In an interview with Chelsea Handler for Elle‘s May cover story, Theron said, “I don’t even know how to talk about the last year under our new administration. But racism is much more alive and well than people thought… We can’t deny it anymore. We have to be vocal.” … [Read more...] about Charlize Theron Says ‘Racism’ May Drive Her and Her Black Children Out of the Country
The Runnymede Trust, an established think tank that monitors racial, religious and ethnic discrimination, has found that one in four white Britons now admits to being racially prejudiced, and that about half the population would not want a relative to marry a Muslim. Black and Asian Britons have to send twice as many résumés as white Britons with the same qualifications do to get interviews, and according to former Higher Education Minister David Lammy, not one black student was offered a place at 13 Oxford colleges in 2017. The Office for National Statistics has reported that black male graduates are nearly twice as likely to be unemployed as white male graduates. I used to teach young black and Asian teenagers and spent hours persuading them to go to university. Some borrowed a lot of money and were accepted. Of the six who got degrees, only one found a suitable job. Another killed himself, disenchanted and depressed. … [Read more...] about Meghan Markle And Prince Harry: Can the Royal Wedding Change Centuries of Racism and Classism in Britain?
"I'm personally insulted as a Latina, because Gracey is an inspiration to me," Valentina Bankhead said. "I've volunteered in a Trump campaign. I've dealt with so much racism … to be part of the political sphere, to be advocates for our Constitution, our president. ... We deal with this constantly." … [Read more...] about O.C. woman removed from school district panels over alleged ‘colored people’ remark denies racism
"I have been asked not to make someone's drink while they spoke to me in mock Spanish, asking me to have my white coworker make the drink instead," she said. "I have been called 'rude' and asked to 'please speak English' while sharing private conversations with other Spanish-speaking coworkers. Other Latino coworkers have been told to 'go back to Mexico' and that they're stealing a good job from someone 'from here.'" … [Read more...] about Starbucks is under fire for its treatment of black customers, but baristas say they’ve also experienced racism at the chain
Roseanne, by contrast, did not add anything to our discourse with her tweet insisting that "muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj." Racism has long counted among its preferred expressions the dehumanization of minorities and the characterization of them as animals. History provides many examples. Literature adds even more: Shakespeare's Shylock and Othello and Kafka's Gregor Samsa, to name just a few. … [Read more...] about ABC’s decision to fire Roseanne for her racist tweets is admirable. We can’t reward vitriolic racism with fame and stardom.