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Fortress Europe? There is a better way

Fortress Europe? There is a better way | anti-racism framework | Scoop.it
Les Back: Sarkozy and Berlusconi's request to change the Schengen treaty shows them trapped by a backward-looking vision of Europe.There is a deep hypocrisy at the heart of the request by the French president, Nicolas Sarkozy and the Italian prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi, to make changes to the treaty that established the European Schengen area, within which people can travel without border checks. Addressed to the European council president, Herman Van Rompuy, and the European commission president, José Manuel Barroso, the Sarkozy/Berlusconi letter is critical of European immigration policy and lobbies for greater powers for member states to control their borders.We are living in the age of migration. It is not just that people are more mobile than at any other point in human history. Borders and checkpoints are also moving. The debate about Schengen is perhaps the best illustration of moving borders. While the integration of Europe has facilitated great freedom of movement inside the Schengen area, it has also hardened and given greater significance to the line between "integrated Europe" and the rest of the world. So, abolishing Europe's internal checkpoints had the result that the border of the Schengen zone took on a greater significance. However, the walls of fortress Europe have been reduced to ruins by the technologies of mass transportation and the accessibility of information through the internet and mobile phones. This is what lies behind the intervention of Sarkozy and Berlusconi.

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Vancouver school bureaucrats unleash bizarre theories on race and culture

Vancouver school bureaucrats unleash bizarre theories on race and culture | anti-racism framework | Scoop.it
The Vancouver School Board approved changes to the district’s “Multicultural and Anti-racism Policy.” The changes, authored by Lisa Pedrini, manager of the district’s so-called Diversity Team, invent a new narrative in public schools, cast white people as villains and elevate political correctness to fantastic heights. And most importantly, create more work for Pedrini’s Diversity Team, a six-member troop of bureaucrats. The team instructs teachers and models lesson plans, injecting a specific brand of politics into public education in Vancouver. Team members target school libraries, concealing activism in euphemism. Last year they launched a book-banning campaign that, if adopted by librarians, would purge libraries of classic children’s literature (Dickens, Dahl, etc.) deemed racist by Diversity Team standards. The district’s head librarian opposed this campaign. The team’s most recent maneuver may be it’s most ambitious to date. The school district’s original anti-racism document, drafted in 1995, included common sense declarations of equality. It was standard fare for any public institution, aimed at discrimination and abuse. The new 12-page policy, penned by Pedrini and greenlighted Monday by school board trustees, replaces fact with fantasy. Pedrini claims the so-called “Racial Achievement Gap” between “racialised groups in Canada and their fellow White students… is due to systemic racism inherent in educational systems and society.” The solution? Eliminate “Eurocentric bias” from the classroom including “calendars and religious/historical holidays and history” taught from a “European perspective.” To summarize the Diversity Team’s position now enshrined in the school district canon: There’s no such thing as race, but the public school system is racist. Educators must be reeducated to reflect new district policy. European culture and tradition, upon which our country was built, must be purged from the classroom.
By Mark Hasiuk, Vancouver Courier.
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Paranoid' column clings to fairytale Canada

To the editor:

As a lifelong anti-racism advocate and the mother of a child who is now embarking on his full-time school years, I am very interested in what approaches to the teaching of pluralism and diversity the Vancouver School Board may implement in the coming years. Unfortunately, Mark Hasiuk brings no authority, no substance and no originality of thought to this important issue, only a paranoid, tiresome vitriolic style all too familiar from the "attack first, think later" pro-war histrionics that pass for journalism on Fox News and other U.S. media outlets. If Mr. Hasiuk hasn't heard the news that race is not a meaningful category of human experience, he really ought to refrain from writing op-eds on the topic. In a Vancouver built on land belonging to several Coast Salish nations, in a province built on the backs of African-American, Chinese and Punjabi labourers, a writer who still clings to the fairytale that Canada was built on "European culture and tradition" is a walking liability, while his rantings about the school board casting "white people as villains" and "waging cultural warfare" amount to pure mischief. I have already read Roald Dahl to my son and will encourage him to enjoy Dickens along with all the canonical greats of English literature as he grows older. It's the cartoonishly irresponsible rantings of people like Hasiuk I plan to keep well out of my son's way until he is capable of thinking for himself, and no longer vulnerable to the real harm they can cause. Unless Courier editors believe their readers are easily manipulable idiots, I'd like to see an informed, thoughtful and sophisticated approach to local issues by your columnists in future, particularly when they may have an impact on our children's education and their world view.

Rahat Kurd, Vancouver
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[Audio] Rock against Racism 1978 (UK)

[Audio] Rock against Racism 1978 (UK) | anti-racism framework | Scoop.it
In 1978, race relations in Britain were in crisis. The National Front was gathering power and immigrants lived in fear of violence. But that year also saw the rise of a campaign aimed at halting the tide of hatred with music, a grassroots movement culminating in a march across London and an open-air concert in the East End.On 30 April 1978, a crowd gathered in Victoria Park in London's East End. They had come from all over the country, 42 coaches from Glasgow, 15 from Sheffield, an entire trainload from Manchester - marching across London from Trafalgar Square to attend a special all-day concert headlined by Tom Robinson and the Clash. 'Rock against Racism made it cool to be anti-racist,' says Professor John Street, who has written on the relationship between music and politics. It was a message that resonated with Billy Bragg, then living in Barking and working as a bank messenger. 'I had seen the Clash on the first night of the White Riot tour,' he tells me, 'and I remember thinking that the fascists were against anybody who wanted to be different, once they had dealt with the immigrants then they would move onto the gays and then the punks; before I knew it the music I loved would be repatriated.' Red Saunders, a rock photographer and political activist said 'The lesson from Rock Against Racism, is that we can all intervene, make a difference and change things: nothing is inevitable.'
http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2008/apr/20/popandrock.race
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Race issues linked to beauty pageant violence - ABC News (Australia)

Race issues linked to beauty pageant violence - ABC News (Australia) | anti-racism framework | Scoop.it
A beauty pageant held by Melbourne's Sudanese community, which has sparked three nights of violence, has raised concerns about problems facing young Sudanese Australians.Dr Berhan Ahmed (leader of the African Think Tank) says Australia has a problem accepting black people. "The colour is not yet accepted," he said. Dr Ahmed told Fairfax Radio he condemns the violence, but to understand the root cause one need only look at how mainstream Australia engages with migrants from Africa. He says racism makes opportunities hard to come by. "Most of these young boys have had no opportunity in employment.They put other people's names, an Anglo-Saxon name, and they get called for the interviews and they don't get through then once they see their colours. Is there any more obvious explanation that decides people being called because the different name, then they get to the place and then be told, 'Oh, we'll call you back'." The secretary general of the Sudanese Community Association of Australia, Saturnino Onyala, agrees that education and employment opportunities are lacking for young Sudanese, most of whom have fled violence in Sudan in search of a better life. "When I see these youngsters are coming from a war-torn country because they experienced trauma, so when they come here in this country they expect a better life for themselves, better education, better jobs. But they find that coming here, they still meet the same problem. So this all added to the frustration of the young people." Mr Onyala says he is organising a meeting for community leaders to get to the bottom of the problem. Police say there is a clear link between three brawls over the past three nights involving young people and alcohol and the Miss South Sudan Beauty Pageant. But they say the violence is not race-based. This link also contains an audio report.
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Hate Groups Make Global Connections

Hate Groups Make Global Connections | anti-racism framework | Scoop.it
Thanks to the Internet, hate groups are better than ever at making global ties to spread their messages of intolerance and hate. Social networking and media tools are helping even hate groups connect globally. For example, Taylor Rose of the Liberty University chapter of the hard-right student group Youth for Western Civilization will appear at an international anti-Islamic demonstration in Germany in early May. Youth for Western Civilization opposes multiculturalism and "political correctness" on campus. Among its platforms is a strong anti-immigration stance and a mission to "preserve the values of Western civilization." Founded in 2006 the group has grown to include chapters at institutions like the University of North Carolina, Washing State and Vanderbilt, among others. The event in Germany is called the "March for Freedom" and, according to reports, organizers reached out to Rose whom they describe as a "representative of the Tea Party" and "chapter chairman of Youth for Western Civilization."
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Racial abuse stuns Australian footballer

Racial abuse stuns Australian footballer | anti-racism framework | Scoop.it
TRIPLE AFL premiership player Chris Johnson has told how he was labelled a "black monkey" in a racist suburban footy taunt.The former Brisbane Lion was playing for Avondale Heights when an opposition supporter yelled the slur in the first quarter. The fan has been banned from Essendon District Football League games and functions."He called me a black monkey and said I should be eating bananas," Johnson said. "Everyone heard it at the ground. It was just quite a shock to me. I have never copped anything down that sort of line." Johnson's four children, aged four to 10, were at the match. "It's just not acceptable in this day and age," Johnson said. "I thought it was stamped out." The supporter has suffered a hefty penalty and that supporter's club has also suffered a hefty financial penalty on top of that. Two of the league's 24 clubs had undergone anti-racism seminars and the rest would do so by early next season. "The mistake a lot of people tend to make is that a sporting field is open slather to do and say what you want," said League General Manager, Mark Turri. "Racial vilification of any kind just is not welcome and should never be tolerated." Johnson, who as player-coach of Avondale Heights has made indigenous education a focus, said vilification was rare but must be stamped out.
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The Racial Blame Game | Immigration Policy Center

The Racial Blame Game | Immigration Policy Center | anti-racism framework | Scoop.it
Some observers have suggested that immigrants are to blame for the high unemployment rates and low wages experienced by so many minority workers in the United States. However, the best available evidence suggests that immigration is not the cause of dismal employment prospects for American minorities. For instance, cities experiencing the highest levels of immigration tend to have relatively low or average unemployment rates for African Americans. This should come as no surprise; immigrants go where jobs are more plentiful. The grim job market which confronts many minority workers is the product of numerous economic and social factors: the decline of factory employment, the deindustrialization of inner cities, racial discrimination, etc. Immigration plays a very small role.
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Ethnic minorites are scapegoats

ATTACKS ON multiculturalism are a revival of Enoch Powell's 'Rivers of Blood' speech helping to shift blame for the economic crisis onto minority groups, according to the Institute for Race Relations (IRR). Liz Fekete, IRR executive director, said that centre-right parties were invoking the racist Tory MP's 1968 attack on mass immigration in a bid to deflect scrutiny of the Government in the wake of public spending cuts by pointing to new migrants who "demand special privileges and group rights and refuse to learn the language." The findings follow a detailed analysis of key speeches made by politicians in countries across Europe addressing the “failings” of multiculturalism and the threat it poses to national identity. In the report, Understanding the European-wide assault on multiculturalism, published last Thursday, the IRR said: “Attacks on multiculturalism are taking place at a time of economic crisis and swingeing cuts, when politicians are desperate to deflect public anger and explain societal break down. “The centre-right is establishing a narrative, with some centre-left parties following suit, to justify the biggest round of spending cuts since the 1920s, blaming the current economic crisis not on the bankers and global financial crisis, but on immigration and Muslims.” Fekete said: “Another recurring theme in the debates about multiculturalism, national identity and immigrants is the issue of language or, more accurately 'language deficit'. Government hypocrisy is at its most blatant when immigrants are blamed for not learning the language when the self-same government slashes funding for language provision.”
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Czech media legitimize racism and xenophobia

Czech media legitimize racism and xenophobia | anti-racism framework | Scoop.it
The following lecture was given by František Kostlán at an Anti-Racism Day event. Some Czech intellectuals, the media, and politicians today are lending a helping hand to the legitimization of ultra-right extremists. Today I will focus primarily on the role played by the media in this regard.
Lack of responsibility + populism = legitimization of extremism
The suppression of journalistic ethics has also created a void where the sense of responsibility used to be. When mixed with populism (in the interest of higher ratings at any cost), this is a fatal combination. Let's take an example from Czech Television. The public broadcaster runs two so-called "contact programs" where viewers can call or write in through e-mail, Skype, and social networking sites with their opinions and questions. The moderators of these programs, of course, often read aloud those e-mails or other written inquiries which quite evidently contain racist or xenophobic claims, or they allow an obvious racist/xenophobe to call in. "Thanks" to public broadcasting, such people get the opportunity to espouse their ideology live on television.The so-called "new media" are also contributing to the rise in anti-Gypsyism, racism and xenophobia through the new means of communication they provide. What was impossible to write during the 1990s because it would have been considered shameful is today permitted as the ordinary social norm. This primarily concerns blogs, social networking sites (mostly Facebook and Twitter) and the websites of news outlets, or rather, the discussions that readers contribute to in response to online articles.
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YouTube - OfficialGetGln's Channel

YouTube - OfficialGetGln's Channel | anti-racism framework | Scoop.it
There is one human species and an infinite variety of human clines and phenotypes. The term 'race' serves to divide us.
Check out 'Why is Colour on the US Census?' and other videos and links provided by Glenn Robinson.
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The Black Barbie Doll: Multiculturalism or Token Gesture?

The Black Barbie Doll: Multiculturalism or Token Gesture? | anti-racism framework | Scoop.it
We are no fans of Barbie here on Eco Child’s Play. From greenwashing to negatively affecting girls’ body image, almost no little girl in America grows up without this plastic doll. She comes in many shades and styles now (and we all know Ken was gay). I recently came across a post on Teaching Tolerance that reminded me of my own childhood experience with the Black Barbie Doll, which was introduced in 1980. Why did my parents feel the need to get us Black Barbies? Was it because it was the newest Barbie, and we had to have it? Or was it an effort to bring some multiculturalism into our white suburban middle class upbringing.
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Campus diversity efforts explore stigma, prejudice and ‘white guilt’ (California)

Campus diversity efforts explore stigma, prejudice and ‘white guilt’ (California) | anti-racism framework | Scoop.it
Diversity initiatives in the workplace and on college campuses are frequently perceived to benefit minorities over whites, according to a new study.But at the University of California, Berkeley, some faculty members are creating forums that encourage students to share their most uncomfortable experiences of stigma and prejudice, including how it feels to be privileged and/or white. More than 200 UC Berkeley undergraduate students – as well as two dozen campus staff members – are enrolled in “Psychology 167: Stigma and Prejudice,” which is among 30 new or revised American Cultures courses with an emphasis on community engagement. The classes are part of UC Berkeley’s Initiative for Equity, Inclusion and Diversity, launched last year thanks in part to a five-year, $16 million grant from the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund. Social justice educator Victor Lee Lewis will give keynote speech at the Stigma and Prejudice class event, which is the brainchild of UC Berkeley psychologist Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton, who writes about diversity-related issues in his Psychology Today blog, “Are we Born Racist?” His research has found that cross-racial and cross-ethnic friendships can improve the social and academic experience on college campuses. He is also interested in perceptions about biases against whites.
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Internet Centre Anti Racism Europe

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The number of incidents of Jews being verbally harassed or even physically attacked is on the rise in the Netherlands. Among the venues for such incidents are the country's soccer stadiums. In one recent case, a midfielder from Dutch first division club ADO Den Haag led a group of the team's fans in anti-Semitic songs, following a victory over Ajax Amsterdam. An estimated 100 ADO hooligans celebrated in the team's clubhouse, chanting things like: "we're going Jew-hunting" or "Hamas, Hamas, Jews to the gas."This hooligan scandal, in which another player and the coach were also involved, is by no means an isolated case. It is but a small piece of a puzzle, which, when put together, paints a picture of an ugly side of the Netherlands. Out on the streets, Dutch Jews are increasingly becoming the victims of bullying insults and acts of violence, according to Benzion Evers, the son of an Amsterdam rabbi. The fear of persecution among members of the Netherlands' Jewish community has led to a fierce public debate, which was sparked by former European Commissioner Frits Bolkestein. In an article published in a Dutch newspaper, the liberal-conservative politician offered some advice to what he described as "sensible Jews." He stated that they would be better off emigrating to Israel or the United States as he had little confidence in the effectiveness of the government's proposals for fighting anti-Semitism. "They must accept the fact that they have no future in the Netherlands," Bolkestein said. . Professor Paul Sars, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Nijmegen was shocked. "I find it completely outrageous. True tolerance means that you immerse yourself in the lives of the people around you and everything which affects them," Sars said.
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Multiculturalism debate is not about culture

Multiculturalism debate is not about culture | anti-racism framework | Scoop.it
The idea that there is a distinct set of British values is a myth. The debate about multiculturalism is hotting up. It also clearly splits the coalition, as the contrasting speeches of David Cameron and Nick Clegg have shown. In all the fevered comment, the assumption seems to be that British culture should be counterposed with other alien cultures, which are problematically separate from, and should be assimilated into, it. Unfortunately for this assumption, it is a truism of anthropology that cultures vary as much within themselves as between each other. Very few are homogenous. This is why attempts to define "British values" – such as those made by David Cameron and Gordon Brown before him, failed, and why they will always fail. For their definitions are inevitably either so narrow as to exclude people who even by the most restricted definitions are British, or so broad as to include people who by even the most extensive reckoning are not. That is why the far right seeks to define cultures not in terms of values, as mainstream politicians do, but in terms of skin colour and race.Central to this is the way popular discourse has imagined that the British, white working class has somehow been discriminated against in terms of access to jobs, housing and public services. It is a nonsense, of course – and whenever examples are put forward, they almost invariably turn out to be untrue and to conflate issues of disadvantage with those of culture and race.
| Peter Guillam | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk
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Should we talk to young children about race?

Should we talk to young children about race? | anti-racism framework | Scoop.it
Which is better, to talk to kids about race, or to not address it at all? One of the most talked-about recent studies on how parents talk to their children about race, featured in the book "Nurture Shock," is famous for an odd reason: the study was never completed, and no findings were published. Why? As it turns out, parents had signed up for a study about how parents communicate with their children, but when they found out that one of the topics was race, they backed out en masse. The researchers had secured grant funding to do the research, managed to work out the logistics of bringing out parents and kids to the research site, and set up the laboratory. Yet they failed to anticipate that, with the possibility of researchers overhearing or analyzing what they were saying, parents would simply refuse to talk about race. The findings, or lack thereof, of this study are striking because they reveal how deeply ingrained the idea of colorblindness is in American society. Colorblindness dictates that we should not notice or talk about race, and thus the right thing to do in polite company is to not acknowledge difference. The goal is noble: as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. movingly said, we want to judge people "not by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character." Accordingly, a large study of racial socialization (Hughes et al., 2006) concluded that parents of majority and minority children alike do emphasize hard work, virtue, self-acceptance, and equality when raising their children. Yet, in our increasingly multicultural society, our children are going to be exposed to race-related issues sooner or later-and they need to be prepared. Children may witness acts of exclusion or rejection based on race, or will themselves be targets of discrimination. It is precisely for these instances that parents must provide their children with a framework for understanding difference, for helping them place such experiences within a developmentally appropriate narrative about the meaning of race both within their family and their culture.
By Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton, Ph.D| Psychology Today
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Home-made Footy Hijabs for True Believers

Home-made Footy Hijabs for True Believers | anti-racism framework | Scoop.it
Australian fashion designer Shanaaz Copeland began making hijabs in AFL colours for her football-loving children and friends but she has decided to take it to the next level, directly to the AFL. The single mother of four girls said her home-made footy hijabs have so far received a positive reaction from the community and she aims to discuss the idea with AFL clubs. ''When you go to the footy, it's not about who you are. ''It's about people embracing one another and just enjoying their sport together,'' said Ms Copeland.The hijabs are detailed with AFL team colours and their respective logos and can be worn over football jumpers as a neck scarf, headscarf or a wrap. ''The best thing about the hijabs is that not only Muslim women, but anybody, can wear them,'' said Ms Copeland. AFL commercial manager Ishika Kawiratne said Ms Copeland's footy hijabs were a ''really good idea'' and she hopes the clubs will also respond positively. For now, Ms Copeland is showcasing the hijabs - currently in Carlton, Collingwood, and Essendon colours - at the Melbourne Immigration Museum's new Identity: Yours, Mine, Ours exhibition. Collingwood footballer Harry O'Brien, who was invited to feature in the exhibition, said Ms Copeland's hijabs were ''extremely inspiring'' and also reflected on growing social awareness within the AFL. ''There's a new generation of players educated on religious, racial and ethnical differences and today there are a lot fewer cases of racism and discrimination on the field,'' said Mr O'Brien.
Identity: Yours, Mine, Ours opens at the Melbourne Immigration Museum on May 11.
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EU anti-racism body warns of rising prejudice

EU anti-racism body warns of rising prejudice | anti-racism framework | Scoop.it
In its latest report, the European Commission's watchdog on Racism, the ECRI says several countries have not only failed to protect ethnic and religious minorities, most countries lack wholesome visions on how to integrate them. Particularly, at a time when vote-banks of far right parties are swelling across Europe. The ECRI has been critical of France, which keeps no statistics on how many minorities it has. While many say verbal and physical abuse on Muslims has intensified and attacks on the Roma attacks have earned it a bad image, no solutions have yet been offered. Instead, the newly passed laws banning headscarves and Burqas have stigmatized the country's biggest minority. The impacts of such actions are now being felt, even among Catholics, the French society's majority population. In a recent survey, just around 50 percent of Catholics say they are satisfied with their president. When he came to power four years ago, over 70 percent of them had voted in his favor. France has until 2012 to come up with concrete proposals to fight racism and discrimination in the country. That is also the year when the French will elect a new President and vote for a new Parliament, which in turn will prove how effective those proposals will be.
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This multiculturalism debate is not about culture (UK)

The idea that there is a distinct set of British values is a myth. All cultures are multi-cultures – this debate is being used as a proxy. The debate about multiculturalism is hotting up.It also clearly splits the coalition, as the contrasting speeches of David Cameron and Nick Clegg have shown.In all the fevered comment, the assumption seems to be that British culture should be counterposed with other alien cultures, which are problematically separate from, and should be assimilated into, it. Unfortunately for this assumption, it is a truism of anthropology that cultures vary as much within themselves as between each other. Very few are homogenous. By Peter Guillam
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Types of Anti-Racism Initiatives

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There are 23 types of anti-racism initiatives described on the University of Western Sydney site. Here are the first twelve:

1. Celebrations of cultural diversity
2. Provide accurate information to dispel 'false beliefs'
3. Engage local residents in conversations and consultations
4. Leverage emotions
5. Identify positive commonalities and diversities
6. Social and cultural context
7. Highlight contradictions and inconsistencies in false beliefs, prejudices and values
8. Evaluation
9. Articulate consensus and social norms
10. Cross-cultural context
11. Describing self and group identities
12. Addressing the use of language in maintaining and regulating relationships
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‘Ethnic’ voters, unite! You have nothing to lose but your temper

‘Ethnic’ voters, unite! You have nothing to lose but your temper | anti-racism framework | Scoop.it
This federal election campaign has turned me into an angry “ethnic” voter and the Conservatives, Liberals and NDP are all to blame. While all three political parties have pandered to so-called ethnic voters in previous elections, they have never been this brazen. In fact, the callous tactics that have come to typify the 2011 campaign mark a new low for Canadian multiculturalism. This country has witnessed some of the most appalling acts of ethnic reductionism in recent memory and it is fuelling a backlash from voters. Last week alone we learned that a Conservative candidate once hosted a televised tribute to the Tamil Tigers, but also of that party’s misguided attempt to set up a multicultural photo op for Stephen Harper featuring Canadians wearing “ethnic costumes” as props. Any honest discussion of multiculturalism must include an acknowledgement that some Canadians, including those who trace their origins to the Caribbean, Africa or even our diverse aboriginal communities, are routinely ignored because of perverted perceptions of their economic worth. And that, in a nutshell, is the sad and uncomfortable truth about this election campaign: In the eyes of the major parties, some of us ethnics count more than others. Although most of us abhor that bigotry, we are still being manipulated to think along those lines. Why else would the party leaders spend so much of their time hobnobbing with Bollywood stars or take great pains to don headgear to offer their Vaisakhi wishes, while looking extremely awkward in the process. The more political candidates rely on the politics of division, the more they risk alienating voters like me who are fed up of being treated like cultural curiosities.

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Biraciality.wordpress.com

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A site to unite Biracial/Multi-Racial individuals, families, and couples.
Honoring Interracial families and children.
A forum to discuss Biracial/Multi-Racial/Interracial experiences.
Uniting us together through love!
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[Video] Cyprus Immigration Policy Under Scrutiny (PressTV)

[Video] Cyprus Immigration Policy Under Scrutiny (PressTV) | anti-racism framework | Scoop.it
Cyprus is one of four European Union countries that has come under the scrutiny of a wide range of organisations working under the umbrella of the HUMA network - Health for Undocumented Migrants and Asylum Seekers. The whole aim of the report is to provide policy makers, NGO’s and the general public with a better insight into the welfare needs of these vulnerable groups, where according to the Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants, women are at particular risk.The denunciation of migrants is sometimes carried out by healthcare profession itself, and the report’s coordinators want to stress that immigration and healthcare can and should be kept separate. A key theme from this particular gathering is the need to educate people about immigration – after all, there was a time not so long ago when many Cypriots themselves sought and received asylum in other countries. In a climate of international unease and review on all things pertaining to immigration the message from this multi-organisational drive is refreshingly simple. No matter who you are, where you come from, state of your papers .. you have the same right to healthcare as the person standing next to you in whichever country you find yourself within the European Union.
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