"Islamophobia and the Politics of Empire": Deepa Kumar on How Racism Fueled U.S. Wars Post-9/11

According to the Costs of War Project, the wars launched by the United States following 9/11 have killed an estimated 929,000 people in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Syria, Yemen and elsewhere. The true death toll may never be known, but the vast majority of the victims have been Muslim. “Racism is baked into the security logic of the national security state in the U.S., as well as in terms of how it operates abroad,” says Islamophobia scholar Deepa Kumar, a professor of media studies at Rutgers University. “The war on terror was sold to the American public using Orientalist and racist ideas that these societies are backward.” Kumar is…

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In spite of new evidence, Greater Manchester Police deny institutional racism

Support us and go ad-freeGreater Manchester Police (GMP) has published its report on “racial equality”. It highlights significant race disparities in the force’s policing – from stop and search to the use of force. However, the report fails to acknowledge the existence of institutional racism in the force. Instead, it suggests that over-policed communities are responsible for persistent race disparities in the force’s policing. Much like the government’s controversial race disparities report, this is yet another case of racist institutions gaslighting Black communities. Significant race disparities GMP’s Achieving Racial Equality report cites data from April 2020 to March 2021. It sets out that during this period, Black people…

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Government in breach of human rights obligations under UN racism treaty – report

Support us and go ad-freeThe UK government is in breach of its human rights obligations under a key UN treaty aimed at eradicating racial discrimination, a report has warned. Systemic racism Racism is systemic in England, and legislation, institutional practices, and customs continue to harm minority ethnic groups, according to research compiled by the Runnymede Trust. It found the government is in breach of numerous articles of the UN International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD). The government is required to submit regular reports to the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, which monitors adherence to the treaty. These are accompanied by shadow reports from civil…

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Kick racism out of football and politics

Support us and go ad-freeVideo transcript Football is a time when many of us come together. A working class sport which was home to much of our radical politics. Our football team today, young and diverse. Unfortunately, one thing that is still very much prevalent… racism. What you can see here, is some sort of Racism Bingo, you get X amount of points based on what you do to a black person.  You get 5 points to spit on… 10 points to punch…. There’s stealing clothes, driving into people, breaking into people’s houses and 500 points to Lynch… Read on...Support us and go ad-free Here’s a couple of…

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The abuse of England’s football players shows racism is still endemic

Support us and go ad-freeA record-breaking 31m viewers sat down to watch the football last night, as England made it into its first men’s major final in years. Gareth Southgate’s young, socially conscious team stepped out to play Italy under much pressure. And after a tense, seemingly never ending two hours, the game came down to penalties. Marcus Rashford’s shot didn’t hit the target. Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka were also unlucky, and the final ended in victory for Italy. Since then, all three of those players have been subject to vile racist abuse on social media. Hypocrisy The horrifying racism has rightly been widely condemned, with many…

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This vile article in the Times shows us why we must unite to stamp out anti-GRT racism

On 15 May, the Times published an openly racist article by former Tory MP Matthew Parris. In the shocking article, Parris calls for the systematic eradication of the Traveller way of life, and the removal of the community’s rights as an ethnic minority group. Gypsy, Roma and Traveller (GRT) community members, campaigners, and allies took to Twitter to call out the abhorrent article – and the mainstream media at large – for its consistent promotion and normalisation of anti-GRT racism. The article According to the Equality and Human Rights Commission, GRT communities are some of the most marginalised and disadvantaged communities in the UK. In spite of this, the…

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Home Office deportations show us racism isn’t just an American problem

To the surprise of many, a US police officer was convicted for killing a Black man this week. Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty of the 2020 murder of George Floyd. The killing sparked protests against police violence and structural racism across the world. The conviction has informed a typically British debate about how structural racism is a peculiarly American problem, and not at all the kind of thing that we Brits do. Chauvin’s conviction coinciding with the anniversary of Stephen Lawrence’s racist murder, however, tells a different story. Today is Stephen Lawrence day. Stephen was our George Floyd. His death and the work done by…

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‘Pervasive racism’ led to failure to commemorate Black and Asian troops

“Pervasive racism” underpinned a failure to properly commemorate potentially hundreds of thousands of predominantly Black and Asian service personnel who died fighting for the British Empire, an investigation has found. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) apologised after its investigation found that those individuals were not formally remembered in the same way as their white comrades. Defence secretary Ben Wallace will give a statement to MPs on the findings on Thursday, when the report is formally published in full. The investigation discovered at least 116,000 predominantly African and Middle Eastern First World War casualties: were not commemorated by name or possibly not commemorated at all. Ben Wallace (Ian…

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Historian Khalil Gibran Muhammad: Policing in U.S. Was Built on Racism & Should Be Put on Trial

A Minnesota jury’s conviction of former police officer Derek Chauvin on three counts for murdering George Floyd does not go far enough in dismantling police brutality and state-sanctioned violence, says historian and author Khalil Gibran Muhammad. “We know that while the prosecution was performing in such a way to make the case that Derek Chauvin was a rogue actor, the truth is that policing should have been on trial in that case,” Muhammad says. “We don’t have a mechanism in our current system of laws in the way that we treat individual offenses to have that accountability and justice delivered.” Muhammad also lays out the racist history of…

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MLK Opposed “Poverty, Racism & Militarism” in Speech One Year Before His Assassination 53 Years Ago

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now! I’m Amy Goodman, as we end the show with the words of Dr. Martin Luther King. He was assassinated April 4th, 1968, at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee — just 39 years old. While Dr. King is primarily celebrated as a civil rights leader, he championed the cause of the poor and organized the Poor People’s Campaign to address issues of economic justice. He was also a fierce critic of U.S. foreign policy and the Vietnam War. We’re going to play a part of his “Beyond Vietnam War” speech, that…

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