Pollution Is Racial Violence

In 1982, protests against a toxic dump site in Warren County, North Carolina, in the US kicked off what we know today as the “environmental justice movement.” Many in this rural community contended Warren County was chosen as the site because most of its citizens were Black and poor. Read More >>

Snapchat: Both Black and White Employees Made the Offensive ‘Smile to Break Chains’ Filter

Snapchat apparently wants to make sure people know that both Black and white employees were involved in the creation of the offensive filter, or Lens in Snapchat jargon, it launched on Juneteenth – a day that celebrates the emancipation of slaves in the US – that placed an approximation of the Pan-African flag behind users and asked them to smile to break the chains of slavery. Read More >>

The Foreign Secretary Thinks Anti-Racism Protesters Got ‘Taking a Knee’ from Game of Thrones

Ah, yes. We all remember when the famously pacifist Game of Thrones popularised the act of non-violent protest! Read More >>

Comics Publishers Are Promising Change, but Does That Include From Within?

The protests that emerged against systemic racism and police brutality following the police killing of George Floyd in the US city of Minneapolis show no sign of slowing down, leading to a moment for people and companies to reflect on the ways they contribute to that system. That includes comic book publishers. Many are showing support and promising change, but most of the publishers we reached out to didn’t say how. Read More >>

Github to Remove ‘Master’ and ‘Slave’ Coding Terms Widely Seen as Racially Insensitive

Github is preparing to overhaul coding terminology that has long been criticised for being racially insensitive, the company’s chief executive said. Read More >>

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Scientists Call for Academic Shutdown in Support of Black Lives

White supremacy is baked into science and academia, from racist language in textbooks to a culture that excludes Black scientists from innovating and advancing at the same pace as their colleagues. But rather than more milquetoast statements and diversity initiatives, researchers want action. Organisers are asking the scientific community to participate in a work stoppage today, Wednesday, June 10 to bring attention to racism in the world of research. Read More >>

Tell Us, Jeff Bezos, Precisely Which Customers You’re ‘Happy to Lose’

“Dave, you’re the kind of customer I’m happy to lose,” Jeff Bezos captioned a recent Instagram post showing a customer email laden with expletives and racial slurs. As you might expect, Dave (his last name redacted) claimed to be speaking on behalf of “White America” against Amazon’s recently announced support of the Black Lives Matter movement. Read More >>

Alexa’s Opinion of ‘All Lives Matter’ Is a Big Fail

While Google, Apple, and Amazon generally do their best to keep their voice assistants apolitical, all three have decided to program answers to the questions “Do Black lives matter?” and “Do all lives matter?” It’s a good thing that all three affirm that Black lives, do in fact, matter. But where Google and Apple’s virtual assistants explicitly shut down the “all lives matter” retort currently beloved by your racist uncle and Karens across the internet, Amazon’s Alexa completely whiffs it. Read More >>

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224 Environmental Groups Endorse the Movement for Black Lives – But It Can’t End There

The environmental movement has had a reckoning coming its way for decades when it comes to its racist history. While it’s been inching toward it in recent years, the events of the past two weeks have thrown the floodgates wide open. Read More >>

Even Scientists Funded by Zuckerberg Are Dragging Facebook for Its Hypocrisy

Over the weekend, more than 140 scientists who have received funding from the Facebook CEO’s philanthropic group, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, sent a letter to Mark Zuckerberg denouncing his spineless response to the president’s most recent inflammatory comments. Read More >>

As the Punisher Skull Re-Emerges on Police in U.S. Protests, Marvel Comics Reckons With Its Imagery

The appropriation of comic book character Frank Castle’s skull emblem by police and the military has been an ongoing issue for Marvel Entertainment as it wrestles with the questionable embrace of the anti-hero’s extrajudicial violence by real state and federal employees. But as the “Punisher skull” has re-emerged on officer’s uniforms in current crackdowns on anti-racism and police brutality protests, the publisher is being forced to confront it once more. Read More >>

How to Track the Tech That’s Tracking You Every Day

It’s easy to feel helpless right now. Cities across the U.S. are seeing unarmed protesters maimed by police officers who enjoy both the full support of the current presidential administration and of the American legal system itself. The United States Congress is, in 2020, debating whether to make lynching a federal hate crime. And there’s still a pandemic happening! Meanwhile, even the people who emerge from this moment unscathed physically will, undoubtedly, find their digital lives compromised in more ways than we can possibly fathom. Read More >>

Facebook Purges Nearly 200 Accounts Linked to Hate Groups and Schemes to Infiltrate Protests

Facebook has purged nearly 200 accounts on its social media platforms associated with white supremacy groups, some of which pushed members to grab their weapons and crash protests against police brutality, according to a weekend Associated Press report. Read More >>

Lego Asks Stores to Stop Advertising Police, White House Sets

In recognition of everything that’s going on right now, Lego's actions for #BlackOutTuesday involved not just a $4 million donation to organisations devoted to racial equality, but a request for sellers to not advertise any sets involving police or the White House. Read More >>