To be gay, Christian and black in Harlem
West African asylum seekers face a new kind of discrimination in the US
The Spear, a painting by South African artist Brett Murray is causing quite a stir.
The painting is the subject of an attempted ban by the South African president, Jacob Zuma, according to the article
and a general accusation of racism by the ANC leadership which has led at least one interesting response
in the blogosphere.
Although officially abolished in 1981, slavery still exists in Mauritania
. CNN Special Report
includes a twenty-two minute video and offers a look inside a country where an estimated 10 - 20% are still enslaved.
In the wake of the Resident 5 racism flap (previously
), and with the final game released, one of it's chief detractors, N'Gai Croal, talks to its producer, Jun Takeuchi (Part 1
, Part 2
). Meanwhile industry magazine MVC takes a look at Africa as a games market
In the field of humanitarian aid, personnel decisions are life and death business. The UN knows all too well the costs of poor oversight
, but aid worker and blogger Michael Kleinman
makes another observation, far more disturbing. In the multi-billion dollar humanitarian aid business, some lives are worth less than others
, and not only among the populations served
. [more inside]
Oh, I say old chap--do you mind not going all "immigrant
" on me, and spitting all over the place? Thank you very much
. (how Britain proposes to solve the problem of integrating its migrant population)
David Oluwale arrived in Britain in 1949, one of many African immigrants. By the close of 1969, he was dead
. Two years later, two police officers were charged with his murder, although they got away almost scot-free despite a massive amount of evidence against them. Although it caused a national scandal at the time, more because of police malpractice than racism, Oluwale's sad story has been forgotten since (apart from a play, written by Jeremy Sandford
, a few years later). However, it deserves to be remembered not just because of a tragic and unnecessary death, but because it was the first recorded death of a British black person as a result of police racism
. A new book, Nationality: Wog, The Hounding of David Oluwale
is helping bring Oluwale's plight back into public consciousness. Via the BBC's Thinking Allowed.
Sacred Arts of Haitian Vodou.
'Vodou is Haiti's mirror. Its arts and rituals reflect the difficult, brilliant history of seven million people, whose ancestors were brought from Africa to the Caribbean in bondage. In 1791 these Africans began the only successful national slave revolt in history. In 1804 they succeeded in creating the world's first Black republic: the only one in this hemisphere where all the citizens were free. Their success inspired admiration, fear and scorn in the wider world. Cut off from Euro-American support, Haitians managed to created their own dynamic "Creole" society-one rooted in Africa but responsive to all that was encountered in their new island home.' History, theology
and religious art.
Related :- an essay on the Vodou concept of soul
, Voodoos and Obeahs
on sacred-texts ('required reading if you want to understand the background of Haitian and Jamaican Vodun, and the profound influence of imperialism, slavery and racism on its development').