Category Archives: racism

Bill O’Reilly Mocked Maxine Waters’ Hair As She Pleaded To Protect Democracy: LAist

O’Reilly was shown a clip of Waters speaking on the floor of the House of Representatives. In the footage, Waters said that Trump supporters “turned a blind eye to the destruction” that is imminent. Waters went on to say that African-Americans “fight against this president” and “point out how dangerous he is for this society and for this country.” She added, “we’re fighting for the democracy.”O’Reilly’s response was dismissive, to say the absolute least. “I didn’t hear a word [Waters] said. I was looking at the James Brown wig. If we have a picture of James, it’s the same wig,” said O’Reilly. Co-host Brian Kilmeade decided he’d chime in with, “It’s the same one,” adding that Brown is “not using it anymore” and that “they just, they finally buried him.” Brown died in 2006.Co-host Ainsley Earhardt jumped in and tried to salvage the situation. “You can’t go after a woman’s looks. I think she’s very attractive,” said Earhardt.O’Reilly, however, was intent on digging himself a bigger hole to step into. “I love James Brown, but it’s the same hair, James Brown—alright, the ‘Godfather of Soul’— had,” said O’Reilly. Then he decided to cut her some slack to show what a swell guy he is. “She’s a sincere individual. Whatever she says she believes. she’s not a phony,” said O’Reilly, though the damage had already been done.People took to social media to call for the firing of O’Reilly. They say that his words were not only blatantly sexist, but also explicitly racist.

Source: Bill O’Reilly Mocked Maxine Waters’ Hair As She Pleaded To Protect Democracy: LAist

As an Israeli soldier, I played God with Palestinians | +972 Magazine

The idea that one can detain and physically harm a person who doesn’t have the right to respond is one of the most revolting aspects of human existence. Last night this memory came back to me. Just a small episode — there are thousands of them every day. I wasn’t very far from shooting a man who probably had young children and parents waiting for him back at home.This situation, which has become so natural for us, just like for the police officer in East Jerusalem, allows us speak to an Arab from a position of superiority. As if we were his God, to demand his identification card, to slap him and shove him if necessary, even if he is the same age as your father or young enough to be your child. It is the most disgusting thing I carry with me from my army service.

Source: As an Israeli soldier, I played God with Palestinians | +972 Magazine

Extremist settlers vandalize Spanish consulate in Jerusalem – PNN

Extremist Israeli settlers on Monday afternoon have sprayed racist slogans on the walls of the Spanish consulate in Jerusalem, according to local sources in the city.Sources said that the ultra-orthodox Jewish “Pay the Price” groups have vandalized the walls of the consulate located in East Jerusalem.Settlers also partially damaged and vandalized some of the cars parked outside the building.

Source: Extremist settlers vandalize Spanish consulate in Jerusalem – PNN

Should we blame Islam for terrorism? | David Shariatmadari | Opinion | The Guardian – And blame slaughter of North and South American native people on Christian Theology, as well as convert or die in Spain? Slaughter of Muslims in Burma on Buddha’s followers?

For some – and I suspect this includes Steve Bannon, Marine Le Pen and more than a few British pundits – the natural conclusion is that people should be convinced to abandon Islam, and if that doesn’t work, it should be driven out. This, of course, would be a grossly illiberal and violent programme – but one, I suppose, that sits in a rather long tradition of nationalism and supremacism in the west.Remind me: who’s special again?

Source: Should we blame Islam for terrorism? | David Shariatmadari | Opinion | The Guardian

Assault on Palestinian man shows violent effects of police impunity | +972 Magazine

 

This backdrop of impunity is probably one of the reasons why, despite the officer’s maniacal outburst, none of the Palestinian men in the video dared to hit him back in the same manner. Every one of them is mindful that the officer could easily arrest them, or worse, pull out and fire his gun. The officer might claim that the men ganged up on him and that he acted in self-defense — and the police would have believed him. If the men walked free, police units might raid their homes claiming that the residents were criminals or terrorists — and the media would have believed them.Thursday’s video thus captures a more subtle but pervasive aspect of Palestinians’ experience of state violence. It’s the knowledge that, even if you have done nothing wrong, you are unlikely to receive truth, justice, or respect from the authorities that claim to serve you. It’s the same knowledge shared by black Americans who are mindful of their every move when interacting with the police, wary that the slightest suspicion — most often inferred from the mere color of their skin — can be enough to get shot.As such, the Jerusalem video offers a glimpse into the realities of a city that imposes armed officers, backed by the power of the state, upon a discriminated and oppressed population who are seen and treated as menaces and enemies. The only “irregularity” in this case is that the police commissioner could no longer provide a cover for the officer to carry out his usual work.

Source: Assault on Palestinian man shows violent effects of police impunity | +972 Magazine

After neo-Nazi youth, Swede teaches the value of tolerance – The Local

In his eyes, exclusion is what pushes young people toward harmful behaviour.”You have to show them tolerance and talk to them, instead of closing the door and leaving a whole group on their own to burgeon and grow even more hateful and violent and dangerous.”And his work has taken him far beyond Sweden: Last year Ahlen took part in a Unesco conference on preventing violent extremism in New Delhi.

Source: After neo-Nazi youth, Swede teaches the value of tolerance – The Local

Putin welcomes Le Pen to Moscow with a nudge and a wink | World news | The Guardian

In his remarks, Putin noted that France was currently involved in an election cycle and that Russia did “not want to influence events in any way”. The sentiment sounded slightly less than genuine given that it came as part of a one-on-one Kremlin meeting with the far-right presidential candidate one month before the vote.The mixed messaging appears to be a deliberate strategy, and is similar to some of the Russian rhetoric around the allegations that the Kremlin intervened to get Donald Trump elected. There is both an outburst of fury at those who would dare to voice such allegations, and a simultaneous revelling in them.

Source: Putin welcomes Le Pen to Moscow with a nudge and a wink | World news | The Guardian

[UPDATE] Man Arrested For Deadly Midtown Stabbing Reportedly Came To NYC To Kill Black People: Gothamist – And keeping laptops off of flights from Saudi Arabia is supposed to keep us safer? And racist nuts from Baltimore???

A police source now tells the Daily News that the suspect in custody is a Maryland white supremacist who told cops he came here from Baltimore for the express purpose of murdering black people. Specifically, the News’s source says the suspect was motivated “by rage against black men who get romantically involved with white women.”An NYPD spokesman would not confirm or disconfirm the racial motivation, but told us a 28-year-old male suspect has been taken into custody. The spokesman said more details about the homicide would be provided at an NYPD press conference scheduled for 1 p.m. today. We’ll update as more information becomes available.

Source: [UPDATE] Man Arrested For Deadly Midtown Stabbing Reportedly Came To NYC To Kill Black People: Gothamist

Obamacare: How Americans who voted for Trump now fear for their health insurance | In English | EL PAÍS

More than 95,000 people, around 10% of Kern’s population, will lose health cover after funding for Medicaid – the public health system extended by Obama – is cut, according to a study by the University of California, which says that more than 16,000 people will lose subsidies toward their private health insurance. Under Obamacare, the number of people without medical cover fell in the county from 18.2% to 7.9%. The study also estimates that withdrawing the funding will mean the loss of 5,000 jobs in the county.

Source: Obamacare: How Americans who voted for Trump now fear for their health insurance | In English | EL PAÍS

Former Police Chief Says He Was Detained At JFK: ‘This Country Now Feels Cold’: Gothamist

A former police chief from Virginia says he was held for an hour and a half at JFK Airport earlier this month, after landing in the United States on a flight from Paris. Hassan Aden, a naturalized US citizen, detailed the experience in a Facebook post, stressing that the lengthy screening process marked a departure from his frequent encounters with Customs and Border Control over the years. Five international trips within the last year alone, all prior to President Donald Trump’s inauguration, had gone off without incident, he said.”On all of my prior trips, I was greeted by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers with a warm smile and the usual, ‘Welcome home sir,'” Aden wrote. “Not this time.”Aden, 52, was en route to Alexandra, Virginia on Monday, March 13th, according to the Washington Post. He had spent the weekend abroad with his mother, celebrating her 80th birthday. Born in Italy (his mother is Italian, his father, Somali), Aden became a naturalized citizen 42 years ago, when he was 10 years old. The former Chief of Police for Greenville, North Carolina also serves as a senior policy advisor on police reform for the Vera Institute of Justice.According to Aden, a Customs officer at JFK pulled him out of a routine security check.”I was taken to a back office which looked to be a re-purposed storage facility with three desks and signs stating, ‘Remain seated at all times’ and ‘Use of telephones strictly prohibited,'” he recalled. Another officer eventually explained that the name Hassan Aden had been “used as an alias by someone on some watch list.” Another officer told Aden that he was not technically being detained—CBP has a “secondary processing” protocol if an officer “determines that additional inspection is needed”—but Aden found any technical distinction meaningless.”I certainly was not free to leave,” he wrote.After an hour and a half, Aden said a new CBP officer arrived and “aggressively asked… for status updates” until Aden was released, an hour and a half after after being pulled from the line.

Source: Former Police Chief Says He Was Detained At JFK: ‘This Country Now Feels Cold’: Gothamist