Aussie Liberal Party Candidate Kicked After “Extreme” Anti-Muslim Comment On Trump Post

Australian Federal police were asked to investigate the authenticity of social media posts reportedly made by now former Liberal party candidate Jessica Whelan in the comments section of a Donald Trump post.jess.PNG

Whelan denied she was behind the comments, saying her account was hacked and the content was digitally altered.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who is popularly known as “Scomo”, issued the following statement to ABC news:

“The imagery that we have found that has been presented to us appears to have been doctored, and so what Jessica has done, this matter has been referred to the Australian Federal Police, and so that is a matter that will be… it is being referred i should say, to the police, and this is a matter that will be subject to an investigation.”

On May 3rd, reported on Scomo’s “embarrassment” from backing Ms Whelan. Mr Morrison stated that the comments from her account do not represent the views of the Liberal party:

Journalist: Was the problem that her comments actually represent the views of some in the party. Her mistake was just putting it on social media?

PM: Her views were her views and they do not represent the views of the party I lead and they do not represent the views of the Liberal Party. These views were not disclosed to the Liberal Party at the time of her nomination, that was confirmed last night.

Journalist: They were aware yesterday?

PM: No, they weren’t, the information in front of us yesterday was not the information that we were able to receive overnight.

Journalist: Have you been lied to?

PM: Yes.

The Australian reports that the former Tasmanian candidate for Lyons has stated that she has received death threats toward her and her children from the social media scandal:

“I have been receiving threats to the level I could never have imagined. Phone calls, voicemails, messages and emails have made those close to me startled and afraid. These have included messages to kill my children and myself.

“It saddens me that people who put their hand up to represent the people of Australia are subjected to such vicious personal attacks from their opposition, born directly from their fear of losing.”

Whelan will run as an independent, though she will still be listed as a liberal party candidate on the ballot paper.

She has told The Examiner newspaper that “there’s a good chance” she will work with the Liberal party again:

“I have put in so much effort and I feel free of the Liberals to defend myself … If I’m elected, there’s a good chance I will work with the Liberal Party. I resigned because I knew I had to for the party, but I can now defend myself.”

Ms Whelan has stated that she does not want to be seen as a Pauline Hanson, meaning that Whelan likes multiculturalism in Australia.

Melbourne Labor party candidate Luke Creasey has also resigned after making offensive comments online, namely rape jokes, as well as lesbian and Catholic jokes.

“While I made those awful comments many years ago and they in no way reflect the views I hold today, I understand, especially as a member of the LGBTIQ community, that we need to be careful about what we share or like on social media.”

The following is a meme that was shared on Mr Creasey’s Facebook account in 2012. The school he worked at as a food technology teacher has stated that he was not employed when he shared the content.

Labor Party opposition leader Bill Shorten said Creasey’s circumstances are different to those of Ms Whelan’s:

“This Jessica Whelan, she said what she believes now, and it reflects on what she believes now,” Mr Shorten said of the then-candidate for the Tasmanian seat of Lyons, who has since resigned.

“What our fellow said, he said it seven years ago, when he was 22, and he’s clearly regretted and apologised for it.”

By Penny Hoffmann

“Dirty-ass crackers”: What does the term “cracker” mean and where does it originate?

By Penny Hoffmann

Recently we have seen the term “cracker” used again by a black Hebrew Israelite during the recent scandal where Catholic MAGA hat pro-life teenagers were confronted by African Americans who are members of the Black Hebrew Israelites, a hate group that is becoming “more militant” according to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SLPC).

The SPLC states that “around the country, thousands of men and women have joined black supremacist groups on the extremist fringe of the Hebrew Israelite movement, a black nationalist theology that dates to the 19th century.”

The exact quote that was directed towards the mostly white pro-life protesters by one of the black Hebrew Israelites was “you got all these dirty-ass crackers behind you with a red Make America Great Again hat on.”

This occurred when when a pro-life protest which that featured Kentucky high school students who were waiting to catch a bus and collided with the Indigenous Peoples March outside the Lincoln Memorial.

So, what does the term “cracker” mean?

The Mirriam-Webster dictionary states that “cracker” can have an offensive meaning.  It can be “used as an insulting and contemptuous term for a poor, white, usually Southern person”. It can be used to describe “a native or resident of Florida or Georgia”. Thus, by this definition it is a racial term as it is specificially about whites, but by extension it is a classist term due to it regarding poor whites.

Dana Ste. Claire, a Floridian historian and anthropologist, wrote a book about this term. According to her, “cracker” first appeared in a play from around the 1590’s called “King John” that referred to Scots-Irish people who were deemed self-important and unpleasant:

“What craker is this same that deafs our ears with this abundance of superfluous breath?”

The term then followed Scots-Irish people when they immigrated to America.

In the late 1800’s, it was used to describe poor white American southerners. It is said that the term refers to these white people during the slave trade when they cracked whips to discipline slaves. Dana explains further that it is important to note that few poor white southerners owned slaves, but many condoned the slave trade in other ways, and that these poor white southerners would most-likely crack the whip over livestock in general.

In the 1940’s, “cracker” was used as a racial slur mainly by inner city black people who fled from north American racism to describe bigoted white people.

In more recent times, the term has expanded in it’s meaning by some people derogatorily to include any white person who, just by being white, threaten people of colour.

U.N. Race Relations Envoy Ridiculed by British MPs For Claiming Brexit Causing Increase in Discrimination in Britain

By Stefan M. Kløvning

Great Britain, Politics – U.N. race relations envoy E. Tendayi Achiume infuriated British politicians on Friday after suggesting that Brexit has become more discriminatory following the Brexit referendum on June 23, 2016, specifically mentioning ‘structural racism’ in the British political system and the anti-semitism of the Labour Party. ‘I think the environment leading up to the referendum, during the referendum and after the referendum has made racial ethnicities more vulnerable to racial discrimination and intolerance,’ the envoy opined. She especially targeted the British immigration and terrorism policies of PM Theresa May. The U.S.-based lawyer reached the conclusions following twelve days of traveling across the country and talking to victims of racism.

British MPs have been highly skeptical of the conclusions made by Ms. Achiume, calling them ‘complete rubbish’ and ‘not worth the paper they are written on,’ and claiming that she’s completely misunderstood the vote. One of her biggest critics in the House of Commons may have been Tory MP Peter Bone, who said that Ms. Achiume was ‘totally ill-informed and doesn’t understand Brexit’ for making the claim that Britain is more discriminatory now than it was before Brexit. Mr. Bone suggested rather the current immigration policies under the European Union to be racist as they allow E.U. nationals to move freely to the U.K. while establishing stricter control on members of other nationalities, and suggested that the immigration system should be equal for all applicants no matter the country of origin. Another Tory MP, Jacob-Rees Mogg, who has been highly vocal of his support for Brexit, also had some harsh words for Ms. Achiume, targetting the credibility of U.N. by saying ‘The UN ought to have better things to do than issue tendentious reports about the UK.’

Not only does Ms. Achiume believe that Great Britain has made bad legislation regarding immigration and terrorism, she believes it’s a part of ‘structural socioeconomic exclusion‘ of racial and ethnic communities in the country. She, along with other U.N. ‘experts’ on the issue, repeated this in a U.N. report, where they also claimed there to be a ‘criminalisation of people of African descent and other minorities in the UK’ – whatever that may mean.

She isn’t, however, the first U.N. dignitary critical of the human rights record of Great Britain. Among them are Yves Cabannes, Raquel Rolnik, Rashida Manjoo and Leilani Farha. Most nutorious of them is Mrs. Rolnik, a critic of the British ‘bedroom tax’ – a measure initiated in 2013 reducing housing benefits for people with spare bedrooms – has become infamous for admitting to have sacrificed an animal to Karl Marx while studying for her Master in architecture so he would ‘leave her alone’ to study in peace.

Ms. Achiume’s report on Brexit’s implications for the prevalence of discrimination in Great Britain will be published in June 2019, but are unlikely to have big effect on British policy-making considering her already having lost respect by British politicians for suggesting the correlation.