Posts Tagged ‘Twitter’

Union Accuses Black School Choice Group of Klan Sympathies

Friday, August 31st, 2012

A major state-level teachers union accused a group promoting school choice for African-American families of supporting the notorious white supremacist group the Ku Klux Klan in a series of statements on Thursday.

The Louisiana Federation of Teachers accused the Louisiana Black Alliance for Educational Options (BAEO) of advancing a “pro-KKK agenda,” in the words of one tweet sent from the union’s official Twitter account. Another claimed that the group “endorses teaching that the KKK is good.”

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Olympics: US victory marred by racist tweets

Saturday, August 11th, 2012

USA‘s victory over Japan in the women’s gold medal football yesterday was marred by a slew of racist tweets.

The 2-1 match had barely ended when the terms ‘Pearl Harbor‘ and ‘Japs‘ started trending on the micro blogging site.

Olympics fans tweeted how the U.S. victory had been ‘payback for Peal Harbor’ and made reference to the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombs dropped by the U.S. military in WWII.

Before the match ended one wrote the game would end ‘the same way WWII did. With Hiroshima and Nagasaki burnt to the ground’.

The game – and the tweets – fell on the 67th anniversary of the Nagasaki atomic bomb attack, which killed 70,000 people on August 9, 1945.

But the anniversary seemed to have little bearing on the Twitter messages. One user @treywimbo wrote: ‘This was payback for the USS Arizona!! Take that you Japs!’

Another, @CocoSully7 wrote: ‘Watching this game makes me think of how much I really do hate Asians.’

@emilydunderwood tweeted how winning a gold medal in the women’s football meant the U.S. was ‘almost even’ with Japan for the the December 7, 1941 Pearl Harbour attack.

Others hit back at the racist tweets, arguing the women’s game had nothing to do with either attack.

User @Sandra_Lee1123 wrote: ‘I wasn’t aware Japan’s women’s soccer team were the ones who planned Pearl Harbor.’

While @oh_deir wrote: ‘Just because the US won a gold medal in soccer doesn’t mean you have a free pass to make racist jokes about Pearl Harbor #growup.’

Another user @lissybluebell wrote: ‘3 things in life are certain: death, taxes & that whenever the US beats Japan at anything SOMEone will call it ‘payback for Pearl Harbor’.’

The U.S. team’s win made up for the heartache of last year’s World Cup final when they lost to Japan on penalties.

The women’s coach Pia Sundhage even declared her side could be ‘unstoppable’ at the next World Cup in 2015.

American Carli Lloyd scored both goals last night in front of a record 80,203-strong crowd at Wembley Arena in London.

Lloyd said: ‘Wembley was amazing. ‘To play in all these historic stadia is amazing. 80,000 people for a women’s final is unbelievable – it says a lot and we feel very lucky.’

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Blatter wants Swiss player banned for racist tweet

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

The highest-ranking official in football wants the Swiss player who was expelled from the Olympics for posting a threatening and racist message to be banned from other competition.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter supports the SwissOlympic committee‘s decision to send Michel Morganella home for his Twitter post about South Koreans on Monday, hours after his team lost to the same opponent. Blatter said FIFA would accept any further international ban taken in Switzerland against Morganella.

“This is now up to the football federation of Switzerland, they have to deal with this case and then they will transmit it to us,” Blatter said Tuesday from Wembley Stadium. “If the national association transmit the decision taken by their respective committees to FIFA asking for a ban, then we do it.”

Blatter, who is Swiss, was attending an anti-racism event at the London Games.

“It is embarrassing for the whole football family and for the Olympics games,” said Blatter, who was at Wembley as hosts Britain played Brazil in women’s football.

Morganella’s case comes after England’s Football Association charged Chelsea defenderJohn Terry for racially abusing an opponent last season. Terry also faced criminal charges, which were ultimately dropped.

Blatter caused furor with the Terry case when he was quoted saying any racial incidents could be settled by a handshake at the end of a match and could be “solved from within.”

At the “Let’s Kick It Out of Football” event, chairman Herman Ouseley admitted he initially thought Blatter “didn’t have a clue what racism is” after hearing the remarks, but said Tuesday “the further I reflected on his alleged remark, I thought it might have some validity. If Nelson Mandela could walk out and shake the hands of his persecutors, then there’s no reason why on the football field you can’t.”

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@Sweden Twitter Account Runs Aground with Controversial Tweet on Jews

Friday, June 15th, 2012

If all publicity is good publicity, then the @Sweden Twitter account is admirably succeeding at bringing attention to the Nordic country, and helping to promote tourism to it, just as it was set up to do.

The @Sweden Twitter account, created and overseen by the Swedish Institute and VisitSweden, is unique in that a different Swedish citizen is given the reins of the account each week to make posts about Sweden and their lives as they see fit. In previous weeks, the tweets have been handled by a female priest, an 18 year old living with his parents, and a lesbian truck driver, among others.

This week it was 27 year old blogger Sonja Abrahamsson’s turn, who stated in her bio that she would “tweet about my thoughts and being me, about having children and living my life and what not”.

Apparently that ‘what not’ included making questionable tweets about Jews, as she’s kicked off a firestorm of controversy through some of her recent tweets.

In one tweet, she mused “Whats the fuzz with jews. You can’t even see if a person is a Jew, unless you see their penises, and even if you do, you can’t be sure!?”

She followed that up by tweeting “In nazi German they even had to sew stars on their sleeves. If they didn’t, they could never now who was a jew and who was not a jew.”

The tweets were quickly denounced by Twitter users inside and outside of Sweden, and even drew the attention of U.S comedian Stephen Colbert, who requested that his many rabid fans convince those overseeing the @Sweden account to put him in charge of it for a week, and that he “knew what the fuzz about Jews was.”

Despite the controversy and backlash, VisitSweden’s marketing director, Maria Ziv, said the tweets would not be removed, as they were not deemed to be racist. Likewise, Sergio Guimaraes, media relations manager for the Swedish Institute came to Sonja’s defense and the defense of the Twitter account, stating that freedom of speech is a core value of Swedish society, and that is reflected in how the account is run.

For her part, Sonja later tweeted an apology in response to the backlash, tweeting that “Im sorry if some of you find the question offensive. Thats was not my purpose. I just don’t get why some people hates jews so much.”

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Over 4,000 illegals arrested in three months

Saturday, June 2nd, 2012

Muscat: Royal Oman Police (ROP) arrested as many as 4,134 infiltrators of various nationalities in the various governorates of the Sultanate during the first quarter of this year, Lt.

Colonel Abdul Karim bin Murad Al Balushi, Director of Infiltration Combating at the General Directorate of Operations, has said.

These operations were carried out in cooperation with the military and other security units.

During the same period, 4,518 infiltrators were deported -” in coordination with the relevant embassies in the Sultanate -” through official channels to verify the identities of infiltrators. These people were working in violation of the labour laws of the country.

The director of anti-infiltration operations said that most infiltrators come from East Asian countries and some Arab countries bordering the Sultanate. The infiltrators resort to illegal immigration from their countries to the Sultanate in search of work or to earn money or pass through Oman‘s territory on their way to other neighbouring countries.

Al Balushi pointed out that these infiltrators pose a threat to the security and economy of the country.

He said the ROP had arrested many of these infiltrators on the charges of theft, drug trafficking and other crimes.

The ROP has urged people to cooperate with the legal authorities to combat this menace by promptly reporting such cases to the police, either by calling the emergency phone 9999 or by reporting the matter to the nearest police station.

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Pakistan temporarily blocks Twitter over cartoons

Monday, May 21st, 2012

Pakistan‘s government blocked access to social networking service Twitter for most of Sunday, after publicly holding Twitter responsible for promoting what it described as a blasphemous cartoon contest taking place on Facebook, officials said.

The restoration of Twitter service late in the evening was as sudden as its suspension earlier in the day. No official statement or explanation was given for an act that some rights campaigners saw as much a warning shot at the media and public expression as a reaction to controversial content.

The outages began late Saturday night, in a rolling ban that fully took hold in the early morning hours of Sunday, leading to huge public outcry on other social media.

A government spokesman was quoted by local news media early on Sunday as saying that the government had been in talks with Twitter to remove “objectionable” material but that there had been no results.

“The material was promoting a competition on Facebook to post images of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad,” said Mohammad Yaseen, chairman of the Pakistan Telecommunication’s Authority, was quoted as saying. He was also quoted as saying that Facebook had agreed to allay the concerns of the Pakistani government.

It remained unclear whether San Francisco-based Twitter had agreed to the demands of the Pakistani government before access was restored, at roughly 10 p.m. Sunday.

Fizza Batool Gilani, the daughter of Prime

Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani, announced on Twitter around then that Gilani had ordered the restoration.



Blasphemy is an issue that roils sentiment easily in Pakistan. Blasphemy allegations have often resulted in violent riots, and religious minorities in Pakistan have long maintained that the country’s blasphemy laws are used to settle personal scores.


“I never heard of any caricatures on Twitter,” said Arif Rafiq, an adjunct scholar at Middle East Institute and a commentator on Pakistani politics, who has a Twitter following of more than 10,000 users.


“Now this ban will be promoting s caricatures were posted on it.”

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Man tweets after getting stabbed

Friday, May 4th, 2012

 Providence man made a post to his Twitter page after allegedly getting stabbed, the Providence Journal reported. Andrew Panzo, 23, told police his stepfather, Mohamed Balal, stabbed him while the two were arguing over work Panzo was doing in the house. Panzo was taken to Rhode Island Hospital with non…


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Neues Volk March 1941

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

Neues Volk cover

The cover for March 1941. There is an article about marriage between relatives, pictures of Germanic babies, a piece on British crimes in South Africa, and an article claiming that Germans farming on one side of the West Wall were much better than French farmers on the other side. Another article discusses the importance of a high birthrate, despite the war. There are two pages of questions on racial matters from readers. One question is from a woman whose mother wished her to marry a Chinese man, with whose child she is pregnant. The answer: “Since you had such little resistance to your mother, who has forgotten her racial nature, you have no right to play the disappointed girl. You will have to bear the consequences of your shameful behavior….. You gave in to the Chinaman, who has shamefully abused our hospitality and grossly violated our land’s morality…. We have seen to it that his residence permit has been revoked. Marriage between a German and a Chinese is out of the question.”

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Filipina Actress Apologizes; FHM Pulls ‘Racist’ Cover

Saturday, March 3rd, 2012

FHM in the Philippines has apologised and pulled its March cover after complaints that the image of a fair-skinned actress surrounded by dark-skinned models was racist.

The cover shows Philippine actress Bela Padilla in a pink bikini surrounded by black models in black bikinis with the caption: “Bela Padilla stepping out of the shadows.”

FHM Philippines, the country’s top-selling men’s magazine, said on Monday it has decided to change the cover after “a slew of comments on the supposed ‘racism’ of the cover image and cover line flooded the magazine page”.

The original cover had been uploaded to the magazine’s Facebook page on Saturday, sparking the complaints.

“When FHM hits the stands in March it will have a different cover. We deem this to be the most prudent move in the light of the confusion over the previous cover execution,” said a statement from Summit Media, the magazine’s publishers

“We apologise and thank those who have raised their points. We apologise to Bela Padilla for any distress this may have caused her. In our pursuit to come up with edgier covers, we will strive to be more sensitive next time.”

The uploaded photograph caused several complaints on Twitter. “DISGUSTING representation of #colorism and #racism in the Philippines!” wrote @seemichelle.

“I find Bella Padilla so sexy in her FHM cover. But I think it’s racist,” wrote @TheRenzCastro.

Padilla, 20, a soap opera star who has a Pilipino mother and a British father, took to twitter herself to apologise for any offence caused:

“I meant no harm with this cover. I’m so sorry to everyone who got offended. I hope all of you see the beauty of the cover and appreciate it”

“The concept was stepping out of MY inhibitions, MY fears, MY shadows. Not bashing a certain race,” she added in a later Tweet.

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Damage Control Follows McDonald’s Racist-Sign Hoax

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011
Damage Control Follows McDonald's Racist-Sign Hoax

An online hoax involving a sign that supposedly said that McDonald’s discriminates against African-American customers with a $1.50 surcharge is causing an ongoing headache for the restaurant’s PR and social media teams.

The sign, which explained the surcharge “as an insurance measure due in part to a recent string of robberies,” was definitely a fake. As many have pointed out, since the picture of it began circulating last week, the toll-free number given at the bottom of the sign actually connects callers to KFC.

But over the weekend, a photograph of the sign circulated widely on the Internet, inspiring outraged customers to chastise the Golden Arches with the Twitter hashtag, #reallymcdonalds (If people actually believed it was real, the appropriate response, in our view, would have been something along the lines of #ThatsBeyondIllegalMcDonalds. But that’s neither here nor there.)

In response, McDonald’s sent a tweet of its own on Saturday: “That pic is a senseless & ignorant hoax McD’s values ALL our customers. Diversity runs deep in our culture on both sides of the counter.” Tweets, however, have continued, making #reallymcdonalds a trending topic.

McDonald’s reiterated: “That Seriously McDonalds picture is a hoax.” But there’s no telling how many people out there still think it was authentic.

It’s too bad the Twitterverse isn’t as troubled and mobilized by the actual source of harm to the black community from McDonald’s: its entirely nondiscriminatory but artery-clogging menu. How about a hashtag for that?

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