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For black women, cutting your hair off is political - as I and the star of a new Netflix drama well know | Fashion | The Guardian
The gravity of a black woman deciding to cut her hair off and go “natural” in a white supremacist society (yes, ours) should not be underestimated. Almost every black hairdresser I visited before finally plucking up the courage to cut my hair off told me I was making the wrong decision, but it was a reminder of how deeply entrenched these views are.
This isn’t just about looks: our wider history is stained by instances such as the apartheid-era pencil test in South Africa – those who could hold a pencil in their hair without it falling out could not be classified as white. To this day, black women and girls lose job offers and are sent to detention or are suspended because our hairstyles don’t suit white sensibilities.
BAME  discrimination  post-racial  America  American  Dream  history  slavery  apartheid  Jim  Crow  poverty  prejudice  bigotry  Gesellschaft 
august 2018 by asterisk2a
USA: Charleston-Morde und Rassismus - Kommentar - SPIEGEL ONLINE
America has to go back and open old wounds! // http://www.npr.org/2013/12/06/249199217/forgiveness-and-reconciliation-mandelas-legacy - Former South African President Nelson Mandela has died at the age of 95. He had dedicated his life to ending the racially oppressive apartheid system and creating a democratic and inclusive South Africa.
post-racial  America  USA  apartheid  slavery  history  presidency  barackobama  Nelson  Mandela  racism  Gini  coefficient  American  Dream  inequality  prejudice  stereotype  Police  Brutality  Police  State  civil  rights  civil  liberty  Justice  System  prison–industrial  complex  Bail  System  poverty  political  economy  Leadership  vision  mission 
june 2015 by asterisk2a
Sweden’s feminist foreign minister has dared to tell the truth about Saudi Arabia. What happens now concerns us all » The Spectator
You might think of Swedes as upright social democrats, who have never let worries of appearing tedious stand in the way of their righteousness. But that has never been wholly true, and is certainly not true when there is money at stake. [...] No less a figure than His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf himself hauled Wallström in at the weekend to tell her that he wanted a compromise. Saudi Arabia has successfully turned criticism of its brutal version of Islam into an attack on all Muslims, regardless of whether they are Wahhabis or not, and Wallström and her colleagues are clearly unnerved by accusations of Islamophobia. The signs are that she will fold under the pressure, particularly when the rest of liberal Europe shows no interest in supporting her. [...] Finally, and most revealingly in my opinion, the non-affair shows us that the rights of women always come last. [...] an embarrassed and hugely revealing silence. // via http://redd.it/30el3h
human  rights  feminism  feminist  FGM  Sharia  Law  gender  apartheid  Middle  East  Arab  League  Saudi  Arabia  UAE  Bahrain  Africa  Islam  Taliban  Muslim  gender  inequality  womens  rights  Gini  coefficient  Europe  Career  Politicians  moral  beliefs  ethical  beliefs 
march 2015 by asterisk2a

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