‘Obviously it is unfortunate to have thousands of people commenting and messaging us saying that they are going to sue us and have contacted the Department of Labor because this is a violation of their rights. We believe that what we are doing is within the confines of the law.’ … [Read more...] about Vintage boutique in Georgia is accused of being racist for introducing a $20 appointment fee for white customers to browse their recycled clothes – but waiving the fee for people of color
Un declaration on the rights of indigenous peoples
Natalie Diaz’s second poetry collection – up for this year’s Forward prize – opens with its title poem, in which past and present blur in an eternal conflict. “The war never ended and somehow begins again,” she declares. Diaz, a US-based poet and MacArthur “genius grant” winner, identifies as queer, Mojave, Latinx, and an enrolled member of the Gila River Indian tribe. In the US, she is, as the minotaur in her poem I, Minotaur suggests, “citizen of what savages” her. To be savaged is to be brutalised by her nation, but also lurking beneath the verb is the savage, a slur for indigenous people. … [Read more...] about Postcolonial Love Poem by Natalie Diaz review – intimate, electric and defiant
I’m in Philadelphia, where our Constitution was drafted and signed. It wasn’t a perfect document. It allowed for the inhumanity of slavery and failed to guarantee women – and even men who didn’t own property – the right to participate in the political process. But embedded in this document was a North Star that would guide future generations; a system of representative government – a democracy – through which we could better realize our highest ideals. Through civil war and bitter struggles, we improved this Constitution to include the voices of those who’d once been left out. And gradually, we made this country more just, more equal, and more free. … [Read more...] about ‘He will tear down democracy to win.’ Barack Obama flames Donald Trump for narcissism, conspiracy theories, corruption and laziness and calls his presidency a ‘reality show for the attention he craves’ as he pleads with people to vote for Joe Biden
'I am calling on Cairns Regional Council and Cairns Mayor Mr Bob Manning to take action today and remove this statue. This would be a huge step forward in uniting the community and honouring our First Nation's people. … [Read more...] about Fury as Australian politician demands states of Queensland and Victoria are RENAMED because they honour Britain’s former monarch and head of empire who ‘murdered people’
Health and educational services on First Nations reserves are also far below the national averages. “Secondary schools on reserves are about two grades behind urban schools,” Wilson says. “So when you tell young people to go to college, they are so behind in the curriculum they get overwhelmed. Youth are expected to succeed, but it is setting them up to fail.” … [Read more...] about ‘Our society is broken’: what can stop Canada’s First Nations suicide epidemic?