It's a bird! It's a plane! It's Superman going toe to toe with the Ku Klux Klan because this is 2017 and race-related hate crimes are still very much a problem! Seriously, though, Clark's about to wreck some Klansmen.
Tagged With racism
As the White House was preparing to implement deep cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency earlier this month, Mustafa Ali, head of the Office on Environmental Justice, resigned. A week later, his motivation for departing became clear, when President Trump released a hardline budget draft that called for slashing EPA funding by 31 per cent, and eliminating as many as 3200 agency jobs. Ali's resignation, and the ensuing budget draft, are disturbing signs that America's poor and people of colour are going to continue suffering disproportionately from pollution under Trump. Sadly, that's nothing new.
Airbnb has long dealt with a problem of racist hosts who discriminate against people for reasons including race, ethnicity, and gender. After facing widespread criticism and class action lawsuits, the burgeoning startup valued at upwards of $US25 ($33) billion is rolling out new rules in an attempt to combat racism.
It seems like only yesterday Snapchat was putting out a blackface Bob Marley filter. Now, it appears the company has moved on to yellowface.
In a perfect world, Leslie Jones would have spent her day celebrating the release of her new childhood-ruining movie, Ghostbusters: Attack of the Feminmiminismsists, but instead she's putting up with some bullshit on Twitter. Tuesday morning, Jones exposed and called out the insanely racist abuse she's been receiving.
One of the latest Marvel casting rumours making the rounds is that Michael Barbieri's Spider-Man: Homecoming character is based on Ganke Lee, who, in the comics, is the best friend of Miles Morales. Not regular Spider-Man, better known as Peter Parker. In the comics, Ganke Lee is a pudgy Korean-American.
Earlier this week, Mic reported that members of the alt-right had created a Google Chrome extension which surrounded the names of people suspected of being Jewish with "echo" parenthesis. For example, Bryan (((Menegus))). The extension, named Coincidence Detector, has now been banned from the Chrome store.
Amid growing accusations of racism, Airbnb has permanently banned a North Carolina host who cancelled a black guest's reservation and called her racist slurs. The ban is Airbnb's attempt to do damage control at a time when social-media campaigns, personal accounts and even a Harvard research paper claim that the site is a hotbed of racism. It also provides a glimpse into the power of social media and the challenge of regulating users in the sharing economy.
For some reason, Snapchat decided it was a good idea to create a Bob Marley filter — one that makes the user look like a bizarre, warped version of the late singer, dreadlocks and all. All the typical things that might stop a massive social network from doing this — the fact that it looks like like automated blackface, the reductiveness of creating a Bob Marley filter on 4/20, the half-hearted attempts at incorporating Marley's music, the fact that it literally slaps blackface and dreadlocks on everyone who tries it — apparently didn't occur to Snapchat.
Last night, The Daily Show in the US aired a segment about the racist town seal in Whitesboro, New York. It's about as hilariously offensive as you'd imagine. But spoiler alert: Whitesboro told The Daily Show this week that it's changing the seal after all.
What the hell does it mean for a person to be white?
Historically, it's a question that has been difficult to answer. But it's also a question that has defined where a person is allowed to live, eat, and work. Race is a social construct, but when it comes to countries like the United States and Australia, being "white" has sometimes meant the difference between being allowed to emigrate to those countries or not.
Reddit's new chief alien, Steve Huffman, announced a vaguely worded set of new content guidelines yesterday afternoon. The general takeaway? Bad stuff is bad and should be banned. The subtext? If Steve Huffman says stuff isn't bad — like racism — it will be tolerated. Come again?
When you walk out of the Älmhult train station, there's not much to see. To the west is a string of filthy box cars on the railroad, and to the east, a small park with no people. TripAdvisor will tell you that there is only one thing to do in the tiny Swedish village: Go to IKEA.