Racism/Terrorism Report Vol. 1 Issue 7

2015 Racism Report

 

Israel Chides Club for Racism in Bid to Fend Off FIFA Suspension

Israel’s Equal Employment Opportunities Commission (EEOC) has demanded that notoriously racist club Beitar Jerusalem, the bad boy of Israeli soccer, retract recent statements that it would maintain its policy of not hiring Palestinian players because of opposition by the team’s militant, racist fan base. Read more…

Lebanon schools in hot seat over racism claims

LEBANON – Members of the Martin Luther King Community Coalition of Lebanon on Monday urged officials in this Warren County school system to bolster the district’s programs on civil rights and inclusiveness. About a dozen community members attended the Lebanon City Schools board meeting to offer the nonprofit coalition’s assistance in implementing anti-racism training for students, faculty and staff and in sparking larger community conversations on racial issues. Read more…

Toni Morrison On When She’ll Know Racism Is Over

Morrison is best known for novels set in the past; her most acclaimed, 1987’s Beloved, takes place in the aftermath of American slavery. But, in her most recent sit-down, with Britain’sTelegraph, she shares her thoughts on the very recent present. “People keep saying, ‘We need to have a conversation about race,'” she tells the paper. “This is the conversation. I want to see a cop shoot a white unarmed teenager in the back. And, I want to see a white man convicted for raping a black woman. Then when you ask me, ‘Is it over?’, I will say yes.” Her statement references the racially charged shootings of Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin,Walter Scott, and others. But, Morrison is clear she doesn’t see racism as the driving force behind injustice, so much as economic inequality.  Read more…

Ashby: Toronto’s fight against racism starts from within

Toronto named its first black police chief this week. Mark Saunders inherits a host of problems born from a city riven by racial, economic, and political tensions. Not least of these is the practise of carding, which allows police officers to randomly detain and question passers-by, even if they are not suspected of anything in particular, and take down their information. Carding has a long and storied history in Toronto (in New York City, it is known as ”stop and frisk”). That history has long been biased against young, black men: in some neighbourhoods, they’re 17 times more likely to be carded than others. Even when the pace of carding drops, the number of young, black men picked up by Toronto police officers rises. Read more…

YWCA asks Yakima, Yakima County to proclaim “Stand Against Racism Day”

YAKIMA, Wash. — The Young Women’s Christian Association is asking Yakima and Yakima County to proclaim this Friday as “Stand Against Racism Day.” The organization will host a free lunch in Performance Park Friday, from 12 to 1 p.m. There will be speakers covering how to raise awareness, and how racism can affect our community. YWCA is also asking local school districts to take a pledge against racism. Read more…

Hotel chain responds to claims of racism made by students at Florida motel

Live Oak, FL — It’s a situation that’s grabbed the attention of hundreds of people.

“People have been posting this on Facebook. I know that D.L. Hughley, the comedian, he posted this story on his Facebook page. So it really went viral, and it has gotten out there. I think that’s good for the students sake,” said Coordinator Blake Odum. “I want this situation resolved so that the students know the proper ways to deal with situations like this.” It was in Live Oak, Florida earlier this month that Odum and a group of about 90 adults and teenagers were wrapping up a college tour when one of their buses broke down. They spent the night at the Econo Lodge Motel. Odum and his students say the staff at the motel antagonized them that night, calling the students the ‘N word.’ Read more…

Debutante ball facing accusations of racism

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) – An East Tennessee debutante ball is battling accusations of racism. The organizer says it’s because of an article in Sunday’s paper. In an article about the Dogwood Ball, it lists three criteria young women must meet in order to be considered: They have to be sophomores in college, unmarried and white. “Frankly, I was taken aback,” says public relations executive, Cynthia Moxley. Read more…

New NYPD Training Rules Target Racism, Sexism

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The new guidelines were filed in federal court on Monday by NYPD federal overseer Peter Zimroth and are now pending approval before being presented to the current class of cadets graduating in June. “It was essential that the materials be rewritten for the current class to reflect current law and policy,” Zimroth wrote to Manhattan federal Judge Analisa Torres, as cited by the New York Post. Read more…

Michigan business owner denies being a racist despite hanging nooses and a Confederate flag outside his properties

A businessman in suburban Detroit is under fire from unhappy neighbours after hanging a Confederate flag and nooses at his two properties in the area. Robert Tomanovich, who owns Robert’s Discount Tree Service in Livonia, Michigan, first hung a noose from a tree and a Confederate flag, printed with the slogan ‘I ain’t coming down,’ on a fence at his home. When neighbours complained, a second noose appeared on a tree outside his tree-cutting business which operates at a second property on the same street. Read more…

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