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How the alt-right co-opted the OK hand sign to fool the media. Another day, another seemingly harmless symbol you can’t use without appearing to be a purveyor of hate. The alt-right’s latest trophy is the OK hand sign, which was officially recognised as a hate symbol by the Anti-Defamation League over the weekend. And on Tuesday, it was reported that a Universal Orlando Resort employee was fired after concerned parents found a photo of him making the hand sign on their six-year-old’s shoulder (their child is biracial and has autism). The OK sign joins a number of surprising symbols co-opted by the alt-right, such as the milk emoji, Pepe the frog and even, at one point, Taylor Swift. Sometimes, trolls’ choices are far-fetched and innocuous – the milk emoji was appropriated because of the allegedly superior ability of white people to drink milk (large numbers of people in the rest of the world are lactose intolerant).

With this process, they flex their muscles, showing that what the Lord giveth, the alt-right can take away. A former Lancaster University student who faces life imprisonment after being found guilty of breaching terror laws said that “history will vindicate us, even though this jury did not”. Laura Clayson, 28, who was president of Lancaster University Student Union up to 2015, went on trial with 14 other people after helping to block a deportation flight to Nigeria, Ghana and Sierra Leone.

The Stansted 15 protesters, who stopped the government deportation flight from taking off in March last year, have been found guilty of breaching terror laws. Lancaster MP Cat Smith said the verdict is a sad day for human rights. Ms Clayson, along with 14 other activists, was charged with intentional disruption of services at an aerodrome under the 1990 Aviation and Maritime Security Act, a law passed in response to the 1988 Lockerbie bombing. The court heard the protesters secured themselves around the nose wheel and wing of the Boeing 767, with pipes and foam, having cut a hole in the perimeter fence. Sigrid Johnson Was Black. A DNA Test Said She Wasn’t.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez brings her whole self to Congress. We were dressed up, with ruffles on our socks and bows in our hair, and my mom was shuffling us into a fancy hotel that had invited military families to their New Year’s Eve party. My two younger sisters and I gaped at our surroundings, gibbering in Spanglish, in awe of the nicest place we’d ever been. My mamá, a Puerto Rican-Mexican woman in her early 20s, grabbed one of us and hissed in that mom voice that lets you know it isn’t a suggestion, “Mija, act like you’ve been here before!”

Her admonition didn’t come from a bad place. “Act like you’ve been here before” was a protection tactic and an assimilation tool. It was a practice from our Latino side of trying to fit in as Americans to build a better life. I watched her call other women members-elect of color — Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley, and Rashida Tlaib — her #Squad, compare the Hill Rotunda to Hogwarts, and share other moments of excitement and pride at the incredible privilege of being new to Congress. Why does Hollywood keep churning out racist fantasies like ‘Victoria & Abdul’? White supremacists fly into white-hot rage at news some Vikings may have been Muslim. The UN Warns the US Over Its Response to Charlottesville. The United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) called on the US to unequivocally condemn the racism and hate speech on Wednesday.

“We are alarmed by the racist demonstrations, with overtly racist slogans, chants and salutes by white nationalists, neo-Nazis, and the Ku Klux Klan, promoting white supremacy and inciting racial discrimination and hatred,” Anastasia Crickley, the Chairperson of CERD, said in a news release. The committee urged the US “to address the root causes of the proliferation of such racist manifestations,” and called on the government “to investigate thoroughly the phenomenon of racial discrimination targeting, in particular, people of African descent, ethnic or ethno-religious minorities, and migrants.” Read more: 7 Things That Happened After Charlottesville That Will Restore Your Faith in Humanity Read more: Here Are 9 Celebrities Who Are Totally Here to Stand Up Against Racism on Twitter.

The Women Behind The 'Alt-Right' Lana Lokteff, pictured, runs an alt-right media company to promote her white nationalist ideologies. But critics say that kind of outspokenness from a growing number of female allies is at odds with how men in the movement view women's roles. Courtesy of Lana Lokteff hide caption toggle caption Courtesy of Lana Lokteff Lana Lokteff, pictured, runs an alt-right media company to promote her white nationalist ideologies. But critics say that kind of outspokenness from a growing number of female allies is at odds with how men in the movement view women's roles. Last weekend, when white nationalists descended on Charlottesville to protest, it was clear that almost exclusively white, young males comprised the so-called alt-right movement — there were women, but very few.

So where were the white women who weren't out protesting in the streets? For the most part, journalist Seyward Darby discovered, they're online. Courtesy of Harpers Interview Highlights On how she understands the term "alt-right" Confederate monuments taken down in Baltimore overnight. Confederate statues in Baltimore were removed from their bases overnight by city contractors, who used heavy machinery to load them onto flat bed trucks and haul them away — an abrupt end to more than a year of indecision on what to do with the memorials. Mayor Catherine Pugh, who made the decision, watched in person as the four statues linked to the Confederacy were torn from their pedestals. The Baltimore City Council unanimously passed a resolution to remove them, amid a renewed national conversation following a deadly terrorist attack by a white supremacist at a rally in Charlottesville, Va. on Saturday. Mayor Catherine Pugh said Wednesday morning crews working for the city began removing the four Confederate monuments at 11:30 p.m.

Tuesday and finished at 5:30 a.m. “It’s done,” she said Wednesday morning. “They needed to come down. My concern is for the safety and security of our people. “I did not want to endanger people in my own city,” she said. "I feel like it's a deep issue. Who are the antifa? Antifascists may seem like a novelty, but they’ve been around for a very long time. Maybe we should start listening to them. (Getty Images) On Monday, President Trump capitulated to the popular demand that he distance himself from his comment that “many sides” were to blame in Charlottesville by explicitly denouncing white nationalism. “Racism is evil,” he appeared to grudgingly concede, “including the KKK, neo-Nazis and white supremacists.”

A day later, however, Trump reversed course by clarifying that there were “very fine people” at the white power rally, while casting “blame on both sides” including the allegedly “alt-left” antifa. First bursting into the headlines when they shut down far-right provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos in February at the University of California at Berkeley, antifascists again captivated the public imagination by battling the fascists assembled at the “Unite the Right” white power rally in Charlottesville. But what is antifa? Could Neo Nazis Stop Using Our Sacred Cultural Symbols, Please? - The Reykjavik Grapevine. People Are Loving That Mahershala Ali And Halima Aden Are On Magazine Covers. 61 Of The Most Amazing #BlackOutEid Selfies Of 2017. Portland Stabbing Victim: City Has 'White Savior Complex' (PORTLAND, Ore.) — A man who was stabbed in the neck while trying to stop a man from shouting anti-Muslim insults at two young women on a Portland, Oregon, light-rail train said Wednesday that the city should focus on the girls, not him.

An emotional Micah Fletcher said in a six-minute video on his Facebook page that Portland has a "white savior complex" and residents are heaping praise on him, but the real victims are the women. He says they must be traumatized from being targets of hate and from the deaths of two other men who also tried to intervene Friday. "These people need to be reminded that this is about them, that they are the real victims here," he said. Jeremy Joseph Christian is accused of stabbing to death Ricky Best, 53, and Taliesin Namkai-Meche, 23. Prosecutors say he attacked them after they confronted him for harassing two young black women, one of whom wore a Muslim head covering.

Christian, 35, did not enter a plea Tuesday. The rally scheduled for Sunday is still on. Photo Project Highlights Asian Female Trailblazers Missing from Classrooms. Doris Ho-Kane was devastated by last year's election results. As a self-described feminist and an Asian-American woman, she said she felt she had to do something to actively resist Donald Trump's presidency. A fashion-industry professional for over a decade, Ho-Kane had kicked around the idea of starting up a magazine geared specifically toward Asian-American women years ago. Ho-Kane said the rise of Trump, his anti-immigrant policies, and misogynist hate speech, caused her to switch gears: Instead of focusing on Asian women in fashion, she said she felt the times called for shining a light on activists, politicians, artists, musicians, and other resisters of the status quo.

Last December, she launched an Instagram account called @17.21women, a reference to the 17.21 million square miles covered by the continent of Asia. "The activist-feminist in me went into fight mode," Ho-Kane told NBC News. Ho-Kane posts new content almost daily. "She's only 17," Ho-Kane added. I’m Not Tiny Because I’m Asian, I’m Tiny Because You’re White. As an Asian woman under 5’4”, many people misattribute my size to my race.

One of the most confusing comments I receive from white women is, “Ugh, I’m jealous of Asian women because they’re all so tiny!” It’s a confusing statement because it’s not true. I’m not tiny because I’m Asian, I’m tiny because you’re white. You see, with 4.3 billion Asians accounting for 60% of the world’s population, our median size is the norm and you’re all deviating from it. Americans choose to see us foreigners as small instead of stereotyping themselves as huge. Seriously, the scientific reason I’m tiny has nothing to do with my race. While this perspective may seem wild at first, let me blow your mind again. That may not sound quite as fun, but it does make just as little sense! This stereotype of Asians being tiny is a long-held misconception. A translator communicated the answer to them: “They’re not small. It’s just a fact I didn’t make up and certainly can’t change. Why Did I Assume She Was His Nanny? | Gillian Farber.

I don't know about you but I feel like a real asshole assuming the Asian woman in the viral video collecting the kids during the 'so wrong but so right' BBC interview with the professor, was his nanny. I didn't even think twice when I was telling my co-worker she needs to watch a hilarious video clip, giggling at how the nanny scoops the kids up at the end. I even wondered if the father would be upset with the nanny for not monitoring the toddlers carefully enough while he was being interviewed on live TV. Sadly, it never occurred to me that the woman was his wife. Now I'm trying to figure out why.

Why would I come to this false conclusion so quickly? Am I so blinded by my North American assumptions? Our Upbringing I was raised in a modern Jewish household in good old suburbia, just north of Toronto. I'd like to believe I am well-travelled. Our Rationalizations It's true that our rationalizations are often based on other embedded cultural assumptions. Making Assumptions. Why Discrimination Is a Public Health Issue | The Tyee. A Guide to Knowing Roma — Masq Magazine. Released in January 2017, The Roma Guide was initiated by freelance journalist Juliana Da Penha and cartoonist Alexandre De Maio. The guide features 10 facts that different members of Roma communities selected as things they wanted people to know about their identity, culture and history. The aim of the guide, illustrated by Alexandre, is to breakdown stereotypes, negative perceptions and myths surrounding Roma communities.

"We believe that comics are a powerful and innovative tool to discuss social/political issues and a creative way to inform and educate," says Juliana, who also works for Friends of Romano Lav, an organisation working to challenge discrimination and disadvantage experienced by Roma migrant communities in Glasgow. "It’s important that this a collaborative work and that the topics were selected by Roma people themselves.

" By allowing Roma to shape their own narratives, the project hopes to be not only informative but also empowering. The Roma Guide. Public School Ratings, Scholarly Literature, Educational Videos & News. Source: Education Post “If we would start telling the truth in schools, we would not have racism. We could cure racism in this country” —Jane Elliott These words by anti-racist educator Jane Elliott are taken from her appearance on the Oprah Winfrey Show in 1992 as part of a rebuke where she informs the audience of the many uncelebrated contributions by people of color to civilization. She takes to task a school system that she labels “racist” for overstating the achievements of Europeans and deliberately reinforcing the notion of White supremacy.

It’s hard to argue with her logic. In fact, I see no lies here. As a former high school world history teacher in an urban district, and socio-politically conscious Black male, I’ve often struggled with how to deliver such a Eurocentric curriculum to students who descend primarily from African, Asian and Latin American countries. Finding Every Student’s Place in History “Everybody is going to learn about themselves in here.” Calling It By Name “Mr. Mass sexual assault in Frankfurt by refugees 'completely made up' | The Independent.

Prosecutors are investigating two people for allegedly fabricating an account of a mass sex attack by Arab migrants in Frankfurt. Claims that a “sex rioting mob” of around 50 men assaulted a group of women over the new year were reported by German tabloid Bild earlier this month. The report, which suggested the attackers lived at a refugee shelter in central Hasse, was widely re-circulated by right-wing news sites. In an article since taken down from its website, Bild interviewed a chef who runs a restaurant in Fressgass, a busy shopping district, as well as a 27-year-old woman. The chef alleged that dozens of Arab men came into his restaurant in, stole his customers' jackets and sexually assaulted multiple women. The 27-year-old female told the paper: “They grabbed me under my skirt, between the legs and on my breast – everywhere.”

Yet, police said on Tuesday they believed the allegations were “completely baseless”. Investigators were looking into whether the pair had made up the story.


BLM. White tears. Representation & pop-culture. Meet Moya Bailey, the black woman who created the term "misogynoir" | Mic. A onslaught of racist, sexist cyber attacks last week, fans and fellow celebrities tweeted out their support for the actress using the hashtag #StandWithLeslie. But amid the outpouring of solidarity, a tweet from singer Katy Perry stood out. "Do not give your eyeballs to this racist, hate-filled, misogynoir crime," she wrote. "I #StandWithLeslie. " What struck Twitter users about Perry's message was her word choice: "Misogynoir" is a term queer black feminist scholar and Northeastern University professor Moya Bailey invented in 2010 to describe the specific way racism and misogyny combine to oppress black women.

Though the word is frequently used among communities of black women on Twitter and Tumblr, it felt significant that a mainstream celebrity like Perry would use it or be familiar with it at all. "I think people find it compelling because [misogynoir] doesn't affect her own moving through the world," Bailey said in a phone interview on Monday, referring to Perry. When A Brown Actor Plays A White Character, Who Really Wins. A Day Without Dignity. Tetsuro Shigematsu: Everything You Wanted to Ask an Asian but Were Afraid To. A Mom Is "Correcting Yellowface" By Transforming Herself Into Whitewashed Asian Roles. I read only non-white authors for 12 months. What I learned surprised me | Sunili Govinnage. Eurocentric Office Dress Codes Need to Go | VICE | Canada. Muslims, Mennonites and covered heads.