How Black protest may be key to finally ending racial violence

first_img Facing the denial of American racism The fire this time As public protests against the police killings of George Floyd and other African American men and women continue in all 50 states and hundreds of other countries, scholars are looking to place this moment in the context of the historical struggle for social justice. On Tuesday, “Black Lives, Protest, and Democracy,” an online discussion hosted by the Kennedy School’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, reached from the roots of institutional racial violence into its current manifestations, particularly in education and public health.Moderated by Megan Ming Francis visiting associate professor of public policy at the Kennedy School, the panel brought together Rhea W. Boyd, M.D., M.P.H. ’17, FAAP, a pediatrician as well as a medical educator; Kaneesha Johnson, a Ph.D. candidate in government; and Leah Wright Rigueur, RI ’18, associate professor of public policy at the Kennedy School. The discussion may be viewed on YouTube or the Ash Center site.In what she called “a defining moment in history,” Francis opened the discussion with an overview of the nation’s long history of institutional racial violence that goes back to Reconstruction. She noted that after the Civil War, most Southern states passed racially biased laws “to entrap Black people,” and “practiced discriminatory policing” that included the use of violence and increased incarceration, a pattern that would spread through the South and the rest of the nation.,“Blacks have been fighting for the right to live … forever,” she said, citing the history of attempts by the NAACP and other activist organizations to pass laws to protect Blacks against lynching and mob violence, followed by years of protest against entrenched inequities. “It’s not just about police violence. It’s about so many different institutions in this country that have failed Black people.”Rigueur elaborated, providing a larger cultural context for the roots of contemporary Black protest.“The protests we see now are about the overlapping failures of America,” she said. Citing the failures of capitalism (“George Floyd was in Minneapolis looking for work when he was murdered”) and the health care system (“George Floyd had COVID-19 in his lungs when he died”), Rigueur said that Floyd’s death, while tragic, is far from unique.“Every single aspect of the American state has failed Black people and failed Black people repeatedly,” said Rigueur, the W.E.B. Du Bois Fellow at the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research in 2018. “Black protest makes the point quite clearly that the state is illegitimate. The social contract, which governs our lives, has historically failed Black people and continues to fail them. The safeguards that we envision when we think of American democracy have failed Black people.”,In this context, “Black protest actually represents our best chance at a true democracy for all people because it highlights the ways in which democracy doesn’t work for very many,” she said.Johnson took a deeper dive into American policing, tracing it back to the slave patrols and Indian constables of the 18th century. It was not until the mid-19th century that the modern model of the police began to emerge, she said. Since then, it has grown exponentially, absorbing state and city monies at the expense of social programs and, increasingly, being exported by the U.S. to other countries.“We’ve seen policing increasing,” she said. “We’ve seen school punishment increasing as we see social welfare systems slashed.”Boyd spoke about the intersections of pandemic, policing, and protest. Noting the “alarming disparities” in COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths between white and Black patients, she said that media coverage has highlighted the physical reasons behind the increased susceptibility of populations of color while engaged in what she called “the ritual forgetting of why Black people suffer from poverty and underlying health issues.”Such vulnerability, she explained, comes not only from generations of poverty and insufficient resources but also from police violence. “Police kill people,” she said, noting number of people killed each year by police — 1,098, according to mappingpoliceviolence.com — and calling it out as a public health problem. Relating those numbers to the pandemic, she pointed out people who witness violence, either in person or on social media, suffer repercussions.“For kids,” she said, post-traumatic stress from witnessing violence can lead to “headaches, changes in sleep habits, increased isolation.” Throughout the population, “chronic exposure to stress shifts how the human body develops, increases risks of heart disease, lung disease, cancer, and depression.”“You can’t say increased rates of COVID are simply because of underlying disease,” said Boyd. “We have to make that connection.”,So what steps can society can take next? The answers ran the gamut. While Rigueur stressed that real change will take enormous time and commitment, she joined Johnson in the call to defund the police. In particular, Johnson pushed for reallocation of funding from the police to community organizers. “We need to take the money out of these systems and pass it onto these community organizers, who know how to redistribute it to make these communities safer.”Boyd advocated for more inclusive health care and for police-free schools. “We need to promise our kids that we will give them a learning environment that is free of the violence and surveillance of the police.” Related Racism, coronavirus, and African Americans Radcliffe Institute panel explores its social roots and explores ways to raise awareness Panel discusses long-festering wounds of racial inequities and possible steps forward Lawrence D. Bobo dissects police killings of Black men and the history and cognitive forces behind racial bigotry and violence, and why he sees signs of hope Waiting for someone else to speak out Harvard expert says ‘bystander effect’ emboldens toxic culture of police violence Illustrating Boyd’s point, Francis recalled her own years at a public high school, where the police presence was constant, but there was only one guidance counselor for 450 students.Looking ahead, panelists found cause for hope in the diversity of the current movement. While young people have taken the lead, Johnson noted the movement’s intergenerational component, while Rigueur commented on its multiracial makeup. “It does give me optimism to see white people really questioning the role they can play and the harm they have done in the past and what they can do to rectify it,” she said. “Sustaining this will be crucial to any long-term movement.”But Boyd acknowledged her fear of backlash to the current movement — or of “hitting the wall” with progress. Nevertheless, she said, “I feel grateful for this space right here.”last_img read more

UEFA chief accuses British PM Johnson of fuelling racism

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp “I don’t blame the players for what they say,” he said. “I understand that the players are desperate because of the punishments and the incidents that are happening again and again.“Of course you want to say (to UEFA): ‘Go to hell!’ I know.“But I am not so naive to think that we’ve done all we can and now everything is finished. We haven’t.“We are trying and we care. We are not just some guys in Nyon (UEFA headquarters) sitting eating fancy food and driving Ferraris.”UEFA appears set to overhaul its disciplinary panels, making them more diverse.Ceferin said: “You have to have different perspectives, then you have a more, let’s say, clear view on what is right and what is wrong.“We want to be specific. So we are working on that. We will change our statutes about it in March, the next committee.” London, United Kingdom | AFP | UEFA chief Aleksander Ceferin has accused British Prime Minister Boris Johnson of fuelling racism and insists European football’s governing body is working hard to tackle the problem plaguing the game.A number of high-profile incidents in recent weeks, including racist abuse hurled at England players in Bulgaria and chants aimed at Romelu Lukaku and Mario Balotelli in Italy, have underlined the scale of the issue.Johnson condemned the “vile” racist chanting during England’s Euro 2020 qualifier in Sofia in October and called for UEFA to take tough action.But the prime minister, currently fighting an election campaign, has in the past courted controversy with various comments, including suggesting Muslim women wearing burkhas look like “letterboxes”.In an interview with Britain’s Mirror newspaper, UEFA president Ceferin said: “When a politician that calls women with burqas post boxes or mailboxes then says publicly that he condemns you UEFA — do you reply to that? Do you believe it’s honest? Come on.“The situation in Europe is more and more tense,” he added.“When you see high politicians, prime ministers — when you see presidents of republics who are racists, who were sexist, you see that something is wrong.”UEFA has come under fire for a perceived lack of appropriate action to root out racism but Ceferin said the organisation was fully engaged in the fight.center_img FILE PHOTO: UEFA chief Aleksander Ceferinlast_img read more

Bale set for ‘Sh126mn million a week’ China move

first_imgSpanish daily Marca claimed that Bale, who has been at Real since 2013 since signing from Tottenham, will earn 22 million euros per season in China and that the deal is almost finalised.However, later reports by Sky Sports in England suggested the player’s representatives were negotiating a mind-boggling £1 million a week contract before the Chinese transfer window shuts on Wednesday.Real boss Zidane said last weekend he thought it would be “best for everyone” if Bale’s departure could be arranged quickly — comments Bale’s agent branded “disrespectful” of a player who helped the side to a Spanish league title and four Champions Leagues since arriving from Tottenham six years ago.Zidane then insisted Monday he meant no disrespect before Bale came on as a substitute in a midweek 3-2 friendly win over Arsenal in the United States.“He had a good game and I’m happy for him,” Zidane said. “I do not know what’s going to happen, for now he’s with us. It did not change anything.”Bale’s agent Jonathan Barnett has already insisted that any deal which sees the Welshman leave the Bernabeu would have to be a permanent one and not one that sees him shipped out on loan.“There will be no makeshift deals to get him out of the club,” said Barnett.“Gareth is one of the best players on the planet. I can guarantee you he will not be going on loan to any club.”0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000China calling for Gareth Bale? © AFP / Jim WATSONPARIS, France, Jul 27 – Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale was Friday on the verge of signing a “Sh126mn (£1mn) a week” deal with Chinese Super League outfit Jiangsu Suning, reports claimed.The 30-year-old Welshman has already been told by Real coach Zinedine Zidane that he does not form part of his future plans at the Spanish giants.last_img read more

An unforgettable cruise a legendary ship first impressions of the new Queen

first_imgTags: Cunard By: Toby Saltzman An unforgettable cruise, a legendary ship: first impressions of the ‘new’ Queen Mary 2 ONBOARD THE QUEEN MARY 2 — Remastered with exquisite art deco details and sumptuous comfort after a $150 million investment by Cunard, the Queen Mary 2 is truly the world’s most beautiful ocean liner, an icon in the cruise industry deserving of its excellent reputation for style and service.Upon boarding and entering the lofty Grand Lobby, with its high chandelier, walls clad in three dimensional murals, and reams of carpets in royal hues of blue, gold and crimson, you feel an immediate sense of arrival.The Champagne Bar speaks volumes of the ship’s design. Art deco details harken to the heritage of the original Queen Mary, while two gorgeous Lalique vases flank the entrance. Black and white paintings include images of Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman among other movie stars. Photo credit: Toby SaltzmanAlthough this regal vessel is known for its class system – meaning that dining is allocated by class of accommodation – while mingling with all classes of passengers on my trans-Atlantic crossing, I learned that whether passengers are ensconced in two-tiered suites in the Queen’s Grill category, in Princess balcony suites or the variety of Britannia cabins, they share similar sentiments: for first timers, sailing the QM2 has long been their dream, often to celebrate a special occasion.More news:  Air Canada’s global sales update includes Managing Director, Canada & USA SalesRepeat passengers enjoy the leisurely crossing on a solid vessel with good stabilizers; many avoid flying by sailing the loop voyage between New York and Southampton, often extending the cruise within the loop to experience other destinations, this time, Norway.The New York City skyline from the Queen Mary 2.Photo credit: Toby SaltzmanMost importantly – as everyone has access to the varied common eating areas, lounges, swimming areas, bars, entertainment – they express satisfaction with their class of cabin, with no complaints.Admittedly people-watching from a cushy couch in my favourite bar – the gorgeous Veuve Clicquot Champagne Bar that borders the upper circle of the Grand Lobby – I am reminded that, when it comes to the QM2, and indeed other first-class vessels, the most crucial thing a travel agent can do to gain and maintain client loyalty is to place the client on the ship appropriately.More about that and the QM2 in an upcoming edition of Travelweek Daily. Tuesday, August 16, 2016 Share << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more