The ‘playing the race card’ accusation is just a way to silence us | Afua Hirsch | Opinion | The Guardian


Many British people are ignorant about how racism works. Yet when black people try to explain, our experience is denied, says Guardian columnist Afua Hirsch

Source: The ‘playing the race card’ accusation is just a way to silence us | Afua Hirsch | Opinion | The Guardian

Piers Morgan Accused Of ‘Vendetta’ Against Meghan Markle By Good Morning Britain Guest | HuffPost UK


Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu claimed Piers was “spouting… nasty and vile comments” loaded with “bigotry, misogyny, sexism and racism”.

Source: Piers Morgan Accused Of ‘Vendetta’ Against Meghan Markle By Good Morning Britain Guest | HuffPost UK

Why did this US governor pardon child rapists and brutal killers? | US news | The Guardian


Matt Bevin has horrified opponents and allies alike with a slew of ‘extreme pardons’ that also disproportionately benefited white offenders

Source: Why did this US governor pardon child rapists and brutal killers? | US news | The Guardian

A black woman faces prison because of a Jim Crow-era plan to ‘protect white voters’ | US news | The Guardian


Lanisha Bratcher is being prosecuted under a law that prevents people with felony convictions from voting – and was originally crafted to ensure white supremacy

Source: A black woman faces prison because of a Jim Crow-era plan to ‘protect white voters’ | US news | The Guardian

Trump dismisses murder charge against Green Beret, pardons Army officer : NBC News


“Our family is profoundly grateful for the president’s action,” said Maj. Matt Golsteyn. “We have lived in constant fear of this runaway prosecution.”

Source: Trump dismisses murder charge against Green Beret, pardons Army officer  : NBC News

The Council of Europe Denounces the Politicization of Spanish Justice : Joseph Goded


The Spanish political and judiciarysystems are prime examples of what should not be allowed in a democracy.

Who does the Spanish acting PM Pedro Sánchez think he is ‘a dictator;, for have enough of them.

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On Wednesday, the Council of Europe denounced the politicization of Spanish justice. The report of the Group of States Against Corruption (GRECO), the institution’s anti-corruption monitoring body, criticized the system of selection of members of the Spanish judiciary and demanded that the government of Pedro Sánchez “formalize” the publication of communications with the prosecution. The organization also demanded that the fiscal ministry act ”decisively” to advance its “autonomy, integrity and accountability.”

“GRECO concluded by saying that the country has fully implemented only two out of eleven recommendations. Eight recommendations have been partly implemented; one unimplemented.” 

GRECO looked at how Spain’s top judiciary jobs are chosen, calling for “further improvements to be made regarding the appointment system of the General Council of the Judiciary (CGPJ) and top ranks of the judiciary.”

Spanish acting PM Pedro Sánchez was involved in controversy just before the November 10 election, when…

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Tory candidate Nick Conrad quits election over ‘keep knickers on’ rape advice | News | The Times


A former radio presenter who said that women should “keep their knickers on” to avoid being raped has quit as a Conservative candidate.

Nick Conrad, who was selected on Wednesday for the safe Norfolk seat of Broadland, said last night: “Five years ago I made ill-judged comments during an on-air radio discussion for which I made a genuine and heartfelt apology . . . I had hoped to become the MP for a constituency which is close to my heart.

 

Source: Tory candidate Nick Conrad quits election over ‘keep knickers on’ rape advice | News | The Times

If Germany atoned for the Holocaust, the US can pay reparations for slavery


The idea of paying reparations for slavery is gaining momentum in the United States, despite being long derided as an unrealistic plan, to compensate for state violence committed by and against people long dead.

The topic saw substantive debate in the July 30 Democratic primary debate, with candidate Marianne Williamson calling slavery “a debt that is owed.” Some Democratic congressional representatives are also pushing for financial recompense for the descendants of enslaved people.

Calls for reparations in the U.S. are generally met with skepticism: What would reparations achieve? Who should receive them, and under what conditions?

Other countries have tackled these questions. In 1995, South Africa established its Truth and Reconciliation Commission and paid reparations to the victims of apartheid. Eight years before, the United States apologized to 82,000 Japanese Americans unduly imprisoned during World War II and paid them US$20,000 each to compensate for their suffering.

Even Germany, birthplace of the worst racism ever institutionalized and elevated to official policy, has some lessons for the United States as it considers reparations.

Compensating victims of Nazi enslavement

I am a professor of political science who studies the relationship between democracy, citizenship and justice. My recent work on Germany examines how the country dealt with the horrors of the Holocaust.

Nazi Germany not only killed millions of Jews between 1933 and 1945. It also forced over 20 million people into slave labor, working them to their death in German industries. By 1944, a quarter of the German workforce was enslaved laborers.

 

Source: If Germany atoned for the Holocaust, the US can pay reparations for slavery