With the US election now decided and Donald Trump President it’s interesting watching the fallout asking how this could ever have happened. I read an article last week that provided some insight. “Behind 2016’s Turmoil, a Crisis of White Identity” was written by Amanda Taub and published in The New York Times. It highlighted the rise of White supremacists across the globe under the veil of conservative nationalism.
Taub claims White anxiety has fueled 2016’s political turmoil in the West referencing Britain’s exit from the European Union, Donald Trump’s Republican presidential nomination and the rise of right-wing nationalism in Norway, Hungary, Austria, Germany and Greece.
Michael Ignatieff, a former Liberal Party leader in Canada, said that in the West, “what defined the political community” for many years “was the unstated premise that it was White.”
The rejection of racial discrimination has, by extension, created a new, broader international community. The United States has had their first Black president, London a Muslim mayor and Melbourne a Chinese Lord mayor. But rather than advancement many Whites feel a painful loss and it is here we are seeing the rise of Donald Trump. Continue reading
Interesting points, albeit somewhat narrow.
A Congolese man looking at the severed hand and foot of his five-year-old daughter who was killed, and allegedly cannibalized, by the members of Anglo-Belgian India Rubber Company militia.
The photograph is by Alice Seeley Harris, the man’s name is Nsala. Here is part of her account (from the book “Don’t Call Me Lady: The Journey of Lady Alice Seeley Harris”): He hadn’t made his rubber quota for the day so the Belgian-appointed overseers had cut off his daughter’s hand and foot. Her name was Boali. She was five years old. Then they killed her. But they weren’t finished. Then they killed his wife too. And because that didn’t seem quite cruel enough, quite strong enough to make their case, they cannibalized both Boali and her mother. And they presented Nsala with the tokens, the leftovers from the once living body of his darling child whom he so loved. His life was destroyed. They had partially destroyed it anyway by forcing his servitude but this act finished it for him. All of this filth had occurred because one man, one man who lived thousands of miles across the sea, one man who couldn’t get rich enough, had decreed that this land was his and that these people should serve his own greed. Leopold had not given any thought to the idea that these African children, these men and women, were our fully human brothers, created equally by the same Hand that had created his own lineage of European Royalty. Continue reading
RJ Naved from Radio Mirchi, popular for his witty segment ‘Murga’, released a video of a social experiment he conducted recently in Delhi. The video, that has since gone viral, shows him pretending to stir communal tension between Hindus and Muslims. He visits Nizamuddin, a locality with a large Muslim population, and advocates hatred towards Hindus. The video then shows him at Kalka temple, making threatening remarks against Muslims. The response of the people around him is a heartwarming reminder of the unity of a diverse people even in testing times.
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By Glenn Greenwald
THE DECISION BY U.K. voters to leave the EU is such a glaring repudiation of the wisdom and relevance of elite political and media institutions that — for once — their failures have become a prominent part of the storyline. Media reaction to the Brexit vote falls into two general categories: (1) earnest, candid attempts to understand what motivated voters to make this choice, even if that means indicting their own establishment circles, and (2) petulant, self-serving, simple-minded attacks on disobedient pro-Leave voters for being primitive, xenophobic bigots (and stupid to boot), all to evade any reckoning with their own responsibility. Virtually every reaction that falls into the former category emphasizes the profound failures of Western establishment factions; these institutions have spawned pervasive misery and inequality, only to spew condescending scorn at their victims when they object.
You can imagine her surprise when the young lawyer was mistakenly copied into an email which revealed she hadn’t got a job because of her parents’ religion.
Well, she might have been surprised, but as a Muslim, such instances of discrimination are hardly uncommon.
In fact, the Islamophobia Register has collected 280 reports in the past 12 months of people being abused, discriminated against, spat on and marginalised in Australia because of their Muslim heritage.
The president of the Islamophobia Register, Mariam Veiszadeh, says the young graduate told her how the job interview at the boutique law firm had appeared to go swimmingly until, at the end, the manager asked where her surname came from.
When the young woman (who does not wear a hijab) said it was Lebanese, she was asked if her family was Christian or Muslim. Continue reading