JANUARY 27, 2012 · 5:00 AM
Post-Racial Society? Not Yet: Poll Shows ‘Stark Racial Divide’ Still Exists in America
THUNDER BAY – Claims that the United States entered a post-racial era with the election of Barack Obama are premature, according to political scientist Pearl Ford Dowe of the University of Arkansas. Her research shows that stereotypes stigmatizing African Americans and Latinos remain strong.
“According to the Blair-Rockefeller Poll, the presence of the first African American family in the White House has done little to alleviate these attitudes,” Dowe wrote in a recently released report of poll findings titled “Racial Attitudes in America: Post-Racial in the Age of Obama Fails to Exist.” The full report is available at the Blair-Rockefeller Poll website, http://blairrockefellerpoll.uark.edu/6107.php.
Dowe’s analysis of data collected in the poll reveals “a relevant and stark racial divide” in both perceptions of American society and in support for public policies. The data show whites “seem to remain less supportive of policies designed to improve equality, particularly in comparison to African Americans and Latinos,” a reality reflected in the day-to-day experiences reported by African Americans across the country. Of the national sample, 81 percent of African Americans in the South and 80.3 percent of African Americans from elsewhere in the country reported experiencing discrimination in their day to day life.
One aspect of the racial divide is reflected in the widely divergent views of the amount of attention being paid to racial issues in this country. Nationally, 47.2 percent of African Americans and 40.7 percent of Latinos believe that too little attention is being paid to race. In contrast, 56 percent of whites, both Southern and non-Southern, felt too much attention was being paid to race.
This pattern plays out in opinions about the role of the federal government in addressing social issues. The poll asked respondents about the responsibility of the federal government to “make sure that minorities have equality to whites” in several areas, such as jobs, housing and health care. Typically, whites were less supportive than blacks and Latinos of federal intervention. For example, when it comes to ensuring job equality, 73.3 percent of African Americans and 66.2 percent of Latinos felt that it was a responsibility of the federal government, while 68.6 percent of whites felt the federal government should have no such responsibility.
Officials: Racist gang initiation sparked stabbing
Victim did not know his attackers
January 26, 2012 8:00 AM
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HESPERIA • The recent brutal stabbing of a Hispanic man outside his Hesperia home was a gang initiation for a white supremacist group, authorities said Wednesday.
The victim was chosen completely at random and had no ties to any of the three men involved in the attack, said Detective Tina Kirby with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Hesperia station.
Kyle Lee Smither, 21, and Mark Edward Block, 29, both of Hesperia, were arrested on Jan. 19 for the attack, in which Smither’s brother was accidentally stabbed, Hesperia station officials said.
Block — who was a recently released from prison and reportedly has ties to a white supremacy gang — learned Smither’s brother had gotten a gang tattoo and became upset since the brother hadn’t earned it, sources close to the investigation said. The three men decided to help the brother “make his bones.”
Tattoos hold special meaning for certain gangs, explained SMASH Gang Team Detective Stan Wijnhamer. They tell a story about the one wearing the tattoo, such as what crimes the gang member has committed and how long he was or she has been in prison.
The night of the Jan. 19 attack, Block and the Smither brothers allegedly jumped into a silver vehicle and began searching for a target.
A little before 7 p.m., they drove down 10th Avenue near Eucalyptus Street to where the road is no longer paved and is somewhat tucked away from vehicle and pedestrian traffic, reports indicate. The men spotted a Hispanic man in his 50s working out in his front yard and, according to sources, the brothers jumped out of the vehicle and attacked the man, stabbing him several times and slashing his throat.
“(The victim) was just in the wrong place at the wrong time,” Kirby said.
Block reportedly did not participate in the actual stabbing.
During the savage incident, Smither accidentally slashed his brother’s leg, causing the attacker to bleed profusely. At that point the men fled the scene.
The victim’s family called 911 as the attack was taking place outside the tidy home.
France: Abusive Identity Checks of Minority Youth
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(NewDesignWorld Press Center) - (Paris) – French police are using overly broad powers to conduct unwarranted and abusive identity checks on black and Arab young men and boys, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.
The 55-page report, “The Root of Humiliation: Abusive Identity Checks in France,” says that minority youth, including children as young as 13, are subjected to frequent stops involving lengthy questioning, invasive body pat-downs, and the search of personal belongings. These arbitrary stops can take place even in the absence of any indication of wrongdoing, Human Rights Watch found. Insulting language, including racial slurs, are not uncommon, and some stops involve excessive use of force by the police.
“It’s shocking that young black and Arab kids can be, and are, arbitrarily forced up against walls and manhandled by the police with no real evidence of wrongdoing,” said Judith Sunderland, senior Western Europe researcher at Human Rights Watch. “But if you are a young person in some neighborhoods in France, it’s a part of life.”
The report draws on dozens of interviews with French citizens belonging to minority groups, including 31 children, in Paris, Lyon, and Lille.
Under French law, police have wide discretion to carry out identity checks without any suspicion of criminal wrongdoing, including in transport hubs and in any area designated by a prosecutor. The stops are not systematically recorded by police, and those stopped do not receive any written documentation explaining or recording the incident. Most of those interviewed by Human Rights Watch had never been told the grounds for the many stops they had experienced. The lack of records makes it very difficult to assess the effectiveness or lawfulness of a stop, Human Rights Watch said.
The testimony in the report adds to statistical and anecdotal evidence indicating that police in France use ethnic profiling – making decisions about whom to stop based on appearance, including race and ethnicity, rather than on an individual’s actual behavior or a reasonable suspicion of wrongdoing.
Farid A., a 16-year-old from Sainte-Geneviève-des-Bois, outside Paris, said he and five friends were stopped three times near the Eiffel Tower: “We came out of the metro, a check. We walk 200 meters, another check. We walk 200 meters, and another check. There were a lot of people, but they stopped only us.”
A 2009 study by the Open Society Justice Initiative and the French National Center for Scientific Research found that in France, black people were six times as likely as white people, and Arabs almost eight times as likely, to be stopped. Many of those interviewed by Human Rights Watch were convinced that their ethnicity, combined with a manner of dress associated with the banlieues – a term used to describe economically disadvantaged suburbs of major cities – played a major role.
“Stopping people because of the color of their skin is a waste of police resources and breeds resentment against the police,” Sunderland said. “Police operations should be based on evidence and intelligence, not stereotypes.”
Once stopped, minority youth are often forced to undergo humiliating pat-downs and searches of their personal belongings. Pat-downs can be very invasive – Said, a 25-year-old in Lyon, told us, “They touch our private parts more and more” – and many of those interviewed complained about them. Law enforcement officials defend the pat-downs as a necessary security measure, but their use, though systematic, is not regulated clearly in French law.
Human Rights Watch also heard several disturbing accounts of violence during identity checks, including people who said they had been slapped, kicked, and hit with an electroshock weapon.
Ismael Y, a 17-year-old boy in a southern banlieue of Paris, was stopped with a group of friends by the police outside the Sainte-Geneviève-des-Bois commuter train station in early 2011. “When we were there with our hands against the wall, I turned toward him [the officer who was frisking him] and he hit me on the head. I said something like why are you hitting me, and he said to shut up, ‘You want a shot of [tear] gas or what?’”
Failure to cooperate during an identity check, asking too many questions, or objecting to the treatment can lead to administrative or criminal charges, including “insulting an officer.” This adds a coercive dimension to identity checks and inhibits people from asserting their rights, Human Rights Watch said.
Yassine, a 19-year-old in Lille, said police officers kicked him after he proved to them where he had spent the evening during an identity check. He then spent 15 hours in the police station on charges of insulting an officer before they dropped the charges and released him.
Greece's Epidemic of Racist Attacks
By EVA COSSE
Published: January 26, 2012
When I tell people in Athens, my hometown, that I am doing research on racist violence in Greece, I am met with disbelief. There’s no problem, they say, and even if things sometimes happen it’s a temporary blip linked to the economic crisis.
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The Greek government seems to share their view. It recorded only two hate crimes in the whole country in 2009 and one in 2008. More recent figures are not available.
I experienced the reality firsthand a week ago. I was interviewing Razia, an Afghan single mother, in the small apartment she shares with her three children in Aghios Panteleimonas square in Athens about the numerous attacks on her home since she moved in a year and a half earlier. Other Afghan migrants were visiting her the day I was there.
Suddenly masked thugs, who had been gathering outside, threw heavy objects at the front door, cracking the thick glass. During the few minutes the attack lasted, I could see the silhouettes of the attackers. People panicked and backed away from the windows, as the apartment is on the ground floor of the building, while Razia gathered up her scared children.
Race in Brazil
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Judge sends unbelievably racist email about Obama
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Published: 01 March, 2012, 21:48
George W Bush-appointed federal judge is apologizing for the heart-touching email he forwarded that portrays US President Barack Obama as the offspring of a promiscuous party animal that — wait for it — had sex with dogs.
Chief US District Judge Richard Cebull, a veteran of the federal court system for more than a decade, is now saying he is sorry for an email that he sent to a handful of colleagues that — surprise, surprise — ended up being forwarded across the Internet.
Judge Cebull has admitted to sending the email to seven friends, including his brother, from his office computer on February 20 of this year. Although he prefaced the joke inside the email at the time as “touching,” Judge Cebull now admits it was wrong of him to spread the questionable content over the Web.
In the original message, Judge Cebull prefaced the joke with an endearing explanation for the email. "Normally I don't send or forward a lot of these, but even by my standards, it was a bit touching. I want all of my friends to feel what I felt when I read this. Hope it touches your heart like it did mine,” wrote the judge.
From there, Cebull attached an anti-Obama “joke” that is part racist, part raunchy and one hundred percent not the kind of thing you send to people when you are a US District judge:
"A little boy said to his mother, 'Mommy, how come I’m black and you’re white?' His mother replied, "Don’t even go there Barack! From what I can remember about that party, you’re lucky you don’t bark!'"
Bullet Mailed to England Soccer Captain's Race Slur Accuser
Updated: Friday, 27 Jan 2012, 2:35 PM EST
Published : Friday, 27 Jan 2012, 2:34 PM EST
(Sky News) - Premier League soccer player Anton Ferdinand was sent a bullet in the mail Friday as the race spat involving England captain John Terry took a sinister new twist.
It was sent to Ferdinand's team, Queen's Park Rangers (QPR), and was personally addressed to him, Sky News reported.
QPR and Chelsea meet in the FA Cup Saturday, with Ferdinand likely to come face to face with Terry for the first time since the Blues' captain was charged with racially abusing him.
London's Metropolitan Police would not reveal exactly what was in the letter but it confirmed it was investigating "an allegation of malicious communication received today at QPR."
Terry is accused of racially abusing the QPR defender when the two clubs last met in October.
The England international will appear at a court hearing Wednesday on a racially aggravated public order offence. Terry denies the allegations.
The race row intensified in recent months as Ferdinand was sent a threatening letter in November, leading him to ramp up security at his home.
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