First, let’s start with the basics…
What is Racism/White Supremacy?
A global system of people who classify themselves as White, and are dedicated to abusing and/or subjugating everyone in the known Universe, whom they classify as not White, in all areas of people activity (i.e. Economics, Entertainment, Education, Labor, Law, Politics, Religion, Sex, and War).
How do you qualify to be a Victim of Racism?
How do you qualify to be a Victimizer?
What is the purpose of identifying yourself as a Victim of Racism?
The U.S. Department of Education will send federal monitors to observe Oakland public schools’ efforts to curb high levels of Black student suspensions.
The measure, agreed upon by the Oakland Unified School District late last week, closes an investigation by the DOE’s Office for Civil Rights into whether the district gave Black students harsher punishments than their white counterparts.
According to figures obtained by the Los Angeles Times, African-Americans accounted for 63 percent of students in the district with at least one suspension and 61 percent of those who were expelled, but make-up just 39 percent of the district’s total enrollment.
Unfortunately, the disparity in discipline is not just an Oakland problem.
Last year, the DOE launched a similar investigation into Maryland’s Anne Arundel County school district after the NAACP filed a formal complaint with the agency. The NAACP alleged that the school system subjected African-American students to more discipline referrals, suspensions and expulsions.
The DOE’s Maryland probe and the subsequent reforms resulted in a nearly 40 percent drop in suspensions among African-American students and now Oakland is considering similar measures.
Russlynn Ali, the DOE’s assistant secretary for civil rights, told the paper that the agency is working with the district to “change the culture in schools and classrooms that too often gives rise to extraordinary rates of discipline.”
The five-year plan will focus on revising discipline policies and implementing viable alternatives to suspensions such as restroative justice models.
Advertisers do that when they think they might get a negative reaction from viewers.
The commercial — Facebook’s first ever big TV campaign ad — is a lushly filmed existential inquest into the question of whether we are alone or together.
But it uses a lot of racial shorthand in order to represent exactly who “we” are. Unfortunately, that shorthand indicates that black people like to sit on junky furniture on the sidewalk, while white people lounge in richly furnished rooms and teach prestigious classes. Black people dance wildly, while white people do the Electric Slide. And so on.
Take a guess what Arab life is like in the Facebook universe.
We’re not saying that Facebook or W+K is racist. That would be ridiculous. We’re just saying that when you need to use visual cues to briefly signify the full diversity of the human race, you could make a different choice than showing a black neighborhood where chickens peck in the street.
We’ve put the full video at the end of this frame-by-frame, so you can make your own judgments.
The first person we meet in the ad is this elderly African American, reading a newspaper at what appears to be a bus stop. So far, so good:
But the elderly white man gets to sit in a lushly furnished house. Maybe we’re reading too much into this, but …
… the black kid plays on a junky old kitchen chair in the middle of the street. We know it’s not a wealthy neighborhood because of what’s in the background …
… chickens. There are chickens in the street:
There are also deck chairs in the street. Not on the beach, or on a wide grassy lawn, but the street:
Farther East, this Arab boy takes a break on his chair, which is also out in the street. Also, note that the town he’s living in is crumbling, just like all Arab towns, right?
Finally, Facebook’s ‘Great Nation’ is a European one:
Here’s the full ad so you can judge for yourself:
The number of young adults needing treatment for heroin or crack in England has plummeted to its lowest ever level with a 23% drop in the last year, according to the latest figures from the National Treatment Agency.
The over-40s are now the only age group whose numbers going into drug treatment are still going up and they now account for almost a third of the 197,000 adults in the programme in England and Wales.
Paul Hayes, the NTA chief executive, said they were mainly people in their 40s and 50s who had been using heroin and crack since the epidemics of the 1980s and 1990s and whose health was now seriously deteriorating. This has been reflected in a sharp rise in drug-related deaths among over-40s over the past decade from 504 in 2001 to 802 last year.
The annual drug treatment figures show that the number of young adults going into treatment for heroin fell last year from 5,532 to 4,268, a drop of 23%, and nearly two-thirds lower than the 11,306 who entered treatment in 2005/06. This compares with 16,187 over-40s who went into treatment last year.
Heroin remains the biggest problem for those in treatment with 96,343 out of 197,110 adults in the programme getting help for heroin dependency and a further 63,199 getting help for heroin and crack. A total of 15,194 are getting help for cannabis and 9,640 for powder cocaine.
Hayes also said the figures showed that record numbers of drug addicts in England were recovering from addiction with nearly 30,000 successfully completing their treatment in 2011/2012. He added that nearly one-third of users in the past seven years had successfully completed their treatment and did not return.
Hayes said one factor behind the decline in young adults going into treatment was the existence of a “savvier generation of young people who seem to know what heroin and crack is going to do to you”.
The NTA chief executive said: “The original pool of heroin and crack addicts is shrinking and because fewer people are using heroin or crack, it’s not being topped up.
“Less positively, there’s an increasing challenge from older drug users, many of whom are still in the system and others who began using in the 1980s and 1990s are now beginning to access treatment as their health deteriorates.”
He said there were risks ahead, especially in an age of austerity: “No one could have predicted in the 1980s that one of the consequences of the recession would have been mass heroin use. It came from nowhere.
“Whilst this recession has not produced the same levels of youth unemployment that the 1980s did, youth unemployment, hopelessness among young people, provides fertile territory for the next drugs threat to take hold.”
He also warned that the current levels of investment in drug treatment could not be guaranteed in the current financial climate. The NTA is being abolished next year and will become part of the new public health service, and treatment budgets are being transferred to “squeezed” local authorities. This could put support services for drug users in long-term recovery at risk.
Martin Barnes of the drugs information charity Drugscope said the decline in heroin use and dependency, especially among young people, was a sign that drug treatment had been turning the tide of the heroin epidemic of the 1980s.
“Despite encouraging trends in declining drug use, drug and alcohol dependency continue to blight the lives of many, with harms and costs for individuals, families and communities,” he said.
Great Western hospital, Swindon, where Asian workers claim employment practices amounted to racial discrimination.
Carillion, the outsourcing giant, has been accused of racial discrimination by Asian-origin hospital workers who claim they were told by white managers to give gold watches, bangles and cash in exchange for favours.
Forty eight staff of Goan origin said in employment tribunal papers that they were subjected to a culture of intimidation and fear by supervisors at the Great Western Hospital in Swindon, Wiltshire.
One particularly disturbing aspect of this, it is alleged, was the practice of managers to demand “gifts” from non-white staff including cash, jewellery, cigarettes, alcohol and, in one instance, a duvet.
In return, staff would be granted holiday and overtime requests, allowing them to return to Goa to visit family members or attend religious festivals, it is claimed.
When staff complained of the practice as early as 2007, they faced harassment for trade union membership and whistle-blowing, it is claimed.
A spokeswoman for Carillion said that there were incidents of gift giving for favours from managers, but added that these have been investigated thoroughly and disciplinary procedures are in place. The company will vigorously defend itself against the claims.
Carillion is one of the UK’s leading companies in providing support services to local and central government through a variety of Public and Private Partnership projects. In a 2012 interim report, entitled ‘Making Tomorrow a Better Place’, the company’s revenue is listed as £2.2bn with underlying profit before taxation amounting to £73.1m.
Jose Estrocio, a claimant and GMB union representative, said that the tribunal cases follow years of intimidation and complaints.
“We are in a developed country and had to give money and gold for holidays. None of the white cleaners had to do this, it was only the Goan community.”
Shah Qureshi, a partner at the law firm Bindmans, said that those that complained were victimised with the threat of disciplinary action.
“This type of scenario is akin to the ‘master and servant’ relationship of Victorian Britain and should have no place in the 21st Century,” he said.
Most of the workers were recruited in Britain to work for Carillion as porters, cleaners, and members of the housekeeping staff in Swindon’s biggest hospital.
Supervisors maintained a system whereby they expected gifts in return for favours but their demands were only made of non-white employees, according to the writ.
Paulo Fernandes, a union rep, claimed that when he applied for a porter’s job, he was asked by a female manager “What will you give me?” before being asked for a gold chain of a certain length, saying it had to be visible and not too long or too short.
Fernandes, accompanied by a friend, handed over a chain belonging to his wife at the manager’s house, it is claimed.
He began work as a porter, but after four weeks was told that he was not doing his job properly and would have to return to a housekeeping job, it is also claimed. “The claimant started to cry and was in complete shock,” the papers noted.
Another claimant, Irene de Souza, wanted to travel to Goa for 10 days in January 2011.
She claimed a manager asked her for a gift, and she felt compelled to hand over perfume and a watch worth £25. This was particularly distressing, she claimed, because it was a gift from her children.
The gift-giving system carried on for years before the claimants joined the GMB union and issued a collective grievance procedure in December 2011, court papers said.
The company carried out an investigation, the papers said, and the claimant cleaners were interviewed and told that their evidence was confidential.
However, in June, the company told the workers that they were going to be subject to a disciplinary hearing because they had given gifts in return for benefits, the papers alleged.
Staff say that one of the managers involved in obtaining gifts has left the company.
A spokeswoman for Carillion said they have investigated the allegations and concluded that gifts have been given in exchange for favours from managers.
So far, 58 members of staff have filed claims with the tribunal since February, she said, and these will be “vigorously” defended by the company.
“In the circumstances it was appropriate that Carillion carried out disciplinary processes with employees who admitted giving or facilitating gifts for advantage. This is an ongoing process but outcomes so far have included training to those who gave gifts for advantage – not sanction.
“To be clear: Carillion will not tolerate racism or racist remarks from any of our employees, and racism goes completely against all our values as an organisation, as well as our policies.
“Claims are presently being subjected to a formal case management process by the tribunal. It is only once this process is completed at the end of this year that we will have a clear understanding of which cases the tribunal will expect Carillion to defend – and which claims the tribunal will not allow to proceed,” she said.
Racism is one of the greatest criminal acts practiced by man against man. And Islam is the most racist, bigoted, discriminatory ideology ever created by man. Racism is the belief that inherent different traits in human racial groups justify discrimination. It is applied especially to the practice or advocacy of racial discrimination of a pernicious nature (i.e. which harms particular groups of peo…