Racism

UK NEWS: REMEMBERING THE NEW CROSS FIRE 30 YEARS ON

“The New Cross Fire killed 13 young black people during a birthday party in a house in New Cross, Southeast London on Sunday January 18th, 1981 The party was a joint birthday celebration for Yvonne Ruddock and Angela Jackson and was held at 439 New Cross Road, going on throughout the night. There was a fairly high degree of racial tension in New Cross, as it was well known that the far right group the National Front were active in the area. []

UK NEWS: PIZZA HUT ACCUSED OF RACISM AFTER BLACK FOOTBALLERS WERE ASKED TO PAY IN ADVANCE FOR THEIR MEALS BECAUSE OF THE WAY THEY LOOKED

I only found out about this incident yesterday so please forgive the lateness of this post. Via The Mirror PIZZA Hut was accused of racism last week after asking a group of black professional footballers to pay in advance for their meals. The demand was made as a table of white youngsters seated nearby were allowed to settle up after eating. Five AFC Bournemouth players were stunned when a duty manager told them to pay up front because of “the way you lot look”. []

UK NEWS: N-DUBZ DRUMMER FOUND GUILTY OF SEXUALLY ASSAULTING TWO GIRLS

Via BBC News The drummer of award-winning band N-Dubz has been found guilty of sexually assaulting two women in Glasgow. Aaron Fagan, 25, groped the women at Strathclyde University students’ union in John Street on 1 October last year. Speaking following the verdict at Glasgow Sheriff Court, Fagan said he had been  “convicted with no facts” by “a white jury”. “I’m a black man and I have been tried by a white jury. It’s pretty clear what happened in that court and []

UK NEWS: PREMIER LEAGUE FOOTBALLER ALLEGEDLY ATTACKED SISTER IN ROW OVER HER MIXED-RACE BOYFRIEND

  Via The Daily Mail  Premier League footballer Calum Davenport called his pregnant sister a ‘whore’ and a ‘form of cancer’ before headbutting her and biting her face, a court heard today.  Davenport, a former West Ham defender, launched the ferocious attack on his sister Cara after she fell pregnant to her mixed-race boyfriend, Luton Crown Court in Bedfordshire heard.  Prosecutor Beverley Cripps said Miss Whitehurst, 29, was asleep in the house along with her four-year-old mixed race son, Calum Junior, when Davenport []

UK NEWS: FORMER POLICE CONSTABLE AND SERVING OFFICER ARRESTED OVER STEPHEN LAWRENCE MURDER

Via Overground Online A former police constable and a serving officer have been arrested for allegedly withholding evidence from the inquiry into murder of Stephen Lawrence. This does not surprise me!  Those of us with sense who refuse to walk around with our eyes closed know that police corruption (as well as racism) helped to ensure that Stephen’s murderers walked! 16 years later…. PITIFUL!  Rest In Peace Stephen.

SINGER LEONA LEWIS TALKS OF EXPERIENCING RACISM IN LONDON STORE

Singer Leona Lewis talks about experiencing racism in a trendy London store. An experience that left her devastated and angry. Via The Daily Mail   ‘I went into a shop while my dad waited outside because he was on the phone,’ she says. ‘I picked out a few photo frames, put them on the side to buy them and asked the lady who worked there about some other stuff in the shop. ‘She was incredibly stand-offish with me and I couldn’t understand why. I went up to the []

‘COUPLES RETREAT’ FILM POSTER: UNIVERSAL PICTURES YOU HAVE SOME EXPLAINING TO DO!

It was brought to my attention last night that the international promotional poster for the newly released film Couples Retreat starring African-American actors Faizon Love and Kali Hawk is terribly misleading. A friend told me that Faizon Love and Kali Hawk both have relatively big roles in this film. But you wouldn’t know that from looking at the promotional poster created for the international market. Check out the differences between the US market and the International market posters below.  The poster created for the US market.  OK so Faizon and Kali []

UK NEWS: STRICTLY COME DANCING STAR APOLOGISES FOR RACIAL SLUR

Via The Guardian The BBC has received 63 complaints after it emerged Strictly Come Dancing star Anton Du Beke called his dance partner Laila Rouass a “Paki”. The dancer issued an apology after the News of the World revealed he had used the offensive term to describe the actor Laila Rouass, his partner on the BBC1 show. Du Beke reportedly said Rouass, who is mixed race, “looked like a Paki” after she turned up to a rehearsal with a spray tan. Rouass []

UK EVENT: FIGHT THE POWER

Spike Lee’s 1989 classic film Do the Right Thing was both celebrated and reviled on its release 20 years ago, so this month (7th – 30th September) BFI Southbank will introduce a season that includes some of the films that influenced its making, as well as those it influenced. Click HERE  for more information/booking details. [Thanks Nessa]