Berea College — and its emphasis on providing a college education to those who don’t have the means to pay for it — should become a model for the rest of the country, renowned scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. told the school’s graduates yesterday.The nation needs an economic bill of rights, guaranteeing access to a safe, good education, affordable health care and a place to live, said Gates, a Harvard professor of African-American studies and a cultural critic.
He challenged the 245 graduates to do better than his generation.
“Will you have the will to insist that the Berea ideal becomes the American ideal?” he asked.
Gates noted that Berea, which was founded in 1855, was the first interracial college in the south. He said the school has been a model for the rest of the country ever since.
The college, which admits only low-income students and does not charge tuition, awarded Gates an honorary degree of humane letters. Jean Fairfax, a civil rights leader who began her career at Kentucky State College, now Kentucky State University, was also awarded an honorary degree.
An economic bill of rights would have the effect of affirmative action for the poor, Gates said. Race-based affirmative action provided a way for blacks to enter the middle class, and he was one of those who benefited, Gates said.
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.”
Discriminating Lenders, or Just Discrimination? May 20, 2007Posted by C.A.R.D in African Americans, African-American, American Indians, Black, Blacks, Card, civil rights law, ethnic group discrimination, Fair Housing Act, fair-housing complaints, housing discrimination, housing racism, Indian reservations, Lawsuit, lender discrimination, mortgage discrimination, mortgage loans, National Community Reinvestment Coalition, Native Americans, NovaStar Financial, NovaStar Financial discrimination, people with disabilities, racism discrimination, Richard Johnson, The National Community Reinvestment Coalition.
When mortgage lenders refuse to write loans on central-city rowhouses, does that violate federal fair-housing rules?
What about refusing to write mortgages on houses in a community dominated by an ethnic group? Or not offering mortgage loans for houses that may be used in part to accommodate disabled adults?
Just how much protection do fair-lending and other civil rights laws provide to mortgage applicants who are rejected not because of their credit scores or financial capacities but possibly because of the location, type or potential use of their homes?
A major consumer group is mounting a campaign aimed at nailing down the answers. The National Community Reinvestment Coalition filed lawsuit May 9 against NovaStar Mortgage, a subsidiary of publicly traded NovaStar Financial, based in Kansas City, Mo. The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in the District, charges that NovaStar has repeatedly violated the Fair Housing Act by refusing to offer mortgages on rowhouses in downtown Baltimore, on homes on Indian reservations anywhere in the country, and on houses that may be used in part to shelter and care for disabled adults.
Such bans have “no business justification,” according to the suit, and illegally discriminate against African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans and people with disabilities.
Bank Of America Sued For Race Discrimination May 18, 2007Posted by C.A.R.D in African Americans, African-American, anti-Black discrimination, Bank of America discrimination, Bank of America racism, Bank of America Racist, Black, Blacks, Card, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, Discriminate, Discrimination, North Carolina, Racism, Racist.
Five black current and former employees of Bank of America Corp. have sued the second-largest U.S. bank, accusing it of racial discrimination by steering lucrative clients to their white counterparts.The 29-page complaint, filed Thursday with the U.S. District Court in Boston, contends that the bank discriminates against African-Americans in pay, promotions, training and support services.
It said the Charlotte, North Carolina-based bank regularly teams African-American workers together and assigns them to largely minority neighborhoods and low net-worth clients.
When the workers complained, according to the lawsuit, the bank said it believed that clients are more “comfortable” dealing with bankers and brokers of their own race.
TV producer accused of racism, sexism May 8, 2007Posted by C.A.R.D in African Americans, African-American, Asian, Black, Blacks, Card, Chinamen, IATSE, Intl. Assn. of Theatrical Stage Employees, Law & Order: SVU, Racism, Racist, Sexism, Sexist, Ted Kotcheff, Ted Kotcheff racism, Ted Kotcheff racist.
A Hollywood union has accused an executive producer of “Law & Order: SVU” of making racist and sexist remarks, claiming he often refers to Asian-Americans as “Chinamen.”
The Intl. Assn. of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) said it has complained to the show’s producer, NBC Universal Television, in three instances involving allegations against executive producer Ted Kotcheff over the past three years.
In the latest allegation, Kotcheff is accused of referring to a crew member as Stepin Fetchit, an old Hollywood stereotype denoting a servile, simple-minded black man.
The union said its attorneys notified NBC Universal brass in a letter dated April 7 that Kotcheff also told the crew member to “get your Caribbean ass out of here — go back to the Caribbean.”
The letter also claims Kotcheff “frequently refers to Asian Americans as ‘Chinamen’ and describes women in sexually derogatory and demeaning terms,” according to an IATSE press release distributed Wednesday.
The question is will this outcome affect Jesse Jackson’s scholarship offer for the accuser?
He said he is waiting until the woman is “strong enough” to meet with him for prayer, and so he can formally offer her a scholarship. He said the offer stands, regardless of the outcome of the case.
Disgraced shock jock Imus to sue CBS Radio May 3, 2007Posted by C.A.R.D in African Americans, African-American, Black, Blacks, Card, CBS Racism, Discriminate, Discrimination, Don Imus, Imus, Imus in the Morning, imus racism, Imus Racist, Imus Radio, Martin Garbus, MSNBC, nappy, nappy headed, nappy headed hos, Racism, Racist, Rutgers women's basketball team.
A lawsuit will be Don Imus’s rejoinder to CBS Radio, which fired the controversial U.S. radio host after his recent racist and sexist comments about a university-level women’s basketball team.
Imus has hired lawyer Martin Garbus, a First Amendment specialist, to help him sue his former employer.
Garbus said on Thursday that he expects to file a breach of contract suit on behalf of Imus by next week.
According to Garbus, part of the host’s CBS contract acknowledged his services to be “irreverent” and “controversial.”
Solidarity predicts end of affirmative action May 3, 2007Posted by C.A.R.D in affirmative action, African Americans, African-American, Black, Blacks, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, Indian, Johannesburg, Racism, Racist, reverse racism, South Africa, White, Whites.
A Johannesburg metro police campaign to recruit white, coloured and Indian members could be part of the slow death of affirmative action, the trade union Solidarity said on Thursday.
The scrapping of affirmative action — and discrimination against young white people — at entry-level is “a rapidly growing trend”, said Solidarity’s deputy general secretary, Dirk Hermann.
Apart from the Johannesburg metro police, several mining houses and large businesses are actively recruiting white people at lower levels, he said.
“This means that affirmative action is slowly dying from the bottom up.”
Solidarity saw the move as the first step in a process of exempting young people from affirmative action.
However, Hermann said it should not only be scrapped at the lower levels of the labour market, but throughout.
At the moment — in the metro police — minorities are being given the message that they are being recruited, but should not expect promotion.
Does Rapper 50 Cent Get a “Get Out of Racism Free Card”? April 12, 2007Posted by C.A.R.D in 50 Cent, 50 cent Antisemitic, 50 cent Antisemitism, 50 cent jewish, 50 cent jews, 50 cent jews goon squad, 50 Cent Racism, 50cent, African Americans, African-American, Antisemitism, Black, Blacks, goon sqaud, ho, hoe, imus nappy, imus nappy hoes, imus nappy hos, imus racism, Imus Racist, Jew, Jewish, Jews, Racism, racism 50 cent, Racist, Racist 50 cent, rap, rapper, rapper 50 cent.
We reported on this story earlier however, we have obtained the exclusive audio of 50 Cent’s racist comments from the radio. In light of the complete media frenzy of the racist remarks by Don Imus, there seems to be a complete media blackout of 50 Cent’s racist comments. Raising the question does 50 Cent get a ‘get out of racism free card’? Certainly Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson have not commented about this racist instance.
Caucasophobia — the Accepted Racism April 6, 2007Posted by C.A.R.D in Accepted Racism, African Americans, African Studies, African-American, Allen G. King, Anti-White, anti-white racism, Asian, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Black, Blacks, Caucasophobia, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, David Horowitz, Discriminate, Discrimination, Hispanic, Howard University Racism, Immigration, Islam, Kamau Kambon, Latino, Muslim, non-white racism, Racism, Racist, René Descartes, reverse racism, Shelby Steele, Wangari Maathai, White, Whites.
From globalpolitician.com :
I had written much of this essay more than a year before I finally decided to post it online. A couple of personal experiences brought me onto the subject of non-white racism. I hesitated to post it, mainly because I instinctively dislike writing about anything related to race. I was brought up that way. Partly, I also convinced myself that I was first and foremost against Islam, and that writing about skin color would only complicate this fight.
However, after thinking about it for some time, I find that none of these arguments hold true. I am tired of ideological censorship. Western nations can never mount a defense against Muslim immigration if this is always dismissed as “racism.” But above all, if you believe that non-white racism exists, it is actually immoral not to deal with the problem and its victims. I am convinced that not just non-white, but also anti-white racism, are real and underestimated phenomena.
In London, an elderly driver who had a heart attack careered into a bus. Here you had a dying man, people trying to save him and police trying to clear the scene. Meanwhile, black youths at the scene just wanted to fight the cops. They shouted, ‘Who cares — it’s just a white man’.”
Imus Apologizes for ‘Nappy Hos’ Comment April 6, 2007Posted by C.A.R.D in African Americans, African-American, Black, Blacks, Bryan Monroe, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, Discrimination, Don Imus, Don Imus Racism, Don Imus Racist, Gregory Lee, hardcore hos, Imus, Imus in the Morning, Imus Racist, nappy headed hos, Nappy Ho, Nappy Hos, National Association of Black Journalists, NBA, Racism, Racist, Radio host, rough girls from Rutgers, Rutgers University, they got tattoos, Toronto Raptors, women's basketball team.
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Radio host Don Imus apologized Friday for calling the Rutgers University women’s basketball team “nappy headed hos” on his nationally syndicated program.
The National Association of Black Journalists demanded his immediate firing after the man known as “Imus in the Morning” put his foot deep in his mouth Wednesday. Imus questioned the players’ looks, describing them as tattooed “rough girls.” His producer compared the team _ which has eight black members _ to the NBA’s Toronto Raptors.
Near the start of Friday’s show, Imus said he wanted to “apologize for an insensitive and ill-conceived remark we made the other morning referring to the Rutgers women’s basketball team.”
“It was completely inappropriate, and we can understand why people were offended. Our characterization was thoughtless and stupid, and we are sorry.”Gregory Lee, an NABJ officer and senior assistant sports editor at The Boston Globe, said the mea culpa did little to atone for the comments.
“You can apologize, but what does that mean when you have a history of making disparaging remarks about people?” Lee asked about the acid-tongued Imus. “This kind of behavior must be punished. I hope the company and sponsors he has take some sort of action … to educate him.”
NABJ President Bryan Monroe asked Thursday if Imus had “lost his mind” and called for the veteran radio host’s dismissal.
Imus was speaking with producer Bernard McGurk when the NCAA title game between Rutgers and Tennessee came up.
Is it racist for New York City to single out one racial slur and turn a blind eye to all the others? Is this constitutional? Is this the first steps of eroding free speech in America? Well regardless of what critics have said, New York City has now officially banned the use of the word ‘nigger’ in a “symbolic gesture.” Newsday.com has published some notable quotes from people in regard to this story. One of these quotes is:
“People are using it out of context. People are also denigrating themselves by using the word and disrespecting their history, disrespecting the history of a people and a country and also putting themselves in a negative light that we need to correct.” _ Councilman Leroy Comrie, sponsor of the bill.
The featured article follows below:
New York City symbolically banned use of the word nigger today, the latest step in a campaign that hopes to expunge the most vile of racial slurs from hip hop music and television.
The City Council unanimously declared a moratorium that carries no penalty but aims to stop youth from casually using the word, considered by most Americans to be the most offensive in the English language.
The New York City measure follows similar resolutions this month by the New York state assembly and state senate, and supporters of the ban are taking their campaign to The Recording Academy, asking it not to nominate musicians for Grammy awards if they use the word in their lyrics.
Many rap artists and young New Yorkers toss the word around as a term of endearment or as a substitute for black, angering some black leaders who consider those who use it as ignorant of the word’s hate-filled history in slavery and segregation.
“This could be the beginning of a movement,” councilman Albert Vann said.
Councilman Leroy Comrie, a sponsor of the moratorium, said the campaign against the word has gained strength since comedian Michael Richards spewed it in a racially charged tirade in Los Angeles.
Racist Article in AsianWeek “Why I Hate Blacks” February 28, 2007Posted by C.A.R.D in African Americans, African-American, anti-black, Asian, Asian supremacist, AsianWeek, AsianWeek "Why I Hate Blacks", AsianWeek Racism, AsianWeek.com, Black, Blacks, complete text, Discriminate, Kenneth Eng, Kenneth Eng AsianWeek, Kenneth Eng Racism, Kenneth Eng Why I Hate Blacks, Proof That Whites Inherently Hate Us, Racism, Racist, Racist Article, Why I Hate Asians, Why I Hate Blacks.
A racist article was just printed in a San Francisco weekly newspaper named AsianWeek. Kenneth Eng who has called himself a Asian supremacist in the past was still writing for this newspaper even after he had in the past published articles called “Proof That Whites Inherently Hate Us” and “Why I Hate Asians.” AsianWeek has removed the “Why I Hate Blacks” article from the AsianWeek.com website, however, it was still published in the print edition of their newspaper. The website Independentconservative.com has a good column focusing on this hateful article. The following is the original text of the article AsianWeek published:
Why I Hate Blacks
Kenneth Eng, Feb 23, 2007
Here is a list of reasons why we should discriminate against blacks, starting from the most obvious down to the least obvious:
• Blacks hate us. Every Asian who has ever come across
them knows that they take almost every opportunity to hurl
racist remarks at us.
In my experience, I would say about 90 percent of blacks I have met, regardless of age or environment, poke fun at the very sight of an Asian. Furthermore, their activity in the media proves their hatred: Rush Hour, Exit Wounds, Hot 97, etc.
Alabama college hosts ‘n-word’ conference February 26, 2007Posted by C.A.R.D in African Americans, African-American, Alisea McLeod, Andrew Hacker, Black, Blacks, Free Speech, Freedom of Speech, Hip Hop, n-word conference, nigga, nigger, racial slurs, Racism, Racist, rap, Stillman College, Tim Robinson.
With a debate swirling nationwide over the n-word, a historically black college in Alabama has set aside four days to discuss the racial slur.Participants at the conference, which began Thursday and ends Sunday, discussed topics ranging from the origins of the epithet to whether juggling a few letters makes it socially acceptable at the “N” Surrection Conference at Stillman College.
Organizers said the goal of the event is to challenge the use of the n-word “through the use of intelligent dialogue and a thorough examination of black history.”
Debate over the use of the word has escalated in recent months, with comedian Michael Richards’ racial rant prompting black leaders such as the Rev. Jesse Jackson and California Congresswoman Maxine Waters to urge the public and the entertainment industry to stop using it.
Clarence Sutton Sr., president of the Tuscaloosa chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, said he’s taken deep offense to the slur since a 1960 incident when a knife-wielding white youth slapped him and said “Nigger, you wanna fight?”
“From that time on in my life, the word nigger was personal. I associated it with the hate and the very deep disdain that this gentleman had perpetrated on me at the time,” he said.
These days, Sutton said, it’s mostly other blacks he finds using the word.
“I’m fighting now because we have lost a generation of young people who don’t know the history associated with that word,” Sutton said.
Racist Rabbi Compares Blacks to Monkeys February 26, 2007Posted by C.A.R.D in African Americans, African-American, anti-black, Apes, Black, Blacks, Card, Discriminate, Discrimination, Monkeys, Racism, Racist, Racist Rabbi.
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Virginia apologizes for role in slavery February 25, 2007Posted by C.A.R.D in A. Donald McEachin, African, African Americans, African-American, Americans Indians, Black, Blacks, Card, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, Discriminate, Discrimination, Frank D. Hargrove, Human Rights, L. Douglas Wilder, profound regret, Racism, Racist, Slave, slave-trade, slavery, Slaves, Timothy M. Kaine, Virginia slavery, White, Whites.
Meeting on the grounds of the former Confederate Capitol, the Virginia General Assembly voted unanimously Saturday to express “profound regret” for the state’s role in slavery.
Sponsors of the resolution say they know of no other state that has apologized for slavery, although Missouri lawmakers are considering such a measure. The resolution does not carry the weight of law but sends an important symbolic message, supporters said.
“This session will be remembered for a lot of things, but 20 years hence I suspect one of those things will be the fact that we came together and passed this resolution,” said Delegate A. Donald McEachin, a Democrat who sponsored it in the House of Delegates.
The resolution passed the House 96-0 and cleared the 40-member Senate on a unanimous voice vote. It does not require Gov. Timothy M. Kaine’s approval.
The measure also expressed regret for “the exploitation of Native Americans.”
Inclusion of Planned Parenthood in a self-described civil rights coalition has outraged members of the black leadership network Project 21, as Planned Parenthood advocates and provides abortions – particularly in the black community.”How can a civil rights group that claims to support underprivileged blacks embrace an organization created expressly to hasten the demise of black people?” asked Project 21 Chairman Mychal Massie. “People of conscience should be appalled and outraged by this alignment.”
The Planned Parenthood Federation of America recently became a member of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), a political coalition of almost 200 groups representing liberal racial, gender, age, disability and religious special interests as well as labor unions. The LCCR is most often known in recent years for its opposition to judicial nominees who adhere to an orginalist interpretation of the Constitution.
The founding of Planned Parenthood, originally founded as the National Birth Control League in 1916 and later called the American Birth Control League before adopting its current name in 1942, is largely credited to Margaret Sanger. In the late 1930s, Sanger began a program known as the “Negro Project” that sought to improve public health and welfare by encouraging abortions in the black community. This agenda was promoted in part by befriending black ministers.
In announcing the new affiliation, Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington president and CEO Jatrice Martel Gaiter said her group and the LCCR now “share a dedication to promoting human rights” as well as alleged “committed to justice and equality.” LCCR president Wade Henderson added that Planned Parenthood was “one of the nation’s leading health care advocates” and that “health care reform is the next frontier for the civil rights movement.”
In a poll conducted by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press released in August of 2006, 70 percent of surveyed blacks of the Protestant faith believed that abortion should be more limited than it is today or made totally illegal.
Americans Divided Over Black History Month February 21, 2007Posted by C.A.R.D in Abraham Lincoln, African Americans, African-American, African-American history, American History, Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, Black, Black History, Black History Month, Black History Month Poll, Blacks, Card, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, Discriminate, Discrimination, Frederick Douglass, Harvard, Jon Stewart, Morgan Freeman, Negro History Week, Racism, Racist, The Daily Show.
It’s February, and the annual debate has begun. The subject of Black History Month becomes the centerpiece of many a water-cooler conversation.
A poll of almost 10,000 Americans conducted in January shows there is no consensus on the topic of Black History Month. The survey, conducted by MSN and Zogby International, found that 43 percent of Americans believe setting one month of the year to focus on a racially defined observance is a token gesture, while 39 percent say that is an opportunity to raise awareness of African-American history and accomplishments (18 percent are not sure).
Is it a valuable and necessary way for African-American history—an essential part of American history—to be offered to the public?
Or is it, as one scholar wrote in the Journal of Blacks in Higher Education, “simply a guilt-driven public relations scam to pacify blacks who otherwise receive no attention on the bread and butter issues of education, jobs, and health care?”
African-Americans have varying opinions on the issue, too. The poll found that 28 percent feel that dedicating only February to black history is a token gesture. Celebrities Morgan Freeman and Bill Cosby have spoken out against it. “I don’t want a black history month,” Freeman said on 60 Minutes. “Black history is American history.” Comedians Chris Rock and Dick Gregory have made jokes about it. Recently, The Daily Show With Jon Stewart did a riff on the debate over Black History Month.
According to a recent study, “Black Immigrants and Black Natives Attending Selective Colleges and Universities in the United States”, first- or second-generation immigrants comprise a disproportionately high percentage of the Black student population at U.S. universities, with the percentage increasing in proportion to the selectivity of the institution. Using data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Freshmen, researchers found more than 40 percent of the Black student population at Ivy League colleges are of immigrant origin, despite comprising just 13 percent of the Black population overall.The report, published in the American Journal of Education by Princeton University and University of Pennsylvania researchers, raises important questions about diversity in higher education and affirmative action, says co-author Dr. Camille Charles, a faculty associate director at Penn’s Center for Africana Studies.
“For affirmative action values, it’s problematic,” she says. “It is more severe in selective schools, where immigrants are more privileged in terms of admissions. [But if] diversity is what most matters, then this is interesting… but not any cause for alarm.”
Since little research has been done on the topic to date, the report documents similarities and differences between the Black American and Black immigrant populations. The disparity in college attendance, particularly at the nation’s premier universities, first gained
national attention in 2003, when Harvard University professors Lani Guinier and Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr. noted that of the university’s 530 Black undergraduates in 2003-2004, only about 180 could claim a completely Black American heritage.
Just above 43 percent of the Black immigrants surveyed hailed from the Caribbean, with 28.6 percent coming from Africa and 7.4 percent from Latin America. Jamaica (20.5 percent) and Nigeria (17.3 percent) were the home countries of the most students.
Black professor ends hunger strike at MIT February 20, 2007Posted by C.A.R.D in African Americans, African-American, Black Professor hunger strike, Card, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, hunger strike MIT, James L. Sherley, MIT, Racism, Racism hunger strike, Racist, Sherley.
James L. Sherley, an African-American professor at MIT who was denied tenure, ended his 12-day hunger strike at noon Saturday, but he made sure the administration knew he was still demanding tenure and immediate action to address perceived racism on campus, reports the Boston Globe.
“Starting today, I will in fact break my fast, in celebration of the attention that has been brought to bear on issues of equity, diversity, and justice at MIT and in higher education,” he wrote in a statement posted on the university’s Web site.
“Carefully modified from the original, my demands are still on the table. I urge the administration to act in good faith, to openly acknowledge and respond to the lines of communication and negotiation that have been in place for two weeks, and to find its way to meet these demands,” Sherley’s statement said.
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology “will continue to work toward resolution of our differences with Professor Sherley,” said a statement posted with Sherley’s on the website.
“Professor Sherley’s protest has focused attention on the effects that race may play in the hiring, advancement, and experience of under-represented minority faculty, and on ensuring that our grievance processes are comprehensive, fair, and timely. MIT is fully committed to addressing these issues,” the MIT statement said.