Category Archives: Apartheid

Why Trump’s White Grievance Message Strikes a Sour Note in the Suburbs – The New York Times

From North Carolina to Pennsylvania to Arizona, interviews this week with more than two dozen suburban voters in critical swing states revealed abhorrence for Mr. Trump’s growing efforts to fuel white resentment with inflammatory rhetoric on race and cultural heritage. The discomfort was palpable even among voters who also dislike the recent toppling of Confederate statues or who say they agree with some of Mr. Trump’s policies.

As the president increasingly stakes his candidacy on a message of “law and order,” casting himself as a bulwark against “angry mobs” and “thugs,’’ there are signs that he is alienating voters in bedroom communities who approach the debate over racial justice with a far more nuanced perspective than the president does.

Protest News That Did Not Make It — In Saner Thought

For damn near a month protests over police brutality was been waging and giving us bloggers lots to write about. But there are a few things that did not make the nightly news during the protests….. First….. Via CREW: During recent protests against the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officers Floyd, Trump’s deployment […]

Protest News That Did Not Make It — In Saner Thought

As one of Oxford’s few black professors, let me tell you why I care about Rhodes | Simukai Chigudu | Opinion | The Guardian

Rhodes’ imperialism gave rise to a pattern of settler colonialism in Southern Africa predicated on racial domination in political, economic and social spheres. In Rhodesia, 8 million disenfranchised black people eked out a living at subsistence level or below it, while 250,000 white people, barely 3% of the population, owned more than half of the country’s available land, and virtually all of its business and industry, before independence from colonial rule in 1980. Education, healthcare and housing were all segregated, with white people enjoying levels equivalent to those in western Europe or the United States.

Rhodes’ statue, then, is no mere physical artefact. It is imbued with a noxious history.

Source: As one of Oxford’s few black professors, let me tell you why I care about Rhodes | Simukai Chigudu | Opinion | The Guardian

Mis Ángeles: George Floyd Should Be Home With His Family Right Now: LAist

There are no good options. So I’m just sitting in my front yard on a Thursday trying to hang on to hope but feeling like it’s racist deja vu all over again.

Twenty-eight years ago, I was in the 4th grade when Los Angeles was beset by upheaval over the injustice of the Rodney King trial. The fires and looting from protestors reached the outer edges of my elementary school and school officials told us to run home. I was afraid the cops would see us running and shoot us, but running was our only option. I’ll never forget that fear as we ran.

Nineteen years ago, I was in 12th grade when an undercover police officer pulled me over and gave me a swift beating because I was wearing a red bandana tied around my head like I’d seen Tupac Shakur do. He said he was doing it to save my life because if “they saw you like that they’d smoke you up.” I didn’t ask who “they” were. I was just glad I didn’t get a ticket.

Imagine that. I was happy I didn’t have to pay for a racist beat down.

Ten years ago, I was a young journalist in D.C. during President Barack Obama’s first term. I used to walk through the Newseum’s Pulitzer Prize section where they had a collection of prize-winning photos of racist lynchings. One day, I asked my photographer friend what she would have done if she was a journalist during a scene like that. She said she would have probably taken the photo because it has more power to prevent many more lynchings than to stop the one lynching.

I guess that made sense at the time. But I remember her answer just made me feel helpless to change the past. I guess I thought I’d somehow change the future.

But this present … man.

So I’m just sitting here in Southeast Los Angeles on a Thursday thinking about the black kid who just danced and the brown kid who just graduated middle school.

Source: Mis Ángeles: George Floyd Should Be Home With His Family Right Now: LAist

Poland’s government is leading a Catholic revival. It has minorities and liberals worried – ABC News Wrapped in flag and fake-Catholicism  neu-fascists

Mr Bakiewicz is the former head of the National Radical Camp, a revival of a 1930s Polish fascist group inspired by the Catholic Spanish dictator Francisco Franco. But he denies his followers are fascists, insisting they’re just patriotic Catholics. His vision is of a new crusade against cultural Marxists. “Listen, I am asking you to create a counter-offensive, to start a counter-revolution!” he shouts.

Source: Poland’s government is leading a Catholic revival. It has minorities and liberals worried – ABC News

The rightwing groups behind wave of protests against Covid-19 restrictions | World news | The Guardian

While protesters in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and other states claim to speak for ordinary citizens, many are also supported by street-fighting rightwing groups like the Proud Boys, conservative armed militia groups, religious fundamentalists, anti-vaccination groups and other elements of the radical right.

Source: The rightwing groups behind wave of protests against Covid-19 restrictions | World news | The Guardian

What does a lonely, squalid death in an immigration centre say about modern Britain? | Afua Hirsch | Opinion | The Guardian

Prince Fosu was neglected for six days until he died, naked and starving. We cannot treat people with such inhumanity, says Guardian columnist Afua Hirsch
— Read on www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/mar/04/prince-fosu-death-harmondsworth-immigration-centre-inquest