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Is Multiculturalism Dead? | The Jakarta Post

The idea of multiculturalism became fashionable in Indonesia after the Reformasi in 1998. It was adopted by many circles in lieu of creating a more tolerant society amid the burgeoning sectarian conflicts following the resignation of long-time ruler Soeharto. Today, while tolerance is in short supply everywhere, the concept faces serious challenges in the West.We need to think of a way to deal with real differences. We need to conceptualize a toleration that does not end in rational consensus, but in coexistence. Instead of thinking about a melting pot, we should imagine what former Mayor of New York City David Dinkin called a “gorgeous mosaic”. Long live multiculturalism. The writer is a lecturer at Paramadina Graduate School and senior advisor at Partnership for Governance Reform.

This is an interesting discussion that briefly touches on notions of modern liberalism and 'rational toleration'. (Comment by CSullivan)
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'Go Ethnics, Go' (Canada)

'Go Ethnics, Go' (Canada) | anti-racism framework | Scoop.it
Communities of Colour reject the tactics of certain politicians in their targeting of particular ethno-racial groups in pursuit of so-called "very ethnic votes" !? We're more than just a vote. Take a stand. Have a say !! VOTE !!
We work to build community based capacity to address racism, the growing racialization of poverty and the resulting increased levels of deprivation, social exclusion and widespread marginalization of racialized individuals and communities across the province of Ontario - Canada.
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[Video] Canada's Immigration Policy

[Video] Canada's Immigration Policy | anti-racism framework | Scoop.it
An interesting interview with Nick Noorani, discussing the Canadian Immigration Policy. It was filmed in June 2010, but is particularly relevant now in the light of the upcoming election.
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New Statesman - How we rub along together

New Statesman - How we rub along together | anti-racism framework | Scoop.it
When my father arrived in England in the Sixties, he was welcomed with dog mess through his letter box and Enoch Powell on the TV, writes Mehdi Hasan.We’ve come a long way since then – so why do politicians claim that multiculturalism has failed? My father arrived in this country from India in January 1965, with a second-hand London A-Z stuffed in his jacket pocket and £3 in his wallet. A child of empire, he was born in Hyderabad in 1938 and came to Britain to study and work. His first few days in London were absorbed in news of Winston Churchill's death on 24 January; he was one of the more than 320,000 people who filed past the catafalque in Westminster Hall during the three days that the former prime minister's body lay in state. It was not long before my father became a proud British citizen of Indian origin; he has since had two British children and a British grandchild. He arrived, however, in a country struggling to accommodate and integrate its burgeoning immigrant communities. Racial and cultural discrimination was rife; bedsits and hostels prominently displayed signs saying: "No dogs, no blacks, no Irish." My father had dog mess posted through his letter box.
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The Brixton Riots and Multiculturalism (UK)

The Brixton Riots and Multiculturalism (UK) | anti-racism framework | Scoop.it
And so, as Kenan Malik recalls in From Fatwa to Jihad, in order to prevent large-scale uprisings in the inner cities, the government introduced state multiculturalism, with Sir George Young made Britain’s first “minister for race relations”, the aim being to encourage moderate minority leaders at the expense of the militants. Between 1981 and 1986 the Greater London Council under Ken Livingstone pioneered “a new strategy of making minority communities feel part of British society,” in Malik’s words. “It consulted with them, drew up equal opportunities policies, established race relations units, and dispensed millions of pounds in grants to minority groups. “At the heart of the GLC’s anti-racist strategy was not simply the reallocation of resources but also a redefinition of racism. Racism now meant not the denial of equal rights but the denial of the right to be different.” Minorities should no longer be forced to adopt a British identity: they should express their own, live by their own values, pursue their own lifestyles.
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Report highlights levels of racism in Polish and Ukrainian football

Report highlights levels of racism in Polish and Ukrainian football | anti-racism framework | Scoop.it
A new report from a Warsaw based anti-racism group documents the number of racist and discriminatory incidents in the host countries for the 2012 European Championships.
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Fear Thy Neighbour

Fear Thy Neighbour | anti-racism framework | Scoop.it
The demon being invoked here is terror at its most viscerally parochial: terror of the other, of foreigners and foreign ideas, of anyone who looks or speaks or prays differently. At root, this banal breed of suspicion taps into the more instinctive insecurities that beset all working people: our worries about loss of status and secure work, our fears that the communities upon which we rely might no longer be safe, supportive places to live and work. These fears are reasonable, but they have nothing to do with multiculturalism. They have everything to do with an economic programme that threatens to put millions out of work and destroy social housing. David Cameron's government is doing less than nothing to allay these root-level fears. The Conservative-led administration, with its merciless programme of cuts to public spending and welfare and its plan to sell off the libraries, the schools and the forests, has given ordinary families far more to fear than the occasional misguided teenager with homemade explosives strapped to his nether regions. The real ideological war going on in this country right now is not between terror and its antithesis, but between action and apathy. The notion of community solidarity, of local people standing together against the government's austerity programme, as they are this week with library and council sit-ins, is profoundly threatening to the political elite. Buried in the hawkish rhetoric of Cameron's attack on multiculturalism is an implicit imprecation to his grass-roots constituencies, one that serves the interests of a government trembling at the thought of popular uprising: fear thy neighbour.
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3 Lessons about Social Media and Multiculturalism

3 Lessons about Social Media and Multiculturalism | anti-racism framework | Scoop.it
The night featured 10 speakers, each highlighting rich stories from their culture. One story highlighted the ways that social media can help in confronting some of the misleading stereotypes perpetuated by mainstream media.Many of the night’s speakers spoke about the use of social media in building and maintaining multicultural communities.
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UN Anti-Racism Panel Reports on Iran

UN Anti-Racism Panel Reports on Iran | anti-racism framework | Scoop.it
UN anti-racism panel finds Iran discriminating against Kurds, Arabs, other ethnic minorities.“The Committee expresses concern at the limited enjoyment of political, economic, social and cultural rights by Arab, Azeri, Balochi, Kurdish communities and some communities of non-citizens,” it said in a report on a regular review of Iran’s compliance with a 1969 international treaty banning racism.It also urged Iran to continue its efforts to empower women and promote their rights, paying particular attention to women belonging to ethnic minorities.Some tenets of Islamic sharia law disadvantage Iranian women, Indian committee member Dilip Lahiri said. “On the other hand, in terms of their education and access to jobs, very remarkable progress has been made in Iran,” he told a briefing. The committee voiced concern at reports of a selection procedure for state officials and employees, known as gozinesh, requiring them to demonstrate allegiance to the Islamic Republic of Iran and the state religion, which could limit opportunities for ethnic and religious minorities. It said that lack of complaints was not proof of the absence of racial discrimination, as victims may not have confidence in the police or judicial authorities to handle them. It called on Iran to set up an independent national human rights institution and report back to it at the start of 2013 on how it was dealing with the concerns and recommendations.
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French police detain veil ban protesters | World news | guardian.co.uk

French police detain veil ban protesters | World news | guardian.co.uk | anti-racism framework | Scoop.it
Paris police have detained two women wearing Islamic veils at a protest on the first day of France's ban on the burqa and niqab.The ban makes France the first country in the world to forbid the veils anywhere in public.About a dozen people, including three women wearing veils, staged a protest in front of Notre Dame cathedral in Paris on Monday and two women were taken away in a van. Watch a video of French citizen Kena Drider as she boards a train wearing a veil on the day a controversial law banning people from masking their faces in public comes into effect.
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Essays on Muslims and Multiculturalism

Essays on Muslims and Multiculturalism | anti-racism framework | Scoop.it
Clever title too for this review of Raymond Gaita’s new compilation: “Islam, immigration and the great dividing rage.” I am so glad this has been published as it appears its various contributions support much that I have been thinking myself about the current discussion of Australian multiculturalism: that it has been polluted by alien experiences from other countries; that it is code for fear of Islam; that we are seriously under-rating what we have achieved here.
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Alta High, Utah (ABC 4 News)

Alta High, Utah (ABC 4 News) | anti-racism framework | Scoop.it
This initial news report (from mid-March) includes an interview with Lars Cosby, the young man who blogged about the incident. The reporters' tone is interesting in itself. Decide for yourself.
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Stuff White People Do: listen to anti-racist music (USA)

Stuff White People Do: listen to anti-racist music (USA) | anti-racism framework | Scoop.it
Early in 2010, Tim Wise wrote a widely circulated article called, "Imagine if the Tea Party Was Black" which challenged America to take a close look at the hypocrisy of the Right Wing. A few months later in July, a Pittsburgh rapper is accepting his challenge in true Hip Hop form. Jasiri X has released a video called "What if the Tea Party was Black." The clip has had almost 300,000 hits on You Tube.
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Tamils’ Refusal to Assimilate is a Threat to Hard-Won Peace

Tamils’ Refusal to Assimilate is a Threat to Hard-Won Peace | anti-racism framework | Scoop.it
The Sinhalese are indigenous only to this island. So what is wrong if Sinhalese is the only official language or if Buddhism is the official religion? What is wrong if the head of state can only be a Sinhalese Buddhist? Where else could this possibly be the case? Australia? Canada? China? Sri Lanka is the only place where our paltry 15 million souls can call home, and it is the only place where we can rule ourselves. In contrast, 80 million Tamils spread around the world already have their original homeland in south India (Tamil Nadu, population 70 million), but they demand our island as well. This ridiculous notion flies in the face of historical, archaeological and demographical evidence, but still the myth is perpetuated. All ills of the Tamils though of their own making, are blamed on the majority community, and the only solution they accept is separatism. This argument does not hold any water, but survives because Tamils in Sri Lanka have nothing to lose. They are allowed to live in a parallel world, enjoying all the freedoms, opportunities and benefits Sri Lanka offers them, while simultaneously contributing nothing except the rhetoric of racism, the politics of division, and the act of suicide bombing. They do not assimilate because they still think taking over this country is achievable. The Moon Panel has only encouraged them more. It is time the Sinhalese woke up from the misguided hallucination of multiculturalism. It is impractical and unnatural. This island can have only one culture, and that is Sri Lankan culture. In turn, this culture must be based on the values and way of life of those who built this country from the ground up, that is, Sinhalese Buddhist culture.The government must stop being afraid of what the artificial nation of turban-wearing, stadium-burning, rat-worshipping spaghetti-sticks will think, and encourage the unification of the country in the only way which has been proven to work over tens of thousands of years of human civilization: settlement and assimilation. Learn from the calls of the European leaders, and tell the minority races – and their foreign and local apologists – in no uncertain terms: this is our country, we will live in it where we please. You must assimilate and integrate, or leave.
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Race, racism and white privilege

Reading the recent articles on issues of race in Le Provocateur reminds me that as human beings we share a need for connection and belonging. We want to live in a world where we can celebrate our common humanity and our universal need for belonging. This is something that we should embrace as a high ideal. Even in an increasingly multicultural and multiracial society, human beings of widely different identities and histories share many similarities that are often ignored. Ignoring our commonalities can lead us to feel disconnected from one another.
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White Guilt? No, it's about bigger things

White Guilt? No, it's about bigger things | anti-racism framework | Scoop.it
Over the last three years, I've had the honor to be a part of a wonderful multiracial group that planned the 12th Annual White Privilege Conference. This week, more than 2,200 people from 39 states came here to teach and learn about how to work for racial justice: K-12 teachers, college professors, high school and college students, social workers, program administrators, consultants and people from the corporate world.The dialogues were often difficult. Many of us white people do not want to face racism. We look away and avoid conflict. Understanding how we benefit from being white in a systemically racist nation is hard for us to face. This is what white privilege is all about.I believe in justice for all. I want more white folks to stand up and work for racial justice. This is not a liberal or conservative issue, it's about our humanity.

Lisa Albrecht is Morse-Minnesota Alumni Distinguished Professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Minnesota, where she founded an undergraduate minor in social justice. She recently cochaired the White Privilege Conference.
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[Fox Video] Teachers Attend 'White Privilege' Conference on Taxpayers' Dime

[Fox Video] Teachers Attend 'White Privilege' Conference on Taxpayers' Dime | anti-racism framework | Scoop.it
Despite massive budget cuts, Minnesota public school district sends teachers to controversial conference.
This is quite a biased and poorly conducted interview, yet it captures much of the polarised and highly emotive concerns about 'white privilege' that exist in the USA. (Comment by CSullivan)
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Darwin, Race and Religion in Australia

Darwin, Race and Religion in Australia | anti-racism framework | Scoop.it
The concept of race has received unusual public attention recently, as Andrew Bolt defended himself against charges of racial vilification.Ron Merkel, for the prosecution, accused Bolt of harking back to the racial attitudes of the 1930s, which fuelled the eugenics movement and ultimately the Holocaust. What was learned from those horrors, Merkel argued, was that "race is a loose concept and it overlaps with nationality and ethnic identity." Merkel is right that the early twentieth-century saw an evil flowering of "scientific" racism in the form of eugenics movements. But this form of racism has a much longer history. In Australia, as elsewhere, the story of race has much to do with both religion and the theory of evolution.
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The Islamic Veil Across Europe

The Islamic Veil Across Europe | anti-racism framework | Scoop.it
Countries across Europe have wrestled with the issue of the Muslim veil - in various forms such as the body-covering burka and the niqab, which covers the face apart from the eyes. The debate takes in religious freedom, female equality, secular traditions and even fears of terrorism. The veil issue is part of a wider debate about multiculturalism in Europe, as many politicians argue that integration of minorities was neglected in the past. This article outlines laws regarding the Islamic veil in 11 European countries.
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Why David Cameron is wrong about radicalisation and multiculturalism

Why David Cameron is wrong about radicalisation and multiculturalism | anti-racism framework | Scoop.it
We can have a debate on another day about whether a "doctrine of state multiculturalism" even exists, let alone whether or not it has "failed", but the key point here is to stress that the debate over multiculturalism has little to do with the debate over extremism and radicalisation. The two should be kept separate. Terrorism is a political problem; not a cultural problem. Extremists, violent or otherwise, come in all shapes and sizes, all colours and creeds.Muslims and Muslim organisations have a crucial role to play in the struggle against home-grown extremism and in the battle for the hearts and minds of young, angry, alienated Muslims. Cameron's simplistic speech has done more harm than good, and so have the predictable and depressing newspaper headlines that it provoked. It is a step backward rather than forward.
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"Playing the Race-Card or Dog-Whistle Politics": the Burqa Debate in Australia

"Playing the Race-Card or Dog-Whistle Politics": the Burqa Debate in Australia | anti-racism framework | Scoop.it
WA Minister for Women's Interests Robyn McSweeney sparked heated debate when she spoke out against the burka at the weekend, labelling it "alien" to Australia's way of life. "I'm saying that it's confronting when somebody's face is not showing and I personally think that they're being oppressed," Ms McSweeney told The Australian yesterday. "I would just love for them to have the freedom to show their faces." Opposition parliamentary secretary for the status of women Michaelia Cash said the burka had nothing to do with religion because Islam stipulated modesty only, not the wearing of a face covering. She said the dress deprived women of their identity and isolated them from society. "It is inconsistent with our culture and values and I truly believe that women should not do it," she said.WA opposition women's interests spokeswoman Sue Ellery claimed Ms McSweeney was playing the race card. Victorian opposition women's affairs spokeswoman Jill Hennessy accused Ms McSweeney of engaging in "dog whistle politics".
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Journalist Provokes 'Fear and Anger'

Journalist Provokes 'Fear and Anger' | anti-racism framework | Scoop.it
Radio talk-back host David Oldfield is accused of provoking Australians to feel fear and anger towards immigration. Listen to this interview, where he claims that multiculturalism was "forced on Australians". Oldfield was a co-founder of the far-right 'One Nation' party, which was campaigning for assimilation and a return to racist policies and practices. The party peaked at the 1998 election but lost ground in subsequent elections.
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Stephen Sackur asked why Australian worries about further immigration since the country it self is built up by immigrants. Several listeners called in to breif their opinions and argue against Stephen Sackur saying they feel like natives, and further immigrants DO tear up their national feeling for Australia. 

 

its a long long time since Australia were invaded by prisoners and rapers from all over the world, So of course the native Aussies feel they are truly Australians and of course it provokes fear and anger

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No Money For Teaching, Just White Privilege Training (Boston)

No Money For Teaching, Just White Privilege Training (Boston) | anti-racism framework | Scoop.it
I try not to promote these kinds of sensationalistic, divisive articles, but in this instance, I have done so for a reason. This blog post contains the kind of negative, biased and ignorant anti-liberal propaganda that circulates widely, denigrating intelligent professionals who are striving to challenge a system that perpetuates inequality and discrimination. What the author 'Todd' clearly doesn't realise is that he is the embodiment of 'white privilege and guilt', he is the reason for the existence of the very same conferences that he condemns. Perhaps his bitter resentment stems from the fact that he lives in Boston, one of the more progressive of the US states. Watch the two videos, get informed about why inequalities exist and then read the ridiculous comments in this blog. I wish there were more educators like Paul Kivel, who teach for social justice and 'disrupt' the system that produces narrow-minded right-wing commentators like 'Todd'. (Comment by CSullivan)
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Opinion Piece on Andrew Bolt (Australia)

Bolt described Heiss as an ''Austrian Aborigine'', implying she'd used the term. She didn't. I did. He trashed her professional reputation by implying a string of jobs she'd held, including an associate professorship at Macquarie University, were jobs exclusively for Aborigines. They weren't. Bolt is from the state that gave us Hans Heysen, Malcolm Blight, Paul Kelly and Cooper's beer, but he never sings the place up. Instead, he inhabits that shadowland where fear and resentment meet public policy. For me, a big difference between Andrew Bolt and Anita Heiss as social commentators is that Anita Heiss tells you exactly who she is. By Martin Flanagan
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Canyons District official statement on Alta High investigation

Canyons District official statement on Alta High investigation | anti-racism framework | Scoop.it
Here is an excerpt from the statement: "The District has concluded its initial investigation into these allegations and taken swift and appropriate administrative action to address them.It is the highest priority of the Canyons School District to foster an educational environment wherein every student feels welcome and safe. Beginning March 29, the Superintendent and his senior staff spent over a week at Alta High School visiting more than 80 English classes to tell students about the District's nondiscrimination and bullying policies and how to report incidents of harassment, discrimination, or bullying. Additionally, the District has taken, and will be taking, the following measures to foster a safe and nondiscriminatory learning environment at Alta High School and all other District schools in the future."
The attached image was sent as a text message by two students currently under investigation. It is interesting to read the six measures listed in this official statement. In my opinion, these are fundamental to anti-discrimination and inclusive practice and should have existed in the first place. This case should serve as a lesson for educational organisations and communities to ensure that appropriate policies, processes and programs are in place. (Comment by CSullivan)
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