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It’s Martin Luther King Jr Day – here’s why we still need it

| blog, L&B World, Martin Luther King Jr, Racism, World | January 18, 2016

Retelling the lead-up to Martin Luther King's speech brought history to life (Picture: PA)
The man himself. (Picture: PA)

In the US, Martin Luther King Jr Day is a Federal holiday that falls on the third Monday of every January, in honour of the birthday of the Civil Rights Movement spokesperson and figurehead.

Although King was assassinated in 1968, the holiday wasn’t first celebrated until 1986, after President Ronald Reagan signed it into law, and it wasn’t acknowledged in all 50 states until 2000. He’s one of only three people – the others being George Washington and Christopher Columbus – to have a national holiday honouring them.

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Do you believe this cartoon of Indians trying to eat solar panels with mango chutney is racist?

| blog, L&B World, Racism, World | December 14, 2015

Bill Leak's cartoon has been accused of racism (Picture: The Australian)
Bill Leak’s cartoon has been accused of racism (Picture: The Australian)

A cartoon in a national newspaper has been branded racist against Indians.

Captioned ‘Aid à la mode’, Bill Leak’s cartoon in the Australian shows a caricatured, underweight Indian family trying to chew the glass from a box of solar panels.

People have claimed that, aside from the crude stereotyping of their image, it suggests that India isn’t developed enough to understand solar power.

Many have condemned the cartoon – including Australian MP Tim Watts.

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Airbnb hosts are ‘less likely to rent rooms to black guests’

| blog, L&B World, Racism, Tech | December 12, 2015

(Picture: AFP/Getty Images)
Hosts are less likely to accept people with African-American names (Picture: AFP/Getty Images)

Airbnb hosts are more likely to reject prospective guests if they have a non-white name, a new study has claimed.

A survey conducted by Harvard Business School looked at hosts in five US cities, and found that people with African-American sounding names were around 16 per cent less likely to be accepted by hosts.

Racial discrimination existed regardless of the host’s gender, and even if they themselves were black.

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Club accused of racism after denying entry to 15 black friends who pre-paid £750

| blog, L&B World, Racism, UK | December 8, 2015

A group of black friends claim they were ‘racially profiled’ by a nightclub when they were refused entry – despite having booked and paid £750 in advance.

A video has emerged of a standoff between the 15 men and staff at the Cameo club in Bournemouth on Saturday December 5.

Cameo denies the allegations, but refused to give Metro.co.uk a specific reason for why the group was denied entry.

The men had booked a booth at the 2,800 capacity venue around a month beforehand, and that their names were on the guestlist.

They also claim that as they were being told groups of 10 or more weren’t being admitted, a group of 12 white men… Read the full story

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Hate crimes against Muslims have more than tripled since the Paris attacks

| blog, Islam, L&B World, Racism, UK | December 4, 2015

United Kingdom, London, Rear view of muslim women Getty
The majority of attacks have been against ‘visible Muslim women’ (Picture: Getty Images)

The number of hate crimes against Muslims in London has more than tripled since the Paris attacks.

The Met Police released figures showing the number of Islamophobic incidents recorded by week, both before and after the terror attacks in the French capital on November 13.

In the week ending November 10 there were 24 incidents. In the week ending November 24, just two weeks later, this number had shot up to 76.

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Watch what happened when crew from the hood went to city’s ‘whitest suburb’

| blog, L&B World, News, Racism, Weird, Youtube | November 30, 2015

Carollers (Picture: YouTube/MabeinAmerica)

Here’s a lesson in challenging perceptions.

A group of black men, dressed in dark clothing, caps and chains, set out to find out if people would stereotype them on sight if they visited the ‘whitest neighbourhood in the city’.

Some people shut the door right in their faces, while others didn’t answer at all.

But it turns out those who didn’t answer were totally missing out, because the men are incredible acapella carol singers, about to give a faultless rendition of Little Drummer Boy and Oh come All Ye Faithful.

MORE: This comic strip explores the inner struggles of introverts and it’s bang on

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This drag queen crashed UKIP conference to protest racism and homophobia

| blog, L&B World, Racism, UK, UKIP | November 23, 2015

This drag queen crashed UKIP conference to protest racism (Picture:Twitter/@UKIPMP)
This drag queen crashed UKIP conference to protest racism (Picture :Twitter/@UKIPMP)

The UKIP conference was crashed by drag queen Petunia Harris, the (sadly fictional) UKIP MP for Bitter End (which is, again, not a real place).

Drag artist Jake Johnstone attended the event as his glamorous alter-ego to protest against racism.

Ms Harris told Pink News: ‘I attended a UKIP conference in full drag to make a point about the latent homophobia and racism that UKIP promote.

‘As you can imagine there was much hostility in the room and I created a series of video blogs whilst I was there.’

MORE: Ukip candidate calls… Read the full story

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Donald Trump’s idea to create a ‘Muslim database’ is great, if you want to live like a Nazi

| blog, Donald Trump, L&B World, Racism, World | November 22, 2015

Donald Trump has had some really awful ideas (Picture: Getty Images)
Donald Trump has had some really awful ideas (Picture: Getty Images)

Donald Trump has been forced into a bit of U-turn over some views that appeared to be a little bit Fascist.

He suggested registering all Muslims onto a separate database, forcing them to carry special ID cards, and carrying out extra surveillance on mosques.

Sound familiar?

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Student club night offering ‘oriental adventure’ drops Chinese theme after accusations of racism

| blog, China, L&B World, Racism, Teenager, UK | November 20, 2015

Oriental club night scaled back following a torrent of criticism for 'problematic cultural appropriation' Credit: Facebook/Arc and Fever
Durham club night was originally Chinese-themed but was scaled back (Picture: Facebook/Arc and Fever)

A Chinese-themed club night aimed at students was scaled back after accusations of racism.

Titled Dance of the Dragon, the Arc and Fever event was attacked online by groups claiming it was using stereotypes in a negative way, and encouraging problematic ‘cultural appropriation’.

The event description said organisers wanted to take revellers to ‘a place that offers so much excess, debauchery, mystique, and exotic promise’.

Face paint was also going to be on offer for students arriving at Durham night club The Loft who wanted to ‘look the… Read the full story

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