Vestige Of The Past: Dutch King Willem-Alexander retires coach amid slavery row

The Netherlands’ King Willem-Alexander has announced that Dutch royals will cease using a historic golden carriage amid a debate over slavery links. Critics say that one side of the horse-drawn carriage, called De Gouden Koets, is decorated with an image that glorifies the country’s colonial past. Out of use since 2015, the carriage has traditionally been used to carry Dutch monarchs to the opening of parliament. The move comes amid an ongoing debate in the country over its history. The controversial image featured on the vehicle is called Tribute from the Colonies, and depicts black and Asian people – one … Continue reading Vestige Of The Past: Dutch King Willem-Alexander retires coach amid slavery row

Australia settles lawsuit over welfare scheme criticised as racist

Australia’s government will pay A$2m (£1.1m; $1.4m) in compensation to hundreds of Aboriginal people who said a welfare scheme was racist. The “work for the dole” scheme required people in remote outback communities to work up to 25 hours a week to receive income benefits. But its strict requirements meant that many vulnerable people were pushed further into poverty, critics said. The government settled a lawsuit but did not admit it was at fault. Several people had struggled to survive after having their payments cut off, advocates said. Australia controversially requires welfare recipients to record job searches and other tasks … Continue reading Australia settles lawsuit over welfare scheme criticised as racist

Incredible: A student who listed his Black classmate on Craiglist as a ‘slave for sale’ has been given a probationary sentence

A student in Illinois has been given a probationary sentence for posting an ad on Craigslist offering one of his Black classmates as a “slave for sale.” The unnamed male student at Naperville Central High School in Chicago was given a two-year probationary sentence and will have to serve 100 hours of community service, per a statement released by the DuPage County state attorney’s office. According to the statement, the student pleaded guilty to two counts of felony hate crime and one count of disorderly conduct on September 1. He will be required to undergo counseling as part of his probation. … Continue reading Incredible: A student who listed his Black classmate on Craiglist as a ‘slave for sale’ has been given a probationary sentence

San Jose apologises for past racial discrimination against Chinese community

When Young Soong Quong first arrived San Jose, California in the late 19th century, the Chinese teenager stocked shelves at his uncle’s shop in the city’s vibrant Chinatown, where thousands of Chinese immigrants worked back-breaking, low-wage jobs to send money back home. Young was later hired as a domestic worker by a white family living outside of Chinatown. Whenever he returned home, he would run very fast because white children would throw rocks at him, his grand-daughter and historian Connie Young Yu told US media KQED. In 1887, the Chinatown that Young called home was burned to the ground, days after … Continue reading San Jose apologises for past racial discrimination against Chinese community

US man files $1m lawsuit after Michigan teacher cuts child’s hair

The father of a seven-year-old girl whose hair was cut by a teacher without parental permission is suing the school district and two staff members for $1m. Jimmy Hoffmeyer’s lawsuit says the constitutional rights of his mixed-race daughter have been violated. He has pulled his daughter out of the school. An investigation by the school district concluded in July that while the teacher had broken school policy she had not acted with racial bias. She was reprimanded but allowed to keep her job at Ganiard Elementary School in Mount Pleasant. Jimmy Hoffmeyer told the Associated Press last April that his … Continue reading US man files $1m lawsuit after Michigan teacher cuts child’s hair

Not A Mistake: Facebook mistakenly labels Black men ‘primates’

Facebook has announced that it disabled its topic recommendation feature after it mistook Black men for “primates” in a video on the social network. A Facebook spokesperson called it a “clearly unacceptable error” and said the recommendation software involve was taken offline. “We apologize to anyone who may have seen these offensive recommendations,” Facebook said in response to an AFP inquiry. “We disabled the entire topic recommendation feature as soon as we realized this was happening so we could investigate the cause and prevent this from happening again.” Facial recognition software has been blasted by civil rights advocates who point … Continue reading Not A Mistake: Facebook mistakenly labels Black men ‘primates’

Bizzare: German cycling boss sent home from Tokyo Olympics

The sports director of the German Cycling Union has been sent home from the Tokyo Olympics after making racist comments during Wednesday’s men’s road time trial. Patrick Moster was caught making the remarks on German TV. Moster reacted as Germany’s Nikias Arndt chased Algeria’s Azzedine Lagab and Eritrea’s Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier. In a statement, the German Olympic team said Moster “will no longer carry out his duties” in Tokyo. Moster had apologised after the race on Wednesday and the German team said it was “convinced” his apology was “sincere”. However, it ruled he had “violated the Olympic values”, adding: “Fair play, respect … Continue reading Bizzare: German cycling boss sent home from Tokyo Olympics

Disgusting: Racist abuse targets 3 English players who missed penalties

Three Black players who missed penalty kicks for England in the decisive European Championship shootout against Italy on Sunday night were subjected to racist abuse online, prompting the English Football Association to issue a statement condemning the language used against the players.England’s Bukayo Saka reacts after missing his shot at goal as Italy celebrate during a penalty shootout at the Euro 2020 soccer championship final between England and Italy at Wembley stadium in London, Sunday, July 11, 2021. Bukayo Saka, at 19 one of the youngest players on the England squad, missed the penalty that gave the title to Italy … Continue reading Disgusting: Racist abuse targets 3 English players who missed penalties

US ‘white supremacist’ shoots two black bystanders

An American man who crashed a stolen lorry into a house before shooting two black bystanders was a suspected white supremacist, police say. Nathan Allen, 28, fatally shot retired policeman Dave Green and military veteran Ramona Cooper in Saturday afternoon’s attack in Massachusetts. Investigators later found racist and anti-Semitic writings by Allen, who was shot dead by officers at the scene. He was married, employed and had a PhD and no criminal history, police said. According to CBS affiliate WBZ-TV, Allen walked through a marsh to a garage in the city of Winthrop where he stole a plumber’s lorry. He … Continue reading US ‘white supremacist’ shoots two black bystanders

Muslim man stabbed, and assaulted in Canada

A Muslim man says he was stabbed and had his beard cut by assailants as they yelled about his religious clothing in an unprovoked attack. Muhammad Kashif said he was attacked in an alley early Friday morning in Saskatoon, Canada. He said he was near his parked car when another car drove up behind him. “They attacked… on my back with a knife or something,” Kashif told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. “Using F-word and saying ‘Why you are here? We don’t like you are Muslim, why are you wearing this dress?’” “And then one guy held my hands and the other … Continue reading Muslim man stabbed, and assaulted in Canada

Muslim family in Canada killed in premeditated truck attack

Four members of a Muslim family were killed in a “premeditated” vehicle attack on Sunday, Canadian police say. The attack took place in the city of London, Ontario province. A boy aged nine, the family’s only survivor, is in hospital with serious injuries. A 20-year-old Canadian man has been charged with four counts of murder and one count of attempted murder. The attack was the worst against Canadian Muslims since six people were killed in a Quebec City mosque in 2017. “It is believed that these victims were targeted because they were Muslim,” Det Supt Paul Waight told a news … Continue reading Muslim family in Canada killed in premeditated truck attack

#StopAsianHate: Asian man, 35, pushed onto subway tracks in New York while waiting for train

An Asian man was pushed onto the subway tracks in New York City Monday morning, and police are searching for his attacker. The victim, a 35-year-old male, was waiting for a train at the 21st Street-Queensbridge station in Queens shortly before 8 a.m. when he was pushed onto the tracks, according to a New York City Police Department spokesperson. Bystanders pulled the man out of the track area before the next train arrived, the department says, but he suffered a cut to his forehead during the fall and was taken to a hospital in stable condition. The victim has not … Continue reading #StopAsianHate: Asian man, 35, pushed onto subway tracks in New York while waiting for train