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Hamilton calls for better anti-racism focus and unity in F1

Jul 13, 2020 - 5:43 PM

Six-time Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton feels some teams are not doing enough to show solidarity with the anti-racism movement

FOR A CAUSE. Lewis Hamilton has been at the forefront of Formula One's advocacy against racism. Photo by Giuseppe Cacace/AFP

George Floyd said officers would 'kill' him in new recording transcript

Jul 09, 2020 - 11:24 AM

According to the transcript, Floyd says, 'Momma, I love you. Tell my kids I love them. I'm dead.' He called for his mother and children several more times.

POLICE BRUTALITY. This still image taken from a May 25, 2020, video courtesy of Darnella Frazier via Facebook, shows a Minneapolis, Minnesota, police officer arresting George Floyd. Photo by Darnella Frazier/AFP

Death of black teen in U.S. juvenile facility sparks outrage

Jul 09, 2020 - 8:40 AM

Fredericks 'was executed on April 29 for the crime of throwing a sandwich,' says the lawyer for Fredericks's family

BLACK LIVES MATTER. The reinvigorated anti-racism movement has spurred changes in the worldwide entertainment scene. Photo from Shutterstock

White woman prosecuted for calling New York police on black bird watcher

Jul 07, 2020 - 11:07 AM

The woman is often referred to as a 'Karen,' a term popular online to describe an entitled white woman

A couple have a conversation under a colorful tree in Central Park on October 23, 2017 in New York.  Fall foliage is just starting to change in the New York City area according to fall foliage experts. / AFP PHOTO / DON EMMERT

Trump idea of 'National Garden of American Heroes' raises questions

Jul 06, 2020 - 9:23 AM

'We will defend, protect, and preserve the American way of life, which began in 1492 when Columbus discovered America,' Trump says

HEADLESS. People photograph a statue depicting Christopher Columbus which had its head removed at Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park on June 10, 2020 in Boston, Massachusetts. Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images/AFP

UK historian quits Cambridge over slavery claim

Jul 05, 2020 - 9:50 AM

Professor David Starkey is also dropped by his publisher HarperCollins

RESIGNED. British royal historian Professor David Starkey resigns from Cambridge. File photo from AFP

$500,000 bond set for Atlanta officer who shot black man

Jul 01, 2020 - 9:39 AM

'This court does not feel this amount is excessive,' Judge Jane Barwick says

SIGN. Police are seen behind a protester's placard standing guard on a bridge as protestors block the road next to burned Wendy's restaurant on the fourth day following Rayshard Brooks' shooting death. Photo by Chandan Khanna/AFP

[OPINION] I can’t breathe: How racial justice is connected to climate justice

Jun 30, 2020 - 3:50 PM

'In the picture of how racial supremacy and environmental decay are put together, violence is front and center'

U.S. couple draw guns on protesters passing their mansion

Jun 30, 2020 - 9:36 AM

Trump retweets without comment the video of the white couple pointing a semi-automatic rifle and a handgun at the protesters, the majority of whom were black

GUN. This screen grab taken from a video shows Mark McCloskey, 63, and his 61-year-old wife, Patricia, standing outside their home and holding guns including a semi-automatic rifle at Black Lives Matter protesters who were marching toward the residence of St Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson on June 28, 2020 in St Louis, Missouri. Photo from Eurovision/AFP

[ANALYSIS] The racial and genocidal underpinnings of the American Way of War

Jun 29, 2020 - 8:00 PM

Racism has been a central feature of the way the United States has waged its wars

Mississippi votes to remove Confederate symbol from state flag

Jun 29, 2020 - 11:08 AM

'In the name of history, whether you're black or white, rich or poor, Democrat or Republican, I ask you today to stand in the name of history,' Democratic senator Derrick T Simmons urges his colleagues before the vote

NO MORE. A protestor rolls up the Mississippi flag after the state legislature voted to change it, outside the Mississippi State Capitol building in Jackson, Mississippi on June 28, 2020. Photo by Rory Doyle/AFP

Trump tweets – then deletes – video of fan yelling 'white power'

Jun 29, 2020 - 8:42 AM

The phrase 'white power' is considered synonymous with a call for white supremacism. The phrase has been espoused by neo-Nazis, skinheads, and Ku Klux Klan members.

Trump file photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Probe ordered into police death of black man in Colorado as anger flares

Jun 26, 2020 - 11:33 AM

Elijah McClain, 23, died last August in Aurora, near Denver, 3 days after he was put in a chokehold by police, injected with ketamine to sedate him, and suffered cardiac arrest

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 06: A protester holds up a sign on the recently rename Black Lives Matter Plaza near the White House as the sun sets during continued demonstrations on June 6, 2020 in Washington, DC. This is the 12th day of protests since George Floyd died in Minneapolis police custody on May 25. Samuel Corum/Getty Images/AFP

Unilever to rename skin-lightening cream in India, Bangladesh

Jun 25, 2020 - 11:45 PM

(UPDATED) Unilever is dropping 'Fair' from the name of its Fair & Lovely cream, saying it is 'committed to celebrating all skin tones'

Elite UK school Eton apologizing to ex-pupil for racist abuse

Jun 25, 2020 - 3:47 PM

'We have made significant strides since Mr Onyeama was at Eton but... we have to have the institutional and personal humility to acknowledge that we still have more to do,' says the school head

APOLOGIZE. The faced of Eton College in England. Shutterstock.com

Trump warns against attacking monuments as Guard troops mobilized

Jun 25, 2020 - 9:55 AM

'Now they are looking at Jesus Christ, they are looking at George Washington, they are looking at Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson,' Trump alleges

TAKE DOWN. Protesters attempt to pull down the statue of Andrew Jackson in Lafayette Square near the White House on June 22, 2020 in Washington, DC. Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

3 men charged with murder of U.S. black jogger Ahmaud Arbery

Jun 25, 2020 - 9:02 AM

9 counts, including murder, aggravated assault, and false imprisonment are laid against the 3 men

MOURNING. Jasmine Arbery, sister of Ahmaud Arbery (R) and Wanda Cooper-Jones, Ahmaud's mother, comfort one another while people gather to honor Ahmaud at Sidney Lanier Park on May 9, 2020 in Brunswick, Georgia. Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images/AFP

[OPINION] Why you can't support both #BlackLivesMatter and Duterte’s drug war

Jun 24, 2020 - 2:59 PM

'If you are performatively hashtagging about the murders of Michael, Breonna, and Trayvon, you cannot congratulate the murders of Kian, Jefferson, Carl, and over 20,000 other Filipinos'

Twitter hides 'abusive' Trump tweet targeting protestors

Jun 24, 2020 - 7:59 AM

The new, aggressive stand by Twitter on rule-breaking by the president stands in contrast with Facebook, which has maintained a largely hands-off policy

[OPINION] Anti-Black attitudes among Filipinos, in the context of the U.S. Empire

Jun 23, 2020 - 5:57 PM

'How come Filipino postcolonial sensitivities side with the white colonizers rather than with the formerly colonized (such as ourselves) and enslaved peoples?'

Protestors try to topple statue outside White House

Jun 23, 2020 - 9:42 AM

Several hundred protestors are pushed back by at least 100 security force personnel after they had thrown ropes around the statue of Andrew Jackson

TAKE DOWN. Protesters attempt to pull down the statue of Andrew Jackson in Lafayette Square near the White House on June 22, 2020 in Washington, DC. Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

New York City to remove Roosevelt statue over racism concerns

Jun 22, 2020 - 9:47 PM

Former US president Theodore Roosevelt, while celebrated as a conservationist and progressive at the time, also held racist views towards black and Native American people, according to the American Museum of Natural History website

Manhattan, NY protest George Floyd's death on May 31, 2020. Photo by Ryan Songalia/Rappler

Black-owned eateries buoyed by grassroots support since virus hit

Jun 21, 2020 - 3:45 PM

Numerous studies show that black business owners, and in particular those in the food industry, are among the worst hit by the coronavirus pandemic in the United States

Oji Abbott "Chef O" sits in front of his restaurant Oohh's and Aahh's, one of the many on U Street, June 15, 2020, in Washington, DC. - Media, activist and business initiatives to support African-American restaurant owners have been stepping up in recent weeks in the wake of the historic anti-racism movement in the US since the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man in his forties who was killed by a white policeman on 25 May. Numerous studies have shown that African-American entrepreneurs, particularly in the service sector such as restaurants, have suffered most severely from the economic and health crisis caused by Covid-19. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP)

[OPINION] Little brown Americans

Jun 21, 2020 - 1:00 PM

'We tend to think we are the crème de la crème of Southeast Asia mainly because of our high proficiency in [English]'

U.N. resolution condemns systemic racism without naming U.S.

Jun 19, 2020 - 10:53 PM

An initially strongly-worded text proposed earlier this week is watered down, first to remove the call for an international probe, and finally to strip away any mention of the United States

UN RESOLUTION. General view of the United Nations Human Rights Council on March 13, 2018, in Geneva. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Klobuchar exits VP contention, says Biden should pick black woman

Jun 19, 2020 - 1:04 PM

US Senator Amy Klobuchar says the protests that erupted in the aftermath of a brutal police killing of a black man in her state of Minnesota helped her realize the need for greater diversity in the presidential contest

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 11: Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., gives her opening statement during a Senate Judiciary Committee business meeting on Capitol Hill on June 11, 2020 in Washington, DC. Senate committee gathered to vote on authorizing 35 subpoenas into the origins of the FBIs Russia investigation, dubbed Crossfire Hurricane. Carolyn Kaster-Pool/Getty Images/AFP POOL / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP

Church and Bank of England apologize for slavery roles

Jun 19, 2020 - 11:15 AM

Research finds that nearly 100 clergymen and 6 governors plus 4 directors of the bank benefitted from slavery

A pedestrian walks past the Bank of England in London on June 17, 2020. - The Bank of England, confronted by Britain's collapsing coronavirus-ravaged economy, will on June 18 reveal the outcome of its latest monetary policy meeting with analysts predicting more stimulus. The British central bank has been at the forefront of economic fire-fighting over this year's deadly COVID-19 emergency -- and could expand its quantitative easing (QE) stimulus in an attempt to kickstart growth. (Photo by Tolga Akmen / AFP)

Juneteenth, commemorating end of slavery in U.S.

Jun 19, 2020 - 10:51 AM

Juneteenth is most often celebrated with backyard cookouts and prayer services but some cities hold parades and other events

A statue of Confederate States President Jefferson Davis lies on the street after protesters pulled it down in Richmond, Virginia, on June 10, 2020. The symbols of the Confederate States and its support for slavery are being targeted for removal following the May 25, 2020, death of George Floyd while in police custody. Parker Michels-Boyce / AFP

U.N. urged to hold U.S. 'accountable' over racism, police violence

Jun 19, 2020 - 10:11 AM

The American Civil Liberties Union warns countries that 'partial or half-baked measures of accountability won't remedy structural racism'

BLACK LIVES MATTER. The reinvigorated anti-racism movement has spurred changes in the worldwide entertainment scene. Photo from Shutterstock

Atlanta police officer charged with murder for shooting black man

Jun 18, 2020 - 9:00 AM

Atlanta District Attorney Paul Howard says police officer Garrett Rolfe aggravated the case by kicking Rayshard Brooks' body as he lay on the ground bleeding

SIGN. Police are seen behind a protester's placard standing guard on a bridge as protestors block the road next to burned Wendy's restaurant on the fourth day following Rayshard Brooks' shooting death. Photo by Chandan Khanna/AFP

U.S. Republicans unveil police reform bill focusing on transparency

Jun 18, 2020 - 8:42 AM

'This is not about trying to create partisan differences. This is about coming together and getting an outcome,' says Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell

INJUSTICE. Military Police face off with protesters across from the White House on May 30, 2020 in Washington DC, during a protest over the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, who died after a Minneapolis police officer kneeled on his neck for several minutes. Photo by Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP

U.S. brands Aunt Jemima and Uncle Ben's to change amid protests

Jun 18, 2020 - 12:15 AM

(UPDATED) The Aunt Jemima line of pancake syrup and batter will be renamed, while the Uncle Ben's brand of rice dishes will 'evolve'

Boxes of Aunt Jemima pancake mix are seen on a store shelf on June 17, 2020 in Washington,DC. - The Aunt Jemima brand of syrup and pancake mix will get a new name and image, Quaker Oats announced on June 17, 2020, saying that the company recognizes that "Aunt Jemima's origins are based on a racial stereotype." The 130-year-old brand features a Black woman named Aunt Jemima, who was originally dressed as a minstrel character. Quaker, a subsidiary of PepsiCo, said removing the image and name is part of an effort by the company “to make progress toward racial equality.” (Photo by Eva HAMBACH / AFP)

Floyd's brother tells U.N. 'black lives do not matter' in U.S.

Jun 17, 2020 - 10:15 PM

'You in the United Nations are your brothers' and sisters' keepers in America, and you have the power to help us get justice for my brother George Floyd,' says Philonise Floyd

PROBE. George Floyd's brother Philonise is seen on a TV screen during his speech at the opening of an urgent debate on 'systemic racism' in the United States and beyond at the Human Rights Council on June 17, 2020 in Geneva. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Adidas rejects allegations of workplace racism

Jun 17, 2020 - 7:40 PM

'Adidas and Reebok have always been and will always be against discrimination in all forms,' says Adidas

SPORTSWEAR GIANT. An Adidas outlet is pictured in Berlin, Germany, on March 29, 2020. Photo by Odd Andersen/AFP

[OPINION] Injustice anywhere is a threat everywhere

Jun 17, 2020 - 6:40 PM

'Racism operates under similar rules with the pandemic we face. Its spread and reach are dependent on the ignorance and selfishness of individuals.'

Extreme right 'boogaloo' follower charged with police murders

Jun 17, 2020 - 10:15 AM

Officials say the suspect is associated with the underground 'boogaloo bois' ideology, which espouses a mix of anti-government extremism and civil and race war.

BOOGALOO. A member of the far-right militia, Boogaloo Bois, walks next to protestors demonstrating outside downtown Charlotte, North Carolina, on May 29, 2020. Photo by Logan Cyrus/AFP

Africa urges U.N. probe of U.S. 'systemic racism,' police violence

Jun 17, 2020 - 10:05 AM

'When national processes consistently fail, international processes are needed,' says John Fisher, head of Human Rights Watch's Geneva office


Trump signs police reform order to end 'patterns of failure'

Jun 17, 2020 - 12:11 AM

(UPDATED) The presidential directive provides funding incentives for police departments nationwide to include a ban on choke holds and extra training on guidelines for the use of force

POLICE REFORM. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump speaks to reporters on his way to Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House on May 14, 2020, in Washington, DC. File photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

Pentagon surplus handouts stoke the militarization of U.S. police

Jun 16, 2020 - 11:18 AM

Camouflage uniforms and combat gear, heavily armored anti-mine vehicles, and high-powered assault weapons – they aren't there by accident

Tear gas rises above as protesters face off with police during a demonstration outside the White House over the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis Police in Washington, DC, on May 31, 2020. - Thousands of National Guard troops patrolled major US cities after five consecutive nights of protests over racism and police brutality that boiled over into arson and looting, sending shock waves through the country. The death Monday of an unarmed black man, George Floyd, at the hands of police in Minneapolis ignited this latest wave of outrage in the US over law enforcement's repeated use of lethal force against African Americans -- this one like others before captured on cellphone video. (Photo by Samuel Corum / AFP)

L.A. sheriff vows 'thorough' probe after black man found hanging from tree

Jun 16, 2020 - 10:27 AM

Questions are also raised following a similar death last month of another black man

'Guardians not warriors': Atlanta mayor orders police reforms

Jun 16, 2020 - 9:42 AM

The mayor describes the police shooting of 27-year-old Rayshard Brooks as a 'murder' and said it 'didn't have to end that way'

RESIST. People gather outside the Georgia State Capitol during a protest against police brutality on June 6, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. Photo by Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images/AFP

U.N. rights council agrees to urgent debate on racism, police violence

Jun 15, 2020 - 7:14 PM

It is only the fifth time in the council's 14-year history that it has agreed to hold an 'urgent debate,' which is a special debate agreed upon within a regular session of the council

UNHRC. The UN's top rights body agrees to a request from African countries to urgently debate racism and police brutality. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

UK's Johnson announces inequality review after anti-racism protests

Jun 15, 2020 - 5:52 PM

Britain has been rocked by protests against racial discrimination, some of them violent, following the death of George Floyd

PROTESTS. Protestors march during an anti-racism demonstration in London, on June 3, 2020, after George Floyd, an unarmed black man died during an arrest in Minneapolis, USA. File photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

[OPINION] Black lives should matter to us too

Jun 15, 2020 - 5:03 PM

'There are 3 million Filipinos in the US for whom racism is a daily experience. I personally experienced this racism.'

Another police killing of a black man stokes U.S. tension, debate

Jun 15, 2020 - 11:03 AM

A Wendy's restaurant where 27-year-old Rayshard Brooks was killed is set on fire, and hundreds of people march to protest the killing

POWER. A man gestures at the site of a Wendy's restaurant set ablaze overnight on June 14, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. Photo by Dustin Chambers/Getty Images/AFP

America's original sin: Floyd death prompts historical soul-searching

Jun 13, 2020 - 10:16 PM

'We're seeing tens of millions, if not hundreds of millions, of Americans wrestling with fundamental questions of what do we do with the unsavory – and, let's be frank, even immoral – aspects of our past.'

A statue of Confederate States President Jefferson Davis lies on the street after protesters pulled it down in Richmond, Virginia, on June 10, 2020. The symbols of the Confederate States and its support for slavery are being targeted for removal following the May 25, 2020, death of George Floyd while in police custody. Parker Michels-Boyce / AFP

Furious French police protest racism claims

Jun 12, 2020 - 10:25 PM

French police have often faced accusations of excessive violence, with some incidents caught on video sparking widespread outrage

More Belgian statues targeted in anti-racist protests

Jun 12, 2020 - 9:32 PM

Waves of global anti-racism protests have reinvigorated campaigners against the brutal exploitation of Belgium's former central African colonies

UK PM defends history in statue row

Jun 12, 2020 - 9:12 PM

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson believes peaceful anti-racism demonstrations in London have been 'hijacked by extremists'

Trudeau says racism exists in all Canada institutions

Jun 12, 2020 - 11:15 AM

Trudeau himself takes a knee, a popular protest gesture, at a demonstration outside his office