Shit Canadians say to Aboriginal Women
An incredibly moving video exposing the dangerous myths and stereotypes around Aboriginal women in Canada that have lead to such a violent culture towards them.
“[A] 2002 study by Susan Fiske and her colleagues in which racially diverse samples of undergraduate students and adults rated 23 different out-groups on the basis of how society views them on two dimensions: expressed warmth (i.e., how positively people feel toward out-group members) and perceived competence (i.e., how competent they perceive out-group members to be).” from “The Racial Politics of X-Men” by Mikhail Lyubansky @ http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/between-the-lines/201106/the-racial-politics-x-men
David Walker: “I am drawn towards the idea of making something beautiful out of what could be classed as lo-brow materials and methods. I don’t use brushes because I want the pieces to raise a question about graffiti and traditional painting as there can be strong preconceived ideas about both”. Read the full interview and see more David Walker work on Street Art London here.
This is a photo of the first Black girl to attend an all white school in the United States—Dorothy Counts—being jeered and taunted by her white, male peers. This photo encompasses a lot of things that I really hate: prejudice, ignorance, racism, sexism, inequality…
The ethnic groups with the highest proportion of people in NZ with a qualification in 2006 were the Asian ethnic group (88%), Middle Eastern/Latin American/African ethnic group (86%), and the European ethnic group (75%).
However, the racism and discrimination towards “those Asians” is ridiculous. It impacts their well-being (economic, social, mental, physical), their ability to communicate and integrate. The consequences are most profound for refugees.
The Asian population is under-employed and under-paid - being disproportionately represented in low household income brackets. They experience the lowest increase in real median hourly rates (4% cf 13-15%), and have lower job satisfaction than the European, Maori and Pacific populations.
This all bears significant social and health repercussions. In particular, mental health issues are of concern: anxiety & depression, harassment, drug and alcohol abuse, gambling problems and barriers in accessing health care services.The health benefits of being a “healthy migrant” quickly wear off. Alcohol use, cannabis use, and obesity all increase over time post migration.
Chinese students are more likely than the New Zealand European students to have experienced a significant depressive episode. 5.5% of male Chinese students, and 14% of female Chinese students report having carried out a suicide attempt in the past year (the study was done in 2006).
Ridiculously conservative New Zealand - shake the dust.
For those of you who are black and are tempted to be filled with hatred and distrust at the injustice of such an act, against all white people, I can only say that I feel in my own heart the same kind of feeling. I had a member of my family killed, but he was killed by a white man. But we have to make an effort in the United States, we have to make an effort to understand, to go beyond these rather difficult times.
My favorite poet was Aeschylus. He wrote: “In our sleep, pain which cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart until, in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom through the awful grace of God.”
What we need in the United States is not division; what we need in the United States is not hatred; what we need in the United States is not violence or lawlessness; but love and wisdom, and compassion toward one another, and a feeling of justice toward those who still suffer within our country, whether they be white or they be black.
We can do well in this country. We will have difficult times; we’ve had difficult times in the past; we will have difficult times in the future. It is not the end of violence; it is not the end of lawlessness; it is not the end of disorder.
But the vast majority of white people and the vast majority of black people in this country want to live together, want to improve the quality of our life, and want justice for all human beings who abide in our land.
Let us dedicate ourselves to what the Greeks wrote so many years ago: to tame the savageness of man and make gentle the life of this world.
Senator Robert F Kennedy
Statement on the assassination of Dr Martin Luther King Jr.
(Indiana, April 4, 1968)
Words to live by. I especially like the part that says that wisdom ultimately comes against our will and “through the awful grace of God”.
I wonder what Aeschyus and RFK meant by that? Maybe that, together, we spin through a vast hostile universe on a tiny, lovely, lonely, little planet and, as much as we sometimes hate one another, we are all that we have?