandela world is sadly less colourful. While all sorts of people, including reprobate politicians in Canada laud him for this and that, it’s important to remember that he never seemed to angle for being a darling of right wing, neoliberal libertarian freedom fighters.
Here are some items we should all remember. If any of this is new to you, click the link at the bottom to flesh out the details. You won’t regret it.
1. Mandela blasted the Iraq War and American imperialism.
2. Mandela called freedom from poverty a “fundamental human right.”
3. (Read more…)
Nelson Mandela, who died last month at age 95, was sentenced to life in prison in 1962 because he fought for justice, equality and democracy. He was finally released 27 years later, in 1990. South Africa’s racist apartheid system fell and Mandel…
I met Dr. David Leonard, Associate Professor in the Department of Critical Culture, Gender and Race Studies at Washington State University, on Twitter shortly after my initial critique of Tim Wise. I was pleased to discover that there existed another white man who was not marketing himself as an anti-racist, but instead doing the work with people of colour, while learning from them and taking after their direction.
I don’t get it.
Everywhere you turn you find those on the Left saying the most nasty things, especially, IMO, Black lefties jump at every opportunity to hit at the White population while forever playing the victim card making it look like they are at disadvantage because of the Whites’ treatment of them. What treatment? The actual facts are just the opposite. Blacks go about “playing” knock out games on mostly non-Blacks, especially the elderly and the media throws it all under a heavy blanket. Blacks get the best spots as TV hosts from whence they can spew out their hatred. Below is just one example … and it is all the more disgusting because mix-race Melissa Harris-Perry herself was born into a white Mormon family.
From SandraRose blog:
….During a segment of “Melissa Harris-Perry” on Sunday, the panelists joked about a viral photo of the Romneys sitting in an idyllic setting surrounded by their 21 grandkids including little Kieran dressed in a pink onesie.
One of the panelists, actress Pia Glenn, sang “one of these things is not like the other,” while another joked that the photo was representative of the Republican Party’s lacking diversity.
“It really sums up the diversity of the Republican Party, the RNC. At the convention, they find the one black person,” said comedian Dean Obeidallah.
MSNBC host Harris-Perry joked about Romney’s grandson marrying Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s daughter, North West…………
It was good to see that the Tea Party did not sit by and let this blatant racism go by … even if the Rinos did so as usual. The reason the Tea Party patriots are hated so much is because the Left has become used to the Rinos (Republicans In Name Only) taking the slaps from the Left and moving on. Not so the Tea Party folks….and that’s the way it should be. If the Left can dish it out, they should also be made to eat the stuff.
What Sarah Palin said at her Facebook page:
…..Holy unbelievable. The hypocritical leftist lamestream media should be shamed by every caring, child-loving American. It has once again reached a new low. See the article linked below. One just can’t win in their petty little games. Good thing most Americans don’t play those little games! It’s a beautiful thing the Romney family has done by embracing “the spirit of adoption.” What on earth is more beautiful? Shame on MSNBC for mocking this.
The LSM’s pursuit of “shock ratings” is unreal. Governor Mitt Romney ran for higher office with what I believe is a servant’s heart. He was saddled with some sup-par campaign tactics. That does not make him a bad person nor does it open his children or grandchildren to attacks over a year after the fact. This latest attack from the Left is despicable.
Leftist media hounds are not expressing an opinion with this attack; they are expressing a prejudice that would never be accepted if it came from anyone else but the lib media.
You really need a conscience, yellow journalists. May your 2014 New Year’s Resolution be to find one.
Thank you, Romney family, for giving a child a family full of love.
What Greta van Susteren of FoxNetwork said:
How could anyone – MS/NBC host – be THIS cruel to a child? this really is about as cruel as you can get to a child…
The Romney family adopted an African American child. The Romneys love the child. The child loves them. This is a wonderful story…but not to MS/NBC….
….In my wildest dreams I can’t understand or imagine anyone being this mean to an innocent child….this really tops all.
Of course there is also the coldness and awful motive of trying to discourage people from opening their homes to any and all children who desperately need a family to raise them and provide love.
Yes…there are some trying to help make the world better for others and then there are the others…..
And, this from the TeaPartyNewsNetwork:
….In a disgusting and contemptible display of bigotry, liberal panelists on MSNBC on Sunday stooped to a new low by mocking former Governor Mitt Romney for having an adopted black grandchild.
It’s truly disgusting that ideological-driven hatred and desperation created by low ratings has driven MSNBC to this low, but alas, here we are……….
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What a difference a few decades make.
The world has spent the last week rightly celebrating the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela, a man one l…
Friday December 6 marked the closure of the annual celebration of Sinterklaas, the Dutch equivalent of Santa Claus. Traditionally, the children’s festivity is an occasion for family fun and pleasure that unites a nation, but this year it has become a highly charged political battleground that is exposing a society increasingly more conservative and hostile towards people of color, while unleashing an unprecedented anti-racism movement that is empowering minorities and posing fundamental challenges to the Dutch establishment.
This situation is BS.
A Manitoba MP is crying discrimination after two aboriginal women were not allowed to board a plane with her, even though they had tickets.
Niki Ashton, who represents the Churchill riding for the NDP, said Gail and Joyce Nepinak were scheduled to fly to Ottawa from Winnipeg with her on Sunday evening. niki-ashton
MP Niki Ashton said the Nepinaks were embarrassed when they were not allowed to board the plane. (CBC)
The Nepinaks had been invited by the House of Commons to speak at the special committee on missing and murdered indigenous women on Monday.
When I heard the news that Nelson Mandela had died at first I was sad, like billions of people all over the world. For he was my greatest living hero, and somehow I had hoped that he would live forever. “Our nation has lost its greatest son. Our people have lost a father,” South African President Jacob Zuma said in a sombre speech to the nation just before midnight, broadcast on all major television channels. “He is now resting. He is now at peace. … Although we knew this day would come, nothing will diminish our sense of a profound and enduring (Read more…)
In the light of Stephen Harper’s announcement of an upcoming visit to Israel, it might be worth taking a closer look at the country he will be visiting. Coverage of Israel’s apartheid-like policies isn’t readily available via Canadian mainstream media outlets. Instead we get stories such as the report in today’s Toronto Star about Netanyahu’s spending and liking for scented candles and flower arrangements.
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The Greek myth of Orpheus hints at the paradoxical relationship between creativity and anguish. Orpheus was the one mortal whose musical ability was as great as that of the gods. The renowned lyre player fell in love with the maiden Eurydice and the two were married. Shortly after the wedding, Eurydice was stung by a serpent and died; Orpheus, unwilling to accept her death, decided to descend into the underworld to rescue her. The gods were touched by the musician’s plea and released her from Hades on the condition that he did not look at her face until the two had returned to the world of the living.
1) I’m sure you didn’t specify “Black bootylicious Twerkers” but I’m POSITIVE you casted for a “look” that your itsy bitsy -can’t-see-beyond-stereotypes- brain can’t comprehend at the moment.
2) Of course you aren’t going to send them away when you found exactly what you were attempting to portray. The intent WAS to portray “ratchet culture”, no?
3) Light hearted satire… sure.. you know what satire should ALWAYS involve? YOU ACTUALLY EMBODYING THE SATIRE- Not covering yourself up respectfully and then hiring a bunch of nearly naked Black women to hypersexualize themselves as YOU direct them.
4) Mhmm.. you are exercising (Read more…)
As originally posted on: Wake Up World
October 26, 2013
For real democracy to work, the nation state needs to be abolished, assigned to the dustbin of history, and replaced with tribes and clans.
Already the monks in the Middle Ages realized that a community with more than about 150 individuals did not and does not work and thus, when approaching that number the abbot or prior would send out brothers to found new communities. This was done not (just), as often thought, done with the aim of “spreading the Gospel” but for administrative reasons primarily.
Democracy – real democracy – is not possible in large groups as people in such large groups are not able to properly participate.
Thus everything that is, today, referred to as democracy on a national and international level is not true (participatory) democracy. Therefore we must do away with the nations state, which has caused so much grief anyway, and return to a much smaller unit, that of the tribe (whether true tribe or otherwise).
The Nation State
In times past everywhere people were “organized” in clans and tribes, and even the notion of a nation or nation state would not have entered their minds.
The nation state, as we know it today, is a rather modern invention, as far as human evolution goes, and has brought about more grief than good. It is the cause of nationalism, of xenophobia, of fascism, of racism, and much more. It is also not governable other than by a dictatorship or other form of autocracy. True participatory democracy is possible only in small groups and communities the size of clans and tribes and villages they size they were in Britain and (elsewhere) some centuries past. Not that there was any participatory democracy in those feudal times in those villages or elsewhere for that matter.
The model of the nation state, or even larger, as in the case of the European Union almost superstate, is not sustainable and that on more than just one level, e.g. that of politics and participation for all in a truly democratic process. This can only be guaranteed in small communities.
Also on an economic scale. level localism needs to be invoked so that everyone is a valid participant in this too. This means that everyone, repeat everyone, works and contributes to society in some way and does not shirk from work. Honest work must not just be a prerequisite, it is an honor, and no man may benefit from another man’s labors by means of exploitation.
When we talk of a (new) system like this one there will always be people why will say, “But what about taxes? What about public services? What about roads, about policing? How will all that be paid for?”
The answer is that everyone will be involved in doing the jobs required without the need for public works departments and the like.
Is this not anarchism? Yes, it is! Anarchism in the true sense of the term; the absence of government.
Government is just a king or dictator in a different guise, even in so-called democratic countries, as the people, even though they are told that they chose their representatives by means of (democratic) elections and thus participate in running their affairs, do not have any real say in the matters. Democracy in large groups, especially in countries, and groups of countries, such as the European Union, is just an illusion, a conjuring trick.
Participatory democracy, where each individual (and we must include also the children here) can play a full part does not work in nations and the so-called representatives of the people represent the people about as much as me being the Emperor of China.
Unless we want to to continue to live in a dictatorship by people who are supposed to be answerable to us but decide, time and again, that we are but imbeciles to be told by them what to do and how, then we have to change the system and this means a very radical change.
The system is not new. It is, in fact, very old. And we must bring it back to life.
By some accounts Australians have become the wealthiest people on earth, largely from flogging massive quantities to coal to China. Yet not all Australians are well off, especially not the first Australians, the aborigines.
Asia Times brings to light the little town of Wilcannia, winner of the national Tidy Town award, where the indigenous townfolk usually die by the age 35 and where the Cuban government operates a literacy programme.
Politicians in Canberra are among the wealthiest citizens. Their self-endowment is legendary. Last year, the then minister for indigenous affairs, Jenny Macklin, refurbished her office at a cost (Read more…)
By some accounts Australians have become the wealthiest people on earth, largely from flogging massive quantities to coal to China. Yet not all Australians are well off, especially not the first Australians, the aborigines.Asia Times brings…
As originally posted on: National Report
November 5, 2013
<NationalReport> Richmond, VA – Merely hours after the close of a bitter and divisive Governor’s race in Virginia that saw Democrat Terry McAuliffe pull out a win over Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, irregularities in voting data have emerged. According to mainstream media outlets McAuliffe supposedly defeated Cuccinelli in a razor-thin 47-46 percent victory to become the next Governor of the great state of Virginia.
Immediately following the announcement, Cuccinelli’s office opened a full investigation into the legitimacy of the vote and quickly turned up surprising results. In 13 districts, multiple instances of intimidation at the polls were reported. Large black men wearing traditional Black Panther garb were reported lingering around polling places approaching older voters asking questions about who they intended on voting for. In Louden and Fairfax counties (traditional Democratic strongholds), election officials withheld submitting voter data in order to get an idea of whether to count absentee ballots or not. In an audit of the voter registration information, it quickly became apparent that MULTIPLE votes were cast by people who were either dead or had long ago moved out of the district.
According to exit polling Cuccinelli won the race by big margins reaching a high percent of the key voting blocks of women, Latinos and Blacks.
Cuccinelli was a target of large amounts of out of state financing as the Democrats set out to make the race be a referendum against the Tea Party movement. McAuliffe got a late boost from Bill and Hillary Clinton, as well as Joe Biden, who campaigned hard for the Democrat.
Even in defeat Cuccinelli reminded voters that the election was in fact a referendum against President Obama’s Affordable Care Act. “Despite being outspent by an unprecedented $15 million,” he said, ”this race came down to the wire because of Obamacare. That message will go out across America tonight.”
Sources within Cuccinelli’s office have warned that “this is not over” and that Ken will be challenging the results of the election in court.
No such irregularities have been discovered in New Jersey where Republican candidate Chris Christie was re-elected in a landslide victory.
Kerry Washington hosted SNL tonight and she was good. They poked fun about this scandal- that SNL didn’t hire any black women. That was a funny enough sketch. But what I found MOST refreshing was that we got to see a black woman just act and not have to be a caricature of how a White person WRITES a Black woman.
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Maria posters and headline/Maria’s biological mother Sasha Ruseva
A story from Greece about a four year-old ‘mystery girl’ named Maria has been making headlines in the mainstream media. Maria who is fair-haired was living in the care of a Roma couple who happen to be dark complexioned. This created suspicions in the minds of some that the child may have been abducted.
The ethnic profiling of Maria’s guardians reflects the tabloid stereotype of the Roma, a misleading one. There are in fact many fair-haired Roma, a fact glossed over by outlets that prefer to play up the “Gypsy” stereotype. Nonetheless (Read more…)
There have now been a series of incidents where state workers have taken light-haired children away from their Roma parents — a witch-hunt spurred by recent events in Greece. But unlike in the past, we now have a scientific way to fight this kind of racism.