Category Archives: Racism

Nordstrom Rack Pulls Hoodie with Images of Nanjing Massacre from Online Store

November 13, 2016
Screen capture of "The Andrea Hoodie" by Happiness Clothing company, which was being sold by Nordstrom Rack (Photo credit: Nordstrom Rack / Daily Hive)
Screen capture of “The Andrea Hoodie” by Happiness Clothing company, which was being sold by Nordstrom Rack (Photo credit: Nordstrom Rack / Daily Hive)

Nordstrom Rack, the off-price retail division of Nordstrom Inc., came under fire over the weekend for its sale of a hoodie with an image portraying the Nanjing Massacre.

The Andrea Hoodie by the Happiness clothing company — an Italian clothing company founded in 2007 with the ironic philosophy of spreading “happiness” — features a screen capture from the 2009 Chinese film epic  “Nanking! Nanking!” (distributed in English as “City of Life and Death”) focused on the 1937 Nanjing Massacre. The scene depicts the pending decapitation of innocent Nanjing civilians.

Which begs the question: what the fuck is Nordstrom Rack doing selling a picture of a massacre of tens of thousands of innocents? Also, why the fuck would someone make this hoodie in the first fucking place?

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#EmboldenedRacists After Election of Donald Trump

November 11, 2016
Graffiti defacing the Muslim prayer room at NYU, found on November 9th. (Photo credit: Twitter / via Instagram and Thank You Donald)
Graffiti defacing the Muslim prayer room at NYU, found on November 9th. (Photo credit: Twitter / via Instagram and Thank You Donald)

Donald Trump launched his presidential campaign by calling Mexicans “rapists” and “killers”. On the campaign trail, he has advocated a national registry for Muslims and has implied that the Black Lives Matter movement is comprised of violent criminals; he has even gone so far to condone violence against those protesters at his rallies. He has deployed racism against East and South Asians and suggested that he would restrict immigration from Pakistan and the Phillippines which he declared to among the world’s “terrorist” nations. He has insulted women, gays, and the disabled. He is the voice of the #Whitelash against globalism and America’s growing diversification.

It should come as no surprise, therefore, that one of only a handful of newspapers to endorse Trump was the official newspaper of the Ku Klux Klan. One of Trump’s most avid supporters is former KKK Imperial Wizard David Duke.

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5 Lessons I Learned While Protesting a Trump Rally

October 17, 2016
An image of protesters outside a Trump rally held over the weekend in New Jersey. (Photo credit: Sudip Battacharya)
An image of protesters outside a Trump rally held over the weekend in New Jersey. (Photo credit: Sudip Bhattacharya)

By Guest Contributor: Sudip Bhattacharya

“I need to pee, and I need a cookie,” I told my friend as we drove to Edison for an anti-Trump protest.

We stopped at a Dunkin Donuts where I used the bathroom and bought a chocolate muffin instead. I kept tapping my feet as we sat in the corner of the store. My heart was pounding against my chest.

When I first heard that the Republican Hindu Coalition was organizing an event for Donald Trump in Edison, New Jersey, I laughed. Another friend of mine – one who I’ve known since high-school — found out that the event was being held at the convention center, she quickly began organizing a protest. She’s quoted in this article at Quartz, where you can find more information about the background of what happened and why. She did the hard work of getting others involved, including me. Like I said, my immediate reaction was amusement and annoyance at the Trump event, rather than frustration or anger. But that mood changed as the week wore on. From watching interviews of Trump supporters online and hearing how gleeful they were about their misogyny and racism, flashes of prior incidences splashed across my mind, when protestors were pushed and assaulted. Plus, the election was nearing its peak, and it seemed like the true believers were prepared to do anything to win.

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We Need To Talk About Priyanka Chopra’s Latest Magazine Cover

October 14, 2016
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Priyanka Chopra in a recent magazine cover for Conde Nast Traveller India. (Photo Credit: Conde Nast Traveller India)

By Guest Contributors: Lakshmi Gandhi (@lakshmigandhi) and Asha Sundararaman (@mixedtck)

We really weren’t planning to talk about Priyanka Chopra so soon after our last gchat conversation. That all changed when our Twitter friend Sharanya Manivannan (pre-order her book!) pointed us towards the controversy surrounding the actress’s photo shoot for the cover of Conde Nast Traveller India. It features Chopra in tank top that’s been described as “insensitive,” “xenophobic,” and “racist” against refugees and other immigrants and we immediately knew that we had to discuss it.

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Fox News Receives Massive Petition in Protest of Racist “Watters’ World” Segment

October 11, 2016
Petitions protesting 'Watters' World' were delivered to Fox News today. (Photo Credit: Reappropriate)
Petitions protesting ‘Watters’ World’ were delivered to Fox News today. (Photo Credit: Reappropriate)

On SundayThe O’Reilly Factor host Bill O’Reilly claimed that Fox News had received virtually no backlash in response to the racist ‘Watters’ World’ segment aired on the show last Monday. Claiming that the segment “wasn’t over the line,” O’Reilly blamed the bulk of the segment’s criticism on “far-left” websites, while suggesting that Fox News had received only ten irate letters after the segment aired.

Well, O’Reilly can no longer claim that to be true. Last Thursday, in the wake of several public statements issued by AAPI advocacy groups, I created a Change.org petition to help amplify the community’s outcry against Fox News, The O’Reilly Factor, and ‘Watters’ World’.

In less than 96 hours, the petition had accumulated nearly 20,000 signatures. Today, four copies of the full petition arrived at Fox News headquarters. The petition copies were sent by courier to: Jay Wallace, Executive Vice President of News & Programming; David Tabacoff, Executive Producer of The O’Reilly Factor, Bill O’Reilly, and correspondent Jesse Watters.

In total, each petition contained over 220 pages listing thousands of the petition’s supporters. Each petition weighed nearly four pounds.

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