Posts Tagged ‘racism’

Red Summers, White Riots: Media, Rumor, Racism

September 10, 2021

After World War I, anti-Black school curriculums, newspapers and film helped instigate racial violence in Chicago and Washington DC.

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“How racist propaganda inspired riots in America’s biggest cities,” Bayeté Ross Smith and Jimmie Briggs, The Guardian

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America’s Exclusion Act

August 30, 2021

The Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 suspended Chinese immigration to the U.S. and blocked Chinese immigrants from citizenship. Robert Chang explains in this TED-Ed video, directed by Mohammad Babakoohi and Yijia Cao.

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Who Clogged the Afghan Refugee Pipeline? Stephen Miller.

August 25, 2021

Who Clogged the Afghan Refugee Pipeline? Stephen Miller.

The airlift of endangered Afghan refugees from Taliban-controlled Kabul is hampered by a lengthy and convoluted visa process, which had a backlog of 20,000 applicants before the fall of the corrupt Karzai government. In 2018 the Pentagon urged the Trump administration to expedite Special Immigrant Visas for Afghan nationals who had assisted US and NATO forces, but this was denied.

Olivia Troye, homeland security and counterterrorism advisor to former Vice President Mike Pence, says all efforts to fast-track Afghan visas were sabotaged by Stephen Miller, racist and Islamophobe-In-Residence at the Trump White House. This was confirmed by Elizabeth Neumann, a former senior DNS official. Matt Zeller, Afghanistan combat veteran and former CIA officer, says Stephen Miller “should be held accountable for war crimes” for his refugee visa obstruction.

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“Pence aide blames Stephen Miller for ‘devastating’ visa system for Afghans,” Maureen Groppe, USA Today

“Stephen Miller peddled ‘racist hysteria about Afghanistan’ and gummed up refugee process: Ex-Pence adviser,” Raw Story

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Stealing Homes: Dodger Stadium’s Dark Legacy

July 28, 2021

Dodger Stadium opened in the Chavez Ravine area of Los Angeles in 1962. Before that, the area was home to the Mexican-American communities of La Loma, Palo Verde, and Bishop. People lived there. A Vox video by Ranjani Chakraborty and Melissa Hirsch.

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Algorithms and Racism

June 8, 2021

Joss Fong explains how racial and other types of bias are introduced into computer systems and algorithms through machine learning. A Vox video.

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“Error-riddled data sets are warping our sense of how good AI really is,” Karen Hao, MIT Technology Review

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MAGA Motivation: White Fear of Losing Out Fomented Insurgency

April 7, 2021
MAGA Motivation: White Fear of Losing Out Fomented Insurgency

DC Bus shelter, 8 blocks from the Capitol, January 16, 2021

“When the political scientist Robert Pape began studying the issues that motivated the 380 or so people arrested in connection with the attack against the Capitol on Jan. 6, he expected to find that the rioters were driven to violence by the lingering effects of the 2008 Great Recession.

But instead he found something very different: Most of the people who took part in the assault came from places, his polling and demographic data showed, that were awash in fears that the rights of minorities and immigrants were crowding out the rights of white people in American politics and culture.”

— “Fears of White People Losing Out Permeate Capitol Rioters’ Towns, Study Finds,” Alan Feuer, New York Times

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“What an analysis of 377 Americans arrested or charged in the Capitol insurrection tells us,” Robert A. Pape, Washington Post

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The ‘Birth of a Nation’ and the NAACP

February 22, 2021

In 1915 D.W. Griffith released a propaganda film, “The Birth of a Nation,” enshrining the neo-Confederate “Lost Cause” mythology, the KKK, and its racist justification., using White actors in blackface to perpetuate stereotypes. The NAACP, founded in 1909, largely as anti-lynching organization, understandably protested the film’s screening. Narrated by Dr. Henry Louis Gates, with Vincent Brown, Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, and Imani Perry. From Black History in 2 Minutes (Or So).

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Sports: US national anthem protest, 1968

February 8, 2021

Colin Kaepernick was not the first sports figure to protest America’s failure to live up to its founding principles. Tommie Smith and John Carlos did so at the Olympics in 1968, and were expelled from the Games by U.S. officials. A Vox video.

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Trump Gives Orders to Armed Street Thug Supporters

September 30, 2020

Trump Gives Orders to Armed Street Thug Supporters

During Tuesday night’s presidential debate sh*tshowfoodfighthot mess inside a dumpster fire inside a trainwrecknational embarrassment, U.S. President and  petulant toddler Donald J. Trump was asked if he would denounce white supremacy, and ask racist self-styled armed “militia” gangs like the “Proud Boys” to stand down.The president declined to condemn white supremacy, then ordered his Proud Boy thugs to “stand back and stand by” for future action.

What country is this again?

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“Trump tells far-right extremists to ‘stand back and stand by’ during chaotic first debate,” Chris Sommerfeldt, NY Daily News

“Proud Boys celebrate online after Trump’s debate ‘stand back and stand by’ comment,” Brooke Seipel, The Hill

“Trump’s refusal to condemn white supremacy fits pattern of extremist rhetoric,” Adam Gabbatt, The Guardian

“Donald Trump, Proud Boy in Chief, Gives His Marching Orders,” Kali Holloway, Daily Beast

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Housing Segregation in America: A Short History

August 6, 2020

NPR’s Gene Demby explores the history of housing segregation in America for Code Switch.

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