All posts for the topic: Race

20 million people are dying from starvation, and you can help them with clicktivism

Est Reading Time: 5 min [CN: Famine, existential futility, genocide, Trump] It’s a cliche that when something bad happens to black/brown people, western mass media’s level of coverage is crap. The first time I remember being shocked by this is in 1997, when the newspaper was plastered with coverage of Princess Diana’s death/funeral. The Rais massacre of 400 people in Algeria that happened at the same time made page 1 of the world news section which due to the funeral coverage got pretty trashed that edition. I remember thinking: weren’t they embarrassed about being so blatant about it? But news publishers often know their audience […]

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If Australian states were countries

Est Reading Time: 2 min There’s been quite a few interesting maps imagining states of a particular country as countries of their own. Some examples: US states as countries – by education rank US states as countries – by GDP US states as countries – by area China provinces as countries – by GDP per person China provinces as countries – by GDP China provinces as countries – by life expectancy Australia has states but somehow doesn’t get the same level of attention! Luckily we have fewer states/territories so I made some. Australian states/territories as countries – by size Australian states/territories as countries – by […]

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Newslash: Racist anti-immigration “thinktanks” lie with statistics

Est Reading Time: 4 min [CN: White supremacy, eugenics etc] Anti-immigration groups/politicians have always been trying to intellectualise their views. Behind the veil it’s just the same old but if they put on a mask they can get more people than just their base to think they “have a point”. This is what happened when this 1996(?) video by founder of anti-immigration NumbersUSA Roy Beck recently went viral. It was misleading enough for someone I know to voice initial support, only realising after that it was not credible. Here it is: Video link The most misleading thing about this video is its existence – it […]

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The stay against Trump’s travel ban upheld – a closer look at the ruling

Est Reading Time: 6 min [CN: Trump] It’s been a few days since the ninth circuit court of appeals unanimously rejected the Trump administration’s request to reinstate #MuslimBan. There’s been obviously a lot of commentary about where to from here but I wanted to look at the court’s actual ruling to see what arguments were used and whether they shed any interesting light on resistance to fascism in the USA and here in Australia. You can check out the 29 page PDF of the ruling here. In the meantime here’s a quick summary of each section. I. A. N. A. L. Background: A summary of […]

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Racist NIMBYism: anti-eruv “arguments” in Australia

Est Reading Time: 9 min [CN: Racism, propaganda] Yesterday I posted about some far-right anti-mosque propaganda. This type of fear-mongering doesn’t stop there; the campaign against the St Ives eruv shows its wide scope. Unlike the previous post, I should explain what an eruv is. In Orthodox Judaism, it’s essentially forbidden to carry (inc pushing a stroller) on Shabbat except for within one’s home or outside with the aid of an eruv. An eruv consists of boundary demarcations (usually poles/wires), the symbolic acts of renting space from a non-Jew and setting up a communal meal for each Sabbath. More here, and just to make it […]

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Racist NIMBYism: anti-mosque “arguments” in Australia

Est Reading Time: 7 min [CN: Racism, propaganda] Because of various uhm “reasons”, racist nativism is here to stay. One way it bubbles up in Australia is NIMBYism about religious structures by The Other. You’ve probably seen it in terms of opposition to mosque construction, but similar sentiments have come up against the Jewish community (see tomorrow’s post). These differ in how explicit they are but they all take from the same playbook, so it’s good to be familiar with the type of propaganda spread by white supremacist organisations to try turn the “general public” against minority religions. You probably don’t need to be told […]

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Any celebration on Jan 26th is neither apolitical nor bypartisan

Est Reading Time: 4 min Tomorrow is Australia Day. I’ve posted about it before and this column by Nakkiah Lui remains a must-read each year. One thing that has changed is that columns like Lui’s have ignited public conversation about the celebrations. This culminated last month with a City of Fremantle initiative. It started with this: Fremantle bumped Australia Day events by two days, citing Aboriginal cultural sensitivities. The assistant immigration minister, Alex Hawke, said the commonwealth would not allow the council to hold citizenship ceremonies as part of its planned events on 28 January because it would give an anti-Australia Day message. The council […]

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Trump inauguration as the reductio-ad-absurdum for US democracy

Est Reading Time: 4 min Democracy Index Map [CN: Trump] Today will be the US inauguration. Given the importance of the Electoral College for Trump’s victory it’s a great time to examine why self-identifying as a democratic country doesn’t mean shit. Democracy has a pretty good brand so naturally countries want to identify as having democratic institutions. A lot of the time discussions about whether something’s a democracy devolve into bickering about technical definitions (eg. “democracy vs republic”). I think that’s a waste. We can establish common ground about what people might mean by democracy. For example: a country where all its people (to the […]

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Tut-tutting about filter bubbles & echochambers misses the point

Est Reading Time: 5 min [CN:Trump] One of the narratives that’s emerged from Trump’s victory is that “we” anti-Trumpers have been living in a “filter bubble” or “echochamber”. In the standard white liberal pundit narrative (which I shat on in the previous post), social media means we only see things we agree with which has led to where we are now. While this narrative has a grain of truth, the way it’s been discussed has been misleading and simplistic. Yes humans are tribal creatures — all of us, regardless of our politics. We’re subject to biases that distort our picture about the world. We will […]

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Respectability Politics Must Die

Est Reading Time: 7 min [CN:Trump][I’ve had a bit of a hiatus due to life but now that The World Has ChangedTM I can’t help but write again.]So much to say and do. I’ll take it one bite at a time. You’ve had two weeks to look at dozens of analyses (some academic, some viral/populist) of WHOSE FAULT it was that Trump had won. I’m sure you’re familiar with this narrative. That it was a protest vote against the establishment/’elites’. That it was cast by people who have been for too long ignored, condescended to and abused with the r-word, the h-word, the m-word by […]

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