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:( Read more...Collapse )
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( (Link averse types, see under cut)Collapse )
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.
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.
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/
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.( Cut for disturbing, even in summary formatCollapse )
A man on trial in Swansea, Wales, for illegally possessing badger paws and eagle wings is claiming as part of his defence that he is "a member of a Native American Apache tribe" and "lives with these communities in summer". It seems he's appropriated the name of Mangas Coloradas
, who was an important tribal chief in the 19th century.
I first got linked from Twitter to this version
of the story, which says that the US Government refused to let him join a reservation in 1997. Can't imagine why not. He is also quoted as saying "we Natives don't believe in letting anything go to waste". Ugh. (The Mail has a very poor reputation, though, so it's always possible that the quote is made up.) Other sources for the story:HuffPoThis is South WalesMirror
Tennessee GOP-drawn redistricting plan could cost Dems nine seats, officials say
Because I'm kind of n00b when it comes to the more detailed Voter Rights Laws, I couldn't explain to you how
this is screwed up. I just know it is, as, apparently, does the author of the article. (Sher doesn't exactly display bias here, but the fact that he was paying close attention to race matters while reporting on the possible redistricting shows he is skeptical of Republican motive, I think.)
I found this on youtube while roaming today.http://youtu.be/V6xKT9rq-i8
Someone has uploaded the whole of the 1997 version of Cinderella with Brandy as Cinderella and Whitney Houston as the Fairy Godmother. I thought that it might be a worthwhile resource for some people, especially parents. I know that I spent ages ago looking for non-white portrayals of traditional fairy stories heroines for my goddaughter a while ago, and this was recommended but I couldn't find it at the time.
It is kinda crazily race-blind - Prince Charming is Filipino, his father is White and his mother is African-American - but that comes across as part of the fairytale feel of the whole thing. It's also got some really fun songs.
Anyway, I thought this might be of interest.