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Indian Society is obsessed with white skin and it could be because of colonisation from British Empire that Indians want to look like their former master. If we look in Indian society the darker colour of skin the person is then more likely the person to be treated as a lower class in Indian society that it’s colonial mentally that Britain left for Indians to discriminate among themselves.
However, today India is considered one of future economic power in world and it has high advance education institutions included IT institutions that it’s attracting lot of African students to study computer Science in India and also it’s attracting African immigrants to buy cheap goods to send back to Africa. It means Africans are contributing for development of Indian economy too.
Then why some Indians are treating blacks or Africans inferior in contrast to them just because of their colour of skin? Let follow some stories about Black people in India.
African married an Indian.
Nigerian Sambo Davis is married to an Indian woman and lives in Mumbai. All his documents are valid, but he was arrested by the police recently on suspicion of being a drug dealer. He and 30 other black Africans were detained for hours before they were let off with an apology. But the following day, Mr Davis said that he was shocked to read in local newspapers that they were “arrested for drug peddling”.
“The police treat us Africans like dogs,” Davis says.
Nigerian Davis married an indian woman Sheeba Rani.
Mr Davis claims he often faces discrimination when he goes to restaurants or when he tries to rent an apartment in gated middle class communities. But he is nevertheless one of the lucky ones. He found a decent flat to rent, thanks to his Indian wife.
But his fellow countrymen, he says, still face discrimination: “When they go to rent flats in a normal building they are told – ‘you are a black man, you are Nigerian, and you are not wanted’. This is racism.”
Against such a background of obvious prejudice, Sheeba Rani married Sambo Davis four years ago and the couple have two children.
Mrs Davis says her parents are tolerant Christians and they blessed them because they thought the marriage was God’s wish. But, she says, she has been excluded by many friends, relatives and society since her marriage.
Mrs Davis is “embarrassed and ashamed” by the behaviour of the Indian people towards black Africans. “When I used to go to a mall or if I walked with him, I always wanted him to hold my hand. But when people saw me with him, they thought I was from a bad family or even a prostitute.” Earlier, she did not understand why black people were being looked down upon, but now she says she does. “Because our society is obsessed with white skin. If I had married a white man, I would have gained more friends and society’s approval too.”
Mr Davis believes that the discrimination is solely “because I am a black man”. “It’s because I am from Africa, I am a Nigerian. I think Indians see us as inferior.”
We look after Indians in our countries. They have become rich there. All we want here is for Indians to understand we are not drug dealers. We are not violent. We are just like them.”
African students in Indian
Twenty-three-year-old Richie Ronsard left his home in the Congo two years ago to fulfil his childhood dream of obtaining a degree from an established institute in the India. The reality check was not long in coming.
“I arrived in this city with a lot of expectations. India has a very positive reputation in my country. I was sure that this was going to change my life, but instead I soon learnt that the image of the country outside far surpassed the reality I faced once I was here,” Ronsard adding he has been treated like a third class citizen from day one. “Wherever I go out in public I feel out of place. People stare at me all the time. They call me names like ‘kalu’ and laugh at me. One day in the metro a small child came running to me and started shouting that word at me and pulling my shirt. His mother stood there looking at him without stopping him.
Richard Ronsard congolese
student in New Dehli
I couldn’t say or do anything because it was just a child, but inside I felt embarrassed and even angry. Is this how your children are being educated,” asked Ronsard, who has political ambitions and is working toward a masters in PPE (Politics, Philosophy and Economy).
The stereotyping of Africans, especially Nigerians, in India as drug dealers has in some part affected how most Africans are treated in the national capital and elsewhere. This puts them under the scanner of the police and often intrudes upon their rights and privacy.
“At least twice a week during the first year I was being visited by the local cops in what they referred to as a general check. I wonder if that is also what happens to non-Africans here,” Ronsard stated.
However, despite the growing interest by foreigners in Indian educational institutes, especially universities, little has been done to ensure their wellbeing by either the state or the educational representatives. It is not just Ronsard, but many other African students in the capital share his story. Fredrick Kaitale is a 20-year-old from Uganda studying for his Bachelors in Business Management in. For him, who has met and dealt with the large Indian community in his country, being seen as different in India came as a big shock.
“I am proud to be black, so I don’t mind being called “Kalu”, but it does feel weird when I am stared at continuously. Every day I meet other Africans who have been victims of racism ill-treated not just by the people on the street but also by the authorities, who turn a blind eye to what is happening in front of them,” Kaitale said.
Additionally, getting decent living accommodation is a major task for African students who come to India. Many of them are turned away at the doorstep by potential landlords as soon as they see that the students are black. Valid reasons are not given, but it is evident from the manner that they are turned away.
Omongin Emmanuel spent a number of months trying to find a flat to rent in a decent neighbourhood, but kept getting turned away.
“The brokers kept getting back to me saying that the landlords did not want to rent out to Africans. Apparently, most of them believe that we indulge in illegal activities. They would come up with excuses like government regulations, said the 25-year-old Ugandan who is studying for a Masters in Public Relations and Event Management.
“My father is a diplomat and even with his help, it took me very long to get a place to stay. Despite my connections, it took me so long, so what happens to the normal, unconnected African who is looking for a roof over his head,” Emmanuel wondered.
For many, the problems do not end even after getting a place to stay. “My neighbour has done everything from calling the police to complain about made up noises he was hearing to cutting my water supply. It is a constant battle to be normal here.” says Ronsard.
“The government really needs to work actively towards improving relations between India and Africa.
This can be done by putting laws against racism in place. People should be scared of the legal repercussions of racist remarks and bullying. Also, the media needs to have more programs that focus on black Africa so that we don’t seem so alien when we get here,” Emmanuel Onaputa, a second year BBA student from the Congo, suggested.
Black American in India
Dr. Diepiriye Kuku-Siemons did his PhD in Dehli School of Economic. he wrote an article to Colombo telegraph about his experience of racism in India that it was titled ‘India Is Racist, And Happy About It’
Once I stood gazing at the giraffes at the Lucknow Zoo only to turn and see 50-odd families gawking at me rather than the exhibit. Parents abruptly withdrew infants that inquisitively wandered towards me. I felt like an exotic African creature-cum-spectacle, stirring fear and awe. Even my attempts to beguile the public through simple greetings or smiles are often not reciprocated. Instead, the look of wonder swells as if this were all part of the act and we were all playing our parts.
Dr. Diepiriye Kuku-Siemons
Discrimination in Delhi surpasses the denial of courtesy. I have been denied visas, apartments, entrance to discos, attentiveness, kindness and the benefit of doubt. Further, the lack of neighbourliness exceeds what locals describe as normal for a capital already known for its coldness. My partner is white and I am black, facts of which the Indian public reminds us daily. Bank associates have denied me a chair, while falling over to please my white friend. Mall shop attendants have denied me attentiveness, while mobbing my partner. Who knows what else is more quietly denied?
“An African has come,” a guard announced over the intercom as I showed up. Whites are afforded the luxury of their own names, but this careful attention to my presence was not new. ATM guards stand and salute my white friend, while one guard actually asked me why I had come to the bank machine as if I might have said that I was taking over his shift.
This is a question! How so many people can be hateful towards Black people without so much care about the conscience? Is it takes a lot of effort to be hateful towards people than it is much easier to show love toward others human being without looking in their colour of Skin.
When it comes to fair treatment, let’s just be honest, Blacks or Africans are the most discriminated against demographic in the world, for that matter. For whatever reason, nobody has a problem discriminating against Black people.
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Propaganda (page 13)
We are living in a civilization that is highly developed. We are living in a world that is scientifically arranged in which everything done by those who control is done through system; proper arrangement, proper organization, and among some of the organized methods used to control the world is the thing known and called ” propaganda. ” Propaganda has done more to defeat the good intentions of races and nations than even open warfare. Propaganda is a method or medium used by organized peoples to convert others against their will. We of the Negro race are suffering more than any other race in the world from propaganda — Propaganda to destroy our hopes, our ambitions and our confidence in self.
Education (page 15)
To be learned in all that is worthwhile knowing. Not to be crammed with the subject matter of the book or the philosophy of the class room, but to store away in your head such facts as you need for the daily application of life, so that you may the better in all things understand your fellowmen, and interpret your relationship to your Creator. You can be educated in soul, vision and feeling, as well as in mind. To see your enemy and know him is a part of the complete education of man; to spiritually regulate one’s self is another form of the higher education that fits man for a nobler place in life, and still, to approach your brother by the feeling of your own humanity, is an education that softens the ills of the world and makes us kind indeed. Many a man was educated outside the school room. It is something you let out, not completely take in. You are part of it, for it is natural; it is dormant simply because you will not develop it, but God creates every man with it knowingly or unknowingly to him wh o possesses it , that’s the difference. Develop yours and you become as great and full of knowledge as the other fellow without even entering the class room.
Miscegenation (page 15)
Some of the men of the Negro race aggravate the race question because they force t he white man to conclude that to educate a black man, to give him opportunities, is but to fit him to be a competitor for the hand of his woman; hence the eternal race question. But not all black men are willing to commit race suicide and to abhor their r ace for the companionship of another. There are hundreds of millions of us black men who are proud of our skins and to us the African Empire will not be a Utopia, neither will it be dangerous nor fail to serve our best interests, because we realize that like the leopard we cannot change our skins. The men of the highest morals, highest character and noblest pride are to be found among the masses of the Negro race who love their women with as much devotion as white men love theirs.
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Due to double-digit black unemployment, the lack of permanent, living-wage-paying jobs, the skyrocketing cost of college tuition, and blatant racism in the job market, many young black people are turning to the military as an alternative, hoping to learn a skill and create some sort of financial future.
At the same time, there has been an increase of the number of ROTC programs (Reserve Officers’ Training Corps sponsored by the United States Armed Forces) in black high schools across the United States, even while many black schools are closing their doors.
Joining the military seems to be the best alternative for a large number of black youth who do not want to wind up permanently unemployed, working in slave-wage temporary jobs, or rotting away in the prison-industial-complex.
That being said, I thought it was super-important to reblog Abagond’s post on LaVena Johnson to give young black males AND females–who are considering a career in the military–some LIFE-SAVING food for thought.
If you’ve ever consider sharing anything I’ve posted, this is the one post you should share with as many young people, neighbors, friends, family, coworkers, parents, and grandparents, as possible.
LaVena Johnson (1985-2005), an American soldier, was the first female soldier from Missouri to die in the Iraq War. The Army called it suicide. Her parents say she was beat up, raped, shot in the head and then dragged to a storage tent that was set on fire to destroy the evidence.
There are at least 13 other such “suicides”.
LaVena Johnson was an honour student. She played violin. She lived in suburban St Louis, her father a doctor. By all accounts she was a happy soul. Her parents had hoped she would go to university. Instead, deeply affected by 9/11, she joined the Army, like her father and grandfather before her.
In May 2005 the Army sent her to Iraq.
On July 17th she talked to her mother by telephone. She seemed in good spirits. She talked about coming home for Christmas: “Don’t decorate the tree without me.”
On July 19th a soldier with a black book knocked on her parents’s door. He regretfully informed them of their daughter’s death. Her 20th birthday became her wake.
The Army says her boyfriend of two months sent an email from his home in Kentucky to break up with her. She printed out the emails and set them and the tent on fire. She shot herself in the head with her M-16.
Her father did not believe it. At her height (5 foot or 1.52m) an M-16 would have blown off her head.
The Army sent him its autopsy report with xeroxed black-and-white pictures. It said she had a busted lip, broken teeth, scratch marks on her neck, chemical burns to her genitals but no serious injuries apart from the gunshot.
The gunshot was on the left side of her head. LaVena Johnson was right-handed.
The pictures seemed airbrushed. Her father noticed they came from a CD-ROM. The Army said he had no right to it. He was able to get it under the Freedom of Information Act.
The CD-ROM had the original colour pictures:
The tent she was found in belonged to KBR, a military contractor, a spin-off of Vice President Dick Cheney’s Halliburton.
CBS News paid for a second autopsy. Her body was taken from the grave. Parts of her tongue, vagina and anus were missing. Her neck was broken. All things the Army did not report in its autopsy.
Neither CBS nor ABC reported the story, despite spending thousands on it. Essence magazine printed a watered-down account. All three make money from Army ads. For Essence those ads are make-or-break – and are aimed at black women.
The Army says the case is closed.
(END OF ABAGOND’S BLOGPOST)
Source: American Journal of Industrial Medicine
The view of women as sexual prey rather than as responsible adults has always been part of military culture. Women today are indispensable to the military. Nevertheless, one woman soldier observed: “There are only three things the guys let you be if you’re a girl in the military – a bitch, a ho, or a dyke.”
Not all military men see women soldiers this way, but too many do. The hostility is shown by undermining women’s authority, denying promotions, denigrating their work, sexual harassment, sexual assault and rape.
Although this is an epidemic, it is not being treated as one.
An Epidemic of Male-on-Male Rape in the US Military
The Pentagon estimates that last year 13,900 of the 1.2 million men on active duty endured sexual assault while 12,100 of the 203,000 women in uniform experienced the same crime — or 38 men per day versus 33 women per day. Yet the Defense Department also acknowledges “male survivors report at much lower rates than female survivors.”
The Washington Times reported “The Defense Department estimates 19,000 sexual assaults occur each year, but only 17 percent are ever reported. In 2010 … 8,600 victims [who reported were female, an incredible 4 percent of the women in the military that year], and 10,700 victims were male, reported the Service Woman’s Action Network.”
(In other words we have no idea how many males and females are being raped who either do not report it or are “silenced” the way LaVena Johnson was silenced).
In its latest report on sexual assault, the Pentagon estimated that 26,000 service members experienced unwanted sexual contact in 2012, up from 19,000 in 2010. Of those cases, the Pentagon says, 53 percent involved attacks on men, mostly by other men.
Though women, who represent about 15 percent of the force, are significantly more likely to be sexually assaulted in the military than men, experts say assaults against men have been vastly under-reported.
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How do you snatch defeat from the jaws of victory? By winning on the battlefield and losing at the peace table. That was my critique of the gigantic struggle against apartheid when compared to the economic and political situation that prevails in the Republic of South Africa today.
In the U.S., a young man is on the verge of a huge victory on the legal battlefield and he must not become a loser at the peace table. That young man, a veritable “David,” is about to topple a “Goliath!” I’m writing about Marcus Washington, a young African American male who is going up against William Morris Endeavor Entertainment (formerly known as William Morris Agency, the oldest talent agency in Hollywood) and its bevvy of politically connected lawyers: 6 attorneys and 3 paralegals at the elite law firm, Loeb & Loeb LLP. Also, for the second year in a row, one of those opposing attorneys, Michael P. Zweig, has been named “Best Lawyer” in Labor & Employment Litigation by The Best Lawyers in America (2013-2014) and last year, he was named “New York Super Lawyer” for Employment & Labor by Thomson Reuters. Laughingly, this same celebrated attorney was the Chairperson of the Loeb & Loeb Diversity Initiative Committee between 2002 and 2010 and is the Co-Chair of the Employment and Labor Practice Group, while for three years, he has adamantly denied that William Morris has engaged in any unlawful conduct.
William Morris Endeavor Entertainment is headed by Ari Emanuel, the very same outfit that, I was told, stepped in to dampen enthusiasm and support for an excellent documentary by Ian Inaba about my life in politics, American Blackout. Well, Marcus alleged in his complaint filed with the Southern District of New York on December 21, 2010 that this little racist outfit has discriminated against Blacks for more than a century by denying qualified people of color equal employment opportunities, particularly by excluding them from higher-status, higher paying positions such as Agent, thus giving this Hollywood talent agency a race-based monopoly in representing Black talent in all areas of entertainment – from the concert stage to the box office! No wonder so many Black “superstars” are going broke and worse, going to jail! Let’s see if the ones so afflicted also just happen to be the Black celebrities that have a heart for Black people.
Marcus Washington, representing himself as a pro se litigant in a case alleging employment discrimination and institutionalized racism against William Morris Endeavor Entertainment, is on the verge of winning! Look at their client list and see just how big a case this is! According to this 2009 Variety story, William Morris clients include Eddie Murphy, Tyler Perry, Queen Latifah, Forest Whitaker, Whoopi Goldberg, Al Roker, 50 Cent, the late Whitney Houston, Alicia Keys, Spike Lee, Tyra Banks, Kanye West, and many others to name a few. I’ll bet anything that the rest of Black celebritydom is represented by another powerhouse talent agency – Creative Artists Agency (CAA). There are two or three other major talent agencies that were not sued, but according to Leonard Rowe, former President of the Black Concert Promoters Association, these two giants have used demeaning language to refer to their Black clients and the Black community and have put Black concert promoters out of business. Evidence of the demeaning language surfaced in Rowe’s case in 2002 and has been introduced in a total of three Hollywood cases thus far: one brought by Leonard Rowe and a class of black concert promoters who paid $200,000.00 to search the backup tapes of William Morris and CAA but were told by their own attorneys at the law firm Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP (now known as Dentons LLP) that no derogatory terms were ever found, although Rowe discovered this smoking gun evidence on the desk of one of his former attorneys a month later; another suit was a copyright infringement action against Byron Allen and his distributors 20th Century Fox and Starz/ Anchor Bay brought by recording artist and television producer Mark Skeete; and Washington’s suit is the third lawsuit utilizing the e-mail evidence of Hollywood’s demeaning attitude toward Blacks.
The evidence of Hollywood’s unvarnished racial animus introduced in all three of these cases points to the regular use of the words “nigger,” “monkey,” “Uncle Tom,” “coon,” “spooks,” and more in internal e-mail traffic of these agencies’ top Agents and employees. So it should not be a surprise that, according to Marcus Washington’s evidence, William Morris had an explicit policy of not hiring Black agents from 1898 to 1961 and that in 1963, there were more Black Agents employed in the New York office at William Morris (one) than there were when Washington worked there between 2008-2010 (zero).
Recently, the arbitrator in Washington’s case found that William Morris did unlawfully discriminate against Marcus because of his race and that Marcus has suffered monetary damages as a result of that discrimination and that Marcus is due legal fees and costs as a prevailing pro se non-attorney in this three-year legal battle that is still on-going. This is huge!!!!
ARI EMANUEL, is the co-CEO of an organization that is GUILTY of RACIAL DISCRIMINATION.
All the world needs to know this, especially “Hollywood” and the entertainment world. Sealing this decision will prevent all interested parties from knowing that the employment practices of one of the most important cultural organizations in the world.
Now, it is up to Marcus, the Arbitrator and “Lady Justice” to make sure this important victory for civil and human rights is not lost at the peace table. Let’s hope that 2014 will be the year for justice for all who have been discriminated against, oppressed, repressed, stigmatized, ridiculed, silenced, or marginalized by those who wield imperial power with absolute hubris over the individuals and groups that they dominate.
More information and updates on Marcus’s case can be found here.
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