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'SNL' fires comedian Shane Gillis over racist Chinese slurs

Sep 17, 2019 - 3:30 PM

Just 4 days after joining the 'Saturday Night Live' cast, comedian Shane Gillis is sacked for making racist jokes about Chinese people

Austria NGO fights hate online, one conversation at a time

Apr 21, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Neustart, an organization in Austria, offers a 6-month program that aims to show participants how to 'express one's point of view without denigrating others'

Wioletta Ruehrer (R), a social worker of the organisation Neustart, talks to her client, an internet hater who is taking part in this program after she posted a racist comment on Facebook, in Vienna, Austria on March 19, 2019. - When it comes to the problem of online hate speech, the culprits behind the keyboards and smartphones can take some surprising forms -- just take 74-year-old Viennese retiree Ms H. Angered by an article she read on the internet a year ago, the outwardly unassuming former midwife reacted with a Facebook outburst in which she said all immigrants should be poisoned on arrival in Austria. (Photo by JOE KLAMAR / AFP) / TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY Sophie MAKRIS

'Racist' Serena Williams cartoon given Australian all-clear

Feb 25, 2019 - 4:36 PM

A Melboure Herald-Sun caricature in September showed a butch and fat-lipped Williams throwing a temper tantrum in her US Open final against Naomi Osaka

CONTROVERSIAL. Serena Williams' depiction in a Melbourne Herald-Sun cartoon sparked widespread condemnation across the world. File photo by Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/AFP


Former MTV VJ Belinda Panelo records racist experience in U.S.

Feb 20, 2019 - 10:43 AM

The video shows an American woman hurling racist statements at Belinda and her 4-year-old son, saying 'we don't want you here' and 'he doesn't even look human'

Liam Neeson fights to recover after sharing racist episode

Feb 11, 2019 - 3:00 PM

Public relations experts say that the actor has to 'be an active participant' in dialogue about racism

WITCH HUNT. British actor Liam Neeson comments on the series of claims of sexual harassment in Hollywood. Screengrab from YouTube/LionGateMovies

Racism and redemption: Virginia blackface row sparks national debate

Feb 10, 2019 - 3:46 PM

It's a question the state of Virginia has been grappling with since last week when its governor, Ralph Northam, was caught up in a row over blackface

DIVIDED. A flag of the Confederate States of America flies at Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia were state politics are in a state of upheaval after leaders were associated with the use of blackface. Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

Fellow actors defend Liam Neeson over controversial comments

Feb 08, 2019 - 11:15 AM

Terry Crews, Michelle Rodriguez, and Whoopi Goldberg come to Neeson's defense

Liam Neeson denies racism after admitting 'primal urge to lash out' at black men

Feb 06, 2019 - 11:36 AM

Neeson insists that race was not the driving factor behind his actions

[OPINION] What is racism?

Feb 02, 2019 - 7:09 PM

'Race is a constitutive social construction because highly complex social structures, including habits and practices, are built firmly on the usefulness of race as a tool to keep those in power firmly in their positions in society.'

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Charlottesville victims recount life-altering injuries at trial

Dec 01, 2018 - 10:10 AM

A year after the incident, victims of a car-ramming at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville now live with permanent injuries

'LIFE-ALTERING'. Victims recount violent experience after a car ran into a crowd of protesters in Charlottesville, VA on August 12, 2017. File Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

Tens of thousands stage anti-racism march in Berlin

Oct 14, 2018 - 3:30 AM

The march is partly in response to the rise of the anti-immigration Alternative for Germany party

PROTEST. Demonstrators walk during a major demonstration for an open and caring society organised by the action group "Unteilbar" (indivisible) on October 13, 2018 in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin. Photo by John Macdougall/AFP

India to deport Rohingya to Myanmar, despite UN concern

Oct 04, 2018 - 1:00 AM

The United Nations warns India that returning the men ignores the persecution they faced in Myanmar, and is a "flagrant denial" of their right to protection

REFUGEES. Rohingya refugees travel on an open-back truck on Teknaf-Cox's Bazar highway near Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhiya, Bangladesh, on September 3, 2017. Photo by Jasmin Rumi/AFP

White supremacists set to rally outside White House a year after deadly clash

Aug 12, 2018 - 4:51 PM

United States President Donald Trump tweets a generic condemnation of racism a year after the violent protests in Charlottesville, Virginia

FACE OF RACISM. A member of the Ku Klux Klan attends a rally on July 8, 2017 calling for the protection of Southern Confederate monuments, in Charlottesville, Virginia. Photo by Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP

Trump condemns 'all types of racism' a year after Charlottesville

Aug 11, 2018 - 10:21 PM

'The riots in Charlottesville a year ago resulted in senseless death and division,' Trump writes on Twitter

ONE YEAR AGO. This file photo taken on August 15, 2017 shows US President Donald Trump speaking to the press about protests in Charlottesville. Photo by Jim Watson/ AFP

Facebook bound to stop advertisers from excluding people over race

Jul 25, 2018 - 2:00 PM

Facebook advertisers may no longer hide certain ads on the basis of race, national origin, religion, sexual orientation and other protected categories

PLATFORM BOUNDARIES. Facebook faces more defined legal boundaries relating to in-platform discrimination. The state probe began in 2016 when advertisers where reported to have been able to conceal housing ads from African American users and other minorities. File photo by Charles Platiau/ AFP


Mesut Ozil quits German national team over racism

Jul 23, 2018 - 12:49 PM

The midfielder has been under fire since posing for a controversial photograph with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan before the World Cup

SCAPEGOAT. Mesut Ozil says he's also tired of being the scapegoat of Germany's World Cup elimination in the group stage. Photo by Benjamin Cremel/AFP

Hit sitcom 'Roseanne' axed over racist tweet row

May 30, 2018 - 9:48 AM

US network ABC cancels the show, following a tweet by Roseanne Barr against Valerie Jarrett, former adviser to president Barack Obama

Starbucks to educate U.S. staff against racial bias, set example

May 27, 2018 - 6:20 PM

The coffee giant will conduct training for around 175,000 employees in the United States, after a recent incident involving two black men sparked outrage

(FILES) In this file photo taken on April 17, 2018 The sign for a Starbucks Coffee shop is seen in Washington, DC, April 17, 2018, following the company's announcement that they will close more than 8,000 US stores on May 29 to conduct "racial-bias education" following the arrest of two black men in one of its cafes. Can you teach employees not to be racist? Coffee giant Starbucks will shut stores around the US on May 29, 2018, to conduct an unprecedented training exercise at its more than 8,000 US outlets. The initiative, which is expected to last four hours and reach 175,000 employees, was announced by Starbucks management on April 17, as it sought to contain outrage over the arrest of two young black men at one of its cafes in Philadelphia.  / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB / TO GO WITH AFP STORY by Catherine Triomphe, US-politics-racism-education-Starbucks

Art Hearts Fashion show in L.A., not LAFW, turns away Kiana Valenciano, Filipino models

Mar 15, 2018 - 9:09 PM

(UPDATED) In a statement to Rappler LA Fashion Week denounces the actions of Art Hearts Fashion

San Antonio's Patty Mills hits out at Cleveland Cavs fan over 'racial' slur

Feb 27, 2018 - 3:58 PM

A heckler calls Mills, who was born in Canberra to a Torres Strait Islander father and Aboriginal mother, a Jamaican dog during San Antonio's 110-94 win in Cleveland on Sunday

SLURRED. File photo of Patty Mills #8 of the San Antonio Spurs as he drives to the basket in front of Andre Drummond #0 of the Detroit Pistons. Photo by Dave Reginek/Getty Images/AFP

Ganuelas-Rosser backs teammate Ross in racism row

Jan 21, 2018 - 3:17 PM

Matt Ganuelas-Rosser says criticizing based on skin color should not be tolerated, a day after teammate Chris Ross was allegedly called with a racist slur by NLEX coach Yeng Guiao

RACISM. NLEX head coach Yeng Guiao allegedly calls Chris Ross using the "N-word". Photo by Jerrick Reymarc

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Jan 15, 2018 - 8:37 PM

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Trump: 'I'm not a racist'

Jan 15, 2018 - 9:27 AM

(UPDATED) US President Donald Trump: 'I'm not a racist. I am the least racist person you have ever interviewed, that I can tell you.'

'NOT RACIST' US President Donald Trump speaks to reporters at Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach on January 14, 2018. Nicholas Kamm/AFP

LeBron James continues campaign for 'equality' in fashion statement

Dec 18, 2017 - 6:34 PM

'Equality is all about understanding our rights, understanding what we stand for and how powerful we are as men and women, black or white or Hispanic,' says James

EQUALITY. LeBron James makes a statement on his shoes during his game against the Wizards. Photo from Twitter (@cavs)

Gurriel ready for Los Angeles heat after racism furor

Oct 31, 2017 - 9:45 AM

A fiery welcome is almost certain to greet Yuli Gurriel when he steps up to the plate at Dodger Stadium

HEATING UP IN LA. Things will surely heat up for Yuli Gurriel after his racist gesture during game 4 of the World Series. Christian Petersen/Getty Images North America/AFP

Would things change if we never ever say 'race' again?

Oct 19, 2017 - 7:00 PM

Race is a myth because each of us is jigsaw puzzle with 3 billion pairs that form a mosaic from various geographic origins

Netizens: ‘Lone wolf’ shooter is face of white privilege in U.S.

Oct 04, 2017 - 11:32 AM

Netizens call out that the media and authorities didn't hesitate to label Stephen Paddock a 'lone wolf,' even as investigations just started

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Sep 26, 2017 - 1:10 PM

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In political turn, Justin Bieber rallies for Black Lives Matter

Sep 24, 2017 - 11:04 AM

'We're all God's children and we are all equal,' says Justin

CHARLOTTE, NC - AUGUST 08: Musician Justin Bieber attends a practice round prior to the 2017 PGA Championship at Quail Hollow Club on August 8, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Stuart Franklin/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. cop who said 'we only kill black people' loses job

Sep 01, 2017 - 6:49 PM

In the dash cam video Lieutenant Greg Abbott tells a woman who feared moving her hands during a traffic stop not to worry because we only kill black people

TRAFFIC STOP. Screen shot of the WSB-TV Youtube video which aired the dash-cam footage of a traffic stop. Image from WSB-TV on YouTube.

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Aug 21, 2017 - 11:14 AM

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Police quash Quebec City anti-racism demo after clashes

Aug 21, 2017 - 9:42 AM

Meanwhile a demonstration organized by extreme right activists gained little traction

La Meute, a far-right, anti-immigration group, holds a rally in Quebec City, Canada, on August 20, 2017.  Alice Chiche/AFP

Be brave, Barcelona!

Aug 20, 2017 - 3:00 PM

The task of the hour is to transform grief into courage; intolerance into an openness of the heart; hatred into a capacity to love; and indifference into a brave brand of global citizenship

Muslim residents of Barcelona pay tribute at the Canaletas fountain during a demonstration on the Las Ramblas boulevard in Barcelona, to protest against terrorism and in tribute to the victims of the Barcelona attack on August 19, 2017, two days after a van ploughed into the crowd, killing 13 persons and injuring over 100. Drivers have ploughed on August 17, 2017 into pedestrians in two quick-succession, separate attacks in Barcelona and another popular Spanish seaside city, leaving 14 people dead and injuring more than 100 others. / AFP PHOTO / LLUIS GENE

Thousands join anti-racism march in Boston

Aug 20, 2017 - 12:41 AM

UPDATED Thousands of anti racism demonstrators flood the streets of Boston dwarfing a gathering of white nationalists in the city

COUNTER-PROTEST. Counter-protestors chant 'Black lives matter' ahead of a "Free Speech rally to be attended by far-right figures. Screenshot from Rappler video.

The week in photos: August 12-18, 2017

Aug 19, 2017 - 1:12 PM

This week s selection of photo highlights here and around the world

ANTI-RACISM. Protesters block both directions of the Interstate 580 freeway during a rally against racism in Oakland, California on August 12, 2017. Photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

Internet doors slammed on white nationalist extremism

Aug 17, 2017 - 2:34 PM

Internet titans that have contorted to balance free speech with odious content are standing firm this week against being used to glorify killing in the name of race

RIGHT WING. White nationalists, neo-Nazis and members of the 'alt-right' exchange insluts with counter-protesters as they attempt to guard the entrance to Emancipation Park during the 'Unite the Right' rally August 12, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. in 'economic war' with China, says Trump strategist Bannon

Aug 17, 2017 - 10:45 AM

In a frank freewheeling telephone interview with the website American Prospect Steve Bannon also talks about the infighting in the White House

TOP AIDE. In this file photo, Stephen Bannon, White House Chief Strategist, at the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, March 17, 2017. Saul Loeb/AFP

Defiant Trump isolated after defense of hard right

Aug 17, 2017 - 6:58 AM

Donald Trump finds himself an isolated figure after his extraordinary defense of white nationalist protesters sends business leaders and political allies scurrying for cover

This file photo taken on August 12, 2017 shows US President Donald Trump speaking to the press about protests in Charlottesville at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey. Jim Watson/AFP

Confederate monuments removed in Baltimore, other cities

Aug 17, 2017 - 6:25 AM

The removal of the monuments comes 4 days after clashes in Charlottesville Virginia that stemmed from a rally called by white supremacists to protest plans to remove a statue of Confederate General Robert E Lee from a public park

REMOVED. Workers load statues of Confederate generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas 'Stonewall' Jackson on a flatbed truck in the early hours of August 16, 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland. ProPublica / Alec MacGillis/AFP

Trump defiant on Charlottesville unrest: 'Blame on both sides'

Aug 16, 2017 - 7:04 AM

3rd UPDATE The Republican president – who one day ago solemnly denounced racism and singled out the Ku Klux Klan and neo Nazis as criminals and thugs – also hit out at the alt left over the weekend melee

BLAME GAME. US President Donald Trump speaks following a meeting on infrastructure at Trump Tower, August 15, 2017 in New York City. Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

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New generation of white nationalist groups flourish under Trump

Aug 15, 2017 - 11:19 AM

Encouraged by President Donald Trump and buoyed by social media a new generation of extremist startups has taken root mostly created by angry young white men anxious to exploit fears of Latino immigration and radical Islam

FACE OF RACISM. This file photo taken on July 08, 2017 shows a member of the Ku Klux Klan during a rally, calling for the protection of Southern Confederate monuments, in Charlottesville, Virginia. Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP

Trump slams 'evil' racism, singles out KKK, neo-Nazis

Aug 15, 2017 - 9:35 AM

Trump has taken heat from Democrats and Republicans alike for his initial response to Saturday s August 12 violence in Charlottesville Virginia

RAGE. Hundreds of protesters gather outside of Trump Tower along Fifth Avenue on August 14, 2017 in New York City. Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP

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Charlottesville: Race drags town into a fight it does not seek

Aug 14, 2017 - 7:41 AM

A pretty university town imbued with American history Charlottesville Virginia has been thrust into the news by right wing extremists whose views are deeply at odds with the city s sense of its own values

The statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee stands in the center of Emancipation Park the day after the Unite the Right rally devolved into violence August 13, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

White House defends Trump's response to Virginia violence

Aug 14, 2017 - 12:40 AM

UPDATED But Charlottesville Mayor Michael Signer blames US President Donald Trump for creating an atmosphere of coarseness cynicism [and] bullying in America

US President Donald Trump speaks to the press about protests in Charlottesville on August 12, 2017, at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey. A picturesque Virginia city braced Saturday for a flood of white nationalist demonstrators as well as counter-protesters, declaring a local emergency as law enforcement attempted to quell early violent clashes.  / AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSON

One dead at U.S. far-right rally, Trump blames 'many sides'

Aug 13, 2017 - 7:19 AM

UPDATED The FBI and federal prosecutors have opened a civil rights investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident that killed one woman and wounded 19 in Charlottesville Virginia

CRIME SCENE. People receive first-aid after a car ran into a crowd of protesters in Charlottesville, VA on August 12, 2017. Paul J. Richards/AFP

Creators behind 'Game of Thrones' stir race controversy with 'Confederate'

Aug 02, 2017 - 2:37 PM

A newly announced show on HBO sparks a heated backlash in a country still grappling with the legacy of slavery and its generational impacts on African Americans

MEN BEHIND 'THRONES' In this file photo, writer/producers David Benioff (L) and D.B. Weiss accept Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series for 'Game of Thrones' during the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 18, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. Kevin Winter/Getty Images/AFP

Subconscious bigotry: When you associate Muslims with terrorism

Jul 15, 2017 - 11:15 AM

I posit that in the deepest recesses of the non Moro’s psyche he has some distrust hate or even a feeling of separation simply because his Moro friend is a Muslim