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This Week's 5: Integrating the NHL and Whitesplaining Terrorism

March 23, 2018

Author's Note: This Week's 5 is a weekly collection of stories designed to provide insight into how racism works and serve as an easily accessible resource for people trying to have nuanced discussions about these issues. For more explanation on how This Week's 5 works and descriptions of each of the categories, click here.

 

Overt: He may not have much of a chance in the election but Arthur Jones, a fervent Holocaust denier (among other items on his well-fleshed out Nazi resume), still received over 20,000 votes. To put that in perspective, that's over half the population of Lake Oswego. Read more from Vice News.

 

 

Institutional: Systemic inequity is cooked into virtually every aspect of the justice system. To fix this, or even make a dent, requires someone willing to use their position of power to enforce radical policy and culture changes. Philadelphia may have just that person in District Attorney Larry Krasner. Read more from The Intercept.

 

 

Critical Race Theory: Implicit bias is the Austin police and many in the media tripping over themselves to show sympathy to the Austin bomber, most likely because they can see themselves in him, but demonizing victims like Trayvon Martin, most likely because they can't or refuse to. Read more from The Grio.

 

 

History: Born the same year Canada passed the Chinese Immigration Act, which banned all forms of Chinese immigration for over two decades before its repeal, Larry Kwong's path to the B.C. Hockey and Sports Hall of Fames was rife with struggles fighting intense racism both on the ice and off. Read more from the Huffington Post.

 

 

The Fragility Breaker: RIP Stephon Clark. Shot 20 times in his own backyard because Sacramento police decided the cellphone he was holding was reason to "fear for their lives." When the same profession paints the Austin bomber as a "challenged young man" and takes the Charleston church shooter out for Burger King after arresting him, it's pretty obvious what's going on. We see you. Read more from The Root.

 

 

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