Tag Archives: racism

Op Ed: The Shade of My Identity


By Amena Tayyab

Here’s the thing: my skin tone isn’t very dark. But I was led to believe it was.

I’m not ashamed to be considered dark or different, or that no one corrected me. I’m ashamed of believing myself to be a lesser person because of it. Regardless of how I actually look and where I get my skin color, my culture says I’m beneath a white person. Coupled with friends who believed in the same mentality and others who didn’t know there were colors besides black and white, I trapped myself into that mindset.

USA vs. Rasmea Odeh: Verdict Devalues Lives of Arab and Muslim Women

Photo by Bill Chambers

By Bill Chambers

“Odeh doesn’t have ties to the Chicago community. She has apparently done good work at the Arab American Action Network, but that work is not a substantial tie to the community. She could do this in another country.” With those words, U.S. District Judge Gershwin Drain wiped away Rasmea Odeh’s 20 years of work in Chicago being an advocate for Arab and Muslim women’s rights. The twenty Arab and Muslim women sitting in the front rows who had come to court as representatives of Odeh’s 600 member women’s group were erased as if they did not exist. This statement was only one of many that demonstrated Judge Drain’s disdain for Odeh’s position as a well-loved Palestinian community leader and organizer in Chicago.

Racism in Brazil Leading into World Cup 2014

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By Sarah Husain

“O Jogo Bonito”.

The Brazilian saying,“The Beautiful Game” that was coined the motto for football*, is not always so fitting.  As the FIFA World Cup 2014 approaches, the eyes of the world are on Brazil while they prepare and deal with an ugly truth of the sport: racism. Football is a religion that bonds this country divided by race. According to a 2011 census report, African-Brazilians and mixed races make up 51 percent of the country’s entire population. Because they make up the lowest class of the country and have little political representation, African-Brazilians are subject to racial discrimination all over the country. Few are exempt from discrimination, not even footballers.

We Know What You Did: The Adrien Broner and Donald Sterling Case


By Nick Burandt nickburandt_monitor

Most people by now are familiar with the Donald Sterling NBA case that has created uproar from NBA players, coaches, owners, and the American public. However, what you might not have heard about are the racist comments from boxer, Adrien Broner, on live Pay-Per-View TV Saturday night.

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


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


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?



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


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?


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


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.