Racism

Face of the day

Today’s face of the day is a face from the past.

The face of a woman who survived the Holocaust and is still alive today. Her story is so bizarre that it is hard to believe that it is fact not fiction as the irony of what happened is just incredible.

An 80-year-old Jewish woman has revealed the astonishing story of how she came to front a Nazi party propaganda campaign in the 1930s after her baby picture was selected by the party as the “ideal Aryan” child.

- http://www.itv.com/news

Aryan:  In colloquial English, the word has been adopted in accordance with Nazi racial theory’s appropriation of the term to describe persons corresponding to the “Nordic” physical ideal of Nazi Germany (the “master race” ideology).[n 1]

- Wiki

The Jewish Baby who won the most beautiful Aryan Baby Contest in

The Jewish Baby who was the poster child of the Nazis.

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Credit: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Hessy Levinsons Taft
Copyright: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

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Justin Bieber in trouble for racist joke, perhaps he should just claim it was racist day

Justin Bieber is in trouble for using the “N-word” when telling a racist joke.

Perhaps he should just claim that it was “Racist Day” like Kim Dotcom did, the media will gloss over it and ignore it then.  It certainly hasn’t hurt Dotcom to call African-American musicians niggers.

Then again there is a video of the whole episode for Justin Bieber…I wonder if there is one of Kim ranting with racist statements?

Pop singer Justin Bieber has come under fire after a video has emerged of him using the the N-word in a racist joke.

The footage, which was exclusively obtained by The Sun, shows the 20-year-old grinning while using the highly offensive term in an attempt to make his friends laugh.

Justin, who appears to be a number of years younger in the video, can be heard asking his friends ‘Why are black people afraid of chainsaws?’

Justin, whose mentor Usher is African American, then started making the noise of the chainsaw  and concluded his ‘joke’ with ‘ Run n*****, n*****, n*****, n*****, n*****.’

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Brits debate closing borders to immigrants that are a “burden”

Immigration is a hot topic all over the world.  The have-nots are coming to get the good life without having earned it.  Frequently they also then bring with them the problems that they supposedly tried to get away from.

Dr Liam Fox, Tory MP writes

In last week’s European elections, voters across Europe sent a signal to the bloated, hideously expensive and out-of-touch Brussels bureaucracy.

From Denmark to Greece and from Finland to France, the people of Europe made it clear that they increasingly reject the idea of open borders and mass migration.

Some see it as an economic threat, others as a challenge to their perception of national identity.

Whatever their reasons, political leaders in Europe must take note. I have lost count of the number of people who told me: ‘I wouldn’t dream of voting Ukip in a General Election  but I wanted to send a message.’ Usually, this was about immigration.

It’s the “I’m not racist but…” problem.

Haven’t we already lost as a country when closing your borders to immigrants that aren’t really good picks is not possible for fear of being seen as racist?

Sure, let them all in.  Let’s have the problems that this causes, and at least we won’t be called names.  Or worse: get tut tutted by the United Nations. Read more »

Our casual acceptance of reverse racism

Rodney Hide says, yet again, that which others are afraid to intone.

That in New Zealand we abhor racism except when it benefits Maori, and then we have a casual acceptance of it.

[Shane] Jones had previously declared Prime Minister John Key a “mercenary of capitalism” and a “snake oil salesman”. He said he wanted to string him up with a bungy cord around a “sensitive spot”.

That was back when he was hotly contesting the Labour leadership. Six months on, he is happy to work for him. He says he has moved on. It’s understandable why his former Labour colleagues are a little miffed.

There is, though, one disturbing aspect to all this and that’s Sir Wira’s reason for supporting Jones’ campaign. It was because Jones is Maori. He says he donated to “encourage Maori leadership”.    Read more »

Hurricane is no more

Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, the boxer whose wrongful murder conviction became an international symbol of racial injustice, died Sunday. He was 76. Read more »

CNN decide a bit of racism is called for reporting on “The Royal Bummer”

Another perspective on Dotcom’s nazi fetish

Carrie Stoddart-Smith  at Ellipsister blogs on her thoughts about Kim Dotcom, the Interet party and his nazi fetish.

On its own, purchasing the copy of Mein Kampf and other WW2 memorabilia isn’t in my view sufficient evidence for claiming that KDC is a Nazi sympathiser. It might raise questions about his character, however, collectors do in fact purchase these kinds of items and we cannot ignore the news coverage of the raid on KDC’s mansion that referred to him as a collector of sorts.

But I think Giovanni Tiso is right about social norms in Germany and the improbability of German’s finding pleasure in collecting Nazi artefacts or posing for photo’s wearing Nazi memorabilia.  Tiso writes from his experience and understanding as an Italian, the difference between how neo-Nazism is approached in Italy versus Germany.

I blogged yesterday on Giovanni Tiso’s position.

I do have my reservations as to whether there would have been as much public interest or even outcry if only a single event tarnished KDC’s name. I’m sure there would still have been questions that lingered and general suspicions. Interestingly or even perhaps unsurprisingly, many bloggers who support KDC have limited their focus to a single factor attempting to minimise the weight attributed to the claims against KDC, including a post promoted by Vikram Kumar entitled The power of an open mind that hinges only on the fact that KDC owned Mein Kampf.

To my knowledge, KDC has not even made a decent attempt to apologise for his offensive behaviour or comments. Instead he dismisses the claims or events as unremarkable, or offers up excuses and weak justifications for his actions.  Read more »

Compare and contrast – Kim Dotcom

In the interview with Kim Dotcom on Q+A he said this when asked about his political ideology:

I’m neither left or right, I’m commonsense. I would say I’m up…you know.

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We are new, you know, we are fresh. We are about common sense. You know some of the left have good ideas, some of the right have good ideas and you know we need to find the right mix.

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Well because I don’t sit anywhere politically and the Internet party doesn’t sit anywhere politically.

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It’s not about the left or the right, it is about what works.  Read more »

Herald Editorial on Dotcom’s nazi fetish

Kim Dotcom showing off his Waffen SS helmet

Kim Dotcom showing off his Waffen SS helmet

The Herald Editorial today points out clearly to Kim Dotcom why it is not on to own a copy of the book written by the most heinous war criminal in modern history.

Owning a copy of Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf, even a rare signed one, does not necessarily indicate a sympathy for Nazi ideology.

People with an interest in that period of history may own memorabilia from it. They might also have items associated with Winston Churchill or Josef Stalin. That does not mean they are communists or subscribe to a conservatism associated with those born into the British aristocracy.

Kim Dotcom says he is merely one of those collectors.

“Let me make it absolutely clear, I’m not buying into the Nazi ideology. I’m totally against what the Nazis did,” he said this week when admitting he owned the book.  Read more »

Two very valid points

Danyl McLauchlan makes two very good points:

First point: this whole ‘I’m not offended by this so what’s the big deal?’ routine is identical to the one you hear from old white guys complaining about political correctness. ‘I’m not offended by Paul Henry, so what’s the big deal?’ And you’re free not to be offended by a political figure who owns Nazi memorabilia, just as old conservative white guys are free to not be offended by words like ‘nigger’ or ‘retard’, or whatever Henry says on any given day but the fact is that huge sections of the population are offended by all of these things and when someone is founding a political party there’s public interest in knowing that they hold values that many voters find revolting.  Read more »