#Antifa News Brief // 17 January, 2018

H&M appoints diversity leader after racist ‘monkey hoodie’ ad – Daily Sabah – H&M said late Tuesday on its Facebook page that the group’s “commitment to addressing diversity and inclusiveness is genuine, therefore we have appointed a global leader, in this area, to drive our work forward.”

The Stockholm-based company reiterated that “the recent incident was entirely unintentional” but “demonstrates so clearly how big our responsibility is as a global brand.”

NBA star LeBron James and rapper Diddy were among those who had responded with outrage to the ad. American rappers The Weeknd and G-Eazy cancelled partnerships with H&M. In South Africa, there were protests at some H&M stores, while the response has been more muted in Europe.

Lesley-Anne McKeown, Press Association – 17 January, 2018 13:51 // Far-right activist Paul Rimmer appears in court on inciting hatred charges related to Belfast rally – The Irish News – Defence solicitor Darren Duncan requested a two-week adjournment. After the hearing, the lawyer confirmed to the court that his client would be pleading not guilty.

Rimmer is the third person charged in connection with the controversial demonstration.

Britain First leader Paul Golding (35) and the group’s deputy leader Jayda Fransen (31), appeared at separate hearings earlier this month.

Fransen also faces four unrelated charges after alleged threatening behaviour concerning remarks which were made on December 13 beside a peace wall in Belfast.

France Fails to Face Up to Racism (opinion) // I CARE – – News – Internet Centre Anti Racism Europe – 28/12/2017- Rokhaya Diallo is a French journalist whose most noted work addresses a concept that doesn’t officially exist in France. Ms. Diallo’s documentary “From Paris to Ferguson: Guilty of Being Black” (“Not Yo Mama’s Movement” in the United States) examines the pervasiveness of ethnic profiling in abusive police identity checks. She has also addressed a recent death and a brutal beating of black youths by police officers that led to a Black Lives Matter movement in France. She has called all this evidence of institutional racism. That view has led the right wing, and some on the left, to successfully pressure the government of President Emmanuel Macron to oust her from a government advisory council, exposing a hypocrisy at the heart of French nationalism.

The term institutional racism, which in French is called state racism, is seen by many as an affront to the colorblind ideal of a universalist French republic. In France, it is illegal to classify people by their race or ethnicity. Incredibly, the French education minister, Jean-Michel Blanquer, said last month that he would sue a teachers union for using the words “institutional racism” during education workshops in ethnically diverse Seine-St.-Denis northeast of Paris. A few weeks ago, Marie Ekeland, a venture capitalist recently named as the president of the French Digital Council, an independent board dealing with digital technologies and their impact on society, announced the diverse list of staff members she had put together, including Ms. Diallo, who is black. Prime Minister Édouard Philippe and the secretary of state for digital, Mounir Mahjoubi, approved the list.

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