Why Racism is still very much alive

The Recent H&M Marketing Scandal


Hosie, Rachel. "The Parents Of The Boy At The Centre Of The 'Racist' H&M Hoodie Storm Have Spoken Out". The Independent, 2018, http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/hm-hoodie-racism-model-parents-terry-frank-mango-h-and-m-a8160116.html. Accessed 3 Feb 2018.


Due to the recent spur that went viral with H&M marketing mistake that has been viewed as an act of Racial profiling. The parents of the child who was viewed modeling in a "Coolest monkey in the jungle" hoodie have spoken out. After the photo of the child went viral, the company faced a lot of backlash from negative trends on social media, endorsement deals with various celebrities bringing their partnership to an end because of the effect this could have on their own self as a brand and the days followed by with many protests within their stores from within the United States to as far as South Africa. The parents of the child, names Liam Mango have come out to say "I wouldn’t see such a connection to anything other than my son modeling a shirt" in a recent interview with ITV. These remarks by the parents have been viewed differently by the people of color community. Right now the community stands divided between seeing this situation as "not a big deal/mistake" and rather condemning the behavior of various people who acted profoundly in H&M stores which forced many of them to close down and people who see the situation as a reason for H&M to be racist and hurt their own brand. Racism remarks have been viewed everywhere from department stores to politics and sports and until the black community can stand together and continue this fight rather than being divided then racism would continue to win on.


The King: How far have we come?

"Martin Luther King, Jr., Model Of An American Patriot". The White House, 2018, https://www.whitehouse.gov/articles/martin-luther-king-jr-model-american-patriot/. Accessed 3 Feb 2018.

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"I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.’" are words by Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. almost every grade school child can recite, hopefully. Today I take you on a journey 55 years back to 1963 when the war on Racism was deep into battle, that day was a win for the people of color, although that win was just a fight. How far have we come in the world today? As a black journalist, I can tell you that as the world takes a step forward in the war to defeat racism, the world, particularly as what we depict as the "Western world" takes 3 steps back. Kings greatest legacy as a civil right activist was making the world see that all man is equal no matter the amount of pigment in our skin. Fast forward to 2018 and there are still people, going Scott free even after the murders of Trayvon Martin down to Sandra Bland have still not received their justice. The world is cruel is what my parents keep telling me, a black person from a fairly good background, who loves to have a voice in social opinion is the oppressors biggest enemy. It's another and there would be more fatalities and organizations forcing us to keep quiet but every year we rise stronger together because black is beautiful, white is beautiful, hate is unnecessary and together is the only way we can be stronger.  



White Supremacy still casts a shadow over the trump presidency

Shugerman, Emily. "White Supremacy Still Casts A Shadow Over The Trump Presidency After A Year Of Controversy". The Independent, 2018, http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/trump-white-supremacy-first-year-charlottesville-shithole-countries-president-embrace-racism-a8166821.html. Accessed 10 Feb 2018.

Lesa Webb of Los Angeles, California, holds up a sign before marching in the 32nd Annual Martin Luther King, Jr march and parade in Denver, Colorado JASON CONNOLLY/AFP/Getty Image

With the reference to Mexican as "Rapists", preventing Muslims from entering the United States to abandoned promises. The 45th President of the United States of America, Donald J. Trump has certainly had a roller coaster 12 months. It has been said Trump won his presidency with the crying of white supremacists and this could not be any truer especially after he blamed a white supremacist rally on "Both Sides". A misogynic liar, Trump clearly states he is "the least racist person you'll ever meet" but his actions are clearly perpendicular to his words. When asked by CNN’s Jake Tapper if he would condemn Duke and say he didn’t want a vote from him or any other white supremacists, Trump claimed that he didn’t know anything about white supremacists or about Duke himself. David Duke is a former KKK Leader who has built their cult on the stepping and stomping of people of color. Chris Barker, an Imperial Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, said he had never seen applications for his chapter grow at the rate they did that summer.






"We will not shut up and dribble"

Cole, Devan. "Lebron James: 'I Am More Than An Athlete'". CNN, 2018, https://www.cnn.com/2018/02/17/politics/lebron-james-laura-ingraham-kevin-durant/index.html. Accessed 3 Mar 2018.

In a recent UNINTERRUPTED video that features Lebron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers and his fellow basketball star and good friend Kevin Durant of the Golden State Warriors. The podcast's host, Cari Champion, asked the two players how they would describe the current climate for politically-engaged athletes. Last year, James called the president a "bum" on Twitter, said the climate "is hot." During the podcast he goes further and he said Trump is "someone who doesn't understand the people—and really don't give a [expletive] about the people." James comments did not go well with Fox News host Laura Ingraham, who took to her show to tell James that he should "shut up and dribble." Laura went on to say "This is what happens when you attempt to leave high school early to join the NBA," Ingraham said. "It's always unwise to seek political advice from someone who gets paid $100 million a year to bounce a ball." In a statement released later that week, she said there was "no racial intent in my remarks" and dismissed such claims as "an attempt to immunize entertainment and sports elites from scrutiny and criticism." Durant, though, doesn't agree.
In an interview with USA TODAY, he agreed with the declaration that her comments had racial undertones. "To me, it was racist," he said. At an NBA news conference, James reiterated his stance, telling reporters that he and fellow players "will definitely not shut up and dribble." The #wewillnotshutupanddribble has gone on to have over 2000 posts on instagram and involved in over 1000 tweets. Lebron James instagram post about the issue has been repeated across several news sites and accumulated over 40000 interactions.


Is racism on the decline in America?

"Spotlight On Research: Is Racism On The Decline In America?". Association For Psychological Science, 2018, https://www.psychologicalscience.org/observer/spotlight-on-research-is-racism-on-the-decline-in-america. Accessed 1 Mar 2018.

Has racism declined as much as surveys indicate? Research psychologists have long studied race relations in America. The thrust of this work largely has been to understand the nature of Whites’ prejudice toward people of color (mainly toward Blacks) and to explore how interracial contact situations can be structured to reduce this prejudice. Over the past three decades, nationwide surveys show significant declines in expressions of prejudice, negative stereotyping, and resistance to equality by Whites. Although, considerable gaps in social, economic, and physical well-being between Blacks and Whites still exist(an example being less than 5 companies in the Fortune 500 have black CEOs), and in some cases are growing. Blacks continue to report greater distrust of our social system and of other people than do Whites. For example, in one nationwide survey, only 16% of Blacks (compared to 44% of Whites) felt that “most people can be trusted.” These data challenge the assumption that race is no longer a critical issue for our society. The fact that negative attitudes may exist and be expressed automatically does not mean that racial bias is inevitable or immutable. However, America seems to think it has disappeared entirely. This point of view is identified as Modern Symbolic Racism. Americans believe racial equality is good, but it should be achieved. Americans still show negative attitudes towards blacks and minorities. Basically, Americans endorse equality of opportunity, but not equality of outcome.


KKK slows down but hate crimes increase

"KKK Chapters Are Dwindling — But Other Hate Groups Are On The Rise". New York Post, 2018, https://nypost.com/2018/02/21/kkk-chapters-are-dwindling-but-other-hate-groups-are-on-the-rise/. Accessed 2 Mar 2018.

The Southern Poverty Law Center said its count of Klan groups fell from 130 in 2016 to 72 last year, despite an increase of activity in the broader white supremacist movement. The Alabama-based law center reported a sharp increase in neo-Nazi groups, from 99 in 2016 to 121 last year. And it counted a total of 954 active “hate groups” in 2017, an increase of 4 percent over the previous year. The Anti-Defamation League said in a report last year that 42 Klan groups were active in 22 states between January 2016 and June 2017. But more than half of them had formed in the previous three years, and their recruiting efforts couldn’t compete with other white supremacist groups, the report said. The law center counted more than 600 groups that “adhere to some form of white supremacist ideology.” It also reported an increase in what it calls “black nationalist hate groups,” from 193 chapters in 2016 to 233 last year.


Harvard’s discrimination against Asian Americans must end

Blum, Edward. "Opinion | Harvard’S Discrimination Against Asian Americans Must End". Washington Post, 2018, https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/harvards-discrimination-against-asian-americans-must-end/2017/08/08/446ebd6a-7bb1-11e7-a669-b400c5c7e1cc_story.html?utm_term=.d2fc87ddf84f. Accessed 2 Mar 2018.

The Justice Department confirmed that it is examining claims of racial discrimination against Asian Americans in university admissions. There is a chance that this will result in investigations and lawsuits targeting the United States most competitive schools. This is a significant and welcome development. If the Justice Department follows through — as it should — what its lawyers will find at Harvard University and other Ivy League schools is an unfair and unconstitutional process that restricts the number of Asians admitted. That should alarm all Americans. Sadly, Harvard has a long and ugly history of using “holistic” admissions to discriminate against high-achieving minorities. As many historians have detailed, nearly 100 years ago, Harvard’s leadership believed it had too many Jews because almost a quarter of all Harvard freshmen were Jewish. 


Beginning to end Racial profiling

"Beginning To End Racial Profiling: Definitive Solutions To An Elusive Problem". Scholarlycommons.Law.Wlu.Edu, 2011, https://scholarlycommons.law.wlu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1329&context=crsj. Accessed 1 Mar 2018.

Many Americans have had interactions with police officers and other law-enforcement agents, and the majority of these police-citizen encounters occur in  traffic stops. Although, traffic stops are necessary not only for enforcing traffic rules and deterring traffic violations, but they are generally beneficial for broader public safety concerns. For many people, traffic stops are simply part of life. For many racial minorities, however, especially African-American and Latino men, even a routine traffic stop takes on an entirely different meaning. There is strong evidence that racial minorities believe law enforcement officers engage in racial profiling. African-Americans have long argued that police officers investigate their behaviour with a higher depth, and many report that they are fearful of arrest even if they have done nothing illegal. The majority of African-Americans believe that racial profiling is wrong, yet is prevalent within their communities. The almost insuperable legal standards and the difficulty in sustaining Equal Protection claims, shows that reliance on judicial remedies is unwise. Alternatively, legislative efforts, may offer a more promising strategy to address racial profiling. For many years, Representative John Conyers and others in Congress have been working to pass federal legislation that would address racial profiling. The End Racial Profiling Act would prohibit and attempt to eliminate racial profiling by federal, state, local, and tribal law-enforcement agencies and would allow the federal government or private plaintiffs to sue for declaratory or injunctive relief. More than half of the nation’s states have enacted legislation either prohibiting racial profiling and/or requiring jurisdictions within the state to collect data on law enforcement stops and searches. Racial profiling is not only common at traffic stops but also at other public places such as airports, malls and even hospitals. These profiling have led to the deaths of many people(children included) who have not once gone against the law but have died because of the colour of their skin or the way they look.


Robots and Racism

C, Bartneck et al. "Robots And Racism". Ir.Canterbury.Ac.Nz, 2013, https://ir.canterbury.ac.nz/handle/10092/15024. Accessed 1 Mar 2018.

When we meet people for the first time, often we notice their gender and race most especially. Previous research has shown that people use these social categories even in impression formation about nonhuman entities for example the look and manipulation of a Robot's body, shape, and perception of gender in robots. The question thus arises whether they might also be perceived to have race if presented with cues stereotypic of various racial identities. That is, do people automatically identify robots as being racialized, such that we might say that some robots are “White” while others are “Asian” or “Black”. In particular, an abundance of social psychological research shows that people have implicit racial biases which significantly aspect their behaviour.  Determining whether people perceive robots to have race, and if so, whether the same race-related prejudices extend to robots, is thus an important matter. To investigate these questions, we adapted the shooter bias paradigm a well established method for investigating the automaticity of race-based categorization and of biased behavioral responding. In this paradigm, participants are asked to play the role of a police o cer whose job it is to shoot individuals carrying a gun, while refraining from shooting people carrying harmless objects such as a soda can, wallet, or a cell phone. The task is carried out using image- based stimuli on a computer, with multiple trials depicting the full manipulation of the individuals’ race (Black versus White) crossed with the objects in hand. These trials occur on the screen in rapid succession to mirror the rapid context in which police officers are expected to make decisions. This experiment revealed that participants were quicker to shoot an armed Black agent than an armed White agent, and simultaneously faster to refrain from shooting an unarmed White agent than an unarmed Black agent regardless of whether it was a human or robot. Also the viewing of Robots as a particular colour can also act as a distraction within growing youth which aim to build these objects as to how they see them online or on the television rather than chase their own imagination.


The Shock of Charlottesville: Unmasking Racism in Healthcare

Dossey, Larry. "The Shock Of Charlottesville: Unmasking Racism In Healthcare". Explore Journal.Com, 2018, http://www.explorejournal.com/article/S1550-8307(17)30370-1/pdf. Accessed 22 Feb 2018.

Larry Dossey begins this article with a timeline of how several events witnessed have selectively been tied to Racism in Healthcare. As he begins, America is on edge following a violent confrontation in Charlottes- ville, Virginia on 12 August between white supremacists and Nazi supporters on one side and counter-protestors on the other. The importance of Charlottesville goes beyond public statues of Confederate leaders.  Just as many white citizens cannot recognize the presence of racism in the lives of minorities in our country or think white supremacy and neo-Naz- ism are acceptable, many Americans are also blind to how racism has influenced and continues to influence American medical care. This includes many health- care professionals. In some ways these problems have become worse, evidenced by the President's and the Republicans’ war on Planned Parenthood, which provides medical services for millions of minorities and the poor of all races; the refusal of 16 states to expand Medicaid coverage to needy populations, including people of color, condemning thousands to early death; and the recent attempts to strip health insurance from around 24 million Americans—mainly people of color, the poor, the elderly, and the disabled—in order to finance a tax cut for rich Americans and diminish the legacy of President Barack Obama.


Racism in the United States is viewed by black and whites very differently

Cdn.Cnn.Com, 2017, https://cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/170816131743-0816-race-perceptions-in-america-illustration-exlarge-169.jpg. Accessed 4 Apr 2018.

Struyk, Ryan. "Blacks And Whites See Racism In The United States Very, Very Differently". CNN, 2017, https://www.cnn.com/2017/08/16/politics/blacks-white-racism-united-states-polls/index.html. Accessed 4 Apr 2018.


How you see race in the United States can depend a lot on your own background. An avalanche of polling over the last three years, much of it prompted by police killings of African-Americans that grabbed headlines in 2014 and 2015, show how people of different racial backgrounds have wildly different American experiences. Public opinion polling paints a stark picture of wide disparities between African-Americans and other minorities compared to whites. Black Americans perceive -- and experience -- racial discrimination more than white Americans. The photo above is a visual representation of the data and statistics I'm about to explain. An enormous 87% of black Americans say black people face huge amounts of discrimination in the United States, but only 49% of white Americans say the same thing, according to a February poll from the Public Religion Research Institute. This problem arises with the huge prejudice against minorities in the United States. Six in 10 Americans (61%) said racism against blacks is widespread in the United States in a Gallup poll last August -- up from just 51% at the beginning of President Barack Obama's first term in 2009. But that includes a broad racial split: 82% of blacks vs. just 56% of whites. And nonwhites take the topic a lot more seriously. A Quinnipiac University poll in March found 66% of nonwhites labeled prejudice a "very serious" problem, while only 39% of whites felt the same way. Meanwhile, one in four whites (25%) said it was not a serious problem and only one in 10 nonwhites (11%) felt the same way. Moving ahead, 8% of blacks say the country needs to keep making changes for blacks to have equal rights with whites. A small majority (53%) of whites agree with them, according to a Pew Research survey from last June. And blacks seem to be less optimistic about that is happening. About half of that group (43%) is skeptical that these changes will ever happen in the United States, while only one in 10 whites (11%) say they're doubtful the country will eventually change.


Refugees and Racism in Canada

Richmond, Anthony. "Refugees And Racism In Canada". Refuge.Journals.Yorku.Ca, 2005, https://refuge.journals.yorku.ca/index.php/refuge/article/view/21235/19906. Accessed 4 Apr 2018.

The definition of Refugee is "owing to a well-founded fear of persecution for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a par- ticular social group or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality and is unable, or owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country.” Racism is an example of prejudice, discrimination, or disadvantage experienced by individuals, or groups, who can be distinguished by physical or cultural characteristics. There are a number of different levels at which racism and other forms of ethnic prejudice and discrimination, however, may express themselves toward refugees and other immigrants. There is a hierarchy of “social distance,” which places British, French, and other Western European peoples high, and Jews, blacks, Asians, and other “visible minorities” low on a preference scale. Canadians appear to reject explicit racism, although physical differences are important in the perception of groups. In 1971 to 1980, Canada admitted approximately 100000 refugees including over 7000 Ugandan Asians, 0ver 70000 Vietnamese, Indonesian and Cambodians and has become a sort of safe haven for immigrants even till today. Canada’s immigration policies and its treatment of refugees cannot be considered in isolation from the global context and actions of other countries and agencies. The fact that a large majority of the estimated 12 million refugees in the world today are of non-European ethnic origin and are still located in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, raises the question of racism, when compared with the more sympathetic response to refugee crises in Yugoslavia. A “non-exodus” approach to global migration from developing countries, and the use of deterrents by Canada and other wealthy countries, to protect their borders, are forms of institutional racism, despite the numbers of refugees actually admitted from the Third World.


Racism effects on Mental and Physical health

Young, Leslie. "‘It’S A Traumatic Moment’: How Everyday Racism Can Impact Mental, Physical Health". Global News, 2018, https://globalnews.ca/news/4119857/racism-mental-health/. Accessed 4 Apr 2018.

Being called a racial slur isn’t just hurtful when it happens – it can also have long-lasting health effects over time, say doctors. People who experience a moment of racism “put it away in a box,” she said. The next time they experience something similar, they might not just react to that single comment, but to all the other ones they have already experienced throughout their lifetime. Repeated traumatic interactions can result in reduced self-esteem and internalized hatred, according to a blog post by the American Psychiatric Association. In the case of PTSD, “That’s because these events tend to be unpredictable so you never know when they’re going to happen so that makes people anxious and hypervigilant.” And some people get depressed because they feel like they can’t keep trying to fight the system and just give up, she said. Some people might also deal with stress by resorting to drugs or alcohol as a coping mechanism, said Chandrasekera( Uppala Chandrasekera, director of public policy at the Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario.) “As an individual who has experienced racism, it’s really important for us as racialized people to unpack what’s happened and talk about it,” said Chandrasekera. so to help, if you see a racist act, even if you feel unsafe intervening in the moment, she suggests offering your support to the victim, saying that you saw what happened and asking if they’re alright. This way, the person doesn’t feel so isolated and alone, she said. And what’s more, it can help to change the system.


Gun controls Racist past and present

Newton, Creede. "Gun Control's Racist Past And Present". Aljazeera.Com, 2017, https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2017/10/gun-control-racist-present-171006135904199.html. Accessed 4 Apr 2018.

Gun control is again at the forefront of US public discourse following the mass shooting in Las Vegas. The mass shooting was the deadliest of its kind in the last seven decades. "Saying gun laws are always racist is just false. Saying that gun laws have never been racist is also just wrong. Gun ownership activists have taken to "open carry" demonstrations, during which the mostly white activists march in public spaces while carrying assault rifles, in recent years. "few black people would survive very long" if they conducted similar protests in situations where they were likely to be confronted by police. The silence of the NRA following the 2016 Murder of 32-year-old Philando Castile after he clearly disclosed that he had a licensed firearm to Minnesota police officer Jeronimo Yanez during a routine traffic stop, hammered the point home for many African American gun owners. NRATV commentator Bill Whittle said black people are intellectually inferior to people of other races. But systemic biases in the US must be dealt with. Until then, there would be continued violence. The system is rotten with bias towards people of colour as many situations arise that shun the people of colour but arise for white people. Celebrity Selena Gomez states in a tweet (during the #blacklivesmatter campaign protest) that Hashtags don't save people, But willingly came out during the recent #Marchforourlives campaign that followed the recent killings in Florida. These double standards are the reason why the system would never favour people of colour.