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Fox News pulls Jeanine Pirro show after her Islamophobic remarks
Trump has long favored Fox News as his preferred television network, establishing an at times troublingly symbiotic relationship with the news outlet. But now that the network has apparently soured on one of its on-air personalities, Trump is already lobbing some thinly veiled threats.
foxnews  media  journalism  politics  discrimination  DonaldTrump 
yesterday by jtyost2
Trump Wants Jeanine Pirro and Her Islamophobia Back on the Air
Though Trump released an official statement on Friday expressing his sympathy over the horrifying mosque attacks, he also made another comment that day which likely signaled sympathy with the white supremacist ideology the gunman claimed to espouse in a manifesto he published before the massacre. At a publicity event vetoing the Senate’s attempt to block the fake national emergency he declared to scrounge up border wall money, Trump once again called migration from Latin America to the U.S. an “invasion.”

“People hate the word ‘invasion,’ but that’s what it is,” Trump said. The Christchurch shooter, who wrote that Trump was “a symbol of renewed white identity” in his manifesto, doesn’t hate the term either. He referred to Muslim immigrants as “invaders” in his justification for the rampage. The gunman who massacred 11 people at a synagogue in Pittsburgh last October said that he was concerned about “invaders” too, writing in social media posts that he blamed Jews for the caravans of Central American migrants who have been traveling to the southern U.S. border — migrant groups that were also promoted by Trump and his allies as a cynical scaremongering tactic to drive up turnout among his base in the midterm elections. Trump and others have even tried to suggest, without any credible evidence, that Muslim terrorists have been hiding among the poor Hondurans and Guatemalans in the caravans.

White supremacist rhetoric makes regular use of the concept of immigrants or other nonwhite people being part of an invasion, and taking advantage of anxieties over migration is a textbook move for far-right political parties seeking more power.

On Sunday, White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney tried to dismiss the altogether obvious link between growing white nationalist violence and Trump’s rise to power on the back of racist, anti-immigrant rhetoric and policy ideas. Mulvaney said it was “absurd” to suggest any connection between the Christchurch shooter and Trump, and made it clear he is sick of insisting insisting that the president — who has called violent neo-Nazis “very good people,” Mexicans “rapists and killers,” and who campaigned on (and then partially implemented) an U.S. entry ban for foreign Muslims — is not a white supremacist.

Responding to a question about the New Zealand attacks on Friday, the president downplayed the threat of white supremacist terrorism. “I think it’s a small group of people that have very, very serious problems,” he said — a statement which, at best, misunderstands some important and dangerous political changes going on across the globe. In his tweets on Sunday, Trump once again made it clear where his sympathies lie.

Jeanine Pirro’s suggestion that Muslims cannot be trusted because of their faith is either correct or irrelevant in Trump’s mind. What really mattered was making sure his figurative “us” was holding the line against “them.” Trump says “they” are the radical Democrats and the media, but he could just as easily be talking — as he has in the past — about Muslims, Latin Americans, or people of color from what he dismisses as “shithole countries.”
DonaldTrump  religion  politics  discrimination  racism  WhiteSupremacy  government  usa  terrorism  foxnews  from instapaper
yesterday by jtyost2
The Endgame of White Supremacy Is Always Death
At least 49 people were killed on Friday in an attack on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, by a man whose name — by his own admission — is irrelevant. It is irrelevant, according to a 74-page manifesto he allegedly wrote, because fame and recognition did not motivate his actions. He was driven and sought to have his attack remembered by its role in advancing a larger cause. That cause is white supremacy.

White supremacy comes in various forms, and few result in mass murder. Its most accepted manifestations thrive due to official legitimization, not 8chan-prowling killers. It can be observed in unexpected places. It finds subtle purchase in national magazine cover stories that argue for more restricted immigration from Asia, Africa, and Latin America, by reasoning that “too much” immigration is “destabilizing” and “politically stressful” for its host countries in Europe and North America. “Politically stressful,” in this case, means that it drives native-born white citizens to embrace demagogues and fascists. That this is as an impulse considered worth bowing to by so many suggests that immigrants are not actually the problem.

White supremacy also comes shrouded in the garb of official sanction. The bodies were still warm in Christchurch on Friday when Senator Fraser Anning of Queensland, in Australia, issued a statement claiming that “the real cause of bloodshed [at the two mosques] … is the immigration program which allowed Muslim fanatics to migrate to New Zealand in the first place.” “[Just] because the followers of this savage belief [Islam] were not the killers in this instance does not make them blameless,” Anning said, referring to the dozens of men, women, and children who were shot dead while praying.

And it is reflected in global laws that have all but transformed Muslims into a permanent suspect class. Under legislation ranging from the United States’s PATRIOT Act to New Zealand’s own Countering Foreign Fighters Bill, there are few civil liberties that Muslims living through the War on Terror possess that Western governments are bound to respect.
terrorism  legal  crime  ethics  nationalism  islam  religion  discrimination  hate  immigration  whitesupremacy 
2 days ago by jtyost2
‘Our children deserve better’: parents win judicial review of special needs spending | Education | The Guardian
Families claim shortfall in government funding is illegal, as schools struggle to pay for support services
UK  Austerity  discrimination  Disabled  education  policy  injustice 
2 days ago by asterisk2a
Berkeley zoning has served for many decades to separate the poor from the rich and whites from people of color — Berkeleyside
“Protection against the disastrous effects of uncontrolled development” with the “so-called zone system,” will prove “of vital importance to every citizen of Berkeley,” McDuffie said in a March 1916 address that was written up in the Berkeley Civic Bulletin. “The fight against the Chinese wash-house [in Los Angeles] laid the basis for districting laws in this State.”

For McDuffie, strategic zoning had the potential to solidify the racially restrictive neighborhoods in which he had a monetary stake. He feared that without this tool, the sanctity of the more affluent, eastern sections of Berkeley would be overrun by development. That might jeopardize the specific character of the residential parks that was so key to their marketability.

“In the United States, private profit as a result of zoning ordinances that preserved and enhanced ‘investment values’ was not only fully expected, it was a major zoning goal,” according
race  real_estate  housing  zoning  deed  restrictions  discrimination 
5 days ago by Quercki
These gaffes expose British politics’ real issue with race | Gary Younge | Opinion | The Guardian
Racism is not about politeness – it’s about power.

Words have meaning. Politicians have responsibilities. Racism is real. But because the media rarely call to talk about racial disparities in school exclusions, sentencing or poverty. Racism is a system of oppression rooted in history, politics, economics and culture. Our understanding of it should not be reduced to a litany of gaffes and flubs any more than it can be relegated to people shouting epithets and wielding baseball bats. These are the most glaring and dramatic manifestations of a broader, deeper problem – they should not be mistaken for the problem itself. Moreover, people have to the right to misspeak, be corrected, offer a proper apology and move on.

But over the past few weeks, the relentless parade of remarks, ranging from gauche to grotesque, suggests more than simply individual, off-the-cuff indiscretions. There is only so long one can keep talking about an isolated series of events before one must concede there may be a pattern. This return to the language of the 1970s, in which black people are “coloured” and Islamophobia is a matter for the Foreign Office, is moving in lockstep with the racial politics of the 1970s, with citizens being deported and non-white people considered foreign.
UK  Racism  BAME  discrimination  class  Xenophobia  Brexit  CON-servative  Conservative  Party  nasty  prejudice  Islamophobia  post-racial  history  Hostile  Environment  HomeOffice  Theresa  May  far-right  right-wing  Rechtsruck  Rechtsextremismus 
6 days ago by asterisk2a

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