Weekly round-up and open thread

It’s time for another weekly round-up where we share (what we see as) the most interesting and important articles from the previous seven days. We’d love to hear your thoughts on any of the issues covered in the articles we’ve picked.

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A review of all the ‘other people’ in Normal People (Maz Do, gal-dem)

From the article: “For a story that centres white people, its casting directors (also white) went on to cast people of colour in a number of baffling tertiary roles. For the part of Gareth, Marianne’s first college boyfriend, they cast actor Sebastian de Souza, of Portuguese-Indian descent, as a student who defends Nazis under the spurious guise of ‘free speech’. It doesn’t make any sense, but maybe Gareth’s the sort of confused posh person who leans into his ‘European heritage’. He likes Jordan Peterson’s podcasts. I don’t know.”

Organ donation: How have the laws in England changed and do you still have a choice? (Sarah Young, Independent)

Our contributing editor has tweeted about this issue recently: https://twitter.com/hollycombe/status/1264942739818532864.

Jacinda Ardern flags four-day working week as way to rebuild New Zealand after Covid-19 (Eleanor Ainge Roy, Guardian)

Luton MP blasts cabinet minister over ‘racist’ anti-Chinese joke as hate crimes TREBLE during coronavirus lockdown (Stewart Carr, Luton Today)

The Trump effect: New study connects white American intolerance and support for authoritarianism (NBC News)

Amy Cooper’s Call To The Police Wasn’t Innocent — It Was A Racist Act Of Violence (Sarah Midkiff, Refinery 29)

From the article: While police heard the voice of a woman in distress, the video shows her threatening the man — who was asking her to put her dog on a leash — and saying just before the call, “I’m going to tell them there’s an African-American man threatening my life.”

An Open Letter to the Culture Secretary from Black, Asian and ethnically diverse Theatre Artistic Directors and cultural leaders on the importance of protecting representation in the sector (Bush Theatre and others)

Call out for: Trust Us We’re Still Trans! Online Rally (Trans Creative)

Black Trans Men Face a Constant Threat of Police Violence (Ash Stephens, Advocate)

Black trans man shot dead by white cop in Florida’s third fatal police shooting in two months (Vic Parson, Pink News)

Huxley’s adoption story is part of a much larger narrative about race, disability and abuse (Lydia X. Z. Brown , gal-dem)

From the article: “Huxley’s story – no matter how much the Stauffers cried in their video describing what happened – also lays bare what many of us adoptees already know. The adoption industry – in both domestic and transnational adoption – is fueled by global white supremacy in the guise of white saviourism and it’s grotesquely ableist and capitalist. Dominant narratives about transracial and transnational adoption portray children of colour in the Global South as helpless and malleable infants who need to be rescued or saved by white people in the Global North, who will give us “a better life” because our own communities and cultures are presumed backward, uncivilised, uneducated and wrong. This logic is not only colonising and often orientalist but also profoundly ableist on a civilisational scale, by positing that white-dominant and Global North societies are superior to those of negatively racialised people in the Global South.”

George Floyd protests across US hijacked by white provocateurs to start riots (Christopher Bucktin, Mirror)
CN: There are some photographs of protestors in this article, including one of a visibly injured and distressed person.

The image is used under a creative commons license with thanks to Miki Jourdan on Flickr. It shows a Black person with long hair which is braided. They are wearing hoop earrings and a sweatshirt or hoodie which reads ‘Black Lives Matter’ multiple times. They have their mouth open, as if in the middle of speaking or chanting.