This Week in Racism

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

It’s an embarrassment of riches in our weekly roundup of the world’s most preventable disease!

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3 min readMay 25, 2021
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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