Bermudian woman against United States police brutality

Bermudian Kaurie Daniels in Bermuda T-shirt in protest against the death of Eric Garner

This photo from the USA shows Bermudian Kaurie Daniels in a Bermuda T-shirt in a protest against the death of Eric Garner.


From the Royal Gazette in Bermuda:

Bermudian fights US police brutality

By Nadia Arandjelovic

Published Feb 24, 2015 at 8:00 am (Updated Feb 24, 2015 at 2:32 am)

A year ago, Kaurie Daniels would never have imagined herself leading protests against police brutality in the US.

The 28-year-old Bermudian had just moved to Atlanta, Georgia. Her dream was a successful acting career.

And then Michael Brown’s fatal shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, caught her attention. …

“The way it affected me and many others is what forced me to get involved,” she said of the incident which gained international press last August. “There hasn’t been another movement like this in the US since the Black Power movement of the 60s and 70s.”

Atlanta knows Ms Daniels as “Queen K”.

This video says about itself:

14 December 2014

Queen K speaks to protest participants in South Atlanta.

“Stop The Violence, We Want Healing & Peace” march and rally at Baby Grand Piano Bar (5328 Old National Highway) #ItsBiggerThanYou

The Royal Gazette article continues:

She’s organised and led protest rallies and been Maced for those efforts. She’s also been nominated for a Courageous Woman Award 2015, handed out by the Emmett Till Legacy Foundation. The charity is named after an African-American teenager who was killed in the 1950s because he allegedly flirted with a white woman.

Everything changed for the former Berkeley Institute student after Michael Brown was shot.

She heard about a town-hall meeting in her area to discuss police shootings and brutality against African-Americans and decided to get involved.

The first rally they organised attracted nearly 200 people. More than 5,000 showed up for a second protest at the CNN Center.

“That was definitely a humbling experience and it was from that point forward that we realised we had a responsibility because people were angry and wanted to see change,” Ms Daniels said.

“From that day forward I got more involved. I’ve been to Ferguson, Missouri four times since and one of those times I saw the racism first-hand.

“We were Maced, there was tear gas and some of the friends I went with were hit with batons by police officers.

“The police, they followed us everywhere we went in helicopters and some even put their middle fingers up to us as we were walking. So racism is still a very real thing there and very prevalent.”

Her team encouraged thousands of shoppers to patronise black-owned businesses at Christmas instead of Atlanta’s massive shopping centre, the Lenox Mall. They also managed to block part of the Atlanta highway to send the message to everyday commuters that black lives matter.

Ms Daniels’ work has also garnered attention from BET host Big Tigger, rapper Big Mike and singer Angie Stone, who shot an honorary video featuring scenes from the protests.

“It’s a huge deal to even know that people are watching and recognise what we do,” Ms Daniels said of being nominated for the Courageous Woman Award 2015. “The only reason why people today know about Emmett Till is because of his mother.

“She was extremely brave, especially in those days, to have an open casket funeral after they told her she had to keep it closed. She constantly talked about it and pursued justice for her son, which in those days was almost suicidal. So to be nominated for an award in her honour is huge for me.”

Although it might seem to some like the rallying against Ferguson has quieted down, Ms Daniels insists there are many people still fighting for change.

“The news doesn’t capture everything that has happened,” she said. “There may be those no longer following it or people who don’t know what’s going on who think it died out, but people are still doing things every day.”

She said she was always interested in activism but wasn’t able to act on that passion until a student at North Carolina’s A & T State University. There she joined an organisation called STAND, which aimed to raise awareness about genocide in Darfur, Sudan.

“That was the first time I was able to actually do something rather than just talk about it,” she said.

She and a friend Natalia Hall, recently started The CommUNITY of Atlanta Inc. It focuses on developing educational, social and economic programmes to empower people from disadvantaged communities. Members will also go into schools to teach young people about black history prior to slavery.

“We want to perform drama productions starting in the summer or fall so that children understand there were heroes around that looked just like them,” Ms Daniels said. “There is such a rich history which we are trying to highlight.”

Ms Daniels is known to wear a sweatshirt with Bermuda emblazoned across it, at protests and rally events.

She plans to bring her activism efforts back to the Island one day, but feels her efforts are needed in the US right now.

“There is this one area in Atlanta with a row of houses where all the stores there are all black-owned, but it’s all boarded up and barely running,” she said. “There are people standing on the side of the street just hanging out and not doing much. Once it starts to look different and those businesses and houses are cleaned up and those residents are empowered then that’s when I’ll know Atlanta is moving into a positive direction. That’s when I intend to bring my force back to Bermuda.”

This video from Georgia in the USA says about itself:

Queen K Speaks at Ebenezer (Its Bigger Than You)

8 December 2014

Doctor Raphael Warnock hosted another Community Forum Monday night (12/8/14) at Ebenezer Baptist Church to tackle questions about police brutality and accountability.

The Department of Justice will not file charges against George Zimmerman for the 2012 killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, ABC News and CBS News reported Tuesday: here.

German Islamophobes make Hitler copycat Bachmann their Fuehrer again

The image of Lutz Bachmann styled as Adolf Hitler was published by the Dresden Morgenpost after a reader spotted it on Facebook

From daily The Guardian in Britain:

Pegida head Lutz Bachmann reinstated after furore over Hitler moustache photo

The leader of Germany’s anti-Islamisation movement resigned in January after the image – which he now says was doctored – went viral

Lutz Bachmann has been reinstated as the head of Germany’s anti-Islamisation movement Pegida, a month after resigning over a photo showing him posing with a Hitler moustache.

The group confirmed on its Facebook page that the 42-year-old had been re-elected as chairman on Sunday by the six other members of the organisation’s leadership committee.

The Sächsische Zeitung reported last week that the Hitler moustache on the now infamous photo had been added after the photo was taken – though Bachmann did not mention this when the photo went viral. …

The picture of Bachmann went viral after it was published by a local newspaper, the Dresden Morgenpost. A Morgenpost reader discovered the photograph, along with what appeared to be a closed Facebook conversation between Bachmann and one of his Facebook contacts, in which he described immigrants as cattle, scumbags and trash. …

The controversy over the Hitler photo and Bachmann’s Facebook comments was seen as particularly damaging.

Bachmann’s resignation in January was followed by an exodus of leading members, apparently in an attempt to distance themselves from openly racist supporters. …

Bachmann, who carries convictions for drug possession, assault and burglary, has continued to speak at Pegida demos in Dresden. At last week’s event he imitated the 16th century church reformer Martin Luther and nailed 10 “theses” to the door of Dresden’s Kreuzkirche church. …

In the same Facebook post announcing Bachmann’s reinstatement, Pegida also welcomed its latest member – Tatjana Festerling, a former member of the eurosceptic Alternative for Germany party who attracted criticism last year for praising the Hooligans Against Salafists demo in Cologne. Bachmann said Festerling would almost certainly be the group’s new spokeswoman.

Pegida has attracted close to 160,000 likes on its Facebook page, which remains its only official web presence, but numbers at recent demos in Dresden have dwindled from a highpoint of 17,000 in January to around 2,000 in the last two weeks.

‘Nazi salutes’ claims as Pegida march through Vienna, Austria: here.

Anti-Muslim sentiments in US are being stoked by organisations and donors – paying over $57 million to demonise Islam, says report: here.

Jews, Muslims together against violence

This 25 March 2014 video is about Jews and Muslims demonstrating together against Geert Wilders‘ xenophobic PVV party in Amsterdam.

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:

Jews and Muslims marching together against aggression

Today, 15:50

About 200 people this afternoon are walking from the synagogue on the Jonas Daniel Meijer Square in Amsterdam to the Weesperzijde mosque. The organizers of the solidarity walk oppose aggression against places of worship and are against anti-Semitism and Islamophobia.

Other religious and non-religious parties also have rallied behind the initiative.

In the rally Jews, Muslims and other Amsterdam people participate. Both at the mosque and at the synagogue speeches will be held and flowers will be laid.

Hundreds of Norwegian Muslims form human shield to protect Jewish Synagogue in Oslo: here.

Racism in British UKIP party

This video from England says about itself:

21 February 2015

Watch Ukip councillor’s vile racist rant that lead to her sacking.

Rozanne Duncan’s rant filmed by a fly-on-the-wall documentary, to be screened on BBC2, she says she doesn’t like “negroes” because of how they look.

From daily The Independent in Britain:

General Election 2015: Farage praises his activists as BBC airs racist slurs

The leader is among friends in Thanet, but a recently excluded member’s remarks still echo

Jonathan Owen

Sunday 22 February 2015

The prejudice widely perceived to be at the heart of Ukip is laid bare in a new documentary that reveals how support in Thanet, where the party’s leader, Nigel Farage, is seeking election as an MP, is riddled with racism.

Yet in Meet the Ukippers, on BBC2 tonight, Mr Farage praises the activists – including a former National Front supporter – as his kind of people. In the film, Mr Farage says: “What I notice about the people in Ukip Thanet is that there is a real passion and determination to get this job done well. I couldn’t have a team anywhere in England who I feel more comfortable with than these people.”

During the documentary, Mr Farage blames the “hatred of the tabloid press” for the perception that Ukip is a racist party.

Martyn Heale, the local party chairman, boasts that Mr Farage is happy to stand “shoulder to shoulder” with him despite his past as a National Front supporter and says that Ukip declined his offer to resign over his far right past. …

Rozanne Duncan, the former Ukip district councillor, speaks on camera about her dislike of black people. “The only people that I do have problems with are negros and I don’t know why … but I really do have a problem with people with negroid features, I really do.

“A friend of mine said what would you do if I invited you to dinner and I put you next to [one], I said I wouldn’t be there, it’s as simple as that, I said I wouldn’t be there.”

Ms Duncan recalls how she tried to block black people from getting supported accommodation in the 1980s. When asked if there was any particular group of people she wouldn’t consider, she said: “Yes, negros.”

When asked what she meant, she explained: “Black skin, black curly hair, wide nostrils, shiny skin, that’s what I mean.”

After those remarks, Liz Langton-Way, the local party press officer, commented: “She has been told time and time again to keep her bloody mouth shut and I thought that by now the message would have got through.” The incident “made me think do I really want to be involved with these people because that was not what I was interested in.”

Mrs Langton-Way and her husband James, who had been due to stand as a local election candidate, have since resigned from the party.

Ms Duncan was expelled by the party for her remarks, but remains unrepentant. She says now feels “betrayed”: “There are other people who have said far worse things, far more derogatory – chinky, poofter – and they haven’t been expelled.”

See also here.

Half of Ukip voters say they are prejudiced against people of other races: here.

Japanese conservative praises South African apartheid

Pictures from Japanese neo-Nazi Kazunari Yamada’s website show him posing with Shinzo Abe’s internal affairs minister, Sanae Takaichi, and his party’s policy chief, Tomomi Inada. Photograph: Guardian

This photo shows prominent politicians of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe‘s ruling party smile happily at a photo op with the fuehrer of Japan’s neo-nazi movement.

From The Economist:

Japan and immigration: Bad timing

February 21 2015

The Sankei Shimbun, a Japanese daily, has a reputation for illiberal commentary. Last week it outdid itself by running a column that lauded the segregation of races in apartheid-era South Africa-and urged Japan to do the same.

Ayako Sono, a conservative columnist, said that if her country had to lower its drawbridge to immigrants, then they should be made to live apart. “It is next to impossible to attain an understanding of foreigners by living alongside them”, she wrote.

Ms Sono’s views got an airing as the government of Shinzo Abe, the prime minister, appears set to promote immigration in all but name. They caused a stir in South Africa, whose ambassador to Japan called them “scandalous”. In Japan, however, the reaction has been oddly muted. The media scarcely picked up on the ambassador’s letter. The Sankei initially greeted criticism with bemusement. It then issued a pro-forma reply defending its right to run different opinions.

Japan’s government is considering allowing 200,000 foreigners a year to come to Japan to help to solve a deepening demographic crisis and shortage of workers. The population fell by nearly a quarter of a million in 2013. An advisory body to Mr Abe says that immigrants could help stabilise the population at around 100m, from a current 127m. Not since the ancestors of Japan’s current inhabitants arrived in the islands from Korea two millennia ago has there been an example of immigration on the scale of that proposed. In this largely homogeneous country, just 2% of the population is of foreign origin-and that includes large numbers of residents with roots in Korea, a former Japanese colony, whose families have lived in Japan for generations.

Ms Sono is hardly a fringe figure. A bestselling author and conservative activist, she recently sat on a government panel on education reform; she is quoted in a textbook on morals for secondary school students, alongside Mother Theresa.

Malcolm X in England

This video is about Malcolm X, interviewed in Britain.

By Peter Frost in Britain:

Malcolm X – black power in Britain’s Black Country

Friday 20th February 2015

Fifty years ago this week, Malcolm X visited Britain’s then most racist town, Smethwick. A few days later he would be murdered. Peter Frost tells the story.

Smethwick, an industrial town sandwiched between Birmingham and the Black Country, can be a cold and unwelcoming place in February.

That was particularly the case half a century ago. Post-war immigrants more used to the warm and sunny climates of their native Caribbean or Indian subcontinent homelands had arrived to work in Midlands hospitals, on public transport and in the dark and dirty foundries that had made Smethwick famous.

Smethwick has an interesting, if turbulent, political history. In 1918 Suffragette leader Christabel Pankhurst missed becoming Britain’s first woman MP after being narrowly defeated by Labour.

From 1926 the Labour MP was Sir Oswald Mosley, who would go on to found the British Union of Fascists. Mosley resigned the Labour whip in March 1931 but continued to represent the constituency until it was taken by the Conservatives at that year’s general election.

Labour won Smethwick in the general election on July 26 1945. However the victorious Labour MP Alfred Dobbs was killed in a car crash the very next day. He is still the shortest-serving MP in British history.

Labour’s Patrick Gordon Walker won the resulting by-election for Labour later in 1945. Walker held the seat until the 1964 general election. In that election Gordon Walker, by then shadow foreign secretary, was defeated in perhaps the most disgusting racist Tory election campaign ever.

Harold Wilson narrowly won the 1964 election with a 3 per cent swing to Labour. In Smethwick however the Tories, playing the race card, won with a 7 per cent swing.

Tory candidate Peter Griffiths ran a hugely racist campaign attacking the government’s immigration policy. Posters and slogans appeared all over the town with the crude message “If you want a nigger for a neighbour, vote Labour.” This obscene approach would win Griffiths the seat.

It was in the aftermath of this October 1964 election that black activist Malcolm X visited Smethwick. He was perhaps more closely associated with “black power” than anyone else.

That contentious phrase was first coined, in 1850, by pioneering black activist and escaped slave Frederick Douglass — but it was Stokely Carmichael, a leader of the Student Nonviolent Co-ordinating Committee (SNCC), who helped to make the term popular.

In a 1966 speech in Mississippi, after the shooting of James Meredith, Carmichael said: “This is the 27th time I have been arrested and I ain’t going to jail no more! The only way we gonna stop them white men from whuppin’ us is to take over. What we gonna start sayin’ now is ‘black power’!”

Malcolm X knew all about racial intolerance. Even before he was born his pregnant mother was set upon by white racists.

He was born Malcolm Little in 1925. His father, Earl Little, was an outspoken Baptist minister and civil rights activist. This bought death threats from the white supremacists, forcing the family to move house twice before Malcolm’s fourth birthday.

In 1929 their Michigan home was burned to the ground. Two years later, Earl’s body was found lying across the town’s tram tracks. Police declared both incidents accidents. In fact it was racist arson and murder.

Malcolm’s mother Louise suffered a breakdown and was committed to a mental institution, and the children were split up among various foster homes and orphanages.

Malcolm ended up in Boston. In 1946, he was convicted of burglary and sentenced to 10 years in prison. While incarcerated he caught up with education as well as becoming a Muslim and studying black activism.

He joined the Nation of Islam (NoI), perhaps the most militant and extreme arm of the civil rights movement.

By the time he was paroled in 1952, Malcolm was a devoted and influential NoI member with the new surname X. He knew that Little was a slave name whereas X signified his lost tribal name.

Intelligent and articulate, Malcolm was soon appointed as a minister and national spokesman for the NoI. He wrote newspaper columns and appeared on radio and television, His charisma, drive, and conviction attracted thousands of new members. Malcolm was largely credited with increasing membership of the NoI from 500 in 1952 to 30,000 by 1963.

His high public profile did not escape the notice of the FBI. Agents infiltrated the organisation, with one even acting as Malcolm’s bodyguard.

In 1963 Malcolm was devastated when he learned that his mentor and NoI leader, Elijah Muhammad, was secretly having sex, and indeed babies, with many young women within the NoI organisation. Disgusted, Malcolm left the NoI in March 1964. He founded his own religious and political organisation.

That same year, Malcolm went on a pilgrimage to Mecca that would change his life. “I met blonde-haired, blued-eyed men I could call my brothers,” he said on his return.

He returned to the United States with a new outlook on integration and a new hope for the future. Now when Malcolm spoke, he spoke to all anti-racists, whatever their colour.

Perhaps that was the reason he visited Smethwick. He had been on a world tour and when he was banned from visiting and speaking in Paris he came to Britain.

Once here the BBC asked him to visit Smethwick with a view to him having a filmed public debate with Peter Griffiths. Griffiths chickened out at short notice and so an interview with Malcolm X was recorded on Marshall Street, Smethwick — a street that Smethwick Council had declared whites only, just like the segregated US housing he had fought against.

This was to be Malcolm X’s last TV interview before his assassination nine days later. The BBC has never broadcast the interview, but we do know what Malcolm said.

“I have come here because I am disturbed by reports that coloured people in Smethwick are being treated badly. I have heard they are being treated as the Jews under Hitler. I would not wait for the fascist element in Smethwick to erect gas ovens.”

Back in the US the NoI had not forgiven what they saw as Malcolm’s betrayal. Members made repeated attempts on his life. The FBI also turned up the heat. He rarely travelled anywhere without bodyguards.

On February 14 1965, while he was in Smethwick, his New York home was firebombed. Wife Betty and their four daughters luckily escaped the flames.

One week later, just after arriving home from Britain and speaking to a rally in Manhattan’s Audubon Ballroom on February 21, he was ambushed onstage by three gunmen. They pumped 15 bullets into him at close range. Malcolm X was dead. He was just 39.

Were the gunmen NoI members seeking revenge, or FBI agents acting under orders from J Edgar Hoover? They were probably both.

A far greater truth is that the memory of Malcolm X will live on in the US and in the English Midlands as the long battle for racial equality is slowly being won and the bloody history of that amazing struggle is finally written.