Tag Archives: racism
By Sony Kassam
I was recently out with my mom on a breezy Saturday afternoon. You could hear the hidden birds cheerfully chirping as the sun’s warmth was at its peak in the sky. It was just another summer day – or so I thought.
We were patiently standing and waiting on the southbound Red Line platform at the Howard station after searching at Marshall’s for an outfit that I could wear to Sunday’s community picnic.
Less than a month ago, two Dunkin’ Donuts employees in Fort Lauderdale endured a customer’s racist rant after the customer claimed they did not honor the company policy of providing a free meal when she did not receive a receipt. The customer videotaped herself spewing profanities while demanding one employee to provide her with the free meals and calling the other, who had apparently wronged her, a “little f—– sand n—–.” “You think you all are tough big fat Arabs bombing the Trade Center? I’ll show you tough,” spewed the Florida woman, later identified as Taylor Chapman, a 27-year-old graduate of Nova Southeastern University in Orlando. Abid Adar, an 18-year-old recent high school graduate, and his coworker Nithi fulfilled the hostile customer’s request even amongst a flurry of insults and obscenities.
We live in the age of over-sharing. Anyone and everyone with access to the internet can post whatever they feel like and blast it to their followers on Twitter or friends on Facebook in a matter of seconds. While this new-found freedom of expression has its benefits, it most definitely has its failings too.
By Aakash Shah
The following is a typical conversation in an English class studying the iconic To Kill A Mockingbird.
Teacher: What did we learn from the trial of Tom Robinson?
Student One: He was treated unfairly because he was black. The town was racist.
Student Two: Thank god we are better off now.
Chicago’s East-West Rogers Park is home to Devon Avenue, a unique stretch of street dominated by Desi (generally anyone from the Indian subcontinent) shops, stores, places of worship, and restaurants. Indo-Pak culture, in all its vibrant and vivid brightness, shines here in a blend of Americana that gives the atmosphere a distinctiveness hard to match anywhere else in the city.
By Liz Dennis
There is a widespread misconception that “racism lives in the heart of particularly evil individuals, as opposed to the heart of a democratic society;” this mentality is “reinforcing to anyone who might, from time to time, find their tongue sprinting ahead of their discretion”. There are instances every day where people are profiled, and treated in a particular way because of their race.
By Dima Ansari
In January, the state of Israel admitted that it had been administering birth control injections to Ethiopian Jewish immigrant women without their consent or their knowledge. “The government had previously denied the practice but the Israeli Health Ministry’s director-general has now ordered gynecologists to stop administering the drugs,” reported The Independent.
The women were injected with the contraceptive, Depo Provera, every three months and were misleadingly told that the injections were “inoculations.” Some women who rejected these injections were forced or coerced into taking the drug anyway. The drug was administered while these women were still in transit camps in Ethiopia.
By Aymen Abdel Halim, Chief Editor
On January 31st, 1865, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, abolishing slavery in the United States. African Americans, in the legal sense, became “free.” But the segregationist policies of Jim Crow and the upholding of these policies with Plessy v. Ferguson, kept African Americans separate and certainly not equal.
“IN ANY WAR BETWEEN THE CIVILIZED MAN AND THE SAVAGE, SUPPORT THE CIVILIZED MAN. ✡ SUPPORT ISRAEL ✡ DEFEAT JIHAD”
This message was displayed on buses throughout the San Francisco metropolitan area in the form of pro-Israel advertisements, which caused some disturbance among the neighborhood spreading nation wide. The infamous anti-Islam group American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI) and main supporter/sponsor Pam Geller, was granted the permission to exercise her first amendment right to display controversial advertisements on the side of MTA and MUNI public transportation. If the first amendment is synonymous with belittlement then Geller’s was well applied.
By Sarah Goomar
Eleven o’clock on Sunday Morning is said to be the most segregated hour in America.
Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. startled listeners with this proclamation at first, shedding light on the fact that despite being followers of the same faith, blacks still constituted the “other” and virtually worshipped solely among themselves. As a reverend and champion of civil rights, King waited and hoped for a time when Americans could live and worship together, across color lines. The usage of these words is widely viewed as cliché today.