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Anti-racism bill goes back to Parliament

Anti-racism bill goes back to Parliament

An anti-racism bill, foreseeing stiffer penalties for individuals and political parties that engage in racism or incite racist violence, is to be debated in Parliament on Tuesday following months of delays amid objections to its provisions, chiefly by conservative lawmakers.

The bill foresees prison sentences of up to three years and large financial penalties for inciting racist attacks. Those praising the Holocaust and any cases of genocide which have been recognized by international courts or decisions in the Greek Parliament including the Holocaust, the mass killing of Christians in Asia Minor between 1908 and 1922, and the killing of Black Sea Greeks will also face prison time and heavy penalties.

But the provisions of the bill set certain limits, noting that punishment is reserved for those deemed to act maliciously, not those setting out scientific or historical arguments for instance.

Commenting on the bill the night before its unveiling, Justice Minister Haralambos Athanasiou told Kathimerini that it offers Greek society and democracy a modern and comprehensive shield against racist phenomena, xenophobia and bigotry.

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Seething hate even Fox News cant deny: Cliven Bundy is not an outlier

No, all right wingers are not racists, but if you open your ears and listen to what the fringe hate groups that even the likes of Sean Hannity and Fox News cant deny are racist are saying, if you take the time to read some of their broadsides and books (and especially their footnotes and bibliographies), you would realize two things.

First, that that there is a not-so-golden thread running through American history that connects a certain brand of White Protestant Supremacism with a broad trend of rural populism.

Second, that a lot of modern mainstream Republican wisdom comes down to pretty much exactly what Cliven Bundy saidthat a dependence on the free stuff that the government hands out is just a more insidious form of slavery.

The specter of slavery, I wrote in my book The New Hate, has been a perennial theme in American political polemics, from rants against the British during the run-up to the Revolutionary War to Henry Fords International Jew. Heres Herman Cain, back in 2011: Our tax code is the 21st century version of slavery. The IRS has become the overseer of the American people. And heres former U.S. Representative Allen West, in 2012: the Democratic appetite for ever-increasing redistributionary handouts is in fact the most insidious form of slavery remaining in the world today, and it does not promote economic freedom. Both of those guys are black, so they couldnt be racist, right?

Setting aside the irony that Bundys issue with the government is that it expects him to pay for what hes helped himself to for so long, its no wonder that he compares himself to Rosa Parks. George Zimmermans defenders did the same thing.

The most damning thing that can be said of Bundy is that he is NOT an outlier.

Rand Paul of all people should have suspected that he might have had something colorful to say about slavery, dependency, and the NegroPauls own father built much of his political brand on his Civil War revisionism, not to mention his infamous newsletters.

And if Sean Hannity was charmed by Bundys white hat and homespun diction, he should have noticed that the private army of hard-eyed militiamen that coalesced around him espoused a lot of the same Posse Comitatus ideas that inspired Timothy McVeigh and his friends to blow up the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. Bundys own refusal to recognize the federal government as even existing should have been a red flagit hearkens back to the Fourteenth Amendment denialism that has been at the heart of white nationalist Patriot groups for decades.

I saw it coming, but the fear and loathing of the populist right is my bread and butter. The folks at Media Matters and the SPLC werent the least bit surprised either when things went south in Clark County, Nevadabut they take these people seriously, perhaps more seriously than the Republicans and their partisans at Fox News take themselves.

The rights cognitive closure about race is as thorough-going as its cognitive dissonance about themselves. Its like the man said: people who dont know history are condemned to repeat it. Especially when that history is your own.

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French Far Right Mayor Ousts Anti-Racism Group Inspired by Dreyfus Affair

National Front Leader Evicts Group in Henin-Beaumont

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A French mayor from the far-right National Front party evicted from city-owned offices an anti-racism group inspired by the Dreyfus trial.

Steeve Briois, who was elected last month to run the town of Henin-Beaumont, ordered the Human Rights League, or LDH, to clear out of its workspace last week, LDH President Pierre Tartakowsky told JTA.

The LDH, which was established in 1898 to protest the wrongful and racially motivated conviction for espionage of the French Jewish army captain Alfred Dreyfus, for years had occupied office space provided free to it and other civil society groups by the municipality, Tartakowsky said.

We have made no secret of our opposition to racism, anti-Semitism, the extreme right and National Front itself, he said. The party knows that targeting us as a human rights group is a symbol; they want to make people afraid. In a statement sent Tuesday, Briois wrote, Municipalities are not allowed to fund organizations that are politicized and partisan.

The municipality had provided $414 in funding to LDH per year, according to Le Figaro.

National Front, whose honorary president, Jean-Marie Le Pen, has multiple convictions for Holocaust denial and incitement to hatred against Jews and other minorities, has mayors in 11 municipalities following its showing in the March 30 local elections. Its previous record was four mayors.

Le Pens daughter Marine Le Pen, the partys current leader, said on April 4 that educational institutions in cities run by National Front mayors would no longer offer special menus to accommodate pupils religious requirements a practice some French schools have adopted in light of the Jewish and Muslim religious prohibition on eating pork.

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Anti-racism Nonprofit Launches Indiegogo Fundraiser to Spread Popular Music Festival Message to Orphans Globally

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) April 01, 2014

I Dont Know You, But I Love You, Inc. (IDKYBILY), an anti-racism and positive minded LA nonprofit, launches Indiegogo Fundraiser to spread popular music festival message of unconditional love in a variety of languages to an international audience, namely orphans. The message is most commonly found on stickers and passed out in the west coast music, arts and yoga community. Since April 2011, 8,000 English language stickers have been passed out for free at music events, art shows, social events and community gatherings.

IDKYBILY is the nonprofits core message used to commit to a discriminatory free and positive mindset and lifestyle. The mission statement includes ending racism by inspiring and sustaining a nurtured non racist and non bigoted community. Recipients claim the message changes lives, provides instant happiness, spreads good will and inspires humanitarian and charitable acts.

The expression has been printed on jewelry, accessories, t-shirts, balloons, banners, glasses, hand fans and tattoos. The stickers are the most in demand item as the recipients have the ability to display for long periods of time in places with large audiences. Stickers have been passed out in Times Square, Mardi Gras, Spain, Ireland, Mexico, Australia, Israel and Thailand. Recipients post on bicycles, cars, backpacks and laptops.

The Indiegogo Fundraiser seeks donations to print the expression in a children-friendly style in a variety of languages. IDKYBILY volunteers have offered to translate the expression to Hindi, Portuguese, Vietnamese, Japanese, Hebrew and Spanish. The nonprofit believes those missing the family unit may be missing the necessary emotional growth component of being told and shown they are loved.

The nonprofit is looking for donors interested in multicultural community building and investing in youth and minority led organizations and entrepreneurship. They need volunteers to craft goods, offer services and pass out stickers. Currently Sweet Treats dessert company is sponsoring IDKYBILY with 15% of proceeds going towards the fundraiser.

The fundraiser started on February 14th, 2014, Valentines Day, in commemoration of Black History Month and will end on Tax Day April 15th, 2014. Donors who contributed in the month of February will receive holographic Valentines Day cards with positive messages, and all donors have the ability to receive gifts or perks of their choosing on the Indiegogo website.

For $15.15, the “15 Minutes of Fame Fortune perk comes with stickers, Brazilian good luck bracelets and 15 days of promotion for any donors goods, services or talents. The $44.44 All 4 You Freebie perk includes stickers and a 30 minute therapeutic/counseling conversation with the president of IDKYBILY. All perk packages come with multiples of each item for the donor to share with friends, family and strangers.

IDKYBILY started in January 2011 on Facebook to help Coachella Music Festival attendees find all necessary logistics when the tickets unexpectedly sold out due to scalpers. More than 1,000 hand made creations bearing the IDKYBILY slogan have been passed out for free at over three dozen festivals and hundreds of social events and family gatherings across the country.

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Racism – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Racism is actions, practices or beliefs, or social or political systems that consider different races to be ranked as inherently superior or inferior to each other, based on presumed shared inheritable traits, abilities, or qualities. It may also hold that members of different races should be treated differently.[1][2][3] While most conceptualizations of racism include the notion of “race based discrimination”, the exact definition is controversial both because there is little scholarly agreement about the meaning of the concept “race”, and because there is also little agreement about what does and does not constitute discrimination.

Some definitions consider that any assumption that a person’s behavior would be influenced by their racial categorization is inherently racist, regardless of whether the action is intentionally harmful or pejorative, because stereotyping necessarily subordinates individual identity to group identity. In sociology and psychology,[4] a common view distinguishes prejudice from racism, holding that racism is best understood as ‘prejudice plus power’ because without the support of political or economic power, prejudice would not be able to manifest as a pervasive cultural, institutional or social phenomenon.[5][6] Other definitions only include consciously malignant forms of discrimination.[7] Among the questions about how to define racism are the question of whether to include forms of discrimination that are unintentional, such as making assumptions about preferences or abilities of others based on racial stereotypes, whether to include symbolic or institutionalized forms of discrimination such as the circulation of ethnic stereotypes through the media, and whether to include the socio-political dynamics of social stratification that sometimes have a racial component. Some definitions of racism also include discriminatory behaviors and beliefs based on cultural, national, ethnic, caste, or religious stereotypes.[2][8] Some critics of the term argue that the term is applied differentially, with a focus on such prejudices by whites, and in ways that define mere observations of any possible differences between races as racism.[9]

Racism and racial discrimination are often used to describe discrimination on an ethnic or cultural basis, independent of whether these differences are described as racial. According to the United Nations convention, there is no distinction between the terms racial discrimination and ethnic discrimination, and superiority based on racial differentiation is scientifically false, morally condemnable, socially unjust and dangerous, and that there is no justification for racial discrimination, in theory or in practice, anywhere.[10]

In history, racism was a driving force behind the transatlantic slave trade, and behind states based on racial segregation such as the U.S. in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and South Africa under apartheid.[11] Practices and ideologies of racism are universally condemned by the United Nations in the Declaration of Human Rights.[12] It has also been a major part of the political and ideological underpinning of genocides such as The Holocaust, but also in colonial contexts such as the rubber booms in South America and the Congo, and in the European conquest of the Americas and colonization of Africa, Asia and Australia.

In the 19th century, many scientists subscribed to the simple belief that human populations are divided into separate races.[13] This was often used to justify the belief that some races were inferior to others, and that differential treatment was consequently justified.[14][15][16] Such theories are generally termed scientific racism. When the practice of treating certain groups preferentially, or denying rights or benefits to certain groups, based on racial characteristics is institutionalized, it is termed “institutional racism”.

Today, most biologists, anthropologists, and sociologists reject a simple taxonomy of races in favor of more specific and/or empirically verifiable criteria, such as geography, ethnicity, or a history of endogamy.[17]

Those who subscribe to the proposition that there are inherent distinctions among people that can be ascribed to membership in a racial group (and who may use this to justify differential treatment of such groups) tend to describe themselves using the term “racialism” rather than “racism”, to avoid the negative connotations of the latter word. “Racialism” is assumed to be more value-neutral terminology, and more appropriate for (scientifically) objective communication or analysis.

However, this distribution of meanings between the two terms used to be precisely inverse at the time they were coined: The Oxford English Dictionary defined “racialism” as “belief in the superiority of a particular race” and gave a 1907 quote as the first recorded use. The updated entry in the Oxford English Dictionary (2008) defines racialism simply as “An earlier term than racism, but now largely superseded by it,” and cites it in a 1902 quote.[18] The revised Oxford English Dictionary cites the shortened term “racism” in a quote from the following year, 1903.[19][20][21] It was first defined by the OED as “[t]he theory that distinctive human characteristics and abilities are determined by race”, which gives 1936 as the first recorded use. Additionally, the OED records racism as a synonym of racialism: “belief in the superiority of a particular race”. By the end of World War II, racism had acquired the same supremacist connotations formerly associated with racialism: racism now implied racial discrimination, racial supremacism and a harmful intent. (The term “race hatred” had also been used by sociologist Frederick Hertz in the late 1920s.)

Modeled on the term “racism”, a large number of pejorative -ism terms have been created to describe various types of prejudice: sexism, ageism, ableism, speciesism, etc. Related concepts are antisemitism, chauvinism, homophobia and Islamophobia.

Racism involves the belief in racial differences, which acts as a justification for non-equal treatment (which some regard as “discrimination”) of members of that race.[14] The term is commonly used negatively and is usually associated with race-based prejudice, violence, dislike, discrimination, or oppression, the term can also have varying and contested definitions. Racialism is a related term, sometimes intended to avoid these negative meanings.

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Anti-racism should be national cause, French Jewish leader …

(JTA) The head of Frances Jewish communities, Roger Cukierman, urged President Francois Hollande to make the fight against racism and anti-Semitism a national cause.

Cukierman, president of the CRIF umbrella organization of French Jewish communities, made the plea in an interview he gave to the BMFTV network Tuesday, as he and other CRIF leaders prepared to greet Hollande at the annual CRIF dinner.

French presidents have attended the event for the past 29 years.

I will ask him to consider making the fight against racism and anti-Semitism a national cause, Cukierman said when asked about the subjects he would like to bring up during his meeting with Hollande.

Since 1977, French prime ministers have designated one cause each year that would receive free publicity on state media. Last month, the prime ministers office designated the fight against illiteracy as this years national cause.

Cukierman said the move was necessary because the media storm around Dieudonne Mbala Mbala, a comedian who has multiple convictions for anti-Semitic hate speech, risked generating a new spike in anti-Semitic incidents.

Dieudonne, who has been disseminating anti-Semitic messages for years, has recently gained unprecedented media exposure. French Interior Minister Manuel Valls, who also attended the CRIF dinner Tuesday, has asked mayors to ban Dieudonnes new tour. Meanwhile, several star athletes have taught countless spectators the quenelle gesture Dieudonne has invented, which some say is anti-Semitic but which Dieudonne says is anti-establishment.

Thousands wanted to watch this show of Jew hatred, and millions were exposed to [Dieudonnes] online videos. There is a large audience so I am concerned that, following recent events, we would have a new conflagration of anti-Semitic acts, Cukierman said.

On Sunday, the SPCJ watchdog group counted 423 anti-Semitic incidents in its annual 2013 report on anti-Semitism in France a 31-percent decrease from 2012.

But 2012 saw a conflagration after the slaying of children in Toulouse, Cukierman said in reference to the slaying of four Jews at a Jewish school by an Islamist. So we are talking about a decrease, but on the contrary, there is growth. Behind the figures there is a difficult climate.

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Football Association's decision to ban and fine Nicolas Anelka is proof that anti-racism measures work

The FA claims to have a robust, class-leading, confidence-building, anti-racism agenda. Yet those claims would have counted for little if they had not been robust enough to deal with the challenges posed by Anelkas gesture.

Football has come a long way since the days of virulent, overt racist abuse of black players, best encapsulated by that image of Liverpools John Barnes back-heeling a banana skin which had been thrown at him by a supporter.

These days, if there is racist chanting, the football authorities will deal with it. If a player racially abuses another, then the FA will act, as they did in the John Terry and Luis Surez incidents, albeit after complex legal wrangling. That is because the cases were simple, and the insults overt and obvious.

The Anelka case tested whether the FAs structures and processes could deal with a less conspicuous gesture. Anti-Semitic abuse is rarely obvious. It often comes cloaked in concepts such as anti-establishmentism or anti-Zionism, which was the argument used by Anelka.

He claimed that the gesture was a tribute to his friend, the French comedian Dieudonn Mbala Mbala who has been convicted of hate-crime offences on numerous occasions and has stated that the establishment is controlled by Jews – and that the latter uses it merely to show his anti-establishment attitude.

The offensiveness of this defence is obvious. It is as though somebody who had thrown a banana at a black player had claimed that it was simply a protest against the treatment of animals in zoos.

And if the quenelle is really a harmless gesture, let us examine where other friends of Dieudonn have been photographed performing it: Auschwitz, the Berlin Holocaust memorial, the Anne Frank House and the site in Toulouse of a gun massacre where Jewish children were shot dead.

It all serves to reveal the paucity of Anelkas defence. With the accepted definition of anti-Semitism, it does not matter whether Anelka or even officials within the FA think that a gesture is anti-Semitic. That definition depends on the perception of the victims of the insult or abuse.

The conviction of Nicolas Anelka is a welcome outcome. It demonstrates that the FAs processes are robust enough to deal with the most pernicious of racism cases.

All those of us dedicated to defeating racism and discrimination throughout sport can take great confidence that, when put to the test, footballs anti-racism procedures stood up to the challenge.

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White supremacy – RationalWiki

Pride should be reserved for something you achieve or obtain on your own, not something that happens by accident of birth. Being Irish isn’t a skill… it’s a fucking genetic accident. You wouldn’t say I’m proud to be 5’11”; I’m proud to have a pre-disposition for colon cancer.

White supremacists, white supremacy, and white supremacism refers to the fuck-wit stupidity claiming that white people are superior to others, or are a “master race” or some other such nonsense. An easy (but not necessarily foolproof) way to spot a white supremacist is their insistence on capitalising the word “white”.

There are white supremacists, and then there are white supremacists. The first type of this species wraps themselves openly in the symbols and regalia of Nazis, Fascism, and/or the Ku Klux Klan.

The other type is more insidious. These racists avoid identification with the first type, and wrap themselves in the language of anthropology and archaeology. This second type is fond of parading forth statistics relating to skull size, brain size, comparative IQ, crime rates, and other quack pseudoscience from the 19th century that was discredited not long after, as well as pseudo-libertarian bullshit about “freedom of association.” They may also be identified by their apparent inability to distinguish correlation from causality.

And there’s a third, more careful class of white supremacist. They’re the Tea Party types; those who say, ‘I love black people, but they’re more violent than white people.’ It’s clear that they think they’re superior to non-white people, but they couch it in economic and traditionalist conservative language rather than even separatist language.

Despite the label, the apparently “white”[1]Jews are often the targets of white supremacists, often ranking among their preferred victims. Paradoxically, the Jews are often characterized as devious tricksters, a trait which would theoretically require a great deal of intelligence, which should in turn lead to their inclusion among the “higher races.” However, the supremacists seem to think that a genetic propensity towards virtue and extreme gullibility are more important to master race-ness than intellect. If the above makes not a lick of sense, it has nothing to do with the contributor’s ability to express ideas; the rhetoric of White supremacy is really just that ass-backwards.

White Pride is the term some supremacists use to claim that they are simply proud of their white/Aryan heritage rather then claiming that their heritage some how makes them better then other races. They often point to Black Pride or Asian Pride groups as a double standard or reverse racism that they can form without a second thought while any White Pride is declared racist by default. This claim quickly falls apart under any sort of inspection. For instance, they say that if black pride is allowed, then white pride should be socially acceptable also. But there is a non-equivalence in the definitions of blackness and whiteness. Blackness is defined by possession of black heritage, whereas whiteness is defined not by possession of white heritage, but by NOT possessing non-white heritage. Barack Obama, for example, has one black parent and one white parent, but is considered black by all black people, but is not considered white by white people. Black pride therefore means being proud to have black ancestors, but white pride means being proud to have no non-white ancestors, which can indeed be seen as offensive.

They can be identified by their mating call: “Anti-racist is code for anti-white!”

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Anti-racism bill goes back to Parliament

Anti-racism bill goes back to Parliament An anti-racism bill, foreseeing stiffer penalties for individuals and political parties that engage in racism or incite racist violence, is to be debated in Parliament on Tuesday following months of delays amid objections to its provisions, chiefly by conservative lawmakers. The bill foresees prison sentences of up to three years and large financial penalties for inciting racist attacks. Those praising the Holocaust and any cases of genocide which have been recognized by international courts or decisions in the Greek Parliament including the Holocaust, the mass killing of Christians in Asia Minor between 1908 and 1922, and the killing of Black Sea Greeks will also face prison time and heavy penalties. But the provisions of the bill set certain limits, noting that punishment is reserved for those deemed to act maliciously, not those setting out scientific or historical arguments for instance. Commenting on the bill the night before its unveiling, Justice Minister Haralambos Athanasiou told Kathimerini that it offers Greek society and democracy a modern and comprehensive shield against racist phenomena, xenophobia and bigotry.

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Seething hate even Fox News cant deny: Cliven Bundy is not an outlier

No, all right wingers are not racists, but if you open your ears and listen to what the fringe hate groups that even the likes of Sean Hannity and Fox News cant deny are racist are saying, if you take the time to read some of their broadsides and books (and especially their footnotes and bibliographies), you would realize two things. First, that that there is a not-so-golden thread running through American history that connects a certain brand of White Protestant Supremacism with a broad trend of rural populism. Second, that a lot of modern mainstream Republican wisdom comes down to pretty much exactly what Cliven Bundy saidthat a dependence on the free stuff that the government hands out is just a more insidious form of slavery. The specter of slavery, I wrote in my book The New Hate, has been a perennial theme in American political polemics, from rants against the British during the run-up to the Revolutionary War to Henry Fords International Jew. Heres Herman Cain, back in 2011: Our tax code is the 21st century version of slavery. The IRS has become the overseer of the American people. And heres former U.S. Representative Allen West, in 2012: the Democratic appetite for ever-increasing redistributionary handouts is in fact the most insidious form of slavery remaining in the world today, and it does not promote economic freedom. Both of those guys are black, so they couldnt be racist, right? Setting aside the irony that Bundys issue with the government is that it expects him to pay for what hes helped himself to for so long, its no wonder that he compares himself to Rosa Parks. George Zimmermans defenders did the same thing. The most damning thing that can be said of Bundy is that he is NOT an outlier. Rand Paul of all people should have suspected that he might have had something colorful to say about slavery, dependency, and the NegroPauls own father built much of his political brand on his Civil War revisionism, not to mention his infamous newsletters. And if Sean Hannity was charmed by Bundys white hat and homespun diction, he should have noticed that the private army of hard-eyed militiamen that coalesced around him espoused a lot of the same Posse Comitatus ideas that inspired Timothy McVeigh and his friends to blow up the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. Bundys own refusal to recognize the federal government as even existing should have been a red flagit hearkens back to the Fourteenth Amendment denialism that has been at the heart of white nationalist Patriot groups for decades. I saw it coming, but the fear and loathing of the populist right is my bread and butter. The folks at Media Matters and the SPLC werent the least bit surprised either when things went south in Clark County, Nevadabut they take these people seriously, perhaps more seriously than the Republicans and their partisans at Fox News take themselves. The rights cognitive closure about race is as thorough-going as its cognitive dissonance about themselves. Its like the man said: people who dont know history are condemned to repeat it. Especially when that history is your own.

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French Far Right Mayor Ousts Anti-Racism Group Inspired by Dreyfus Affair

National Front Leader Evicts Group in Henin-Beaumont getty images Published April 09, 2014. A French mayor from the far-right National Front party evicted from city-owned offices an anti-racism group inspired by the Dreyfus trial. Steeve Briois, who was elected last month to run the town of Henin-Beaumont, ordered the Human Rights League, or LDH, to clear out of its workspace last week, LDH President Pierre Tartakowsky told JTA. The LDH, which was established in 1898 to protest the wrongful and racially motivated conviction for espionage of the French Jewish army captain Alfred Dreyfus, for years had occupied office space provided free to it and other civil society groups by the municipality, Tartakowsky said. We have made no secret of our opposition to racism, anti-Semitism, the extreme right and National Front itself, he said. The party knows that targeting us as a human rights group is a symbol; they want to make people afraid. In a statement sent Tuesday, Briois wrote, Municipalities are not allowed to fund organizations that are politicized and partisan. The municipality had provided $414 in funding to LDH per year, according to Le Figaro. National Front, whose honorary president, Jean-Marie Le Pen, has multiple convictions for Holocaust denial and incitement to hatred against Jews and other minorities, has mayors in 11 municipalities following its showing in the March 30 local elections. Its previous record was four mayors. Le Pens daughter Marine Le Pen, the partys current leader, said on April 4 that educational institutions in cities run by National Front mayors would no longer offer special menus to accommodate pupils religious requirements a practice some French schools have adopted in light of the Jewish and Muslim religious prohibition on eating pork.

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Anti-racism Nonprofit Launches Indiegogo Fundraiser to Spread Popular Music Festival Message to Orphans Globally

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) April 01, 2014 I Dont Know You, But I Love You, Inc. (IDKYBILY), an anti-racism and positive minded LA nonprofit, launches Indiegogo Fundraiser to spread popular music festival message of unconditional love in a variety of languages to an international audience, namely orphans. The message is most commonly found on stickers and passed out in the west coast music, arts and yoga community. Since April 2011, 8,000 English language stickers have been passed out for free at music events, art shows, social events and community gatherings. IDKYBILY is the nonprofits core message used to commit to a discriminatory free and positive mindset and lifestyle. The mission statement includes ending racism by inspiring and sustaining a nurtured non racist and non bigoted community. Recipients claim the message changes lives, provides instant happiness, spreads good will and inspires humanitarian and charitable acts. The expression has been printed on jewelry, accessories, t-shirts, balloons, banners, glasses, hand fans and tattoos. The stickers are the most in demand item as the recipients have the ability to display for long periods of time in places with large audiences. Stickers have been passed out in Times Square, Mardi Gras, Spain, Ireland, Mexico, Australia, Israel and Thailand. Recipients post on bicycles, cars, backpacks and laptops. The Indiegogo Fundraiser seeks donations to print the expression in a children-friendly style in a variety of languages. IDKYBILY volunteers have offered to translate the expression to Hindi, Portuguese, Vietnamese, Japanese, Hebrew and Spanish. The nonprofit believes those missing the family unit may be missing the necessary emotional growth component of being told and shown they are loved. The nonprofit is looking for donors interested in multicultural community building and investing in youth and minority led organizations and entrepreneurship. They need volunteers to craft goods, offer services and pass out stickers. Currently Sweet Treats dessert company is sponsoring IDKYBILY with 15% of proceeds going towards the fundraiser. The fundraiser started on February 14th, 2014, Valentines Day, in commemoration of Black History Month and will end on Tax Day April 15th, 2014. Donors who contributed in the month of February will receive holographic Valentines Day cards with positive messages, and all donors have the ability to receive gifts or perks of their choosing on the Indiegogo website. For $15.15, the “15 Minutes of Fame Fortune perk comes with stickers, Brazilian good luck bracelets and 15 days of promotion for any donors goods, services or talents. The $44.44 All 4 You Freebie perk includes stickers and a 30 minute therapeutic/counseling conversation with the president of IDKYBILY. All perk packages come with multiples of each item for the donor to share with friends, family and strangers. IDKYBILY started in January 2011 on Facebook to help Coachella Music Festival attendees find all necessary logistics when the tickets unexpectedly sold out due to scalpers. More than 1,000 hand made creations bearing the IDKYBILY slogan have been passed out for free at over three dozen festivals and hundreds of social events and family gatherings across the country.

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Racism – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Racism is actions, practices or beliefs, or social or political systems that consider different races to be ranked as inherently superior or inferior to each other, based on presumed shared inheritable traits, abilities, or qualities. It may also hold that members of different races should be treated differently.[1][2][3] While most conceptualizations of racism include the notion of “race based discrimination”, the exact definition is controversial both because there is little scholarly agreement about the meaning of the concept “race”, and because there is also little agreement about what does and does not constitute discrimination. Some definitions consider that any assumption that a person’s behavior would be influenced by their racial categorization is inherently racist, regardless of whether the action is intentionally harmful or pejorative, because stereotyping necessarily subordinates individual identity to group identity. In sociology and psychology,[4] a common view distinguishes prejudice from racism, holding that racism is best understood as ‘prejudice plus power’ because without the support of political or economic power, prejudice would not be able to manifest as a pervasive cultural, institutional or social phenomenon.[5][6] Other definitions only include consciously malignant forms of discrimination.[7] Among the questions about how to define racism are the question of whether to include forms of discrimination that are unintentional, such as making assumptions about preferences or abilities of others based on racial stereotypes, whether to include symbolic or institutionalized forms of discrimination such as the circulation of ethnic stereotypes through the media, and whether to include the socio-political dynamics of social stratification that sometimes have a racial component. Some definitions of racism also include discriminatory behaviors and beliefs based on cultural, national, ethnic, caste, or religious stereotypes.[2][8] Some critics of the term argue that the term is applied differentially, with a focus on such prejudices by whites, and in ways that define mere observations of any possible differences between races as racism.[9] Racism and racial discrimination are often used to describe discrimination on an ethnic or cultural basis, independent of whether these differences are described as racial. According to the United Nations convention, there is no distinction between the terms racial discrimination and ethnic discrimination, and superiority based on racial differentiation is scientifically false, morally condemnable, socially unjust and dangerous, and that there is no justification for racial discrimination, in theory or in practice, anywhere.[10] In history, racism was a driving force behind the transatlantic slave trade, and behind states based on racial segregation such as the U.S. in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and South Africa under apartheid.[11] Practices and ideologies of racism are universally condemned by the United Nations in the Declaration of Human Rights.[12] It has also been a major part of the political and ideological underpinning of genocides such as The Holocaust, but also in colonial contexts such as the rubber booms in South America and the Congo, and in the European conquest of the Americas and colonization of Africa, Asia and Australia. In the 19th century, many scientists subscribed to the simple belief that human populations are divided into separate races.[13] This was often used to justify the belief that some races were inferior to others, and that differential treatment was consequently justified.[14][15][16] Such theories are generally termed scientific racism. When the practice of treating certain groups preferentially, or denying rights or benefits to certain groups, based on racial characteristics is institutionalized, it is termed “institutional racism”. Today, most biologists, anthropologists, and sociologists reject a simple taxonomy of races in favor of more specific and/or empirically verifiable criteria, such as geography, ethnicity, or a history of endogamy.[17] Those who subscribe to the proposition that there are inherent distinctions among people that can be ascribed to membership in a racial group (and who may use this to justify differential treatment of such groups) tend to describe themselves using the term “racialism” rather than “racism”, to avoid the negative connotations of the latter word. “Racialism” is assumed to be more value-neutral terminology, and more appropriate for (scientifically) objective communication or analysis. However, this distribution of meanings between the two terms used to be precisely inverse at the time they were coined: The Oxford English Dictionary defined “racialism” as “belief in the superiority of a particular race” and gave a 1907 quote as the first recorded use. The updated entry in the Oxford English Dictionary (2008) defines racialism simply as “An earlier term than racism, but now largely superseded by it,” and cites it in a 1902 quote.[18] The revised Oxford English Dictionary cites the shortened term “racism” in a quote from the following year, 1903.[19][20][21] It was first defined by the OED as “[t]he theory that distinctive human characteristics and abilities are determined by race”, which gives 1936 as the first recorded use. Additionally, the OED records racism as a synonym of racialism: “belief in the superiority of a particular race”. By the end of World War II, racism had acquired the same supremacist connotations formerly associated with racialism: racism now implied racial discrimination, racial supremacism and a harmful intent. (The term “race hatred” had also been used by sociologist Frederick Hertz in the late 1920s.) Modeled on the term “racism”, a large number of pejorative -ism terms have been created to describe various types of prejudice: sexism, ageism, ableism, speciesism, etc. Related concepts are antisemitism, chauvinism, homophobia and Islamophobia. Racism involves the belief in racial differences, which acts as a justification for non-equal treatment (which some regard as “discrimination”) of members of that race.[14] The term is commonly used negatively and is usually associated with race-based prejudice, violence, dislike, discrimination, or oppression, the term can also have varying and contested definitions. Racialism is a related term, sometimes intended to avoid these negative meanings.

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Anti-racism should be national cause, French Jewish leader …

(JTA) The head of Frances Jewish communities, Roger Cukierman, urged President Francois Hollande to make the fight against racism and anti-Semitism a national cause. Cukierman, president of the CRIF umbrella organization of French Jewish communities, made the plea in an interview he gave to the BMFTV network Tuesday, as he and other CRIF leaders prepared to greet Hollande at the annual CRIF dinner. French presidents have attended the event for the past 29 years. I will ask him to consider making the fight against racism and anti-Semitism a national cause, Cukierman said when asked about the subjects he would like to bring up during his meeting with Hollande. Since 1977, French prime ministers have designated one cause each year that would receive free publicity on state media. Last month, the prime ministers office designated the fight against illiteracy as this years national cause. Cukierman said the move was necessary because the media storm around Dieudonne Mbala Mbala, a comedian who has multiple convictions for anti-Semitic hate speech, risked generating a new spike in anti-Semitic incidents. Dieudonne, who has been disseminating anti-Semitic messages for years, has recently gained unprecedented media exposure. French Interior Minister Manuel Valls, who also attended the CRIF dinner Tuesday, has asked mayors to ban Dieudonnes new tour. Meanwhile, several star athletes have taught countless spectators the quenelle gesture Dieudonne has invented, which some say is anti-Semitic but which Dieudonne says is anti-establishment. Thousands wanted to watch this show of Jew hatred, and millions were exposed to [Dieudonnes] online videos. There is a large audience so I am concerned that, following recent events, we would have a new conflagration of anti-Semitic acts, Cukierman said. On Sunday, the SPCJ watchdog group counted 423 anti-Semitic incidents in its annual 2013 report on anti-Semitism in France a 31-percent decrease from 2012. But 2012 saw a conflagration after the slaying of children in Toulouse, Cukierman said in reference to the slaying of four Jews at a Jewish school by an Islamist. So we are talking about a decrease, but on the contrary, there is growth. Behind the figures there is a difficult climate.

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Football Association's decision to ban and fine Nicolas Anelka is proof that anti-racism measures work

The FA claims to have a robust, class-leading, confidence-building, anti-racism agenda. Yet those claims would have counted for little if they had not been robust enough to deal with the challenges posed by Anelkas gesture. Football has come a long way since the days of virulent, overt racist abuse of black players, best encapsulated by that image of Liverpools John Barnes back-heeling a banana skin which had been thrown at him by a supporter. These days, if there is racist chanting, the football authorities will deal with it. If a player racially abuses another, then the FA will act, as they did in the John Terry and Luis Surez incidents, albeit after complex legal wrangling. That is because the cases were simple, and the insults overt and obvious. The Anelka case tested whether the FAs structures and processes could deal with a less conspicuous gesture. Anti-Semitic abuse is rarely obvious. It often comes cloaked in concepts such as anti-establishmentism or anti-Zionism, which was the argument used by Anelka. He claimed that the gesture was a tribute to his friend, the French comedian Dieudonn Mbala Mbala who has been convicted of hate-crime offences on numerous occasions and has stated that the establishment is controlled by Jews – and that the latter uses it merely to show his anti-establishment attitude. The offensiveness of this defence is obvious. It is as though somebody who had thrown a banana at a black player had claimed that it was simply a protest against the treatment of animals in zoos. And if the quenelle is really a harmless gesture, let us examine where other friends of Dieudonn have been photographed performing it: Auschwitz, the Berlin Holocaust memorial, the Anne Frank House and the site in Toulouse of a gun massacre where Jewish children were shot dead. It all serves to reveal the paucity of Anelkas defence. With the accepted definition of anti-Semitism, it does not matter whether Anelka or even officials within the FA think that a gesture is anti-Semitic. That definition depends on the perception of the victims of the insult or abuse. The conviction of Nicolas Anelka is a welcome outcome. It demonstrates that the FAs processes are robust enough to deal with the most pernicious of racism cases. All those of us dedicated to defeating racism and discrimination throughout sport can take great confidence that, when put to the test, footballs anti-racism procedures stood up to the challenge.

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TRUTH SPEAKS PT.1: Anti-Racism Activist Tim Wise – Video




TRUTH SPEAKS PT.1: Anti-Racism Activist Tim Wise (VIDEO) MUST SEE! RAW UNCUT- Anti-Racism Activist Tim Wise About The Blatant DENIAL Of The “Minority” Struggle In The United States. No Copyright Infringem… By: Israel Khalid

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White supremacy – RationalWiki

Pride should be reserved for something you achieve or obtain on your own, not something that happens by accident of birth. Being Irish isn’t a skill… it’s a fucking genetic accident. You wouldn’t say I’m proud to be 5’11”; I’m proud to have a pre-disposition for colon cancer. White supremacists, white supremacy, and white supremacism refers to the fuck-wit stupidity claiming that white people are superior to others, or are a “master race” or some other such nonsense. An easy (but not necessarily foolproof) way to spot a white supremacist is their insistence on capitalising the word “white”. There are white supremacists, and then there are white supremacists. The first type of this species wraps themselves openly in the symbols and regalia of Nazis, Fascism, and/or the Ku Klux Klan. The other type is more insidious. These racists avoid identification with the first type, and wrap themselves in the language of anthropology and archaeology. This second type is fond of parading forth statistics relating to skull size, brain size, comparative IQ, crime rates, and other quack pseudoscience from the 19th century that was discredited not long after, as well as pseudo-libertarian bullshit about “freedom of association.” They may also be identified by their apparent inability to distinguish correlation from causality. And there’s a third, more careful class of white supremacist. They’re the Tea Party types; those who say, ‘I love black people, but they’re more violent than white people.’ It’s clear that they think they’re superior to non-white people, but they couch it in economic and traditionalist conservative language rather than even separatist language. Despite the label, the apparently “white”[1]Jews are often the targets of white supremacists, often ranking among their preferred victims. Paradoxically, the Jews are often characterized as devious tricksters, a trait which would theoretically require a great deal of intelligence, which should in turn lead to their inclusion among the “higher races.” However, the supremacists seem to think that a genetic propensity towards virtue and extreme gullibility are more important to master race-ness than intellect. If the above makes not a lick of sense, it has nothing to do with the contributor’s ability to express ideas; the rhetoric of White supremacy is really just that ass-backwards. White Pride is the term some supremacists use to claim that they are simply proud of their white/Aryan heritage rather then claiming that their heritage some how makes them better then other races. They often point to Black Pride or Asian Pride groups as a double standard or reverse racism that they can form without a second thought while any White Pride is declared racist by default. This claim quickly falls apart under any sort of inspection. For instance, they say that if black pride is allowed, then white pride should be socially acceptable also. But there is a non-equivalence in the definitions of blackness and whiteness. Blackness is defined by possession of black heritage, whereas whiteness is defined not by possession of white heritage, but by NOT possessing non-white heritage. Barack Obama, for example, has one black parent and one white parent, but is considered black by all black people, but is not considered white by white people. Black pride therefore means being proud to have black ancestors, but white pride means being proud to have no non-white ancestors, which can indeed be seen as offensive. They can be identified by their mating call: “Anti-racist is code for anti-white!”

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