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South Africa’s ‘wild west’ WhatsApp groups fuel racism, surveillance

South Africa’s ‘wild west’ WhatsApp groups fuel racism, surveillance

KIM HARRISBERG WHEN South African content manager Happiness Kisten chased her family's escaped puppy up the road in the early hours of the morning in her Durban suburb, she did not realise she was being watched. But when Kisten, a Black South African adopted by Indian parents, arrived home puppy in tow, her mother showed her a message on the neighbourhood WhatsApp group that warned residents about a Black woman seen running after a dog. "At first I laughed, but afterwards I was like, that's very problematic. It left me with an ugly feeling in my gut," said Kisten, 29,…
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‘Racism still part of the daily South African experience’

‘Racism still part of the daily South African experience’

CYRIL RAMAPHOSA SOUTH Africa has, in recent days, been outraged at the sight of a white student at the University of Stellenboschdegrading and humiliating a fellow black student in a despicable act.There has been widespread anger that such acts still take place in a country with a bitter past like ours; apast which we have fought so hard to overcome.It is more troubling that such incidents are happening at schools and places of higher learning. A number ofthe people involved were born after the end of apartheid.While the incident at the University of Stellenbosch may seem like an aberration –…
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Ukraine war: Fleeing students faced racism, extortion

Ukraine war: Fleeing students faced racism, extortion

KIM HARRISBERG and NITA BHALLA WITH the sound of shelling over overhead, Nigerian medical student John Adebisi has been trapped for nine days in a basement in the north-east Ukrainian town of Sumy, wracked by fear and without enough money or means to escape. More than 1 million refugees have fled Ukraine since Russian troops invaded on February 24, but many more are stuck, particularly foreign students whose governments and families lack planes, cash or connections to get them out. Racism makes it harder to flee, several students said, after watching social media videos of African, Asian and Middle Eastern travellers being…
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PSG and Istanbul Basaksehir players wear ‘no to racism’ t-shirts ahead of rescheduled game

PSG and Istanbul Basaksehir players wear ‘no to racism’ t-shirts ahead of rescheduled game

JULIEN PRETOT PARIS St Germain and Istanbul Basaksehir players wore 'No to racism' t-shirts before their rescheduled Champions League game, which was suspended on Tuesday when the teams walked off in protest after the Turkish club accused a match official of racism. UEFA said on Wednesday that it had appointed an Ethics and Disciplinary Inspector to "conduct a disciplinary investigation regarding the incident". The incident was sparked when Basaksehir's assistant coach Pierre Webo was shown a red card for protesting against a refereeing decision and the Turkish side then alleged that the Romanian fourth official Sebastian Coltescu used a racist…
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Fans booing players taking a knee show racism still a problem -Henderson

Fans booing players taking a knee show racism still a problem -Henderson

ENGLAND midfielder Jordan Henderson said fans who booed players for taking a knee before matches proved racism was still an issue and that the team will continue to take a stand during the European Championship. There were jeers from a small section of spectators at the Riverside Stadium in Middlesbrough when players took the knee before England's friendly wins over Austria and Romania last weekend. "It shows that if there are still people booing because we're standing together against racism, then there still is a problem and we've still got to fight it and stand together," Henderson said before Sunday's…
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Fans booing players taking a knee show racism still a problem -Henderson

Fans booing players taking a knee show racism still a problem -Henderson

ENGLAND midfielder Jordan Henderson said fans who booed players for taking a knee before matches proved racism was still an issue and that the team will continue to take a stand during the European Championship. There were jeers from a small section of spectators at the Riverside Stadium in Middlesbrough when players took the knee before England's friendly wins over Austria and Romania last weekend. "It shows that if there are still people booing because we're standing together against racism, then there still is a problem and we've still got to fight it and stand together," Henderson said before Sunday's…
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Top Italian designer takes on racism in fashion

Top Italian designer takes on racism in fashion

SOPHIE DAVIES  STELLA Jean, the Haitian-Italian designer who has just announced a boycott of Milan Fashion Week, says she has suffered racism all her life. But it was only when the 41-year-old encountered it in Italy's mainly white fashion industry that she realised just how unwilling people were to talk about it. Now Jean, whose brightly-coloured skirts and dresses are worn by celebrities including Beyonce and Rihanna, says she can no longer remain silent in the face of what she sees as a rise in racially-charged incidents in Italian fashion. The former model, a protege of Giorgio Armani and the…
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Ellen DeGeneres issues apology, vows ‘new chapter’ after on-set turmoil

Ellen DeGeneres issues apology, vows ‘new chapter’ after on-set turmoil

LISA RICHWINE ELLEN DeGeneres has opened the new season of her popular television talk show by apologizing to staff after reports of a toxic work environment on her set and saying changes had been made to start "a new chapter." Three top producers on the "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" exited the show, producer Warner Bros. said in August after an internal investigation into complaints of bullying, racism and sexual misconduct against them. "I learned that things happen here that never should have happened," DeGeneres, 62, said in the opening monologue for the premiere of her show's 18th season. "I take…
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Black Lives Matter forces South African sport to face past demons

Black Lives Matter forces South African sport to face past demons

NICK SAID THE Black Lives Matter movement has forced South African sport to reflect on its post-Apartheid history and created fissures between former team mates in a country still trying to come to terms with its racist past. The BLM movement has put a spotlight on the way societies treat people of colour around the world and in South Africa the debate has centred on sport. The discussion has focussed on how opportunities were scarce for Black players across some sporting codes even after the fall of Apartheid, the system of racial segregation that existed in the country from 1948…
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EXCLUSIVE-Half aid workers report racism at work in past year – poll

EXCLUSIVE-Half aid workers report racism at work in past year – poll

SONIA ELKS HALF of aid workers have experienced racism at work in the past year, with staff and activists saying agencies are failing to combat discrimination in their ranks, a global survey by the Thomson Reuters Foundation and aid consultancy Aid Works found. An online survey of 286 aid workers in 63 countries found 143 people had experienced racism at work in the past year, ranging from having contributions overlooked, to pay disparities and overt racist comments, but fewer than half reported it. The findings come as aid agencies face closer scrutiny, with sexual abuse scandals tarnishing a $30 billion…
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