Hasel Afshar, 33, isn’t Muslim. He’s Baha'i, but that didn’t matter to the people that vandalized his home this week.
After taking a three-day vacation, Afshar — an Iranian refugee — returned to his home in Troutdale, Oregon, to find it vandalized with racist epithets and bullets in the shape of a cross. “Terrorist,” “Muslim” and “Get out of America” were spray painted in red all over the walls in his home. A threatening letter also accompanied the graffiti.
“If I see you here next month, I will shoot you and burn your house,” the note read, according to Outlook, a local newspaper in Oregon.
In 2010, Afshar fled religious persecution in Iran. But after living in the U.S. for about seven years, he’s once again enduring religious and racial persecution. Read more. (3/31/17, 12:01 PM)
What would be the most helpful (or some of the most helpful) thing(s) someone could do (realistically) to help this cause?
We LOVE your question! Let’s break down anti-fascist work into four broad, over-generalized areas, shall we?
1) Protecting Our Communities From Bigotry
What does bigotry, fascism, racism, and hatred look like where you live? Who are the targets? Once you think about the fucked-up shit that’s been going on in your community, you’ll be able to figure out who’s been targeted by bigots. Now you know who needs your support and solidarity. Reach out to them and come up with ways to help them and/or stand with them.
Even a small act like putting up posters or distributing pins showing solidarity with these people and opposition to bigotry, sends a big message to them, to their attackers, and to other people in your community that feel the same way you do.
Example: one neighbourhood we know of in Toronto responded to a rash of alt right vandalism and racist harassment by creating lawn signs in the languages spoken there to show opposition to racist asshats.
Over 500 signs went up in the ‘hood!
2) Disrupting Fascist Activity
This is antifa’s bread-and-butter. Fascism is an utterly illegitimate and dangerous ideology that is no longer up for debate or discussion after literally millions of people have died because of it or fighting to stop it. So when it rears its ugly head once again, it is imperative to oppose, expose, and confront it immediately.
3) Building An Authentic Anti-Fascist/Anti-Racist Youth Culture
Most anti-fascists we know got started when they were young. Some of us started throwing “rock against racism” concerts or shows. We’d meet up with crews from nearby. We’d set up info tables at shows where we’d distribute information about the issues we were dealing with (and sell t-shirts & stuff to raise money). We’d make sure that racists knew they were not welcome anywhere we hung out - in the parks, at shows, in the football terraces, etc.
Finding ways to promote an explicit and authentic anti-racist/anti-fascist youth culture is one of the most powerful things we can do because the ideas we put out there and the friendships that form in that youth culture will last for decades to come.
You should also watch out for callouts for events or support from antifa crews - we regularly publish those right here on this tumblr. When you see one and it’s near by you, back ‘em up. If you’re not nearby but you know people nearby, get them out there! At the very least, send them a message of support & solidarity.
On Monday evening, police announced the arrest of 35-year-old manin relation to the vandalism attack at the Islamic Center of Fort Collins in Fort Collins, Colorado.
Joseph Scott Giaquinto was allegedly caught on surveillance video footage flipping benches, breaking windows with bricks and throwing a Bible into the mosque early Sunday morning. Read more. (3/28/17, 10:55 AM)
Two Northwestern University freshmen have been accused of spray-painting racial slurs, homophobic messages and the name of GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump inside of a nondenominational chapel on the university’s campus in Evanston.
The duo snuck inside the Alice Millar Chapel, and “spray-painted an expletive and a slur against African-Americans with a swastika on the chapel hallway,” according to Assistant Cook County State’s Attorney Brooke — but their destruction did not end there.
Hi! I'm an antifascist living in a large city and I was planning on putting up empowering posters/flyers (in multiple languages). What are the best areas for this to have any impact? College/high school campuses? Low income areas? Gentrified areas? On public transit? Or is this a pointless endeavor?
Without knowing what large city we’re talking about, here are some considerations:
-is there are area that’s experienced hate crimes or racist activity?
-what parts of the city are you likely to encounter the kinds of people targeted by fascists?
-where has been other antifa stuff going on?
No matter where you put ‘em up, take note of when you do and keep an eye on them. If you find them being defaced, note when that could have happened and re-poster. Eventually, you might realize that racist vandals are likely to strike at a particular day of the week and you + some friends can plan to surprise them and hold a frank discussion with them about their views.
In honor of Zelda. Gerudo Pyrrha trying to date hylian jaune with bad pick up lines while her sister encourage and egg her on. While jaune is baffled at this Desert amazon asking silly things like did it hurt.
(Oooh, I like this one.)
The gerudo have a coming of age ceremony for their women- one in which the prospective adult has to acquire a child to prevent the nearly all female race from dying out.
Most hit up an orphanage in Hylia, adopt a child that way. Others prefer to have their own child, but it’s a rare gerudo that finds a husband with all the racial tension between the hylians and they. Many try, but far more often than not they give up and try one of the other approaches.
But Pyrrha is a romantic. She has never admitted failure or defeat before, and she will not begin now.
Her problem is two fold. The first is the tension between her people and the Hylians. The second, is well… she just doesn’t find anyone she’s attracted to. It’s tough search. A year later she’s seventeen, and still hasn’t gotten evena single date. She’s now forced to find work as a mercenary to support herself while she continues her search.
Until she sees a blonde hylian trip over themselves in a back alley, about to be mugged. She steps in; she’s a woman of honor after all. The blonde thanks her with a smile for saving him, and invites her to visit his home for a meal. She accepts.
The boy’s name is Jaune, and he’s a wannabe hero; he’d been in that alley buying someone else time to escape. He’s clumsy, but earnest and kind. He doesn’t care about her heritage, and treats her warmly. During their meal it comes out that Pyrrha has a hard time keeping a home; racists vandalize wherever she rents and she simply can’t get a place in a nice part of town like Jaune.
He offers her a room. His home’s a big place, and lonely since his family passed or moved away. Pyrrha half heartedly refuses, not wanting to trouble him, but also wanting to stay. Jaune’s insistent; she’s saved him from a beating after all, and he wants to pay her back. She quickly caves, and moves in.
They get along well. Pyrrha starts showing him a bit of the combat styles she’s picked up over the years. Jaune is a wonderful housekeeper; Pyrrha always returns to hot bath, a hot meal, and warm smile. It’s… nice. Not being alone anymore, knowing you make someone happy. They start falling for each other.
Pyrrha notices her feelings first. How could she not? This is what she was looking for! …How does she get him now that she’s found him? She sends letters home, and quickly begins receiving replies chalk full of “advice”.
She can’t bring herself to do anything raunchy. It’s too embarrassing!
She tries pick up lines, but they translate poorly; what would a man born in a city full of wells know about oases?
So she tries cooking him a meal, and nearly burns down the house. She takes him dancing, and stomps his feet into two giant bruises. She brings him a bouquet of flowers which he is allergic to.
In the end she despairingly just keeps up their sparring, and tries to pretend that beating him up is romantic.
Jaune is utterly charmed, once he figures out what she was trying to do. Nobody has ever tried so hard to impress him before.
So he tries doing the same for her. He teaches her how to dance. He brings her to a field of flowers. He finds out how to cook her favorite foods, and arranges to make them for her. He still didn’t get what him being her oasis meant though.
It’s not long before Pyrrha brings him to meet her many sisters, back in the desert. There he finds out how important water is, that being Pyrrha’s oasis meant being her life.
After that, it’s not long before they meet an alter, Pyrrha in her wedding veil, and Jaume in his finest tunic.
“Calm down people, remember Michael Jackson said it don’t matter if you’re black or white!”
Now, I don’t know if people are using a lyric from an openly anti-white supremacy song to defend casting a white actor as Michael out of naivete, willful ignorance, or what, but “Black or White” is not a song about colorblindness, and in fact the full video included a rage-filled one-man protest against racism.
Let’s break it down.
In the beginning, he addresses bigotry against race mixing:
I took my baby on a Saturday bang
“Boy, is that girl with you?”
Yes, we’re one and the same
But he knows they aren’t treated that way:
They print my message in the Saturday Sun
I had to tell them I ain’t second to none
And I told about equality
And it’s true
Either you’re wrong or you’re right
But if you’re thinkin’ about my baby
It don’t matter if you’re black or white
See, he has to fight to be seen as an equal, but when it comes to interpersonal relationships, he doesn’t discriminate.
After the chorus, the song breaks down and we get to the meat of it (in the video, the imagery changes from Michael dancing with people from different cultures to Michael dancing in flames, with burning crosses in the background):
I am tired of this devil
I am tired of this stuff
I am tired of this business
So when the going gets rough
I ain’t scared of your brother
I ain’t scared of no sheets
I ain’t scare of nobody
Girl, when the goin’ gets mean
This is specifically calling out white supremacy, even referencing the KKK’s “sheets.”
Next, L.B.T.’s rap:
Protection for gangs, clubs and nations
Causing grief in human relations
It’s a turf war on a global scale
I’d rather hear both sides of the tale
See, it’s not about races
Where your blood comes from
Is where your space is
I’ve seen the bright get duller
I’m not going to spend my life being a color
These words are often interpreted as being about colorblindness, especially if you cherrypick the “not about races” lyric. But it’s more about otherization and the white default. And don’t overlook the “bright get duller” line – by 1991, the hopes of the Civil Rights movement and even Michael’s own crossing over into the mainstream as a black artist in the ‘80s seemed to be moving backward.
And then, the line most relevant to this discussion:
Don’t tell me you agree with me
When I saw you kicking dirt in my eye
See, Michael believed that all people were equal regardless of race, but he wasn’t naive enough to believe that that’s the way it actually is, because he experienced racism firsthand every day. And people who claimed to believe in racial equality were often the same people who shit on him as a Black man.
Michael despised white supremacy. But, again, that didn’t mean he couldn’t love white people:
I said if you’re thinkin’ of being my baby
It don’t matter if you’re black or white
I said if you’re thinkin’ of being my brother
It don’t matter if you’re black or white
Back to the video. For the most part, the part of the video that featured the song (aside from the breakdown with the flaming crosses) was bright, with a message of loving people of all races and cultures. And white people were not excluded, though they were, not accidentally, not more represented than other races. (Eta: also, it’s worth noting that the one white group he danced with were Russians – people who were/are well despised in the US by many white Americans.)
At the end of the main part of video, the camera pans to a black panther. The panther exits the studio into a dark alleyway, and it morphs into Michael (I don’t think I have to explain the symbolism here).
There is no music. Michael stands in the alley and begins to dance aggressively. He doesn’t sing, but he yells in rage. He goes to a car covered in racist vandalism, such as swastikas, “Go Home Wet Backs,” etc. He takes a crowbar and smashes the car in rage, then smashes a nearby window that says “KKK Rules.” For a full five minutes, he lets loose, in a protest against racism and white supremacy.
When this aired on Fox TV (after The Simpsons, iirc), people – specifically, white people – were outraged. The message was not lost on them. Michael has a lot of anger toward white oppression. Remember, at the time the Rodney King beating was in the news. The LA riots were near. Public Enemy was getting big, and here was Michael Jackson, one Black artist white people thought was “safe” and white-friendly, fucking shit up in a rage over white supremacist society on Prime Time TV. There was outrage. He used the time he had to premiere his video on prime time (and he was the only artist big enough to do that) to rage against them (I mean, not all of them –the actual song made that clear, but a lot of white people took it personally. What does that say that they were so defensive?).
tl:dr: Black or White is not a song you can use to justify casting a white actor to play Michael.
If you want to see the FULL video for yourself, here it is (unfortunately, the quality is horrible, like really horrible. You can find the song portion on youtube in HQ, but I haven’t found the protest part in better quality):
Don't ever come for BLM and how they choose to deal with it and get the message across. Ya'll white, how could I ever expect you to understand though! get it together and stop saying dumb shit like this - a girl from the U.S who supports the black lives matter movement and hates people like you
Mate we’re not all white.
Me and my predominantly Black family are absolutely against BLM because they are a bunch of racist vandals. None of us, however, are against “poc”.
So if this isn’t your kind of blog, you’re free to Block us! ^^
I would just like to share something I’ve held in for a while.
For Black History Month, the Black Student Union was provided a bulletin board outside the Dean’s office by Co-Curricular Programs in Union Hall to decorate.
This was decorated on February 2nd.
We worked hard in displaying and commemorating strong affluent leaders and inspirational figures of the Black community. Unfortunately, our works were recently discovered to be ripped down and what remained was a picture of the late Trayvon Martin (originally being part of the collage).
This discovery was found on February 13th.
The act seemed quite intentional being that the pictures were attached to a larger piece of paper as the backdrop of the collage. The late Trayvon Martin’s picture had to have been ripped away from this collage and reattached to the bulletin in order for it to stand alone. I have provided pictures of the bulletin board before and after the desecration.
The school has done nothing towards this issue. Although it was in February, I still that some sort of public announcement of intolerance has to be sent out to the student body.
I will not stress how many times this school has brushed under the rug, so many racial issues.(Wagner College in Staten Island)
What do you guys think? Would you be mad? Would you care?
If so , do share, and reblog this photo and spread around the type of experiences people of color go through at PWI’s.
A serial vandal has been spray painting racist messages on homes and cars in the Ciega Village neighborhood in Pinellas Park.
By Josh Rojas, Reporter Last Updated: Tuesday, September 01, 2015, 10:06 PM
PINELLAS PARK –
A serial vandal has been spray painting racist messages like “KKK”, “impeach Obama stupid n-word” and “dumb n-word black lives matter for target practice” on homes and cars in the Ciega Village neighborhood, according to Pinellas Park Police.
“It’s all about hate,” said Jamal Clark. “Some scary messages are being sent.”
The latest incident happened on Monday night to Clark’s neighbor, Wayne Scott, 51, a wounded veteran who’s out of town visiting his mother in Virginia. Clark said he was asked to watch Scott’s home and woke up Tuesday morning to find the message “dumb n-word black lives matter for target practice” spray painted across a wall.
Clark said back in May, the vandal spray painted “KKK” on his car. A month later, a black line was spray painted across his wife’s car. Both Clark and Scott are black and don’t believe the vandalism is a coincidence.
“We’re the only two mixed families that are on this block,” Clark said. “So, someone’s doing it on purpose.”
Clark said he wanted the racist message on his neighbor’s home to stay up for a few days.
“I think the message should stand. I think it should stay there for a little while so that the community knows what’s going on,“ he said. "So, it’s not just isolated to the few people… that are being targeted.”
Bay News 9 reached Scott over the phone and the veteran said at first he did not want the racist message painted over by the city.
“I want to prove to them that you can do this but this ain’t going to make me move,” Scott said. “It doesn’t scare me.”
Scott said he changed his mind after talking to Pinellas Park Police who told him that leaving the message up could add fuel to the fire and help spread the vandals racist narrative.
“Number one, we don’t want copy cats,” said Sgt. Mike Lynch. “Secondly, we wouldn’t want somebody else to become upset by what they’re seeing. We do have children and families that live in that neighborhood.”
The city sent a work crew to Scott’s home that quickly painted over the message by Tuesday afternoon.
“I greatly appreciate what they did,” Scott said. “I’m pretty sure they don’t want me coming home to something like that.”
Neighbor Kristen Gericke said she’s appalled by the racist graffiti and is also thankful the city cleaned it up.
“I’m glad it’s been fixed because right here is a bus stop with 20 kids and I don’t want my kids seeing those words,” she said. “I personally feel like it’s somebody that lives in our neighborhood that knows where everybody lives.”
Lynch said black homeowners aren’t the only ones being targeted by the serial vandal. Last week, a 60-year-old white homeowner found “impeach Obama stupid n-word” spray painted on his SUV door.
“So far, we’ve been able to identify a total of seven different incidents in that particular neighborhood,“ said Lynch. "They range from things like "clean up your yard” to the racial epithets.“
Clark said he hopes the community comes together to put a stop to the racist vandal.
"I feel like it should be everyone’s problem. We all live here together. We’re all neighbors,” he said. “We’re not going anywhere. This is our neighborhood.”
Lynch said they don’t have any suspects and he’s asking anyone with information about the serial vandal to call the Pinellas Park Police Department.