Black senior adviser quits UK government in wake of racism report. The most senior black adviser to UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has resigned, the day after a report on racial disparities concluded that Britain does not have a systemic problem with racism.
Key points: Downing Street denied the resignation was related to the reportMr Kasuma wrote a resignation letter in February but was convinced to stay temporarilyThe letter accused Mr Johnson's Conservative Party of pursuing "a politics steeped in division" Samuel Kasumu will leave his job as a special adviser for civil society and communities next month. The Prime Minister's office said Mr Kasumu's departure had "been his plan for several months". Downing Street denied the resignation was related to Wednesday's publication of a report by the government-appointed Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities, which concluded that Britain is not a systemically racist country.
He said there was a "crisis at Number 10 when it comes to acknowledging and dealing with persistent race inequality". Former New Guard insider reveals neo-Nazi group's recruitment tactics. A former insider has detailed how Australian far-right organisations methodically identify, radicalise and recruit young people into white supremacist movements.
George*, who spoke to Background Briefing on condition of anonymity, was a senior member of fascist group the New Guard with intimate knowledge of its recruitment strategies. He once bought into the New Guard's racist beliefs about "white genocide" and believed "that immigration was going to ruin our country" but said he has since left the movement. "It seemed like an existential crisis, like the white race really was going to die out and that all the so-called achievements of European people were going to [disappear]," he said. Between 2015 and 2018, senior members of the New Guard and other right-wing groups, monitored "moderately right-wing" public groups and online forums for people whose vitriolic views could be exploited. A 'little pioneer Europa' The party expelled 22 members as a result, banning them for life. Racism alleged after anonymous op-ed urges unis to ban Chinese students. An anonymous article calling on the University of Melbourne to stop accepting Chinese students due to the Chinese government's alleged atrocities against Uyghur Muslims has sparked outrage in the international student body.
Key points: De Minimis is an unofficial student newspaper at the Melbourne Law School, funded by the graduate student union The University of Melbourne said it is inclusive of international students and it is not linked to the paperInternational students warned the piece could inflame anti-Chinese and anti-Asian racism It's the latest instance in a series of scandals to rock the university sector over questions of freedom of speech, anti-Chinese sentiment, censorship, and foreign interference. The article, titled On China, was published on De Minimis, the unofficial student newspaper of the Melbourne Law School on March 18. Underneath ran a comment from the Melbourne China Law Society highlighting the discrimination international students have faced in recent times.
I grew up surrounded by white people — then I moved to Tennant Creek. It sure is different out here in Tennant Creek.
Growing up as I did in Sydney, surrounded by white people, I was taken by surprise when I first moved here – in the middle of Australia there were so many people with black skin like me. For some African migrants, this simple fact makes Tennant Creek feel familiar, a bit like home. Marcel Nkongolo, a Congolese nurse at Tennant Creek Hospital, says the town is even "slightly similar to Africa". "The culture, the weather — it's a little hotter here," he tells RN's Earshot.
Jane Ndove, a health policy worker with Zimbabwean roots, spent five hard years living in China as a black woman. Upon moving to Tennant Creek, she took comfort in her initial discovery of a smattering of Kenyans, Ghanaians, and Zambians forging a life for themselves in the outback. "I wasn't expecting to find anyone from the African community," she says. The surprises continue when you consider how African migrants share this space with Indigenous Australians. Indigenous high school students expose vile racism, demand action to better educate peers.
They are terms you might expect to find in the inner circles of a white supremacist group.
Key points: Indigenous students say they don't want to go to school because of the racism they faceThe ABC has obtained screenshots of students using the racist terms "gin" and "n*****"The Human Rights Commission and education academics are calling for more education on racism in Australia Readers are advised this article contains explicit and offensive language. But words like "n*****" and "gin" are being directed at Aboriginal children by their peers in one regional West Australian high school. The behaviour has spread across the playground and on social media, where videos — including one in which a non-Indigenous boy kicks an Indigenous man — are brazenly shared. Aboriginal girls say they are routinely barked at by boys as if they were dogs. Those at the brunt of this behaviour report feeling depressed, angry and reluctant to attend class. Division in trust over Indigenous deaths in custody continues as recent events open up old wounds.
"They don't like me, and I don't like them".
In one simple sentence, a young man laid bare his experience of the often fraught relationship between Indigenous children and police. Racism blamed for Aboriginal patients' distrust of NSW public health system. WARNING: This story contains the name and image of a deceased person.
The ABC is publishing both with her family's permission. Racism within the New South Wales public health service has been identified as a key barrier for Aboriginal people trying to access medical care. Key points: Aboriginal people say racist attitudes stop them from accessing public healthcare The location and cost of medical services are also deterrents Calls for long term funding for Aboriginal health services. A state parliamentary inquiry into remote, rural and regional healthcare has been given examples of Aboriginal residents who say they have been mistreated and disrespected.
The submissions state that this is the reason why Aboriginal people do not always trust or feel safe in the public health service. Writing Black Lives Matter: Maxine Beneba Clarke and Angie Thomas on their latest books for children and young people. Angie Thomas currently has not one but two books on the New York Times' Young Adult bestsellers list.
It's a rare feat, all the more remarkable because one of the books isn't even a new release. The Hate U Give was directly inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, and while it was hugely successful on its release in 2017, the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery in 2020 saw it re-enter the bestsellers list. "I'm thankful that people see my book as a resource that can help them process this time we're in," Thomas recently told Claire Nichols on The Book Show.
"But it's also a bit frustrating, because The Hate U Give came out in 2017 — and here we are years later, and it's still relevant. And my biggest dream for that book is for it to one day be irrelevant. " The Hate U Give sits in the bestsellers list alongside its prequel, Concrete Rose, which explores teen parenthood, drug selling, poverty and Black joy, and was released in January. Banned books. Greater Shepparton Secondary College student says racist incidents left her feeling 'subhuman' Senior student Nerrissa Leitch should be concentrating on her studies, but she says she is often exposed to racism at school that makes her feel "subhuman".
Key points: Student Nerrissa Leitch says she experienced racism at Greater Shepparton Secondary College An independent report found a "high number" of racist incidents had been carried out by teachersThe teachers' union says the school's staff weren't provided with a copy of the report "Many of my friends come from different backgrounds, different nationalities, and they've been told to go back to their own country. Things like the n-word," said the 17-year-old Yorta Yorta and Gunaikurnai woman.
The National Museum of Australia's origins are mired in controversy, but its current director says that's all in the past. Ahead of the National Museum of Australia's 20th birthday this week, the building's architect has only now revealed the level of government anger that was ignited over a secret political message emblazoned onto its walls.
Key points: Howard Raggatt says the then Howard government was outraged that he hid the word 'sorry' in braille on the side of the buildingThe museum's founding director Dawn Casey was hounded out of the position by conservative critics, accused of pushing a 'black armband' view of historyToday, the NMA confronts Australia's complicated past and is planning an extension, according to current director Mathew Trinca Howard Raggatt has admitted it was a "cheeky streak" that inspired him to emboss the walls of the monumental building in Canberra with braille messages he knew few could understand. Most were innocuous, but one in particular made the government of the time, led by John Howard, livid.
Not even the museum director knew what the braille characters were. Greater Shepparton College plagued by 'systemic racism' and bullying culture, review finds. One of Victoria's largest schools is "a picture of systemic racism and cultural exclusion", according to a damning review into its culture. Key points: The report identified a lack of cultural awareness among teaching staffOnly three of 300 staff had trained to help students who speak English as an additional languageThe Education Department is now consulting cultural groups to determine what action is needed An independent report into Greater Shepparton Secondary College has found a high number of racist incidents by teachers towards students and a culture where staff are reluctant to report racist behaviour for fear of being bullied by other teachers.
The report, which was commissioned by the Department of Education after concerns were raised about race-related problems at the school, has been kept under wraps since it was delivered in November, but a copy has been obtained by the ABC. Among other findings, the report said there had been: They've left South Asia, but they can't escape the discrimination and division of its caste system. When I was at university, another South Asian asked me what my caste was. I replied that I didn't know. But as Jasbeer Mustafa, an academic from Western Sydney University, told me: "If you don't know your caste, it's most likely you're upper caste. " As a new migrant to Australia I was surprised when I learnt caste discrimination exists in a country so far removed geographically and culturally from South Asia.
I grew up in Mumbai, and it wasn't until the Dalit Lives Matter movement was retriggered by the murder of a Dalit in India last September that I started to question the caste system and the role I played in it. I was curious to know more about how casteism impacts people in Australia, so I started speaking to a number of migrants who had first-hand experience with the caste system.
Collingwood's official response to racism report was missing one key thing — an apology. It's been a week since Collingwood president Eddie McGuire said a report outlining systemic behaviour was a "proud day" for the club. It left most onlookers dumbfounded — not least the man who inspired the report in the first place, former Collingwood player Héritier Lumumba, who was scathing of McGuire's response.
It unleashed a firestorm of criticism, which soon forced McGuire to apologise for his language. Grassroots Indigenous footballers say Collingwood systemic racism report hardly a surprise. The exposure of systemic racism at the Collingwood Football Club has prompted calls for community sporting organisations to address the issues in their own backyards. Key points: Indigenous footballers say racism has to be attacked at a grassroots level if meaningful change is occurA club president says conditions have improved, but racism is still prevalent and can be extremely hurtfulCelebrating the achievements of the greats rather than lamenting the inequalities is one way to stay positive WARNING: This story contains language that readers may find offensive.
Joel Wilkinson, the AFL and the search for racial justice. This is not a victim story. Joel Wilkinson is not a victim. Collingwood racism report should have led to real consequences. Instead, it became a sideshow. A few years ago, black British writer Reni Eddo-Lodge declared that she would no longer talk to white people about race. On her online blog she wrote: "I can no longer engage with the gulf of an emotional disconnect that white people display when a person of colour articulates their experience ...
Uyghur advocates speak out after horrifying accounts of rape and torture in Xinjiang camps in China. Can Biden's calls for unity spark a tone shift in Australia's 'pretty ordinary' politics? American politics, at its best, produces great spectacle and rhetoric — never more so, perhaps, than on a presidential inauguration day. It was true again this week with the inauguration of President Joe Biden. The sense of renewal and a new beginning was only starker when you considered the drama that had taken place at the very spot where Biden took the oath of office: the storming of the Capitol on January 6; an historic second impeachment of a president a week later; and, finally, a national sigh of relief that four years of presidential mayhem was appropriately ending with a show of bad grace by Donald Trump.
The potential implications for Australia of a new regime in Washington have generally been canvassed, of course: the United States getting back on board on the Paris agreement on climate change and a wholesale shift in its energy policies being a conspicuous example. Space to play or pause, M to mute, left and right arrows to seek, up and down arrows for volume. Prime Minister Scott Morrison's views on Australia Day 'selfish' and 'lightweight', Michael Dodson says. Former Australian of the Year and Northern Territory Treaty Commissioner Michael Dodson has called Scott Morrison's comments about Australia Day "selfish", saying he is "very lightweight when it comes to understanding Australian history". Sex, Drugs and Pork Rolls: Sydney Festival show the fruit of eight-year mission to make '100 per cent POC' theatre.
A white actor pissing into a bottle and calling it art? Australia urged by 31 countries at UN meeting to raise age of criminal responsibility. More than two dozen countries have pressured Australia to raise the age of criminal responsibility at a United Nations meeting overnight. Key points: Indigenous children are over-represented in the Australian justice systemAboriginal legal services have called for immediate action following the international pressureMost Australian jurisdictions are yet to implement changes to the age of criminal responsibility Canada, France, Germany, Venezuela and Norway were among the 31 UN member states to call on Australia to raise the age, in what advocates said was an escalation in international pressure relating to this issue.
Indigenous man Noel Walker explains why Coon Cheese name change is so important. For Noel Walker the heated — often openly racist — social media debate following the announcement of the Coon Cheese name change to Cheer Cheese was saddening, but also predictable. Many of the posts blandly stated that Indigenous people offended by the previous name for the cheese should "get over it". Foreigners in Bali are punished with push-ups for not following coronavirus health protocols. Lovemore overcame racism and police violence to become a champion boxer, now the courtroom is his ring.
Nine US officials including Michigan ex-governor charged over Flint water crisis deaths. Nine US officials — including former Michigan governor Rick Snyder and key members of his administration — have been charged following a new investigation into the Flint water disaster that contaminated the US city with lead and left 12 people dead. Michael McCormack criticised for comparing Black Lives Matter protests to storming of US Capitol. The US Capitol riot was full of hate symbols. Here's how to spot them. Twitter removes China embassy tweet referring to Uyghurs as 'baby-making machines'
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