This Week in Racism

O Canada, How Could You Not Realize Nooses Are Racist?

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Death and taxes used to be the only two certainties in life. But no matter how much progress it feels like we’re making sometimes, the sad fact is you can probably slide racism into that list. Are we in a moment of uprising that feels like it has the potential to create real, systemic change? Yes. Do people and organizations still show their ass on a daily basis? Oh, most definitely. And to keep tabs on all that ass-showing, we created a weekly racism surveillance machine. If you already get our newsletter, Minority Report, you’ve likely seen this — but now the rest of the internet can get a taste.

🗑 That famed British stiff upper lip might just have a Hitler mustache on it

Across the pond, a 24-year-old woman named Sharna Walker became the de facto head of Karens International after a drunken display outside a pub in Birmingham, U.K. When bouncer Tristan Prince wouldn’t let Walker into the pub without her ID, she notched the unholy trifecta — pushing Prince, calling him a “fucking n****r,” and then spitting in his direction as she walked away. Prince, who is a literal powerlifting champion and could have easily tossed Walker the mile back to her car, instead kept his cool, later posting a video of the encounter on Instagram and writing, “There was a time I’d go through things like this and brush it under the carpet but them times are over.” Walker was identified nearly immediately, at which point the plea-copping began in earnest: “I am infact [sic] not racist at all,” she wrote on Instagram, blaming her behavior on being a messy drunk. “I have several Black co-workers who I love dearly and have even dated Black men.” We stand corrected, guv’nor! (Also, real talk, we’ve got a lorry full of pounds that says we know exactly how she treated these supposed Black boyfriends.) (Daily Mirror)

🗑 Nooses: Don’t worry, they’re not racist, even when they’re used racistly

Striking a fatal blow to the myth that all Canadians are polite, an investigation has finally weighed in on a 2016 incident in which a White South African doctor at an Alberta hospital hung a noose outside an operating room where a Nigerian doctor was attending — by calling it “inappropriate” but not “racist.” To put it in Canadian terms: Eh? It took nearly five years and more than $100,000 for a third-party investigator to uncover a culture of bullying and harassment at Grande Prairie’s Queen Elizabeth II Hospital — and then they still deny that the noose was racially motivated? All those quarantine binges of Letterkenny and Schitt’s Creek made us think that Canada had its share of not-totally-terrifying White people; now all we’re left with is late Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, whose drunken patois rant remains the most inspiring thing Canada has ever given us. Great White North, indeed. SMH. (Edmonton Journal)

🗑 And the award for “most creative use of a racial slur” goes to… Missouri!

Just in case you thought all this international racism meant that the U.S. was in the clear: Don’t worry, we’re still on top! A disgraced ex-cop in Missouri, who next month will resume his trial over his beating of a Black undercover cop in 2017, is fighting against having his history of texts admitted as evidence — most notably the fact that he referred to a St. Louis-area Black attorney as “plate lips.” That wasn’t his only racist-ass text message; he dropped multiple N-bombs, along with copping to Adderall abuse and making it clear that he was basically an amateur Midwestern version of Bad Lieutenant. Credit where it’s due: That’s some elite-level racism. (Comic Sands)

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