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    I was looking for a place to put this so we could discuss but didn't really find a place that worked so I created this thread so we can all place articles, experiences, videos and examples of racism in the USA.

    This is one that happened this week. The lady even called and filed a complaint on the officer. This officer also chose to wear the body cam (apparently, LA doesn't require this yet). This exchange wasn't necessarily racist IMO until she started with the "mexican racist...you will never be white, like you want" garbage. That is when it turned racist IMO

    All the murderer and other insults, I think are just a by product of CRT and ACAB rhetoric that is very common on the radical left and sadly is being brought to mainstream in this country.

    Another point that I think is worth mentioning is she is a teacher and the sense of entitlement she feels is mind blowing.

    https://news.yahoo.com/black-teacher-berates-latino-la-221235341.html
     
    When Paul Austin and Tenisha Tate-Austin had their home assessed by an appraiser in 2020, they learned it was worth $995,000. So the Black couple, who purchased their home in December 2016 and spent thousands in renovation costs over the years, decided to get a second opinion.

    They “white-washed” their property and had a white friend pose as the homeowner. Weeks later, a different appraiser assessed the house’s value at $1,482,500.

    The couple sued for discrimination.

    The Austins, whose case was featured in the ABC documentary Our America: Lowballed, settled a federal civil rights lawsuit on Tuesday against Janette Miller and Miller and Perotti Real Estate Appraisals Inc, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

    They will receive an undisclosed amount in financial compensation from Janette Miller and her firm, Miller and Perotti Real Estate Appraisals, the publication reported. Miller is also required to attend housing discrimination prevention training and to watch the documentary.

    Their discrimination case, just one of many throughout the US, offers a glimpse into the ways housing assessments are riddled with systemic racism, exacerbating inequities among homeowners seeking to determine their property’s worth.

    It exposes how white homeowners are valued while homeowners of color are devalued depending on the neighborhoods where they reside, a stark reminder of the longstanding toll federal policies like redlining had in dividing American cities…….

     
    Virginia had the third-most incidents of white supremacist propaganda in the nation last year, according to a new report.

    The Anti-Defamation League, or ADL, released a report Wednesday that said white supremacy propaganda efforts increased from more than 4,800 cases in the country in 2021 to more than 6,700 in 2022, the highest level the organization has ever recorded.

    "It’s quite alarming when you hear these numbers and when we start seeing what is happening across the country," said Meredith Weisel, a regional director for the ADL, which studies extremism.

    From hateful and racist graffiti in the South Riding area of Loudoun County to a swastika someone spray painted on the Bethesda Trolley Trail, acts of hate and bias are prevalent in the D.C. area.

    Another way extremist organizations have tried to share their views is by dumping racist and antisemitc fliers in neighborhoods.

    "They’re polluting the communities. It’s hateful trash, but this is their twisted worldview," Weisel said.

    Leaders in Montgomery County, Maryland, said they're considering forming an anti-hate task force in light of a series of antisemitic acts.

    "As a gay man and as a Jew, I know that a lot of other people are fearful," Montgomery County Council President Evan Glass said. "We have to let everybody in our community know that hate has no home here."

    Maryland was 15th in the nation in the ADL's report for propaganda incidents last year, while D.C. was 25th. Texas had the most incidents in the country, followed by Massachusetts.........

     
    A group of white nationalists in several Metro Detroit cities were caught spreading hate after images, videos and documents were leaked online.

    Hate, once again, making itself known in Michigan. This time it’s a group of white nationalists standing in a dark patch of a wooded area in Metro Detroit.

    The young, white men are clad in matching uniforms, dark polo shirts, khaki pants, white masks and tan hats. The group is standing around a bonfire holding two striped flags with the colors of LGBTQ+ and diversity pride. A member heard in the video bragging what they were about to do was a three-for-one act of hate.

    “We will destroy your symbols of all that you worship. To think we will lay down and perish, you are mistaken. Burn ‘em,” A masked man reading from a manifesto says as other members of the group drop the flags into the flames. The group of just over a dozen then breaks into song -- the Nazi anthem “Blood and Soil” to the tune of “Auld Lang Syne.”

    “…For our great race can’t be replaced for ours is blood and soil,” the clan sings off-key, but in unison.

    The disturbing vignette is one of the hundreds of images and videos taken in Michigan by the group Patriot Front (PF) in cities like Detroit, Sterling Heights and Ferndale. They had not been previously seen in Michigan until leaked and published online by the non-profit group Unicorn Riot. The organization, which defines itself as an education media organization, leaked tens of thousands of images, videos and documented chats from the white nationalist group’s Discord from around the county.

    Members of PF have been recorded on video at rallies in 31 states and Washington D.C. Some of those events have been extremely high profile including the 2022 March for Life rallies in Washington D.C., Boston, and Chicago. Last June, 31 members of the group were arrested in Boise after threatening a pride celebration.

    The videos of Metro Detroit stretch back to the fall of 2021. In one set of videos, the members dressed in their PF-branded uniforms, sprayed white paint over graffiti and the eyes and mouth of a Native American man depicted in a mural in Detroit’s Lincoln Art Park.

    “Pretty sure this is something Native American related,” a man in the video is heard saying. “And it’s satanic,” said another quickly followed by another voice heard making a double-edged, racist joke, “Get the whites!” before all the men begin to laugh. After covering the mural, they painted on a stencil in the colors of the American flag that read “Not stolen. Conquered.”

    In Sterling Heights, another set of PF members covered up graffiti with their own, specifically targeting Jewish symbols.

    “If we see a [expletive] Star of David, I don’t care how high risk it is. We’re covering that [expletive] up,” one member said. Another is heard excitedly agreeing with an enthusiastic “yes!”..........

    PF was founded in 2017 after neo-Nazis marched through the streets of Charlottesville. The group, now based just outside of Dallas, is considered by observers to be more radical than those in Virginia and also image obsessed. They’re focused on making their rhetoric more palatable to the American public. Its members are required to do weekly acts of propaganda to remain part of the group. Their graffiti, stickers and banners often use mainstream slogans and ideology like “America first,” “united we stand,” and “better dead than red.”.............

     
    Angel Pittman’s dream was to create a mobile hair salon. So the 21-year-old stylist bought less than an acre of unrestricted land in North Carolina for $10,000 in September and purchased three school buses for $14,000 with money she had saved since she was 17.

    “I’ve never seen anybody driving around doing people’s hair,” she said. “But not only did I want to get paid for doing hair, but I wanted to drive around, do a couple of homeless people’s hair and maybe go to some prisons and help incarcerated people.”

    Pittman’s plan was to place the buses on the land, transform one into a living space, and turn the other two into mobile salons. She could do hair on her property, set up shop in different locations, or do house calls.

    But that goal was crushed before it even began because of where Pittman chose to buy land: Salisbury, a small city in Rowan county, North Carolina.

    When she first visited the property, and later during the closing of the land, she felt something was off in the predominantly white neighborhood but forged ahead with her plans. During the closing, Pittman encountered an elderly white man who lived across her property who she said “had already given me weird vibes”, but there were no indications of his intolerance.

    About a week after closing, on 23 September, she returned with her mom to drop off the buses. This time, she said, the man approached them and asked, “‘Why are you guys here? Are y’all looking for shade?’”

    Rowan county, which is 79% white and 17% Black, is a “sundown town”, a Jim Crow era term used to reference overwhelmingly white neighborhoods known for racial segregation. Katherine Mellen Charron, a history professor at North Carolina State University, said sundown areas remain prevalent in places like Rowan county to limit homeownership from Black Americans. (The Jim Crow saying was: N-word, “don’t let the sun go down on you in this town”.)

    “Historically, it functions economically and politically to the benefit of white supremacists,” Mellen Charron said. “It’s a matter of economic insecurity and rising economic inequality, and the sense that white property values will go down if Black people move into the neighborhood and real estate agents blockbusting and taking advantage of that.”

    Though demographics of many sundown counties, like Rowan, have shifted slightly, Adriane Lentz-Smith, a history professor at Duke University, said “legacies remain, and memories are long … few towns still post signs that warn Black folks”.

    When Pittman returned with her parents a week after dropping the buses off, the neighbor’s behavior became more violent. “He sat over there and had his gun out the whole time,” she said. “He was like, ‘Get the fork off my lawn. And [that] we need to get them forking buses off his lawn. So basically saying, my land was his.”

    She then noticed her buses had been vandalized. The glass windows were broken. Racial slurs were etched. The man prominently displayed Confederate flags, swastikas and KKK signs all over his yard, which Pittman said weren’t there when she previously visited the plot.

    Seeing the vandalism, and afraid her land and buses could’ve been wired with bombs or bear traps, she called the police. When the Rowan county sheriff’s office deputies arrived, Pittman and her parents reported what they saw as a hate crime. But the deputies at the scene immediately brushed it off, telling her, “Oh, yeah, they do that all the time,” Pittman said. “The police talked to us for a little bit but they didn’t do anything. They just wrote a report and that was it.”

    In an interview with the Guardian, one of the sheriff’s captains, Mark McDaniel, said the officers who went to the scene knew the elderly man and did “observe the damage … the broken windows [and] the stuff that was spray painted on”.

    When asked about recourse for the attack, McDaniel said the incident happened before he started at the office. However, he said according to the report filed by the deputies, there is no indication it was a targeted attack because the neighbor always had white supremacy signs displayed.............


     
    A majority of Black women say they feel they have to change their hair just to be taken seriously for job opportunities and in professional settings, according to a survey commissioned by LinkedIn and Dove.

    Approximately 1,000 Black women ages 25 to 64, both part-time and full-time employees, took part in the CROWN Research Study.

    Some 66% of them said they had changed their hair for a job interview to lessen the chances of being passed over due to hair discrimination. Twenty-five percent of Black women said they believed they were denied a job interview because of their hair.

    When looking at the data, said Andrew McCaskill, a senior director of global communications and career expert for LinkedIn, workplaces need “to work better” for women in general, but especially Black women. This is particularly pertinent now that more Black women are opting to wear their natural hair instead of straightening their hair with chemical relaxers, which reportedly can increase the risk of developing uterine cancer.

    Once they have landed their jobs, Black women with textured hair are twice as likely to experience microaggressions in the workplace compared to Black women with straight hair. And 25% of Black women ages 25 to 34 surveyed said they were sent home from work because of their hair…….

     
    So, I actually read the article. It isn’t dumb at all and contains the following quote:

    “Now, I’m not suggesting that white and nonblack people refrain from ever circulating a black person’s image for amusement or otherwise…” she writes. “There’s no prescriptive or proscriptive step-by-step rulebook to follow, nobody’s coming to take GIFs away.”

    It simply raises awareness that there is a difference between some memes. Some are expressly meant to show black people in a stereotypical way, others are not. The article admits it’s a fine line and hard to distinguish sometimes. In the end, all the article is asking is for people to think a little bit about a meme before posting it.

    So, SFL, what do you consider dumb about the article? Did you even read it? I’m betting you never even read it.
     

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