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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
 
This school district is really going to die on this hill
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CNN) — A Black Texas high school student who was suspended because his loc hairstyle violated the district’s dress code was suspended again upon his return to school Monday, an attorney for the family told CNN.

Darryl George has been suspended for more than two weeks because his loc hairstyle violates the Barbers Hill Independent School District dress and grooming code, according to his family.

The code states that “male students’ hair will not extend, at any time, below the eyebrows or below the ear lobes,” CNN previously reported…….



 

Jurors, witnesses in synagogue massacre trial faced threats from this white supremacist​


Hardy Lloyd attempted to obstruct the federal hate crimes trial of the deadliest antisemitic attack in American history,” said Attorney General Merrick Garland. “His guilty plea underscores that anyone who attempts to obstruct a federal trial by threatening or intimidating jurors or witnesses will be met with the full force of the Justice Department.”


 
No, it's not an ideology and the brain developed L O N G before Rome and Greece. For the human brain, antiquity in Rome and Greece is just a few minutes ago.


How the Human Brain Evolved to Be Racist​

Racism is an evolutionary-conserved emergent property of brains.​

Posted May 2, 2021 Reviewed by Devon Frye
According to the dictionary, racism is antagonism directed against a person on the basis of their membership in a racial or ethnic group that is different from your own. As a neuroscientist, I view racism through a unique, but not necessarily clearer, lens.

Given the apparent universality of racism around the world, it stands to reason that racism must be an essential emergent property of brains that has survived throughout our evolution. Given that brains evolved to perform only two things—survive and procreate more brains—then racism must have been conserved as a behavior that supports one of these two goals. The most obvious choice is survival. How does being aggressive towards others that do not share your physical or genetic traits improve your survival?

The answer, from the standpoint of the brain’s functioning, depends upon knowing about the function of a small almond-shaped structure, the amygdala, and its companion, the hippocampus. They both live on the lateral sides of the brain, not far from each ear. The amygdala and hippocampus receive information from your eyes and ears (as well as many other inputs).

These two brain regions assess the information and answer a simple question: is this familiar? If what you are seeing or hearing is unfamiliar according to your hippocampus, the amygdala generates fear. For example, if you are in an unfamiliar location and you see people you do not know or look unfamiliar, then your brain may generate fear. If the information you are seeing or hearing is ambiguous or inappropriate, the amygdala may generate fear. If you notice that someone you do not know is staring at you, your brain may generate fear. Humans hate being stared at. Giving a speech in front of a crowd is horribly frightening to most people. If you were seated with friends in a familiar location and a small child kept staring at you from across the room, you may become fearful. We fear the unknown, the unfamiliar, or the unexpected. Because of this, we may fear people who do not share our appearance or genes or behaviors.

Almost without fail, and regardless of the nature of the information gathered by your vigilant brain, the amygdala usually comes to the same conclusion: be afraid.
Fear of the “other” is found in the development of the brain. Racism is institutionalized policy based upon a social construct called race. Thus it is ideology. That fear was the underpinning does not change the fact that institution of laws, belief structures, usually religious but not always, developed from the ideology of racism. Bigotry, otoh, is fear based and is not ideological. Racism arises from power position. The doctrine of discovery is, imo a crucial point in the development of the ideology of racism.
 
This country is circling the drain thanks to conservatism.
 
Very interesting article
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It is a sad aspect of public life that a quick route to success and notoriety for minorities in the UK is to express the most reactionary opinions imaginable. Witness Kwasi Kwarteng randomly and needlessly blurting out slavery apologia on Piers Morgan’s show, or the careers so far of Priti Patel and Suella Braverman. They will have their own views as individuals, but at the same time powerful people and institutions are aware of how useful it is to have their own prejudices mirrored, rendered acceptable, laundered perhaps by a minority voice, with the effect that it ostensibly shields them from criticism.

That regrettable effect is particularly concerning when a doubt is raised as to whether the views, as presented to the public, are a true reflection of honestly held opinion or a distortion designed perhaps to further advance the toxic culture wars.

A couple of weeks ago, the young rightwing commentator Dominique Samuels, who is Black, claimed on X (formerly Twitter) that the MailOnline had asked her to be “the face of a ghostwritten, negative, verging on racist piece” about the Notting Hill carnival last year.

Samuels also claimed that a Daily Mail article from 2021 with her byline, about racism accusations by Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, against the royals (“This clash of the royals was about culture … NOT colour”), was in fact ghostwritten for her, although she says it did broadly reflect her opinions “at the time”.

I spoke to Samuels, and we had a very enlightening conversation about her experience. According to her, after declining the opportunity to put her name to the ghostwritten draft produced for her, she has not heard back from the Mail’s main comment desk.

She was under the impression that ghostwriting in this fashion was “pretty much standard” practice. It is not. Although she had the chance to discuss her views on the content of the pieces, and of course to turn them down, the episode has caused considerable disquiet on social media and in the Black press, with many concerned that the entire practice of using a Black person to be the face of deliberately controversial articles on race that they haven’t written and that may ultimately, through that unsatisfactory indirect process, not wholly reflect their views, feels opaque and wrong.

When asked for comment, a representative for the Mail said that when commissioning comment pieces they “always discuss the points to be raised with the authors and sometimes supply help with drafting. This applies to all contributors including politicians and other public figures. Articles are not published without the author’s cooperation and approval. On this occasion, a year ago, after an exchange of drafts, Dominique Samuels decided that she did not wish to proceed, and nothing was published.”

If there is anxiety about it all, that’s partly fuelled by the context: a concern that a practice known as racism laundering is widespread and goes well beyond the media

A potent cocktail of moral licensing, commerce and identity politics, racism laundering is a process in which the skin colour of an ethnic minority appears to facilitate policies, practices and narratives that would otherwise be condemned as bigoted. Those involved may indeed hold bigoted views themselves. They may be seeking advancement, or simply be reckless. They may be used as part of a wider agenda. But in any event, whatever the motivation, the effect is that they become a defence mechanism against clear instances or accusations of racism...........

 
Of interest:
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Not just a star athlete but one with multiple concussions

“it’s not his fault! He’s literally not in his right mind”
 
every single person and politician who says slavery and racism shouldn’t be taught in schools because some (read: white) kids may feel sad needs to be asked about this and forced to answer
Jmo, but white kids should be sad and hurt when reading about slavery and racism. Any kid capable of an ounce of empathy would and should react appropriately to reading the horrors Native Americans, blacks and other minorities faced throughout our country's history. If your feelings are hurt, that's actually the normal response to those horrors.
 
every single person and politician who says slavery and racism shouldn’t be taught in schools because some (read: white) kids may feel sad needs to be asked about this and forced to answer

Jmo, but white kids should be sad and hurt when reading about slavery and racism. Any kid capable of an ounce of empathy would and should react appropriately to reading the horrors Native Americans, blacks and other minorities faced throughout our country's history. If your feelings are hurt, that's actually the normal response to those horrors.

In my opinion, the effort to stop teaching slavery and racism in schools to allegedly protect white children from feeling guilt and shame about slavery and racism is really about trying to prevent white children from developing empathy for those who are discriminated against for not being white.

The same thing is going on with the gender and sexual preference issue. It's not about protecting children, it's about keeping children from developing empathy for those who are discriminated against for being different.
 
In my opinion, the effort to stop teaching slavery and racism in schools to allegedly protect white children from feeling guilt and shame about slavery and racism is really about trying to prevent white children from developing empathy for those who are discriminated against for not being white.

The same thing is going on with the gender and sexual preference issue. It's not about protecting children, it's about keeping children from developing empathy for those who are discriminated against for being different.
That's a pretty good thought process there. Makes sense.
 
Gymnastics Ireland suppressed a personal apology letter to a young gymnast whose treatment at a medal ceremony sparked international outrage, and have refused to acknowledge or tackle systemic racism in the sport, her family say.

Video of the event in March 2022 shows a judge handing out participation medals to a line of young gymnasts, but ignoring the only black girl. A photographer, coach and other officials look on without intervening, with an audience of hundreds in the stands.

Despite the official setting, Gymnastics Ireland officials declined to attend mediation, effectively casting the incident from March 2022 as a purely personal dispute between the family and one woman, the gymnast’s family said.

GI, the sport’s national governing body, did not make any commitment in public statements to investigate the incident, implement anti-racism policies, or improve protection for athletes of colour. For 18 months, it did not apologise to the family.

“It’s unbelievable that you treat a little girl this way,” her mother told the Guardian. “It’s a systemic problem, because when you [GI] don’t speak out, the message is that you are happy for it to go on.”……


 
White supremacist groups using the guise of fitness and martial arts to attract and grow their numbers are effectively creating a new militia network, with dozens of chapters forming in the US, Canada and across Europe within just three years, according to a newly published report from extremism researchers.

At least 46 so-called “active clubs” – which publicly promote “brotherhood” and training in combat sports and fitness while covertly advancing fascist and neo-Nazi agendas and preparing for large-scale violence – have sprouted in 34 states between 2020 and 2023, according to the report from the Counter Extremism Project.

That relatively rapid growth is alarming researchers who have closely tracked the explosion in far-right extremism and white supremacist movements in recent years, parallel to a surge in threats of political violence and violences towards marginalised groups.

“I’ve never seen a network in right-wing extremism grow so fast. Usually it takes years to build a transnational network,” report author and CEP adviser Alexander Ritzmann told VICE News, which first reported the research. “It’s concerning.”

While the groups outwardly promote group fitness events like boxing, jiu jitsu and other martial arts, the narratives surrounding their creation typically rely on white grievances and victimhood and empowerment through white supremacy, according to the report.…….

 
Washington Trust, the oldest community bank in the US, has agreed to pay $9m to resolve allegations that it engaged in lending discrimination against homebuyers in majority Black and Latino neighborhoods, the Department of Justice has announced.

Since the company was founded in 1800 in Rhode Island, the bank has never offered its home loan services at a branch location in a majority-Black or Latino neighborhood throughout the state, including in the state capital of Providence, where the vast majority of the state’s Black and Latino population live.

The practice perpetuated the scourge of redlining, the longstanding racist policy of banks blocking people of color from getting mortgages.

The justice department’s agreement marks the latest effort to hold banks and other mortgage lenders accountable for depriving homebuyers of access to services in majority Black and Latino neighborhoods.…….

 
Gymnastics Ireland suppressed a personal apology letter to a young gymnast whose treatment at a medal ceremony sparked international outrage, and have refused to acknowledge or tackle systemic racism in the sport, her family say.

Video of the event in March 2022 shows a judge handing out participation medals to a line of young gymnasts, but ignoring the only black girl. A photographer, coach and other officials look on without intervening, with an audience of hundreds in the stands.

Despite the official setting, Gymnastics Ireland officials declined to attend mediation, effectively casting the incident from March 2022 as a purely personal dispute between the family and one woman, the gymnast’s family said.

GI, the sport’s national governing body, did not make any commitment in public statements to investigate the incident, implement anti-racism policies, or improve protection for athletes of colour. For 18 months, it did not apologise to the family.

“It’s unbelievable that you treat a little girl this way,” her mother told the Guardian. “It’s a systemic problem, because when you [GI] don’t speak out, the message is that you are happy for it to go on.”……



Good but sad read

I almost wish Paul was still around to comment on this because it could have been written by one of his black coworkers who never complain about racism or the Polish kid he and his friends made fun of everyday
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There is nothing like having a global spotlight suddenly shone on Ireland to make us see how some things once deemed acceptable or excusable at home are shamefully far from being either.

By now, you’ll probably have seen the video circulating of the lone black child in a lineup of white children at a medal ceremony for a gymnastics competition in Ireland. Each of the white children in the lineup is presented with a medal. The black child is ignored.

I recognise my childhood self in her pride and eager smile as the medal moment approaches. Then the excruciating confusion and bewilderment as she waits, her expression eventually settling into one of quiet disappointment – and wounded resignation.

I was an eager, enthusiastic child too, but the pervasive and insidious racism I experienced growing up in Ireland, the sense of shame and humiliation that comes with being repeatedly overlooked, disregarded, told that you are inadequate or inferior, made to feel ugly or small or worthless, or singled out or indeed overscrutinised as I so often was, guaranteed that I reined in my enthusiasm.

By the time I reached my teens I had learnt to largely hide my true feelings behind a mask. I was scared to let people know how I really felt in case they disappointed or hurt me; much better to erect a frosty, cynical exterior than subject myself to the potential for more humiliation…….

So I would have hoped that such hypervisibility was not the experience of black children in Ireland today. Because the paradox of the video frames is shocking: the child seems simultaneously to be hypervisible, the only black girl in a line of white; and yet to the adults around her, she might as well be invisible. It is as if the official handing out the medals, the coaches and other authority figures, perhaps even those adults watching from the stands, refuse to see her.…….

Not only was there no public commitment to protecting all black children from racism in sport, as the family wanted, the matter was batted away as the failings of an individual whose medals had got “tangled up”. The family were even told by figures from Sport Ireland, the country’s sporting authority, that what happened was not a racist incident.

In the Ireland I grew up in, racism was largely received from others: from my peers, but also, as in the junior gymnast’s case, much of it at the hands of adults.

By the time I was 14 I had been called the N-word so many times I lost count, I’d been punched and racially abused by a camp counsellor, denied entrance to teen discos on account of being a “black bastage” and prevented from being class captain.

A classmate’s mother once gathered a group of my schoolfriends together to give them a pep talk on why, owing to my cultural background, I was an unsuitable friend for “normal” Irish girls. All on top of the general pressure and insecurity of being a teenage girl.

Racism in my childhood was also forcefully denied, its existence completely absent from the public discourse. It is the cumulative effect of the denial of racism that can make it so traumatising for the individual.

Ireland may have moved on in terms of the public discourse, but the denialism in this case suggests that even now, young black Irish people are still dealing with authority figures who neither recognise racist behaviour nor understand their responsibility to protect the children in their care from it.…….

To cope with such experiences as a child you develop survival tactics. Mine was to shut down a part of myself. As a result I am generally able to watch things like this with a clear-eyed detachment – until, of course, I can’t. I watched the footage again before writing this and sobbed. Alone.……

 
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