#blacklivesmatter racism is a human problem

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  • Was reading about it, I think Cricket, and to a certain extent Rugby and Golf and other predominantly white middle class pursuits are always going to have that institutionalised racist foundation in them. A bit like the police force, so despite it being horrific for Azeem Rafiq, his family and for the others who've suffered there, it kind of gets a shrug, maybe because I think, how else would you expect them to act. Just kind of showing their true colours.
    But it does also highlight the islamaphobia within that institution as well, and how little they've actually tried to understand and integrate the Pakistani and Indian immigrants who live and work there.

    But as with all of these things, a couple of heads of organisations falling on their swords isn't going to change anything. Probably just becomes another line in the sand for the culture war proponents. Education, and instruction into why people of colour are in this country, why they came, why they stay, what the empire actually did, not just the fluffy ideal of the commonwealth games, and how white privilege leads to all of this abuse, is required. But I doubt that will happen, it'll take too much heavy lifting on those who have no stake in making change.

    God I sound cynical.

  • Not really been paying much attention but seems there's a conversation being had in the media about racism in cricket? Rafiq tells everybody British cricket is built on institutionalised racism, the higher ups don't belive him/try to bury it, it comes out, people discuss how far we've moved from overt acts of racism and attitudes like Norman Tessbitts 'cricket test'. Anti semetic tweets emerge, culture war proponents get a hard on. Nothing really changes.

    At the same time gollywogs can still be found on the high street, black face still happens.

    I can't help but feel a bit frustrated with it but at the very least Rafiq feels the power to be able to stand up and say something and people such as ardicus above are making thier voice heard on rasict symbols of the past.

    I got reminded of the book pictured, the title of which came from a racist chant heard in the Yorkshire and Lancashire cricket grounds in the 70s and 80s. The book was written over 30 years ago, a lot has changed but some of the fundamentals can be still be applied today.

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  • “Someone at the meeting mentioned there was a nearby pub that wouldn’t serve our people and I decided there was no better time than now to confront them,” Rana says. “So the 50 of us marched down to that pub and I demanded ‘Fifty pints of lager please’,” he says, laughing. “They started running around like headless chickens to serve us.”


    As such, Rana is off to see some old friends and activists after our meeting, to discuss next steps. “I’ll never stop,” he says. “We cannot simply rely on politicians, we have to believe in people and in our power to help ourselves – together.”


  • 396 years of colonial history has ended, gawn Barbados.. it’s time to party, Rihanna to sing in a new dawn

    the sun has set on the British monarchy’s reign, with a handover ceremony at midnight on Monday marking the birth of the world’s newest republic.

    expecting UK gutter press, to recite myopic resentful bitter words to its readers.

  • A small win. The racist dolls were removed from the window display but only after my partner who happens to know the lady responsible for the windows* and mentioned it to her. Aparrently they are called "gollys", quite popular and an important part of history. But they are gone from the window.

    *it's a strange setup for a shop with lots of different sellers all in one shop and they rotate the display between them

  • quite popular and an important part of Britain's history

    thanks to James Robertson & Sons Limited marketing in 1910 replaced by a little brown bear in a hat, coat and wellies from darkest Peru


  • Thanks, that prompted me to find this https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robertson%­27s#Golly_branding and learn something new (if depressing).

  • Indeed Barbados along with St Kitts started the British plantation system in the West Indies .
    I think its an important although symbolic step in the right direction.

  • thanks @chokalateboywonder

    btw we are heading to Barbados later this year, my GF is a returnee still has family there I've never met. I also have a old friend I need to visit, they retired there in 2010, all dependent on covid situation.

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#blacklivesmatter racism is a human problem

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