Archive | Racism

17 March 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Asian Americans and Affirmative Action

Affirmative action is now the latest wedge issue in California to keep ethnic minorities from seeing our common interests. In California, a bill to revive affirmative action is dead. Mainstream media reports convey that opposition from insurgent Asian Americans groups killed the measure at the last minute. If this is true, then there is much work to be […]

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30 October 2013 ~ 7 Comments

But We Are Criminals: Countering the Anti-Racial Justice Frame of Immigration Reform

He can be known as the Abraham Lincoln of undocumented immigrants. But thus far, President Obama’s record on immigration is depressing and dismal. The first black President has deported more brown people than any other President in U.S. history. For someone working on building a racial justice movement, one would imagine that a headline such […]

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24 June 2013 ~ 0 Comments

Affirmative Action Survives But Not For Long

My heart skipped a few beats today when the Supreme Court vacated and remanded Fisher v. Texas, to the Fifth Circuit, but affirmative action remains the law. The Justices are so scared of race and racial politics that they said a few words about the compelling interest provided by diversity, and told the Fifth Circuit […]

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31 January 2013 ~ 0 Comments

Remembering Fred Korematsu

Fred Korematsu would have turned 94 today. This post is in honor of his legacy of rabble-rousing. He challenged his internment, only to have the Supreme Court justify Japanese internment for “national security” reasons. It is pretty well established that Korematsu v. United States was wrongly decided. However, it is important to revisit and re-remember Korematsu because it […]

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07 August 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Sikh Temple Shooting: I’m Not Like You; I’m Better

“It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.” -Audre Lorde Satwant Singh Saleka died fighting back an act of white American terrorism. He did not turn the other cheek. He saw a white man trying to hurt people in his gurudwara and he did […]

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22 May 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Cooking Racism – Fojol Brothers Food Truck

I see this truck on my way to work every day. I wonder why Marion Barry isn’t complaining about the Fojol brothers food truck as a ‘dirty Asian shop.’ Is it the kind of Asian that people here prefer — white, caricatured minstrel show exoticizing brown people? What is wrong with this food truck? I […]

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22 May 2012 ~ 2 Comments

The Dharun Ravi Verdict

30 days in jail. No deportation. I’m thankful that a tragedy was not confounded by yet another tragedy. The media seems to be hell-bent on portraying this as a lenient decision where the perpetrator has expressed no remorse. It’s nothing short of racism. There’s really nothing else I have to say about it. I’m sensitive to […]

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20 March 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Who Gets Away With Hate Crimes?

Keep tabs on this one. George Zimmerman stalked Trayvon Martin, confronted him, called him a “f**king coon,” and shot him. And he’s still a free man. In his own words, “these a$$holes always get away.”

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20 November 2011 ~ 2 Comments

Reading: Occupations

While I think it is fantastic that Occupy Wall Street is offering immigration training to protesters, I also think that the well-meaning individuals quoted in this article also need to wake up and realize that undocumented immigrants have been organizing for their rights quite visibly and vocally for several years now, risking everything from arrest […]

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01 August 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Violence

We have a right to be angry when the communities we build that are supposed to be the model for a better, more just world harbor the same kinds of antiqueer, antiwoman, racist violence that pervades society. Recommended reading for this week is Why Misogynists Make Great Informants: How Gender Violence on the Left Enables […]

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