Yesterday I posted about the Italian woman who was forced into a C Section because, according to British Child Services, she had suffered a mental breakdown. In my post, I said that I had heard similar stories about migrant women (not the forcible birth but the involvement of Child Services because their motherhood skills are questioned more often than their White counterparts). I had no data about the Italian woman in question so I did not feel comfortable speculating about her ethnicity. However, for the past 24 hours I have been monitoring a number of Italian news sites in the hopes that more info about the woman becomes available. English speaking media is behind its Italian counterpart in updating the development of this story. A moment ago I finally found what I had suspected. Via Repubblica (translation from Italian mine):
“I want my daughter back, I am suffering like an animal. I was forced into a C-Section without my consent. The day of the forced delivery I thought they were moving me from one room to another while I kept saying I wanted to return to Italy. Then I was sedated and when I woke up, she was gone. She was taken away from me.
Speaking like a wounded mother, Alessandra Panchieri, 35 years old, from Chainciano. She is the woman who suffers from bipolar disorder whose daughter was taken away in Essex, England. […]
The baby’s father, who is from Senegal, and an American relative of mine, Indra Armstrong, were both available to take care of the child but the British social services have ignored this. Why? Why did nobody help me?”
And there you have it. The baby’s father, who was willing and available to take care of the child, is from Senegal.
Her mother is A. She is an Italian national. Her father is B who is a Senegalese national, he is currently living in Italy. His situation is unclear, as I understand it he travelled there under a student visa, at least on one version, and is an over-stayer. He certainly has no status in Italy and he is unable, as I understand it, as a result of his status, either to leave Italy at all , and is certainly not able to come to the United Kingdom.
This is what happens to children of color born from an undocumented parent. Given away like the spoils of the Empire, to decide their fate and future.
Hempstead Independent School District (ISD) in Texas has confirmed that a middle school principal has been placed on leave after Latin@ students said that she forbade the entire school from speaking Spanish.
A group of students told KHOU that Hempstead Middle School Principal Amy Lacey announced over the intercom on Nov. 12 that they were no longer to use their native language in order to “prevent disruptions.”
It was over two weeks later before the superintendent sent a letter home insisting that “neither the district or any campus has any policy prohibiting the speaking of Spanish.”
But the students said that the effect of the ban had been chilling.
“People don’t want to speak it no more, and they don’t want to get caught speaking it because they’re going to get in trouble,” sixth-grade student Kiara Lozano explained to KHOU.
Some students felt that the principal gave teachers permission to discriminate against them.
“She was like no speaking Spanish,” eighth-grader Yedhany Gallegos recalled. “I was like that’s my first language. She said, well you can get out.”
Hempstead ISD spokesperson Laurie Bettis said in a statement that Lacey had been placed on leave while the district investigated the charges.
“The district has received allegations regarding this issue and the district is investigating the matter,” Bettis wrote. “At this time, the administrator is on administrative leave with pay until the investigation is completed and appropriate action is determined. This is all we can say at this time as there is a pending investigation on this matter.”
“The district is committed to efficiently and effectively resolving this matter with as little disruption to our students and their learning environment as possible.”
It’s the schools job as an institute for learning to make the environment comfortable enough for ALL students to learn. Not to beat down a whole population of students until the institution is comfortable having them there.
This is how we have such a wide opportunity gap. The hidden institutionalized discrimination occurring in our schools. As a person who teaches in a school with high percentages of ELL (English language learners) students, this sentiment is way more common than you think.
This old immigrant dude selling fruit was like are you Japanese and I said no but I was nice about it and I give other immigrants a little more leeway
I get into the building and in the elevator this white guy fucking STARTS THE CONVERSATION with “I was just in Japan” and I stared at him completely deadpan and was like I am not Japanese and he was like oh sorry and I was like you shouldn’t assume things about anyone and he got so fucking defensive and was like well it’s your outfit it looks really Harajuku I guess this what you get for trying to be polite and make conversation and I’m like fucking really I have headphones in and it’s 8:30 does it look like I want to make conversation with your entitled ass?
The other two women in the elevator with me were like wow that was gross
Really I want to talk to you when all cues say DON’T FUCKING TALK TO ME and then get all defensive when I call you out for making stupid ass assumptions
The entitlement is really too much I can’t handle it
I actually think that I give asian immigrants way more leeway (and other asians) because when we ask this, it’s more of a “are you one of us? can we bond over common experiences? languages? please?”
and then when white ppl do it it’s like “YOUR ETHNICITY IS MY GAME SHOW LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT YOUR CULTURE AMIRITE”
by Nantina Vgontzas | Washington Square News
Last week, WSN asked me to explain why I participated in the March on the CUNY Machine. Alas, my response didn’t make it into the following day’s coverage. So, here it is in full: a case for why we are all cogs in the machine — or why the struggle at the City University of New York is relevant to students at NYU, and why more of us should be down at the barricades supporting it.
This semester, students, workers and community members have continued a decades-long fight against the corporatization and militarization of CUNY. At a time of intensified budget cuts and tuition hikes, students have been told to welcome the return of the Army Senior Reserve Officers Training Corps, or ROTC, and to forget the resistance efforts that led to its banishment in 1971. They’ve been told to listen to David Petraeus as he pontificates on whether we are “On the Threshold of the North American Decade.” They’ve been told by right-wing think tanks that, as a “diverse and growing population,” they “can help supply the cultural competency and language skills the military needs to fulfill its many and varied global responsibilities.”
The CUNY administration clearly underestimated the cultural competency of its students and, in retaliation to their voiced opposition to its classist, racist and imperialist agenda, has resorted to brute force. Student activists have been arrested, threatened with expulsion, their spaces seized, their “expressive activity” soon to be restricted — if, that is, the Board of Trustees has its way. Meanwhile, the agency that Professor Petraeus directed from September 2011 to November 2012 — the CIA — continues to oversee U.S. drone attacks in Pakistan, Yemen and other countries, which in 2011 resulted in 435 casualties in Pakistan alone and, in 2012, in 304 casualties. These facts have great meaning for a school where many students come from countries with deep histories of CIA intervention.
this is an interesting point, although mathematically inaccurate: assuming the women:men, 0.78:1 ratio is correct, men make $1.28 for every woman’s $1
White people are still the ~standard so that’s not so revolutionary.
A white man makes $1.34 for every dollar that a black man makes
A white man makes $1.52 for every dollar that a latino man makes
A white man makes $1.24 for every dollar that a white woman makes
A white man makes $1.44 for every dollar that a black woman makes
A white man makes $1.67 for every dollar that a latina woman makes
That’s some bullshit right there.
Trigger warning for sex tourism
PARADISE: LOVE - TRAILER
On the beaches of Kenya, they’re known as “Sugar Mamas:” European women who seek out African boys, selling love to earn a living. Teresa, a 50-year-old Austrian and mother of a daughter entering puberty, travels to this vacation paradise. She goes from one Beach Boy to the next, from one disappointment to the next, and finally she must recognize: on the beaches of Kenya, love is a business.
So are we supposed to feel bad for the white lady or nah?
why does the media keep tryina make me feel sorry for rich, amoral white ladies? I can’t do it…
I see these women a lot when I go to Mombasa. They’re literally just sex tourists and I side eye this film for trying to humanise them
I AM SO ANNOYED right now. I am so annoyed right now.
this is disgusting
also a good reminder that it isn’t only white men who engage in sex tourism
WHITE WOMEN ARE AND ALWAYS HAVE BEEN COMPLICIT IN WHITE SUPREMACY
This stuff is very rampant all over Africa and the Caribbean. In Jamaica, they call it “rent a rasta” or a “rent a dread”. Divorced white women are blowing their alimony payments on “rent a rasta” in Jamaica. See a trailer for a documentary of it here.
In Nigeria, there are small pockets of women from the UK who have “rent boys” in cities like Port Harcourt, Uyo and Calabar. They prefer those places because they are very hospitable to foreigners, and it isn’t as congested or hectic like Lagos for instance. They can come and go as they please, and the likelihood of them getting scammed is much lower. They have boys the posted up in flats, and they visit them several times a year.
Make no mistake about it though, these women are predators. Their rent boys are usually young, around 18 and 19. You will rarely see them with men over 25. The younger ones are easier and cheaper to maintain, and they have high sex drives, which is why they are there. It’s a commodification of a taboo; sex with a black person. They get to live out their wild fantasies, and then they go home to their mundane, boring lives.
I’m always weary of white people in Africa in general. Be it ex-pats, vacationers, NGOs, UN peacekeepers, church groups or anyone else. There always seem to be ulterior motives with them, no matter how benevolent they appear on the surface. They will find a way to impose their sexual will and desires over people who are less fortunate. In the DRC, UN “peacekeepers” were violating young girls. Child prostitution was rampant, and many were leaving girls pregnant. See here. This type of thing is widespread.
When white folks go to some tropical getaway where only black and brown folks are, the impetus for a lot of those trips are cheap thrills and cheap sex. They didn’t fly half way around the world just to lie down on a beach. Especially if it’s a solo trip. They could have done that in locales much closer to home. 50 year old white men don’t go on solo trips to Kenya, the Dominican Republic or Thailand to take in the culture and to see the beach. They go for cheap sex, often with minors. White women are following their lead.
Anyway, what irks me about documentaries that focus on white women who partake in sex tourism is that they always try to humanize them, or make them out to be helpless women looking for love. No, these women are predators who are exploiting young men for sex. These dudes are poor. These white women aren’t going after the movers and shakers in society, or people with money in the countries they visit. They know what they’re doing and their targets are the poor and vulnerable. They wave a few bucks in their face so they can have their way with their bodies. This is what it is.
In what began as a push to set up an independent public school district, the Village St. George community in Louisiana has now gathered almost half the signatures necessary to become its own city. The southern unincorporated portion of East Baton Rouge Parish is petitioning its 107,262 residents to form a local governing body, potentially creating Louisiana
that’s one of the intangible things I love about my annual trips to the motherland
as long as I don’t open my mouth, no one questions why I’m in a store, a restaurant, a home, a side alley, a public pool, a location with people
not the way I’m wordlessly questioned here—that eye twitch, that lip curl, that brow raise, that split-second glance before turning the head back to whatever your punk-ass was staring at
like, the very thought of some petted expat expecting and demanding that same acceptance in another country—like indonesia—when they were probably accepted without a second thought Back Home makes me see red
when the only time my presence feels natural isn’t even in my own fucking backyard you get me?
Hoodlum is a word that’s been used for about 140 years to describe what Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines as “a tough and violent criminal” or “a young ruffian.”
The exact etymology of hoodlum is unknown, but references to “hoodlums” roaming the streets of San Francisco first surfaced in the media in 1871. An article in the Cincinnati Commercial that year made reference to a young man who moved to the city to “escape the bullying of the San Francisco ‘hoodlums.’”
On June 9, 1871, a cigar store owner named Ah Lee was beaten to death outside his store by a gang of young hoodlums, one of whom was only 14.
San Francisco’s then-police chief Patrick Crowley took note of the gangs forming in the city in his 1872 annual report, noting: “There is one evil which I mention with regret … it is the disposition on the part of many young men and lads to commit acts of violence and mischief.”
Chinese workers were a frequent target of the “young men and lads” that Crowley mentioned. Chinese immigrants began to settle in the United States in the mid-19th century due to the California gold rush and the construction of the first transcontinental railroad. (By 1860, 6 percent of San Francisco’s residents were of Chinese descent. Between 1869 and 1876, an average of 15,000 new Chinese workers arrived each year.)
1. Kiowa girl. Photographed 1890.
2. Photo of Hopi women by Edward S. Curtis, circa 1906
3. Sixapo (aka Black Plume, aka Long Mane) - Blackfoot (Kainai) - 1895
4. Beaver Tail, Stony Brave, British Columbia
5. Ansel Adams - Navaho Girl - Canyon de Chelle - Arizona - 1941
6. Hattie Tom, a Chiricahua Apache (1899).
7. Three Lakota boys on their arrival at the Carlisle Indian School
Yes, these are images of Native beauty. But as they’re bounced around the tumblrverse, please take a minute to read about Edward S. Curtis and Carlisle Indian School. There’s a lot more to these images than meets the eye
[This blog post] featured photographs by Edward S. Curtis—infamous white scumbag red face practitioner. Curtis received $$ from Harvard to document what he believed to be the “vanishing race” and would dodge & burn the photographs (particularly of watches, certain clothing) to fit his imaginary “vanishing native” look. Post-colonial scholars have gone into his negatives to find that he really went out of his way to print portraits with solemn expressions—that is, even if someone smiled the majority of their sitting, he would select one sad look because he believed that he was documenting the end of a race. Yes, that is how stupid and arrogant he was. He thought he would be the great white man to capture the sad beauty of a forgotten people. For these reasons, it’s important for us not to celebrate his prints & his curation. The world should demand to see the archive, the negatives, unaltered, watch filled—full of expressions he did not approve. — viasunyah
A faculty member at Minneapolis Community and Technical College, Shannon Gibney, received a formal reprimand for her handling of a discussion about structural racism in her Introduction to Mass Communication course.
According to Gibney inan interview with City College News, a white male student asked her, “Why do we have to talk about this in every class? Why do we have to talk about this?”
She claims she was shocked, because “[h]is whole demeanor was very defensive. He was taking it personally. I tried to explain, of course, in a reasonable manner — as reasonable as I could given the fact that I was being interrupted and put on the spot in the middle of class — that this is unfortunately the context of 21st century America.”
Gibney says another white male student followed the first, saying “Yeah, I don’t get this either. It’s like people are trying to say that white men are always the villains, the bad guys. Why do we have to say this?”
When Gibney attempted, again, to inform the students that they were mistaking a systemic critique for a personal attack, the students continued to argue. Eventually, she told them that “if you’re really upset, feel free to go down to legal affairs and file a racial harassment discrimination complaint.” This is exactly what they did.
Gibney is familiar with white male students taking discussions about structural racism as personal attacks, as it has happened before: ina 2009 incident, an editor of the school newspaper took offense at a similar discussion. In both that case and this one, Gibney received an official reprimand. After the latest accusation, the Vice President of Academic Affairs appended a letter to her file, in which he said he found it “it troubling that the manner in which you led a discussion on the very important topic of of structural racism alienated two students who may have been most in need of learning about this subject.”
“While I believe it was your intention to discuss structural racism generally,” he continued, “it was inappropriate for you to single out white male students in class. Your actions in [targeting] select students based on their race and gender caused them embarrassment and created a hostile learning environment.”
Gibney told lawyers at an investigatory meeting for an anti-discrimination lawsuit she and six other professors are filling against MCTC that the vice president’s words “have helped those three white male students succeed in undermining my authority as one of the few remaining black female professors here.”
There’s a lot of irony in this story. In the students’ subsequent freak out about feeling “singled out” about structural racism they went over her head and tried to get the professor fired…indicating structural racism.
(white) students who are angry about being forced to learn about structural racism…using structural racism to silence a (black) professor lecturing on structural racism. yea, why do we have to talk about this “in every class” again? (shannon also happens to be a badass adoptee activist)
Three black students waiting for bus arrested after cops order them to ‘disperse’
Three African-American students who were waiting for a school bus in Rochester, New York were arrested on Wednesday morning when police officer told them to “disperse,” even though witnesses said they did nothing wrong.
According to WROC, basketball coach Jacob Scott had arranged for a school bus to pick up the boys to take them to a scrimmage on a day when school was closed.
A police report claimed that the boys were blocking “pedestrian traffic while standing on a public sidewalk…preventing free passage of citizens walking by and attempting to enter and exit a store…Your complainant gave several lawful clear and concise orders for the group to disperse and leave the area without complaince [sic].”
But the students and the coach dispute the police version of events.
“We didn’t do nothing,” student Raliek Redd explained. “We was just trying to go to our scrimmage.”
“We was just waiting for our bus and he started arrested us,” student Wan’Tauhjs Weathers added.
Daequon Carelock, who was also arrested, lamented that anyone could be “just downtown, minding your own business, and next thing you know, anything can happen.”
Coach Scott arrived just as the boys were being handcuffed and was also threatened with arrest.
“He goes on to say, ‘If you don’t disperse, you’re going to get booked as well,’” Scott recalled. “I said, ‘Sir, I’m the adult. I’m their varsity basketball coach. How can you book me? What am I doing wrong? Matter of fact, what are these guys doing wrong?’”
“One of the police officers actually told me, if he had a big enough caravan, he would take all of us downtown,” he noted.
Scott called the incident a “catastrophe” for the boys and witnesses who were traumatized by the arrest.
“These young men were doing nothing wrong, nothing wrong. They did exactly what they were supposed to do and still they get arrested,” Scott remarked. “I’m speaking to the officers with dignity…and still and yet – they see me get treated like nothing.”
Rochester school board member Mary Adams expressed her outrage at the arraignment last week.
“I think the charges should be immediately dropped and I think the district attorney’s office should be stepping in and looking at these kinds of matters,” she said.
“I’m very concerned about a pattern of young people being abused by police authority,” Adams told WHEC. “To me, this seems like a really clear case, part of a pattern.”
A trial for the three students is scheduled for December 11.