The endless struggle over racism

first_img When it comes to bias-based hate, there are deep reasons U.S. appears to be slipping, analyst says African-Americans say they are still treated unfairly, Harvard researchers find ‘We are not looking as good as we did a few years ago’ Related Picture a world where political leaders refuse to promote racist stereotypes, where social media companies break down hate-filled echo chambers, where police are trained to counteract implicit bias, and where schools teach children tolerance so all feel safe.That’s the complicated recipe to fight ongoing and rising racism and hatred in the U.S., experts at a Harvard forum said Wednesday. The complex response is needed because the problem is driven by a confluence of factors and amplified by the ways that technology has developed in recent decades.“I had a friend, a European, say to me, ‘Whatever happened to your country?’ and he went off on how bad everything was. And I said, ‘Remember, this is a country that just a few years ago you were cheering because of the election of Barack Obama as president,’” said former Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle. “And it’s not like everybody suddenly moved out of this country and a whole new group of people moved in. What happened is we are a complicated country, and, while we’ve talked about the problems [with racism] here, we are a country of great tolerance and of acceptance.”Doyle joined other panelists remotely for “The Spread of Hate and Racism: Confronting a Growing Public Health Crisis,” a session of The Forum at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Doyle pointed at education — both formal and informal — as key in the fight against racism and hatred. He also cited the power of the ballot box to change leaders who foster division. Some intolerant views stem from ignorance and lack of exposure to people of different backgrounds, he said, while others are reinforced by a national political debate that often supports negative racial and ethnic stereotypes. Statistics say incidents of hate crimes were up in 2017 for the third consecutive year, punctuated by headlining episodes like the murders of 11 people in a Pittsburgh synagogue and the two African-Americans in a Kentucky grocery store, both in October. “Acts of hate and racism, whether online or in person, are painfully visible these days,” said Phillip Martin, senior investigative reporter at WGBH, a contributing reporter to PRI’s “The World,” and moderator of the event. Though the national political debate has played a part in fostering an environment permissive to intolerance, panelists said, there are other factors at work as well. Dipayan Ghosh, Pozen Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School, pointed to the “commercial regime” that underlies the internet and an array of its services and platforms. That regime, he said, uses technology to create services that are compelling, even addictive, and designed not for the public good but to keep users on the sites and engaged in their services. These companies not only design “precise and sophisticated algorithms” to capture people’s attention, they use data from browsing habits, social content, and past purchases to target them as individuals, curating content in their social media feeds and customizing advertising to them.That model has created a reinforcing environment for views of every kind, Ghosh said, yet companies have not been challenged to change their ways, and their business model has not been subject to regulation that might promote competition and fight the spread of hate.,Young people are among the largest consumers of online content, and they are deeply affected by the broader social context around hatred and racism, said Maureen Costello, director of Teaching Tolerance and a member of the senior leadership team for the Southern Poverty Law Center.Costello said incidents in schools, as in the nation more broadly, began to rise during the 2016 presidential campaign. Recent FBI statistics show that 25 percent of hate crimes nationally occur in schools, from kindergarten through college. Teachers at about that time reported that marginalized students were more anxious, a situation that subsequent studies have shown continuing. In addition, bullying was “weaponized” by the political debate, Costello said, and teachers were uncertain how to handle that.Costello pointed out that 51 percent of American schoolchildren are from minority groups, and a fearful school environment can affect their ability to learn.“You cannot educate when children don’t feel safe,” Costello said.David Williams, Norman Professor of Public Health and chair of the Harvard Chan School’s Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, said studies show that even low levels of hate and discrimination have a negative effect on health, increasing the risk of anxiety, depression, and even premature death. Anti-immigrant rhetoric and police practices such as random stops have been shown to cause drops in health care use by people of non-European extraction, even when they are American-born, Williams said.Panelists discussed ways to combat the rise. They pointed to improved police training and to consistent messaging that embraces tolerance in schools, reinforced by programs like a “mix it up at lunch day” that encourages students to sit with classmates they normally would not dine with, as well as training programs like Costello’s Teaching Tolerance, which trains teachers.“It can’t just be a moment in the school year. In fact, schools are incredibly important places. They’re crucibles of building the society we’re all going to live in in 10 years or 20 years,” said Costello, who added that many schools are doing a good job on this front. “They are also one of the last common institutions standing. It’s a time that calls for more investment in making sure that schools are doing their jobs to counter hate and to build that good society.” Doyle said it’s important that conversations on the topic continue, so voters understand the harm that racism causes and the hidden erosions of implicit bias, while being exposed to views of those who look different from them. “In a democracy … that’s how we make sure the policies we want are effectuated,” Doyle said. “So it’s really critical that we have a very, very engaged political body…. And I’ll give President Trump credit for this: We have an engaged electorate like we’ve never seen before.” center_img Racial discrimination still rules, poll says The costs of inequality: Money = quality health care = longer life Federal insurance has helped many, but system’s holes limit gains, Harvard analysts saylast_img read more

Sheffield Utd, Villa braced for Premier League restart in global spotlight

first_img“First game back is going to be a little bit different, what we understand is the magnitude of the game, the coverage of the game,” Wilder said at his pre-match video press conference on Monday.”Villa-Sheffield United was a Championship game last year and would possibly have been seventh or eighth on (BBC’s) Match Of The Day and now it is 6:00 pm on the TV and worldwide coverage.”From our point of view we want to put on a good show and make sure we play well.”Sheffield United, who have 10 games to play, are seventh in the table, chasing Champions League football. Topics : Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder and Aston Villa boss Dean Smith said they were aware the eyes of the world would be on their match when they relaunch the Premier League on Wednesday.The high-flying Blades travel to Villa Park for the first game in the English top-flight after a three-month suspension due to the coronavirus pandemic.Later on Wednesday, Manchester City host Arsenal, with 92 games packed into just five-and-a-half weeks. ‘Itching’ to play Villa manager Smith, whose side are in the relegation places, said it was an honor to be playing the first game in the English top-flight since March.Victory over the Blades, their game in hand over their relegation rivals, would take them out of the drop zone with nine matches remaining.”The eyes of the world will be on us and we are looking forward to it,” said Smith.”The players have been itching to get back,” he added. Smith questioned the temporary rule change to allow five substitutions during games, saying it would benefit certain clubs. Teams can also name nine substitutes instead of seven.”I wasn’t for it,” he said. “I just believe we started the season with certain rules and now we have changed it. I suppose it helps the clubs with the bigger squads.”There was talk to change it because there is more risk of injury but having more subs doesn’t help that. I just wanted it to stay as it was. I think Sheffield United were the same.”Wilder confirmed Sheffield United would extend highly rated goalkeeper Dean Henderson’s loan deal in the next few days.The England Under-21 international is close to agreeing an extension from Manchester United until the current season ends. They could move up to fifth place with three points at Villa Park, but Wilder will not allow himself to get distracted by talk of Europe.”If it gets to the situation where we are one or two games out and we are still in a fantastic position then we will possibly talk about that,” said Wilder.”But at the moment we have quarter of a season to go, near enough. I am sure that you have seen the fixture list as such as I have seen it. There are some incredible challenges in front of us.”last_img read more

Per Mertesacker wants to ‘give Mikel Arteta headaches’ with Arsenal academy

first_imgThe German spoke to Ian Wright from his home (Picture: YouTube / Ian Wright / Adidas Home Team)Arsenal academy manager Per Mertesacker says he revels in giving Mikel Arteta ‘headaches’ by producing young talent who can compete for a place in the Spaniard’s first team.Arteta’s appointment has brought a renewed focus on developing youngsters, with 18-year-old Bukayo Saka notably benefiting from that shift in approach as he made 18 Premier League appearances and registered nine assists in all competitions.The likes of Joe Willock, Reiss Nelson and Eddie Nketiah have also seen significant game time this season and Mertesacker wants to keep producing exciting talent who can challenge for first team spots and give Arteta a real selection dilemma. Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 12 May 2020 6:08 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.6kShares Comment Arteta has been keen to utilise the academy and promote youngsters (Picture: Getty)Speaking to Ian Wright on his YouTube channel for Adidas Home Team, Mertesacker explained: ‘We are really keen on giving Mikel Arteta a lot of headaches, you know.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘He must be thinking, “What’s going on in the academy?” Every year there is the potential two, three players who can step onto that court.‘But I know his standards, I know what he stands for, so I need to prepare the players really well so when they step into the first-team environment they are ready and prepared.’On his first conversation with Arteta after the Spaniard’s return to the Emirates, Mertesacker continued: ‘I mean I was really, really excited for him coming to the club.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘He was captain, I was vice-captain at that time, so I kind of learnt standing next to him in the dressing room, in meetings with the players.‘What he demanded from me, “You need to stand next to me when we speak to the players”, so you kind of get that feeling that he holds you accountable but he trusts me in a way that will be really, really special.center_img Per Mertesacker wants to ‘give Mikel Arteta headaches’ with Arsenal academy FIFA and WHO team up to give you five ways to tackle spread of coronavirusTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 1:43FullscreenFIFA and WHO team up to give you five ways to tackle spread of coronavirus is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.‘And now we’re getting in a rhythm and it just feels like we’re back again in the days when we played and we had the trust for each other. So I’m literally really excited for us moving forward as we have two key roles, with Edu as well.‘So I would say that we have a good chance and a good possibility to really grow from here as a club and you can almost see even in the first team, small steps but the right steps are being taken right now.’MORE: Arsenal legend Ian Wright shares sickening racist messages he’s received on InstagramMORE: How Unai Emery convinced Arsenal flop Denis Suarez to leave BarcelonaFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgLocalNews Guilty! by: – May 23, 2012 46 Views   one comment Share Tweet Sharecenter_img Share Sharing is caring! David St. JeanTwenty-three (23) year old David St. Jean of Portsmouth was on Wednesday afternoon found guilty of murdering Clement “Johnson” James of Good Hope by a nine member jury.According to St. Jean’s unsworn statement which he read in Court on Friday last week, he was walking on the Indian River Bridge about 3:30pm on Monday 20th September, 2010 when he observed Clement James on the opposite side of the bridge “staring at me in a sexual manner while holding his crotch”.He said he crossed the bridge in an attempt to “warn” James, however James grabbed a stick which he had and lashed him with it on his back, therefore a scuffle ensued, he took a knife which James had and “lashed him with it on his hand”.The prosecution called ten (10) witnesses to prove their contention that St. Jean did unlawfully kill Clement James while the defence team called one (1) witness to testify during the four day trial.Justice Birnie Stephenson-Brooks ordered that a pre-sentencing report which will be conducted by officers of the Welfare Division and she instructed the defendant, his mother, Martin James and his mother to cooperate with the officers.Martin James; the brother of Clement James who also testified for the prosecution told reporters outside the Court after the verdict was delivered that he is satisfied with the verdict.“The judgment was correct. I believe that it was done correctly; my brother did not deserve what happened to him and what took place today, I am very pleased of the Lord first and also to the jury; those who sat and listened and I am very happy that they said guilty”. He also made an appeal to young people that they should learn to respect life.“Young people suppose to really look at themselves as other people have life and they need to respect people. They need to realize that they are people just like them and my conviction is not yours and these are the things that we really need to take close note of. Young men and young women ought to realize that there’s life, he is not a goat, that’s a man so we need to respect people”.St. Jean was represented by Wayne Norde and Bernadette Lambert while the state was represented by Director of Public Prosecutions Gene Pestaina, Clement Joseph and Arthlyn Nesty.St. Jean will be sentenced on June 22nd, 2012.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more