Category Archives: Racial Conflict

Blacks, Bleaching and the Willie Lynch Letter – By Yvonne Sam

Blacks, Bleaching and the Willie Lynch Letter

Yvonne Sam

Black is Beautiful but Bleaching does not guarantee Reaching.

On April 11, 2017 detectives assigned to the Counter-Terrorism and Organized Crime Branch (C-TOC) in Jamaica, seized 78,000 tubes/jars of assorted bleaching creams, and in relation to the find charged the vendor with Breaches of the Pharmacy Act, Food and Drug Act and Customs Act. Skin lightening trends or skin bleaching has continued to be practiced in Jamaica despite governmental crack-down measures.

Individuals especially females with lighter skin are thought to be favoured by the elite, leaving many to seek lightening treatments when looking for employment.  It is also associated with privilege.    Continue reading

Racism persists in Cuba – By Nelson A. King

Racism persists in Cuba

NELSON A. KING | CUBA – Caribbean Life News

Many Afro-Cuban activists say that despite the social advancements made in Cuba in recent years, blacks on the Spanish-speaking Caribbean island still face and battle overt racism.

More than 30 Cuban activists, writers, academics and entrepreneurs, mostly of African descent, gathered at prestigious Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., last week for what was described as an “unpreceden­ted meeting to celebrate the achievements of the Afro-Cuban movement on the island and set the course for future work,” according to the Miami Herald.    [Read more]

U.N. Peacekeepers Lured Children Into Haiti Sex Ring

U.N. Peacekeepers Lured Children Into Haiti Sex Ring

Sri Lankan soldier in Haiti

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Apr 14 2017  (AP) — The Haitian girl known Victim No. 1 was 12 when she first had sex with a Sri Lankan peacekeeper. She says she didn’t even have breasts yet.

The boy, known as Victim No. 9, was 15 when his ordeal began. Over the course of three years, he said he had sex with more than 100 Sri Lankan peacekeepers, averaging about four a day.

From 2004 to 2007, nine Haitian children were exploited by a child sex ring involving at least 134 Sri Lankan peacekeepers, according to a U.N. report obtained by The Associated Press.   Continue reading

How the Europeans Divided Africa – video

How the Europeans Divided Africa – video

Published on 9 May 2014

The white man came to Africa as missionaries and explorers but were soon sitting on a table dividing Africa amongst themselves. Here’s a peep into how Europeans looted Africa of it wealth and sovereignty…

 

How Slavery Built American Universities – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

How Slavery Built American Universities

By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

You are black and a freshman at Harvard University. You consider yourself privileged to be there. Harvard is after all a place of prestige and excellence and you worked hard to win a place. You are impressed that some of your law professors are also black. Then the unthinkable happened and your dreams are shattered. There is a crowd outside Wasserstein Hall and to your disgust you see that the portraits of black professors are defaced.

You are brought to tears. How could this happen in America? Why is there so much hate and racism and bigotry on campus, and of all places at Harvard? One upset student spoke to the Washington Times and said, ‘ I wasn’t surprised. This is part and parcel of what is happening here at Harvard and also at other institutions across the country.’   Continue reading

TED TALKS – The Effects of Racism in the United States – 10 videos

TODAY’S TED TALK – How racism makes us sick

17:27 minutes · TEDMED 2016Talks to help you understand racism in America

Why does race matter so profoundly for health? David R. Williams developed a scale to measure the impact of discrimination on well-being, going beyond traditional measures like income and education to reveal how factors like implicit bias, residential segregation and negative stereotypes create and sustain inequality. In this eye-opening talk, Williams presents evidence for how racism is producing a rigged system — and offers hopeful examples of programs across the US that are working to dismantle discrimination.  Watch now »

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Confronting Academia’s Ties to Slavery in the USA

Photo: The enslaved Renty, pictured in 1850 and used by a Harvard biologist to support theories about racial difference. Credit J.T. Zealy

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — In 1976, archivists at Harvard’s natural history museum opened a drawer and discovered a haunting portrait of a shirtless enslaved man named Renty, gazing sorrowfully but steadily at the camera. Taken on a South Carolina plantation in 1850, it had been used by the Harvard biologist Louis Agassiz to formulate his now-discredited ideas about racial difference.        Continue reading

The Netherlands: Moving away from Globalization – By Afshin Molavi

The Netherlands was once a liberal force for globalization. Has the country lost its way?

By Afshin Molavi Global Opinions  – March 12 at 8:08 AM

Photo: Geert Wilders, leader of the Party for Freedom, in Schiphol, Netherlands, last year. (Michael Kooren/Reuters)

AMSTERDAM — Tucked away in a side street across from a hip clothing store, a Surinamese restaurant and a marijuana shop selling bongs and cannabis-infused tea, a monument to our global, interconnected economy and our modern way of life is largely ignored by passing tourists, students and locals. It’s no exaggeration to say that modern market capitalism was born on this spot on this month, exactly 415 years ago, when a trading company known as the Verenigde Oostindische Compagnie — the United East India Company — was born.      Continue reading

What Biracial People Know – By Moises Velasquez-Manoff

What Biracial People Know – benefits of diversity

By MOISES VELASQUEZ-MANOFF – CONTRIBUTING OP-ED WRITER
– NEW YORK TIMES
The research on the benefits of diversity does not bode well for our mostly white, mostly male administration of President Donald Trump.

Trump Has Emboldened ICE Agents At All Borders To Terrorize Us All – commentary

Trump Has Emboldened ICE Agents At All Borders To Terrorize Us All

Published on Mar 10 2017, at 3:53 am- News Americas Now

US-ICE-agents-2017By Felicia J. Persaud

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Mar. 10, 2017: It was John Dalberg-Acton who wrote: “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”

With executive orders issued last month, and the new ban on Monday, March 6, 2017, Donald Trump has given ICE agents a new reckless power to not just round up and deport but denying entry for visitors with valid visas while even questioning the religion of US citizens.     Continue reading

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