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This Muslim Woman Was Detained and Harassed On Her Way to Rome

"Islamophobia is rife—it's real" says this woman in a now viral video.

In case you need to be reminded, Islamophobia is real and it has a genuine impact on Muslims trying to go about their daily lives. As @grimworldview says in her now viral snapped/tweeted video, while she and another headscarf wearing companion were attempting to fly from London to Rome, they were targeted interrogated for two hours and had their DNA and fingerprints taken.


While seemingly random, the legal framework that allow officers to do this in the UK, as @grimworldview notes is Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act. According to a Guardian article last year Special Branch officers have randomly stopped and questioned "up to 85,000 travellers a year at Britain's ports and airports."

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A study by the equalities and human rights commission found that schedule 7 was having the "single most negative impact" on British Muslim communities. "For some Muslims, these stops have become a routine part of their travel experience" and the power "is silently eroding Muslim communities' trust and confidence in policing," it said.

Meanwhile in the United States, laws already stacked against Muslim travelers were given a boost when the Supreme Court ruled that Trump's latest version of a ban on travel to the United States from six Muslim-majority countries could go into effect, even as lower courts debate its constitutionality.

How that kind of high-level Islamophobia trickles down to the masses is hard to quantify but anecdotally it seems to be rife among Trump supporters. Another video went viral last week of a woman confronting a family of Trumpists after they referred to her 5-year-old cousin as a terrorist. Watch it below:

Rania Yasin, the woman who filmed the video's cousin, then posted it on Twitter where the racists were quickly identified.

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN - OCTOBER 10: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks on stage during a campaign rally at the Target Center on October 10, 2019 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images).

Trump Attacks Ilhan Omar & Minnesota's Somali Community In Disparaging Anti-Immigrant Campaign Speech

Trump stepped up his demonization of Minnesota's Somali community in front of a braying crowd of MAGA-hat wearing supporters.

On Thursday, US President Donald Trump held a campaign rally in Minneapolis, Minnesota and—in typical white-nationalist fashion—used a significant portion of his speech to disparage the local Somali community, and once again take shots at the state's Somali-born Representative Ilhan Omar.

"As you know for many years leaders in Washington brought large numbers of refugees to your state from Somalia without considering the impact on schools and communities and taxpayers," said Trump, echoing the countless anti-immigrant statements he's made in the past. "You should be able to decide what is best for your own cities and for your own neighborhoods and that's what you have the right to do right now, and believe me, no other president would be doing that," he added as his supporters cheered him on.

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South Africans are Reacting to the Constitutional Court's Ruling on Spanking

Not everyone is happy that spanking is now unconstitutional.

Yesterday, South Africa's Constitutional Court ruled that the spanking of children is now unconstitutional. The ruling upheld a previous ruling by the High Court back in 2017, that criminalized spanking after a father beat his 13-year-old son "in a manner that exceeded the bounds of reasonable chastisement". Parents or guardians can no longer use the common law defense of "reasonable chastisement" should they be charged with assault for spanking their children. While many South Africans as well as children's rights activists and organizations have welcomed the ruling, others have rubbished it entirely.

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Daniel Kaluuya Is Producing a Live-Action 'Barney' Movie with Mattel

Yes, you read that correctly.

In a move that absolutely no one saw coming, Oscar-nominated actor Daniel Kaluuya is set to produce a live-action Barney movie in conjunction with Mattel Films. The Hollywood Reporter first broke the story.

Kaluuya will co-produce the film as part of his 59% production banner, which signed a first-look deal with Paramount back in May. Speaking on his involvement with the project and the impact of Barney & Friends, Kaluuya had this to say: "Barney was a ubiquitous figure in many of our childhoods, then he disappeared into the shadows, left misunderstood. We're excited to explore this compelling modern-day hero and see if his message of 'I love you, you love me' can stand the test of time."

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Busy Signal Drops New Video for '100%' Featuring Afro B

Premiere: The Jamaican dancehall star and afrowave artist partner up for a comical new song and video.

Busy Signal has teamed up with Afro B for a fiery song and hilarious video for their new track, "100%".

Born and bred in Jamaica, Busy Signal's signature dancehall-reggae sound with an electronic lean is always a refreshing twist. His sound mixed with "Drogba (Joanna)" star Afro B's smooth afrowave style makes this new track, well, 100% dope.

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