This is horrible

(CNN)A woman running for a city council in Michigan said she wants a “white community as much as possible.”

Jean Cramer’s racist answer came at a forum Thursday to a question about bringing more diversity to Marysville, which is 95% white.
Other candidates gasped at her words, as heard in a recording posted on the website of radio station WPHM.
Asked by the moderator if the community diversity needed to be addressed, perhaps by attracting foreign-born citizens, Cramer said: “My suggestion, recommendation: Keep Marysville a white community as much as possible.”
She continued: “Seriously, in other words no foreign-born, no foreign people because of what, in our past, we’ve experienced it’s better to have … simply American-born. Put it that way and no foreigners. No.”
Cramer, 67, moved to Marysville in 2012, property records show. Marysville is on the border with Canada about 50 miles northeast of Detroit.
She doubled down when the Port Huron Times Herald asked her to respond to criticism from the town’s mayor pro tem, Kathy Hayman, who is from a racially diverse family.
“As long as, how can I put this? What Kathy Hayman doesn’t know is that her family is in the wrong,” she said. “(A) husband and wife need to be the same race. Same thing with kids. That’s how it’s been from the beginning of, how can I say, when God created the heaven and the earth. He created Adam and Eve at the same time. But as far as me being against blacks, no I’m not,” Cramer is reported as saying.
CNN has tried to contact Cramer but has not heard back.
Other City Council candidates responded with shock during the forum on Thursday evening. They rejected Cramer’s views and suggested all people should be welcome.
Hayman took the comments personally.
“I don’t even know that I can talk yet, I’m so upset and shocked,” she said at the forum.
Hayman explained her father “was a hundred percent Syrian” and owned a grocery store in town. She felt Cramer’s remark was a slight against her family.
“Basically, what you’ve said is that my father and his family had no business to be in this community,” she said to Cramer.
“My son-in-law is a black man and I have biracial grandchildren,” Hayman continued. “And I take this very personally what you’ve said, and I know that there’s nothing I can say that’s going to change your mind. … We just need to have more kindness — that’s it.”
WPHM reported that Hayman’s father was a longtime elected official and the forum was in a room named for him.
“Just checking the calendar here and making sure it’s still 2019,” candidate Mike Deising said. “Yeah, I thought we covered civil rights about 50 years ago.”
Exasperated, he said when it was his turn to answer, “I’ve got nothing, sorry.”
Wayne Pyden, who is running unopposed for mayor and is a former councilman, appeared surprised by the sentiment expressed by Cramer.
“I don’t see how anybody has stopped diversity here in town that I am aware of. I don’t know off the top of my head what type of initiatives the city could take to get more diversity,” Pyden said at the meeting. “But in my own heart and my own mind and people around me, people here at the table, everybody’s welcome to Marysville. I don’t care if you’re purple, whatever … you’re welcome to our community.”

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The Impact of Racism on Children’s Health

The Impact of Racism on Children’s Health

A new statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics looks at the effects of racism on children’s development, starting in the womb.


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This month the American Academy of Pediatrics put out its first policy statement on how racism affects the health and development of children and adolescents.

“Racism is a significant social determinant of health clearly prevalent in our society now,” said Dr. Maria Trent, a professor of pediatrics at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, who was one of the co-authors of the statement.

Racism has an impact on children and families who are targeted, she said, but also on those who witness it. “We call it a socially transmitted disease: It’s taught, it’s passed down, but the impacts on children and families are significant from a health perspective,” said Dr. Trent, who is the chairwoman of the A.A.P. section on adolescent health. Social transmission makes sense here, because race itself is a social construct, she said: “Genetically, we’re very much the same.”

But the impact of bias on children’s health starts even before they’re born, Dr. Trent said. Persistent racial disparities in birth weight and maternal mortality in the United States today may in part reflect the deprivations of poverty, with less availability of good prenatal care, and poorer medical care in general for minority families, sometimes shaped by unacknowledged biases on the part of medical personnel. High rates of heart disease and hypertension also persist among African-Americans.

There is also increasing attention to the ongoing stress of living with discrimination and racism, and the toll that takes on body and mind throughout life.

That kind of chronic stress can lead to hormonal changes and inflammation, which set people up for chronic disease. Studies show that mothers who report experiencing discrimination are more likely to have infants with low birth weight.

Dr. Nia Heard-Garris, an attending physician at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, was the lead author of a 2017 review of research studies looking at the impact of racism on children’s health. Too often, she said, studies control for race without considering what experiences are structured into society by race.

The experiences that shape parents also resonate in their children’s lives, Dr. Trent said; parents and caregivers who reported they had been treated unfairly were more likely to have children with behavioral issues such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. In another study, African-American boys from 10 to 15 who had experiences with racism were more likely to have behavior problems like aggression. During childhood, she said, stress can create hypervigilance in children who sense that they are living in a threatening world.

And though the A.A.P. has been preparing the statement for almost two years, it comes at a moment when discussions of racism are often in the news, and children may need extra support and care. “While I think society has made tremendous leaps, the reality is we’re seeing a bump in these issues right now,” Dr. Trent said.

The statement directs pediatricians to consider their own practices from this perspective. “It’s not just the academy telling other people what to do, but examining ourselves,” Dr. Trent said. Pediatricians and others involved in children’s health need to be aware of the effects of racism on children’s development, starting in the womb, she said.

Pediatric clinical settings need to make everyone feel explicitly welcome, with images of diverse families up on the wall and with the capacity to provide care in different languages. Those efforts can also include the reception families get at the front desk — and who is staffing that front desk — as well as who is seeing patients in the exam rooms.

“The toys you have in your waiting room should be multicultural,” said Dr. Adiaha I.A. Spinks-Franklin, an associate professor of pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine. “Bring in multicultural dolls, multicultural figurines, books, videos.”

And the pediatric office needs to be a “safe space” to talk about anything that is worrying the child or the parents, such as whether a child is being bullied, or is bullying.

The statement calls on pediatricians to improve their own practices, but also to get involved in their communities. “Many of us work in education settings and then also justice settings — the goal is really community change,” Dr. Trent said, citing collaborations with emergency medical workers, for example, or advocacy for clean and safe water for the children of Flint, Mich.

“I think there are times where racism is super explicit: Somebody called my kid a name, wrote something on a wall, said something at school,” said Dr. Heard-Garris, who heads an A.A.P. group working on minority health, equity and inclusion. But children may also face more insidious bias in terms of lowered expectations from teachers.

Dr. Spinks-Franklin, a developmental-behavioral pediatrician, said that racial awareness in children follows a set of milestones. By the time children are 3, she said, they begin to recognize normal human variations, including skin color, but without assigning value to them. “A 4-year-old recognizes basic racial stereotypes,” she said. Parents need to be aware of what their children are watching, and provide diverse books and stories with strong positive models.

And then in adolescence, as children explore racial and cultural identity, they tend to show strong preferences for their own groups, sorting themselves out by table in the cafeteria.

The goal of racial identity development, Dr. Spinks-Franklin said, is by young adulthood to have a healthy sense of who you are, recognizing your own cultural group without demonizing others. But not everyone gets there.

The most harmful thing is when children internalize racism. “They see so much negativity about people like them they develop negativity about themselves,” Dr. Trent said.

As children are growing and developing, race and racism are tricky topics for parents to navigate, Dr. Heard-Garris said. She wrote an essay in the journal JAMA Pediatrics about her “4-year-old caramel-skinned son” telling her that he was white sometimes, because he had a friend in preschool who played only with white kids. “We may not always get this right — here I am, a person who studies the effect of racism on kids,” she said. “I totally missed the mark.”

[Read the A.A.P.’s guidance on discussing racial bias with children and tipsheets for parents from EmbraceRace.]

These conversations aren’t only for families of color. Dr. Heard-Garris said that one important message parents can convey to their children is, “We’re not perfect, we’re going to mess up when we talk about this, but I think it’s important that we talk about this, and please come back and talk about this when you see things.”

Children, Dr. Trent said, are watching.

“They’re watching our words, our behavior — they’re waiting for us to teach them differently for a healthy future.”

Racism Against Multiracial Students

The Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan Schools, Minnesota School District School Board has urged students not to identify as multiracial. This is because they want to see American Indian students counted as only one race in order to get more funding. It is racist and inaccurate. Project RACE has responded by sending the letter below to the local newspaper. We will follow-up with the district and call for removing member Coulson from the School Board.

To The Editors: In “District 196 Oct 1 Enrollment numbers up again,” (October 11) it is reported that the numbers of American Indian students can be increased by taking numbers away from the multiracial student numbers. This is reprehensible and racist. Shame on School Board Treasurer Art Coulson for urging parents to take away multiracial identity of students for federal dollars.

It is just as important for multiracial students to have their own identity reflected in enrollment numbers as it is for any other minority or racial group.

To artificially inflate the American Indian numbers by reducing multiracial enrollment for federal or state dollars is a terrible idea and reflects poorly on a school district that should be teaching honesty to its students, not data manipulation. The national multiracial community is very disappointed in this Minnesota school district and its school board.

Susan Graham for Project RACE

The Dangerous Standard for Black Beauty

Editor’s Note: If you read this article, you will see that the article does not profess that multiracial or fairer skinned black women are or should be a true standard of beauty. The premise is quite contrary. It focuses on the serious error of societal colourism and the damage such erred thinking has on beautiful men, women and children of all shades, hues, ethnicities and races. Project RACE fully believes in and celebrates the beauty and value of all people.

The choice to have European-looking Zoe Saldana play Nina Simone in place of a broader-nosed, darker-skinned actress was seen as the most recent attempt to erase blackness in the media.  Despite the fact that Simone was a darker-skinned woman, Saldana, with her olive-hued skin and pointier nose was chosen, which lead to detractors arguing that Simone was being used as the standard for “acceptable blackness”.

Colourism is not only limited to media representation. The natural hair movement has also been called out for it’s lack of representation of black hair. The movement that’s supposed to support and uplift black women owning their blackness by wearing their natural hair has been accused of deifying hair with a looser curl texture over denser, more “kinky” hair types. 

Earlier this month Pax Jones, the woman who launched the Unfair and Lovely campaign – a photo series aimed at combating the media underrepresentation, violence and dehuminisation of dark-skinned people – spoke out about the face of the black feminism being biracial and light skinned.

She cited light-skinned and biracial women like Zendaya Coleman and Amandla Stenberg being used as the champions of black feminism at the cost of darker-skinned black women.

Hall argues that the repackaging of black beauty causes women to desire whiteness or have a connection to it and causes damage to the how young people see themselves.

Additional reporting:  National Geographic


Medical Monday

Neuroscientists May Have Discovered How Our Brains Can Overcome Racial Prejudice

If the public response to the shooting deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner has made one thing clear, it’s that many consider the U.S. to be far from a post-racial society. America has certainly made progress since the Civil Rights Act of 1964 — the number of interracial marriages has surged, the education achievement gap between races has shrunk (class matters more now) and we’ve elected a black president into office twice.

Fifty years later, however, we’re still living in a world where unarmed young black men fear being slain by the police; a world in which data shows how skin color overwhelmingly affects one’s chance of getting handcuffed, arrested, convicted and sentenced to death row. It’s not hard to see why so many Americans feel that, despite all we’ve achieved, overcoming racism for good is an impossible endeavor.

Demonstrators gather in Philadelphia on Dec. 3. Image Credit: Mark Makela via Getty

But recent research from neuroscientists suggests there is indeed hope for change, and it may not be as impossible as we imagine. According to the science, being a part of a diverse group — connected by a bond that isn’t race — may help our brains perceive everyone in that group as part of “your people,” regardless of racial makeup. If we know an individual is part of our group, our brains seem to react to the individual as being part of our group first and foremost — not an “other.”

These findings may have important policy implications, from considering the demographics of our police forces, as Attorney General Eric Holder recently suggested the Ferguson Police Department should, to the way schools admit students and how we plan our cities in general.

The science

Psychologists have long known that humans have a propensity to distinguish between people who are like us — members of our “in group” — and those who aren’t.

But the concept of a group is rather flexible. According to Lehigh University psychologist Dominic Packer, we should think of a group basically as a psychological state.

“A group exists when a set of people start to feel like a group,” he said.

So while it’s become the norm to form groups along racial, ethnic and religious lines, these distinctions aren’t special — they’re just convenient. Knowing this, a team of researchers, including Packer, and led by New York University social neuroscientist Jay Van Bavel, used neuroimaging tools to see how our brains reacted to forced changes in groups.

They examined whether people of mixed races feel closer to each other when they’re on the same team. To do this, Van Bavel’s team expanded on a basic setup that similar studies have used: Researchers assign white study participants to different teams, one of which is mixed race, and tell everyone to memorize the faces of their teammates and opponents. Researchers then measure participants’ neural activity while they perform simple tasks

In a 2008 study, participants watched photos of other participants’ faces flash across a screen for two seconds apiece. They first had to categorize the faces based on team membership and again based on race, and then rate their like and dislike of other participants on a scale of 1-6. While participants performed the identification tasks, researchers used neuroimaging tools to measure their response rates and observe activity changes in different areas of their brains.

Images showed that the amygdala, a key part of the brain for emotion, flared up in the brains of white participants when they viewed photos of their team members, regardless of race. In this context, researchers believe that amygdala activity reacted to what was most important and worthy of participants’ attention: their team members. When race isn’t relevant to group formation, Van Bavel explained, the brain seems to ignore racial differences to focus on what matters: whoever is in your group.

In a follow-up 2011 study, Van Bavel saw something surprising happen in a region of the brain called the Fusiform Face Area (FFA), which is critical for facial recognition. Shortly after getting their team assignments, participants performed a similar face-identification task and exhibited markedly heightened activity in FFA in response to members of their own team. Basically, people quickly identified their team members as people they should remember and disregarded non-team members as faceless outsiders to lump together.

In subsequent studies, Van Bavel changed up the basic group structure. For example, in a 2012 study, he made someone from each team a spy, a role that involved interacting with the opposing team. As Van Bavel suspected, the most gung-ho team members (based on a self-assessment) had the strongest recollection for in-group faces whereas the spies had heightened memories for the faces of people on other teams.

Demonstrators take over a bridge in New York to protest the decision in the Eric Garner trial. Image Credit: Associated Press

What it all means

Taken together, these conclusions suggest that once we’re part of a group, our brains tell us to think, act and feel like a member, regardless of the group’s racial makeup. Essentially, spending time in other groups creates brain-based bonds that may make people more likely to see others as distinguishable individuals, as opposed to just part of a group. This is a critical component to eliminating racial prejudice because distinguishing individuals is the first step toward connecting with another human.

“Responses to race that we think of as burned pretty deeply into the brain may be hard to override or regulate,” Van Bavel said. “But it seems that if we can see a member of another race as part of our in-group, then we can reorient how we see the world and interpret people, which may help overcome biases.”

Why this could be big

Van Bavel’s findings contradict a well-observed psychological phenomenon with real-life implications called “own-race bias,” which says people are better at remembering same-race faces than others. In terms of criminal justice, own-race bias translates to misidentifying suspects in police lineups, which leads to false convictions. In fact, as of a few years ago, around 40% of falsely convicted death-row inmates were victims of cross-race identification errors.

There’s no easy, or even identifiable, way to uproot systemic inequality. And there’s certainly a wide gap between brain activity and public conduct. But, at the very least, knowledge that we can create brain-based bonds useful for overcoming prejudicial feelings is reason enough to keep plugging away at the problem.

“It’s quite hopeful that creating minimal groups can completely trump something like racial bias,” said Emile Bruneau, an MIT neuroscientist from MIT who’s worked with Van Bavel on other research, “and that group difference can be eliminated if people focus on something else. [Van Bavel’s research] shows how flexible the brain is, and that flexibility is something we can hang hope on.”

Source: Science.Mic

When No One Gets It

When No One Gets It

I read Nicholas Kristof’s column every week in my Sunday New York Times. I would say that it’s a very fair assumption that Kristof never reads my writing. That’s OK, but it doesn’t mean he gets an editorial pass.

Kristof has been writing a series titled “When Whites Just Don’t Get It.” I’ve agreed with some of the things he has written and disagreed with others. I think he basically is trying, like other writers to find some kind of solution, make some sense out of what happened in Ferguson, Missouri, when Michael Brown, who was black, was shot and killed by a white cop. You know the story.

The series ended with Part 5. Kristof has summoned everyone who has ever had anything historically quoted about race for his column. He ends with this: “There are no easy solutions. But let’s talk.” Fine.

We should talk, although I’m not sure that anyone has any easy or hard solutions. Races have been polarized for so long in this country that getting to an “even” point seems impossible, no matter if we are talking about African-Americans, white people, the multiracial population, or any other groups or individuals. I just don’t know.

What I do know is that I disagree with Nicholas Kristof on his idea of a “Truth and Reconciliation Commission to examine race in America.” What I really am opposed to is his recommendation that it could be led by the likes of President Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush, and Oprah Winfrey. Huh? These are people who would not be stopped for any traffic ticket because they have drivers. I seriously doubt that George W. Bush ever worried about financial problems, job application discrimination, or police brutality. Bill Clinton may have talked about the problems more, but I bet he feels pretty safe in his office in Harlem.

Oprah Winfrey. Sigh. Everyone loves Oprah—except me. It’s because I’ve seen the other side of Oprah and it wasn’t pretty. I received a phone call many years ago from one of her television show producers. They were going to do a show on the lives of multiracial children and wanted to see if we could provide some kids. I told the producer that we offer the positive side of being multiracial, and would only consider talking to our member parents of multiracial children if the show was going to give the positive, or at least 50 percent positive evidence of the good reasons to celebrate multi-anything. We went back and forth for weeks and the bottom line was that Oprah Winfrey was planning a “tragic mulatto” show, and wanted only children and families with identity problems. We declined. Of course they got kids to appear on the show and answer Oprah’s well thought out and negative questions. I still shudder when I see O Magazine.

Do I have the answers? Of course not, but I think I could choose a better roundtable for the discussion than Nicholas Kristof.

Susan Graham

Racism in South African Schools

South African Public School Accused of Racist Treatment Toward Black, Mixed-Race Students


south african schoolSouth Africa’s Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has found a public school guilty of hate speech toward black and mixed-race pupils.

Children at the school alleged staff members called them racist names, such as baboons and monkeys.

After an 18-month investigation, staff members and the head teacher were found to have exposed students to dehumanizing and racist treatment.

Representatives of Dr Viljoen Combined School told the BBC they would not “comment at this stage.”

They said they had not seen the report and would refer the matter to the school’s governing body.

Representatives of the Free State Department of Education, responsible for the school, say they will study the report and would hold their own investigation before taking any potential disciplinary action.

The SAHRC is an independent body set up after the end of white-minority rule in 1994 to investigate allegations of human rights abuses and hold public institutions accountable.

Frank and Open Discussion

Pupils at the school in Bloemfontein said teachers told them to go back to the black schools in the townships because their parents could not afford to pay school fees, and that they would never succeed in life and would end up like their parents who work in chain stores.

Such reports raise uncomfortable questions about transformation in former South African President Nelson Mandela’s rainbow nation, says the BBC‘s Pumza Fihlani in Johannesburg.

Many have called for a frank and open discussion about why racism and inequality still exist, the correspondent says.

The commission made various recommendations for the school and the Free State education department:

Both institutions should develop procedures for countering racism.

The school’s governing body should establish policies and guidelines to counter racism and submit them to the SAHRC for review within the next 12 months.

The school and department should increase teachers’ and pupils’ understanding of racism.

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Soccer and Racism


Fifa accused of not taking racism seriously enough at World Cup

• Governing body’s own anti-racism head says efforts too weak
• Concern over failure to appoint observers at each match


Piara Powar, director of FARE, confirmed that Fifa had received a proposal to have three anti-racism

The head of Fifa’s anti-racism task force has voiced his disappointment at the failure to appoint staff trained to record

discriminatory abuse in World Cup stadiums in the wake of a series of contentious incidents.

Fifa did not take action over offensive chanting by Mexican fans, racist chanting at matches

involving Russia and Croatia, or “blacked up” fans who were pictured at the Germany v Ghana game.

“There is no reason why someone should be entering the stadium clearly displaying their intent.

We at Fifa and the local organising committee should be doing a much better job,” said Jeffrey Webb,

the Concacaf president and also a member of Fifa’s executive committee. He said a proposal to have

three officials at every match trained to spot and record evidence of anti-discriminatory behaviour

had been knocked back by Fifa and the organising committee.
Source: The Guardian

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Millennials and Racism

Why Do Millennials Not Understand Racism?

They think if we ignore skin color, racism will somehow disappear.

Millennials see racism as a matter of different treatment, justified by race, that you solve by removing race from the equation.

When you hear MTV, you don’t think “research.” But, for the last few years, the music television channel has been building a public affairs campaign to address bias called “Look Different.” Aimed at millennials, it seeks to help them deal with prejudice and discrimination in their lives. And as part of the project, MTV has worked with pollsters to survey a nationally representative sample of people ages 14 to 24 to measure how young people are “experiencing, affected by, and responding to issues associated with bias.”

Overall, MTV confirms the general view of millennials: Compared with previous generations, they’re more tolerant and diverse and profess a deeper commitment to equality and fairness. At the same time, however, they’re committed to an ideal of colorblindness that leaves them uncomfortable with race, opposed to measures to reduce racial inequality, and a bit confused about what racism is.

All of this is apparent in the findings. Ninety-one percent of respondents “believe in equality” and believe “everyone should be treated equally.” Likewise, 84 percent say their families taught them to treat everyone the same, no matter their race, and 89 percent believe everyone should be treated as equals. With that said, only 37 percent of respondents (30 percent of whites and 46 percent of minorities) say they were raised in families that talk about race.

For this reason, perhaps, a majority of millennials say that their generation is “post-racial.” Seventy-two percent believe their generation believes in equality more than older people, and 58 percent believe that as they get older, racism will become less of an issue. It’s almost certainly true that this view is influenced by the presence of President Obama. Sixty-two percent believe that having a black president shows that minorities have the same opportunities as whites, and 67 percent believe it proves that race is not a “barrier to accomplishments.”

It’s no surprise, then, that most millennials aspire to “colorblindness.” Sixty-eight percent say “focusing on race prevents society from becoming colorblind.” As such, millennials are hostile to race-based affirmative action: 88 percent believe racial preferences are unfair as a matter of course, and 70 percent believe they are unfair regardless of “historical inequalities.” Interestingly, the difference between whites and people of color is nonexistent on the first question and small (74 percent versus 65 percent) on the second. But this might look different if you disaggregated “people of color” by race. There’s a chance that black millennials are more friendly to affirmative action than their Latino or Asian peers.

For all of these aspirations, however, millennials have a hard time talking about race and discrimination. Although 73 percent believe that we should talk “more openly” about bias, only 20 percent say they’re comfortable doing so—despite the fact that a plurality of minorities say that their racial identities shape their views of the world.

What’s more, for all of their unity on tolerance and equality, white and minority millennials have divergent views on the status of whites and minorities in society. Forty-one percent of white millennials say that the government “pays too much attention to the problems of racial minority groups while 65 percent of minorities say that whites have more opportunities.” More jarring is the 48 percent of white millennials who say discrimination against whites is as big a problem as discrimination against racial minorities. With that in mind, it’s worth a quick look at a 2012 poll from the Public Religion Research Institute, where 58 percent of white millennials said that discrimination against whites was as big a problem as discrimination against minorities.

It’s hard to say which is the “true” number, but there’s no doubt that a substantial plurality of young white people believe their race is a disadvantage, which is ludicrous given the small number who say that they’ve felt excluded because of their race (10 percent) or say that they’ve been hurt by racial offenses (25 percent).

But while this reaction doesn’t seem to have a basis in reality, it makes perfect sense given what millennials writ large believe about racism. Let’s go back to the results on colorblindness and affirmative action. Seventy-three percent believe that “never considering race would improve society,” and 90 percent say that “everyone should be treated the same regardless of race.”

From these results, it’s clear that—like most Americans—millennials see racism as a matter of different treatment, justified by race, that you solve by removing race from the equation. If we ignore skin color in our decisions, then there can’t be racism.

The problem is that racism isn’t reducible to “different treatment.” Since if it is, measures to ameliorate racial inequality—like the Voting Rights Act—would be as “racist” as the policies that necessitated them. No, racism is better understood as white supremacy—anything that furthers a broad hierarchy of racist inequity, where whites possess the greatest share of power, respect, and resources, and blacks the least.

Millennials have grown up in a world where we talk about race without racism—or don’t talk about it at all—and where “skin color” is the explanation for racial inequality, as if ghettos are ghettos because they are black, and not because they were created. As such, their views on racism—where you fight bias by denying it matters to outcomes—are muddled and confused.

Which gets to the irony of this survey: A generation that hates racism but chooses colorblindness is a generation that, through its neglect, comes to perpetuate it.

Source: Slate

Racism in Soccer



English soccer referee accused of racism after penalizing wrong player during game

Andre Marriner came under fire when, during a weekend match between London’s Chelsea and Arsenal teams, he penalized Arsenal’s Kieran Gibbs instead of a Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who actually committed the offense. Both players have mixed race backgrounds.


An English soccer referee has been accused of racism after he mistakenly sent off the wrong mixed race player.

Social media erupted after Andre Marriner dismissed Arsenal’s Kieran Gibbs for handball instead of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who committed the offense.

Both players are mixed race.

Twitter users accused the hapless official of getting confused because of the players’ skin color.

“The ref can’t differentiate between Gibbs n Ox. Surely there’s a racist undertone,” tweeted @tharmahomed.

One former soccer player, Stan Collymore, tweeted: “All look the same those mixed race boys”.

EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications Shaun Botterill/Getty Image Soccer referee Andre Marriner (second from right) shows Kieran Gibbs of Arsenal a red card during a Saturday match.

Other former players also questioned Marriner’s action on television broadcasts, though many were quick to defend the referee against the grounds of racism, instead saying he made a bad decision.

One former Arsenal player, Kenny Sansom, said, “I don’t think it’s racism.”

The incident happened during the biggest game in the English Premier League at the weekend, Chelsea versus Arsenal, two London teams.

Chelsea won 6-0.


Source: New York Daily News