Topic

racism

18 petitions

Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Richard Florizone

Justice for Canadians against racist comments and Canada Day ban by Masuma Khan

Masuma Khan believes that it is her justifiable right to make racist comments about Canadians. She has made public remarks against White people and against Canadian traditions. However, because of her argument that she has also received racism due to her race and religion she will not be punished. She believes racism is justified if you belong to a minority group and especially aimed towards Caucasians. She was responsible for banning Canada Day festivities from taking place at Dalhousie University due to personal beliefs.  Dalhousie University is withdrawing disciplinary action against a student over a post she made to Facebook in the summer about Canada 150 celebrations. Earlier this year, Khan, who is a vice-president of the Dalhousie Student Union (DSU), put forward a motion that the group not participate in Canada 150 celebrations. The executive passed her motion, saying it wouldn't hold or endorse Canada Day events on campus, describing this year's events as an act of colonialism. The student union faced a serious backlash over the decision and Khan took to social media in response, writing that "white fragility can kiss my ass. Your white tears aren't sacred, this land is."  Khan went on to say "​I'm not apologetic for voicing my opinion and using free speech to tell my support systems on my own social media how I feel," She chose to play the victim and furthermore said "There's a lot of folks that feel that racism doesn't exist anymore, but I think I'm here to be frank and say, 'Hey, that's not reality.'" Completely denying her part in racism and protesting against Canada Day celebrations. The university's vice-provost of student affairs, Arig al Shaibah, said in a statement released Wednesday the incident "demonstrated the need for an open, thorough discussion on campus about the appropriate policies and processes to support freedom of expression." Arig Al Shaibah is ignoring the fact that Khan made racist remarks that no Caucasian could get away with. She ignores that Khan does not love this country, insults our traditions and celebrations and is racist towards our people. Khan is getting a get out of jail free card and this incident is said to be a matter of teaching students "processes to support freedom of expression." Freedom of expression should not include hate crimes against Canada or its citizens.  Khan will have no disciplinary actions taken against her as she has justified her actions by playing the victim and saying she's actually the one facing racism. She said that because of this incident she is receiving nasty messages and says that it is the school who is to blame for this. She is not sorry for what she has said. The school will not acknowledge her hate of Caucasians, Canadians and Canada.  Prior to this incident escalating so far, the school attempted to make an informal resolution with Khan in lieu of greater disciplinary actions. Khan chose to turn down all attempts of a peaceful resolution with the school and instead hired a Lawyer. She believes her actions are justified and will now be "considering her legal options"  against the University.  As a result of her actions, Khan has broken the Student Code of Conduct that all students agree to adhere to upon accepting an admissions offer. Originally she was to face consequences for this as well but again has manipulated the system to get off free. Students that break conduct are always subject to some form of discipline of varying degrees, regardless of the circumstances, but Khan believes she is above the law. This petition seeks to force appropriate disciplinary actions be taken on Khan for her hate speech towards white Canadians. White Canadians would not be treated with the same compassion for hate speech towards a minority. The supporters of this petition feel the consequences to Khan should be as strict as they would be for any other act of racism or attempt to dismantle a National Holiday to celebrate ones love for their Country. Along with strict consequences for her actions Khan should also lose her place on the student union as she has abused her authority while in this position. Furthermore, Khan must make a public and formal apology for her hate speech against Canadians, Whites and Canada's birthday explaining the rationale for why her actions were wrong to prove a sense of understanding.   

Equality Seeker
437 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to University of Nevada, Reno

Fire & Expel Peter Cvjetanovic from the University of Nevada, Reno

Updated: October 21, 2017 By Keeping Him at the School, THE UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA, RENO IS AS RACIST AS WHITE SUPREMACIST PETER CVJETANOVIC  TL;DR: The university has been unequivocal about their stance to keep Peter Cvjetanovic, white supremacist, on campus as an employee (he's a student also - but his status as a student is more difficult to terminate as it's a public university).  Peter Cvjetanovic is the (now world-famous) white supremacist and poster boy for the violent marches that took place in Charlottesville. With this decision, the staff at University at Nevada, Reno are supporting racism, welcome hate-speech, encourage white supremacy, thus making them just as racist as Peter Cvjetanovic Scroll to the very bottom of my message to see what you can do other than sign this petition. ---- The University of Nevada, Reno has refused to take any action against Peter Cvjetanovic’s participation in the alt-right violent Charlottesville march. And they don’t plan on it. UNR has condemned the actions that took place in Charlottesville. Yet, UNR has also refused to give Peter Cvjetanovic any consequences for his actions.  Marc Johnson, UNR’s President, said that firing Peter would go against Cvjetanovic’s constitutional right of “free speech” and the first amendment. While this may protect Peter from expulsion from the publicly funded school, this does not protect him from being fired as a university employee.  Kevin Page, the chairman of the state Board of Regents, also said Cvjetanovic’s status at UNR would not be affected no matter how many people sign this petition. He claims “UNR police looked at it — he wasn’t arrested, he didn’t break any laws. We don’t have any right to terminate him. Expression of free speech is protected in the country. We don’t like what he said, but that’s what makes this country so great — people can have the right to say what they want.” Let me reiterate that Kevin Page “didn’t like” what he said. Kevin Page has failed to acknowledge that these are groups that promote the killing of people who are not like them and violence against those who disagree with them. In fact, it was this march that killed Heather Heyer. This is not about “not liking” what Peter did. Peter participated and contributed his physical presence to this march. He booked a ticket from Nevada to Virginia. He planned his attendance well in advance. When you befriend a Nazi, you are sympathizing with a Nazi, you enable a Nazi, you become the Nazi. Peter recently said in an interview that he ‘condemns’ Nazis and stresses he isn't an 'angry racist'. Peter, you cannot ‘condemn’ them and also participate in a rally with them. It can't be both. Your actions have spoken louder than your words.  Employment attorney Andrew Rempfer agrees with this. He states that an employee checks his constitutional rights at the door of his job and that employees can be terminated for off-duty conduct. Rempfer states “I’m frankly surprised they haven’t fired him. If it were my paralegal who went off-site and was at an active rally like that, I’d fire her in a heartbeat. It’s off-duty conduct that besmirches what I do. I wouldn’t find a client who would be willing to hire me, and I don’t condone it in the first place.” I am all for freedom of speech, but there’s a huge difference between expressing your views civilly versus participating and marching in a violent rally joined by the KKK and Neo-Nazis. Free speech is not freedom from consequence at an institution of higher learning. So, it comes down to this: the university can take action, it just does not want to fire Peter. They have found a politically correct way to say ‘yea this sucks, and we can do something about it, but we don’t care enough to’. Nevada is an at-will state – in U.S. labor law, it means an employee can be dismissed by an employer for any reason (that is, without having to establish “just cause” for termination), and without warning. The university’s decision is beyond embarrassing, and scary for all current students who attend the school. The University of Nevada, Reno does not care about you. Sorry. To those who signed this petition, or to those reading who oppose their decision– here’s what you can do: 1) If you donate to the school, pull out your support. 2) If you are a current student, let the university hear you, be vocal. Suggest how they can better support you. Hold them accountable to it. Go to your local press. Be proactive and vigilant about what you will and will not stand for. I trust you do this already, but right now, it is especially important. Or better yet - switch to another school. Do not waste your money here.  3) Get in touch with people I've mentioned in this article.  4) Keep signing this petition. I am not taking it down (my latest update explains why).  5) All prospective students - Keep away from UNR! I promise you, you can do better. Keep spreading the word about this decision.  And lastly, let this situation serve as a case study of a broader issue in America: privilege based on race and gender. Basically, you can be an outward Nazi-sympathizing white supremacist participating in world-condemned terrorism, and your all-white male superiors will still support you. 

Adam Kerr
36,522 supporters