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A 975-day nightmare: how the Home Office forced a British citizen into destitution abroad. ‘I’ve never experienced such abject racism’: what it’s really like to work in TV as a person of colour. On the surface at least, British TV is finally waking up to race.

‘I’ve never experienced such abject racism’: what it’s really like to work in TV as a person of colour

The success of a new wave of proudly Black British programmes such as Steve McQueen’s Small Axe and Michaela Coel’s I May Destroy You, allied with bold new diversity initiatives such as Channel 4’s Black to Front has had a huge impact in terms of demonstrating the commercial and critical viability of shows centring the Black experience. At this critical juncture for media diversity, the Guardian spoke to five Black and Asian Britons in the industry about their experiences: the discrimination they have faced and whether they have hope for the future. The director After a decades-long career in the arts, I have never experienced such abject racism as in TV and film. Every year, all the channels have commissioning briefings where they talk to the elite Black production companies as if we are amateurs.

I remember one incident where I was given a later call time than everyone else. Words and phrases you may want to think twice about using. Have you ever casually used the terms "spirit animal," "first-world problem," or "spooky"?

Words and phrases you may want to think twice about using

It might be time to rethink your use of these phrases and remove them from your daily lingo. CBC Ottawa compiled a small list of words, submitted by readers and some of our journalists who are Black, Indigenous and people of colour. We ran some of the words by anti-racism and language experts, who said some of these phrases can be hurtful to various groups of people for their historical and cultural context. "Being an English speaker doesn't entail that you necessarily know the racist etymology automatically," said Ai Taniguchi, a linguist and an associate language studies professor with University of Toronto Mississauga, in an email to CBC. This is justice of a kind. But don’t forget Ahmaud Arbery’s killers almost got away. The three white men who hunted down Ahmaud Arbery in a neighborhood in Glynn county, Georgia, have been found guilty in court.

This is justice of a kind. But don’t forget Ahmaud Arbery’s killers almost got away

The US held its breath as the jury deliberations entered their second day this Wednesday. Travis McMichael, who fired the shots that killed the 25-year-old Black man, his father, Greg, and their neighbor William “Roddie” Bryan were all convicted of the 23 February 2020 murder. While the verdict is a welcome one, it rings somewhat hollow given the recent not guilty verdict in the case of Kyle Rittenhouse and the underlying systems of white supremacy that have long justified the vigilante actions of Arbery’s attackers. Despite the trial’s outcome, the actual process of the case was steeped in various justifications of the killers’ actions, from the racially-tinged fearmongering of the defense attorneys to the fact that the killers were arrested 74 days after Arbery’s murder.

Compassionate Release for Leonard Peltier - The Santa Barbara Independent. In a video produced by former Franciscan friar Jack Healey, who once headed Amnesty USA, a plea for compassionate release is made for Leonard Peltier, who’s been imprisoned these past 46 years for a crime many are convinced he did not commit.

Compassionate Release for Leonard Peltier - The Santa Barbara Independent

Peltier, who is now 77 years old and in failing health, was convicted of murder after a shootout occurred with FBI agents on a South Dakota reservation in 1975, two years after the Wounded Knee occupation. Amnesty has long contended that he was unfairly convicted because of fabricated affidavits, withheld exculpatory evidence, and other prosecutorial misconduct. (For more details, see the author’s editorial at the Los Angeles Times.) New racism scandal rocks English football. English football has been rocked by a fresh racism scandal after black and Asian referees revealed the scale of abuse and prejudice that, they say, is holding them back.

New racism scandal rocks English football

A dossier compiled by match officials, and seen by the Observer, alleges that racism in the Football Association’s refereeing system is undermining efforts by black and Asian people to reach the highest levels of the game. The diversity report submitted to the FA contains racist comments allegedly made by the observers who assess referees for promotion to the higher leagues. The FA is now facing calls for an urgent inquiry. Tony Burnett, chief executive of the anti-racism charity Kick It Out, said: “The lack of diversity in refereeing is our biggest failure in football.

NPR Cookie Consent and Choices. [Read Ms C's comment before reading] Poetics of the Iterative: On the N-Word in Black… A Conjure Word In Black language and life the word “nigga” has become a key to a very peculiar process of attempting to alter the racialized realities of the United States.

This article, by a Black poet & scholar, is about the linguistic, social, and political positioning of the N-word IN Black culture. As the author notes, positions by members within that culture vary, so he isn't attempting to define/prescribe any particular use by members. However, the discussion is very much withIN that culture. The word, and all its forms, remain forbidden from use by other cultural groups. Students, even Black students, who employ this language in their work or discourse at school will be censured (no that's not the same as censored) and may face discipline for contravening the Code of Conduct. It is the responsibility of members of our SCHOOL community to not use (or wear or listen to) language that impinges on the ability of others to work and learn in a safe environment, and racial epithets, no matter who utters them, are linguistic weapons, whether they are wielded with intent to harm or not. – anonytw33t

This particularly Black form of amelioration, the conscious decision to change the meaning and application of a pejorative slur, operates endlessly to subvert the extreme terrorizing systems from where the word derives.

[Read Ms C's comment before reading] Poetics of the Iterative: On the N-Word in Black…

The word “nigga” itself now appears as a sign of this never-ending project. Shirley Cards. Photographer Ibarionex Perello recalls how school picture day would go back in the 1970s at the Catholic school he attended in South Los Angeles.

Shirley Cards

He recalls that kids would file into the school auditorium in matching uniforms. They’d sit on a stool, the photographer would snap a couple images, and that would be it. But when the pictures came back weeks later, Perello always noticed that the kids with lighter skin tones looked better — or at least more like themselves. Those with darker skin tones looked to be hidden in shadows. I’m a comedian and banter is my job - this is the truth about racist jokes. “I like your handbag!”

I’m a comedian and banter is my job - this is the truth about racist jokes

I say. Colin Kaepernick Was Right About Us. Colin Kaepernick was right about us, white America.

Colin Kaepernick Was Right About Us

He was right to kneel because when he did, he fully exposed us. He exposed us as we became viscerally disgusted, not by the reckless disregard of black lives, but by the earnest and open declaration of black grief at their premature passing. He exposed us when we felt it was our right to tell another human being how to express their personal freedoms, during an anthem supposedly devoted to celebrating those personal freedoms. He exposed us when we treasured flags and songs over flesh and blood; when we repeatedly ignored dissenting facts in order to hold on to our easy and lazy outrage.

Thousands of adverse birth outcomes in England down to ‘alarming’ inequality. Thousands of babies in England are being born prematurely, smaller than expected or stillborn because of “alarming” and “devastating” socioeconomic and racial inequalities across the country, a landmark study has suggested.

Thousands of adverse birth outcomes in England down to ‘alarming’ inequality

Both are known risk factors for poor pregnancy outcomes. However, until now, little has been known about the scale of their “heartbreaking” impact on women and babies. Support for "All Lives Matters" linked to implicit racism and narrow definitions of discrimination. White people who reject the phrase “Black Lives Matter” in favor of the phrase “All Lives Matter” tend to score higher on assessments of implicit racism against Black people and define racism in narrow terms, according to research published in the British Journal of Social Psychology.

They are also more likely to endorse color-blind ideologies. “I became aware of Black Lives Matter a few years after it started up. The slogan seemed like such a straightforward, humble, and positive one that I struggled to see what fault anyone could find in it,” explained study author Keon West, an associate professor and director of the Equalab at Goldsmiths, University of London. “The most obvious retort – ‘no, Black lives don’t matter’ – was so clearly and aggressively racist that I couldn’t envision anyone publicly endorsing such a position. Forbidden lovers separated due to the colour of their skin reunite 39 years on. For almost 40 years, Penny Umbers pined for the love of her life, never knowing the real reason why he left her - until now. It was nearing the end of the 1970s and Penny was just 16 when she met Mark Bethel, a 17-year-old who had come to study at a private school in Nottingham far from his home in the Bahamas. They fell in love and, when Mark returned home, they wrote love letters and he sent poems and paintings, until he returned on a scholarship to go to university in London.

Penny attended a polytechnic college nearby so that they could be together. Read more - Birmingham celebrates Black History Month. Interviewing the Governor General in my language felt like reconciliation. This First Person article is the experience of Pauline Pemik, an Inuk woman and CBC reporter who lives in Iqaluit. Find out how to pitch your own story to CBC North here. I never imagined that I would be the first person to interview Ningiukallak — or as she's known in English, Canada's new Governor General Mary May Simon.

Last week I went on a work trip from Iqaluit to Ottawa. ‘I turned against Keisha the Sket for a long time’: Jade LB on returning to her noughties viral story. Until recently, if you had asked any Black girl between the ages of 25 and 35 if they’d heard of Keisha the Sket, they would a) immediately tell you which secondary school they went to and exactly which class they were in when they heard of her, b) pass on some new unauthorised version or spin-off of the story and c) ask if you knew who the author behind this urban phenomenon was. That is, until the lifestyle platform Black Ballad found the person behind Keisha and posted an article written by her in November 2019. We, the criminally underrepresented Black girls, were finally, in a way, reunited with our literary foremother and the author of the story that somehow reached a large majority of us in around 2005, when social media wasn’t even a thing.

Ballerina Georgina Pazcoguin: ‘We owe it to younger dancers not to stay silent’ Tamil-Canadian rapper Shan Vincent de Paul is fighting to claim space in Canada's music scene. The Tamil-Canadian artist talks finding space in the international music scene and the controversy over his appearance on Rolling Stone India. Akim Aliu calls punishment of player who used racist taunt 'a complete embarrassment' John Leguizamo Criticizes Mario Film's 'All-White' Lead Cast. John Leguizamo, the Latino actor and comedian who played Luigi Mario in the 1993 live-action Super Mario Bros. movie, has one big criticism of the upcoming animated Mario movie's cast: it's too white. A Black town’s water is more poisoned than Flint’s. In a white town nearby, it’s clean. Using Black Vernacular English (BVE) as a Non-Black Person Is Appropriation. Rocky Mountain peak officially given traditional Stoney Nakoda name, erasing racist label.

A prominent mountain peak in Alberta's Rocky Mountains has officially been given the name it was called by Indigenous people for generations. Student proves Twitter algorithm ‘bias’ toward lighter, slimmer, younger faces. Dark is beautiful: the battle to end the world's obsession with lighter skin. “It starts when children are young: the moment a child is born, relatives start comparing siblings’ skin colour. Major museum and art gallery shops duped by fake Indigenous carver. Until recently, gift shops in some of B.C.'s most famous museums and art galleries have sold wood carvings by an artist identified as "Harvey John" for hundreds of dollars a piece. True Crime Podcasts: Can They Be Fixed?

Olympics Swim Cap Ban: Why Prohibiting Caps for Afro Hair Is Damaging. Manitoba's Indigenous relations minister resigns from cabinet after premier's comments on colonial history. Gina Yashere on riches, racism and US success: ‘I don’t like to boast, but I’m doing very well!’ The Bay apologizes after using image of Black advocate as face of fundraising campaign without permission. ‘An afterthought’: why do specs companies ignore the black community? Why cartoonist Art Spiegelman is talking about his comic Maus after years of silence. Why Is Esports So Segregated? Editorial: Avoiding history. ‘They didn’t talk about it’: how a historian helped Tulsa confront the horror of its past. Cycle of Change: Inside the Push to Diversify the Bike World. Rijksmuseum slavery exhibition confronts cruelty of Dutch trade. Glasgow protesters rejoice as men freed after immigration van standoff. The War on Critical Race Theory.

Patti Bacchus: Scrapping school police programs is only the first step. UK universities are institutionally racist, says leading vice-chancellor. Army hero left to die in police station as officers made monkey noises at him. She survived Hurricane Sandy. Then climate gentrification hit. Why are Britons complaining more about what’s on TV? Mother creates Just Us mobile app to help protect Black drivers. The Guardian view on Boris Johnson's race review: you cannot be serious.

Steve Bell on the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities report – cartoon. The Sewell report displays a basic misunderstanding of how racism works. How Hollywood Is Complicit in Violence Against Asians in America - Variety. How to Diversify Your British Literature Class - Building Book Love. Harnarayan Singh reflects on Hockey Night in Canada play-by-play debut. GitHub apologizes for firing employee who warned of Capitol attack Nazi link.

Ginella Massa is revolutionizing Canadian television…again. Nike (NKE) Brings Social Justice Ads to Japan. The Results Are Mixed. Top Canadian film producers push back against Telefilm’s diversity measures. Instagram censored one of these photos but not the other. We must ask why. Lesley Lokko resigns as dean of Spitzer School of Architecture at City College of New York. Harvard Study Shows Systemic Racism in Massachusetts Criminal Justice System. Untitled. Legacies of British Slave-ownership. Untitled. Untitled. Untitled. Student's response to a school assignment bravely challenges its cultural assumptions. Untitled. Jessica Krug is a symptom of a bigger problem: the way blackness is appropriated. What leads a person to white supremacy? One man’s story. Online Exhibition - Angela Davis OUTspoken — GLBT Historical Society.

Visions of Angela Davis: An archivist shares her rare political poster trove. Coming to Terms With My Father's Racism. Untitled. Untitled. Untitled. Rereading Anna Julia Cooper More Than 100 Years Later. Untitled. Untitled. Untitled. Untitled. Untitled. Untitled. The History of Racism in America. Black History timeline. Untitled. Untitled. Untitled. Untitled. Untitled. Untitled. Untitled. Untitled. W.E.B. Du Bois’s Little-Known, Arresting Modernist Data Visualizations of Black Life for the World’s Fair of 1900.

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