Nikon was accused of racist face-detection software – when Asian faces were photographed, a message would pop up on the camera screen asking, “Did someone blink?”
Blockbusting is a business practice used by real estate brokers to buy a house in a white neighborhood, rent it to a black family, and buy the rest of the neighborhood at a discounted price after urging nervous white families to leave the neighborhood.
Maya Lin, designer of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in DC, faced harassment based on her ethnicity after her design was picked, including presidential candidate Ross Perot calling her an “egg roll”.
A 14 year old girl in the UK was accused of racism by her teacher, and was arrested. She was participating in a group project and her group consisted of several Asian students of whom only one spoke English. She simply wanted to be in a group that spoke English.
In 1997 Morgan Freeman offered to cover the cost of prom for a Mississippi school that held two racially segregated proms every year, provided that the one Freeman would be covering would just be one racially integrated prom. This offer was refused until 2008.
Bob Marley was seen as a “white man” in his native Jamaica, due to having a British father, and he suffered racism and discrimination when growing up. One of Bob’s early romances had a brother who stopped the relationship as he “didn’t want no white man” in our family.
In 1944 a sixteen-year-old black student in Columbus, Ohio, won an essay contest on the theme ‘What to Do with Hitler after the War’ by submitting the single sentence, “Put him in a black skin and let him live the rest of his life in America.”
The Dominican Republic, led by dictator Rafael Trujillo, offered to accept between 50,000 and 100,000 Jewish refugees in 1938. Only 645 made it and upon arrival, every new Jewish settler was given 80 acres of land, 10 cows, a mule and a horse. Trujillo’s generosity probably stemmed mainly from his eagerness to have the Western nations overlook his brutal massacre of 25,000 Haitians in 1937 and his desire to “whiten” the people of his country, believing that the young European men would marry Dominican women and produce light-skinned offspring.
Canada sterilized indigenous school girls till the mid 1990s.
Morgan Freeman is against Black History Month. “Dr. Martin Luther King is not a black hero. He is an American hero.”