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‘They don’t belong’: police called on Native American teens on college tour

A mother on the tour told authorities the young men were creepy and really stand out, causing them to miss the rest of the event A mother on a Colorado college tour called the police on two Native American students in the group because they looked like they dont belong, in the latest episode to ignite outrage over racial profiling and needless calls to law enforcement in the US. Two teenage brothers had traveled from New Mexico for the tour at Colorado State University (CSU) on Monday when a parent…

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How should white people talk about Kanye West?

There are good reasons to be concerned about the very harmful comments that Kanye has been saying. But theres one catch you arent black, and Kanye is As the entirety of the internet seems to be discussing Kanye Wests most recent ass-hattery and all of black Twitter seems to be heartily enjoying #IfSlaveryWasAChoice shenanigans, you, a concerned non-black person may be wondering how do I join in this discussion? Maybe you were a big fan of Wests music and now you feel personally let down by how hard hes trying…

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Amber Rudd resigns hours after Guardian publishes deportation targets letter

PM accepts Rudds resignation after 200 MPs sign letter accusing her of making up immigration policy on the hoof Amber Rudd has dramatically resigned as home secretary, after repeatedly struggling to account for her role in the unjust treatment of Windrush generation migrants. The home secretary was forced to step down after a series of revelations in the Guardian over Windrush as the Guardian revealed that in a leaked 2017 letter to Theresa May, Rudd had told the prime minister of her intention to increase deportations by 10% seemingly at…

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Anti-Muslim campaigners denied entry to UK at border

Martin Sellner and Abel Bodi stopped at Stansted en route to far-right event in London Two prominent anti-Muslim campaigners have been denied entry into the UK ahead of a conference held by Britains newest and most active far-right group. Martin Sellner, from Austria, and the Hungarian Abel Bodi were due to attend the private Generation Identity conference in London on Saturday. They were detained at Stansted airport the second time in a month that Sellner, the leader of Generation Identity, has been prevented from entering the UK by border officials.…

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Emma Watsons willingness to face the truth about race is refreshing | Lola Okolosie

I hope that the actors acknowledgment that she has benefited from being white will lead others to ask themselves hard questions too, says Lola Okolosie, an English teacher and freelance writer Feminism, to quote Sojourner Truth asked the Womens Convention in Akron, Ohio, Aint I a Woman?. There she was demanding that white feminists include black womens struggles in the fight for womens rights. It was there, too, in acknowledged this week. To have a Black Feminist, wrote: The feminist story belongs to all women everywhere but that is not…

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Zora Neale Hurston study of last survivor of US slave trade to be published

Due in May, Barracoon is based on the novelists 1931 interviews with Cudjo Lewis, who had arrived in the US in 1860 A previously unpublished work by Zora Neale Hurston, in which the author of Their Eyes Were Watching God recounts the true story of the last known survivor of the Atlantic slave trade, is set to be released next year, more than half a century after her death in 1960. Barracoon is based on the three months Hurston spent in Plateau, Alabama, in 1931, interviewing Cudjo Lewis, who had…

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I am the woman in the ‘racist Dove ad’. I am not a victim

When Dove offered me the chance to be the face of a new body wash campaign, I jumped. I had no idea I would become the unwitting poster child for racist advertising From a very young age, Ive been told, Youre so pretty for a dark-skinned girl. I am a Nigerian woman, born in London and raised in Atlanta. Ive grown up very aware of societys opinion that dark-skinned people, especially women, would look better if our skin were lighter. I know that the beauty industry has fueled this opinion…

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Did Russia fake black activism on Facebook to sow division in the US?

The popular Blacktivist account claimed to be a force for community organizing. Now it looks to have been part of Russias effort to influence politics When longtime Baltimore activists first saw a Facebook account called Blacktivist organizing a local police brutality march, they were immediately suspicious. The page honoring died in police custody a year earlier, quickly acquired a sizable following, but no one knew who was running it. Heber Brown III, a pastor and community organizer, messaged Blacktivist asking if the person lived in Baltimore. No, replied Blacktivist on…

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‘America has done a terrible job of telling the truth about racism’

Montgomery was a vital artifice of the domestic slave trade throughout the 19th century, a fact that often gets overlooked If one set out to crown a symbolic epicenter for the 400-odd year odyssey of white supremacy in the US, they would be hard-pressed to do better than Montgomery, Alabama. It was at the statehouse in Montgomery that Jefferson Davis was first inaugurated as the president of the Confederacy in a bid to preserve the institution of slavery and in defense of the inferiority of the black race. It was…

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Take away Aung San Suu Kyis Nobel peace prize. She no longer deserves it | George Monbiot

Once she was an inspiration. Now, silent on the plight of the Rohingya, she is complicit in crimes against humanity, writes the Guardian columnist George Monbiot Few of us expect much from political leaders: to do otherwise is to invite despair. But to Aung San Suu Kyi we entrusted our hopes. To mention her name was to invoke patience and resilience in the face of suffering, courage and determination in the unyielding struggle for freedom. She was an inspiration to us all. Friends of mine devoted their working lives to…

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Why are white people expats when the rest of us are immigrants?

Surely any person going to work outside their country is an expatriate? But no, the word exclusively applies to white people In the lexicon of human migration there are still hierarchical words, created with the purpose of putting white people above everyone else. One of those remnants is the word expat. What is an expat? And who is an expat? According to Wikipedia, an expatriate (often shortened to expat) is a person temporarily or permanently residing in a country other than that of the persons upbringing. The word comes from…

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Charlottesville: far-right crowd with torches encircles counter-protest group

People gathering to oppose Unite the Right demonstration say they were hit with pepper spray and lighter fluid in clash on University of Virginia campus Hundreds of far-right demonstrators wielded torches as they marched on to the University of Virginia campus in Charlottesville on Friday night and reportedly attacked a much smaller group of counter-protesters who had linked arms around a statue of Thomas Jefferson. Starting at a municipal park less than a mile away, alt-right protesters who have gathered for the weekend Unite the Right rally marched in a…

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Google reportedly fires author of anti-diversity memo

CEO Sundar Pichai says internal document that criticised efforts to promote women and under-represented minorities is contrary to our basic values Google reportedly fired a software engineer on Monday after a in a memo to employees. It is contrary to our basic values and our code of conduct. The firing of the memos author, who identified himself as James Damore in an email to the Guardian, was first reported by tweeted a link to further comments by Pichai: Our co-workers shouldnt have to worry that each time they open their…

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Unlearning the myth of American innocence

The long read: When she was 30, Suzy Hansen left the US for Istanbul and began to realise that Americans will never understand their own country until they see it as the rest of the world does My mother recently found piles of my notebooks from when I was a small child that were filled with plans for my future. I was very ambitious. I wrote out what I would do at every age: when I would get married and when I would have kids and when I would open…

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Issa Rae: ‘So much of the media presents blackness as fierce and flawless. Im not’

The creator of Insecure talks the dating totem pole, films obsession with slavery and the gender-race pay gap as season two begins I dont want the stench of the current administration on this show, says Issa Rae. I dont want people to look back and be like: Oh, this was a Trump show. I want them to look back and say Insecure was an Sex and The City, which Rae co-created, writes and stars in, first aired on HBO last autumn, exactly a month before the US election. Culturally, Obama…

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