- "Six months later, many Swedes are still in shock. The country — proud of its reputation for tolerance — can no longer say it stands apart from the growing anti-immigrant sentiment that has changed European parliaments elsewhere, leading to the banning of burqas in France and minarets in Switzerland."
- "Muslim neighbourhoods are being transformed by rising affluence, a result that supports the claim by Immigration Minister Chris Bowen that multiculturalism in Australia is working.
"The Muslim heartlands in our major cities are thriving places — surprisingly so. Unlike in Britain and Europe, the migrants allowed into Australia have skills that enable them to make the most of our strong economy, says Oliver Marc Hartwich from the Centre for Independent Studies."
- "Dave Singleton with the California Native American Heritage Commission, which advises local, state and federal agencies on issues involving indigenous communities, said he's heard from at least 10 tribes in the Colorado River area concerned about various renewable projects. The problem is in part cultural: while a site may not be registered as historic, some tribal leaders say they know it's sacred because of oral history accounts.
"'The tribes are saying you've consulted us, we've identified sites and you're saying it doesn't matter,' Singleton said. 'There's a rising anger that they're being treated with disrespect.'"
- "Harjo v. Pro-Football, Inc. (and now Blackhorse v. Pro-Football) represents a rare intersection between intellectual property law and human rights concerns. Though the claims presented in these lawsuits are purely trademark-based, there are certainly 'human rights' implications in a broad sense. It will be interesting to see how the new lawsuit plays out and whether the right of the 'invisible population' of the United States to not be disparaged by words and symbols will prevail."
- "Sheryll Cashin, who teaches constitutional law and race and American law at Georgetown University, says it would be a shame if black flight from the city set off black flight from the near suburbs.
"Some blacks just don't want to live near other blacks, she says: 'There is classism within the black community. The foreclosure crisis may be accelerating it.' But she says middle-class blacks, like middle-class whites, are also put off by behavior of impoverished blacks who 'have developed their own culture, one that is very different from mainstream America.'"
by Latoya Peterson
Charlie Sheen is a fucking trainwreck.
I caught about five minutes of an E! True Hollywood Story on the man, and saw references to drug abuse and rehab, domestic violence, and a very pissed off Heidi Fleiss, noting that while Sheen is one of the top paid sitcom stars of our time, she was stuck in jail.
Charlie Sheen has been on a downward spiral for a good while now, and it’s clear from comments like these that things are only going to get worse:
Both Today and GMA asked Sheen, who says he underwent private rehab at home, if he is now on drugs. As he told the latter, “Yeah, I am on a drug. It’s called Charlie Sheen! It’s not available, because if you try it once, you will die. Your face will melt off, and your children will weep over your exploded body. … I woke up and decided, you know, I’ve been kicked around, I’ve been criticized. I’ve been this ‘Aww, shucks’ guy with this bitchin’ rock-star life, and I’m finally going to completely embrace it, wrap both arms around it and love it violently. And defend it violently through violent hatred.”
I could normally care less about the troubles of Charlie Sheen, but one of his recent verbal misfires is interesting on a few different levels. Sheen referred to Two and a Half Men creator Chuck Lorre as Chaim Levine in an angry open letter, protesting the cancellation of the show, widely rumored to be because of Sheen’s erratic behavior. After receiving pushback for his remarks, Sheen offered this gem to TMZ:
While Charlie spilled his guts to TMZ yesterday about his hatred for Chuck Lorre, he referred to the “Two and a Half Men” creator as Chaim Levine — the Hebrew translation of CL’s birth name — which many people felt Charlie used in a mean-spirited attempt to denigrate the Jews.
Now Charlie tells TMZ … “I was referring to Chuck by his real name, because I wanted to address the man, not the bulls**t TV persona.”
FYI — Chuck’s birth name is Charles Levine … and his Hebrew name is Chaim.
Charlie added, “So you’re telling me, anytime someone calls me Carlos Estevez, I can claim they are anti-Latino?”
Oh, readers, where do we start? Continue reading
By Arturo R. García
Sunday’s Academy Awards telecast didn’t do much to challenge Idris Elba’s recent assertion that the Oscars “aren’t designed for us.” But there were a couple of bright spots for PoCs during the show, and one in particular had a massive award haul – but probably not the kind he was looking for. Details, and some feel-good music, are under the cut.
By Arturo R. García
Let’s start the week off by giving props to some of The R’s best friends who made some waves this weekend.
First off, Friday saw the release of Feminism FOR REAL: Deconstructing The Academic Industrial Complex of Feminism. Edited by the globetrotting Jessica Yee, this collection of essays and poetry tackles the collision between feminist theory and feminist reality. Among the contributors is our own Andrea Plaid, who talked about the project a bit on her tumblr:
Academia provides a “home”—or “safe space,” to use the parlance—for feminists. So, feminism fortified its privilege by, in essence, wedding The Academy—and really, its class privileges of having the money to go to college to “study” these ideas. Yeah, it’s a Mobius Strip of privilege, but it’s still privilege.
So, as much as feminists give lip service to “experience as a form of theoretical basis,” it seems the only time “experience” is respected is when the person has years of it (and if the person had practically founded a feminist organization). It’s as if feminism has bought into that whole “one bachelor’s degree=5-10 years of ‘professional’ experience” that guides hiring practices. Other than that, folks’ feminism—especially being able to write and speak on it—gets dismissed real quick.
The book is coming off a successful launch event in Toronto and is now available for purchase at the link above.
Meanwhile, in California, Fatemeh Fakhraie, whose work you’ve read here and at Muslimah Media Watch, was part of a panel discussion, along with Jehanzeb Dar, who’s contributed here in the past, at the Bananas 2 conference for Asian/Pacific Islander American bloggers this past Saturday. The first half of the panel is available under the cut.
- "Cabdrivers who refuse passengers on the basis of race or their far-flung destinations are being targeted by taxi officials who want to stiffen fines for the escalating problem."
Officials hope that by increasing the penalties for "refusals of service" — the most egregious nonviolent offense a hack can commit — they'll stop the 38 percent rise in trip-denial complaints that took place from 2009 to 2010."
- "The resentment some Native Hawaiians feels toward whites today can be chalked up in part to "ancestral memory," says Jon Matsuoka, dean of the School of Social Work at the University of Hawaii. "That trauma is qualitatively different than other ethnic groups in America. It's more akin to American Indians" because Hawaiians had their homeland invaded, were exposed to diseases for which they had no immunity, and had an alien culture forced upon them, he says. Stories about the theft of their lands and culture have been passed down from one generation to the next, Matsuoka adds."
- "Its editor-in-chief, third-year law student and former NAACP Legal Defense Fund intern Sheila Adams, said in a release that high profile incidents including Arizona’s immigration law and the disproportionate impact of the financial and foreclosure calamities on minorities disprove theories that President Obama’s election ushered in a 'post-racial' society.
“'In short, the relevance of race in our society and, thus, the law, continues to be very much a reality, and the increasingly multi-racial and multi-cultural nature of our communities both complicates and enriches this sphere of academic inquiry,' Adams wrote in the first issue’s 'Editor’s Note.'”
- "9. I hate how this whole mess is the flip side of the breeder, Welfare Queen and Jezebel stereotypes."
- "And all the queries that naturally arise upon learning that his parents are black—Did you struggle with your identity? Did you ever feel like you didn’t belong? Do you consider yourself black or Asian?—are quietly shut down with answers that make the questioner feel slightly foolish for the asking.
“'I grew up not trying to identify, but naturally identifying with the people around me, the African American culture,' says Mack. 'From before I can remember, I was surrounded by African American people. They were the ones I saw every day, they were my family, the people I lived with, who loved me, took care of me and played with me.'”
- "'This bill is miles beyond S.B. 1070 in terms of its potential to roll back the rights and fundamental freedoms of both citizens and noncitizens alike,' said Alessandra Soler Meetze, executive director of the A.C.L.U. of Arizona. She said the measures would create 'a ‘papers, please’ society' and that a new crime — 'driving while undocumented' — would be added to the books."
- "Despite this history of hate, the singer of what has been termed “murder music” on Sunday was awarded the 2010 Grammy for Best Reggae Album for 'Before the Dawn.'
"Ironically, the Grammy awards ceremony came one day after a new report that 28 gay Jamaicans had been granted political asylum in the United States in 2010 because they were persecuted in their native land. The Jamaica Observer said the would-be immigrants had been represented by Immigration Equality, a group of lawyers who help immigrants persecuted in their home countries because of their sexual orientation. The U.S. has recognized such persecution as a basis for seeking asylum since the 1990s, it said."
- "Amidst the high emotions of the horrifying violence meted out by Gaddafi’s loyalists against demonstrators, the desire on the part of social media and social network groups to claim yet another dictator’s scalp, and the haste by traditional media to be the first to break a story, the vilification of black Africans in Libya has proliferated unchecked. We can only imagine the impact that this will have on Libya’s own black African tribes and other minorities after the dust has settled. Surely we are not ready for another Darfur."
- "Abe Foxman of the Anti-Defamation League has responded to Glenn Beck's comment on Tuesday which likened Reform Judaism to 'radicalized Islam.' Foxman said in a statement Wednesday that Beck's comments demonstrate his 'bigoted ignorance.'"
- "The show — at least, the pilot episode — features an Asian character named Han Lee, described in the script as 33, Korean Born, Lovable, Thin Man; Thick Accent. And it's pretty much downhill from there.
"From what I've seen, the running joke appears to be that Han Lee adopts a new, more 'American' name ('Bryce Lee' — which at some point becomes 'Rice') and is constantly getting his funny-but-lovable bad English corrected. I'm reposting relevant parts of the script below."
By Guest Contributor Tasnim, cross-posted from Muslimah Media Watch
Google executive Wael Ghonim became one of the faces of the Egyptian revolution through the Facebook page “We are all Khalid Said,” which was a vital spark to the revolution. But another important spark was a video posted by 26-year-old Asmaa Mahfouz from the April 6 Youth Movement, where she declared that she was going out to Tahrir Square and urged people to join her in saving Egypt.
The spirit of freedom Mahfouz spoke about was symbolized in Tahrir Square, where Egyptian women found an equality and camaraderie that they are hoping will be carried forward in shaping a new Egypt—a hope Mona Seif, Gigi Ibrahim, and Salma El Tarzi express in this article.
In the revolutions currently sweeping the region, women’s voices have been loud and clear, from Amal Mathluthi singing for the Tunisian revolution, to the “bravest girl in Egypt” leading chants against Mubarak, to the journalist and activist Tawakul Karaman’s heading protests in Yemen. Outside the region, R&B artist Ayah added her voice to the single “#Jan25″ in solidarity with the Egyptian people, and journalist Mona El Tahawy appeared on countless media outlets, bringing the world’s attention to the events unfolding in her country, and the ongoing events in Yemen, Bahrain, Libya, and Iran.