Posts tagged ‘racism’

May 18, 2016

All Hail Mayor Sadiq Khan

Sadiq Khan The Chatterjis Blog

What an amazing city London is. Not only a world capital, a fashion capital, an art and architectural capital, but can it now claim to to be the most tolerant and integrated capital city?

After what everyone agrees was a racist, vicious campaign by the Tories and their candidate, Zac Goldsmith, the majority election of

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September 17, 2013

The New Beauty

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Not just about makeup, British actor Thandie Newton and her friend Kay Montano, a makeup artist, have just launched a new website celebrating beauty in its diversity.  ThandieKay covers makeup tutorials and interviews with amazingly talented women in the same friendly, chatty tone.  Lilac eyes? Yes please!

It’s a timely launch of a beauty website that shows skin tones reflecting the diversity of society.  Recently supermodels Naomi Campbell and Iman have been particularly vociferous in their objection to the increasing racism in the fashion industry.  The racism isn’t aggressive or obvious

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August 10, 2013

Too Expensive For You

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We all know about Oprah’s shameful discriminatory experience at an upmarket boutique in Switzerland whilst shopping for Tina Turner’s wedding (Tina Turner’s wedding news is amazing).  Oprah was being judged by the colour of her skin and, according to some journalists who have since analysed the story, the discrimination was also due to her weight.

This story broke in the same week that the New York Times published an article on the disgraceful racism in the fashion industry especially

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May 9, 2013

One Of My Best Friends Is Gay!

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The historian, Niall Ferguson, made a comment about the economist Keynes that quite frankly made him sound like a pompous prat! But he IS a pompous prat!  It’s such a pity that he fits the stereotype of up-his-own-arse academic but he does!

He said Keynes wouldn’t have cared much about the future as he was gay and didn’t have any children.

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May 4, 2013

Epic Pepsi Fail

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Of course I haven’t drank Pepsi since their appalling behaviour towards Michael Jackson … (they ditched MJ when he was accused of being a paedo and I was too young to think eek, MJ is a little weird!!)

But if you needed a second reason to drop Pepsi from the shopping list it is this disgraceful advert for its gross green snot drink, Mountain Dew. An advert that glorifies domestic violence and described as “the most racist advertisement of all time”

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April 18, 2013

Fashionably Racist

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A news story on a great blog, Jezebel, reported that Vogue Netherlands recently did a shoot with white models sporting black faces instead of using black models.  The shoot was meant to honour an old Marc Jacobs collection inspired by Grace Jones.  If you’re a regular fashion follower you will know that sadly this is not the first time this has occurred.

This news story has come in the middle of the week, on Monday I received my almost daily email from another blog I follow, the Business of Fashion.  This op-ed piece was about the widespread racism in the fashion industry with black models recalling awful stories

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April 5, 2013

It’s Football Not Politics!

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The new manager of Sunderland Football Club has caused more controversy and taken over more newspaper inches over his past political affiliations than his job and he’s not pleased about it.

In the past, Paulo Di Canio, a former Lazio player, was recorded as stating he was a facist but not a racist during a mix up of prejudices in a conversation.

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March 19, 2013

Nazi Salutes in 2013

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I have a friend, bear with me as he will sound awful, who considers himself an expert in German history (an expert despite only having studying the subject to A-level) who moans and groans regularly about “the Jews” and “why they can’t shut up about the Holocaust”. His point, that he makes so badly, is that the Holocaust terminated amongst others, the disabled, the sick, homosexuals and more than any other ethnic group, the gypsies.

Well, there is no better reason than Katidis as to why Jews simply can’t stop talking about the war.

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March 1, 2013

Rosa Parks Honoured

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Earlier this week Rosa Parks became the first black woman to be honoured with a life-size statue in Washington.  The first statue commissioned in 140 years in the USA, President Obama said it was because of civil rights activists like Rosa Park that he is President.

In 1955 Rosa Parks was arrested

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October 18, 2012

Germany: Only Traditional Racism

A rather shocking tale from Germany.  The author of the award-winning play Clybourne Park, Bruce Norris, has refused permission to a Berlin theatre company to perform the play after learning that a lead character would appear blacked up.

Managers at the Deutsches Theatre said a female African-American character in the play was being performed by a white actress and producers would “experiment with make-up”

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July 11, 2012

Beware of Greeks Bearing Racism

An article in today’s New York Times highlights the increasing levels of racist attacks on immigrants inGreece and the relative complacency of politicians, police and the public at large.

In economic downturns, immigrants are always the easy target to vent political inaction and even the local population taking their fair share of responsibility and ‘blame’ for their own phobia against paying taxes and penchant for loans.

Of course it is more newsworthy and scandalous

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May 29, 2012

Football Shame: Euro 2012

Following a BBC damning documentary investigating racism in football in the Ukraine and the recent Olympic ticket touting by their General Secretary, I am left to wonder how they have even been allowed to host Euro 2012 and why they are not banned from the Olympics. The ethics of the country is appalling.

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April 13, 2012

Colonial Cobwebs and Racism

I’m one of almost 7,000 members of a free Yahoo group in Delhi called Yuninet (Young United Nations Internationals Network).  It’s a group generally made up of locals from Delhi and expats and it’s used for advice, travel tips, accommodation and for the sale of private household items – like a community notice board.  

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Last week I happened upon a shocking email thread posted by some members that was plainly rude and racist against Indians.  Some white expats were annoyed

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March 29, 2012

Vampires,Yes, Black People? No way!

Is it easier to believe in Vampires than to believe some vampires may be black?  And is it even more of a stretch of our imaginations to believe lead actors in a vampire flick could be black?

The Hunger Games is on general release now and it has been the subject of much debate as fans of the book/comic in the USA showed disgust and complete incomprehension at the casting of some of the lead characters.  I’m not going to re-type some of the racist tweets and blog comments you can google it but I’m interested in other aspects of this:

Did racism go temporarily underground or have some people always thought racist things about roles given to ethnic minorities?  Only now, they have public platforms

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March 13, 2012

Desert Island Race Row

Desert Island Discs programme on Radio 4 was at the centre of a huge race row as veteran Jewish comedian Jackie Mason implied that racism didn’t exist in today’s society.

He told host Kirsty Young: ‘I wouldn’t say the Jews or the blacks today are suffering from racism…I don’t think it’s such a terrible disadvantage to be black or Jewish today. But because they once were… they are still not comfortable enough with the new situation….They still can’t accept the fact that they are completely accepted everywhere… it’s all in their minds.’

Is it all in our minds???? Or has that is faced now changed?

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January 5, 2012

Bad Choice Of Words

We all have said or done things we wished we hadn’t but Shadow Health Minister, Diane Abbot’s bad choice of words yesterday took the biscuit.

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June 2, 2011

Campbell Complains & BAFTA-Gate

Camera-punching, high-heel-falling model Naomi Campbell has complained this week that Cadbury have produced a racist ad comparing her to a chocolate bar.  Campbell is shocked by the ad and upset to be described as chocolate, and she’s also upset on behalf of all black women and black people.

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May 19, 2011

Racism Pays

The Obama campaign embarked on a cheeky way of raising cash by laughing at the people who demanded to see his birth certificate to prove he qualified to run for president. 

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