Tag Archives: racism

From Wonderland to Saudi: ‘Alice in Arabia’ Set to Air on ABC Family

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By Samia Shameem

TWITTER–Yesterday, beginning at 1PM CST and continuing long after, tweets bearing the hashtag “#AliceInArabia” expressed dismay and weariness towards ABC Family‘s upcoming drama about Arabs and Muslims.

Alice in Arabia is the aspiring TV-drama written by ex-U.S. soldier Brooke Eikmeier. The plot follows an American teenage girl as she is abducted by her Saudi-Arabian grandfather and taken to Saudi Arabia, where she is imprisoned within his home. Wait, I thought Alice was in Wonderland…

“Oppressed Majority/Majorité Opprimée” – An Ironic Film Depicting Sexism, Promoting Racism

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By Hadeel Hejjahadeel_monitor

The white feminist narrative is overtly played out in the 2010 french film ”Oppressed Majority,” a short film by French actress and director Éléonore Pourriat, cunningly disguised as an eye opener towards sexism in the country, and extensively, the world. The film centers around white European male citizen of France who is constantly harassed by the female members of his community, including his own wife. This movie is an example of  sexism if it were reversed for the men to be oppressed and women would become the oppressors, and how it would seem unfair and unjust for men to be treated the way women are currently treated.

Smarter Sentencing Act: Will it Decrease Racism in the War On Drugs?

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By Ammad Rafiki

On January 30, the US Senate Judiciary Committee passed a bill titled, the Smarter Sentencing Act, allowing judges to sentence non-violent drug offenders to smaller terms. The bipartisan bill, which has also garnered support from ACLU and Families Against Mandatory Minimums, cuts in half previous sentencing guidelines, and gives hope that the arguably racist approach to the War on Drugs is waning.

Generations of Racial Profiling

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By Susy Palmer

January 30th is Fred Korematsu Day, which calls to mind a part of United States history that is too often forgotten. In February 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066, which stripped Japanese-Americans of their $2.7 billion net income, their dignity, as well as their constitutional freedom in the United States by forcing them into internment camps. The forced internment of American citizens of Japanese descent was an act of fear, but Fred Korematsu is commended because he chose to act out of courage. He refused to be interned, and as a result, brought about one of the most important civil rights cases in United States history, Korematsu v. United States (1944). In this landmark case, the government deemed Executive Order 9066 constitutional, upholding the exclusion order. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has ranked Korematsu alongside Dred Scott, the 1857 decision that black slaves were property and not citizens, as among “the court’s most shameful blunders.”

Hello, Khan—may I call you Terrorist?

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By Samia Shameem

Last September, days after the anniversary of 9/11, Nina Davuluri, the Indian-American ‘Miss New York’, was crowned Miss America. The aftermath:

Racism and bigotry—have we ever discussed, ruminated about, or acted against it?

Racists on the Red Line: Meeting conflict with conversation

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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.

Is the customer always right?: How prejudice in service industry harms employees

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By Nicole Tewolde

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.

Who is American enough to sing the national anthem?

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By Noor Salahuddin

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.

How Schools Have Killed the Mockingbird

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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.

Devon Avenue’s masks

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 By Muhammad Akbar

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.