University of Oklahoma Expels Two Students For Racist Chant

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Two members of SAE, the fraternity caught on tape singing a racist chant, have been suspended from Oklahoma University.

From Reuters:

The University of Oklahoma has expelled two students linked to a video showing members of a fraternity singing a song filled with racial epithets, the school’s president said on Tuesday.

The two students were “identified as playing a leadership role in the singing of a racist chant” connected to a Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity event, President David Boren said in a statement posted on Twitter.

“There is zero tolerance for this kind of threatening racist behavior at the University of Oklahoma,” he wrote.

The university will continue to investigate all of the students engaged in the singing of the chant, he said. Once their identities are confirmed, they will be subject to disciplinary action as well, he said.

The university on Monday closed the fraternity after a video surfaced showing students singing the song. Members were ordered to move out of the fraternity’s house and the school labeled the actions of those involved “disgraceful.”

Read more at the Huffington Post.

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#BeingBlackAndMuslim

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By Ikhlas Saleem

This past Thursday the Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative (Muslim ARC) relaunched the hashtag that started it all, #BeingBlackAndMuslim. What started from a couple of singular tweets, turned into an email thread, and now a 2nd year global campaign to address racism within Muslim communities and embrace the beauty and power that is #BeingBlackAndMuslim.

A little bit of backstory. In November of 2013 Dawud Walid, Executive Director of the Michigan chapter of the Council of American-Islamic Relations, publicly called out Arab Muslims for their popular use of the term “abeed”, a slur used to describe black people, meaning “slave.” Dawud was met with varying responses, some apologetic and others indifferent. What was clear was the number of Arab youth adamant about continuing to refer to black people as abeed. Showing that the racism runs deep y’all. In support of his campaign, what is now Muslim ARC, created to challenge and effectively address racism in Muslim communities, launched the hashtag #BeingBlackAndMuslim in February 2014 in honor of Black History Month.

Met with overwhelming interest and participation, Muslim ARC has extended its programming this Black History Month with X Speaks: Last Speeches, which featured 8 live performances, a panel discussion on Reclaiming Malcolm X, and the culminating #BeingBlackAndMuslim hashtag conversation that started on Thursday afternoon and is still going today.

Here are some key tweets so far:
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Often we have to start with the basics. No I’m not a revert. And yes, I’m Blacker than Black.

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Bilal (May Allah be pleased with him) was one of the earliest companions of the Prophet Muhammad (prayers and peace be upon him) and the first to give the call to prayer. But let non-Black Muslims have it, you’d think he was the only one! Early Islamic history includes Abyssinia accepting the first Muslim migrants from Arabia, Usman dan Fodio of the Sokoto Caliphate in Nigeria, and Shaykh Amadou Bamba of the Mourids in Senegal, among many more.

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We can discriminate against each other too.

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For years Black women were getting played about our scarf style, told it was “not proper hijab.” Now it’s being attributed to Yuna (Malaysian songstress whom I love), which has made it an acceptable “cool hijabi” thing to do. Here’s the original.

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And it wouldn’t be a conversation without bean pie.

The conversation coincided with with the 50th anniversary of Malcolm X’s assassination. In April of 1964, Malcolm X made the pilgrimage to Mecca to complete the Muslim rite of Hajj. In a letter from Mecca, he described his experience:

During the past eleven days here in the Muslim world, I have eaten from the same plate, drunk from the same glass, and slept in the same bed (or on the same rug)–while praying to the same God–with fellow Muslims, whose eyes were the bluest of blue, whose hair was the blondest of blond, and whose skin was the whitest of white. And in the words, actions and deeds of the ‘white’ Muslims, I felt the same sincerity that I felt among the black African Muslims of Nigeria, Sudan, and Ghana.

We were truly all the same (brothers)–because their belief in one God had removed the white from their minds, the white from their behavior, and the white from their attitude.

Today, white, South Asian, and Arab Muslims continue to embrace the light that is Malcolm X, but we know all too well that the spirit of the “ummah” (Muslim community) does not always extend to Muslims of African and African American descent. The hand of white supremacy does not stop for the Muslim. Hashtags like #BeingBlackAndMuslim help expose the hand of white supremacy and create communities of inclusivity.

 

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New PETA Ad: Morally Reprehensible, Racially Insensitive, and Remarkably Selfish

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By Arielle Newton

PETA, the powerful and widely recognized animal rights group, wants us to know how terrible kennels are. So, they did so by equating kennels with the Ku Klux Klan. Yea…that Ku Klux Klan; the same domestic terrorist organization that, for centuries, raped, mutilated, and lynched Black people with the blessing and support of local, state, and even federal government.

Do I really need to explain why this ad is remarkably offensive? Guess so, because we live in a society in which decision makers with time, capacity, and funding at their disposal, green light a lazy project that relies on egregious racial contention to deliver its message.

 

To even suggest that animal abuse is on par with centuries of racialized terrorism that Black people faced at the hands of the Klan is beyond disconcerting.

That’s the core issue with the animal rights movement; a force that is largely crafted by and targeted towards upper middle class people. Animal rights entities project this notion that animals are equal to human beings, without profoundly considering, that Black lives and bodies are routinely and systematically treated harshly, and at times worse, than animals. Black bodies, in a not too distant past, were viewed as property, in a manner very similar to animals. Black people, not too long ago, were considered cattle, a means of production to ensure profit for landowners.

In short, slavery.

And then, when it was illegal to designate us as property, a transformative racial hierarchy (Jim Crow) was established and reinforced through mob violence and intimidation. Ku Klux Klan. And ever since their founding, they’ve been synonymous with extreme racial terror and grotesque brutality.

The idea of Black bodies as cattle exists today. Today, millions of Black people are forced to work for free, while capitalist landowners make obscene profit off free labor. The prison system is a 21st century plantation.

By having a Klan member attend an American Kennel Club meeting, the PETA video—which has subtitles that misspell the white terrorist organization’s name as the “Ku Kluk Klan”—attempts, in a comedic way, to compare dog breeding with the Klan’s trademark white supremacy. While the ad doesn’t mention or depict the beating, castrating, hanging and burning of black people, the image of a Klan member in full regalia conjures up this violence.” –Aura Bogado, Colorlines.

To conflate the racial terror of the Klan in a facetious manner devalues and downplays the seriousness of their formidable racist hate. To further compare their racist philosophy to that of a dog kennel is privileged foolishness.

Once again, the pain of Black folk is relegated to the margins, while our stories are used to promote an upper middle class white ideal.

 

This post originally appeared on Black Millennial Musings

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Miss. Judge Indicted 9 Months After Reportedly Hitting Mentally Disabled Man and Yelling ‘Run, N–ger, Run’

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From The Root:

Nine months ago a now-former Mississippi judge is alleged to have smacked a mentally disabled man before yelling, “Run, n–ger, run.” In response to that incident, a grand jury has “served an indictment for simple assault on a vulnerable adult,” the Jackson Clarion-Ledger reports.

There was no word on why the process to indict former Madison County Justice Court Judge Bill Weisenberger took so long, but Weisenberger’s attorney told the newspaper in an emailed statement that the former judge has been cooperative since the alleged May 8 incident.

According to witnesses who spoke with news station WAPT, 20-year-old Eric Rivers, an African-American man with special needs, was working as a traffic monitor and parking attendant at a Canton, Miss., flea market May 8, when Weisenberger reportedly smacked him and yelled, “Run, n–ger, run.”

On Thursday, Weisenberger turned himself in to the Madison County sheriff and was released on $10,000 bond.  

Read the entire story at The Root.

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