Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Muslim hate speech written on Sacramento State campus

Experience suggests that the perp was a Leftist stirring up a burst of self-righteousness

Sacramento State officials are investigating hate speech writing discovered Tuesday on campus.

University President Robert Nelsen said the hate speech was written toward the Muslim community on campus.

"I was heartbroken and angered to learn that this happened on our campus," Nelsen wrote in a message to students, staff and faculty. "We are a Hornet family, and we will not stand for this kind of treatment of our family members."

The incident happened in the quad area of campus where student organizations gather to recruit and educate other students.

The Muslim Student Association was working at its table and took a break to go to class. When the students returned they found the hateful message.

"When I saw it I was just angry," said Rima Hakim, President of the Muslim Student Association. "It (the message) was a combination of Islamophobia and racist, and the person was pretty inaccurate in their vocabulary, so it was a little amusing, but it was really offensive."


Free Speech Defended, Support of Israel Labeled Hate Speech on CBS's `The Good Wife'

In the episode "Judged," CBS's The Good Wife  turned again to highlighting how the Left curtails freedom of speech.

Liberal lawyer Diane (Christine Baranski) came to the defense of a big client's daughter over a college newspaper op-ed. The student defended Israel against the leftist student council's vote to divest from Israel and boycott Israeli goods from settlements - more university BDS ("Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions") nonsense. 

Stop me if you've heard this before. The op-ed is labeled as hate speech - "It's hate speech, and this campus is supposed to be a safe space!" one student protests to administrators. In true fascist liberal form, the school's student handbook is twisted to allow the censoring of a writer supporting Israel because one special snowflake claimed he felt under attack and disrespected.

Instead of encouraging an honest debate of ideas - you know, like the college experience is supposed to do - the dean of Illinois Park College, a private university, approves shutting down the campus newspaper to "enforce progressive notions of fairness." To counter this, Diane makes the argument that the college is really a state actor - a self-contained mini-city and functioning as such - and thus must obey the First Amendment.

The dean claims the student handbook is legally binding, and includes a mandate to encourage the development of personal responsibility in students. Therefore, since the aggrieved student filed a petition with the student council and the vote was passed to disband the newspaper, he says it was up to the school to enforce the vote.

However, Diane points out that the administration is in charge over the student council, not vice versal - it disciplined a student for going as Caitlyn Jenner for Halloween because it was offensive to transgenders! - and the mediator rules in favor of the young writer and the decision to close the newspaper is reversed.

Freedom of speech is not just for the leftists on college campuses. Labeling a differing opinion as hate speech is standard practice on the left. The lesson learned by the young man who felt hurt by an op-ed? He is no more special than the others on campus. He got schooled the best possible way.


Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Prosecute hate speech, urges Germany's Tillich

What a confused man.  He wants to suppress criticism of immigrants by force of law but also says:  "In democracy one resolves conflict with arguments"

German Saxony state premier Stanislav Tillich says far-right Pegida movement leaders who call for violence against foreigners should be prosecuted. Europe is bracing for far-right rallies and counter-demonstrations.

Tillich preempted anti-foreigner rallies due on Saturday in European cites including Dresden, the capital of Germany's conservative-run regional state of Saxony, by calling on prosecutors to intervene against hate speech used by far-right leaders.

During speeches, Pegida organizers were increasingly resorting to open hostility toward foreigners and politicians, Tillich told Germany's Funke Media Group.

"State attorneys are increasingly required to act. Pegida can no longer smooth over its rhetoric," he said.

Saxony's premier said differentiations needed to be made between Pegida's leaders and its followers, who he said were expressing multifaceted societal frustration.

"Our challenge is to draw the followers back into dialog. In democracy one resolves conflict with arguments," said Tillich, whose Saxony region has been the scene of numerous anti-foreigner incidents.


Frustrated vs Desperate

Ban Ki Moon crtitcised Israel last week in the UN Security Council:   "... Palestinian frustration and grievances are growing under the weight of nearly a half-century of occupation. Ignoring this won’t make it disappear..."

In 2002-2005 Palestinians were "desperate". The wave of suicide bombings was because they were "desperate". Today it seems the Palestinians are no longer desperate, they are "frustrated". The propaganda unit has obviously been working on finessing the language.

So what are the propaganda benefits of using the word  "frustrated" over the word "desperate"?

    Everyone experiences frustration. Not everyone experiences desperation.

    Frustration is less extreme, milder than desperation.

    Frustration is more of an internal state of mind. We often do nothing about frustration except to simply "be frustrated". On the other hand when people are desperate they act.

"Frustrated" is  a superior propaganda word to evoke sympathy for Palestinians than "desperate". It creates a stronger bond of empathy.

But anyone looking at Israel's position in the Middle East conflict will see that the word "frustration" applies better to it. Let's twist Ban Ki Moon's statement and see if it rings more true:  "... Israeli frustration is growing under the weight of nearly a half-century of Palestinian rejectionism. Knife attacks and violence is never going to make it disappear..."

Doesn't that sit better? Frustration is something that you keep bottled up inside. That's Israel! Ban Ki Moon you've got it all wrong.


Monday, February 08, 2016

Must not describe druggies accurately

Windia Rodriguez remembers the sting of the words hurled at her during a hospital stay a few years ago. “Crackhead.’’ “Addict.’’ Especially, she recalls the scorn in the voices that pronounced her “just an addict.”  “They treated me like I was beyond hope,” Rodriguez said.

But she found hope, and these days, free of drugs for four years, Rodriguez makes a point of adding two words to the standard salutation in her 12-step group. “I’m an addict,” she says, “in recovery.”

In so doing, Rodriguez, a Boston resident and regional coordinator for the Massachusetts Organization for Addiction Recovery, quietly adds her voice to those of researchers and advocates who want to rewrite the lexicon of addiction.

These advocates seek to excise language that blames or disparages the patient and replace it with medical terms free of judgment. They assert that commonly used words — “junkie,” “abuser,” even “substance abuse” and “addict” — can discourage people from seeking help, induce health professionals to treat patients harshly, and exacerbate the stigma that bedevils people suffering from drug addiction.

“The biggest thing we trade in is hope,” said Dr. Barbara Herbert, Massachusetts chapter president of the American Society of Addiction Medicine, a confederation of doctors and other medical workers. “Our biggest enemy is hopelessness. That’s why I think language matters a lot.”


Must not mention the destructive effects of the welfare state

A Tory politician has come under fire after posting an image of a leaflet on social media which claims migrants should come to 'England, the Welfare Country' where 'only suckers work'.

Matthew Sephton, a Conservative councillor for Altrincham, Greater Manchester, posted an image of a flyer seemingly aimed at foreigners, urging them to come to England to get 'free' benefits.

The leaflet reads: 'Tired of your job? Sick of working 40 hour or more each week just to feed your family? Would you like to relax all day and still have all the benefits of a full time job?  'If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you should consider moving to England, The Welfare Country.'

The leaflet goes on to say that those who 'qualify' can expect to enjoy free housing, utilities, food, medical and transport services, and legal aid, in the UK.  It says people can 'collect for life', adding that those who want to 'receive all of this without working for a living' should 'contact the benefits agency'.

The image was accompanied by the tweet: 'I'm glad that @David-Cameron's @Conservatives government is restricting & limiting benefits but still more to do...'

However, the post was quickly criticised by his followers on Twitter, with some calling it 'vile'. Birmingham Erdington MP Jack Dromey even called on the Prime Minister to 'disown this racist rant by a Tory councillor'.  One Twitter user posted: 'Amazing level of vileness.'

Another said: 'You really have no knowledge of welfare or poverty whatsoever do you? Pathetic, uninformed and crass rubbish.'  One simply dubbed the post 'disgusting', and another said it was 'ignorant'.


Sunday, February 07, 2016

Fans told not to sing Welsh rugby anthem Delilah because it 'glorifies violence against women'

The last sentence below is a good comment

The strains of the Tom Jones hit Delilah have become almost an anthem for Welsh rugby fans.  But a senior Labour MP has joined calls for it to be banned from the Six Nations rugby tournament – for glorifying domestic violence. Chris Bryant says the song should be abandoned because the lyrics talk about murdering a woman.

Delilah, a 1968 hit, has been sung at Welsh rugby matches by male voice choirs and even Jones himself before every home game in Cardiff.

But there have been growing calls to ban the song as the lyrics describe how a jilted lover waits outside a woman’s door and stabs her to death.

The Welsh Rugby Union – and Tom Jones himself – have previously defended the song, claiming it is sung for its musicality rather than the dark subject matter.

A spokesman for the Welsh Rugby Union, which hosts Scotland for its first home fixture of the Six Nations in Cardiff next Saturday, said: ‘Within rugby, Delilah has gained prominence through its musicality rather than its lyrics.

‘There is, however, plenty of precedent in art and literature, prominently in Shakespearean tragedies for instance, for negative aspects of life to be portrayed.’


Mental health group fights lawmaker's bid to create an 'offensive' license plate of Maniac the school mascot

A northern Idaho lawmaker is once again seeking to create a specialized license plate depicting a hotly disputed Idaho high school mascot.

The proposed plate would portray the Orofino 'Maniac,' a caricature mental health groups call offensive.

Orofino Councilwoman Jill Woolsey told the panel Thursday that the term maniac would not be on the plate and defended the mascot, calling it positive representation of the community.

'In 2016 our mascot, the maniac, continues to be a symbol of unbridled enthusiasm and a symbol of overcoming odds,' Woolsey said. 'It's about a positive image to win and keep fighting.'

She explained the funds raised from the sale of the specialty license plate are needed for advanced programs in the underfunded high school, including advanced science and math classes.

Opponents testified for over an hour against the measure, saying the mascot's portrayal only further ostracizes mentally ill people, particularly because Orofino is also the home of a state-run mental health hospital.


Friday, February 05, 2016

More Leftist censorship

The Guardian has announced that its website will no longer allow readers to comment on articles on three topics - race, immigration and Islam.

RT: What do you think of The Guardian's decision?

Martin Summers: I think it a really rough decision in many ways. But you got to remember the Guardian has invested an awful lot in its online presence and encouraging their audience to participate through online commentary. But of course, it is not being very successful from an economic point of view - they are losing millions of pounds every year. And they don’t really have a public service remit… As they are essentially a private organization, they may decide that moderating this kind of forum is more expensive and more problematic than they thought. But of course, it is a kind of a sign of the times that these kinds of topics are becoming so hot that they are becoming hard to handle in media forums.    

RT: Where do you draw the line between shielding certain groups from hate speech and freedom of expression?

Martin Summers:  It is very difficult, isn’t it? I think everybody accepts that at the end of the day the complete freedom of speech, insulting of other people, provocative incitements to violence…The governments of the West are saying that they are going to try and stop recruitment to ISIS online…Is that freedom of speech? You could argue that it is or that it isn’t


All Anti-Feminist Talk Would Be Criminal 'Hate Speech' If U.K. Activists Get Their Way

American writer and "pickup artist" Roosh V is causing a bit of hysteria abroad in countries where citizens are even more likely than they are here to say that offensive speech is "dangerous." The trouble started when Roosh V—real name Daryush Valizadeh—announced the organization of 165 simultaneous meetups on February 6 for followers of his "neomasculinity" movement, including gatherings across American and in countries such as Australia, Canada, Chile, England, Israel, and Scotland. Soon thereafter, activists in the U.K. and Canada began protesting the meetups, which they have labeled as "pro rape" events.

Granted, Valizadeh doesn't have the most progressive views on romantic relations. And in stories about his sexual exploits, he often crosses into consent grey areas. But being a brute or a cad isn't illegal, and neither is writing rapey tall-tales. Nor is meeting with like-minded people to express unpopular views.

Of course, this is exactly the problem for some, who are calling on their governments to ban Valizadeh from even entering the country, to ban his fans from meeting up, and to criminalize all anti-woman "hate speech"—an impossibly broad category that seems to include everything from common insults to political expression at odds with feminism.


Thursday, February 04, 2016

"Cotton On" pulls world globes which replaced Israel with Palestine following outcry

"Cotton On" is an Australian retail chain, known for its fast-fashion clothing for men, women, teenagers and children. It has almost 1200 stores in 12 countries

RETAIL giant Cotton On has come under fire for selling a globe of the Earth with Israel wiped off the map and ‘Palestine’ in its place.  The globes, sold in Cotton On’s Typo stationery outlets, have been described as “hurtful” and “bigoted” by members of Australia’s Jewish community.

Dr Dvir Abramovich, chair of the B’nai B’rith Anti-Defamation League, told when a customer initially complained about the globes, he was told the map was “deemed to be accurate for commercial purposes”.

“They came up with the ridiculous argument that they didn’t have enough space to put the word ‘Israel’ but had enough space to put ‘Palestine’, which is a non-existent country,” he said.

Dr Abramovich said there was a “growing and disturbing trend of wiping Israel off world maps”. “These acts of hostility have become so frequent I don’t think it’s simply a mistake,” he said.
“There is a well organised international effort to delegitimise and demonise Israel, to imagine a world without Israel, to make it such a pariah state that it doesn’t even have a right to exist on a map.

Cotton On says the product has been removed from sale in all 170 Typo stores globally and online.


Must not mention that Muslims hate Jews


TV2 reports that DF politician Mogens Camre was convicted of hate speech on Monday for comments he made on Twitter comparing Muslims to Hitler in 2014.

Camre, who is currently a member of the municipal council of Gladsaxe, told media outlets he was “baffled” by the conviction.

The former parliamentarian and MEP believes the conviction is completely unreasonable, and he has questioned why the truth is only palatable when it is stated in academic terms.

“They say the truth is forbidden if one doesn’t talk about it in a completely academic context, whereby nothing can be misunderstood,” he told Ritzau.

The ruling on Monday upheld a previous decision by a court in Glostrup last year, where Camre was sentenced to ten daily fines of 800 kroner each. [A Danish crown is worth about 15c]

In 2014, Camre tweeted negative comments about Muslims, saying they were carrying on Hitler’s legacy.

“About the situation of Jews in Europe: Muslims continue where Hitler ended. Only the treatment Hitler got will change the situation,” the tweet read.

The High Court, which upheld the ruling, considered the statements a clear example of hate speech and expressed concerns they would incite hate crimes against Muslims.

Camre, however, defended his tweets, saying they were not in reference to all Muslims.  “If I say Danes love beer, does that mean that you love beer? Of course not,” he said.


Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Palestinian hate speech kills

Most of what the Left calls hate speech is trivial.  Not so Palestinian hate speech

Palestinian incitement and hate-speech, especially the condoning of the cold-blooded murder of Jews, has at the time of writing been linked to the murder of 30 Israelis over the last four months.

On January 17, one of these 30 victims, 39-year-old mother of six Daphna Meir, was stabbed to death in her home, in front of her children, by a Palestinian youth from a nearby village. While in custody, the youth admitted to having committed the murder after being influenced by official Palestinian television programming that vilified Israel and glorified acts of violence. 

Not limited only to suggestive themes and implicit condoning of terrorism, officially affiliated Palestinian media have repeatedly issued explicit calls to murder Jews. As a case in point, on January 4, two weeks before the murder of Daphna Meir, a Fatah-run television channel broadcast a music video calling on Palestinians to “drown them [the Jews] in a sea of blood” and to “kill them as you wish.” The chairman of Fatah’s Central Committee is none other than Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas.


Australia: Blackface Aboriginal costume dress up criticized

I can't see who is hurt by this. Are Japanese women who blond their hair offensive?  Are black women who straighten their hair offensive?  There's an old saying that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery so this could be seen as a tribute to blacks

TWO partygoers have been labelled "redneck scumbags" after a controversial photo shared on social media showed them dressed as Aborigines with painted black faces.

Victorian woman and indigenous education worker Sis Austin shared images taken from a party at the weekend after confronting the person who uploaded them to social media.

In one picture two men are dressed as Aborigines with their faces painted black.

Another picture taken from the same party shows a woman with a painted black face, dressed like 2000 Olympic gold medallist Cathy Freeman.

But Daylesford woman Ms Austin ended up on the receiving end and was called a bully and horrible person who should be ashamed of herself for sharing the images.

The two as yet unidentified men had attended an Aussie icon party near Learmonth Football Club in Victoria on Saturday.

The photos were taken by what she calls "people who were her high school friends" and "a few close ones at that".

That changed once she raised the point it was disrespectful to indigenous Australians.

Ms Austin’s post soon went viral and was picked up by high-profile indigenous rapper and Yorta Yorta man Adam Briggs who went on to share the post, and said anyone defending the men can go and "**** themselves".

Briggs described the pair as "redneck scumbags" on Facebook.

But while the hip hop artist ended up getting a lot of support, many jumped to the defence of the men and Briggs ended up on the receiving end himself before shutting them down.

Others also came to Briggs’ defence including hip hop chart toppers The Hilltop Hoods, and indigenous Australian singer/songwriter Thelma Plum who shared the controversial black face image on her social media feeds.

Plum, who called the partygoers "disgusting little boys" also shared their image on her Twitter and Instagram feed, encouraging people to name and shame them.

In an interview with Sky News, the host of the party said the backlash was "political correctness gone wrong" and the men in the photos were his best mates who are "decent Australian blokes".

"People wear Oktoberfest costumes to parties and no one cracks it that they are not German? So what I am saying is I do understand the people who have painted themselves have offended people, although none of them intended that"


Tuesday, February 02, 2016

  Drinks holder gift given at Australia Day citizenship ceremony sparks social media outcry

Attractive women are incorrect even in silhouette


  A drinks holder depicting a silhouetted naked woman standing against an Australian flag that was distributed at an Australia Day citizenship ceremony in the NSW Hunter region has sparked an outcry on social media. At the a citizenship ceremony at Nelson Bay, north of Newcastle, at least one gift bag containing the controversial stubby holder was given to an attendee.The gift has since sparked a range of views from the public on social media.Port Stephens Council, who was responsible for the citizenship ceremony, said the stubby holder was not part of the "official citizenship gift pack".

 In a statement on Facebook, the council said the gift set containing the stubby holder was packed by a "local business house" and was distributed by the ceremony's volunteer organising committee.It said it was not aware of the pack's contents."There has obviously been a failure of oversight and quality control in this instance," the council's social media statement said. "Council deeply regrets this and, by virtue of the fact the volunteer committee acts on behalf of Council, accepts full responsibility. We apologise unreservedly.

"In light of this matter, the volunteer committee has undertaken to review its processes to ensure there is no repeat in future."

The state member for Port Stephens, and Opposition spokeswoman for the prevention of domestic violence and sexual assault, Kate Washington, described the incident as a "shocker".

 "[It is] completely inappropriate in the context, particularly of an Australian citizenship ceremony," Ms Washington said."Yes, people have things [like the stubby holder] in their cupboards and people can make those choices for themselves." But in a setting, which is meant to be respectful, dignified, reflecting Australian qualities — democracy, equality and all of that — this is not appropriate."Ms Washington said local councils were governed by a strict code as to what gifts could be given at citizenship ceremonies."

The citizenship ceremony on an Australia Day event is really carved out as a responsibility for the council," she said. Ms Washington said the gift sent the wrong message about the treatment of women."It is a reflection perhaps of our Australian culture, but it's not a good reflection," she said."We really need to be addressing this objectifying culture that underlies the whole attitude towards women and the erosion of respect given to women, that then leads on to this ridiculously awful level of domestic violence."


UK: Tesco removes sexist birthday card saying 'Inner beauty won't get you free drinks' from shelves after just ONE complaint

A bit of cynical realism was too much for one female -- presumably one who rarely gets free drinks

Supermarket giant Tesco is removing a sexist birthday card which boasts 'inner beauty won't get you free drinks' from its shelves after receiving just one complaint.

A shopper angrily condemned the retailer on social media this week after noticing the 'moronic' card while at a Tesco store in Horwich, Bolton, Greater Manchester.

The woman claimed the supermarket was 'living in the dark ages' and said she was offended by the card's message, which jokes about women flaunting their looks.

The front cover of the offending birthday card carries the words: 'To a Fab Sister. Remember, inner beauty...won't get you free drinks!'

The woman, who asked not to be named, tweeted the company on Monday morning to say: 'Found this on a shelf in your store...nice to see how you view women!!!'

Tesco replied: 'I'm sorry to see this. I'd like to look into this for you, please can you advise the store you visited?'

The official Tesco Twitter account pledged to pass on her feedback to the store in question, and the supermarket has now agreed to 'phase out' the card from stores across the country.

A spokesman confirmed: 'We've listened to customer feedback and will be phasing this design out of our card range.'


Monday, February 01, 2016

Blackface hysteria again

As far as one can tell, the women concerned were fans of the black player and the black face was intended as a tribute to her.  They were probably unaware of the hysteria that blackface attracts in America.  And note how one person in blackface makes some sour media people condemn the whole nation of Australia as racist.  Fabulous reasoning.  What do we deduce from the 23 million Australians who never wear blackface?

A spectator has been criticized after appearing in the crowd during a Serena Williams match at the Australian Open [tennis] wearing 'blackface'

The fan was seen during Williams' semi-final clash with Polish star Agnieszka Radwanska on Thursday

Other fans were quick to react to the controversial attire, with many saying it proved Australia is a 'racist' country.

'There's a Serena Williams fan in the crowd ... wearing blackface,' American journalist Russell Brown tweeted.

The fans were also holding a sign that read: 'keep calm and be Serena'


Australia: Brisbane could rename historically "racist" Boundary streets

This is just a lot  of meddling nonsense.  As the mayor said, almost no-one in Brisbane would be aware of the history concerned.  It is just an attempt to revise history.  Orwell would understand

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk will consider changing the names of Brisbane's Boundary streets, but only if such a change is embraced by the city's indigenous community.

At least one prominent Aboriginal activist, Sam Watson, has rejected the push, saying Boundary Street in both West End and Spring Hill served as a constant reminder of the horrific treatment of the area's original inhabitants.

The inner-city Boundary streets, on either side of the Brisbane River, were so named due to a racist policy that separated European arrivals from the local Jagera and Turrbal [Aboriginal] populations.

Earlier this month, street signs at West End were changed to "Boundless Street" and, since then, an online petition has been set up to call for such a name change to be made official.

Petitioner Michael Colenso said the names were "outdated" and held Brisbane back from "meaningful progression as a city and peoples committed to truthful and respectful harmony".

Cr Quirk said he understood the sentiment, given the shocking treatment Murris [Aborigines] suffered at the hands of early European settlers, and would open a dialogue with local elders about a possible change.

One of those elders, Mr Watson, said he wanted Boundary Street to remain as a reminder of Brisbane's bloody past.  "I think it's important that all people walking through Brisbane and along Boundary Street should be aware of the history of it," he said.

"Mainstream Australia, unfortunately, has this tendency to just keep trying to move on from the more unsavoury aspects of their own history. "That might help everyone's peace of mind and make them sleep a little better at night, but it doesn't change the fact that there are very bloody and very ugly segments of our joint history together that should not be ignored. "It should be customarily acknowledged as part of our genuine, true history."

As for the inner-city streets, Cr Quirk said there was still a lot of ignorance about what they actually meant.  "I don't think, in truth, many people in Brisbane really understand what Boundary Street means and its significance in terms of its history," Cr Quirk said.


Sunday, January 31, 2016

And Then A Human Being Showed Up

I’m making an educated guess at the following events. A few weeks ago I recorded and posted a video pointing out something about hate speech on Facebook. The video, posted to YouTube was then flagged as hate speech and taken down.

I appealed and, just before shabbat, I got the following in my email:

Here’s how this works.  I post a video that the other side doesn’t like. They have a few dozen people with probably a few fake accounts each all lined up to click and report my video as hate speech.

YouTube, without human intervention, takes it down and marks ME as a hater.

When I appeal, a human being (because in the end this kind of thing can only be decided by a human) reviews it, understands what happened and clearly reverses the perverse decision.

The bit I’d like to know, and I don’t know anyone at YouTube who can tell me, is whether all those accounts who spuriously reported me are then penalised. Clearly this is a coordinated attack. Does it carry consequences for the other side? Are they able to use the same accounts over and over to report more spurious “hate” speech that is just truth they don’t like?

This is my question for YouTube: does spurious reporting carry consequences for the other side?


MLK quote not "inclusive" enough

Since 1986, the University of Oregon has housed a quote by Martin Luther King Jr. in the lobby of the Erb Memorial Union. “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. I have a dream…”

However, this hasn’t always been the quote that filled the entrance of the EMU and there was talk of the quote changing again. The quote is not going to change, but that decision was not made without some hard thought by the Student Union Board.

Laurie Woodward, the Director of the Student Union said that when she approached the union with the question of if they wanted to keep the current MLK quote or supplement a new one, one of the students asked, “Does the MLK quote represent us today?”

“Diversity is so much more than race. Obviously race still plays a big role. But there are people who identify differently in gender and all sorts of things like that,” sophomore architecture major, Mia Ashley said.


Friday, January 29, 2016

British PM under fire after calling Calais refugees 'a bunch of migrants'

I really have no idea what this is about.  Why is it wrong to refer to migrants as migrants?  Maybe someone can enlighten me.  Was what he said not sorrowful enough or something?  -- JR

David Cameron was branded 'shameful' and 'callous' today after he described people in the Calais refugee camp as 'a bunch of migrants' during Prime Minister's Questions.

Mr Cameron is facing calls to apologise for using 'inflammatory language' as he ridiculed Jeremy Corbyn's visit to the makeshift French camp known as the Jungle last weekend.

The Prime Minister lost his temper with the Labour leader and Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell after they criticised Google's controversial £130million tax deal.

He said: 'They met with a bunch of migrants in Calais and said they could come to Britain - the only people they never stand up for are hardworking British families.'

Junior ministers immediately defended Mr Cameron insisting he was making clear his opposition to handing migrants in Calais a 'free pass' to enter the UK and Speaker John Bercow later ruled his language had not been 'unparliamentary'.

Mr Cameron's words have been branded 'disgusting' by opposition MPs while refugee rights campaigners said he was being 'flippant to score political points'.


"Survive" is a dangerous word

Australian advertising for a sports drink attracts ire

Frucor brand Maximus Australia is facing a growing public outrage over their new outdoor campaign. The posters, rolled out on Australia day to three outdoor locations, feature the words “I Survived Australia Day” with a picture of their energy drink. Critics are claiming that the banner that was put up to advertise Maximus sports drink on Wednesday trivialises “the suffering of Australia’s First Peoples” for appropriating the term Survival Day.

For context, one of the alternate names for January 26 is ‘Survival Day’; Indigenous media outlet NITV used the term throughout their coverage. The term emphasises that “despite colonisation, discrimination and comprehensive inequalities, we continue to practise our traditions, look after the land and make our voices heard in the public sphere. We survive.”


Thursday, January 28, 2016

Julie Delpy apologizes for saying African Americans have it easier than women in Hollywood because 'people don't bash them'

What she said sounds realistic to me  -- but realism is no excuse, apparently

Julie Delpy is the latest actor to issue a statement apologizing for her response to a question about the lack of diversity at this year's Academy Awards.

'I’m very sorry for how I expressed myself,' Delpy told Entertainment Weekly about comments she made last week.

'It was never meant to diminish the injustice done to African American artists or to any other people that struggle for equal opportunities and rights, on the contrary.

'All I was trying to do is to address the issues of inequality of opportunity in the industry for women as well (as I am a woman).'

Appearing at the Sundance Film Festival for the premiere of her film Weiner-Dog on Friday, Delpy said that African Americans have it easier in Hollywood than women because 'people don't bash them.'

Delpy told The Wrap; 'Two years ago, I said something about the Academy being very white male, which is the reality, and I was slashed to pieces by the media.'

She then added; 'It’s funny - women can’t talk. I sometimes wish I were African American because people don’t bash them afterward.'

Delpy also said on Friday; 'It’s the hardest to be a woman. Feminists is something people hate above all. Nothing worse than being a woman in this business. I really believe that.'

In her apology Delpy also said; 'I never intended to underestimate anyone else’s struggle! We should stay alert and united and support each other to change this unfair reality and don’t let anyone sabotage our common efforts by distorting the truth.'

She then closed out the statement by saying; 'Again I’m so sorry for this unfortunate misunderstanding, people who know me, know very well that I can’t stand inequality and injustice of any kind.'


Anti-patriotic sign in Australian resort town

The response was a mature one:  Abuse them back. No attempt to shut them down etc.

Bega District News reports a blackboard sign was put up in the Mister Jones Open Studio and Espresso Bar in Bermagui, on NSW's south coast, on January 25 and it read: "Yes, we're open on national dickhead day" – a reference to the venue being open for business on Australia Day.

On the night of January 25 it was posted on the Meanwhile in Australia Facebook page, which is "liked" by about 700,000 people. By mid-afternoon on Australia Day, it had more than 3000 shares, almost 6700 likes and 1770 comments with many deriding the sign.

While most of those who shared the post were individuals, some were pages such as Truthophobes - Exposing the Truth about Islam, Aussies against Islam and Sharia law, Reclaim Australia Rally - Canberra and Australians United Against Sharia Law.

It appears the official Mister Jones Facebook page has been taken down, but a new page called the Mister Jones Coffee Shop has been set up, possibly by a Facebook group called Aussie Infidels early on the morning of January 26.

This new page published a photo of two of the coffee shop's staff under the line "here are two good reasons for birth control", the phone number of the shop's owner and has encouraged people to contact the shop and leave feedback.


Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Must not portray refugees as poorly dressed

Carnival costumes for children to dress up as wartime refugees have been taken off the German edition of Amazon's website over fears they offend refugees.

Although the outfits have now been removed from other amazon stores including Italy, they are still available in the UK.

Pictured holding a suitcase, the child models are pictured wearing old fashioned clothing, intimidating wartime civilian wear which some people have said mocks the plight of migrants.

The subject of refugees is extremely sensitive in Germany, especially in the wake of New Year sex attacks allegedly carried out by foreigners who entered the country as asylum seekers.

Instances of suspected racism quickly attract attention by those keen to prevent right-wing groups using them to stoke further hatred of foreigners.

As a result, when the Amazon's offering of refugee costumes was posted online it quickly attracted massive amounts of criticism from online commentators who branded the costumes 'inhuman and distasteful'.


Baby names beginning with K are suspect

Proud father Wayne Rooney has welcomed his new baby boy into the world but has already faced criticism for naming his son Kit with followers pointing out the initials of his three children are KKK.

Showing off his new bundle of joy on Instagram this morning, the footballer posted a picture of Kit at just a few minutes old alongside the caption: 'Meeting Kit for the first time. Home time now.'

The 30-year-old and his wife Coleen announced the arrival of their third son - naming him Kit Joseph Rooney - on Sunday.

However, just hours after revealing the first photograph of their new arrival, Wayne's Twitter followers started trolling him – pointing out that all three of his children's initials are KKK.

Their eldest son Kai, who is now six, was born in November 2009, while second son Klay, arrived in May 2013.

Dozens of people pointed out on social media that the initials for all three children stood at KKK and drew comparison to the 'Ku Klux Klan' – the white supremacist organisation.

Darren Taylor wrote: 'Has Rooney really called his kids the KKK?'  While Anthony Tierney wrote: 'Wayne & Colleen Rooney do know there are 25 other letters in the alphabet right? Calling your kids KKK not the cleverest idea ever #Rooney'


Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Hate speech and intolerance deserve regulation by colleges (?)

I have reproduced below a student editorial from Penn State.  I have given it in full because it does have a superficial reasonableness about it and in some circumstances I might even agree with it.  As the saying goes, however, the Devil is in the detail and what college speech codes end up doing is banning criticism.  Not all criticism is banned.  You can criticize Christians and conservatives all you like.  But that is about it.  Criticize anybody or anything else and you are guilty of "hate speech".

So college speech codes are fundamentally anti-intellectual. Criticism should be the lifeblood of higher education.  All orthodoxies should come under fierce scrutiny there.  And if not there, where? Disrespect of everybody and everything should be permissible there.  As it is, speech in many colleges is as restricted as it was in Stalin's Russia or Mao's China:  Not exactly an inspiring model, is it?  Has the land of the free become a land of stifling orthodoxy?  In America's seats of higher learning it has.  And the orthodoxy concerned is in fact rather similar to Mao Tse Tung thought.  An outbreak of Little Red Books would be no surprise

The pretext of speech codes is that they aim to protect the feelings of minorities.  But that is creating a fool's paradise.  The world outside the academy is a cold, hard place and everybody, minorities included, needs to be prepared for that -- not sheltered in some sort of adult kindergarten.

And people tend to like others who are like themselves so minorities will always be discriminated against in one way or another -- mostly covertly these days.  So minorities need to learn to deal with that, not break down in a crying heap every time someone criticizes them.

And, as it happens, some minorities are in any case not at all inclined to break down in a crying heap every time someone criticizes them.  As all the research shows, blacks tend to have very high self-confidence and self-esteem.  Their feelings are not easily dented.  And Muslims of course think they have the right religion and feel quite superior about it.  So they too are not easily ground down.  Most minorities could actually do with more humility in my observation.  It would get them further in life

UPDATE:  As a good academic, I avoid empty assertions and would not like to be accused of them.  So below are some thoughts from Chapter 4 of Mao's Little Red Book that do, I think, remind us of college speech codes:

(1) Words and actions should help to unite, and not divide, the people of our various nationalities.

(2) They should be beneficial, and not harmful, to socialist transformation and socialist construction.

(3) They should help to consolidate, and not undermine or weaken, the people's democratic dictatorship.

(4) They should help to consolidate, and not undermine or weaken, democratic centralism.

(5) They should help to strengthen, and not discard or weaken, the leadership of the Communist Party.

(6) They should be beneficial, and not harmful, to international socialist unity and the unity of the peace-loving people of the world.

At a medium sized college in the southwest of Minnesota, freedom of speech has come under fire on a national scale.

Southwest Minnesota State University recently garnered national attention for a provision, and then revision, within their student code of conduct. Previously, the university specifically prohibited any jokes, comments, or public talks that exhibited what they deemed “cultural intolerance.”

Any insults, slurs, or phrases that discriminated against or belittled a larger group of people could be punishable by the school. The university faced harsh criticism from the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, which monitors schools levels of freedom of speech on campus. Before the revision, SMSU received a “red light” rating.

While this may have been done in the name of free speech, such a revision essentially allows and facilitates hate speech on campus. Universities and academic places should be inherently inclusive of all cultures, and the rule in its original form had intentions in the proper place.

Punishing students who outwardly slander races, religions, or other cultural groups should be within the rights of a university.

A college’s main priority ought to be the support and facilitation of a civil, respectful education for all its students. and students who create hostile environments for others at the university do nothing to benefit the academic culture.

Harassment is just that; it has no place in a scholastic setting. Providing a safe, conducive learning environment for all students is the duty of universities, and that should not be sacrificed in the name of respecting intolerance.


Students in San Francisco region call for ‘hate speech’ limits to silence preachers

The dear little petals don't want to hear anything that might make them angry.  They should get angry about the pap that passes for education these days

De Anza College students have gathered more than 550 signatures on an online petition urging administrators to regulate “hate speech/discrimination,” following recent campus visits by loud Christian preachers.

The petition calls for the college and district administrations to disallow speech that leaves students feeling verbally abused on the basis of their ethnicity, gender, religion or sexuality.

Elias Kamal, a political science major who started the petition, wrote “free speech is a vital part of society,” but added that harmful speech that angers students should not be permitted.

FHDA Chancellor Judy Miner took questions from DASB senators and spoke about the issue for 10 minutes at the Wednesday meeting.
“We will never be able to prevent people from saying things that are hurtful, that are offensive,” Miner said. “Unless someone is blocking an entrance or doing something that is unsafe, they have a right to hand out their leaflets or to approach people and ask them to think about what they’re doing.”


Monday, January 25, 2016

Canada: After a legal battle that dragged on for three years, Gregory Alan Elliott has been found not guilty of harassing lesbians

Feminist Guthrie: The judge noted a lack of “reasonableness” in Guthrie’s assertion she could expect to use Twitter to make negative comments about Elliott and not be exposed to his response or self defence

In 2012, Elliott was charged with criminal harassment after arguing with feminist activists on Twitter. He’s suffered through a tortuous court case that has cost him nearly one hundred thousand dollars.

Anyone following this case knows that Greg is only guilty of the crime of wrongthink. He was arrested for critically engaging with people who disagreed with him. It wasn’t any different from what people do on social media platforms every day.

Greg’s tweets were far milder than some of the vile garbage I’ve seen come through my notifications. He never threatened anyone, and he never gave anyone reason to fear for their safety.

All he did was argue with people that hated him so much they demanded he be shut down.

I don’t believe Stephanie Guthrie or her cronies felt victimized for a second. We’re talking about people who have posted images of themselves drinking from mugs with “male tears” written on them, after all.  They wanted Elliott to pay for having challenged them, nothing more.

The charges in Elliott’s protracted legal case have prohibited him from using the Internet, forced him to quit his job, and left him bankrupt.

The last three years of Greg’s life have been hell, and he won’t ever get them back.

Despite all this, I am joyful, Greg is joyful, and his sons are joyful. Free speech has won the day, and Greg won’t have to deal with the prospect of months of jail time or heavy fines.

People opposed to speech rights won’t get the satisfaction of seeing Greg behind bars.

Most importantly, legal precedent has been established to defend free expression.

Canada is infamous for its ineffectual provisions for freedom of speech. Establishing the legal default to favour allowing offensive speech is a boon for speech rights in Canada.


How Twitter quietly banned "hate speech" last year

Seven years ago, Twitter began its rise to prominence by billing itself as a space where people could speak freely because nobody was censored. The company's rules enshrined this ideal, promising "we do not actively monitor and will not censor user content, except in limited circumstances." But in 2015 all of that changed.

There were changes in Twitter's rules here and there before 2015, usually to make it easier for the company to ban people engaging in spam and fraud. But as more high-profile Twitter users began to experience abuse and harassment firsthand, the company began to reverse its earlier policies.

At last, in December, the company quit embroidering its rules page with links and simply re-wrote its rules from top to bottom. Now, as Jeong points out, the company no longer promises an uncensored service.

Here's how the company puts it:

    "We believe in freedom of expression and in speaking truth to power, but that means little as an underlying philosophy if voices are silenced because people are afraid to speak up. In order to ensure that people feel safe expressing diverse opinions and beliefs, we do not tolerate behavior that crosses the line into abuse, including behavior that harasses, intimidates, or uses fear to silence another user’s voice".

Call it what you want, but this is a ban on hate speech


Not a lot of logic there.  When they criticize "behavior", do they mean speech?  An important distinction seems to be lost there.  Are they just afraid to mention "speech"?

Further, they do not want voices to be silenced but they are going to silence some voices.  But banning abuse seems reasonable.  That will strike a lot of Leftists dumb if Twitter really does do that. And threats have never been protected free speech.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Facebook's new plan to CENSOR "right wing hate speech" -- but not ISIS recruiters

Ironically, Facebook's new "Online Civil Courage Initiative" was announced by liberal Jews, in Germany. How historically illiterate can they be?

Facebook says this new initiative is about "combating extremism and hate speech on the Internet.”

Oh, do they mean ISIS using social media to recruit terrorists?

Of course not! One Civil Courage spokesperson said:  "This is necessary because right-wing extremism, racism and antisemitism are present in all walks of life in Germany.”

Really?  Did a thousand white pride skinheads in Cologne, Germany go on a mass sexual assault spree?

Are you worried about more Muslim rape sprees taking place?  From now on, when you try to type about it, Facebook will block you.

They won't censor the Islamic State, though. Just "right wing extremists." Which they define as people who disagree with them...


Must not warn against men named Mohammed

The headline on a poster showing four convicted Hamilton rapists could incite hate speech against Muslim people.

The headline on a poster showing four convicted Hamilton rapists could incite hate speech against Muslim people.

A poster with photos and details of four rapists with the heading "Beware Mohammed" has been plastered on a transformer at a busy Hamilton intersection.

The poster is not illegal, because the details are factually correct.

However, Canterbury University dean of law Ursula Cheer said there may be grounds to lay a complaint to the Human Rights Commission on the possibility of inciting hate speech.

The poster, which is glued to a transformer near the corner of Alexandra and Collingwood streets in the CBD shows the pictures of convicted men Abdirahim Sheik Mohamed Guled (Mohamed Guled), Keyse Aiwi Abdi, Mohamed Essa and Mohammed Sahib.

All but Essa were working for taxi companies at the time of the offending. Essa posed as a taxi driver.


Friday, January 22, 2016

Must not criticize anti-Israel bias

The story so far: Shurat Ha’din makes a simple video showing how Facebook tolerates hate speech toward Jews and Israel more than toward Palestinians.

I make a simple video showing that features of Facebook allow hate speech about Jews to be hidden (by page administrators often) from the largest population of Jews, in Israel. My video gets shared by Shurat Ha’din and even Channel 10 news starts talking to me. I uploaded my video to YouTube because YouTube videos are easier to share on Israellycool.

And then this happened:

Yup, that’s right, my video highlighting hate has been classified as hate and removed and I get a "Community Guidelines" strike against my name for hate speech!

Clearly this is the usual scheme of a team of Jew haters ganging up to report my video as hate speech. Perhaps a human reviewed the title, even that’s doubtful and bang it’s gone and I stand convicted of disseminating "hate speech".

I have appealed the decision: I’m given a single line of text box to mount my "appeal":

"I produced a video highlighting the hate speech of OTHERS on Facebook; I didn’t even mention specifics of the hate speech. This video is still live on Facebook (of which I’m highly critical)"

Had I been given a little more space I would have written:

"I produced a video highlighting the hate speech of OTHERS on Facebook; I didn’t even mention specifics of the hate speech. This video is still live on Facebook (of which I’m highly critical) yet YouTube has allowed itself to be "gamed" by people who would silence those who draw attention to real hate speech. Israeli Channel 10 TV News have recorded an interview with me about this video and your take down of it"


First amendment is racist?

If this is what America's top universities have to offer, we may be in for a steep decline. Take this gem from Duke University

    "According to a columnist for the Duke University student newspaper, America’s “obsession with the First Amendment” is really just “an expression of white supremacy.”

    “I am thinking about how an urgent and overdue conversation about racism—on our campus and across our country — has been derailed by a diversionary and duplicitous obsession with the First Amendment,” graduate student Bennett Carpenter wrote in university newspaper The Chronicle. “I am thinking about how quickly the conversation has shifted from white supremacy to white fragility — and how this shift is itself an expression of white supremacy.”

Apparently unaware of the irony of using a newspaper column to call for restrictions on free speech, Carpenter argued that Americans give too much deference to the First Amendment and should focus more on censoring violent speech.

The good news is, if you happened to go to college before this millennial nightmare set in, you have nothing to fear from those that came after you. Today, America's best and brightest go to our top universities and are trained to be outraged into a catatonic state by anything that might moderately reinforce a stereotype.


Thursday, January 21, 2016

Now it is 'offensive' to say  how 'grateful' you are for MLK!

Or you've got to say it in the right way, or something

Zac Efron's somewhat short-sighted way of celebrating Martin Luther King Jr Day has landed him in a lot of hot water on social media.

The Dirty Grandpa star has become the target of an onslaught of online anger after posting a photo of himself cruising down a California street in a convertible accompanied by a message saying he is 'grateful' for the civil rights activist and also for his own huge online following.

'I'm grateful for a couple things today: Martin Luther King Jr & 10 million followers on IG #MLKDay [sic],' he wrote on Monday.

Social media users didn't appreciate Zac celebrating MLK Day and his own on popularity in the same posting

To top off the strange contrasting subjects in the post, Zac also ended it with a pair of dark brown hand emojis, with one in a raised fist and another pointing a finger upwards.

His followers on Twitter and Instagram immediately responded with disgust, with one summing up the situation with a post reading: 'How did Zac Efron attempt to make MLK day about himself I am so baffled'.

'This is one of the most offensive/diminishing/disrespectful things anyone has said in relation to MLK today.


Robert E. Lee

The freedom-fighters of the Confederacy are so often subjected to hate speech from the Left that I am putting up the note below as a small corrective

Today we take a moment to remember the birth anniversary of Robert E. Lee (1807-1870), one of the greatest military commanders in American history. He was also a great man of faith who gave his all for the cause of Liberty and states' rights.

There were many honorable men of the Confederate States of America, whose objective was, first and foremost, the protection of states rights, and decidedly not the continuation of abhorrent institution of slavery. For a better understanding on the issues of the day, read this perspective on Abraham Lincoln, which was not included in your grade-school civics class. The honor we give these men has its roots in the founding of this great nation.

Mark Alexander notes in his essay, “Lincoln’s Legacy at 200,” that “the causal case for states' rights is most aptly demonstrated by the words and actions of Gen. Lee, who detested slavery and opposed secession. In 1860, however, Gen. Lee declined President Abraham Lincoln’s request that he take command of the Army of the Potomac, saying that his first allegiance was to his home state of Virginia: ‘I have, therefore, resigned my commission in the army, and save in defense of my native state … I hope I may never be called on to draw my sword.’ He would, soon thereafter, take command of the Army of Northern Virginia, rallying his officers with these words: ‘Let each man resolve to be victorious, and that the right of self-government, liberty, and peace shall find him a defender.’”


Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Leftist racism

Why does the race of a fashion model matter?  All that should matter is whether she effectively sells clothes

Fans of model Kendall Jenner were delighted when it was announced last week that she was lending her good looks to Mango's new Tribal Spirit collection - one of her first campaigns of 2016.

But critics have taken to social media to question why a white model was chosen to represent a collection said to be inspired by the African Savannah, which will include a tribal print dress.

The reality TV star-turned-supermodel is modelling the first of four trends to be showcased in advertising campaigns for Spring/Summer 2016, and the Spanish retailer said each would be represented by 'the face that best defines it'.

But on social media many couldn't have disagreed more, and Ldndxv was one of many who took to Twitter to share her comments with the retailer.  'Seriously Mango,' she wrote. 'You should know better. Leave cultural appropriation in 2015.'

Pablo Godoy Estel agreed, saying the company's 'cultural appropriation' was a shame. Sharpay Evans added sarcastically: 'Mango's new campaign Tribal Spirit is inspired by the African Savannah and Kendall Jenner, a white girl, is the model?' 


Publisher pulls kids' book over slave cake controversy

Simplifying things for young children is not allowed

Scholastic is pulling a controversial new picture book about George Washington and his slaves, the publisher said on Sunday.

A Birthday Cake for George Washington was released on 5 January and had been strongly criticized for its upbeat images and story of Washington’s cook, the slave Hercules, and his daughter, Delia.

"While we have great respect for the integrity and scholarship of the author, illustrator and editor, we believe that, without more historical background on the evils of slavery than this book for younger children can provide, the book may give a false impression of the reality of the lives of slaves and therefore should be withdrawn," the publisher said in a statement.

The book, which depicts Hercules and Delia preparing a cake for Washington, has received more than 100 one-star reviews on As of Sunday evening, only 12 reviews were positive. The book also set off discussions on Facebook, Twitter and other forms of social media.

While notes in A Birthday Cake for George Washington from author Ramin Ganeshram and illustrator Vanessa Brantley-Newton pointed out the historical context of the 18th-century story and that Hercules eventually escaped, some critics faulted Ganeshram and Brantley-Newton for leaving out those details from the main narrative.


Tuesday, January 19, 2016

An incorrect Robert E. Lee day

Below is the first part of an editorial in the Boston Globe which says that Robert E. Lee day should give way to Martin Luther King day.  How disgusting it is to see Leftists declaring admiration for  King -- a Republican whose vision of a race-blind America they subvert every day with their racist "affirmative action" policies. 

Leftism is pervasively simplistic and classifying people by race has long been one of their favoured simplifications.  They had to let go of their old anti-black simplifications so now put out anti-white simplifications.  When it comes to public policy, they just can't think in any other way than in simplifications

IT TOOK A ghastly church massacre in Charleston, S.C., last summer — a massacre perpetrated by a young racist who flaunted emblems of racial hatred and subjugation — to finally bring down the Confederate battle flag from the grounds of the South Carolina statehouse. That should be reason enough to finally end as well the insulting practice of linking the holiday that honors Martin Luther King Jr. with a commemoration of Confederate General Robert E. Lee.

In three Southern states — Alabama, Mississippi, and Arkansas — the day set aside nationally to pay tribute to the martyred civil rights leader is simultaneously designated for celebrating the life of the Confederacy’s most famous military leader. In most of the country, it would be unthinkable to honor with a holiday the general who led the war to rupture the United States and perpetuate African slavery. Yet Lee has long been revered in the South, and the red-letter day bearing his name is defended in the name of Southern heritage and as homage to a worthy man.

But “Southern heritage” is no excuse for piggy-backing Lee’s celebration onto the third Monday in January, a day reserved nationwide for remembering King and his extraordinary story. It is true that Lee’s life was being celebrated in the South long before MLK, let alone the civil rights movement, was born. Today, however, it is hard to see the dual holiday as anything but an ongoing affront to King’s legacy and the reverence it inspires.


Prof, grad students say college response to Paris attacks an ‘implicit bias towards white life’

It is a bit hard to follow what is being said below but it seems to have given offence when emails about the terrorist attacks in Paris did not mention minorities.  What the emails should have said is left unclear

A professor and two graduate students in the University of Denver’s Department of Communications Studies today assert in an op-ed for college’s newspaper, The Clarion, that university emails regarding the November terrorist attacks in Paris were “biased towards white life.”

“It is our opinion that, despite these emails, DU participates in making its ‘marginalized communities’ feel unwelcomed because of an implicit bias toward white life not extended to the lives of nonwhite people. Our discussion of Paris is not meant to ignore the loss of life there, but to point out the valorization of white life assumed by DU,” they write.

Professor Armond R. Towns and graduate students Raisa Alvarado and Jamie Guzm├ín say the university shows “no concern with life returning to ‘normal’ when ‘terrorists’ attack Muslims,” and that “the assumption is that DU is most impacted by events that occur in Western countries,” not in, for example, “Mexico, Kenya, Baltimore, Palestine, or Baghdad.”


Monday, January 18, 2016

Debate in UK Parliament today to ban Trump for Hate Speech

Donald Trump is an unpopular man, and nearly 573,000 Britons at last counting dislike him so much that they petitioned to have him banned from the United Kingdom under the terms of the nation’s immigration policy, which permits the country to block the entry of people who engage in “unacceptable behavior.” Like, for example, hate speech, which is what many Trump critics say is a hallmark of his campaign.

The government responded to the petition to indicate that: “For good reasons the Government does not routinely comment on individual immigration and exclusion decisions. The Home Secretary may exclude a non-European Economic Area national from the U.K. if she considers their presence in the U.K. to be non-conducive to the public good.”

However, now that the number of petitioners has crossed the 100,000 threshold, it’s tripped a trigger that can’t be taken back: The petition must be considered for parliamentary discussion, and it will in fact be debated in parliament, alongside a rival petition to oppose the ban. Audiences can even watch the proceedings live online on January 18.

Britain and the European Union have laws about free speech that are very different from those in the United States. While freedom of expression is valued, not all speech is protected, and hate speech can be (and is) banned or otherwise regulated.

The Home Secretary is the one with final authority to make any such determination, though the Prime Minister has spoken out on the issue, clearly indicating that he condemns Trump’s comments.

Chairwoman Helen Jones, who will be overseeing the debate, stresses that the Members of Parliament cannot reach a final decision or cast a binding vote, as these powers lie in the hands of the Home Secretary.

If he is banned, it could raise some interesting issues, aside from potential problems with his real estate interests in regions like Scotland. Barring people on the grounds of hate speech might sound quaint — and for some U.S. liberals perhaps even an example of just desserts — but it could also set a dangerous precedent.

Other countries have refused entry to people on the grounds that they’re too liberal, or are promoting anti-government thinking that might take down totalitarian dictatorships or cause people to question abusive leaders. Immigration bans like these go both ways, preventing haters and hated alike, and for that reason, it may be best to let sleeping Trumps lie.


Hate speech hysteria at Western Washington University

Western Washington University classes resume Tuesday, more than a month after anonymous hate speech directed at students of color led to a campus shutdown and the arrest of a student on malicious-harassment charges.

After he suspended classes for a day and launched an investigation into anonymous hate speech directed at Western Washington University’s students of color, WWU President Bruce Shepard got an earful from critics.

While many people on campus supported his decision, others told him he’d overreacted, or said the threatened students should have brushed off the anonymous comments.

“I think that’s the wrong way to think about this stuff,” Shepard said Monday. “I think that really misses the point.” The point, he believes, is that racism is widespread, and that it’s wrong to ask people of color to deal with it by growing a thicker skin.

Tuesday marks WWU’s first regular day since Shepard suspended classes Nov. 24, a day after anonymous hate speech directed at Western students spread on social-media sites.

And while Shepard says it was “absolutely the right call, given what we knew,” he has asked an outside consultant to review the decision and the events leading up to it.

One student was arrested, and the investigation is now closed, Shepard said.

The November hate-speech incident occurred shortly after student-government leaders talked about opening a discussion on whether the school’s mascot, a Viking, was inclusive.

Soon afterward, profanity-laced hate speech directed at students of color began appearing on social media. One of the posts, on the anonymous social messaging application Yik Yak, said: “Let’s lynch her.”

Those words, investigators believe, referred to student-body President Belina Seare, who is black.

On Nov. 30, Bellingham police arrested WWU sophomore Tysen Campbell, who is white, and charged him with malicious harassment for the online threat. A court date has not yet been set.

Campbell also remains suspended from WWU, and his case is being reviewed as part of the student conduct process.


Sunday, January 17, 2016

AussieBum chief reacts to claims Australia Day undies are offensive to Indigenous culture

The "cultural appropriation" nonsense again

AussieBum's chief executive says he was naive to the fact its Australia Day underwear featuring dot paintings, boomerangs and a cartoon depiction of a traditional Aboriginal person could cause upset.

The company has received criticism for its festive undies on social media, kicked off by National Indigenous Television host Nathan Appo who tweeted: "I think it's disrespectful to indigenous people of this county on so many levels."

AussieBum CEO Sean Ashby said the company had received three formal complaints via email, the first of which he acted on, recalling an original design which featured the Australian flag on top of what looked like Uluru.

"It wasn't even Uluru, it was a mountain, however, I can also see it could be interpreted that way," Mr Ashby told the ABC.

"I saw [the design] as inclusive but then when I had one person email me and point out some really obvious issues, which quite frankly I was naive to ... the penny dropped and that product was taken straight off the line."

    "I find the 'Ausday' hipster and brief designs very offensive to myself and other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Australians (many on social media already), and to all Australians, given there is a stylised, stereotypical and offensive version of an Aboriginal person standing on one leg," the complaint email read.

    "Along with the imagery of Uluru and boomerangs accompanying this image in the promotional material for this design, this amounts to cultural appropriation and racism, rather than celebration or respect for Aboriginal peoples and their cultures."


More Leftist superficiality

It's not talk about abortion that conservatives object to.  It the reality of it.  You can say what you like about it but it's still killing babies.  If it's hate speech to object to the killing of babies, let's have more hate speech

Public discourse around abortion rights has for too long shrouded the common medical procedure in euphemisms and shame. That's the message of a new ad campaign from the nascent direct action group Reproaction.

With ads in the Hill-focused news site Politico, the organization aims to counter a tide of hate speech vilifying a procedure that the Guttmacher Institute has said about one in three U.S. women undergo.

"For so long, folks have talked about abortion . with shame or with euphemisms or as if there's something wrong with it," Erin Matson, co-director of Reproaction, told RH Reality Check. "We're excited to have a campaign that is affirmative and focuses on the positive value in people's lives."

Ads intended to destigmatize abortion care could roll out as soon as Thursday and are expected to run throughout the month, Matson said. Timed to coincide with the anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade, the digital-only ads follow a December campaign by the group that sought to hold anti-choice leaders accountable for hate speech and violence surrounding reproductive health.