The last year has provided plenty of vivid examples that racism is alive and well in the United States: several high-profile police killings of young black men, the racially-motivated shooting of nine African-Americans in Charleston, South Carolina, and, most recently, the ongoing debate and protests over the removal of the Confederate flag.
Sue Munroe, a member of the Socialist Party, said she was attempting to hold back jostling protesters from police, but received a full blast of spray. “We told people for months that it this would be a peaceful rally and we came here trying to help and we got hurt,” Ms Monroe said. She said Palestinian community member Mazen Adel tried to protect her, but “copped” the full brunt himself. “These racist are like Hitler. He was allowed to go for five years and this is Hitler again. We cannot allow this,” Mr Adel said.
The Atticus Finch of To Kill a Mockingbird is a civil-rights hero – a larger-than-life, heroic figure who fearlessly defended a black man falsely accused of raping a white girl. But the Atticus in Go Set a Watchman, the new book that Harper Lee actually wrote as an early Mockingbird draft, is a deep segregationist who attends White Citizens Council meetings, and this is driving some white people mad: how can a character who embarks on a fool’s errand like defending a black man in the Jim Crow south also have racist attributes?
Waller County, where Bland was arrested and later found dead in jail, has a long history of racial tension, especially where police are concerned: ‘You have to dot your i’s and cross your t’s before being black in Waller County’
Trump is now hovering around 11 percent in RealClearPolitics.com’s nationwide polling average—although the USA Today poll put his support among GOP primary voters at 17 percent. More tellingly, the Washington Post/ABC and Monmouth University polls found his popularity has flipped among Republican voters since May. The Post said “57% of Republican primary voters had a favorable view of Trump, compare[d]… with The Post’s May poll, which showed that only 16%… held a favorable view.”
If you look at a typical presidential campaign site under a heading like “Issues,” you’ll see that there isn’t a bullet point that lists a candidate’s plans to attack the complicated issue of structural racism with specific steps. This should change. And in this, candidates can take a lesson from President Obama.
The Metropolitan Police is examining allegations that serving officers used a closed group on the social network to post racist comments about Gypsies and Travelers. Both groups are officially recognized as ethnic minorities, and discriminating against them is illegal. Police officers could be prosecuted if they are found to have broken the law, and will also face professional misconduct inquiries, Scotland Yard said.
The letter copies all ZC board members and bears the headline “Racism and Victimisation”, and begins: “Through you Mr. Chairman I wish to share my frustrations as I believe I am a victim of racism and have come to a point where I feel I have been quiet for too long whilst a lot has been happening.” After more than 10,000 words, Utseya finally closes his case with a plea for the board to consider his concerns.
Ku Klux Klan Terrorist Suspects hold a racist rally on the steps of the SC Statehouse