Archive | January 2012

Shafia Family Members Found Guilty Of Honour Killing But Murder Trial Exposes Canadian Racism & Prejudice Against Muslim Canadians.

 

Three  innocent teenage girls Zainab,  Sahar, and Geeti sought out social workers, teachers, and the police to help them escape from their violent father Mohammed Shafia. Sadly,  the Shafia sisters died  on June 30th 2009 due to male violence. The fourth victim Mr. Shafia’s first wife Rona Amir Mohammed also perished.

Yesterday, justice finally prevailed because Mohammed Shafia, his other wife Tooba Yahya, and their twenty-one year old son Hamed were found guilty of first degree murder.

However, the Canadian social service sector failed these young women because they were women of colour and not white.

Unlike Americans the Canadian public is still afraid to discuss the issue of race. The ambivalence of the Canadian social services sector for the Shafia sisters is due to racism.

The police knew the Shafia sisters were terrified about their father but they looked the other way too.

The white press will not admit that Muslim culture is constructed as existing in an anterior time. The racist discourse of the white press is  Muslims Canadian immigrants have not progressed towards

modernity. I have read many comments on the internet that Muslim people need to respect “Canadian values” and “Canadian culture”.

Does Canadian values and culture also mean subscribing to white supremacy?

The mainstream media have pathologized the Muslim community due to racism, indifference, and prejudice. The language used in numerous articles condemn Islam as “barbaric”, “medieval”,  and

“uncivilized”.

Isn’t Canadian society also at fault? If Zainab, Sahar, and Geeti, were white middle class girls would their cries for help be ignored?

Zainab fled to a women’s shelter, Sahar  threatened to attempt suicide in order to flee her violent father,  and Geeti wanted to enter foster care.

The Shafia sisters did seek out support from the Canadian social services system but due to their race, religion, and skin colour the Canadian system failed them.

No one listened to these three young Afghan females because they are the other. It is easy for racists to condemn misogyny in another culture while claiming white Canadian culture is perfect.

White women are also victims of domestic violence but white men are not demonized in the Canadian media or on the internet because they are white.

Whiteness is not treated as though there is an “essence”  inside of  white men to murder and kill white women due to their race.

However,  the racist essentialism of the white media to construct the Muslim culture as having an “essence” for violence against women is pernicious and deleterious.

Brown Muslim men are now treated as sadistic, violent, males that want to kill Muslim women. The media are wrong to generalize the entire Muslim community and depict all Muslim men as violent

oppressors.

The white journalists and the racist bigots on the internet refuse to acknowledge that Canadians are uncomfortable with difference.

I believe the real culprit here is the white media’s refusal to acknowledge that some Canadians have anxieties about non whites immigrating to Canada.

Canada is changing and some people have a problem with it.

Immigration is an incendiary issue and I believe when women immigrate to Canada there should be mandatory education sessions.

Women need to know their human rights and men need to know violence against women will not be tolerated on Canadian soil.

It is simple for racists to condemn the Muslim culture to find an excuse to pathologize an entire community yet refuse to look hard to look beneath the surface.

Four women died because Canadian society didn’t give a damn about their existence because they were not white Canadian women.

The Canadian government certainly isn’t doing enough to support victims of male violence. Yes, there are shelters for battered women but where is the prevention?

Instead of condemning Muslim culture for the actions of a few where are the solutions? What can be done to help women flee male violence and prevent these violent deaths?

No one seems to care about that which is the real issue.

Australia Day Protesters Call Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard Racist For Treatment Of Aboriginals in Australia!!!

Yesterday, in the capital city of Canberra Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard received a rocky reception on Australia day. I wonder why people are surprised that some Aborigines  and their supporters  in Australia are furious at Prime Minister Julia Gillard?   Protesters surrounded a restaurant Prime Minister Gillard was attending and surrounded the facility shouting “racists” and “shame.”

The protesters were honouring the 1972 tent embassy protest when four Aboriginal men set up a tent demanding land rights.

In fact, Gillard lost her shoe after security removed her from the facility.  Australia has a long painful history of racism against Aboriginal people. Aboriginal children were stolen away from their parents and forced to become ” civilized” in the homes of white Australians. The residential school system involved a lot of sexual abuse and rape of boys and girls.

The United Nations needs to condemn the Australian government for not providing the Aboriginals more land rights. Australia is one of the richest countries in the world.

It is ludicrous for some white Australians to try to sweep the injustice the Aborigines experienced under a rug.

There is still a disparity between the standard of living of the whites and the Aboriginals in Australia. Some people claim that Australia must move on from the racist history of the past. The quandary is though the past wasn’t that long ago. Australia cannot just ignore the bigotry and prejudice some whites have for Aboriginals.

LA Complex New Gay Kissing Scene: Kal Is Cruel To Tariq Because He Is Closeted But Claims He Still Loves Him!!!

Last week, I complained that LA Complex stereotypes gay black men. I was disappointed about the whole down low rapper storyline. Most gay black men are not rappers or musicians just regular people.

Now I have changed my mind.  I think  Kal and Tariq dysfunctional relationship is interesting drama. For some gay black men it is difficult to come out of the closet due to homophobia inside the black community. I think this story can help us black folks to have more dialogue about homosexuality.

The second scene in the studio Kal tries to act hard and create this persona that he is a heterosexual man is shocking.

Kal is hypocritical he is pretending to be straight yet treating Tariq like shit is disappointing yet real.

However, Kal is scared by his attraction to Tariq so he treats him badly. I think Tariq will have to decide whether he wants to deal with Kal`s internalized homophobia.  It is refreshing to see two young gay black men on Canadian television! I hope the writers continue to expand the characters make them more real and not stereotype them.

In the final scene,  my heart melted when Kal showed some vulnerability and admitted  that he is attracted to Tariq.

By the way the  kiss at the end of the last scene is so hot!!!

Shocking Upset Women’s Fourth Round 2012 Australian Open: Ekaterina Makarova Upsets Serena Williams 6-2 6-3!!!

  

Serena Williams was eliminated from the 2012 Australian Open in the fourth round by an unknown Russian woman Ekaterina Makarova. Makarova dismissed Serena Williams 6-2 6-3. No offense to Makarova but Serena played poorly she double faulted seven times in the match. Serena appeared slow, lethargic, and not intense as she usually is in grand slams. Serena made over thirty seven unforced errors numerous errors on her forehand side. Makraova didn’t do anything special she just kept the ball in the court and watched Serena miss.

Serena is thirty years old and I question her motivation to the game. Earlier this year in an interview with an Australian newspaper Serena said she doesn’t “love tennis anymore.” So if Serena doesn’t love tennis anymore she should retire and move on. Serena’s already made her mark in women’s tennis made millions of dollars and won thirteen grand slam titles.  I think 2012 will be the last full year Serena competes on the WTA Tour. The good thing for Serena is  unlike some tennis pros like Jennifer Capriati she has a balanced life off the tennis court. I wish Serena well but if she continues to put in listless performances like this one time to quit and move on.

Lesbian Actress Queen Latifah & Jeanette Jenkins Are Over Now She Has A New Girlfriend Eboni!!

It appears Queen Latifah has moved on from her former lesbian lover fitness trainer Jeanette Jenkins.  According to media and internet reports,  Queen Latifah has a new lover her name is Eboni!  Last year, Queen Latifah and Jeanette seemed so in love on Alicia Keys yacht but it seems she has moved on.

TSN Australian Open 2012 Television Information For Canadian Tennis Fans.

 

DATE TSN TIME
JAN 22ND 2012 AUSTRALIAN OPEN TENNIS: ROUND OF 16 9:00 PM
JAN 23RD 2012 AUSTRALIAN OPEN TENNIS: ROUND OF 16 1:30 PM
JAN 24TH 2012 AUSTRALIAN OPEN TENNIS: MEN’S & WOMEN’S QUARTERFINALS 3:30 AM
JAN 24TH 2012 AUSTRALIAN OPEN TENNIS: MEN’S & WOMEN’S QUARTERFINALS 1:30 PM
JAN 25TH 2012 AUSTRALIAN OPEN TENNIS: MEN’S & WOMEN’S QUARTERFINALS 3:30 AM
JAN 25TH 2012 AUSTRALIAN OPEN TENNIS: MEN’S & WOMEN’S QUARTERFINALS 1:30 PM
JAN 25TH 2012 AUSTRALIAN OPEN TENNIS: WOMEN’S SEMIFINALS 10:00 PM
JAN 26TH 2012 AUSTRALIAN OPEN TENNIS: MEN’S SEMIFINAL #1 3:30 AM
JAN 26TH 2012 AUSTRALIAN OPEN TENNIS: MEN’S SEMIFINAL #1 1:30 PM
JAN 27TH 2012 AUSTRALIAN OPEN TENNIS: MEN’S SEMIFINAL #2 3:30 AM
JAN 27TH 2012 AUSTRALIAN OPEN TENNIS: MEN’S SEMIFINAL #2 1:30 PM
JAN 28TH 2012 AUSTRALIAN OPEN TENNIS: WOMEN’S FINAL 3:00 AM
JAN 28TH 2012 AUSTRALIAN OPEN TENNIS: WOMEN’S FINAL 3:30 PM
JAN 29TH 2012 AUSTRALIAN OPEN TENNIS: MEN’S FINAL 3:00 AM
JAN 29TH 2012 AUSTRALIAN OPEN TENNIS: MEN’S FINAL 2:30 PM

The George Lucas Produced All Black Cast Movie Red Tails Made An Estimated $19 Million This Weekend!!!

According to http://www.boxofficemojo.com, the George Lucas produced Red Tails film grossed an estimated $19 million this weekend. Tomorrow the final numbers will be released and if  the box office is indeed $19 million this is very impressive.

George Lucas was very candid in interviews and he criticized Hollywood’s anti black racism for holding back his film. Lucas said no studio was interested in financing Red Tails because whites were not in leading roles. Hollywood still believes that whites must be at the center while blacks should be at the margins. I am so tired of seeing black actors as the stereotypical  sidekick or best friend roles to the white lead.

Red Tails is an all black action movie which is rare in Hollywood because black men are heroes in this film.

I think George Lucas is a brave man for speaking out as a Hollywood insider about the incredible racism that still exists behind the scenes.

Hollywood likes to paint the picture it is a liberal place but refuses to give black actors leading roles. There is a lucrative black audience that wants to see blacks in leading roles that’s the main reason why Tyler Perry is so successful. Mainstream Hollywood still doesn’t care to understand African-Americans have economic power. Black people will support quality films with blacks in lead roles and these movies can make a profit.

I understand Hollywood is a business but I hope Red Tails is a trend for a more expanded representation of the black life experience.

For a long time blacks are segregated into comedies or dramas yet there is no in between such as action genres or science fiction.

Red Tails has no A list black actors in it. Although Cuba Gooding Jr and Terrance Howard are well-known they aren’t superstars or leading men.

Lucas used his own money $58 million to produce and $35 distribute Red Tails because he claims Hollywood is racist against blacks. Lucas said that white  Hollywood isn’t interested in promoting black movies with blacks in leading roles. I think Hollywood really needs to wake up and get a clue black audiences want to see positive black representation.

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