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Tue, Oct. 22nd, 2013, 11:56 am
missfuzzybunny: Two horrifying examples from Denmark and Australia

An Open Letter to Danmarks Radio I live in Denmark and have witnessed this hideous caricature and worse, native "Zulus" used in advertising. http://juseone.com/an-open-letter-to-danmarks-radio/

I have yet to read the undoubtedly defensive and ignorant comments, but one grows immune to them living among Danes.

And this one from Australia, which is making the rounds. http://www.clutchmagonline.com/2013/10/australian-woman-throws-africa-themed-21st-birthday-party-ignorance-abounds/

Sun, Jul. 22nd, 2012, 09:03 pm
annwfyn: Really interesting article on racism in the media

I found this today and thought it was really interesting and really well worth a look at. It looks at two very similar (and horrible) cases in the UK.

One featured a number of white teenage girls in Rochdale who were systematically exploited and abused by a predominantly Asian gang. One featured a number of white teenage girls in Derby who were systematically exploited and abused by a predominantly white gang.

One case made the papers for months, with a lot of analysis about what was 'wrong with the Asian community' and how it could have happened. One barely made the local news. This article looks at why.

The comments aren't open yet, and won't be until tomorrow morning, but I suspect they'll be horrific; this is a BME journalist writing about racism in the Guardian. It's never pretty. I sometimes, however, think those comments are worth looking at just to remember how much defensiveness there is out there, and how quickly that can turn into pretty aggressive and blatant racism in and of itself.

Anyway, for the link phobic, the text of the article is beneath:

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Sat, Jun. 9th, 2012, 10:55 pm
cadetsandkings: Immigration changes in the UK...

I'm not entirely sure whether what I have to say just now is going to be debunky enough, but I'm in a kind of shock, because of personal circumstances that may be about to radically change.

Today Theresa May, the Home Secretary and Minister for Equalities and Women (ha!) briefed MPs on immigration rule changes that will be announced by the Government next week. No word yet on when they intend to roll this out.

Here is the article: http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2012/jun/08/immigration-rules-couples-stark-choice

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Two things come to mind:

1. This will fuck LGBT (mainly gay, but I could foresee trans related complications relating to GRCs and marriage equality, and hate laws against trans people in other countries, possibly) couples who are binational where the other country outlaws homosexuality or doesn't recognise gay partnerships for the purpose of immigration.

2. This will fuck women. The average women's salary in the UK is well under the minimum cited by May; women of colour make even less on average than white women and of course there is a race gap in pay for everyone regardless of gender in the first place.

3. This will fuck people of colour and people from "suspect" countries (Yemen and Syria, and Palestinians, are mentioned but it will be for all non-EEA countries) extra hard, like all immigration related policies in the UK currently do. Enforcement measures are always more rigorously and regularly enforced against BAME people and people from certain countries.

4. As terrified as I am by this new policy, because it directly affects me, I can already see the LGBT community here uniting around a couple like the one I'm in- white, British/American, cis lesbian, not disabled, middle class... meaning that the effects on multiracial couples, or trans people, or disabled people, or people from former colonial countries including current Commonwealth countries will be ignored and will probably go unaddressed, meaning it'll continue to be much easier to chip away at their rights.

I thought I'd post it though because it is a really vitally intersectional and scary as shit thing for loads of people- the article says 60% would be affected.

Tue, May. 15th, 2012, 06:07 pm
annwfyn: Privilege for beginners

http://whatever.scalzi.com/2012/05/15/straight-white-male-the-lowest-difficulty-setting-there-is/

A friend of mine posted this on G+ and it was good enough that I wanted to share it. It is a really nice geek friendly way of trying to get the concept of privilege across without provoking the rabid cheetah on steroids response.

It does have failings - for some reason it does mention race, gender and sexuality, but doesn't mention class - and it is very geek centric, but I thought it was definitely worth passing around.

Thu, May. 3rd, 2012, 10:43 am
missfuzzybunny: Microaggressions

I just learned a new term today, and as an immigrant living in Denmark, I live constantly with this phenomenon.

Anyway, this excellent site provides lots of fuel for discussion and seemed very very appropriate for this community.

http://www.microaggressions.com/

Enjoy!

Wed, Apr. 18th, 2012, 12:48 am
rime_r: Racist cake

Apparently this has gone viral so I imagine you'll be hearing about this elsewhere, if you haven't already. This is so awful that I feel like apologizing for even bringing it to your attention. Like, those could have been a few more hours or days without knowing about the racist cake thing, you know? :(

Basically--correct me if I have details wrong--the Swedish Minister of Culture, supposedly well-known for her anti-racist activism, participated in a performance piece on World Art Day at a modern art museum in Stockholm.
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