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Ahmed Sule : The prevalence of racism

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Very often, racially inflammatory comments are made in the British press against the Black community. Despite the outrage that often occurs after these comments are made, these racially offensive comments still persist. The prevalence of these attacks in the British media are starkly illustrated in two famous race rows; David Starkey's comment on 'the Whites are becoming Blacks' and Shilpa Shetty's race row in Celebrity Big Brother.

Occupy London protests

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For over two weeks, protestors have set up camp outside St Paul's Cathedral, London as part of the "Occupy London" movement. London is just one of a number of cities around the world to be "occupied" with similar protests taking place across 951 cities in 82 countries.

The movement emphasises the flaws of capitalism and a turn towards global democracy. The protesters also support ending corporate greed, respecting the earth, and moving towards socialism, which they believe will give everyone a better future and life.

Let's not talk about race!

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According to the New York Times, the USA economic crisis is also a 'racial crisis'. We could go one step further and equally say this global economic crisis is becoming a chronic racial crisis too.

Why? Because the same dynamics that are occurring in the USA: African Americans and Latinos being hit disproportionately hardy than white Americans, is very much the same here in the UK, and one suspects across wider Europe too. The data is compelling: in the USA unemployment rates in July were 8.2 %for whites, 16.8 % and 11.3 % for Latinos.

Racist Halloween Costumes?

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American OBV interns Oksana Trofimenko and Danny Mucinskas examine how one organisation in America has started a protest against "racist" Halloween costumes.

A student organisation at Ohio University is challenging some Halloween costumes as racist. Students Teaching Against Racism in Society (STARS) have initiated a poster campaign targeting racist costumes. The posters depict five minority students holding photographs of costumes related to their respected races, with the slogan “This is not who I am, and this is not okay.”

United Friends and Family Deaths in Custody march attacked by police

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For 13 years the families of those who have tragically suffered the death of a loved one in custody have gathered together to make their annual sojourn from Trafalgar Square to 10 Downing Street. Dressed in black, they make their march silently with no placards or chanting as they hand in their letter on behalf of the families requesting that the Prime Minister hear their cries for justice. They have done so without incident or arrest during that time.

EDL Birmingham demo passes without incident

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It has been two months since Birmingham became a host of cities which were hit by the riots which gripped the nation.

In a bid to try and inflame further violence, the English Defence League decided to hold their rally in the city this weekend, probably hoping to spark off the same kind of troubles which took place two years ago when they last visited Birmingham.

Back in 2009, there were running battles between EDL supporters and anti-facist protestors who were holding counter-demonstrations.

Anton Ferdinand speaks but stays silent on Terry race row

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The defender at the centre of the racism row which has engulfed the front and back pages this week has spoken to the media about the allegations.

But QPR's Anton Ferdinand has said nothing about the allegations that England captain John Terry had shouted 'you ******* black ****’ during QPR's clash with Chelsea in the Premier League last Sunday.

The alleged incident is now being investigated by the Football Association while the police have made enquiries.

Black Power Mixtape documentary to air at Urban Screen event

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There will be a special screening of powerful documentary Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 on Saturday 29th October.

The Genesis Cinema in Mile End will be the venue where Urban Screen will show the award-winning documentary followed by a Question and Answer session with a panel which includes political activist Lee Jasper and filmmaker Ishmahil Blagrove.

Stop and Search action group marks first anniversary

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Today is a special day for StopWatch which marks its first anniversary since being launched by Reverend Jesse Jackson last October.

The action group was launched in response to tackling the disproportionately high number of Black and Asian people being stopped and searched in the UK.

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