Category Archives: Racial Conflict

Barbados: The Harsh Truth Behind the Symbolism of an Emancipation Statue

Barbados Underground

Mohammed Degia

A few weeks ago, Barbadians erupted in nationalistic pride when a tweet from African American racial justice activist, Samuel Sinyangwe, about the Emancipation statue in Barbados went viral. Sinyangwe was in Barbados and posted two pictures of the statue commenting that he had never seen anything like it in America, this type of monument displayed prominently and designed specifically to symbolise the breaking of chains and the power of black liberation. In his series of tweets, Sinyangwe stated that the story of abolition in America is whitewashed, celebrating people who fought to keep black people enslaved and erasing the efforts of black people who dared to resist. He concluded that “the fact that the conversation in the USA is about keeping/ taking down pro-slavery monuments, not building anti-slavery monuments, speaks volumes”.

The tweet attracted significant attention with many people posting similar monuments from around the world…

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Charlottesville reveals America the Real versus America the Ideal – By Yvonne Sam

Charlottesville reveals America the Real versus America the Ideal

By Yvonne Sam

America’s historic embrace of the Confederate flag is indicative of a collective failure to eradicate white supremacy as an ideology, and is in great part contributory to the recent attack in Charlottesville.  

The violence that erupted at the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia last Saturday can clearly be seen as a wake –up call for America, especially those who repeatedly avow that the world has changed and America is a post-racial society.  Despite the absence of white robes, nooses and burning crosses, the largest organized gathering of armored and armed white supremacists in almost a generation in aptly named Emancipation Park confirmed that the terrible red record of racism in the southern United States is no longer a thing of the past.     Continue reading

White supremacists taking DNA tests sad to discover they’re not 100% white

White supremacists taking DNA tests sad to discover they’re not 100% white

By Maham Abedi National Online Journalist, Breaking News  Global News – Canada

Photo: White supremacists march through the University of Virginia campus in Charlottesville, Va., on August 11, 2017. Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

new study by the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) has found that white supremacists have been using genetic testing kits in an effort to prove that they have so-called “racial purity.”

But they’re often disappointed to learn that they aren’t, in fact, fully white.     [Read more … link below] Continue reading

‘A Treacherous President Stood in the Way’ – Frederick Douglass | The Atlantic

‘A Treacherous President Stood in the Way’

Frederich Douglass

Frederick Douglass’s 1866 essay for The Atlantic on how Congress can cope with a chief executive who refuses to recognize the rights of all citizens

Frederick Douglass | The Atlantic 

By December 1866, the Civil War was over, but the conflict that would define the nature of the United States of America was not close to finished. Encouraged by President Andrew Johnson, a Democrat sympathetic to their aims, the former Confederate states had eagerly subjected the newly freed slaves to the Black Codes, laws confining them to inferior status and second-class citizenship, denying them votes, citizenship and even freedom of movement, while armed groups of whites attacked them with impunity. In vetoing the Civil Rights Act of 1866, Johnson insisted that the law protecting the freedmen’s rights was in fact “made to operate in favor of the colored against the white race.”     Continue reading

‘I’m black so I look mean?’ Serena Williams discusses race and pregnancy

‘I’m black so I look mean?’ Serena Williams discusses race and pregnancy

  • Former world No1 says she wants to return for Australian Open
  • 23-time grand slam champion says she has been judged due to race
Serena Williams won the Australian Open earlier this year
Serena Williams won the Australian Open earlier this year. Photograph: Paul Crock/AFP/Getty Images

Serena Williams has spoken about pregnancy, race and body image in a wide-ranging interview with Vogue.     

Williams and her fiance, the Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, are due to welcome their first child at the end of the year, but she says she wants to return as early as January to defend her Australian Open title. “It’s the most outrageous plan,” she said. “I just want to put that out there. That’s, like, three months after I give birth. I’m not walking anything back, but I’m just saying it’s pretty intense.”    Continue reading

‘I’ve not retired!’ Earl Cameron, Britain’s first black film star, on Bond, racism – and turning 100

‘I’ve not retired!’ Earl Cameron, Britain’s first black film star, on Bond, racism – and turning 100

 – The Guardian UK

From Thunderball to Inception, from punchy thrillers to mixed-race romances, Earl Cameron blazed a trail through British acting – with just one lung. He relives his meatiest roles and the prejudice he rose above

‘The first British film to show a mixed-race relationship’ … Cameron with Susan Shaw in 1951’s Pool of London.
Photo: ‘The first British film to show a mixed-race relationship’ … Cameron with Susan Shaw in 1951’s Pool of London. Photograph: Ronald Grant archive

‘Not long till your birthday!” the receptionist shouts as Earl Cameron materialises in the lobby of the Holiday Inn near his home in Warwickshire. He’s come with his wife, Barbara, to check on the party arrangements. They’ve booked the conference suite, which he now fears is too small, given all the guests who are coming. He has six children scattered around the world, more grandkids than he can keep track of, plus scores of old friends.

Read more….  https://www.theguardian.com/film/2017/aug/08/earl-cameron-britains-first-black-actor-interview-james-bond?CMP=share_btn_link

Multi-Racial : Documentary: The Other Race in America (Mixed Race) – video

Multi-Racial : Documentary: The Other Race in America (Mixed Race)

SOATV – Published on Mar 30, 2017
Directed by The Mechanical Eye THE OTHER RACE is a film about the multiracial experience and growing up stuck between different races. we interviewed a number of multiracial people who shared their stories with us. …..contact: pvlsemedia.info@gmail.com

USA – The Rise of the Violent Left – By Peter Beinart | The Atlantic

The Rise of the Violent Left

Antifa’s activists say they’re battling burgeoning authoritarianism on the American right. Are they fueling it instead?

Peter Beinart | The Atlantic

Since 1907, Portland, Oregon, has hosted an annual Rose Festival. Since 2007, the festival had included a parade down 82nd Avenue. Since 2013, the Republican Party of Multnomah County, which includes Portland, had taken part. This April, all of that changed.

In the days leading up to the planned parade, a group called the Direct Action Alliance declared, “Fascists plan to march through the streets,” and warned, “Nazis will not march through Portland unopposed.”

The alliance said it didn’t object to the Multnomah GOP itself, but to “fascists” who planned to infiltrate its ranks. Yet it also denounced marchers with “Trump flags” and “red MAGA hats” who could “normalize support for an orange man who bragged about sexually molesting women and who is waging a war of hate, racism and prejudice.” A second group, Oregon Students Empowered, created a Facebook page called “Shut down fascism! No Nazis in Portland!”    Continue reading

The Policies of White Resentment – By Carol Andersonaug – NYTimes

The Policies of White Resentment

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USA : The Myth of Reverse Racism – The idea of white victimhood

The Myth of Reverse Racism

The idea of white victimhood is increasingly central to the debate over affirmative action.

Vann R Newkirk II | The Atlantic

Contrary to initial indications, the civil-rights division of the Department of Justice won’t be dismantling affirmative action after all. At least, that’s the current word from Trump administration officials, after a New York Times article claimed the department would be using the broad powers of justice to take on universities that it decided had discriminated against white people.

The DOJ since clarified that it was gearing up to investigate complaints from dozens of organizations alleging that certain universities used quotas — which are illegal — to limit the number of Asian American enrollees.      Continue reading

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