Molefi Asante, professor of African-American studies at Temple University, led a protest yesterday in front of the Franklin Institute claiming the museum’s exhibit on King Tutankhamun is racist.”This is a crime scene,” he shouted. “This is an area of criminal theft, identity theft.”
Among the grievances shared by members of the Association of Kemetic Nubian Heritage, of which Asante is president, is that the exhibit has no mention of Africa and that information within suggests that King Tut, an African, was white.
Asante specifically pointed to a representation of Tut that “looks more like Boy George than the boy king.”
About 50 protesters walked in front of the crowded museum stairs carrying signs bearing statements including “Nefertiti is my sister,” “Stop stealing our history” and “King Tut’s daddy was black.”
Asante said the exhibit doesn’t tell visitors Egypt is in Africa, and he believes that many people leave thinking Egypt is in Europe.
He claims the museum did this for “commercial reasons.”
It is becoming increasingly clear that some in the African National Congress want to ensconce affirmative action as a permanent measure and thus enforce a new form of apartheid, the Freedom Front Plus (FF+) said on Tuesday.
The party intends asking the International Labour Organisation (ILO) to pay urgent attention to its complaint about affirmative action, handed to the ILO’s Pretoria office on Youth Day last year, FF+ spokesperson Willie Spies said.
The complaint specifically deals with the fact that affirmative action in South Africa is increasingly being given a permanent nature, and that the position is being worsened through often-repeated populist statements in this regard by Labour Minister Membathisi Mdladlana.
“Mdladlana has this past weekend once again made the news when he said affirmative action will never be phased out in South Africa, but to the contrary will be sharpened.”
Spies said that going by Mdladlana’s past statements, it is clear he not only condones black-against-white prejudice, but even encourages it. “The ILO should take note of Mdladlana’s reckless actions in this regard.”
Violence against women and girls is one of the most extreme forms of inequality, UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman said today on the occasion of the 51st Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women.
“Despite progress, we continue to live in a world where millions of girls remain out of school, engaged in exploitative labor, are trafficked, are vulnerable to HIV/AIDS and are targets of sexual violence,” Veneman said in advance of International Women’s Day on March 8.
String the critical link between discrimination against girls and women and violence, Veneman drew attention to the sexual violence committed in armed conflict, trafficking, and practices such as honour killings, dowry crimes, early marriage, and female genital cutting/mutilation.
“In too many countries and regions, the plight of girls is ignored or denied,” Veneman said. “This leaves girls to suffer in silence and has a devastating effect on the well-being of families and communities.”
Veneman said education is a key to addressing discrimination and violence against girls and to helping achieve the Millennium Development Goals. Educated girls are better equipped to protect themselves against life-threatening diseases such as HIV/AIDS, are more likely to give birth to healthy babies who will survive and grow into adulthood, tend to delay marriage, and are more likely to have fewer children.
Nigeria cracks down on illegal aliens February 25, 2007Posted by C.A.R.D in Africa, African, Cameroon, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, deportations, Ghana, illegal immigration, Niger, Nigeria, Racism, Racist, Togo, voter fraud.
Interestly, Nigeria has begun to crack down on illegal immigrants, however, there are no calls of racism, in contrast to how the subject of racism has dominated U.S. discussions on the topic of illegal immigration.
Nigeria is cracking down on “illegal aliens” from neighbouring countries whom the authorities call a “nuisance”. Niger and Chad seem to have been singled out in the clampdown with thousands of their nationals packed into lorries and taken to the border.
People from Ghana, Togo, Cameroon and other West African countries have also been removed from at least eight major cities across the country.
Politicians are accused of importing “ghost voters” ahead of April polls.
“The truth is that it is because of the elections,” an immigration official who did not want to be named told the BBC News website.
“You know people from Niger speak Hausa which is the language of northern Nigeria and they are Muslims. Because of this cultural affinity, it’s easy for them to pretend to be Nigerians and vote in the elections,” the source said.
But the official reason given for the deportations is that the illegal aliens constitute a “public nuisance and security risk”.
Nigeria’s Interior Minister Olu Adeniji told the BBC that “only vagabonds and those engaged in armed robbery and other illegal acts” were being targeted in the immigration sweep, but did not give any figures.
‘End mine racism’ at Modikwa January 26, 2007Posted by C.A.R.D in Africa, African, African Americans, African-American, anti-black, Black, Blacks, Card, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, Discriminate, Discrimination, Racism, Racist, White, Whites.
Members of the National Union of Mineworkers at Modikwa Platinum in Limpopo began striking on Friday morning to demand an end to racism at the mine, the union said.
“We’re outside the mine… there are more than 2000 miners (striking),” said union spokesperson Onis Serothwane on Friday.
Modikwa Platinum mine management, however, said it was confident the dispute with striking workers would be resolved through discussions.
Francis Petersen, a spokesperson for the mine in Johannesburg, said the mine was meeting with Num on Friday.
“That meeting as far as I know has already started today (Friday)… I am positive that there will be some agreement,” he said.
Petersen said discussions included wage agreements. He would not specify any details.
He said management had met with Num prior to the strike to discuss a list of demands. Some issues were not agreed upon while the resolution of others could not be implemented immediately.
Johannesburg-based Num spokesperson Mike Fafuli said strikers had “downed their tools” at 6am on Friday.
In a media statement issued at noon on Friday, he said the union was striking against discrepancies caused by racism in the company.
“Their gripe is the aggravating wage gap between black and white miners and the refusal of the mine management to accede to wage demands that are viewed as helpful in alleviating the wage discrepancy along racial lines.”
JERUSALEM (AP) – Hundreds of Israelis of Ethiopian descent clashed with police and briefly blocked a main road leading into Jerusalem on Monday in a protest of the Health Ministry’s wholesale discarding of donated Ethiopian blood.
Police said four officers were hurt.
Last week, Israel’s Channel 2 TV reported that the ministry had revived its practice of throwing out the Ethiopian-Israelis’ blood for fear it would be contaminated with disease. A similar disclosure a decade ago sparked protests and widespread outrage in a community that has long complained of racial discrimination.
“We are healthy people, like everyone else,” said 24-year-old Galit Maarat, who travelled to the demonstration from the southern city of Ashkelon, some 70 kilometres away. “It’s unjust, a terrible affront.”
Takelu Yayech, 25, who also travelled from Ashkelon, said demonstrators formed a human chain and sat down in the road at the entrance to Jerusalem to protest what she called racist policies.
THE speech was grotesquely racist – littered with cracks about dead white people. And it featured an insane call for blacks to outsmart the white man by ridding their bodies of all things white: white milk, white sugar, white bread.
But this racist rant was not spoken in a basement somewhere. It was part of a city-hosted “Unity in Diversity” event yesterday – and it took place inside the headquarters of the city’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development. During working hours.
Your tax money at work.
The speaker was Dr. Leonard Jeffries, the disgraced City University of New York African Studies professor who rose to infamy in 1991 when he declared that Jews and the Mafia conspired to keep down blacks.
A fire-breathing Jeffries, in African dress and a photograph of Georgia Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney pinned to his robe, suggested to the standing-room-only crowd of nearly 100 HPD workers that blacks were thinking and acting too white.
“If every white person in the world dropped dead, the system would continue to go on, because it’s in you now,” he said. “The system that white folks rule.”
With a ongoing genocide in South Africa the 2010 World Cup is set to be hosted there:
Johannesburg – The 2010 World Cup soccer tournament would hopefully unite the people of South Africa and be the next step in the building of a successful democratic system. This was the message from the local organising committee on Thursday as the soccer focus shifted from this year’s tournament in Germany to South Africa. Danny Jordaan, the committee’s CEO, said after arriving from Germany shortly before the local launch of the 2010 logo that all South Africans should do their bit to ensure the tournament did not compare unfavourably with its predecessor. “We are certainly not behind schedule compared with where Germany was at the same stage in 2002,” Jordaan said. “By uniting the country, we can take the next step to enhance our democracy.”
More police racism claims in South Africa November 30, -0001Posted by C.A.R.D in Africa, Anti-White, Card, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, Discriminate, Discrimination, Human Rights Commission, Racism, Racist, South Africa.
JOHANNESBURG – Another 21 white, coloured and Indian policemen have come forward with instances of “a deliberate and orchestrated strategy” to drive them out of the SAPS.
The incidents will be put into a supplementary report on “new racism” in the police service compiled by Centurion-based civil rights initiative AfriForum, established by the trade union Solidarity.
The first report was handed to the Human Rights Commission last week.
“Various new sources from all over the country have come forward after the publication last week of AfriForum’s comprehensive report, in which the conclusion was reached that members of the police trade union, Popcru, are heading this strategy against non-black police service members.
“We will compile a supplementary report containing the new incidents as well as any others we receive before year end,” AfriForum chief executive Kallie Kriel said.
“SA can ill afford this in light of ongoing high crime levels.”
Popcru spokesman Boiki Tsedu reiterated their standpoint, made previously, that there was no campaign whatsoever.
He said Popcru called on Solidarity to “resist the temptation to make such statements”.