Racism

Sports
2020-07-14T09:30:02+00:00
Washington Redskins to change controversial team name
Statement published by the Washington Redskins
Statement published by the Washington Redskins Credit: @Redskins via Twitter

After years of pressure from both Native American leaders and major retail brands, the Washington Redskins American football team announced it would retire "the Redskins name and logo upon completion of a review." The use of the term "redskin", considered a slur against Native Americans, has long been seen as controversial but it has taken major sponsors such FedEx, Pepsi and Nike to threaten to pull funding for the team to take action.

"Dan Snyder and Coach Rivera are working closely to develop a new name and design approach that will enhance the standing of our proud, tradition rich franchise and inspire sponsors, fans and community for the next 100 years," so the team's statement published on Twitter.

Politics • American • US
2020-07-04T13:16:02+00:00
Donald Trump speaks out against Black Lives Matter protests in Mount Rushmore speech
Donald Trump speaks out against Black Lives Matter protests in Mount Rushmore speech
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In his speech at Mount Rushmore president Donald Trump commented on the ongoing Black Lives Matter protests against police brutality and racism.

He stated that "This attack on our liberty, our magnificent liberty, must be stopped, and it will be stopped very quickly" adding comments against people with other political views alleging that "In our schools, our newsrooms, even our corporate boardrooms, there is a new far-left fascism that demands absolute allegiance" and claiming that "If you do not speak its language, perform its rituals, recite its mantras and follow its commandments, then you will be censored, banished, blacklisted, persecuted and punished".

He further addressed the Mount Rushmore National Memorial, stating: "This monument will never be desecrated. These heroes will never be defaced. Their legacy will never, ever be destroyed. Their achievements will never be forgotten. And Mount Rushmore will stand forever as an eternal tribute to our forefathers and to our freedom."

Politics • European • Germany
2020-07-03T19:26:28+00:00
Berlin changes racist subway station name
Berlin changes racist subway station name
Credit: BVG Berlin via Twitter

The BVG, Berlin's public transport company, has announced that it would rename the subway station in the city centre named "Mohrenstraße" to "Glinkastraße".

The term "mohr" has been coined throughout colonial times and has a racist background as it was used as a medieval term for people from Northern Africa.

Activists had previously started a petition to rename the station and name-giving street, and had temporarily put up signs naming it "George Floyd Street".

Sports
2020-07-03T11:30:01+00:00
Washington Redskins under pressure from sponsors to change their name
FedEx Field stadium
FedEx Field stadium Credit: Anders Krøgh Jørgensen

Adweek reported Wednesday that Washington Redskins' sponsors FedEx, Nike and PepsiCo received letters signed by more than 80 investment firms and shareholders asking the companies to sever ties with the team unless it changes its controversial name.

FedEx, which holds the naming rights for the NFL team stadium, told in a statement: "We have communicated to the team in Washington our request that they change the team name,".

Nike, on Thursday night, appeared to remove all Redskins gear from its online store but declined to comment about it.

Politics • European • Germany
2020-07-14T15:46:44+00:00
Stuttgart: Investigation after racist WhatsApp voice message by police officer
Stuttgart: Investigation after racist WhatsApp voice message by police officer
Credit: Christian Wiediger

After the riots in Stuttgart, a voice message with racist content by a police officer appeared on social networks. The official describes the events in Stuttgart city center and draws a direct parallel to refugee policy and migrants. The police have confirmed the authenticity and have initiated an internal investigation against a known police officer.

Technology • Internet & Web
2020-06-30T18:46:01+00:00
Youtube bans six "supremacist" channels over hate speech including former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke
Youtube bans six "supremacist" channels over hate speech including former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke
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YouTube has banned six channels of known YouTubers including former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke and Richard Spender over hate speech. According to YouTube the channels linked to off-platform hate content and made claims of inferiority about a protected group. In an official statement, the company said that they "have terminated over 25,000 channels for violating our hate speech policies" since updating their "guidelines to better address supremacist content".

Sports
2020-06-30T12:10:02+00:00
Mercedes F1 team switches livery from silver to black in support of social struggles
Lewis Hamilston car for 2020 F1 Season
Lewis Hamilston car for 2020 F1 Season Credit: Mercedes AMG F1

As the first Formula 1 race of 2020 approaches this weekend, the Mercedes-AMG team have announced a new car livery.

The organisation commits to "fighting racism and discrimination in all its forms" as their ranks feature only 3% of people identified from minority groups and 12% women.

In a press release, the team stated: "the Black Lives Matter movement has shone a searching light on how much we need new measures and actions in the fight against racism and all forms of discrimination".

Politics • American • US
2020-06-29T11:00:02+00:00
Democrats call for California's John Wayne Airport to be renamed due to actor's racist views
John Wayne's statue at John Wayne / Orange County Airport
John Wayne's statue at John Wayne / Orange County Airport Credit: Dave & Margie Hill / Kleerup (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

The John Wayne Airport in California’s Orange County is the subject of a potential name change after the Democratic Party of Orange Country has passed an emergency resolution calling for the airport to revert back to its original name of Orange County Airport.

The resolution reads "The Democratic Party of Orange County condemnsJohn Wayne’s racist and bigoted statements, and calls for John Waynes’ name and likeness to be removed from the Orange County airport, and calls on the OC Board of Supervisors to restore its original name: Orange County Airport."

In a 1971 Playboy interview, John Wayne advocated derogatory views of African Americans, Native Americans and movies with gay characters. He even admitted to being a believer in white supremacy.

The final decision is up to the Orange County Board of Supervisors to make.

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • TV & Movies
2020-06-26T08:06:01+00:00
Disney re-brands Splash Mountain ride in theme parks with black Disney Princess
Disney re-brands Splash Mountain ride in theme parks with black Disney Princess
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After a petition had called for Disney to re-brand the log flume ride Splash Mountain as the story told is based "in extremely problematic and stereotypical racist tropes from the 1946 film Song of the South", the company has announced that their project Imagineers haven been working on a re-branding since 2019. The new story will incorporate the black princess Tiana from "The Princess and the Frog" a movie released in 2009 which fits into the theme of the park as the Splash Mountain ride is next to the New Orleans Square and the movie plays in the New Orleans bayou.

Politics • American • US
2020-06-25T14:30:02+00:00
Facial-recognition technology banned by Boston City Council
Flat Recognition Facial Face Woman System
Flat Recognition Facial Face Woman System Credit: teguhjatipras

The City Council in Boston has, in a unanimous vote, banned the usage of facial-recognition technology by the police. Councilor Ricardo Arroyo has stated that "It puts Bostonians at risk for misidentification", which is the reason why the technology has not been in use previous to the ban. The second Councilor, Michelle Wu, who co-authored the order with Arroyo said that "Boston should not be using racially discriminatory technology" as a study by the MIT found that facial recognition technology has a racial bias against people with darker skin.

Sports
2020-06-24T17:30:02+00:00
Noose found in NASCAR drivers garage: "No crime committed" according to FBI
Bubba Wallace with other Nascar drivers
Bubba Wallace with other Nascar drivers Credit: Twitter (Reproduction)

According to a now concluded FBI investigation the noose had been in garage number 4 since 2019. Which only had been assigned to Bubba Wallace, the only full-time black driver in NASCAR, last week. US attorney Jay E Town and FBI special agent in charge Johnnie Sharp Jr have announced in a statement that "The investigation also revealed evidence, including authentic video confirmed by Nascar, that the noose found in garage number 4 was in that garage as early as October 2019". NASCAR itself stated that they are "thankful to learn that this was not an intentional, racist act against Bubba".

Politics • European • Germany
2020-06-24T09:11:00+00:00
Neo-Nazi group "Nordadler" has been banned in Germany
Neo-Nazi group "Nordadler" has been banned in Germany
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The neo-nazi group "Nordadler" has been banned by Horst Seehofer, the German minister of the Interior, Building and Community. This is the third ban of a right-wing extremist group in 2020, following raids of group members in four different federal German states. The ministry has stated that the group had formed plans to create a community of right-wing extremists in rural areas and that they had pledged allegiance to Adolf Hitler.

Sports
2020-06-22T06:49:46+00:00
Black NASCAR driver finds noose in garage stall
Black NASCAR driver finds noose in garage stall
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Bubba Wallace, the only black NASCAR full-time driver has stated that he has become the target of a "despicable act of racism" as an anonymous individual has placed a noose in the garage stall of his team. Wallace had previously and successfully campaigned to get the Confederate flag banned from NASCAR races. NASCAR itself stated that "We are angry and outraged and cannot state strongly enough how seriously we take this heinous act. We have launched an immediate investigation and will do everything we can to identify the person(s) responsible and eliminate them from the sport".

Politics • American • US
2020-06-21T11:30:02+00:00
All Confederate statues on Capital grounds will be removed in North Carolina
Memorial to Zebulon Baird Vance by Henry Jackson Ellicott. North Carolina State Capitol, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA.
Memorial to Zebulon Baird Vance by Henry Jackson Ellicott. North Carolina State Capitol, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA. Credit: Daderot / Public domain

In a statement on Saturday, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper announced the removal of all Confederate statues and monuments on Capitol grounds, as "monuments to white supremacy don't belong in places of allegiance, and it’s past time that these painful memorials be moved in a legal, safe way."

Cooper issued a statement on Twitter, writing: "I have ordered the Confederate monuments on the Capitol grounds be moved to protect public safety. I am concerned about the dangerous efforts to pull down and carry off large, heavy statues and the strong potential for violent clashes at the site."

Politics • European
2020-06-20T14:56:01+00:00
The European Parliament has taken a formal vote that "Black Lives Matter" and supports the cause of the protests
The European Parliament has taken a formal vote that "Black Lives Matter" and supports the cause of the protests
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In a resultion that bears no legal consequences, the European Parliment has denounced racism and white supremacism and declared that "Black Lives Matter". The resolution has been passed with 493 votes in favor and 104 votes against and "strongly condemns the appalling death of George Floyd".

Politics • European • United Kingdom
2020-06-13T18:00:02+00:00
Far-right protestors clash with the police in London
Protesters clash with police in London
Protesters clash with police in London Credit: Sky News (Reproduction)

Far-right protestors, mostly middle-aged white men, attacked the police with bottles and occasionally scuffled violently with officers as they staged a counter-protest to anti-racism Black Lives Matter (BLM) demonstrations in central London.

British Home Secretary Priti Patel described the violence as "thoroughly unacceptable thuggery" with London Mayor Sadiq Khan urging residents to stay away from protests this weekend amid a "high" risk of violence in the city.

Politics • American • US
2020-06-12T21:16:02+00:00
Petitions: Over 1.000.000 people sign two petitions that call for ban of KKK and declaration as a "Terrorist Organizations"
Screenshot of the petition
Screenshot of the petition Credit: Reproduction

Two petitions have been launched on the online petition platform change.org. Both have managed to reach over 1.000.000 digital supporters within a week since being started.

One calls for the ban of the Ku Klux Klan calling it a "white supremacist hate group" because of their "historical background of terrorism, including countless physical assaults and murders".

The second petition calls for the KKK being declared as a "Terrorist Organization".

Technology • Internet & Web
2020-06-11T13:46:02+00:00
Amazon puts one year halt on usage of its facial recognition software for police over alleged racial bias
Logo Amazon
Logo Amazon Credit: Amazon

Amazon has announced that it will put a one year halt on the usage of its facial recognition software for the police. The move comes after Amazon's technology had faced criticism because it misidentified people of color and protests against racism have broken out over the country. In its announcement blog Amazon says that other organizations could still use the software "to help rescue human trafficking victims and reunite missing children with their families" and calls for government regulation regarding "the ethical use of facial recognition technology".

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • TV & Movies
2020-06-10T13:30:02+00:00
"Gone With the Wind" removed from HBO Max library
Publicity photo for Gone with the Wind, 1939
Publicity photo for Gone with the Wind, 1939 Credit: MGM / Public domain

HBO Max removed "Gone With the Wind" from its streaming service due to "racist depictions" after screenwriter John Ridley ("12 Years a Slave") called for its removal in an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times. An HBO spokesperson called the film "a product of its time" that "depicts some of the ethnic and racial prejudices that have, unfortunately, been commonplace in American society". According to an update of Variety, the removal is only temporary and "Gone With the Wind" will eventually return to the streaming service "with a discussion about its historical context and a denouncement of its racist depictions".

Politics • European • United Kingdom
2020-06-09T22:00:01+00:00
Statue of 18th-century slave owner Robert Milligan taken down in London
Statue of Robert Milligan with Black Lives Matter sign
Statue of Robert Milligan with Black Lives Matter sign Credit: Chris McKenna (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

A statue of 18th-century slave owner Robert Milligan has been removed from its place in London’s docklands.

Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, earlier announced a review of all of London's statues and street names, saying any with links to slavery "should be taken down".