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Freedom of speech and dangerous ideas

Crikey readers talk racist cartoons (or are they?) and whether Bernard Keane has fully researched the issue of vaccination for children.

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Fairfax sorry for the ‘throw away’ racist cartoon that made it to print

A Fairfax newspaper has run a cartoon poking fun at African people for having fat lips, rejected elsewhere for being “too offensive”. The Bendigo Advertiser has offered a full apology.

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Essential: unions undented by revelations; Cosgrove a popular pick

Tony Abbott’s selection of Peter Cosgrove as the next governor-general has been well-received by voters, today’s Essential Report finds.

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Razer’s class warfare: homosexuality a dangerous Western invention

Sexuality doesn’t exist; it’s a Western construct. The human rights framework that we should all love who we love is a solution to a Western problem — and not a very good one.

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Razer’s class warfare: Aboriginal Australia needs capital, not bullshit feelings

The claim that Aboriginal Australians have a “special relationship with the land” is, quite frankly, racist and extremely unhelpful. Let’s make some real reparations — cold, hard cash.

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White Christmas: the US racial politics of Santa Claus

Some in America dream of a black Christmas, but the notion Santa is anything other than Anglo-Saxon offends the humourless at Fox News. Journalist Hari Raj reports from the US on the latest race controversy.

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

The police and the mainstream media are dealing softly, softly with Friday’s assault on members of Sydney’s Jewish community as they walked at Bondi after a Jewish Sabbath dinner.

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PNG as deterrent will stop the boats

Crikey readers talk racism in Greece, Abbott’s asylum seeker plan and authorisation for sex and smut.

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The fall of an empire

Crikey readers talk the fringe benefit tax, the George Zimmerman trial and giving away Christmas Island.

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In era of crap, Zimmerman case lurks in swamp of racism

A white neighbourhood protector shoots an unarmed black man through nothing but institutional fear. The fight against racism is so far from done as to be dispiriting to those fighting.

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‘I’m sorry for my neighbour’: the man behind those bizarre ads

It was the ad that bewildered readers across Australia — who is Kevin De Arbrew? What were these racist comments? Crikey intern Bension Siebert found out the story behind the ad.

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Essential: the ‘Labor grimly clings on’ edition

Today’s Essential Report suggests little has changed in voting sentiment in recent weeks, but Labor has edged up just a little.

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I am a racist and so are you

The Eddie McGuire-Adam Goodes fraccas is UFC for people who enjoy artisanal cheese. Everyone’s a little bit racist, and if we all could just admit …

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Media briefs: Nine’s affiliate play … blurring the lines …

The Australian reports Nine is set to buy its Adelaide and Perth affiliates if the 75% reach rule is eased after the election. But it didn’t mention what WIN paid for the two stations back in 2007.

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Yes, Rupert, racism is disgraceful — tell your newspapers

Rupert Murdoch has attacked Labor for being racist and portrayed himself as an immigration advocate. Does that ring true, given the stories his newspapers run? Crikey intern Ben Westcott trawls through the archives.

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Langton’s ‘racist accusation’ expunged from history

The transcript and audio of academic Marcia Langton’s recent Boyer Lectures has been altered to remove her querying whether environmentalist Tim Flannery is “provocative and racist”.

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Tips and rumours

Fisticuffs at the Perth Writers Festival over Rudd … does Abbott fit with the Salvos? … Labor hacks accused of not loving western Sydney after all …

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Wilders from the outside: ‘here comes Nazi scum’

As Geert Wilders spoke in Melbourne last night, protesters gathered outside — but it was less violent, and more ideological, than mainstream media reported. Crikey intern Michelle Slater was there.

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Wilders from the inside, where mouths are ‘more dangerous than guns’

Dutch anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders spoke in Melbourne last night. Shakira Hussein, a Muslim, attended for Crikey — she found it weird and at times menacing.

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All-Asian mall?! ACA beat-up exposed by local rag

The latest racist beat-up by A Current Affair has been exposed as a fraud by the good work of a local newspaper in Sydney.

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Indigenous, Aboriginal or Aborigine? It’s not black and white

Indigenous Australian, Aborigine, Aboriginal, blacks — unpicking the terminology around how Australia’s first people are reported in the media means navigating a minefield packed with political explosives.

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Facebook should unlike racism, it’s making people sick

The Facebook page of “Aboriginal memes” wasn’t funny. It was just sick, writes Dr Tim Senior — and it’s making Aboriginal people sick, too.

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Facebook at centre of convergence
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There’ll be growing pressure on governments to regulate social media like traditional media as more Australians use it. But Tony Abbott and the Coalition seem lost on the issue.

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Bob Katter is a lot of things, but he’s not a racist

Bob Katter is a lot of things. But despite white supremacists trying to claim him in an email campaign, he’s not a racist. Anthony Galloway, a reporter at The Northern Miner, writes from Charters Towers.

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Why more black men should call themselves feminists

Black men in the United States are usually more concerned with race issues than sex and gender debates, but feminism is the best way to help move these communities forward, says proud feminist and African-American man Byron Hurt.

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