Race Roundup

Monday, October 12, 2009

Random news from around the way.

Rio blasts 'feeble' racism punishments

Rio Ferdinand fears "feeble punishments" for instances of unacceptable crowd behaviour in football may undermine the message that racism has no place in his sport. England and Manchester United defender Ferdinand appears unconvinced that governing bodies always come up with suitably stringent sanctions against clubs whose supporters still transgress.
Hundreds attend Focus: HOPE walk

Hundreds of Metro Detroiters turned out for the 35th annual Focus: HOPE Walk on Sunday. The four-mile walk celebrated the organization's 41 years of overcoming racism, poverty and injustice through practical action. The event brings together people of all backgrounds in a spirit of camaraderie illustrating diversity, respect and harmony.

Anti-racism group protests alleged neo-Nazis

About a dozen anti-racism protesters gathered in a northeast Calgary neighbourhood Saturday to send a message to members of a neo-Nazi group they say live there. Members of Anti-Racist Action Calgary gathered in Bridgeland, where they insist members of groups like the Aryan Guard live, demanding that they leave the area. Protester Jason Devine said the group has a simple message. "You're not wanted here. Nobody wants you here, nobody wants you in the neighbourhood, nobody wants you in the city, nobody wants you on earth," he said.
Bruce Forsyth stirs Strictly racism row by telling people to 'get a sense of humour'

Blundering Bruce, 82, told a radio station that viewers who were outraged when Anton Du Beke called dance partner Laila Rouass “a P***” needed to “get a sense of humour”. The telly veteran was forced to backtrack after BBC chiefs blew a fuse – and swiftly released a statement saying: “To be absolutely clear, the use of racially offensive language is never either funny or acceptable.” But Bruce then seemed to wade further into the mire by suggesting the furore was an example of “extraordinary political correctness”.