Posts Tagged Xenophobia

What is wrong with people? Hate speech edition

*Trigger warning*

Some news days seriously make me question my faith in humanity. Last week Chloe posted about just such a day, and again today there are just too many stories about people being hateful and heartless.

First, there’s the inhuman responses from some to the devastating tsunami and now nuclear disaster in Japan. A meme exploded on Facebook and Twitter saying this was some sort of karmic/God-sent pay back for Pearl Harbor. A few celebrities, including Gilbert Gottfried, also decided it was a good idea to make light of the devastation on Twitter. And of course there’s the religious extremists and Glenn Beck-types who are quick to say any natural disaster is a message from God.

Then there’s ...

*Trigger warning*

Some news days seriously make me question my faith in humanity. Last week Chloe posted about just such a day, and again today there are just too many stories about people being hateful and heartless.

First, ...

CAIR launches ads in response to anti-Muslim attacks

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is launching as series of ads in response to the anti-Muslim hatred and misinformation that’s being spread around the “mosque” controversy. The Upshot highlights a number of other initiatives by other Muslim-American groups in efforts to counter the xenophobia and racism that’s resulted because of the right-wing hoopla around the Islamic community center. Here’s their first.

CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad said:

“The stepped-up rhetorical and physical attacks on the American Muslim community and Islam require a positive, proactive response that will help counter the almost hysterical campaign of misinformation by a vocal minority of bigots. . . These public service announcements have the potential to reach millions of Americans with a message ...

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is launching as series of ads in response to the anti-Muslim hatred and misinformation that’s being spread around the “mosque” controversy. The Upshot highlights a number of other initiatives by ...

CAIR launches ads in response to anti-Muslim attacks

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is launching as series of ads in response to the anti-Muslim hatred and misinformation that’s being spread around the “mosque” controversy. The Upshot highlights a number of other initiatives by other Muslim-American groups in efforts to counter the xenophobia and racism that’s resulted because of the right-wing hoopla around the Islamic community center. Here’s their first.

CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad said:

“The stepped-up rhetorical and physical attacks on the American Muslim community and Islam require a positive, proactive response that will help counter the almost hysterical campaign of misinformation by a vocal minority of bigots. . . These public service announcements have the potential to reach millions of Americans with a message ...

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is launching as series of ads in response to the anti-Muslim hatred and misinformation that’s being spread around the “mosque” controversy. The Upshot highlights a number of other initiatives by ...

Sweatshop Cinderella

Women Make Movies has some great new films available. This one, in particular, caught my eye as it seems like such an interesting amalgam of issues we are facing in a big way, though in a different context, today: immigration, labor and worker’s rights, sexism, notions of America. Check it out.

Has anyone read Bread Givers? What did you think?

Women Make Movies has some great new films available. This one, in particular, caught my eye as it seems like such an interesting amalgam of issues we are facing in a big way, though in a different ...

Breaking News: France imposes a fine on full-face Islamic veils in public


Yesterday, the French government decided to impose a $185 fine on women who wear a full-face Islamic veil in public. According to the Washington Post:

President Nicolas Sarkozy said his government was forwarding the legislation to parliament because it had a “moral responsibility” to uphold traditional European values in the face of an increasingly visible Muslim population, estimated at more than 5 million, the largest in Western Europe. He called the course chosen by his government “demanding” but “just,” and he said the law was not intended to stigmatize Muslims.

Not intended to stigmatize? Tell that to one of only 2,000 women in a country of 64 million inhabitants who don the burqa, as it’s called in Afghanistan, or the ...


Yesterday, the French government decided to impose a $185 fine on women who wear a full-face Islamic veil in public. According to the Washington Post:

President Nicolas Sarkozy said his government was forwarding the legislation to ...

Arizona Governor signs law banning ethnic studies programs in public schools

When we thought it couldn’t get any worse in Arizona, this happens:

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has signed a bill that will end ethnic studies classes in the state. Her action came one day after UN human rights experts released a statement criticizing the bill on the grounds that all people have the right to learn about their own cultural and linguistic heritage.
The bill bans classes that “promote resentment toward a race or class of people,” “are designed primarily for pupils of a particular ethnic group,” or “advocate ethnic solidarity instead of treating pupils as individuals.”
Also prohibited: all those classes that “promote the overthrow of the U.S. government.”
The author of the bill, Tom Horne, the state ...

When we thought it couldn’t get any worse in Arizona, this happens:

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has signed a bill that will end ethnic studies classes in the state. Her action came one day after UN ...

Arizona legislature passes anti-immigrant bill allowing racial profiling

Via Colorlines:

The Arizona legislature yesterday voted 21 to 35 along party lines to make it a criminal offense simply to be an undocumented immigrant on Arizona soil and to require local cops to determine a person’s immigration status if there is any “reasonable suspicion” the person is undocumented. The law would essentially require police to racially profile Latinos and threatens to terrorize immigrant communities already trying to survive in what is arguably the country’s most anti-immigrant state.

This is pretty much the most blatant legalization of racial profiling that I’ve ever seen. Arizona is already an extremely anti-immigrant state, dealing with the likes of Sherrif Joe Arpaio, who is notorious for his anti-immigrant (and anti-choice) policies.
Secretary of the Department ...

Via Colorlines:

The Arizona legislature yesterday voted 21 to 35 along party lines to make it a criminal offense simply to be an undocumented immigrant on Arizona soil and to require local cops to determine a person’s ...

Valuing domestic work

The Scholar & The Feminist Online, a journal of the Barnard Center for Research on Women (what, what BC02!) has an awesome new edition out on Valuing Domestic Work that includes writing by Saskia Sassen, Arlie Russell Hochschild, Ai-jen Poo and so many other amazing women. Gisela Fosada introduces the issue:

The daily, commonplace devaluation and exploitation of domestic workers…is often unnoticed by many of us who have learned to accept the status quo. Imagine if your middle-class buddy suddenly faced termination without severance pay or unpaid holidays, vacation or sick days in her job. What if she worked 70-80 hours per week with pay below the minimum wage and without compensation for overtime? What does it mean that so ...

The Scholar & The Feminist Online, a journal of the Barnard Center for Research on Women (what, what BC02!) has an awesome new edition out on Valuing Domestic Work that includes writing by Saskia Sassen, Arlie ...

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