Racism Daily Intelligence Update ⋅ July 15, 2015

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Black Country flag ‘offensive and insensitive’ says leading racism campaigner

UK Political activist Patrick Vernon OBE described the flag as ‘offensive and insensitive’ and said its chains were a ‘disturbing’ image of an industry that profited from the transatlantic slave trade and colonial rule in Africa.

Chelsea fans in Paris Métro racism row in court fight against travel bans

Four Chelsea fans who face travel bans during international matches due to their alleged involvement in a racist incident on the Paris Métro go to court on Wednesday to fight the banning orders. The men will appear at Stratford magistrates court, east London, after video footage showed a black man attempting to get on a Métro carriage but being pushed off by a group of fans travelling to a Chelsea Champions League match in February.

Trump Has Exposed GOP Racism

In 1968, Richard Nixon realized he could not become president unless he made a deeply cynical move: convincing southern racists to vote Republican. The trouble was, they hadn’t done that since the Republican Abe Lincoln freed the slaves. But Nixon calculated that the Democratic “Solid South” could now be broken open: after the Civil Rights Acts of 1957 and ’64, and the Voting Rights Act of ’65, racists, feeling betrayed and furious, were looking for a new home.

Meet The Teenager Forcing Hollywood To Take Racism Seriously

After her YouTube video ‘Don’t Cash Crop My Cornrows’ went viral, Amandla Stenburg has continued speaking out about racism – and she’s only 16. When we were 16, we were busy working out how forge our parents’ signatures to get out of doing our homework and debating whether the boys in Year 12 knew what our names were (spoiler: they didn’t). But 16 year old Amandla Stenburg, star of The Hunger Games and Jaden Smith’s prom date, has bigger things on her mind: she’s forcing Hollywood to take racism seriously.

Not all are shocked by Atticus’ racism in Lee’s ‘Watchman’

For months, millions of literature lovers waited anxiously for the 55-years-in-the-making release of Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman, sequel to her Pulitzer Prize-winning classic, To Kill a Mockingbird, in which white lawyer Atticus Finch defends a black man accused of raping a white woman in a story told by Finch’s young daughter, Scout. Upon release of the first chapter of Watchman on Friday and the full book on Tuesday, however, many fans were devastated to find that Finch turned out to be a racist.

#WhiteGirlsDoItBetter Is What Happens When Misogyny Meets Racism

On Friday, the hashtag “#whitegirlsdoitbetter” began trending on Twitter. Active since as early as 2013 and initially associated with porn promotion sites, the hashtag recently saw a resurgence in activity — populated largely with provocative or posed selfies of young white women. The idea: highlighting the physical and thus overall superiority of white women to women of color, particularly black women. The tag caught the attention of black users online, who have since flooded the tag with thousands of tweets and reappropriated its use in an effort to call out its hypocrisy and racism.

Immigrant advocacy group: Walker policies inspired by racism

The leader of a Milwaukee-based immigrant advocate group says Gov. Scott Walker’s immigration policies are inspired by racism. The Republican governor announced his presidential bid Monday. Immigrant advocacy groups held a teleconference hours after the announcement to rail against his immigration policies.

Delaware officials agree: racism still a struggle

Delaware is still learning, healing and evolving to deal with racism and inequalities that still exists in the state, local officials said Monday night at the NAACP National Convention in Philadelphia. Speaking at “Delaware Night” at the annual gathering, Gov. Jack Markell said there is still progress to be made in Delaware. “There is a lot of healing that has to take palace in our state,” Markell said, the sounds of African drums playing in the background during the cocktail reception held at the African American Museum.

Christopher Hayes on Twitter: “”Racism is a physical experience.” My interview w @tanehisicoates

Chris Hayes talks to author Ta-Nehisi Coates about his new book “Between the World and Me.”

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