U.N. human rights chief calls for reparations to address systemic racism around the world
Two days after the sentencing of Derek Chauvin for the killing of George Floyd, the U.N. Human Rights Council released a report, ordered last year in the wake of Floyd’s death, calling on countries to adopt a “transformative agenda” to fight systemic racism.washingtonpost.com
Minnesota town grants permit to ‘whites only’ church
MURDOCK, Minn. – The city council of Murdock, Minnesota has anonymously voted to grant a permit that allows a Nordic heritage church identified as a white supremacist group to gather at an abandoned church. The vote came after Murdock’s city attorney advised town officials that rejecting the Asatru Folk Assembly’s request could violate its religious rights. Council members, who were meeting online because of the coronavirus pandemic, kept video cameras turned off and refused to identify who voted for or against the permit. Mayor Craig Kavanagh said the vote was 3-1 to approve the Conditional Use Permit as long as the group meets the conditions set on the permit. “There has been a lot of concern on this topic in the city of Murdock and rightfully so.
Should racism be declared a public health crisis? Gov. Northam, state leaders say yes
RICHMOND, Va. – For many, the global coronavirus pandemic is the worst health crisis in a generation. Our latest story questions whether racism should be declared a public health crisis. “When we accept it as a public health issue, we start putting research money behind it. Aird introduced a resolution that would formally acknowledge racism as a public health crisis in the Commonwealth. “We talked about that very issue that racism is a health crisis issue.
'We must struggle together to get there: Virginia Tech holds virtual conversation to discuss racism
BLACKSBURG, Va. Virginia Tech is responding to ongoing nationwide protests by discussing the issue of racism in America. In a virtual conference Friday afternoon, professors shared their perspective and experiences with race and racism. The offices vice president for strategic affairs and diversity, Menah Pratt-Clarke, said African Americans are tired of being sick and tired of racism. Yet I know, as many of us do know, that we must struggle together to get there. To watch the full conversation, click here.
These movies, shows and documentaries about race should be required viewing
Netflix‘13th’Directed by Ava DuVernay (she’ll come up again in this list), the documentary shows you how America changed after the 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery, but also kickstarted the prison boom in America. ‘Moonlight’This Oscar-winning picture tells the story of a young black gay man living in Miami. chronicles the Central Park Five, a group of young black teenagers who were wrongfully convicted of a crime they didn’t commit. The documentary tells the story of the days of protests, unrest and riots that followed. It’s a great film that shows how two different groups of people can react to fatal police shootings.
Here’s how you can support the fight against racial injustice without leaving your home
Color of Change is the largest online racial injustice organization. It’s a great place to donate to help fight racial injustices. If there is any organization that has been fighting for social justice and change for years and years, it’s the ACLU. Not only does it fight for racial justice, it fights for women’s rights, LGBTQ+ rights and so much more. This is pretty simple: The petition is asking for justice for George Floyd’s death.
Black rag dolls pulled from shelves, called racist
One Dollar Zone said it immediately pulled controversial black rag dolls from store shelves after customers voiced concerns about them. (Credit: From Facebook/assemblywoman angela v. mcknight)(CNN) - Black rag dolls that instruct someone to abuse them were removed from the shelves of multiple One Dollar Zone stores after they drew criticism for being racist. New Jersey legislator Angela McKnight said she visited a One Dollar Zone store in Bayonne and found the toy "offensive and disturbing on so many levels." One Dollar Zone President Ricky Shah said the company immediately pulled the dolls from store shelves after customers voiced concerns about them. One Dollar Zone operates about 30 stores in the Northeast, including in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts.
New Jersey Politician Gets ''Sick' Dolls Pulled From Shelves, Says They Teach '
Its the doll that has received so much backlash, it was reportedly pulled from the shelves. The Feel Better Dolls have been yanked from stores around New Jersey after customers and politicians began complaining they were racist. Just grab it firmly by the legs and find a wall to slam the doll and as you whack the "feel good doll" do not forget to yell "I feel good. I feel good," the directions reportedly read. To have a product depict or teach children that it is OK to hit another child, regardless of race, in order to feel good is sick, McKnight wrote.