Monday, December 17, 2007

Slavery exists today

A couple, Mahender Murlidhar Sabhnani, 51, and his wife, Varsha Mahender Sabhnani, 45, were convicted today of enslaving two Indonesian women to work as housekeepers

Mahender Murlidhar Sabhnani, 51, and his wife, Varsha Mahender Sabhnani, 45, were each convicted of all charges in a 12-count federal indictment that included forced labor, conspiracy, involuntary servitude, and harboring aliens.

Prosecutors said the women were subjected to repeated psychological and physical abuse and were forced to work 18 hours or more a day.

This story is scary that this kind of stuff happens. Read the whole article via the link above about what the couple did to the two women. They did some really awful and gross things that are unimaginable.

Racism passed on by mothers more?

I found an interesting blog post I thought I would share on here. The blog post "Do Mothers Pass On Racism More than Fathers?" by By Melissa Lafsky talks about just what the blog post title says. It points out that from the poll they took from children, that "children's attitudes were strongly correlated with the perceived expectations and attitudes of the mothers but not the fathers."

Children can pick up racism, or racist attitudes from both of their parents, not just one, but I am a little surprised it would be the mother, but I'm assuming that the fathers don't spend as much time with them as the mothers do. This just tells us again how much children pick up from their parents. As a parent, it's your duty to install the best qualities and attitudes in your children for the future of this world.

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Woman sets herself on fire to protest racism

This is a very disturbing article, which includes actual pictures, of a woman setting herself on fire to protest racism.

From article:

Maggy Delvaux-Mufu, a mother of three in her forties, alerted several national newspapers late on Tuesday morning last week that she would be burning herself alive on place des Martyrs at 12.45 am, before setting out accompanied by her husband to walk through the centre of town to her macabre rendezvous. The police were alerted and officers were deployed to the Rousegärtchen.

I warn before going to the article, it contains graphic disturbing images of the actual woman on fire. I almost got sick after viewing those pictures. This shouldn't be a way to protest against racism. She is fighting for her life now.

Racism protest flier includes the "N" word

According to this article on courant.com, there was a flier on a bulletin board at Central Connecticut State University about a racism protest that included the "N" word.

From the article:

"I couldn't believe that in this day and age, you can still see things like this happening on a college campus," Balkaran said Wednesday during a student protest on campus that drew more than 200 students, professors and others.

Many of those who showed up for the protest said the flier incident underscored the need for further dialogue and education among students and faculty. They pointed out that the flier was discovered less than two months after the campus student newspaper, The Recorder, came under fire for printing a comic strip in which a teenage Hispanic girl was imprisoned and forced to drink urine.

Just reading about how a college could have a flier with that word on it and nobody said anything about it. I'm sure someone probably saw it at a college, but they just didn't say anything which is wrong. Colleges are suppose to be a place for everyone to learn but this kind of stuff seems to comes up and makes ask what's really going on.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Racism in the modeling industry

This is just a quick post about an article I just found about racism in the modeling industry where colored models are not being signed/hired because they're not white. So some of the top black models in the world, Naomi Campbell, Iman, Liya Kebede and Tyson Beckford "launched a campaign against race discrimination in the fashion industry - which they say is at its worst since the 1960s." Make sure to read the article here.

Racism in the media with sports

On SportingNews.com, John Rawlings wrote a very interesting article named "Does race color discussion of bad athletes?" It points out that black athletes are pointed out more in the media than white athletes when they do something wrong. Why is this? Because of the color of their skin or what they actually did?

Here's a part from the article:

Certainly in comparison to Bonds, the circumstances are different, their profiles are different and their places in our consciousness are different. But when placed in the context of fans' reactions to bad behavior by athletes such as Pacman Jones and Michael Vick, we see another difference: the color of their skin.

It is difficult to discuss our reaction and degree of outrage to conduct we don't approve of in the context of race. We are frequently afraid to say the wrong thing. We very well might be even more uncomfortable asking ourselves to honestly assess why we feel the way we do.

Is it possible I despise Barry Bonds but still want to pull for Rick Ankiel because I look more like one than the other?

Don't dismiss the question out of hand. There is too much evidence that shows the large part that race plays in the differences in our views. ESPN conducted a scientific poll during Bonds' pursuit of the all-time home run record that yielded the clearly dispiriting conclusion that more than twice as many blacks supported Bonds than whites.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

The Jena 6 incident

This is amazing and truly shows how racist the world and justice system is today. This article takes quotes from various blog posts about this whole incident and they are really good. Make sure to check out the article. Here are a few quotes from the article:

The case of six black boys, who face lifetime jail sentences for an alleged assault on a white peer in Jena, La., is slowly drawing the public's attention.

"Almost a year ago, in the small northern Louisiana town of Jena, a group of white students hung three nooses from a tree in front of Jena High School. This set into motion a season of racial tension and incidents that culminated in six black youths facing a lifetime in jail for a schoolyard fight.
The story that has unfolded since then is one of racism and injustice, but also of resistance and solidarity, as people from around the world have joined together with the families of the accused, lending legal and financial support, adding political pressure, and joining demonstrations and marches.

The nooses were hung after a black student asked permission to sit under a tree that had been reserved by tradition for white students only. In response to the three nooses, nearly every black student in the school stood under the tree in a spontaneous and powerful act of nonviolent protest. The town's district attorney quickly arrived, flanked by police officers, and told the black students to stop making such a big deal over the nooses, which school officials termed to be a "harmless prank." The school assembly, like the schoolyard where all of this had begun, was divided by race, with the black students on one side and the white students on the other. Directing his remarks to the black students, District Attorney Reed Walters said, "I can make your lives disappear with a stroke of a pen."

The white students who confessed to hanging the nooses never received any meaningful punishment. Nor did the white students who months later beat up a black student at a school party, nor did the white former student who threatened two black students with a shotgun. But, after these incidents, when black students got into a fight with a white student, six Black youths were charged with attempted murder, and now face a lifetime in prison. The Black students may not have been involved in the fight, but they were known to be organizers of the protest under the tree. The white student was briefly hospitalized, but had no major injuries and was socializing with friends at a school ring ceremony the evening of the fight.


Reading about this incident and how the white students, the school, the District Attorney and basically every white person in this incident acted, I am ashamed, appalled, and sickened of what has happened. This is a disgrace and shouldn't have not happened. If the white students were punished or expelled from the school for that obvious racist symbol, this whole thing probably would have not happened. This is really sad.

Racism in San Francisco schools

Wow this was an interesting and surprising article about racism in schools. Here's a small part of the article:

By the way, for those assuming this is something that can be explained away by the interplay of race and poverty, it isn’t. Johnson said she used a statistical tool called regression analysis, which allowed her to isolate factors such as income and skin color. For example, the researcher found no correlation between school choice and the number of Latino students, who are disproportionately lower-income.

Chris Rosenberg, principal of ethnically diverse Starr King Elementary, laid it out for me in clear terms.

"The bottom line is that many people do not feel comfortable sending their kids to a school with a lot of African American students," says Rosenberg, who has been at Starr King for 12 years, four as principal. "It's a crying shame. It's terrible. But it is a sad and obvious truth in our schools. And no one wants to touch it."

This data analysis is amazing and I wonder in how many other schools this is also true across the United States.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

A public form of racism

This blog post talks about an incident where racism happened in Chicago on public transportation. Do you agree with the author that if it was a white person, he would have not been thrown off the train? I agree with him. Why is the world this way? Why are people this way?

Monday, July 30, 2007

Racism tries to break up love

I am not against interracial relationships/marriages but there seems to be a lot of white people who are in Boise, Idaho. You can read the article about Ian Johnson and Chrissy Popadics here. Below is a quote from the article:

"But Idaho blacks have seen trouble coming ever since Boise State tailback Ian Johnson, who is black, got down on one knee Jan. 1 to propose to cheerleader Chrissy Popadics, who is white, on national TV after scoring the winning points at the 2007 Fiesta Bowl.

The couple will marry today (Saturday). Johnson has reported receiving more than 30 threatening letters and phone calls from inside and outside Idaho."


When two people love each other and want to get married and are receiving death threats, that is just wrong and very scary. Love comes in many colors and it doesn't matter what someone's skin is to find love. I commend these two people for looking past skin color and following their hearts no matter what comes in the way.

Nike workers used racial slurs

Be careful the next time you shop at a Nike store, you may hear a racist remark. Today Nike settled a racism lawsuit for $7.6 million. Quoted from the article:

"The lawsuit, filed in 2003, claimed managers at the retail store used racial slurs to refer to black workers and customers. They also said the store segregated black employees into lower-paying jobs as stockroom workers and cashiers rather than giving them lucrative sales jobs. And they alleged managers made unfounded accusations of theft against black workers and directed store security to monitor black employees and customers because of their race."

Paris Hilton is a racist

Paris Hilton used the "N" word but many white people still like her and follow her. She is even on television! Why is that? Why would you support someone and waste your time on someone who uses racist language and is probably a racist? Here are a few sites that tell us what she said and what she is like:

Racism and low birth weights

There's an interesting research article on AssociatedContent.com about how the cause of low birth weights among African-Americans may be due to racism.

Quoted from the research article:

"David and Collins asked if the participants felt they had been discriminated against when looking for work, in an educational setting, or another situation. They found that participants that felt they had discriminated against had two times the chance of giving birth to a low birth weight baby. Those that felt they had been discriminated in all places had three times the chance of giving birth to a low weight baby."


Make sure to read the article.

White people can be really ignorant

Sometimes I read something online and want to scream at the author and say 'you stupid motherfucker, shut the fuck up!' Well a few days ago I found this blog post by a white male who thinks he was a victim of racism because an African-American woman was given her order before he was given his order. Give me a break buddy, why don't you re-read what you wrote. If anything, this was sexism, not racism.

It's not on his blog post now, but he also wrote something like 'blacks don't face racism everyday' or something similar to that as I forget by now what he wrote word for word. He knew what he wrote was stupid and ignorant because he deleted it and I also left a comment on his blog telling him what I thought and of course he didn't publish it because he knows what he wrote was racist. I would like others to read this guy's post and let me know what you think. Is it racism, sexism, or just his stupid racist ass trying to make something out of nothing?

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Michael Vick, guilty before trial even happens?

An article on Yahoo! Sports brings up the Michael Vick trial and how the topic of racism is coming up with white people saying that Michael Vick is guilty even before a trial took place. The article mentions that African-Americans were supporting the Constitution and that Michael Vick is innocent until proven guilty, which is right and why this country is so great.

A part from the article:

... almost all of the people supporting Vick or holding signs pleading for "due process" and "innocence until proven guilty" were African American.

On the other side was an emotional, angry, passionate anti-Vick group that was overwhelmingly white.

White people screaming for justice; black people asking if they still remember everything justice entails.

That a case involving dog fighting can break so quickly along racial lines is a testament to how it bubbles below just about everything in this country. We all wish it wasn't so, including both sides here. No one wanted this. Almost no one even wanted to acknowledge it. But it was there, plain as day in black and white.

"I wouldn't say it's a racial thing," said David Williams, an African American, in a hopeful tone. "It's not racial. But for these animal rights people to take one person and crucify him isn't fair."

The thing is, the "animal rights people" here were an estimated 90 percent white. The pro-Vick/due process crowd was probably 95 percent black.

Obviously, both animal rights advocates and due process proponents come in all colors. And certainly a circus show like this, revved up by a massive media presence, isn't representative of America.

But, then again, I also know what I saw and what I heard.

"They are not going to give the man a chance?" Williams said. "You're innocent until proven guilty. He hasn't even had a trial yet."

If only more white people thought this way

I was looking around online for racism incidents and found this really good blog post on AfroSpear.wordpress.com. A white male emailed the author of that blog a very well thought-out written essay about how most white people don't get it. Please read that blog post, it's very interesting.

Here's a small quote from the guy's email:

How can we, white, proud (arrogant?!) America expect of a people not more than 2 life spans removed from SLAVERY, and only two generations removed from out-right and government sanctioned racism to "rise above" (the effects of a system designed to cripple you), and to "take personal responsibility" (for that which you are not responsible)? I'll tell you how we can. We can because it's comfortable (if you haven't a heart), it's easy (to buy the lie), and it's ok ('cause anyone can make it in America today!) The playing field is level right?

Not quite and even if it is (ha!) there are yet many ill-equipped to take the field. And ill-equipped to our shame. Thus the privileged go on being privileged, go on encouraging a system that neglects those it purports to help, all the while turning a blind eye to those they throw under the bus. Forget moving to the back of the bus! Throw em under it! So much more can be said about this!


Make sure to visit the site and read the whole email.

Friday, July 27, 2007

Welcome to the Racism Today blog

Welcome to the blog and thank you for visiting. We have created this blog to show and point out incidents that prove just how racist the world still is. We're hoping through this blog that the world can change and get better for everyone. We also want to bring to the attention of everyone, but mostly white people, that racism still exists.

From ADL.org:
"Racism has existed throughout human history. It may be defined as the hatred of one person by another -- or the belief that another person is less than human -- because of skin color, language, customs, place of birth or any factor that supposedly reveals the basic nature of that person. It has influenced wars, slavery, the formation of nations, and legal codes."

Just so everyone knows, I'm a white male in my mid-twenties that wants a better life for his future children and wants the world to be a better place for everyone. I hope this blog can help.

If you find any stories that interest you about race, racism, please post a comment on one of the posts on this blog. We will all appreciate it.

Update: A little more clarification for this blog. Since mainstream media doesn't seem to cover a lot of incidents that happen to non-white people that's what I try to cover. I apologize if anyone is offended by that. Obviously I don't catch all of the racist incidents in the world and I post what I find. If anyone finds things that they feel should be posted please post a comment and let me know.