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September 19 2019


China Is Treating Islam Like a Mental Illness

«The sheer scale of the internment camp system, which according to The Wall Street Journal has doubled in China’s northwestern Xinjiang region just within the last year, is mindboggling. The U.S. Congressional-Executive Commission on China describes it as “the largest mass incarceration of a minority population in the world today.” Beijing began by targeting Uighur extremists, but now even benign manifestations of Muslim identity—like growing a long beard—can get a Uighur sent to a camp, the Journal noted. Earlier this month, when a UN panel confronted a senior Chinese official about the camps, he said there are “no such things as reeducation centers,” even though government documents refer to the facilities that way. Instead, he claimed they’re just vocational schools for criminals.

China has been selling a very different narrative to its own population. Although the authorities frequently describe the internment camps as schools, they also liken them to another type of institution: hospitals. Here’s an excerpt from an official Communist Party audio recording, which was transmitted last year to Uighurs via WeChat, a social-media platform, and which was transcribed and translated by Radio Free Asia:

Members of the public who have been chosen for reeducation have been infected by an ideological illness. They have been infected with religious extremism and violent terrorist ideology, and therefore they must seek treatment from a hospital as an inpatient. … The religious extremist ideology is a type of poisonous medicine, which confuses the mind of the people. … If we do not eradicate religious extremism at its roots, the violent terrorist incidents will grow and spread all over like an incurable malignant tumor.

“Religious belief is seen as a pathology” in China, explained James Millward, a professor of Chinese history at Georgetown University, adding that Beijing often claims religion fuels extremism and separatism. “So now they’re calling reeducation camps ‘hospitals’ meant to cure thinking. It’s like an inoculation, a search-and-destroy medical procedure that they want to apply to the whole Uighur population, to kill the germs of extremism. But it’s not just giving someone a shot—it’s locking them up for months in bad conditions.”»

August 02 2018


i12bent: On August 3, 1936 Jesse Owens proved all Hitler’s theories of the supremacy of the white race wrong by winning the 100 m sprint at the Berlin Olympics. Over the next week he took home three more gold medals…

i12bent: On Aug. 4, 1936 Jesse Owens won the long jump gold at the Berlin Olympics. He beat German athlete Luz Long (whose sportsmanship stretched so far as to give Owens a good tip after Owens had had two foul jumps) and Japanese athlete Naoto Tajima… This image of Owens giving his flag a military salute and Luz Long heil'ing his Führer has become the iconic image of the ‘Nazi’ Olympics.

i12bent: Upon Jesse Owens return to the US he was given a New York ticker tape parade. However, President Roosevelt never sent him a telegram congratulating him, nor did he invite the athlete to the White House. America being a segregated society Jesse Owens also had to use the freight elevator at the Waldorf-Astoria to get to the reception held in his honour…

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July 31 2018


Israeli Christian, Druze communities denounce ‘Jewish nation-state’ law

“On Sunday, the Catholic Church in the occupied city of Jerusalem al-Quds condemned the ‘nation-state’ law that cleared the Israeli parliament on July 19, The Times of Israel reported.

The Latin Patriarchate, which represents the Roman Catholic Church, said in a statement, ‘The law fails to provide any constitutional guarantees for the rights of the indigenous and other minorities living in the country.’

‘Palestinian citizens of Israel, constituting 20 percent are flagrantly excluded from the law,’ it added, citing an example.

‘It is beyond conception that a law with constitutional effect ignores an entire segment of the population as if its members never existed,’ the church said. ‘It sends an unequivocal signal to the Palestinian citizens of Israel, to the effect that in this country they are not at home.’

The legislation also violated international laws, the church said, calling on Christians to rise in protest against the legislation.”

“The law prioritizes ‘Jewish’ values over democratic ones, declares al-Quds the ‘capital’ of Israel, and sets Hebrew as the official language, relegating Arabic from an official language to one with ‘special status.’”

July 02 2018


blackgirlshairrock: Ruby Bridges was the first African-American child to attend an all-white public elementary school in the American South.

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October 12 2017


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July 31 2017


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February 25 2017


Yuri Kochiyama, Civil Rights Legend

from obitoftheday.com (via kyotocat):


On February 21, 1965, Malcolm X was gunned down during a speech in New York City. As he lay dying, one of the first people to rush to his side was Yuri Kochiyama who held his head in her hands saying, “Please, Malcolm! Please, Malcolm! Stay alive!” The scene was captured in a LIFE magazine photograph documenting the black leader’s assassination.

Mrs. Kochiyama met Mr. X several years earlier, going up to the black nationalist leader in a crowded courthouse and asking to shake his hand. When he asked why, she replied “To congratulate you for giving direction to your people.”

He was not the only one. Mrs. Kochiyama spent her life fighting for the rights of fellow Japanese-Americans. It began within hours of the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Her father, a fisherman of Japanese descent, was one of the first men arrested by the FBI after news of Japan’s surprise attack on the U.S. Navy. He was released six weeks later, but died within 12 hours of his return home.

A few months later, the rest of her family was moved into an internment camp in Jerome, Arkansas. They were forced to stay there for two years. It was at that time that she began to recognize the similarities in the treatment of Japanese-Americans and the Southern black community. She made a personal commitment to fight against racial injustice.

In 1960, she moved with her husband, Bill Kochiyama (a fellow internee and veteran of the 442nd regiment - the most decorated in World War II) to Manhattan. They lived in Harlem and were very active in the civil rights movement, hosting Freedom Riders in her home and joining the Harlem Parents Committee, which focused on neighborhood safety and equality in education.

It was in 1963 that she met Malcolm X and joined his Organization for Afro-American Unity the following year. (Another member of the OAAU was Maya Angelou, featured previously on Obit of the Day.) This was also when the FBI began keeping a file on Mrs. Kochiyama which included notes describing her as a “Red Chinese agent.”

She remained politically active throughout the 1960s and ’70s, protesting the Vietnam War and pushing for nuclear disarmament.

In the 1980s Mrs. and Mr. Kochiyama pushed aggressively for an official apology from the U.S. government for the blatantly racist segregation of U.S. citizens of Japanese descent during the war. They were victorious. In 1988, President Ronald Reagan signed the Civil Liberties Act which was an official apology and awarded each survivor of internment $20,000.

For her work, Mrs. Kochiyama was nominated for the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize.

Yuri Kochiyama died on June 1, 2014 at the age of 93.

Sources: NPR (obituary), NPR (August 2013), Democracy Now (interview), www.blackpast.org, and Wikipedia

(Image: Yuri Kochiyama speaking at an anti-war rally in Central Park in 1968. Courtesy of the Kochiyama family/UCLA Asian American Studies Center vis NPR.org)

Also relevant on Obit of the Day:

Patricia Stephens Due - Founder of the Tallahassee chapter of CORE

Clara Luper - Oklahoma civil rights pioneer

Franklin McCain - One of the four college students who began the Greensboro, NC Woolworth sit-in

Fred Shuttlesworth - Leader of the “Children’s Crusade”

Senji Yamaguchi - Survivor of the Nagasaki atomic bomb who spent his life fighting for nuclear disarmament

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February 18 2017


June 29 2015


Five black churches were set on fire this past week.

from stayingwoke.tumblr.com (via anarcho-queer):

  • June 22 - College Hills Seventh Day Adventist Church, Knoxville, Tenn.
  • June 23 - God’s Power Church of Christ in Macon, Ga.
  • June 24 - Briar Creek Baptist Church in Charlotte, N.C
  • June 24 - Fruitland Presbyterian Church, in Gibson County, Ten (waiting for the fire investigation to rule this fire as arson)
  • June 26 - Glover Grover Baptist Church, in Warrenville, S.C
  • June 26 - The Greater Miracle Apostolic Holiness Church in Tallahassee, Fla.
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June 23 2015


“The white shooter in a rampage killing gets a smiling childhood photo and an uncritical look at how his actions were influenced by the Internet. A black man who saved his own mother from a hail of bullets, though, has his ‘troubled past’ highlighted.”micdotcom

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US Nationalist Group Says South Carolina Shooter Had Legitimate Motives / Sputnik International

“The killing of nine African-Americans in Charleston, South Carolina was wrong, but gunman Dylann Roof had some legitimate reasons for his actions, US conservative activist group the Council of Conservative Citizens (CofCC) spokesperson Jared Taylor said on Monday, according to media reports.”

“‘We of course categorically condemn his act, but that doesn't mean his motives weren't entirely legitimate,’ Taylor was quoted as saying by ABC News.

The shooter reportedly relied on the CofCC’s distorted data on African-American rapists to partially validate his actions.

‘Even as we're speaking right now, a white woman is probably being raped by a black man. If we're going to have any kind of honest discussion of race in this country, you're going to have to talk about black-on-white violence.’”

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June 21 2015


remikanazi: I don’t know what type of coffee Judy Mozes would be, but I’m guessing a racist blend? Mozes’s husband is Silvan Shalom, the Israeli Interior Minister and Vice Prime Minister

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actjustly: This is exactly how white America avoids having any conversations about race. Avoid responsibility for this individual & say that he was everything (mentally ill, a loner, etc.) except racist even though he blatantly states that he is a white supremacist on his website.

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sputniknews.com: A photo Dylann Storm Roof, who killed nine parishoners in a Charleston church, taken from his personal site which included a racist manifesto

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Dylann Storm Roof's Website Discovered, With White Supremacist Manifesto and Photos - Little Green Footballs

“The manifesto is here, but since it’s been publicized you may not be able to get through to the site; it’s apparently a low budget shared server and it’s bogging down badly under the heavy traffic. (Here it is at the Internet Archive.)

In any case, the manifesto is a grotesquely racist screed, filled with hatred toward blacks and Hispanics and obsessed with the very common conservative meme of ‘black on white crime.’

Roof credits the white supremacist group called the Council of Conservative Citizens with ‘awakening’ him to ‘black on white crime,’ following the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. And that’s an interesting parallel to Gateway Pundit Jim Hoft, who has also used the CCC website as a source numerous times for his racist blog posts.

The website of the Council of Conservative Citizens is apparently offline today, and that’s probably not just a coincidence.”


June 20 2015

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