Something that’s really started annoying me lately is that Americans, mainly US citizens, seem to think that white people can’t be prejudice against other white people. That Europe apparently has no racism because it’s full of white people and I just ? One, black people, Asian people, latinx and people of colour in general exist EVERYWHERE, including Europe, but xenophobia anyone? For example, in the UK, we have a lot of xenophobia towards Polish and Eastern Europeans, especially Romanians and Ukrainians (which is absolutely absurd for a “kingdom” that was built on a long history of colonialism and slavery, but I digress) anyways, Poles and Eastern Europeans literally get called vermin. They are insulted for their accents. They are branded as “chavs” which happens to be a stereotype for the poor in the UK (we suffer from very severe classim here as well.) Yet when I tell people outside the UK (or Europe) about this, especially Americans, one of two things happens. 1) They have no idea what actually goes on in the UK or 2) They call me a liar and say that white people can’t be prejudice against other white people even when some white people are actually attacking and even killing other white people over their accents, and the fact they don’t “belong” in the country/countries. 

I guess what I’m trying to say is, don’t apply one country’s politics to every country’s politics. People have different relationships to immigration and race depending on what country you’re in. Don’t invalidate another person’s experience just because it doesn’t fit your rhetoric. 

Is The Controversy Over Maryam Monsef’s Birthplace Just A Racist Witch Hunt?
Experts say a white minister born outside Canada likely wouldn't be facing the same scrutiny.

This week the Globe and Mail revealed that Canada’s Democratic Institutions Minister Maryam Monsef was actually born in Iran, not Afghanistan as she had previously stated.

Inquiries from the newspaper prompted Monsef to ask her mom about her roots, who informed Monsef that she was in fact born in Mashhad, Iran, about 370 kilometres northwest of where she thought she was born in Herat, Afghanistan. Monsef said the discovery was emotional and explained that even though she was born in Iran, she’s an Afghan citizen and did spend part of her early life in Herat. Her father was killed at the Afghan-Iran border in 1988, and her mom fled with Monsef and her two sisters to Canada in 1996, after Herat fell to the Taliban. Monsef was 11 when she immigrated here as a refugee.

For the most part, this sounds like a harrowing piece of someone’s personal history. And yet it’s become a major news story—one that’s put Monsef on the receiving end of incredulity and suspicion.

Ezra Levant of right-wing propaganda site The Rebel accused Monsef of lying so she could “rule over Afghans as some lady warlord” by pursuing a political career there.

Meanwhile Tory leadership candidate Tony Clement has suggested Monsef step aside pending “more of an investigation” of the mix-up and how the government failed to learn of Monsef’s true birthplace when she was being vetted.

“It’s a very strange story and there has to be more of an investigation,” he said, while others have speculated that there were rumours about Monsef being born in Iran so it’s unlikely she didn’t know about it.

“(It’s) a lot of fuss about nothing very serious,” Jennifer Hyndman, director of the Centre for Refugee Studies at York University told VICE.

“If you look culturally, we can see all the differences in terms of how important the notion of date of birth is, place of birth being sort of equally ephemeral,” she said, pointing out that a number of refugees who come to Canada list January 1 as their birth date because they don’t know what the real one is.

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We are NOT the same as our oppressors. Stop saying we are.

There’s a form of activism that I grew up around (in the 90′s, but it’s still present today) which says:

“Everyone is equal to you, because everyone is the same as you.”

I hope I don’t NEED to explain why this is problematic, but I will just in case.

First of all, the intention behind that view is to say “we are all human, and therefore we all deserve basic human rights,” which is GOOD and TRUE, but that’s not actually the message being given most of the time. Most of the time the message is some combination of “We’re all the same” and “Treat others as you would want to be treated.”

This is problematic in a number of ways, including (but probably not limited to):

  1. The people who are supposedly being supported/helped by this view are from marginalized groups. Marginalized genders, sexualities and romantic alignments, ethnicities, religions, disabled and neuroatypical people, poor people, uneducated people, etc.. These people are by definition different from their oppressors in some way. By definition we are NOT the same.
  2. If everyone deserves basic human rights BECAUSE everyone is “the same”, then as soon as someone is shown to be different (which again, marginalized people are by definition), it becomes easy for oppressors to determine that because they are different they must NOT deserve basic human rights.
  3. Because of 1 & 2, this form of activism encourages/enforces respectability politics, cultural assimilation, and a general need for marginalized people to HIDE the ways in which we are different from our oppressors, for fear of being seen as different if we don’t.
  4. Overall it doesn’t actually teach anyone to accept people who are different as having equal value; it teaches people to expect everyone to be like ourselves in order to see them as having equal value. 
  5. “Treat others as you wish to be treated” isn’t nearly as helpful as “Treat others as THEY wish to be treated.”

“Everyone is equal to you, because everyone is the same as you” is therefore clearly not actually an inclusive way of thinking.

This way of thinking leads to self proclaimed feminists trying to police what other women wear, by slut-shaming women who don’t wear clothes they deem concealing enough, by islamophobic demands that hijabi stop wearing clothes that they deem TOO concealing, etc.

This way of thinking leads to immigrants not teaching their children their native language, or about their culture.

It leads to women of color having to perform femininity (far more than white women). It leads to people of color and poor people having to hide accents, and avoid acting like stereotypes, even if the stereotype happens to intersect with their identity.

It leads to disabled and neuroatypical people having to hide the ways in which they’re different and overcompensate to seem capable of the same things as able bodied and neuroTypical people.

It leads to trans men and (especially) trans women being expected to perform their gender (far more than cis people) in order to be respected and taken seriously.

It leads to queer men trying to distance themselves from other queer men who are “too flamboyant” and queer women trying to distance themselves from other queer women who are “too butch”, effectively throwing other queer people under the bus in order to prove that queer people are JUST LIKE people who aren’t queer.

So that all sucks.

I’ve seen a whole lot of queer activism hinging on the theme “We’re just like you!!” but every experience I have with people who aren’t queer just reinforces for me that I’m NOT just like them. They DON’T understand me. I really don’t want or need activism that hinges my rights on whether or not allocishets understand me, because they don’t, and they shouldn’t have to in order to respect my rights.

Marginalized people deserve basic human rights because we are human, full stop.

Saying that I deserve the same rights as my oppressors because I’m the same as them fundamentally denies and erases the things about me that make me who I am. It denies and erases the struggles marginalized people have been forced to endure at the hands of our oppressors. It also denies and erases the beautiful diversity in the world, and demands that diversity be hidden, rather than celebrated. 

How about instead of hinging anyone’s rights or respect on their ability to assimilate and perform, we base our activism on supporting the diversity that we have as human beings.


The Violent Xenophobic Racism in Ireland

At 9pm last Tuesday, 44-year-old Chinese doctor, Wu Youzhong, went to investigate the sound of breaking glass outside his home in Coleraine, County Londonderry, in Ireland. When he arrived at his front door, he saw that the window had been smashed. An intruder then attacked him so violently that he had to be admitted to hospital for several days, and required consultation from an eye specialist. Dr Wu’s wife, Luo Ruoyin, said, “I heard he was just screaming in pain and I was scared. He was just holding his head and covering his eyes and blood was just running down everywhere.” The police are treating the attack as racially motivated; the couple, who have a two-year-old daughter, are reported to be intending to move away from the area.

The Chinese community in Ireland has long been a target of racial discrimination. Anna Lo, an Alliance Party politician born in Hong Kong who was elected to the Ireland Assembly in 2007, was the first politician from an ethnic minority at national level in Ireland, as well as the first East Asian to be elected anywhere in Britain. Her campaign was dogged by violent racism – including death threats – to the extent that she had to carry a panic alarm as a precaution. One far-Right website published pornographic images of Chinese women, alongside derogatory references to Anna Lo. “People from ethnic minorities are very frightened,” she said. “I have never seen ethnic minorities so fearful in Ireland.”

Read More: http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/jakewallissimons/100181659/sectarian-hatred-is-being-overtaken-by-xenophobic-racism-in-northern-ireland/


My boyfriend signed up for an Economics class last semester that had a professor who was described by other students on Rate My Professors as “a little offensive but still funny” and “you will still learn if you do the work and attend his workshops.” On the first day of class, he pointed to an Asian girl next to him.

“Are you Chinese?” he asked.

She looked bewildered and said, “Yes…?”

“How do you feel about the One Child Policy?”

The entire class went silent.

She glared at him, “I’m American.”

He shrugged it off, “Yeah, but you’re Chinese. So how do you feel about being the only child in your family?”

When I peruse through class lists, one of the very first things I want to know is whether or not I will be in a safe environment with a professor who cares about their students. Rate My Professors is the most commonly used tool for students to decide whether or not a professor is right for their learning style. It’s a tool for students created by students. But when such tools actively work against students who want to give proper warning about professors, what does that tell you? Does RMP care about student safety? Or is it doing everything in its power to protect corrupt educators? Should students compile a list of corrupt professors to combat RMP’s new policy if they don’t reverse this rule?

The Chinese woman and the rest of the students had to endure a semester filled with violent racist, sexist, and classist rhetoric (he later humiliated a student for 15 minutes for having an old Ford—what he described as a “loser car”) with a professor who only taught outside of class hours instead of during class hours. There are many more stories like this one because students pay for a class they weren’t expecting.

Because students can’t say “racist and sexist”, people have opted for “problematic” with examples as well as synonyms. You can contact them here to ask them to change their policy.


The Importance of the New Miss Japan

In a country that doesn’t hide its Xenophobia, the fact that a biracial woman won Miss Japan is no small feat. 

Ariana Miyamoto represented as Miss Nagasaki in the 2015 Miss Universe Japan competition. Ariana won the title of Miss Japan and will compete in the next Miss Universe pageant. 

The 20-year-old Nagasaki native was born to a Japanese mother and an African-American father. After winning the Japanese leg of the competition, Miss Miyamoto faced scrutiny from many reporters claiming that she did not look Japanese enough. ( RocketNews24 )

However, the young Miss Japan is as Japanese as anyone else in the country. She has a 5th degree mastery of Japanese calligraphy. While she has critics, she also has a large fan base who encourage her to stay strong.

While Ariana faces a long road ahead of her, she is confident and excited about the journey. In the eyes of many this is a huge step forward for Japan and it could be a new chapter for the Miss Universe pageant.


Channel 9 cameraman calls Australian Muslim a “fucking terrorist” and then his reaction is used by the media to portray “Muslim gets angry at cameraman”.

Look at this prime example of just how messed up Australia’s media is. Look at how desperate they are to fuel the xenophobia that’s sweeping through the country.


It’s actually disgusting how people are calling this “UK Independence Day”. I can tell you that how the UK is treated by the EU is no where in the same league on how the empire treated the rest of the world. The EU protects against our human rights being violated, and we have an actual say in how it’s been run. The wealth of the British Empire was built on the blood, theft, slavery, rape, and genocide of people across the world. To compare that to this quasi-fascist propaganda project is the epitome of ignorance and entitled colonialist mindset.


One Huge Chart That Proves Taking In Syrian Refugees Is Not Particularly Dangerous

Governors from more than half of country are attempting to block refugees fleeing conflict in Syria from being settled in their states citing concerns that they might carry out terrorist attacks on U.S. soil. Experts familiar with the issue say their fears are largely unfounded.

Evidence collected so far suggests that refugees were not involved in carrying out the gun and bomb attacks on the French capital. While hundreds of thousands of migrants have turned up on European shores in the last several months seeking asylum, the U.S. refugee resettlement program vets each person it admits through rigorous background checks that have a nearly flawless record at keeping terrorists out.

Why The GOP Freak Out Over Syrian Refugees Makes No Sense