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A lawyer for a Capitol riot attendee who agreed to take a plea deal argued that a lenient sentence for his client would 'heal the nation'
A Capitol riot attendee who pleaded guilty to obstruction is asking the court for no prison time. A defense attorney for Paul Hodgkins filed a wide-ranging sentencing memo on Thursday. The lawyer argues Hodgkins should receive leniency because he came forward to "accept judgement." Hodgkins' sentencing is scheduled for July 19. His sentencing later this month will be only the second case of a Capitol riot attendee being sentenced.
FBI’s bizarre system of categorizing domestic terrorists continues to infect Biden’s strategy
“Pursuing that goal includes reducing the factors contributing to domestic terrorism. But elsewhere, the Strategy shows a reliance on the FBI’s deeply flawed approach to categorizing domestic terrorist threats. This is a structural problem that was created in 2017, when Congress first began demanding that the FBI explain its categorization of domestic terrorism and report back with data. … By 2017, the FBI had invented a new domestic terrorism program category it called the “Black Identity Extremism movement”. But there’s not a lot in the Strategy that requires them to actually focus on violence.”The key, he says, will lay in whether the Biden administration can reshape an agency with a long history of resisting efforts to confront far-right domestic terrorism.
Hannity warns about the danger surrounding growing support of Marxism
Fox News host Sean Hannity spent Friday night diving deep into "Life Liberty & Levin" host Mark Levin's latest book "American Marxism," focusing on the spread of this "radical" ideology across the United States on "Hannity." Hannity commented that in Levin's book he recognized that Marxism is going by different names but holding the same ideological views. "Make no mistake, Marxism is the antithesis to the American way of life. Over the past two decades, the oil-rich South American country went from one of the prosperous to decimated. The United States has seen an influx of immigrants from this country Hannity noted.
A lawyer for a Capitol riot attendee who agreed to take a plea deal argued that a lenient sentence for his client would 'heal the nation'
Paul Hodgkins. A Capitol riot attendee who pleaded guilty to obstruction is asking the court for no prison time. A defense attorney for Paul Hodgkins filed a wide-ranging sentencing memo on Thursday. Prosecutors say Paul Hodgkins, 38, took a selfie inside the Capitol during the insurrection that eventually led the FBI to his door. Story continuesHis sentencing later this month will be only the second case of a Capitol riot attendee being sentenced.
Biden taps L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti as U.S. ambassador to India
President Joe Biden on Friday nominated Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, an ambitious star in his Democratic Party, to be ambassador to India, with which the United States has an increasingly close relationship. Biden has stepped up the “Quad” partnership of the United States, India, Japan and Australia — four democracies that largely share common cause on China’s rising military and economic might. India has been facing major challenges from COVID-19 and air pollution — two issues that Garcetti has tackled in Los Angeles. Garcetti in December said he turned down an unspecified job in the Biden administration so he could focus on defeating COVID-19 in Los Angeles. If Garcetti leaves, the City Council can either appoint an interim mayor or call a special election.
NJ House candidate, Air Force vet, shoots down BLM Utah calling US flag 'symbol of hate'
"The fact of the matter is that Black people are Americans, and Black history is American history," Republican House candidate Billy Prempeh told Fox News Friday. BLM UTAH CHAPTER CALLS AMERICAN FLAG ‘SYMBOL OF HATRED’The flag is the opposite, he said. The 31-year-old Republican House candidate said over the course of U.S. history, Americans made "incredible, incredible advancements" in terms of civil rights and social justice. "I'm an Air Force veteran, and I took a lot of pride fighting under the American flag," he said. The candidate and other volunteers will be in Paterson’s namesake park for a cleanup along the Passaic River Saturday morning.
Biden taps LA Mayor Garcetti as ambassador to India
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, seen speaking to media in April 2021, has been tapped as US ambassador to IndiaAdvertising Read moreWashington (AFP)President Joe Biden on Friday nominated Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, an ambitious star in his Democratic Party, to be ambassador to India, with which the United States has an increasingly close relationship. Biden has stepped up the "Quad" partnership of the United States, India, Japan and Australia -- four democracies that largely share common cause on China's rising military and economic might. - Scandals rise at home -India has been facing major challenges from Covid-19 and air pollution -- two issues that Garcetti has tackled in Los Angeles. Garcetti in December said he turned down an unspecified job in the Biden administration so he could focus on defeating Covid-19 in Los Angeles. If Garcetti leaves, the City Council can either appoint an interim mayor or call a special election.
Why New York Matters: The Hive’s Chris Smith on the State of the World’s Greatest City
This week veteran Hive correspondent Chris Smith talks to cohost Joe Hagan about the winner of the Democratic primary for New York mayor, Eric Adams, his journey toward the most powerful office in the city, and what his prospective mayoralty means for Black Americans, the police department, the city’s youth, and the national conversation. Smith has been covering city politics for more than two decades, through Mike Bloomberg’s three terms and Bill de Blasio’s eight tumultuous years, and understands better than most the risks and opportunities for a city trying to reinvent itself after the pandemic and the Black Lives Matter protests of last summer. Can a former policeman and savvy self-promoter like Adams lower crime and shepherd the city to prosperity? Smith explains it all. Join Vanity Fair to receive full access to VF.com and the complete online archive now.
Artist showcases Black identity in new show
Rod Benson, a former pro basketball player who's now an artist, talks about his upcoming show in Las Vegas "Neon Black 2." Artist Rod Benson, a former professional basketball player in the National Basketball League, poses in advance of his "Neon Black 2" show at the The Herbert art gallery in Las Vegas, Wednesday, June 30, 2021. The paintings in the exhibition use Black hairstyles as a jumping-off point for celebrating the colorful diversity of Black culture and identity. “Neon Black 2” is a sequel of sorts to “Neon Black,” a series of portraits of iconic Black figures Benson created three years ago. The pieces became the core of his first exhibition, “Neon Black,” in which Benson aimed to show that Black life and Black identity are “full of vibrancy and color” and that “dark does not have to mean dangerous.”“The reality is, I had no intention of being an artist.
I’ve heard more ballyhooing over renaming Lake Shore Drive than over how to stop the killing
Where is that “old ship of Zion” whose spiritual songs once soothed our souls, led us down the path to being made whole? They rise above the cacophony of gunfire and chaos, where children at play run for cover. To the carnage of another night, where on the streets an endless river of blood runs. And yet, I’ve heard more political ballyhooing over renaming Lake Shore Drive than over how to stop the killing. Bore witness to a motorcade on Jean Baptiste Point DuSable Lake Shore Drive in honor of the renaming on Independence Day weekend when Chicago’s violence was shameful: 104 shot, 19 killed.
Opinion : Richmond’s Lee statue, after 131 years, is an unpardonable insult
By the time of the Lee statue dedication in 1890, it was apparent to Boutwell and the Daily Traveler that the proliferation of Confederate memorials was but a symbol of the victory of the Lost Cause campaign of the South in rehabilitating notions of white supremacy. The next several decades saw the spread of Jim Crow laws and the institutional racism, South and North, that has crippled our society well into the 21st century. Only now, sparked by the George Floyd murder and Black Lives Matter protests, is the United States beginning to seriously reckon with that legacy.
Sanchez: Confused about systemic racism? 'In The Heights' offers $55M cinematic primer
Washington Heights is richly an Afro-Latino area, with deep influences from the Dominican Republic. No Heights resident is performing the Gene Kelly-Spiderman-esque dance scene where two actors gracefully dance, scaling the side of a building. For those confused about what systemic racism is; pull up a chair. During one segment, the dialogue praises the fact that Washington Heights residents hail from countries where people survived conquistadores, dictators and slavery. But to do so and then refuse to examine the historical racism within our own communities is self-deceit.
Gareth Southgate summons the warrior spirit of generations past
In his interview, he revealed that his staff had been researching "what England meant and what England meant in a modern sense" to pass on values to the players. "And that inclusivity is really important for us because I think that is what modern England is. "We have exceptional examples of players setting a really good example for young kids who are watching them and will aspire to be them through this tournament. Southgate also spoke of his own heartache as an England player at Euro 1996, when he missed a shoot-out penalty as Germany progressed to the final. Because I know it won't be enough for me and for the rest of the staff and for the players if we don't win it now."
Five California cops sue Palo Alto over 'discriminatory' BLM mural celebrating convicted cop killer
Five California police officers are suing the city of Palo Alto over a 'discriminatory' Black Lives Matter mural that was erected on the street across the street from the Silicon Valley town's city hall and police station. The 245-foot-long mural, which spells out Black Lives Matter, features cop killer Assata Shakur, AKA Joanne Chesimard, who was convicted of the 1973 killing of New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster. Multiple officers based at the nearby police station have complained they feel 'harassed' by the mural every time they have to pass it. After she was convicted, Shakur subsequently escaped prison before fleeing to Cuba, where Fidel Castro granted her political asylum. City Attorney Molly Stump told the Daily Post that the city has not been served with the lawsuit as of Friday.
Florida landscaper, 51, arrested for failed hit job against his ex he planned to blame on BLM
From May to June 2020, Slater met with 'hitman' who was actually an FBI informant, according to the Department of Justice. Slater and the undercover agent discussed the logistics behind the hit, including bringing in a third person to assist. In the end, the planned murders did not occur, and none of the intended victims were injured. Her father says she'd hired a car for 'surveillance' but was arrested after failing to return it. Slater offered to pay the FBI source $2,500 to carry out a drive-by shooting but ultimately only paid $400, while promising more would be coming.
Jonathan Kay: The performative snobbery of social justice invades the supermarket
Share this Story: Jonathan Kay: The performative snobbery of social justice invades the supermarketJonathan Kay: The performative snobbery of social justice invades the supermarket Social justice has metastasized into a passcode-protected treehouse club, from which the privileged lecture those proles who lack fluency in the latest social-justice argot Photo by Peter J Thompson/National PostArticle content “Ottawa plans to teach non-racialized Canadians about systemic racism in new campaign,” read a CTV News headline on Wednesday. Try refreshing your browser, or Jonathan Kay: The performative snobbery of social justice invades the supermarket Back to video Reporters traditionally have felt duty-bound to debunk this kind of self-serving government bafflegab. Article content Conservative pundits have prattled on about “left-wing media bias” since the dawn of time. The idea of social justice was once based on the widely shared desire to help the poor and underprivileged. Article content Alas, social justice has instead metastasized into a passcode-protected treehouse club, from which the privileged lecture those proles who lack fluency in the latest social-justice argot.
The AI arms race is affecting minorities, and not in a good way
The obvious intention here is to keep TikTok users from seeing complaints about their damaging AI screening tools. Liberal democracies provide opportunities to sue, cite, and regulate tech companies via their political institutions. We can’t effectively sue or target legislation at foreign tech companies. Powerful American companies like Apple are afraid of losing foreign markets, and lobby hard to prevent regulation of foreign tech giants. The U.S. has traditionally been an exporter of cutting edge tech products and isn’t used to receiving competitive goods from non-allied states.
YouTube’s algorithm pushes violent content and misinformation: study
YouTube’s algorithm still amplifies violent videos, hateful content and misinformation despite the company’s efforts to limit the reach of such videos, according to a study published this week. The Mozilla Foundation, a software nonprofit that is outspoken on privacy issues, conducted the 10-month investigation, which found that 71 percent of all videos flagged by volunteers as disturbing were recommended by YouTube’s algorithm. YouTube’s algorithm continued to suggest videos about COVID-19 pandemic conspiracies. Mozilla then brought in 41 researchers from the University of Exeter to review the flagged videos and determine if they might violate YouTube’s Community Guidelines. Of the more than 3,300 flagged videos, 71 percent were suggested by the algorithm, according to the study.
Police officers say Black Lives Matter mural is ‘discriminatory’ in California lawsuit
Five police officers have sued Palo Alto, saying the California city allowed a Black Lives Matter mural to be created with “discriminatory and harassing” images against police. Officers Eric Figueroa, Michael Foley, Christopher Moore, Robert Parham and Julie Tannock sued Palo Alto and the Palo Alto Police Department for discrimination and harassment in a lawsuit filed June 4. The mural also contained a logo of the New Black Panthers, which has been called a “virulently racist and antisemitic organization” by the Southern Poverty Law Center. The officers were “forced to physically pass and confront the mural and its offensive, discriminatory, and harassing iconography every time they entered the Palo Alto Police Department,” according to the lawsuit. Palo Alto city attorney Molly Stump didn’t immediately respond to McClatchy News’ request for comment on Friday but told The Daily Post that the city has yet to be served with the lawsuit.
Lululemon Employees Detail a Culture of Racial Insensitivity at the Brand
While Lululemon has become one of the most well-known brands in fitness wear and athleisure, 12 current and former employees revealed to Insider a culture of racial insensitivity. One employee told Insider that the brand embodied "privileged white wellness." The director apologized to a group of about 200 employees, and left the company shortly after. Employees also detailed other racially insensitive moments at the company, such as an innovation division called "White Space," which an exec said was named for "'blank space,' the white space of ideas," and doesn't include any people of color on the team. The company also created additional employee resource groups and advisory committees for their IDEA efforts, but employees told Insider they felt the actions that were taken were performative and due to pressure from the public.
Olympic athletes seem ready to defy the rules and protest in Tokyo. How will the IOC respond?
The most famous act of athlete activism occurred on an Olympic podium, when gold medal-winning sprinter Tommie Smith thrust his black-gloved hand into the sky. Sign up for the Globe’s Tokyo Olympics newsletter“I would be astonished if there’s not significant athlete protests. “It’s mightily important to understand passing the baton without dropping it,” Smith said in a conversation with the Globe. “There are ways to do things that won’t incur what Tommie Smith did in 1968. Noah Lyles wears a black glove while he runs in an homage to Tommie Smith.
'Give Black people credit': Black TikTok stars strike, demand credit for their work
That is, until Black creators decide to stop making them. “Black creators are just really tired of our dances and our trends being stolen. While Louis said that the company has yet to reach out to him personally regarding the strike, creators want words to turn into action. Challan T., who has more than 4 million TikTok followers, said the platform needs to be more active in advancing and championing Black creators. She would like to see TikTok promote Black creators’ content on the #ForYou page, which recommends videos curated to users’ interests, the same way it does for white creators.
At the ICA Watershed, artist Firelei Báez draws history from the deep
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Troubling podcast puts JAMA under fire for its mishandling of race
While the podcast sparked the petition drive, James said the problem goes far beyond a single podcast or a single journal. Katz has since condemned the podcast and said he was not involved in its production and firmly believes structural racism exists in medicine. References to structural racism get removed or softened.”Simon said the cost can be steep. The editor-in-chief took responsibility for the original podcast, and on March 16 offered up what he called a follow-up podcast. JAMA is the Journal of the American Medical Association and while JAMA has editorial independence from the AMA, the relationship is complicated.
DoJ: Reinstatement talk may inspire violence from Trump supporters
By Marshall Cohen | CNNThe Justice Department said this week that former President Donald Trump’s claims that he’ll be reinstated to the White House could fuel more political violence from his supporters. There is no legal or constitutional mechanism for that to happen, and Trump’s claims of a “stolen” 2020 election have been fully debunked. Federal prosecutors brought up Trump’s rhetoric this week in one of the US Capitol riot cases. The Justice Department opposes this request, saying Trump’s rhetoric could inspire Harkrider to become violent in the future. Earlier this spring, federal judges and prosecutors cited Trump’s rhetoric during detention hearings for some of the Capitol rioters.
How the American South is paying the price for Europe's 'green' energy
How marginalized communities in the South are paying the price for ‘green energy’ in Europe Published July 9, 2021Andrea Macklin never turns off his TV. In its Renewable Energy Directive (RED), the EU classified biomass as a renewable energy source — on par with wind and solar power. Northampton County Enviva plants NORTH CAROLINA Median household income Percent Black population $43,000 $51,000 $61,000 6% 16% 26% 42% Sources: US Census 2019 5-year American Community Survey, North Carolina Dept. But the jobs come at a hefty price for Northampton County. Between 2011 and 2019, the property tax rate in Northampton County increased nearly 6%.
Larry Elder slams Black Lives Matter Utah chapter for calling American flag ‘symbol of hatred’
Salem Radio Talk Show host Larry Elder joined FOX Business’ "Varney & Co." and criticized a Black Lives Matter chapter in Utah for a July fourth post that said, "When we Black Americans see this flag…it is a symbol of hatred." NBA 'BLACK LIVES MATTER' COURT DISPLAY, SOCIALLY DISTANCED LAYOUT UNVEILEDLARRY ELDER: You use the word "we." I just saw a poll recently that said the majority of Black Americans are either extremely proud or very proud to be American. GET FOX BUSINESS ON THE GO BY CLICKING HEREMy father was a Montford Point Marine. He's speaking for himself.
Black Lives Matter mural is anti-police harassment, California cops claim in suit
Five California police officers are suing the city of Palo Alto for permitting a Black Lives Matter mural to be painted with anti-police images, claiming that it’s discriminatory against law enforcement and constitutes harassment. The suit filed in Santa Clara County Superior Court on Sunday claimed that the city enabled a “discriminatory and harassing work environment” by allowing the mural two blocks away from the entrance to the police department, the Daily Post in Palo Alto reported. “Law enforcement officers, including Plaintiffs, were forced to physically pass and confront the Mural and its offensive, discriminatory, and harassing iconography every time they entered the Palo Alto Police Department,” the lawsuit said. The lawsuit claimed police officers complained that the mural violated the state Fair Employment and Housing Act. APIt also includes an image of Joanne Chesimard, who was convicted in the 1973 killing of a New Jersey state trooper before she broke out of prison and fled to Cuba.
TikTok algorithm prevents user from declaring support for Black Lives Matter
A series of TikTok videos have gone viral featuring a user being censored for trying to put pro-Black Lives Matter phrases in his bio on the platform’s Creator Marketplace. "Our TikTok Creator Marketplace protections, which flag phrases typically associated with hate speech, were erroneously set to flag phrases without respect to word order. "To be clear, Black Lives Matter does not violate our policies and currently has over 27B views on our platform." TikTok is actively denying creator funding for any type of content related to black folk on their app. TikTok maintains that it is committed to supporting Black creators, citing its recently launched @BlackTikTok account, run by Black TikTok employees with the intent of creating a home for Black creators on the platform.
Officers sue California city over Black Lives Matter mural
PALO ALTO, Calif. — Five officers have sued the Silicon Valley city of Palo Alto, saying it allowed the creation of a Black Lives Matter mural with anti-police images that constituted harassment and discrimination against law enforcement. The mural was painted last June in the street across from City Hall following the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis Officer Derek Chauvin. The officers complained to officials that the mural violated the state Fair Employment and Housing Act. But the city “ratified the conduct and insisted that it remain and persist,” according to the lawsuit. City Attorney Molly Stump told the newspaper that the city has not been served with the lawsuit.
Virgin Galactic launch date: When is Richard Branson going to space? Everything you need to know as billionaires race to leave Earth
(AFP via Getty Images)Richard Branson is setting off to space – in the hope of becoming the first billionaire to leave the Earth. Branson denies it is a race, despite announcing his plan soon after Bezos and scheduling a date shortly before. Story continuesVirgin‘s Unity 22 mission marks the 22nd test flight of the spacecraft, and the company’s fourth crewed mission beyond Earth’s atmosphere. “It’s honestly not a race,” Branson told Reuters in an interview earlier this week. “If it’s a race, it’s a race to produce wonderful spaceships that can make many more people be able to access space.
ESPN’s $3 million offer to Maria Taylor may not let her finish NBA Finals
After her private and insensitive comments were made public, ESPN’s Rachel Nichols was dropped from the sidelines to start the NBA Finals broadcast. Now it is unclear whether host Maria Taylor will finish the league’s marquee event. Besides hosting The Finals and "NBA Countdown," Taylor, 34, is the college football national championship sideline reporter and NCAA Women’s Tournament host. Clouding the negotiations is the New York Times article in which Nichols’ nearly year-old private comments were made public. ESPN executives failed to take any meaningful action over Nichols’ comments, which may have been illegally recorded.
Police officers sue city over 'discriminatory' BLM mural celebrating convicted cop killer
Five California police officers filed a lawsuit against a city in Silicon Valley over a Black Lives Matter mural containing "discriminatory" anti-police imagery that was put on display across from City Hall. BLACK LIVES MATTER RALLY IN CHICAGO BACKS PEOPLE ARRESTED OVER LOOTING, UNRESTShakur, also known as Joanne Chesimard, was convicted in the 1973 killing of a New Jersey state trooper. Black Lives Matter murals have been painted in cities across the nation following the death of Floyd and other Black Americans during interactions with police. NYC'S DE BLASIO SUED BY PRO-COP GROUPS FOR REJECTING BLUE LIVES MATTER MURALSupporters of police officers have responded with "Back the Blue" and "Blue Lives Matter" murals to combat the anti-police sentiment that has swept the nation but have been met with resistance from Democratic leaders. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPIn New York City, for example, non-profit organization Blue Lives Matter NYC sued Mayor Bill de Blasio and Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg over not being able to paint a Blue Lives Matter mural despite the Black Lives Matter mural that’s on prominent display on Fifth Avenue.
Sean Hannity: Fans should loudly and proudly sing national anthem and 'take their sports back'
Sean Hannity called on U.S. sports fans to "take their sports back" from the divisions of politics Thursday after NHL fans were seen singing the national anthem during the Stanley Cup Playoffs. At a time when far-left groups are polarizing everything from Independence Day observance to the American flag, Hannity encouraged fans across the sports spectrum to stand up and sing on behalf of the country. Fox News contributor Leo Terell told Hannity that the post only exposes "how racist Black Lives Matter is. 99.9% of black Americans support the flag and love it country and don't associate with black lives matter Utah," he said. The New York Times was ripped last weekend for publishing a piece that suggested the American flag has become a symbol of divisiveness.
Atlanta, Houston, and New York City Top List of Cities With Large Number Of Black Businesses Opening During Pandemic
Relatively fresh research from university economists disclosed that several cities with predominantly Black populations saw their rate of new businesses take off during the pandemic, occurring more so than cities with lower Black populations, CBS.news.com reported. The discovery came as black businesses have been walloped by the crisis. The research showed new businesses in Atlanta grew 56% relative to 2019, mainly in predominantly Black neighborhoods of College Park and East Point. In the nation’s fourth-largest city, Houston, startup rates rose by 32% in the Black neighborhoods of Sunnyside, Missouri City, South Acres, and Kashmere Gardens. The state’s growth rate was 10% in 2020 and entrepreneurship in predominantly White Manhattan declined that year.
Rioter who attacked police during George Floyd riots gets 18 months in federal prison
A South Carolina man was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to participating in a riot where he attacked police officers in the wake of George Floyd’s death. Prosecutors also said he damaged a Town of Mount Pleasant police vehicle by standing on it during the riot. "However, when peaceful protests turn into violence and destruction, the violent agitators committing crimes will be brought to justice." All in, the riots following Floyd’s death could cost insurance companies up to $2 billion. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPJenkins is the second of six defendants who have been sentenced for their participation in riots in Charleston and Columbia.
Biden to crack down on monopoly power in executive order – live
15:16North Carolina members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) collaborated with other neo-Confederate and far-right groups in failed efforts to preserve Confederate monuments in the state, according to emails, documents and videos reviewed by the Guardian. Members of the coalition of groups protesting the removal of Confederate monuments include a man with simultaneous membership in SCV and League of the South (LOS), and at least one person who attended the rally at the Capitol in Washington DC on 6 January, which turned into an attack on the building. The SCV is a neo-Confederate group dedicated to preserving what it sees as southern heritage, in particular Confederate statues and war memorials, in spite of the rise of Black Lives Matter antiracism protests, which frequently target such statues as memorials to racism and slavery. James Smithson, a member both of SCV and the SCV’s Mechanized Cavalry (SCVMC), a motorcycle-riding “special interest group” attached to the organization, sent an after-action email to members after a 14 September 2019 rally in Pittsboro, North Carolina, organized in defense of a statue of a Confederate soldier that had stood outside the city’s courthouse since 1907. The email reported on the rally as a “win” for the organization, though the statue was removed by the city the following November.
TikTok algorithm flags ‘Black Lives Matter’ as ‘inappropriate content’
TikTok blocked users of its Creator Marketplace from using the word “black” and phrases like “Black Lives Matter” in their bios, as the algorithm flagged them as “inappropriate content”. Creator Ziggi Tyler discovered the issue attempting to update his bio; the words “Black,” “Black Lives Matter,” “Black people," “Black success,” “Pro-Black,” and “I am a Black man” were not accepted. TikTok’s Creator Marketplace is currently in invite-only beta testing, but aims to connect creators with brands for sponsorship deals. “Our TikTok Creator Marketplace protections, which flag phrases typically associated with hate speech, were erroneously set to flag phrases without respect to word order,” a TikTok spokesperson said in a statement. To be clear, Black Lives Matter does not violate our policies and currently has over 27B views on our platform."
Will Euro 2020 change England for ever? I’ve heard it all before | Joseph Harker
Gareth Southgate, Raheem Sterling, Marcus Rashford, Bukayo Saka, Jordan Henderson … how could you not love the current England squad? As well as their footballing prowess, they’ve shown moral leadership and social awareness, taking positions on poverty, racism, LGBT rights and multiculturalism. They’re part of a team, and that team represents England. If tolerance, fairness and redressing the inequalities of the past were vote winners he would align himself with those values. Already, on social media, those sentiments are appearing: we’re out of Europe, and now we rule Europe.
Officers sue California city over Black Lives Matter mural
Associated PressPalo Alto, Calif. — Five officers have sued the Silicon Valley city of Palo Alto, saying it allowed the creation of a Black Lives Matter mural with anti-police images that constituted harassment and discrimination against law enforcement. The mural was painted last June in the street across from City Hall following the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis Officer Derek Chauvin. The officers complained to officials that the mural violated the state Fair Employment and Housing Act. But the city “ratified the conduct and insisted that it remain and persist,” according to the lawsuit. City Attorney Molly Stump told the newspaper that the city has not been served with the lawsuit.
Neo-Confederates worked with other far-right groups in failed efforts to preserve monuments
North Carolina members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) collaborated with other neo-Confederate and far-right groups in failed efforts to preserve Confederate monuments in the state, according to emails, documents, and videos reviewed by the Guardian. ACTBAC has been active in statue protests in North Carolina at locations including Pittsboro, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Graham. Also present at the Graham event were two men who were arrested after unfurling a flag associated with white nationalism groups. A spokesman for the North Carolina elections board said that campaign finance investigations are confidential under North Carolina law, and offered no further comment. The North Carolina department of public safety did not immediately respond to a question on Stone’s employment status with the agency.
These Tory MPs criticised England players for taking the knee and now they’re glad ‘it’s coming home’
Here are a few who aren’t a fan of taking the knee but still want England to win this Sunday:Priti PatelThe Home Secretary has faced some pretty strong backlash for calling taking the knee “gesture politics” but also making ‘gestures’ of support to the England team. Johnson doesn’t like gestures but he has posed with a giant England flag and turned up to the semi-final wearing England kit over a shirt and tie. Jacob Rees MoggPrime Minister’s Questions (PA Media)Rees Mogg is no fan of taking the knee. “The BLM movement is a Marxist movement that wants to do things like defund the police and is not sympathetic to our current civil structures. Yesterday, he recited lines rapped by footballer John Barnes in the song ‘World In Motion’ in the Commons to show his excitement about England winning the semi-final game against Denmark.
BLM and Floyd protests were largely peaceful, data confirms
Marches and protests spanned every U.S. state – a massive expression of public concern but also a movement perceived by some to be violent. A zoomed-in view on a particular protest may show violence, but data from the Crowd Counting Consortium (CCC) provides a zoomed-out view, showing that protests in the aggregate were largely peaceful. With the help of a web crawler and citizen reporting, a research team compiles and codes protests reported in the media. The CCC breaks down violence into four categories: number of arrests, number of participant injuries, number of police injuries, and property damage. Your email address By signing up, you agree to our Privacy PolicyIn CCC data collected from May 2020 to June 2021, 94% of protests involved no participant arrests, 97.9% involved no participant injuries, 98.6% involved no injuries to police, and 96.7% involved no property damage.
Only Thing Democrats Are Serious About Is Power
Only Thing Democrats Are Serious About Is PowerAdded: 09.07.2021 4:03 | 16 views | 0 commentsThe six-month anniversary of the Capitol riot not by Black Lives Matter exposes exactly how unserious the left is about the reality of that day.
Young Asian American Buddhists are reclaiming narrative after decades of white dominance
“How come it’s 2021 and it’s only now that people are centering Asian American Buddhists?” she said. “The seeds for these current conversations around Asian American Buddhists and our position in American Buddhism were planted in the 19th century when the first Chinese immigrants came and brought Buddhism,” she said. For nearly a decade starting in 2007, the blog documented the erasure of Asian American Buddhists, in part by tallying the number of Asian American bylines in major Buddhist publications, to put a number on the community’s marginalization. “He was one of the first explicitly Asian American Buddhist voices,” she said. “It can be hard for Asian American Buddhists to find each other,” Han said.
Diverse England team wins fans in nation eager for good news
Many British people of color have long an ambivalent relationship with symbols of Englishness and the country's national soccer team. Many British people of color have long an ambivalent relationship with symbols of Englishness and the country's national soccer team. But that is changing, and many are embracing the young, multi-ethnic team that is on the cusp of triumph in the European Championships. (John Sibley/Pool via AP, file)LONDON (AP) — Hannah Kumari has been an English soccer fan since childhood, but she never wanted to fly an England flag. Not everyone thinks the national soccer team represents all that is best about England.
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Country singer David Ball is 68. Business executive/TV personality Kevin O’Leary (TV: “Shark Tank”) is 67. Rock singer Jim Kerr (Simple Minds) is 62. Today is Friday, July 9, the 190th day of 2021. In 1943, during World War II, the Allies launched Operation Husky, the invasion of Sicily. In 1944, during World War II, American forces secured Saipan as the last Japanese defenses fell.
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New York Mayor Bill de Blasio used a roller to help paint “Black Lives Matter” in front of Trump’s namesake Manhattan tower. The Supreme Court ruled in favor of a New York prosecutor’s demands for Trump’s tax records. R&B singer Debbie Sledge (Sister Sledge) is 67. Rock singer Jim Kerr (Simple Minds) is 62. R&B singer Kiely Williams (3lw) is 35.
Victor Davis Hanson: Left's 'vague' claims that America is inherently racist 'adjudicated' by 'metrics'
Senior fellow at the Hoover Institution Victor Davis Hanson argued that claims that America is inherently racist can be "adjudicated" by "metrics" on "Tucker Carlson Tonight," Thursday, asserting that the left "never" provides data and instead continues to push their "vague racist this and racist that" agenda. "A minority that makes up a little more than 12 percent, does not elect a president of the United States who's Black. A racist society would not allow that," Hanson said. "We're listening to some of the most privileged people in the United States," he said. And so this race, race, race, it's an abstraction among the elite.
Today in History
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio used a roller to help paint “Black Lives Matter” in front of Trump’s namesake Manhattan tower. The Supreme Court ruled in favor of a New York prosecutor’s demands for Trump’s tax records. R&B singer Debbie Sledge (Sister Sledge) is 67. Rock singer Jim Kerr (Simple Minds) is 62. R&B singer Kiely Williams (3lw) is 35.
BLM chapter calls American flag ‘symbol of hatred’ only used by racists
NewsBLM chapter calls American flag ‘symbol of hatred’ only used by racistsA Black Lives Matter chapter in Utah has called the American flag “a symbol of hatred” — one only used by dumb racists. It is a symbol of hatred,” wrote the chapter, which founder Lex Scott says is not part of the national BLM organization. A row of houses displaying the American flag. We will not respect a piece of cloth that you respect more than Black lives,” the group wrote. It is an honor,” the group wrote late Wednesday along with a Beyonce meme, signing off, “Ok sleep tight insurrectionists.
Tucker Carlson calls for teachers to wear body cameras to prevent critical race theory teaching
Fox News host Tucker Carlson has called for body cameras to worm by all teachers, during a segment where he railed against “critical race theory”. “The overwhelming majority of Americans, and pollsters have found this pretty clearly, think this is insane,” Mr Carlson said about critical race theory on 6 July. “It is BS, in fact it’s more than that, it’s civilization-ending poison.”Critical race theory (CRT) is a school of thought that began in the 1970s. “Tucker Carlson wants cameras in every classroom to make sure teachers aren't teaching whatever it is he’s defining as ‘critical race theory,’” wrote Andrew Lawerence from Media Matters For America. In reply, a teacher said that she loved “knowing I’m one of those teacher(s) Tucker Carlson fears”.
Sharpton to Biden: We'll be 'getting back into the streets' over voting rights
Civil rights leaders said they informed President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris activists would be 'getting back into the streets' as voting rights legislation has stalled on Capitol Hill. Sharpton also divulged that Harris - who has been tasked by Biden to deal with voting rights - agreed to participate in some direct action. The focus on voter rights comes ahead of the 2022 midterms and after several states have passed more restrictive voting rights laws. Senate Republicans last month blocked national voting rights legislation. 'Certainly he conveyed he wants to speak to the country about voting rights and how he's going to address it moving forward.
ESPN’s $3 million offer to Maria Taylor may not get her to finish NBA Finals
After her private and insensitive comments were made public, ESPN’s Rachel Nichols was dropped from the sidelines to start the NBA Finals broadcast. Now it is unclear whether host Maria Taylor will finish the league’s marquee event. Taylor’s current contract expires in less than two weeks, on July 20, which is the date of a potential Game 6 of the NBA Finals. Besides hosting The Finals and “NBA Countdown,” Taylor, 34, is the college football national championship sideline reporter and NCAA Women’s Tournament host. Clouding the negotiations is the New York Times article in which Nichols’ nearly year-old private comments were made public.
Tory MP will continue boycott of England team over taking the knee but ‘will cheer if they score’
Conservative MP Lee Anderson is refusing to abandon his boycott of the England team over taking the knee — but will check his phone to see if they have scored in the Euro 2020 final on Sunday. The MP for Ashfield has faced widespread derision for his decision to refuse to watch Gareth Southgate’s team in protest at their anti-racism stance gesture before matches. “For the first time in my life I will not be watching my beloved England team whilst they are supporting a political movement whose core principles aim to undermine our very way of life,” he said in a Facebook post in June. Despite the country getting to its first major tournament final since 1966, Mr Anderson confirmed in a Facebook video on Thursday that he is sticking to his boycott. The petition states: “Sulky Tory MP Lee Anderson hasn’t been cheering England’s heroes like the rest of us because he doesn’t like their simple act of anti-racism.
Jacob Roloff Nearly Gets Evicted, Thinks We Should "Abolish Landlords"
It's been an interesting few days for Jacob Roloff. Although, if the former Little People, Big World star were to be honest, he'd probably use a different adjective to describe things. And here's why:Roloff nearly got evicted from his apartment last week! "All my homies say abolish landlords," added Jacob. "It must finally be emphasized that all fault lies with the predator, and no fault lies with any of my family," wrote Roloff.
Five Palo Alto officers sue city over Assata Shakur Black Lives Matter street mural
PALO ALTO — Five Palo Alto police officers are suing the city claiming harassment and discrimination for being “forced” to walk past a street mural last summer depicting 1970s Black Liberation Army member and fugitive Assata Shakur. The nearly 245-foot-long, 17-foot-tall Black Lives Matter mural in question was commissioned by the city in June 2020 to commemorate the ongoing protests against the police killing of George Floyd. Police said Shakur shot the officers — killing Foerster and wounding the other — and got away. The five officers were not the first people in law enforcement to complain about the mural. Palo Alto Mayor Tom DuBois said he did not want to comment on the complaint, and city attorney Molly Stump said the city has not been served with the lawsuit yet and cannot comment on it.
TikTok admits ‘significant’ error in algorithm after user highlighted ‘racial bias’ in video
This week, TikTok content creator Ziggi Tyler says he made a startling discovery: The TikTok algorithm seems to have a racial bias in terms of which phrases the platform allows users to upload. The phrases “Black Lives Matter,” “Black people,” and “supporting Black excellence” were blocked from the platform’s Creator Marketplace, while “white supremacy” and “supporting white excellence” were not. Tyler took to TikTok to broadcast his experience on the Creator Marketplace, which is an invite-only platform connecting popular TikTok accounts with brands, sort of like a built-in branding agency. First, Tyler writes “supporting white supremacy,” and the request goes through. Tyler writes, “I am a neo Nazi” and “I am anti-semitic,” and successfully makes it through to the Creator Marketplace.
US rapper Lil Baby held in Paris for drug possession
US rapper Lil Baby, shown here arriving at the 2019 Billboard Music Award, was stopped on the chic Avenue Montaigne in ParisAdvertising Read moreParis (AFP)Paris police on Thursday arrested American singer Lil Baby for allegedly "carrying drugs", police sources said. NBA star James Harden, in the French capital with the rapper for Fashion Week, was also stopped and searched but released, the sources said. Baby, real name Dominique Jones, was in a parked car from which "wafted a smell of cannabis", the source said. During the search on the chic Avenue Montaigne in the heart of the capital "about 20 grams of cannabis grass were discovered" in the car, Le Parisien newspaper reported. Baby, part of the Black Lives Matter movement, was twice nominated for a Grammy music award in 2020 for "The Bigger Picture".
Harlem Is Sending a Black Lesbian Democratic Socialist to the City Council
Kristin Richardson Jordan, the Black democratic socialist who just won the Democratic nomination for a New York City Council seat on a platform of “Radical Love,” can tell you the exact number of garbage cans—223—her Harlem district has lost in recent years. Although progressives like Brad Lander and Jumaane Williams won their primaries for comptroller and public advocate, respectively, Democratic Socialists of America lost four of the six City Council races in which they endorsed. I think she’s running for City Council.” She won, I tell them. So I think Harlem was looking for what’s closest to that. Yes, before she endorsed Maya, she endorsed a slate of City Council candidates.
We keep track of shootings like a box score
When we report that 108 people were shot in Chicago over the July 4 weekend and that 17 died, those numbers are offered as clear, understandable figures. The hospital hours, funeral home visits, cemetery services, the endless days of grief, the entire supernova of tragedy expanding from those digits? Alice Yin wrote a heartbreaking story in the Tribune Thursday about the family of Natalia Wallace a 7-year-old girl shot and killed on July 4, 2020. And so their misdeeds, though far fewer, carry greater significance than those of the criminals they are supposed to thwart. I’m not sure what thinking about it, or, talking about it, or writing about it, is supposed to accomplish.
CAN WE BRIDGE THE GREAT TRUTH DIVIDE?
“We have come to live in a society based on insults, on lies and on things that just aren’t true. I long ago gave up searching for common ground with anyone on the other side of this political divide. I get my facts from science, literature, mainstream news, and general living experiences that teach me to use human reasoning powers. We can invite those from across the divide to join us, but past behavior says they probably will not. The job is ours, and if we do it right, maybe the truth will out.
Thursday Good News Roundup: R Bogosity vs. D Cluosity—Oh, Yeah, Have We Got This!
There are many single-issue Republican voters who don’t care about the other issues or the factions that are concerned with them. Political positions of the Democratic PartyNote that most Democrats are in favor of action on all of these issues, supporting each other. There are, of course, clear differences on certain points between the Democrats called Progressive and those called Moderate or Centrist. Many old issues have largely fallen away, or are in that process, like opposition to marijuana or marriage equality. More and more it is impossible to avoid meeting us and seeing us in the media and more generally online.
Donald Trump jumps on the Ashli Babbitt conspiracy theory bandwagon
Trump’s implication, of course, is that had Babbitt been a Black Lives Matter protester, the officer would not have been cleared of wrongdoing. We’ve repeatedly seen officers not face charges for killing unarmed Black people going about their daily business. So no, if that were the opposite, that case would not be going on for years and years. “That’s the way it has to be,” Trump said after U.S. marshals killed the suspect in the killing of a Trump supporter. “There has to be retribution when you have crime like this.”It makes total sense, in Trump’s twisted psyche, to become an Ashli Babbitt cheerleader.
After global warming collapses the U.S. power grid, the class war will reach a chaotic new stage
The CIA is using 2013's legalization of covert government messaging within U.S. media to make Americans more inundated with war propaganda than ever before. Department of Defense installations are 99 percent reliant on the U.S. power grid for electrical power generation due to the decommissioning of autonomous power generation capability for budgetary cost-saving measures over the last two decades. While generators would allow continued operations for a time, a long-term outage of the power grid would rapidly erode the ability to perform numerous missions as resources were diverted toward humanitarian assistance/ disaster response operations in the homeland. As Kyri Baker, an engineering professor at the University of Colorado Boulder, has assessed following the power-grid strains from this last month's West Coast heatwaves: "I would probably give our power grid maybe a C minus. This will entail the cutting off of internet and cell-phone access to the communities that the military plans to occupy.
The engineered panic over critical race theory, explained
Washington (CNN) A version of this story appeared in CNN's Race Deconstructed newsletter. Spare a thought for critical race theory. In this bastardized telling, CRT is whatever Republicans want it to be; it comes in many guises. The backlash to CRT echoes the 1960sThe panic over CRT is hardly the first time that the US has seen such ethnonationalist fearmongering. In publicly advocating for the birther conspiracy theory about a decade ago, Trump wasn't merely slandering one of his political opponents.
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BLM chapter calls American flag ‘symbol of hatred’ only used by racists
A Black Lives Matter chapter in Utah has called the American flag “a symbol of hatred” — one only used by dumb racists. It is a symbol of hatred,” wrote the chapter, which founder Lex Scott says is not part of the national BLM organization. We will not respect a piece of cloth that you respect more than Black lives,” the group wrote. A Utah BLM chapter has called the American flag a symbol of hate. It is an honor,” the group wrote late Wednesday along with a Beyonce meme, signing off, “Ok sleep tight insurrectionists.
Black Lives Matter in Utah calls Stars and Stripes 'a symbol of hate'
‘And prepare for the worst because it is coming!’Another Twitter user slammed Facebook for allowing BLM Utah to post the message. ‘Welcome racists,’ the account belonging to BLM Utah wrote in response to the backlash generated by its July 4th post. You will not be heard here.’The message continued: ‘You will be blocked and your comments will be deleted.’BLM Utah then thanked the commenters ‘for contributing to the re-election of AOC.’In another Facebook message, BLM Utah referred to its critics as ‘Karen.’‘Listen Karen,’ BLM Utah wrote. 'I am telling you when I see an American flag, I begin to feel fear for the simple fact that every time I am faced with hatred, it is at the hands of someone carrying an American flag.' Nir examined how the American flag 'once a unifying symbol' has become a divisive symbol in the United States along political party lines.
Adams’ win in NYC latest in surge for moderate Democrats
But five months later, it was largely center-left Democrats whose wins helped flip the House of Representatives to their party in the general election. More moderate Democrats — and even some Republicans in Louisiana’s open primary — backed centrist candidate Troy Carter as he defeated fellow State Sen. Karen Carter Peterson, a more liberal pick. But while moderate Democrats have racked up recent victories, some triumphant candidates are not so ideologically clear cut . When combined with New York City voters’ tendency to elect mayors with an emphasis on local issues and not ideological purity, it makes drawing national conclusions complicated. He then quickly pivots to, ‘but it can’t just be cops and Black people, we have to address Black on Black crime,'” Greer said.
Priti Patel celebrated England’s Euro 2020 win against Denmark and everyone had the same response
Priti Patel may want to brand herself as the It’s Coming Home Secretary, after praising England’s victory over Denmark in the Euros yesterday, but people have described her post on Twitter as “embarrassing” – given she previously criticised the team for “gesture politics” over taking the knee. The anti-racist gesture was widely used last year during global Black Lives Matter protests, and has since been performed by the England squad ahead of their Euro 2020 matches. At the game on Wednesday, he wore a football shirt on top of a shirt and tie, which people found hilarious. Patel is likely to face more criticism if she continues to tweet ahead of the final, in which England will face Italy on Sunday. Ironically, for a government minister responsible for the rule of law, when it comes to her support for the England team, people are questioning her conviction.
Reprimand of judges for social media misconduct warrants updated guidelines, experts say
States generally follow the American Bar Association's "model code of judicial conduct," which does not specifically mention social media norms. "The norms are different now than when these guidelines first came out," McPeak, who has studied the pitfalls of social media use among judges and lawyers, said. "We have more polarization in this country, and we are nudged to communicate quickly without really thinking, which makes using social media even more perilous for judges." Still, he agreed that he would refrain from posting statements on social media that could be perceived as prejudiced or biased, as well as consented to making all of his social media platforms private. The Colorado Judicial Ethics Advisory Board advised judges against using social media to "express support for or to protest current political issues."
Gary Neville made a remark about leadership last night and people think he was talking about politicians
Gary Neville made a remark about leadership last night and people think he was slagging off politicians. Commentating on ITV after England won in the semi-final game against Denmark last night, the pundit celebrated the win and praised England’s manager Gareth Southgate in particular - comparing him to other leaders. He’s fantastic, Gareth Southgate”. Well, reacting to his comments, people assumed Neville was making a subtle dig about Prime Minister Boris Johnson and they thought it was brilliant:Others bemoaned that he was making a unifying moment ‘political’:It’s not the first time Neville has combined football and politics. We just wonder how closely he would have been listening to Neville’s commentary.
How TikTok’s hate speech detection tool set off a debate about racial bias on the app
For Tyler and many of his followers, the incident seemed to fit within a larger pattern of how Black content is moderated on social media. “Our TikTok Creator Marketplace protections, which flag phrases typically associated with hate speech, were erroneously set to flag phrases without respect to word order,” a company spokesperson said in a statement. But Tyler said he didn’t find TikTok’s explanation to Recode to be adequate and that he felt the company should have identified an issue in its hate speech detection system sooner. “Regardless of what the algorithm is and how it picked up, somebody had to program that algorithm,” Tyler told Recode. In 2019, for example, a study showed that leading AI models for detecting hate speech are 1.5 times more likely to flag tweets written by African Americans as “offensive” compared to other tweets.
All The 'Love Island' US Season 3 Cast's Instagrams
So far, the success rate for Love Island US couples has been egregiously low. “I mean, I love love. Olivia KaiserThe self-described “Alaska girl in the desert” uses her Instagram bio to highlight her love for God, health and fitness, and tattooing faces. Though CBS lists Honolulu — near where Love Island is filming — as Kyra’s current city, her Instagram bio states that she’s currently living in Los Angeles. “Find me on a dance floor near you,” she writes in her Instagram bio.
Teachers union president claims Republicans are 'bullying teachers on honest history'
The head of America's second largest teachers' union has accused Republican politicians of 'bullying' teachers and preventing them from teaching 'honest history' after 26 states make moves to ban lessons on Critical Race Theory. The fight over critical race theory in schools has escalated in the United States over the last year. The debate surrounding critical race theory regards concerns that some children are being indoctrinated into thinking that white people are inherently racist or sexist. Those against critical race theory have argued it reduces people to the categories of 'privileged' or 'oppressed' based on their skin color. 'Culture warriors are labeling any discussion of race, racism or discrimination as [critical race theory] to try to make it toxic,' she said.
Teachers union president claims Republicans are 'bullying teachers on honest history'
The head of America's second largest teachers' union has accused Republican politicians of 'bullying' teachers and preventing them from teaching 'honest history' after 26 states make moves to ban lessons on Critical Race Theory. Critical Race Theory (CRT) has become a lightning rod for conservatives. 'Culture warriors are labeling any discussion of race, racism or discrimination as [critical race theory] to try to make it toxic,' she said. The fight over critical race theory in schools has escalated in the United States over the last year. Those against critical race theory have argued it reduces people to the categories of 'privileged' or 'oppressed' based on their skin color.
Greg Gutfeld: Media the most egocentric fools on the planet
But that’s our media. Tom Shillue, Angry White Male: Hey guys, one more time, sure, why not? It’s because the rise in crime implicates the media and the Dems, so they can’t talk about it. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPThe fact is, the media are the most egocentric fools on the planet. This article is adapted from Greg Gutfeld's opening monologue on the July 8, 2021 edition of "Gutfeld!"
Adams' win in NYC latest in surge for moderate Democrats
But five months later, it was largely center-left Democrats whose wins helped flip the House of Representatives to their party in the general election. More moderate Democrats — and even some Republicans in Louisiana’s open primary — backed centrist candidate Troy Carter as he defeated fellow State Sen. Karen Carter Peterson, a more liberal pick. But while moderate Democrats have racked up recent victories, some triumphant candidates are not so ideologically clear cut . When combined with New York City voters’ tendency to elect mayors with an emphasis on local issues and not ideological purity, it makes drawing national conclusions complicated. He then quickly pivots to, ‘but it can’t just be cops and Black people, we have to address Black on Black crime,’” Greer said.
The toppling of Saddam’s statue: how the US military made a myth
The abiding image of the Iraq war in 2003 was the toppling of a statue of the country’s dictator, Saddam Hussein. It was there that the statue of Saddam stood in Firdos Square (firdos meaning paradise), right in the centre of the city. This is characteristic of the story of Saddam’s statue in Firdos Square. At the time, the fall of the Firdos Square statue was presented as a satisfying end to the story of the invasion of Iraq. In the weeks after it came down, coverage of the Iraq war on Fox News and CNN decreased by 70%.
Churches burned to the ground in Canada in 'anti-church hate crime wave'
At least 20 churches in Canada have been burned or vandalized, and Rebel News founder Ezra Levant questioned Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's response to the mounting crime spree Wednesday on "Tucker Carlson Tonight." "This is so explicitly an anti-church hate crime wave and yet Justin Trudeau, who is normally the first and the wokest, waited a week before saying anything and he literally said 'that's not the way to go,'" Levant stated. In the last couple of weeks, a series of arsons have arisen as churches and statues are being destroyed throughout the country. In a tweet on July 3, British Columbia Civil Liberties Association executive director Harsha Walia tweeted, "burn it all down," referencing the churches. Levant further pointed out that the "churches often have aboriginal indigenous congregants and they're saying don't burn our churches down.
Adams’ win in NYC latest in surge for moderate Democrats
Adams bested a large Democratic field in New York’s first major race to use ranked choice voting. Adams bested a large Democratic field in New York’s first major race to use ranked choice voting. More moderate Democrats — and even some Republicans in Louisiana’s open primary — backed centrist candidate Troy Carter as he defeated fellow State Sen. Karen Carter Peterson, a more liberal pick. But while moderate Democrats have racked up recent victories, some triumphant candidates are not so ideologically clear cut . When combined with New York City voters’ tendency to elect mayors with an emphasis on local issues and not ideological purity, it makes drawing national conclusions complicated.
After Boise police shooting, African community demands changes, ‘shall not be silent’
We cannot and we shall not be silent today, and not ever, because simply allowing injustice such as this is doing nothing for our victims. Boise police chief, mayor meeting with Bantu community leadersFamily and Bantu community members are seeking to correct what they say is a false narrative that police issued publicly about Mkoma, and are demanding his release once he has recovered. However, Williams said that in recent conversations with family members and the greater Bantu community, Boise police worked to help organizers safely exercise their First Amendment rights if they chose to hold a rally. Across the street, a half-dozen Boise police officers look ed on, while others stood on the sidewalk on West Idaho Street. The Bantu community members said they are giving police and the city three days to meet their demands, including release of the body-cam video, or they plan to join protests.
Black students, faculty: UNC needs self-examination on race
For years, Black students and faculty at UNC have expressed frustration with the way they are treated, from disproportionate scrutiny by campus police to the dearth of Black professors and staff. ADVERTISEMENT“Right now, the relationship between the University of North Carolina and its Black students, faculty and staff is broken,” said Jaci Field, advocacy committee co-chair of the Carolina Black Caucus, a faculty group. Many centered on eliminating structural barriers Black students face, such as formalizing access to resources that many only learn about through word of mouth. “It is hypocritical for this university to claim that Black lives matter, while disregarding the pain they have caused their own Black students and faculty,” said Julia Clark, vice president of the Black Student Movement. “I am grateful for the continued advocacy of the Black Student Movement, the Carolina Black Caucus and the Black Graduate and Professional Student Association.
Black Lives Matter Utah chapter calls American flag 'symbol of hatred'
In a fiery Fourth of July Facebook post, Utah’s Black Lives Matter Chapter declared the American flag "a symbol of hatred." "When we Black Americans see this flag we know the person flying it is not safe to be around," the post reads. When we see this flag we know that the person flying it lives in a different America than we do. "If they have never shown outrage when hate groups use their symbol for hatred, then they need to not come to us – they need to go directly to those groups. "If you see that every person that hates you is carrying an American flag how would you feel about that flag?"
Donovan Richards proves a sore (and arrogant) winner
Boy, is Queens Borough President Donovan Richards a sore winner — especially for a guy whose “win” isn’t truly in the bank yet. In answer to significant backlash, Richards doubled down, insisting Crowley used the “politics of fear” and “racist dog whistles within her messages on public safety” — but he offered no concrete examples of Crowley’s supposed racism. What a contrast to Kathryn Garcia’s graceful acceptance of her razor-thin loss to Eric Adams in the mayoral race and Assemblywoman Jo Anne Simon’s classy tweet after losing a close contest for Brooklyn borough president to City Councilman Antonio Reynoso: “Congratulations to you Antonio on your victory and a great campaign. I look forward to working with you to recover and build a post-COVID Brooklyn for everyone.”By the way, Richards may yet lose to Crowley; the race may even need a manual recount. Defeat would serve him right: His arrogant crassness is just another needless blow to the civility our politics so desperately needs.
Black students, faculty: UNC needs self-examination on race
For years, Black students and faculty at UNC have expressed frustration with the way they are treated, from disproportionate scrutiny by campus police to the dearth of Black professors and staff. ADVERTISEMENT“Right now, the relationship between the University of North Carolina and its Black students, faculty and staff is broken,” said Jaci Field, advocacy committee co-chair of the Carolina Black Caucus, a faculty group. Many centered on eliminating structural barriers Black students face, such as formalizing access to resources that many only learn about through word of mouth. “It is hypocritical for this university to claim that Black lives matter, while disregarding the pain they have caused their own Black students and faculty,” said Julia Clark, vice president of the Black Student Movement. “I am grateful for the continued advocacy of the Black Student Movement, the Carolina Black Caucus and the Black Graduate and Professional Student Association.
Adams’ win in NYC latest in surge for moderate Democrats
Adams bested a large Democratic field in New York’s first major race to use ranked choice voting. Adams bested a large Democratic field in New York’s first major race to use ranked choice voting. More moderate Democrats — and even some Republicans in Louisiana’s open primary — backed centrist candidate Troy Carter as he defeated fellow State Sen. Karen Carter Peterson, a more liberal pick. But while moderate Democrats have racked up recent victories, some triumphant candidates are not so ideologically clear cut . When combined with New York City voters’ tendency to elect mayors with an emphasis on local issues and not ideological purity, it makes drawing national conclusions complicated.
Teachers opposed to CRT can't speak up at Ohio school, say mothers whose children were expelled
'In the past year, Columbus Academy, which has a long history of academic excellence, has become race-obsessed,' Carlson said. Around 400 other parents of Columbus Academy students are said to have joined the campaign. The fight over critical race theory in schools has escalated in the United States over the last year. Those against critical race theory have argued it reduces people to the categories of 'privileged' or 'oppressed' based on their skin color. Critical Race Theory highlights how historical inequities and racism continue to shape public policy and social conditions today.
Saweetie Wants You to See Her Sweat
Saweetie has seen the mean tweets about her imperfect spring performance at Triller Fight Club, where the visuals didn’t connect and her movements seemed forced. Saweetie didn’t start rapping until age 24, after graduating from USC, where she studied communications with a focus on business. The two are collaborating on a project she can’t talk about, and Saweetie says they had a deep discussion on set. I want to be that artist to where you play a beat and you’d be like, Oh, that’s a Saweetie beat. “You are the most exciting person I’ve ever seen in L.A.,” the suit says to Saweetie.
One of Portland’s oldest and best breakfast restaurants has closed for good
On March 17, 2020, Bijou Cafe, one of Portland’s oldest breakfast restaurants, celebrated its 42nd birthday by announcing it would close for “at least four weeks, or however long this will take to get through,” promising to return. When the pandemic arrived, Bijou Cafe owner Kathleen Hagberg, 74, was already contemplating retirement. As recently as 2019, Bijou Cafe was still one of Portland’s best brunch spots. “When we first opened, we were like, we’re going to make the best breakfast, because nobody else cares about it,” Hagberg said. Willhite is shooting to open in August for lunch and dinner, with breakfast to follow once the new restaurant is up and running.
LMPD Chief Erika Shields: Officers are afraid to be proactive for fear of backlash
Louisville's spike in gun violence is partly due to police officers being afraid to engage actively in the community, Louisville Metro Police Chief Erika Shields said Wednesday. Shields said the officers no longer feel they have the backing of either the community or the city government. LMPD officers in June 2020 walked out on Mayor Greg Fischer, claiming he did not appropriately support them amid protests in the wake of the police killing of Breonna Taylor. Shields said officers are also afraid to get involved in sticky situations for fear they may have to use force. More:Louisville Metro's $1.04B budget passes: Who won, who lost, who stayed evenIndeed, LMPD officers may see raises in the coming fiscal year.
Kyle Rittenhouse’s attorney blames shooting on victim’s sex offender status
Kyle Rittenhouse’s attorney wants a judge to allow him to argue that one of the men his client fatally shot during a Wisconsin protest was a sex offender. Kenosha County Sheriff's Department via AP File“There is no evidence that Mr. Rittenhouse targeted either of those individuals,” the motion said. “The evidence will show that all three men attacked Mr. Rittenhouse, and that was the reason they were shot,” the filings said. “We believe strongly that Mr. Rittenhouse was the aggressor and his actions were not lawful,” she told the Associated Press on Tuesday. Attorney Mark Richards (left), with his client Kyle Rittenhouse, speaks during an arrest hearing in Kenosha County Court on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021.
Hegseth on 'Kilmeade Show': Critical race theory isn't going away even as parents wage uphill battle
"Fox & Friends Weekend" co-host Pete Hegseth concluded Wednesday that critical race theory isn't going away from the nation's classrooms, despite backlash from parents across the country after the nation's largest teachers union backed CRT as "reasonable and appropriate" to use in social studies classes. Hegseth joined "The Brian Kilmeade Show" with reaction to the National Education Association approving a plan to "publicize" critical race theory and dedicate a "team of staffers" to assist union members looking to "fight back against anti-CRT rhetoric." "It all is trickle down of critical race theory, which has been taught in higher education for a long time," Hegseth argued. New Business Item 39 also declares that the union opposes bans on critical race theory and the New York Times’ controversial 1619 Project – which roughly half the U.S. states have already implemented. The NEA represents more than 2 million members – well over half of the 3.2 million public school teachers the U.S. Department of Education estimated were working in the country last year.
‘I have never seen a Black superintendent retire ... There’s a systemic problem’
The mother, Dru Vernet, chronicled on 10 pages her children’s troubling experiences at his Sharon school. AdvertisementLike Vernet’s son, just one of seven Black kindergartners in the district, Greer was only one of six Black superintendents in Massachusetts at the time. There is no deep pool,” said New Bedford Superintendent Thomas Anderson, who six years ago was the only Black male superintendent in Massachusetts. “The retaliation from the School Committee was swift,” she said in a complaint she filed with the state. In Everett, the School Committee hired Priya Tahiliani, the first Indian superintendent.
A United Ireland Needs Economic Justice, Not Identity Politics
That is why Kieran Allen’s 32 Counties: The Failure of Partition and the Case for a United Ireland is such a vital contribution to this discussion. And to do that, they must address a fundamental obstacle to unification: identity politics. So Britain began to “pressure [Northern Ireland] to shift its political style of rule,” which undermined the supposedly sectarian reasoning behind creating Northern Ireland in the first place. For it revealed how Britain, which voted to leave the EU, sees Northern Ireland, which voted to Remain, as ultimately expendable. As of January 2021, it effectively separates Northern Ireland from the rest of the UK and pushes the country closer toward the South’s economic sphere.
How a Journalist Ended Up on an FBI Watch List
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Department of Public Safety violated law by failing to respond to Republic's public records request, judge rules
A Superior Court judge has ruled that the Arizona Department of Public Safety violated the state’s public records law repeatedly when handling requests by The Arizona Republic for information about the department's Border Strike Force. In one instance, the department took 18 months to comply with a request for an updated list of Border Strike force investigations. In another case, The Republic filed a request under public records law for documents that would show activities of the Strike Force members. Border Strike Force:Ducey touts 3 drug busts by Border Strike Force. When public agencies flout the public records law with such impunity, newsrooms are forced to turn to the courts.
Eric Adams victory charts course for how Democrats can win on police
Eric Adams, a former NYPD captain who's poised to become New York mayor after winning the Democratic primary last night, points to a new path for Democrats to navigate the police issue. The win will "chart a course for Democrats around the country," Wolfson tweeted. Between the lines: Adams recreated the Biden coalition in New York — strong among blue-collar and non-college educated voters, Wolfson points out. The bottom line: Many voters of color don’t want to defund the police, because they deal with some of the worst of the crime. The Adams model: Reform, don’t defund, policing.
States Are Attacking the Teaching of Racism. Where Are the Teachers Unions?
But the heads of teachers’ unions — like the AFT and the NEA — are refusing to organize workers to fight back. Critical race theory comes from the academic field of legal studies and explores the effects of race on policy and law. Teachers’ unions upset their plans again and again. Union Leaders Respond — WeaklyThe laws against teaching “critical race theory” are a direct attack on teachers’ work. In other words, they could help build exactly the kind of power between the anti-racist movement and teachers’ unions that the Republicans are terrified of.
‘I have never seen a Black superintendent retire ... There’s a systemic problem’
When Superintendent Victoria Greer read the distraught mother’s letter, she decided to console her, as one Black mother to another. AdvertisementLike Vernet’s son, just one of seven Black kindergartners in the district, Greer was only one of six Black superintendents in Massachusetts at the time. There is no deep pool,” said New Bedford Superintendent Thomas Anderson, who six years ago was the only Black male superintendent in Massachusetts. “The retaliation from the School Committee was swift,” she said in a complaint she filed with the state. In Everett, the school committee hired Priya Tahiliani, the first Indian superintendent.
Tucker Carlson calls for teachers to wear body cameras to prevent critical race theory teaching
Fox News host Tucker Carlson has called for body cameras to worm by all teachers, during a segment where he railed against “critical race theory”. “The overwhelming majority of Americans, and pollsters have found this pretty clearly, think this is insane,” Mr Carlson said about critical race theory on 6 July. “It is BS, in fact it’s more than that, it’s civilization-ending poison.”Critical race theory (CRT) is a school of thought that began in the 1970s. “Tucker Carlson wants cameras in every classroom to make sure teachers aren't teaching whatever it is he’s defining as ‘critical race theory,’” wrote Andrew Lawerence from Media Matters For America. In reply, a teacher said that she loved “knowing I’m one of those teacher(s) Tucker Carlson fears”.
Belgium unveils plans to return DRC artworks stolen during colonial rule
Belgium has promised to return artworks plundered from its former Congolese colony, as it seeks to confront its brutal colonial past. This week, the Belgian government unveiled long-awaited plans for restoring plundered works to the DRC. Full stop.”The Africa Museum in Tervuren, Belgium, which has undergone a €75m revamp and ‘decolonisation’ process. The issue has become a sore point between Belgium and the DRC, which has stepped up demands for the return of stolen artefacts in recent years. Researchers have divided the museum’s collection into three categories: plundered objects; legally acquired works; and those of uncertain provenance.
Ramona Singer tells Eboni K. Williams: ‘I don’t think you suffer’
“I want to live your life … I want your life, bitch. Singer responded by saying, “You said you’ve suffered. I said, ‘Looking at you, I don’t think you suffer. '”“RHONY” stars Ramona Singer and Eboni K. Williams got into a heated spat on Tuesday’s episode. In last week’s episode, Williams and Singer got into a heated clash when Williams tried to talk politics as a means of trying to “connect” with her new pal.
NJ man arrested for racially charged assault known for slashing tires of his black neighbors
Edward Cagney Mathews, 45, was arrested on Monday evening after a crowd of around 150 protesters gathered outside of his Mount Laurel home for hours. He bought his two-bedroom townhouse in the Mount Laurel community for $177,000 in 2017. He has a history of slashing the tires of black families on his racially mixed housing development, neighbors sayBLM protesters wrote on the street outside of Matthews home. Mathews, 45, was arrested on Monday evening after a crowd of around 150 protesters gathered outside of his Mount Laurel home for hours. Another neighbor told CBS Philly: 'He used a BB gun to shoot their windows out, he smeared dog feces all over their car.'
Mayor Elorza declares war on Governor McKee over charter schools
The race for Rhode Island governor is already getting nasty. Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza teed off on Governor Dan McKee over education on Tuesday, accusing the governor of “turning his back” on charter schools and questioning whether the Providence Teachers Union has too much influence over McKee’s decision making. Achievement First is a mayoral academy, which is a special type of charter school whose board is overseen by municipal leaders – in this case, Elorza. During his press conference on Tuesday, McKee said he doesn’t want the charter school issue to affect union contract negotiations. WHAT’S ON TAP TODAYEach day, Rhode Map offers a cheat sheet breaking down what’s happening in Rhode Island.
Tucker Carlson demands CAMERAS in every classroom to 'oversee the people teaching your children'
Fox News presenter Tucker Carlson has demanded cameras to be put in every classroom to 'oversee the people teaching your children'. It came during a broadcast on Tuesday night about critical race theory (CRT), which he branded 'civilization-ending poison'. Carlson showed a clip of a black father attending a school board meeting in Illinois where he criticized CRT. Fox News presenter Tucker Carlson has demanded cameras to be put in every classroom to 'oversee the people teaching your children' during a broadcast on Tuesday night about critical race theory (CRT)Carlson said: 'How widespread is it? 'We know that these ideas, this poison, has made it all the way to expensive private schools in central Ohio.'
Today’s Headlines: Violence in L.A. is on an alarming rise
Homicides are up 25% so far this year across Los Angeles, although the brunt of the increase has been felt in South Los Angeles, where killings have jumped 50% over the same time last year. Newsletter Must-read stories from the L.A. Times Get all the day's most vital news with our Today's Headlines newsletter, sent every weekday morning. Enter email address Sign Me Up You may occasionally receive promotional content from the Los Angeles Times. As with the COVID-19 pandemic, the rise in violence has not been spread evenly in Los Angeles. FROM THE ARCHIVESFor years, the Los Angeles Times Charities supported the Los Angeles Boys Club in Lincoln Heights.
‘He probably suffered’: Peacock found dead after Craigslist ad
“One of the neighbor’s daughters had actually recalled seeing a Craigslist ad in search of a peacock assassin,” Glass says. But this feels so much more personal because of the prior history, you know?” Glass said. STORIESMembers of an MS-13 clique in Los Angeles turned an abandoned building into a place to sleep, party and peddle drugs. Los Angeles TimesAdvertisementA new essay explores how the once-great Los Angeles alternative press generated dynamic reporting. The ColumbianSupport our journalism Subscribe to the Los Angeles Times.
Community Questions Why NJ Man Who Made Racist Rant Wasn't Arrested Sooner
About a dozen Black Lives Matter activists spoke with officers outside the Mount Laurel Police Department on Tuesday. I think he called him by his name as if they had a personable relationship, even after hearing him yelling the racial slurs,” Frazier said. That same day, Mathews' neighbor reported to police he had harassed her and yelled racial slurs at her. Corey Jones, a former Mount Laurel police officer, told NBC10 the decision to arrest him again came from the court however. You can also call the Mount Laurel Police Department’s Confidential Tip Line at 856-234-1414, extension 1599.
UK billionaire rips affirmative action, says BLM caused ‘more bigotry’
“Did Black Lives Matter improve the cause of black people, or did it cause more resentment and more bigotry? AFP via Getty Images“I’m not into positive discrimination, but I am into creating opportunities as much as possible for people,” he said. Despite his criticism, Caudwell conceded that he understood “where it comes from,” suggesting it could work in extreme circumstances. “I understand there’s a time and a place where that is beneficial, for instance [in] post-apartheid in South Africa,” he said. John Caudwell is the founder of the UK chain of cellphone stores, Phones 4u.
No, Dr. Evil did not put microchips in the COVID-19 vaccine. Here are the facts behind 5 other fears.
Dr. Kevin Izard has heard it all when it comes to theories about why Blacks are hesitant to get vaccinated against COVID-19. That's the case with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which has seen rare cases of blood clots. To help track any side effects, Izard said people who get the shots are urged to report any complications they may have. So far, side effects have been mostly associated with Johnson & Johnson's and AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine, he noted. More:That second shot of COVID-19 vaccine can cause a headache and then some, but it worksMore:COVID-19 vaccine side effects are more likely to happen after the second shot.
Real Housewives Of New York City: Eboni K. Williams and Ramona Singer scream at each other in Salem
Eboni K. Williams and Ramona Singer screamed at each other during dinner in Salem, Massachusetts, on Tuesday's episode of The Real Housewives Of New York City. Salem trip: Eboni K. Williams and Ramona Singer screamed at each other during dinner in Salem, Massachusetts, on Tuesday's episode of The Real Housewives Of New York CityThe sentiment being expressed was that show newcomer Eboni was playing more of a role as an educator than as their friend. Prior to the trip, Ramona met her friend Bershan Shaw, 47, for lunch where they discussed Eboni's Harlem-themed event. For the Salem trip, Leah had arranged a luxury 'rock star' tour bus for the four-hour ride. Bershan tried to intercede and told Eboni that she comes off a little 'teachy…and it can come across as too much.'
America’s left can’t afford to be silent on crime. Here’s how to talk about it and win | Ben Davis
The left needs a compelling counternarrative around crime in addition to our critique of policing. His campaign was powered by widespread support among working-class Black voters in Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx – the same voters who gave progressives a surprising win in 2013. Even if Adams loses the election due to the new ranked-choice system, polling shows him taking an astonishing 83% of Black voters in the final round. To fix this, and to actually implement the demands of the defund movement, the left needs a message on crime rather than just policing. To actually accomplish this, however, the left needs a comprehensive program on crime and policing that resonates with working-class voters.
Sen. Ted Cruz: Dems' 'Defund the Police' – here's their desperate ploy to escape blame for rising crime rates
It’s absurd, it’s ridiculous, and Democrats know it. Democrats have called to defund the police for over a year and have been successful in doing it. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., has said "defunding the police means defunding the police" and "the fight to defund the police continues." Clarke wrote last year that a "unifying call" had emerged from the Black Lives Matter movement to defund the police. The facts are Democrats have repeatedly called to defund the police and have done so in many cities.
After the armed standoff with Rise of the Moors: The spectacle is the point
PAWTUCKET, R.I. — For the men arrested after an hours-long armed standoff over the weekend, the spectacle may have been the point. The Rise of the Moors uses teachings of the Moorish Science Temple and Islam, focusing on respect for laws and the Second Amendment right to bear arms, Dantzler said. “Please do not be a threat to us.”Litigation has been a key tactic used by the Rise of the Moors in Rhode Island. We have ours.”The Rhode Island-based Rise of the Moors is connected to a hub in New York, Dantzler said. In court papers, he noted that the FBI called his organization “a Black extremist group.” Dantzler said that description fits other groups, but not the Moors.
National Young Democrats president to speak to Canadian County Democrats
Staff reportsThe OklahomanYUKON — Joshua Harris-Till, an Oklahoma resident and president of the Young Democrats of America, will update the Canadian County Democrats and friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday about the status of "No on State Question 816." The ballot measure would overturn a new Oklahoma law that makes it legal for drivers to run over protesters under certain conditions. This will be the Canadian County Democrats’ first in-person meeting in 15 months. Organizers also expect to simultaneously share the meeting on Zoom at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/5515451639 or by phone at 1-346-248-7799. He sits on the Oklahoma Democratic Party’s central committee and the Democratic National Committee’s executive committee.
In one year, the 15% Pledge got 385 Black-owned brands on the shelves of Macy’s, Gap, Sephora, and more
Within months of taking the pledge, these retailers were able to at least double their assortment of Black-owned brands which, in turn, allowed 385 Black-owned brands to launch their products in these major retailers. The first step is to do an internal audit, to quantify how many Black-owned brands are already on their shelves. According to the new report, within six months of taking the Pledge, brands have at least doubled the number of Black-owned businesses on shelves. That said, it points out that 385 Black-owned businesses launched their products at these stores within the first two quarters of 2021. Once a Pledge-taker has signed a contract, they are legally obligated to increase the number of Black-owned brands on shelves, which means it’s their responsibility to help these brands succeed.
Republican Rep. Nancy Mace now carries a gun wherever she goes after vandals defaced her family home
'It doesn't feel good that I feel like I have to look behind my shoulder every day,' she said. 'It doesn't feel safe.' 'When this happened, it really changed everything for me,' she told FOX News. A nearby park was also spray painted with one bridge painted 'MAGA,' and a roadway was painted with 'Black Lives Matter.' Additionally, police report, an anarchist symbol was spray painted in black on one of the welcoming columns to Smythe Park, near Mace's home.
‘We have to break through that wall’: inside America’s battle for gun control
When he returned home, the first thing Guttenberg said to friends and family was “I’m going to break the fucking gun lobby,” he told the Guardian. “And we have to understand that if we want to combat that.”It wasn’t always this way; as the film explains, gun control is as much a part of America’s founding as the second amendment. Listen, after my daughter was killed, we did what seemed impossible – we got gun safety legislation passed in Florida. I hate gun violence,” said Guttenberg. “So my hope is all based in the idea that everyone else hates gun violence, too.
Kyle Rittenhouse's attorney wants to argue that victim was a sex-offender who tried to grab his gun
Rittenhouse shot and killed two people and wounded another on August 25 in Kenosha, Wisconsin, during Black Lives Matter protests. Kyle Rittenhouse is seen in an October 30 photo provided by the Kenosha County sheriffs' department. The demonstrations began after a white Kenosha police officer shot Jacob Blake, who is black, during a domestic disturbance, leaving Blake paralyzed from the waist down. Huber and Grosskreutz were part of a 'mob' that was chasing Rittenhouse, Richards wrote in the motion. Huber hit Rittenhouse with a skateboard and tried to grab his gun, and Grosskreutz pointed a pistol at him, Richards wrote.
Donovan Richards declares victory in race for Queens borough president
Incumbent Donovan Richards declared victory in the tight Democratic primary contest for Queens borough president and immediately accused rival Elizabeth Crowley of racism. Richards led Crowley by 1,044 votes — with 92,149 votes or 50.3 percent to91,105 votes or 49.7 votes for Crowley. Elizabeth Crowley was defeated by incumbent Donovan Richards, who immediately blasted her for being a racist on Twitter. But even with just a razor-thin margin, Richards blasted Crowley on social media. The razor-close race was closer than many Queens Democratic Party insiders expected.
After global warming collapses the U.S. power grid, the class war will reach a chaotic new stage
The CIA is using 2013's legalization of covert government messaging within U.S. media to make Americans more inundated with war propaganda than ever before. Department of Defense installations are 99 percent reliant on the U.S. power grid for electrical power generation due to the decommissioning of autonomous power generation capability for budgetary cost-saving measures over the last two decades. While generators would allow continued operations for a time, a long-term outage of the power grid would rapidly erode the ability to perform numerous missions as resources were diverted toward humanitarian assistance/ disaster response operations in the homeland. As Kyri Baker, an engineering professor at the University of Colorado Boulder, has assessed following the power-grid strains from this last month's West Coast heatwaves: "I would probably give our power grid maybe a C minus. This will entail the cutting off of internet and cell-phone access to the communities that the military plans to occupy.
Teachers' union president says CRT is NOT being taught, but prepares to sue states banning it
The president of America's second-largest teacher's union has said Critical Race Theory is not being taught in public schools as she prepares a legal defense fund for teachers accused of teaching the controversial practice. The fight over critical race theory in schools has escalated in the United States over the last year. The debate surrounding critical race theory regards concerns that some children are being indoctrinated into thinking that white people are inherently racist or sexist. Those against critical race theory have argued it reduces people to the categories of 'privileged' or 'oppressed' based on their skin color. The union had recently approved a resolution to promote critical race theory through its existing channels, work to 'fight back' against opponents of the practice.
NBA boss calls it 'disheartening' to see Rachel Nichols and Maria Taylor 'pitted against each other'
'I wish Maria Taylor all the success in the world - she covers football, she covers basketball,' Nichols said. 'Those same people — who are, like, generally white conservative male Trump voters — is part of the reason I've had a hard time at ESPN,' Nichols said. Nichols told the Times that her conversation with Mendelsohn was her 'unloading to a friend about ESPN's process, not about Maria.' After the video leaked, Taylor told Pitaro that she would not finish out the NBA season. Days later, Taylor agreed to continue hosting NBA Countdown on one condition - Nichols was not to appear on the show.
Former Planned Parenthood president wants Biden to push vaccine requirements for Americans
Former Planned Parenthood President Dr. Leana Wen wrote in the Washington Post on Tuesday that President Joe Biden should mandate vaccinations, asserting that getting the jab is not an "individual decision." Wen alluded to Biden's newly-announced plan to encourage door-to-door visits to urge yet-unvaccinated Americans to get the shot, but said that it isn't enough. Wen praised the large number of colleges enforcing blanket vaccine mandates for students, recommending that Americans try to surround themselves with those who are also vaccinated. She said that Biden should "assist" more employers to institute similar mandates as well. Wen wrote that vaccinated people have a greater chance of getting infected when they are around unvaccinated people, but added that such a dynamic doesn't undermine the importance or effectiveness of vaccines.
Eric Adams Wins NYC Mayoral Primary, Capping 2 Weeks of Waiting
His primary win shows the strength of a diverse coalition he built that included unions, conservative voters and Black and Latino leaders. Adams got 30.8% of voters’ top choices, with civil-rights lawyer Maya Wiley garnering 21.3% of first-choice votes and Garcia snagging 19.6% of first-choice votes. When Wiley was eliminated, 72% of her votes went to Garcia over Adams -- but that wasn’t enough to overtake Adams’s early lead. Read More: New York City Wasn’t Ready to Elect Its First Female MayorThe next mayor of New York will have to lead the city out of a pandemic-induced economic crisis. Partway through the weeks-long count, New York City election officials erroneously tabulated 135,000 test ballots, creating confusion.
‘Our little town has a serious problem’: Duxbury reels as school scandals raise questions of transparency
Advertisement“This is not what we should be teaching,” said another user, referring to an entirely different scandal, this one about the Duxbury football team using anti-Semitic play calls during a recent game. Though Maimaron wasn’t on the sidelines March 19 during a matchup with Silver Lake, the Duxbury schools made no public statement about the controversy for nine days. Yet, to many longtime Duxbury residents, the handling of the controversies has been disappointing but not surprising, the product of a school administration that too often seems to prioritize secrecy over transparency and action. John Tlumacki/Globe StaffQuestions about transparency also have dogged the school administration in regard to Maimaron. “I want to be clear about this information and statements that Duxbury Public Schools has released about both issues are the information and statements that we can release,” he said.
Rachel Nichols is usually very precise with her words, and that’s what’s troubling about this situation
Of this I can be certain: I have never interviewed anyone more precise in their language than Rachel Nichols. I remember that interview vividly, because Nichols had an approach to her answers that I’d never come across in another interviewee before or since. And there is little doubt that Nichols said, with her usual precision, exactly what she meant to say. “We believe this is best decision for all concerned in order to keep the focus on the NBA Finals,’' the network said in a statement. I would have liked to have heard a deeper and more nuanced explanation from Nichols than the one she offered Monday.
Commentary: “This isn’t about Maria vs. Rachel:” ESPN must address pervasive race problems
Taylor asked that she not be forced to work with Nichols on camera according to the New York Times report. “ESPN has a consistent history of undervaluing Black talent,” former ESPN anchor Jemele Hill told the Los Angeles Times in a Monday interview. “I have concerns: The ESPN Black employee was punished for revealing the incident but no action was taken against the White ESPN talent for insulting the Black talent? It’s not hard to do the right thing, and yet ESPN leadership has repeatedly failed to support Black female journalists. It needs to listen to the incoming calls from the National Association of Black Journalists.
After the armed standoff with Rise of the Moors: The spectacle is the point
The members of the Rhode Island-based Rise of the Moors aren’t violent or radical, Dantzler told the Globe on Tuesday. According to Brother Gary Dantzler, the leader of Black Lives Matter Rhode Island, the spectacle was the point. The Rise of the Moors uses those teachings, focusing on respect for laws and the Second Amendment right to bear arms, Dantzler said. “Please do not be a threat to us.”Litigation has been a key tactic used by Rise of the Moors in Rhode Island. We have ours.”The Rhode Island-based Rise of the Moors is connected to a hub in New York, Dantzler said.
Kyle Rittenhouse lawyer wants to argue that one of the men killed in Kenosha was a sex offender trying to take teen's gun
Richards wrote that Rosenbaum started the altercation with Rittenhouse in hopes of making off with his assault-style rifle, which only bolsters Rittenhouse’s self-defense argument. “We believe strongly that Mr. Rittenhouse was the aggressor and his actions were not lawful,” she said in a phone interview Tuesday. The demonstrations began after a white Kenosha police officer shot Jacob Blake, who is Black, during a domestic disturbance, leaving Blake paralyzed from the waist down. They also want to argue that Rittenhouse is affiliated with the Proud Boys, a far-right extremist group. More:They joined the Wisconsin Proud Boys looking for brotherhood.
Far-Right Extremist Finds an Ally in an Arizona Congressman
A review of public comments and social media posts suggests that in Gosar, they have found an ally and advocate in Congress. Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., has come under scrutiny for her ties to members of the Three Percenters, a radical militia group. Story continuesAnd before she was elected to Congress, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., endorsed executing Democratic lawmakers, including Speaker Nancy Pelosi. The Arizona Republican was the keynote speaker at a conference hosted by Fuentes’ group in February, the only member of Congress to participate. More recently, he has questioned whether federal law enforcement officials planted agents in far-right groups that stormed the Capitol.
Suns anotan a lo grande con los fanáticos latinos. Devin Booker es motivo de orgullo
Booker promedió 27 puntos por partido, líder del equipo, durante los playoffs, en los que los Suns derrotaron a dos equipos de Los Ángeles, el campeón defensor Lakers y los Clippers, y en el medio barrieron a los Denver Nuggets. Si bien el fútbol es el deporte más popular en América Latina, los latinos en los EE. "Los derrotamos, lo cual fue divertido, porque la última vez que los Suns estuvieron en los playoffs mi hijo tenía 2 años", dijo García. ( México)"Ochoa, el locutor en español de los Suns, dijo que cree que la razón principal por la que los Suns se están conectando con los fanáticos latinos es porque los latinos aman los deportes, no por la herencia mexicana de Booker. Le gusta ver partidos rodeado de fanáticos de los Suns en el bar deportivo Cold Beers & Cheeseburgers en Scottsdale.
Make Pride a Commitment, Not Just a Campaign
Marketers vie to outdo their counterparts at other brands in finding clever ways to weave Pride into their messaging and limited-edition products. The news media publish “best of LGBTQ+ pride” lists on cue. Much as Pride Month is a time to celebrate, it cannot be divorced from the trauma of the hard-fought wins and, more importantly, from the systematic and structural changes that address why we have Pride Month in the first place. Companies can create a shift in Pride mindset, from campaign to commitment, only through a disciplined, programmatic approach. The second “C” represents the traditional audience for Pride Month — customers (and prospects).
Feeling Elsa's effects
Millions in Florida are under hurricane warnings as Elsa intensifies, roaring closer to the state. With millions of people under hurricane watches or warnings, meteorologists say the storm could regain hurricane strength before making landfall in the Sunshine State. Ron DeSantis issued a state of emergency for more than two dozen of the state's 67 counties. Four more bodies were found, raising the death toll to 36, Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said. The remaining sections of the building were imploded Sunday amid concerns that winds from approaching Tropical Storm Elsa would topple the structure and bring the rescue to a halt.
White man who pushed Black neighbor in racist rant arrested after protesters show up at his home
MOUNT LAUREL, N.J. — A white man was arrested after video of him yelling racial slurs at a Black neighbor sparked an anti-racism protest at his home. Before he was arrested, Mathews is heard saying in another video that “what I did was not acceptable. Story continuesIn another incident Friday, Mathews allegedly targeted another Black neighbor, according to a probable cause statement for his arrest. Verlyn H. Gibbons reported that Mathews “was harassing her by approaching her front door, shouting offensive language and racial slurs at her." This article originally appeared on USA TODAY NETWORK: New Jersey man arrested after racist rant sparks protest at his home
Rittenhouse attorney wants to show victim was sex offender
Rosenbaum started the altercation with Rittenhouse in hopes of making off with his assault-style rifle, which only bolsters Rittenhouse’s self-defense argument, Richards wrote. Kimberley Motley, an attorney representing Rosenbaum's estate, rejected Richards' theory but declined to comment further since the case against Rittenhouse remains open. “We believe strongly that Mr. Rittenhouse was the aggressor and his actions were not lawful,” she said in a phone interview Tuesday. Huber and Grosskreutz were part of a “mob” that was chasing Rittenhouse, Richards wrote in the motion. Huber hit Rittenhouse with a skateboard and tried to grab his gun, and Grosskreutz pointed a pistol at him, Richards wrote.
Paul Gazelka mulls run for MN governor, discusses midterms and evolving politics
BRAINERD, Minn. — Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka, R-East Gull Lake, is mulling a run for governor during the 2022 midterms, a high-stakes race that could be shaped by powerful forces, both past and present. The first big question is simple: Does Gazelka have what it takes to buck the trend and win the gubernatorial seat for the GOP in 2022? I think there’s a lot of people that are not going to be happy with the decisions he made. And there may not be a better figure in the Minnesota GOP than Gazelka to form such a coalition. These factors, coupled with Americans’ natural propensity to favor the opposition during midterm elections, are encouraging for the Minnesota GOP.
Julie Chen Moonves Says She's 'Excited' to Have More Diversity in the Big Brother Season 23 Cast
Ahead of the season 23 premiere on Wednesday, Chen Moonves told Entertainment Weekly that she's "excited" about the current cast — the first since CBS pledged that future casts of their reality shows would contain at least 50 percent Black, indigenous and people of color. "In summers past, we've seen some people who are used to their bubble, where their world outside of the Big Brother house is not very diverse, and then they behave in a way that is unacceptable," Chen Moonves told the outlet. CBS first announced the diversity pledge in November, noting that it would apply to all reality series for the 2021-2022 season, including Survivor and Love Island, in addition to Big Brother. Julie Chen Moonves Big Brother Host Julie Chen Moonves | Credit: Monty Brinton/CBSIn the months prior — amid the Black Lives Matter demonstrations that followed the murder of George Floyd — cast members of color from reality competition shows like Big Brother and Survivor spoke out about how much harder it could be for them to succeed, especially because white players tend to form alliances with other white people. Something as silly as that," Chen Moonves told EW.
The Perfect Documentary to Watch Ahead of the Olympics
Photo: Getty ImagesOver the past few years, tennis champion Naomi Osaka has proved to be one of the world’s most interesting and influential athletes to watch, both on and off the court. 2 women’s tennis player in the world, she made headlines earlier this year when she announced she would not participate in post-match press conferences at the French Open, citing concerns for her mental health. (She was consequently fined for her decision and eventually dropped out of the tournament altogether.) Last month, Osaka announced her withdrawal from Wimbledon to prioritize “time with friends and family” but assured fans that she will still participate in the Olympics. The documentary premieres on Netflix July 16, making it the perfect thing to watch in the meantime.
ESPN’s Malika Andrews to Replace Rachel Nichols During NBA Finals
Rachel Nichols (left) and Malika Andrews. Photos: Getty ImagesESPN’s Rachel Nichols is being replaced by Malika Andrews for the network’s sideline coverage of the NBA Finals, which begin Tuesday night between the Milwaukee Bucks and Phoenix Suns. She is currently slated to host the pregame and halftime coverage during this year’s NBA Finals, but Taylor’s contract is set to expire later this month, potentially in the middle of the NBA Finals. ESPN said, “We believe this is best decision for all concerned in order to keep the focus on the NBA Finals. And I don’t plan to break that rule today or distract from a fantastic Finals,” Nichols said on the ESPN2 program.
Opinion: Half measures won’t do in the competition with China
China poses the single greatest security challenge to the United States and our democratic allies, but President Joe Biden too often embraces half measures inadequate to the economic, diplomatic and military competition. “ It’s time to stop pretending we can engage China or do business with a maniacal fascist on most issues. America can’t expect Japan, Germany and others to forgo market opportunities in China, while Biden acts so protectionist toward friend and foe alike. Since the Truman administration, our national policy has been to correct injustices toward blacks and dismantle systemic racism whereas as Secretary Mike Pompeo correctly stated, China’s national policy amounts to genocide. It’s time to stop pretending we can engage China or do business with a maniacal fascist on most issues.
UNC-Chapel Hill police chief resigns without explanation. What’s next?
UNC-Chapel Hill Police Chief David Perry is resigning after less than two years on the job. The university announced the news Tuesday afternoon but gave no details about why Perry submitted his resignation, effective June 30. “We thank him for his service to the University,” Vice Chancellor for Institutional Integrity and Risk Management George Battle said of Perry in a statement. As police chief, Perry has worked closely with the campus safety commission, which is made up of 20 members of the UNC faculty, staff, student body and local community. Before joining UNC-CH, Perry served as police chief at Florida State University for 14 years.
Biden zeroes in on Delta variant as U.S. nears 160 million fully vaccinated against COVID-19
Reuters VideosAlex Gonzales was 27 years old when he was shot and killed during a traffic stop by police in Austin, Texas in January. "The district attorney’s office says it is investigating the incident but no longer objects to releasing the footage. And then I'd start getting mad, and then I'd start taking it out on people and that's not me. He wants to reduce processing time by no longer editing videos and instead release almost-raw footage.The Gonzales video was finally released in April, 113 days after the shooting. He says that releasing video could, in some cases, compromise the rights of cops facing criminal investigation.
Jessica Mulroney is accused of ripping off a design by British label Ralph and Russo
Meghan Markle's best friend Jessica Mulroney has been accused by Instagram followers of ripping off designs by other labels for her new suit collection, DailyMail.com can reveal. But not only does the windowpane check suit appear to be a 2018 design by British label Ralph and Russo; the photo Mulroney claims is hers is actually a campaign image created to sell the original suit on Net-a-Porter. A copy of the now deleted Net-a-Porter image, obtained by DailyMail.com, is identical to the one posted by Mulroney on Instagram in all respects. Meghan Markle's best friend Jessica Mulroney has been accused by Instagram followers of ripping off a design by British label Ralph and RussoMulroney has been hinting at a new line of suits since June 16 and posted a photo of her first design on Friday with the caption: 'First drop. Mulroney has now updated her post after fans pointed out the similarities - claiming the design was 'inspired by my favorite designers Ralph and Russo' and adding 'without the designer price'.
Missouri science teacher is fired over claims he used the n-word
A Missouri high school teacher has been fired over claims he used the n-word in the classroom and called Martin Luther King Jr. Day 'Black Privilege Day' - but he insists he never used the racial slur and is now planning legal action. John Magoffin was fired last week from Harrisonville High School where he worked as a science teacher following allegations from several students that he used the racially-charged language earlier this year. 'I've never used that word. During the hearing, which was attended by more than 100 people, multiple students alleged that Magoffin used the n-word several times in April during an AP biology class while discussing rap music. 'He used the phrase n-word, n-word that,' one student testified.
Neighbors allege New Jersey man 'has a history of harassing his local community'
Edward Cagney Mathews, 45, was arrested on Monday evening after a crowd of around 150 protesters gathered outside of his Mount Laurel home for hours. Neighbors also allege that Mathews wrote a racial slur on the fence of a board member of his homeowners' association. DailyMail.com has reached out the Mount Laurel PD to learn more of previous encounters with Mathews. They could be heard yelling 'We want Edward' outside his home on Monday after he challenged protestors to come to his home, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer. Mount Laurel is located 19 miles east of Philadelphia.
Rittenhouse attorney wants to show victim of fatal shooting was sex offender
Rosenbaum started the altercation with Rittenhouse in hopes of making off with his assault-style rifle, which only bolsters Rittenhouse’s self-defense argument, Richards wrote. AdvertisementKimberley Motley, an attorney representing Rosenbaum's estate, said Tuesday morning that she hadn't read the motions yet and had no immediate comment. According to prosecutors, Rittenhouse opened fire on Rosenbaum, Anthony Huber and Gaige Grosskreutz. Richards filed another motion on Thursday arguing evidence related to the altercation between Rittenhouse and the teenage girl is irrelevant. Huber hit Rittenhouse with a skateboard and tried to grab his gun, and Grosskreutz pointed a pistol at him, Richards wrote.
AME, church with ‘justice in DNA,’ meets after virus delay
“Our church claims to have the issue of justice in its DNA,” Senior Bishop Adam J. Richardson Jr. said. President Biden and Vice President Harris were expected to address the members by video, and Florida Representative Val Demings, an AME church member, was also scheduled to speak. Advertisement“If any Black church is going to do this first, it’s going to be the AME Church,” Perry said. “My hope is the AME Church will remember its social inclusion roots.”The repeal faces uncertain prospects. And retiring Bishop Vashti McKenzie, who was ordained in 2000 as the first woman AME bishop, will be recognized for her leadership.
Rachel Nichols is usually very precise with her words, and that’s what’s troubling about this situation
Of this I can be certain: I have never interviewed anyone more precise in their language than Rachel Nichols. I remember that interview vividly, because Nichols had an approach to her answers that I’d never come across in another interviewee before or since. And there is little doubt that Nichols said, with her usual precision, exactly what she meant to say. “We believe this is best decision for all concerned in order to keep the focus on the NBA Finals,’' the network said in a statement. I would have liked to have heard a deeper and more nuanced explanation from Nichols than the one she offered Monday.
Man’s racist rant dared neighbor to ‘come see me.’ Dozens of protesters showed up at his N.J. home
On Monday morning, as many as 150 demonstrators gathered outside his Mount Laurel house and chanted for him to come out. On Monday evening, police took the man, Edward Cagney Mathews, 45, into custody, clearing a path through the crowd and marched him out of his house in handcuffs. “We want Edward!” the demonstrators, many wearing Black Lives Matter shirts, yelled before police arrived for the evening arrest. The crowd, clustered outside Mathews’ townhouse, was kept from his door by police officers who formed a barrier. In the episode shown in the video, Mathews stood outside a neighbor’s house and repeatedly taunted a Black man at the door and used racist slurs against him.
The crime novel post-confinement and post-BLM: The three-day plan
It’s the global festival of crime writing, the largest of its kind, if not in the world, then definitely in Europe. The crime novel book fair moved to tents outside the main hall. Which brings us to the twin poles of the crime novel. The conservative weekly digest Le Point countered with its view of the crime novel in an elaborate feature on the “cozy mystery.” Here writers, often in a nostalgic aristocratic vein like S.J. Another use of the noir novel to illuminate social ills was Jurica Pavicic’s Red Water, named the best Euro Crime Novel of the Year.
Six months after Trump coup, FBI investigation severely lacking
New video footage of the Capitol attack continues to emerge, as do questions about the pace and thoroughness of the FBI Director Christopher Wray's investigation of the Trump coup. Leaders of groups responsible for crimes leading up to Jan. 6 have, by the Bureau’s own admission, not been arrested. The FBI watched as Trump praised those insurrectionists. Did that not help prepare the FBI to act to prevent what happened at the Capitol in D.C.? And what about the further provocative Trump support of Kyle Rittenhouse, who shot and killed a peaceful Black Lives Matter supporter?
The truth about workplace ‘diversity’
It’s a snapshot of corporate America’s racial toxicity, and the chasm between what some white employers and employees say — and how they really feel — about diversity and inclusion. While speaking to Adam Mendelsohn, LeBron James’s longtime adviser, Nichols lamented that Taylor was chosen for a job Nichols believed she deserved — hosting popular shows during the 2020 NBA playoffs and finals. Ifill, one of the most distinguished journalists of her generation, was unworthy of a job that’s still filled mostly by white men. In every stage of my career, I have been subtly (and not so subtly) reminded that I’m considered a diversity hire. Nikole Hannah-Jones, the acclaimed New York Times Magazine writer, announced Tuesday that she had declined tenure from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
North Texas counseling service educates therapists on how systemic racism affects mental health care
This is just one example, she says, of how racism affects mental health care. Alliance Child & Family Solutions, a nonprofit mental health organization and counseling service in North Texas, is partnering with Harper and others to disrupt these patterns. ACFS recently received a $10,000 grant from the Fund to Advance Racial Equity at the North Texas Community Foundation. That can include examining how therapists are trained, as well as how people of color face barriers to mental health services. Support comes from North Texas Community Foundation fundholders, as well as the Rainwater Charitable Foundation, Sid W. Richardson Foundation, Miles Foundation, Colonial Savings and Texas Bank and Trust.
ESPN's Rachel Nichols will not be NBA Finals sideline reporter after Maria Taylor comments
ESPN broadcaster Rachel Nichols will not be a sideline reporter for this year's NBA Finals, the network announced Tuesday. In an excerpt of the call published by The Times, Nichols is venting about her colleague, Maria Taylor, being selected to host the 2020 NBA Finals coverage. "I wish Maria Taylor all the success in the world — she covers football, she covers basketball. "How deeply, deeply sorry I am for disappointing those I hurt, particularly Maria Taylor, and how grateful I am to be a part of this outstanding team." According to The New York Times, Nichols was on the phone with Adam Mendelsohn, LeBron James' adviser, and James' agent, Rich Paul, when she made the comments.
Spike Lee tells Cannes Black people still 'hunted down like animals'
Lee, the first Black person to head up the jury at the Cannes Film Festival, said little had progressed since 'Do The Right Thing' premiered on the French Riviera in 1989 - a Brooklyn-based tale of spiralling racial tensions and police brutality with a startling resonance now. "When you see brother Eric Garner, when you see king George Floyd, murdered, lynched... you would think, you would hope that thirty-some motherfucking years later Black people would stop being hunted down like animals," Lee told a news conference in Cannes, where the world's biggest cinema showcase is due to kick off. Eric Garner was killed in a deadly chokehold by a white police officer during a 2014 arrest. His dying words, "I can't breathe" became a rallying cry for the Black Lives Matter movement. Lee's darkly funny 'Do The Right Thing' - in which tempers fray and led to a deadly outcome over the course of boiling hot day in Brooklyn - outraged some critics when it was first released, with some claiming it would encourage riots.
ESPN axes Rachel Nichols NBA Finals sideline reporting gig after Maria Taylor comments
'I wish Maria Taylor all the success in the world - she covers football, she covers basketball,' Nichols said. 'Those same people — who are, like, generally white conservative male Trump voters — is part of the reason I've had a hard time at ESPN,' Nichols said. 'Rachel and Maria should not be forced into a zero-sum game by ESPN, and Rachel needed to call them out.' Nichols told the Times that her conversation with Mendelsohn was her 'unloading to a friend about ESPN's process, not about Maria.' After the video leaked, Taylor told Pitaro that she would not finish out the NBA season.
Usain Bolt: ‘I would have run under 9.5 seconds with super spikes’
Briefly, there is a battle between Usain Bolt the diplomat and Usain Bolt the competitor. But when Bolt looks back at his career he believes he was capable of winning 200m gold at the 2004 Athens Olympics, when he was 17. Usain Bolt sets a new world record in winning the 200m at the Beijing Olympics in 2008. “Dina has already proven herself to be one of top athletes in the world,” Bolt says. Instead, he will be in Kingston, watching while playing with his three children, Olympia Lightning Bolt, who turned one in May, and two-month-old twins Thunder Bolt and Saint Leo Bolt.
White man who pushed Black neighbor in racist rant arrested after protesters show up at his home
MOUNT LAUREL, N.J. – A white man has been arrestedafter video of him yelling racial slurs at a Black neighbor sparked an anti-racism protest at his home. He was charged with harassment and bias intimidation Friday but not arrested until Monday after 150 protesters showed up at his home. Before he was arrested, Mathews is heard saying in another video that “what I did was not acceptable. A loud but peaceful crowd gathered for hours outside Mathews' home, chanting "Black Lives Matter" and "This is what community looks like." "He's an elite, entitled white supremacist, and that's why he thought he could give his address with no consequence," said Angeline Dean of Mount Laurel, who joined the protesters outside Mathews' home.
Suns scoring big with Latino fans. Star Devin Booker is one point of pride
The Phoenix Suns have been trying to reach out to Latino fans on both sides of the border for years, with various degrees of success. But there have been relatively few Latino NBA players, let alone bona fide stars like Booker. Booker said he is humbled by the way his embrace of his Mexican heritage has resonated with Latino fans. In 2017 and 2019, Booker and the Suns traveled to Mexico City to play in front of Mexican fans. He enjoys watching games surrounded by Suns fans at the Cold Beers & Cheeseburgers sports bar in Scottsdale.
Polish brewery sparks outrage with new beer called White IPA Matters
A Polish brewery has sparked outrage with a new beer called White IPA Matters and an advert featuring a black barman drinking it at a US-themed bar. The Mentzen brewery, owned by right-wing politician Slawomir Mentzen, has been flooded with complaints by people claiming the commercial is racist. It features a black barman cleaning glasses with the camera cutting to symbols of America's Deep South, including a Confederate flag. The Mentzen brewery, owned by right-wing politician Slawomir Mentzen, has been flooded with complaints by people claiming the commercial is racist. It features a black barman cleaning glasses with the camera cutting to symbols of America's Deep South, including a Confederate flag.
Former Fox executive rips network over 'false' Trump claims
"In recent years things have gone badly off the tracks at Fox News. Fox News is no longer a truthful center-right news network," Preston Padden, a former executive who left the company more than 20 years ago in 1997, wrote in an Op-Ed published Monday in the Daily Beast. "Fox News is no longer a truthful center-right news network." "Fox News has caused many millions of Americans — most of them Republicans (as my wife and I were for 50 years)—to believe things that simply are not true," Padden wrote. The former executive said in recent months he has tried "with increasing bluntness," to get chairman Rupert Murdoch to understand "the real damage that Fox News is doing to America."
Jalen Rose's daughter rips Rachel Nichols amid Maria Taylor dig
The daughter of ESPN basketball analyst Jalen Rose fanned the flames of the controversy surrounding host Rachel Nichols and reporter Maria Taylor on Monday. "And if we’re being real Rachel Nichols is a subpar reporter, subpar, boring, not great, I’m sorry your white privilege didn’t work this time, maybe next time." RACHEL NICHOLS APOLOGIZES TO MARIA TAYLOR ON ESPN AFTER VIDEOThe clip in The New York Times showed Nichols complaining about Taylor getting Nichols’ NBA Finals hosting gig last year over what she suggested was "diversity" reasons. How deeply, deeply sorry I am for disappointing those I hurt, particularly Maria Taylor, and how grateful I am to be part of this outstanding team." RACHEL NICHOLS MADE MARIA TAYLOR ‘DIVERSITY’ DIG IN SECRET ESPN VIDEO"I wish Maria Taylor all the success in the world — she covers football, she covers basketball," Nichols said.
'Black in Mayberry' film shows racial tensions in El Segundo
Los Angeles County’s South Bay, which includes El Segundo, was a hotbed for the Ku Klux Klan a century ago. In 1922, an estimated 12,000 people — including an El Segundo contingent — attended a Klan rally in Whittier Hills. The treatment tanks at the Hyperion Water Reclamation Plant in Playa del Rey are within sniffing distance of El Segundo. One of Mark Knight’s photos from the Black Lives Matter protests in El Segundo in 2020. By the fifth El Segundo for Black Lives protest last summer, things grew tense.
Denver metro schools don’t teach critical race theory — but that hasn’t stopped the complaints
They don’t teach the decades-old academic concept of critical race theory, which is found primarily in higher-level courses and suggests racism and other prejudices are social constructs embedded in legal systems and laws. She pointed to conservative filmmaker and commentator Christopher Rufo, who was recently profiled in The New Yorker as the architect behind turning critical race theory into a potent political weapon. According to Chalkbeat’s state-by-state analysis, 27 states have passed or are looking to pass laws limiting the use of critical race theory at the K-12 level. But critical race theory is not taught in public schools, Ho said — it’s a concept that largely resides in college or graduate level courses. “Saying you want to ban teaching critical race theory in K-12 is saying you want to ban electrical engineering in K-12,” she said.
Tommie Smith believes the time is right for athletes to protest at Tokyo Olympics
Tommie Smith, clad in his blue USA track suit, a gold medal draped around his neck, stands ramrod straight atop the medal stand at the Mexico City Olympics, head bowed and his black-gloved right fist raised defiantly toward the heavens. As the U.S. prepares to send a team to another Olympic Games this month, the conditions that Smith and Carlos were protesting have gotten worse, not better. AdvertisementSo is it time for someone to follow in the two sprinters’ black-socked footsteps in Tokyo and use the platform of the Olympic Games to call for human rights? Tommie Smith speaks about his experience at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics during a town hall at San Jose State University in 2018 commemorating the 50th anniversary of his podium protest with John Carlos. “It’s masses of athletes standing up now, backed by teams, backed by leagues to some degree.”Smith, 77, saw his career end when he took his stand at the Olympic Games.
The next insurrection: They don't have the votes, but they've got the guns
Republicans aren't against investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection because they fear it will make them look bad. Republicans don't want to investigate the violence at the Capitol because they want to leave the door open for it to happen again. Republican senators, not all of them but most, come from Republican states in the South and Midwest. And Republicans lost. This is why Republicans don't want to see an intensive investigation of the insurrection on Jan. 6.
Promise vs practice: Police body-cam delays in Texas capital frustrate reformers
AUSTIN, Texas, July 6 - Advocates of police reform in Austin, Texas, cheered a year ago when the city agreed to release video from officers' body cameras within 60 days of incidents in which they used force that caused serious injuries. In at least 10 use-of-force incidents during Black Lives Matter protests last year, the department did not release any video. That has been the case in Austin, the liberal capital of conservative Texas. Two Austin police shootings just a day apart highlight the uneven success of the body-camera video release policy. Other cities in Texas have adopted shorter footage release timelines for critical incidents.
America’s left can’t afford to be silent on crime. Here’s how to talk about it and win | Ben Davis
The left needs a compelling counternarrative around crime in addition to our critique of policing. His campaign was powered by widespread support among working-class Black voters in Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx – the same voters who gave progressives a surprising win in 2013. Even if Adams loses the election due to the new ranked-choice system, polling shows him taking an astonishing 83% of Black voters in the final round. To fix this, and to actually implement the demands of the defund movement, the left needs a message on crime rather than just policing. To actually accomplish this, however, the left needs a comprehensive program on crime and policing that resonates with working-class voters.
Sainsbury's worker, 52, sacked after picking up a cuddly toy and saying 'Black Lives Matter'
A Sainsbury's worker who was sacked from her job of 28-years after picking up a cuddly toy and saying 'Black Lives Matter' has been awarded compensation. Marian Cunnington, 52, picked up a 'Bing' toy - from the leading BBC children's cartoon of the same name - while making price changes at the store in Bridgnorth, Shropshire. Ms Cunnington told the Mirror: 'I'm not a racist and I'm a really good worker. The co-worker who made the complaint against Ms Cunnington thought she heard her say: 'I'm offended Black Lives Matter?'. Following the tribunal's ruling, Ms Cunnington will receive an undisclosed payout from Sainsbury's.
Young Asian Americans struggle to get immigrant parents to open up about a painful issue: racism
Like so many second-generation Asian Americans straddling two cultures, Wang struggled to communicate with her parents, and they struggled to communicate with her. Rachel Wang had always been a bit critical of her Chinese immigrant parents. Surely, she’d figured, her parents, who had survived China’s violent Cultural Revolution, could empathize with systemic racism. What Hyun didn’t realize at the time was his mother, who still struggles with English, felt powerless to say or do anything to shield him from harm. They love me a lot, but they didn’t show up their love.”Wang, too, changed her approach with her parents.
Republicans’ effort to deny the Capitol attack is working – and it’s dangerous
But whereas 9/11 is solemnly memorialised in stone, a concerted effort is under way to airbrush the US Capitol insurrection from history. Some Republicans did seem shaken and aware that a new, dangerous line had been crossed. Senator Ron Johnson told Fox News: “We’ve seen plenty of video of people in the Capitol, and they weren’t rioting. Laura Ingraham, seen here at a Trump rally last year, said the Capitol attack was ‘not an insurrection’. The ones who went inside, I don’t know if they were Trump supporters or Antifa who infiltrated.
Anti-anti-racists? Get these charlatans out of my face
In Western culture, that has been the belief of White people over other races in general but especially Black people in particular. Anti-anti-racism is reactionary, much like the conservative groundswell against the phrase “Black Lives Matter”. The reactionary rejoinder to that phrase is “all lives matter”, yet if you try to parallel that sentiment to the original, it loses meaning. “Black lives matter” has an implied “too” or “as well” appended, whereas if that were applied to “all lives matter”, that phrase begins to fall apart. (“Black lives matter because Blacks have been excluded for so long” does not map onto “all lives matter because all people have been excluded.” It’s nonsensical.)
'Uncomradely behavior': Cincinnati socialist split puts spotlight on small but growing movement in region
A group of 40 members once part of the Cincinnati chapter of Socialist Alternative formed their own organization in June, Cincinnati Socialists. Holt, 33, is a member of the Cincinnati Democratic Socialist chapter. Socialist Alternative and Cincinnati Socialists don't have plans to get involved in electoral politics, at least for now. Philosophy: The national Democratic Socialists of America's website states it supports the Green New Deal, single-payer Medicare for all and defunding police. This is a local, independent organization of former Socialist Alternative members who share much of the same philosophy.
Embracing critical theory, teacher’s union says they — not parents — control what kids learn
The nation’s largest teachers union has approved a plan to promote critical race theory in all 50 states and 14,000 local school districts. The union, which represents 3 million public school employees, approved funding for three separate items related to this issue: “increasing the implementation” of “critical race theory” in K-12 curricula, promoting critical race theory in local school districts, and attacking opponents of critical race theory, including parent organizations and conservative research centers. For the past month, liberal pundits and activists have insisted that critical race theory is not taught in K-12 schools. The NEA’s militant stance on critical race theory provides much-needed clarity on the issue. There is nothing more important than what happens to our children — and, as parents are quickly realizing, critical race theory is ideological poison.
Former Fox Exec Calls Network 'Poison For America' In Blistering Rebuke
A former top Fox Broadcasting executive has voiced a searing condemnation of Fox News, calling it “poison for America” and saying even the network’s owner, Rupert Murdoch, doesn’t believe its coverage. “Rupert Murdoch, whom I served for seven years, has many business and journalistic achievements. Padden served as president of network distribution at the Fox Broadcasting Company in the 1990s and played a role in the launch of Fox News, which was started with a goal to fill “an opening for a responsible and truthful center-right news network,” he said. In that time, he's served as an executive at Fox Broadcasting, ABC, the Walt Disney Company, among other organizations. He also pointed to statistics that suggested two-thirds of Republicans believe or suspect the 2020 election was stolen from Trump.
'Give Black people credit': Black TikTok stars strike, demand credit for their work
That is, until Black creators decide to stop making them. "Black creators are just really tired of our dances and our trends being stolen. What's kind of flown over people's heads is this issue concerning the exploitation of labor on the app.”“Without Black creators, things aren't created on this app. She would like to see TikTok promote Black creators' content on the #ForYou page, which recommends videos curated to users' interests, the same way it does for white creators. While no one knows how long the strike will last — or whether TikTok will placate concerns with an ephemeral #amplifyblackvoices hashtag and supplemental programs — Black content creators agree that it’s time for TikTok to prove it values Black creators' input and content.
Palestinians in Chicago nurture connection to a homeland far away
“I just try to link everything back ... to strengthen their connection to their homeland in that way,” she added. That continued connection to their homeland was on full display recently, when hundreds took to the streets in the Loop to show support for Palestinians in their conflict with Israel. The Arab America website estimates 85,000 Palestinians live in greater Chicago, making up 60% of Chicago’s Arab population. But the next year, six months after the first Palestinian Intifada, or uprising, her family moved back to Chicago. During the conflict, Palestinian Americans and their supporters took to the streets in Chicago and around the world.
ESPN reporter apologizes for 'hurt' after venting that colleague got to host because she's black
A white NBA reporter at ESPN has apologized on air for complaining that her colleague only got promoted because she is black. Rachel Nichols on Monday apologized for complaining that her black colleague was only chosen to host the NBA finals due to 'diversity' requirements. She recently left ESPN along with other black employees who felt mistreated by the network. 'Those same people — who are, like, generally white conservative male Trump voters — is part of the reason I've had a hard time at ESPN,' Nichols said. Nichols told the Times that her conversation with Mendelsohn was her 'unloading to a friend about ESPN's process, not about Maria.'
LeBron James filmed challenging official at son’s basketball game
NBA superstar LeBron James called out an announcer at his son Bronny’s basketball game for suggesting the young basketball player was given a foul because he was competing in an arena named after his father. The LA Lakers star was sitting in the stands at his son's game, part of a three-day event called "The Battle: Summer Showcase," which features exceptional Midwest teams and high school basketball players who may have futures in the NBA. The game was being played at James' alma mater, St Vincent-St Mary high school in Akron, Ohio. The arena where the game was played is called the LeBron James Arena, and is where James rose to fame in his high school days. James took exception to the comment, walking onto the court to voice his displeasure with the announcer.
China’s July 4 Message: America ‘Selfish,’ Racist
However, the US is facing many uncertainties on the arrival of Independence Day,” the Global Times, which covered the Yunnan outbreak, nonetheless asserted. Last year, the Global Times called the holiday “dark” and “confusing” in light of coronavirus limits of mass gatherings. “This year’s Independence Day celebration is indeed unusual. The superpower has become one of the most fragile countries during the [Chinese coronavirus] pandemic,” the propaganda outlet claimed. “Living with admiration … of the U.S. is not the way to go,” an Independence Day editorial in the Global Times warned.
Derek Chauvin’s Trial and George Floyd’s City
Just before dawn on a warm night in early June, a line of city vehicles pulled into a four-block area in South Minneapolis that has come to be known as George Floyd Square. But the barriers also deepened the sense that George Floyd Square was now a place unto itself. Floyd’s death was one of some eighty homicides in Minneapolis last year; the majority of the victims were Black and male. “Police have killed other people,” Steve Floyd, a sixty-two-year-old gang-outreach worker in Minneapolis, told me. fired Chauvin a day after Floyd’s death, but a police association funded his defense.
Biden’s Big Left Gamble
President Biden in April. Few expected Biden would be at the helm of the Democratic Party’s biggest left turn since LBJ. It’s stuff that — if any of it works — would be the result of decades of organizing: on the streets, in electoral politics, and in the field of economic policy. Biden’s age — as a progressive asset, rather than a liability — is not the only irony of the symbiosis he has so far enjoyed with the left. Can he capably oversee a transition into a new era of progressive economic policy, one that many in his administration have been working toward for more than a decade?
Young Asian Americans struggle to get immigrant parents to open up about a painful issue: racism
Like so many second-generation Asian Americans straddling two cultures, Wang struggled to communicate with her parents, and they struggled to communicate with her. Rachel Wang had always been a bit critical of her Chinese immigrant parents. Surely, she’d figured, her parents, who had survived China’s violent Cultural Revolution, could empathize with systemic racism. What Hyun didn’t realize at the time was his mother, who still struggles with English, felt powerless to say or do anything to shield him from harm. They love me a lot, but they didn’t show up their love.”Wang, too, changed her approach with her parents.
ESPN trying to mend relationships between Maria Taylor and costar Rachel Nichols after ‘diversity’ comments
Maria Taylor and James Pitaro look on prior to the College Football Playoff National Championship game between the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Alabama Crimson Tide at Hard Rock Stadium on January 11, 2021 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)“I wish Maria Taylor all the success in the world — she covers football, she covers basketball. Several ESPN employees had regular access to that server, and at least one of them recorded the video on a personal device to share with other employees within the network. Story continues“Those same people — who are, like, generally white conservative male Trump voters — is part of the reason I’ve had a hard time at ESPN,” Nichols said. The post ESPN trying to mend relationships between Maria Taylor and costar Rachel Nichols after ‘diversity’ comments appeared first on TheGrio.
Stephen Jackson says ESPN gave Maria Taylor a 'sympathy' job to placate Black Lives Matter
CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COMJackson, who has made several appearances on Nichols’ ESPN show, "The Jump", defended her and blamed the network for the issue after they gave Taylor "a sympathy job" amid the Black Lives Matter movement. And you know, Rachel [Nichols] did deserve that job. "And they even put Maria [Taylor] in a position trying to give her a sympathy job. Mendelsohn told Nichols that ESPN is a "snake pit," and she should be careful. Nichols told the New York Times that she has reached out to Taylor but she did not receive a response.
Loophole allows retired NYPD Chief Terence Monahan to make $430K a year
see also NYPD Chief of Department Terence Monahan to retire NYPD Chief of Department Terence Monahan is retiring and will...Pensioners who are employed by a public benefit corporation, like the city’s economic development arm, don’t need to file a 211 waiver, according to a 1997 decision by the city’s Law Department, DCAS spokesman Nick Benson said. Protesters and Terence Monahan kneel together in Washington Square Park after the death of George Floyd on April 1, 2020. Meanwhile, a city employee said people within City Hall are “frustrated” by Monahan’s new role. “No one in City Hall wants the guy who is responsible for Mott Haven walking the halls of City Hall,” the worker said. Terence Monahan and a man hug during a George Floyd protest in NYC on April 1, 2020.
Former Murdoch Exec: Fox News Is Poison For America
Photo Illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily Beast / Photos via GettyRupert Murdoch, whom I served for seven years, has many business and journalistic achievements. (Everything that follows regarding Fox News and Rupert Murdoch represents my opinion.) Ultimately Murdoch had to pay a massive “tribute” to cable operators to get Fox News added to their systems. But millions of Americans believe these falsehoods because they have been drilled into their minds, night after night, by Fox News. Over the past nine months I have tried, with increasing bluntness, to get Rupert to understand the real damage that Fox News is doing to America.
Former Fox executive launches blistering attack on network as ‘poison for America’
However, he said: “In recent years things have gone badly off the tracks at Fox News. Fox News is no longer is a truthful centre-right news network [sic]”. The network, he said, “has caused many millions of Americans – most of them Republicans – to believe things that simply are not true”. Mr Padden noted that Fox had objected to the latter depiction, providing him of “examples of pro-mask/vaccine on-air comments”. The former Fox executive said “the greatest irony” is that he does not believe the views shared on Fox reflect those of its owner, media magnate Rupert Murdoch.
Former Murdoch Exec: Fox News Is Poison For America
Rupert Murdoch, whom I served for seven years, has many business and journalistic achievements. (Everything that follows regarding Fox News and Rupert Murdoch represents my opinion.) Ultimately Murdoch had to pay a massive “tribute” to cable operators to get Fox News added to their systems. The greatest irony is that I don’t believe that most of the falsehoods on Fox News reflect Rupert Murdoch’s own views. Over the past nine months I have tried, with increasing bluntness, to get Rupert to understand the real damage that Fox News is doing to America.
How a Far-Right Militia Infiltrated an Island in Washington
“And they truly believe what they’re doing is right.”South Whidbey Island is a rolling, wooded landscape with pine forests punctuated by idyllic farms and spectacular views of the Puget Sound. Far-right groups are running candidates in rural statehouse seats, school boards, and even library boards across the country, often rallying around panics of the moment, like so-called critical race theory. “Once it creeps in, if nobody challenges, it becomes the new norm.”The Grange takeover calcified a political divide that had been slowly coming into the open on Whidbey Island. There is no evidence any of the individuals in the Washington III Percent, including those on Whidbey Island, were involved in Jan. 6. Whidbey Island Grange Master Chuck Prochaska did not return a request for comment for this story.
Reborn on the Fourth of July: Lana Del Rey’s patriot games
The following July, Del Rey told Pitchfork that her feelings about the flag had been at least temporarily transformed. Del Rey has been a skilled reassembler of American iconography since making her major label debut with 2012’s Born To Die. By 2017’s Lust for Life, Del Rey’s biting wit had attracted the attention of some of the internet’s most virulent trolls. The right-wing website Breitbart fumed over her lyrics, sending angry Trump supporters her way with the baiting headline: “Lana Del Rey Trump-Era Album Asks ‘Is It the End of America?’.” Del Rey was undeterred. in 2019, The Atlantic called it: “Lana Del Rey’s Obituary for America”.
Full Comment with Anthony Furey: The perils of ‘white saviours,’ Black Lives Matter and critical race theory
Article contentWhat happens when a young, Black academic dares to criticize Black Lives Matter in the media? And why she thinks there are many people of colour who see much more wrong with the current panic over systemic racism than self-appointed white liberal “saviours” realize. We apologize, but this video has failed to load. tap here to see other videos from our team. Try refreshing your browser, or Full Comment with Anthony Furey: The perils of ‘white saviours,’ Black Lives Matter and critical race theory Back to videoSubscribe to Full Comment on your favourite podcast app.
Chinese Billionaire Is Waging Harassment Campaigns, Targets Include Biden's Son
SACHA PFEIFFER, HOST:A story now about a Chinese billionaire who's making waves here in the U.S. Guo Wengui is an associate of Steve Bannon, President Trump's former chief strategist. FU: I think my only enemy is the Chinese Communist Party. The man who dispatches the mobs is Guo Wengui, a billionaire who fled China in 2015. BANNON: Bannon also talks about the pandemic, calling the coronavirus the CCP, or Chinese Communist Party, virus. FENG: And that ultimately weakens the pro-democracy camp's opposition to the Chinese Communist Party.
Opinion: Here's what we can all agree upon on July 4th
A noble vision shines there, one that we trace back to our Declaration of Independence, where equality was held as "self-evident." Jay PariniSo where is that equality in the wake of Covid-19, with its devastating legacy of death and illness as well as economic and social disruption? Americans have rarely been as polarized as they are today, a Pew Research study found in November 2020. On everything from the economy to racial justice, climate change and policing, it seems impossible to bridge the distance between right and left. And does this cancel July 4th as a cause for celebration?
Euronews debates: More than words - what next for brand purpose?
How can companies define and realise their brand purpose? Where once brand purpose was little more than a line in a mission statement, it’s now utterly key to consumer choice. Euronews DebatesLewis is responsible for all corporate brand and communications activities at JLL, bringing together the firm’s global, regional and local market efforts. Previously a partner and global communications and engagement lead at EY, he has also held global marketing and communications leadership roles at Informa, Datamonitor and Regus. He has an impressive track record in innovative digital marketing campaigns, brand development and strategic communications direction.
Sen. Ted Cruz: Dems' 'Defund the Police' – here's their desperate ploy to escape blame for rising crime rates
It’s absurd, it’s ridiculous, and Democrats know it. Democrats have called to defund the police for over a year and have been successful in doing it. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., has said "defunding the police means defunding the police" and "the fight to defund the police continues." Clarke wrote last year that a "unifying call" had emerged from the Black Lives Matter movement to defund the police. The facts are Democrats have repeatedly called to defund the police and have done so in many cities.
Style spotlight on Photographer Liz Johnson Artur
Written by Fiona Sinclair Scott, CNN LondonRussian Ghanaian photographer Liz Johnson Artur's work mostly falls under a single title: "Black Balloon Archive." This is not to suggest that Johnson Artur doesn't treat her subjects with sensitivity. Born in Bulgaria to a Russian mother and a Ghanian father, Liz Johnson Artur migrated to West Germany as a child. Liz Johnson Artur, winner of the 2021 Women in Motion photography prize. When asked how she would define her work, Johnson Artur said quite simply that "it is a lot of different people."
Debra Roberts is ready to lead the way on Stoughton’s diversity goals
Roberts, who chairs the Stoughton Diversity & Inclusion Organization and has lived in town for 32 years, plans to use her new position to help bring more diversity to town government and the schools. “My goal is to help the town staff be representative of the makeup of the town,” she said. Roberts — who has an MBA from Northeastern University — decided to run for Select Board because she wanted to use her finance background to help the town grow while controlling expenses. She also has been a member of the town Finance Committee and Board of Assessors and an elected Town Meeting representative. “She’s a builder and will do a great job getting the town moving forward,” said Michael Hardman, a neighbor and work colleague who helped with Roberts’ campaign.
DEI initiatives leave out the people who voted for Trump
While these internally focused DEI efforts aim to help the 13 percent Black or 4.5 percent LGBTQ Americans, they miss the vast number of people who voted for Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election. The election proved that more than 74 million Americans think differently from the prevailing wisdom found on elite university campuses. Many institutions of higher education, as well as high schools, media outlets, and businesses are engaged in diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. Those efforts define DEI in terms of race, gender, and sexual orientation. Just as progressives are baffled and worried by the existence of so many Trump-supporting Americans, the woke initiatives in progressive institutions baffle and frighten conservatives.
There’s cause for concern in teaching critical race theory
But as they do so, districts find themselves butting heads with parents and others alarmed at the extent to which discussion of race has been forced into schools. Wellesley is not alone in focusing its resources and teaching on aspects of racism in America. Since the Minneapolis police murder of George Floyd last spring, the ascent of the Black Lives Matter movement, and a renewed emphasis on teaching critical race theory in public schools, school systems nationwide have been adding diversity, equity, and inclusion offerings. AdvertisementCritical race theory is a scholarly framework taught in graduate studies based on the notion that historical patterns of racism are encoded in law and other modern American institutions. The focus on race in schools has meant that teachers and school officials have begun to treat those affected by racism differently.
‘Squad’ member blasts July 4 celebrations: ‘Black people still aren’t free’
It’s Juneteenth AND teach the truth about white supremacy in our country,” she tweeted on June 17. You can’t.”Critics bashed Bush, a member of “The Squad” in the United States Congress, for her social media message. says we hold these truths to be “self-evident”… yet: -17 states have enacted voter suppression laws -Supreme Court gutted Sec. Need I say more?”Former MSNBC host Toure echoed Bush’s statement, tweeting: “F–k Independence Day. Not only were we not free, the whole reason the Colonies wanted independence was because Britain was moving toward abolishing slavery.
Overnight News Digest: Fourth of July Edition
Of those respondents, nearly three-quarters said officials like Fauci were exaggerating the risk posed by the Delta variant. The SCV is a neo-Confederate group dedicated to preserving what it sees as southern heritage, in particular Confederate statues and war memorials. Each wireless generation lasts about a decade, so 6G is a long, long way from becoming reality. "Invading forces from Amhara and Eritrea must withdraw from Tigray and return to their pre-war territories," the TPLF said in the statement. Good patriots carry on a lover's quarrel with their country, a reflection of God’s lover’s quarrel with all the world.”Rev.
At his Loserpalooza rally Trump whines "how come so many people are still in jail over Jan. 6?”
He also called New York prosecutors “fascist and authoritarian” for charging his family’s company, the Trump Organization, and its chief financial officer with tax crimes. “Who shot Ashli Babbitt? People know where he came from,” Trump told supporters. Now they don’t want to give the name,” Trump told the crowd, prompting at least one supporter to yell, “Hang him!”“Who shot Ashli Babbitt? And how come so many people are still in jail over Jan. 6?” he asked, claiming that nobody “paid a price” for Black Lives Matter protests last year.
Prosecutors submit evidence that Kenosha, Wisconsin shooter Rittenhouse has ties to fascist Proud Boys
Prosecutors in Kenosha, Wisconsin, filed a motion on Thursday that asked Judge Bruce Schroeder to allow them to introduce evidence showing that the vigilante shooter Kyle Rittenhouse is associated with the fascist Proud Boys organization. Rittenhouse displays a white supremacist hand gesture while meeting with members of the Proud Boys. The prosecutor’s motion in Kenosha County Circuit Court states, “Much like members of the Proud Boys take pride in violence, the defendant is evidently proud that he killed two people and seriously wounded a third. The profile on the SPLC website says, “The Proud Boys stage frequent rallies around the country. Pappas had also appeared on a platform with Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio.
From Brett Newski, Klassik, Valerie Lighthart, and more, here are eight top Milwaukee songs and albums to check out in July.
After 17 months, live music will make a noticeable return to Milwaukee this month. These are our eight favorite new albums, EPs and songs from Milwaukee artists to check out in July, listed in alphabetical order by title. 'It's Hard to be a Person: Soundtrack to the Book,' Brett NewskiNewski is one of the hardest-working musicians in Milwaukee, but that doesn't cover it. Newski has a book signing at Shank Hall July 25, where he'll also perform songs solo. "Must-Hear Milwaukee Music" runs on or around the first of every month in the Journal Sentinel and at jsonline.com.
LeBron James PR advisor Mendelsohn said, 'I’m exhausted. Between Me Too and Black Lives Matter,' report shows
The Times reported that the video of the call lasts more than 20 minutes, with "continuous conversation." Last year, he co-founded James' Black voter promotion group More Than A Vote , and is senior advisor to the group. The longtime white advisor to Black NBA superstar LeBron James was caught on tape telling a white ESPN reporter, "I'm exhausted. The Times reported that he told the newspaper for its article, "I will share what I believed then and still believe to be true. The Times reported that Mendelsohn did not answer follow-up questions about the recorded call.
White ESPN reporter said colleague got to host NBA finals because she is black
ESPN is in turmoil after one of its star reporters, who is white, was heard on a hot mic criticizing the network’s decision to tap a black female colleague to host its NBA coverage last year. In her conversation with Adam Mendelsohn, Nichols is heard complaining about being passed over to host the network’s marquee pre- and post-game shows during the NBA playoffs and finals last year. She recently left ESPN along with other black employees who felt mistreated by the network. 'Those same people — who are, like, generally white conservative male Trump voters — is part of the reason I’ve had a hard time at ESPN,' Nichols said. After the video leaked, Taylor told Pitaro that she would not finish out the NBA season.
Visitors can now walk up to White House fence after Secret Service removes Trump-era barricade
Another one of Donald Trump’s walls has failed to stand the test of time. Some of the extra barriers installed around the White House over the last year will be removed, the Secret Service announced on Sunday. Once again, people will be able to walk up to the fence on the North Lawn of the compound, a space which has hosted tourists and protesters alike for more than 100 years. “The portion of Pennsylvania Avenue and the White House sidewalk between 15th and 17th Streets NW has been reopened to foot and bicycle traffic,” the Secret Service, which protects the president and the White House, said in a statement. The attempts to wall off the White House had an unexpected side effect: the new fences became a hub for protest art, with demonstrators plastering the walls with posters and paintings with messages about Black Lives Matter and the 2020 presidential election.
Largest US teachers union vows to ‘fight back’ against CRT critics
“We oppose attempts to ban critical race theory and/or The 1619 Project,” the NEA said. CRT asserts that racism is not just about individual bias but systemic in society and government policies and institutions, including the legal system. CRT asserts that racism is not just about individual bias but systemic in society and government policies and institutions, including the legal system. “The ancient African proverb says, “Know Thyself.”“it is reasonable and appropriate for curriculum to be informed by academic frameworks for understanding and interpreting the impact of the past on current society, including critical race theory,” the union said. Parents have clashed with school boards across the country in recent months over the role of racially focused materials in classrooms.
A disparaging video prompts explosive fallout within ESPN
“I wish Maria Taylor all the success in the world — she covers football, she covers basketball,” Nichols said in July 2020. AdvertisementWhether or not ESPN and Taylor agree on a contract, the internal damage from the past year has been substantial. Soon, more copies of the conversation were spreading around ESPN, and within hours it reached ESPN executives, in part because of some of the comments from Mendelsohn. The ResponseWithin ESPN, particularly among the NBA group that works with both Taylor and Nichols, many employees were outraged upon watching the video. As ESPN executives were deciding what to do about the video, a four-minute cut of the conversation was leaked to Deadspin.
How progressives talk about July 4 and our national history in the post-Trump presidency era
President Obama gave a speech on June 30, 2008, called "The America We Love." It wasn't about the meaning of America for African Americans as a community, but what America meant to him as an individual. King noted that Obama, even while running for president and having his patriotism questioned, did not whitewash America's history by ignoring its misdeeds. We have to talk about our country in a way that doesn’t alienate people before they even hear our policies. American history is no fairy tale.
Anti-CRT Laws Seek to Divide Teachers’ Unions and the Struggle for Black Lives
But the heads of teachers’ unions — like the AFT and the NEA — are refusing to organize workers to fight back. Even though Republicans say they are targeting “critical race theory,” the attacks have little to do with that set of ideas. Critical race theory comes from the academic field of legal studies and explores the effects of race on policy and law. Union Leaders Respond — WeaklyThe laws against teaching “critical race theory” are a direct attack on teachers’ work. In other words, they could help build exactly the kind of power between the anti-racist movement and teachers’ unions that the Republicans are terrified of.
July 4 Glorifies the US Military — a Force With White Supremacy at Its Core
Yet the underlying problems of white supremacism that Douglass addressed in his famous speech persist. On April 1, the Department of Defense “completed” a 60-day stand-down to address the growing problem of white extremism in the military. In early 2020, one in three active-duty service members reported to the Military Times that they saw evidence of white supremacism in the ranks. One in three active-duty service members reported to the Military Times that they saw evidence of white supremacism in the ranks. The “great streams” of American racism, white supremacy and sexism have indeed worn deep.
Brexiteer attempts to criticise photo of Keir Starmer watching the Euros but scores a spectacular own goal
A Brexiteer attempted to criticise Keir Starmer for watching the Euros in a pub but it spectacularly backfired. But Daubney was soon left red-faced when people pointed out that Starmer did drink during the match, and that even if he didnt, it really wasn’t important. Others also pointed out that Starmer is a big football fan, so was not just posing for the press. Here’s a taste of the reaction:It’s been a bad day for politicians trying to jump on the football bandwagon. Daubney continued his completely incorrect rant against Starmer and suggested the landlord of the pub should have kicked him out.
America's largest teachers' union says it supports teaching children critical race theory in schools
America's largest teachers' union has announced it backs the teaching of critical race theory in schools - and wants an October 14 rally to be held in honor of George Floyd's birthday. President Becky Pringle has also agreed to make public statements in support of critical race theory and 'racial honesty in education.' Following the NEA's decision, Christopher Rufo, an outspoken opponent of Critical Race Theory, wrote in a tweet, 'The argument that 'critical race theory isn't in K-12 schools' is officially dead'Rufo has been working to expose 'critical race theory indoctrination' in American companies and institutions including government agencies for at least a yearParents protested critical race theory in schools at a board of education meeting in Ashburn, Virginia, which is on of 26 states debating a ban on the controversial initiativeNine states have enacted complete bans on implementing critical race theory in schools'USA's economy/social order is built on interactions between different cultures/races. The argument that 'critical race theory isn't in K-12 schools' is officially dead.' 'The teachers union has made critical race theory its #1 priority—and want to implement it nationwide.
July 4, Juneteenth and the meaning of national holidays
With the recent passage of the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act, commemorating the end of slavery in the United States, the country now has 12 federal holidays. ADVERTISEMENT“The Civil War consolidated national power in all sorts of ways, and national holidays are an illustration of that,” says the Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Eric Foner. The first holidays, notes Grant biographer Ron Chernow, were the safest ones at the time — New Year’s Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas and George Washington’s birthday (enacted in 1879). “They followed the Civil War, but, by no accident, they had nothing to do with the Civil War. “The first five federal holidays ... attempted to restore common ground between North and South,” Chernow says.
Olympics protest rules relaxed for Tokyo Games
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) released new guidelines Friday softening a long-standing ban on political protests at the Games. But political statements during events, victory ceremonies and at the Olympic Village are still off the cards, the IOC said. Protests must not be "targeted, directly or indirectly, against people, countries, organisations and/or their dignity", the sporting body said in a statement. They also cannot be "disruptive" to other competitors, such as unfurling a flag as a team is being introduced. The US Olympic and Paralympic Committee had already promised not to sanction American athletes for "respectful" demonstrations in support of racial and social justice at the Tokyo Games.
San Jose Police Department racism scandal: Will history repeat itself?
SAN JOSE — As the San Jose Police Department reels in scandal after the emergence of officers’ bigoted and anti-Muslim social-media comments, it has evoked the memory of a notorious incident when another San Jose officer was fired for making offensive remarks directed at Black Lives Matter supporters. In that case, the officer got his job back in arbitration and he remains with the department, albeit in administrative duty. “The movement is more intense, and burning at a level that will give it staying power. One of the officers put on leave wrote that “black lives don’t really matter” while responding to a separate public post about shootings in Chicago. But there was also substantial outcry in the 2014 case of Officer Phillip White.
SJPD social-media scandal: What happened to the officers put on leave after blog exposed racist, Islamophobic Facebook posts
All but one of the officers either could not be reached or declined to comment for this story. Officer Mark Pimentel was the most severely punished, and his Facebook posts on the defunct 10-7ODSJ SJPD alumni group page were the most recent messages investigated. Most of the group members who posted derogatory comments were not investigated because they had either retired or were no longer with the police department. Still, Bellini said that after the experience, he felt a lack of initial support both from the department and his police union. Combined with nagging physical injuries, he declined a full-duty return and chose to retire after 23 years with SJPD.
A Disparaging Video Prompts Explosive Fallout Within ESPN
This article is based upon interviews with more than a dozen current and former ESPN employees, as well as others with knowledge of the company’s inner workings. Dozens of ESPN employees have access to the company’s video servers as part of their normal work flow. playoffs, the tensions exploded between those who worked on the show and ESPN executives in charge of basketball. Rose said that ESPN had asked a lot from Black employees over the past year, but that he and other Black employees would extend their credibility to the company no longer. The post A Disparaging Video Prompts Explosive Fallout Within ESPN appeared first on New York Times.
Priti Patel celebrated England’s Euro 2020 win against Ukraine and everyone had the same response
Priti Patel may want to brand herself as the It’s Coming Home Secretary, after praising England’s victory over Ukraine in the Euros on Saturday, but people have described her post on Twitter as “embarrassing” – given she previously criticised the team for “gesture politics” over taking the knee. The anti-racist gesture was widely used last year during global Black Lives Matter protests, and has since been performed by the England squad ahead of their Euro 2020 matches. However, the home secretary appeared to change her stance – no, not like that – when she took to Twitter to celebrate England’s 4-0 win against Ukraine in the quarter finals. What a team. Unfortunately for Ms Patel, people hadn’t forgotten her previous comments:Ironically, for a government minister responsible for the rule of law, when it comes to her support for the England team, people are questioning her conviction.
What July 4th means to L.A. after the 2020 COVID hell year
This lesser-known section came to mind after The Times interviewed 10 Southern Californians about what the Fourth of July means to them, in the wake of the hell year that was 2020. Of Caribbean and African descent, the 29-year-old remembers celebrating the independence days of his parents’ home countries more than July 4. Los Angeles was “a ghost town” last year when he was still on the streets, he said. “People are not very friendly anymore.” (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)The continuing pandemic also dampens any sense of joy for Dr. Jerry Abraham, who runs the COVID-19 vaccination program at Kedren Community Health Center in South L.A. What more can we lose?” (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)But last year, as her husband lay dying in the hospital, “I had nothing to celebrate.
Largest teachers union says critical race theory is 'reasonable and appropriate' for kids
The country’s largest teachers union has moved to undermine the left-wing talking point that critical race theory is not taught to children -- by voting promote it and arguing it is "reasonable and appropriate" to use CRT in social studies classes. The National Education Association has approved a plan to "publicize" critical race theory and dedicate a "team of staffers" to assist union members looking to "fight back against anti-CRT rhetoric." New Business Item 39 also declares that the union opposes bans on critical race theory and the New York Times’ controversial 1619 Project – which roughly half the U.S. states have already implemented. The Association will further convey that in teaching these topics, it is reasonable and appropriate for curriculum to be informed by academic frameworks for understanding and interpreting the impact of the past on current society, including critical race theory." That claim is made despite evidence that critical race theory seminars are being offered to teachers and administrators and examples of CRT-themed topics being introduced in some classrooms.
‘They shot to kill’: Bantu group wants answers in Boise police shooting. Details are scarce
Local activists, meanwhile, have taken to social media to demand answers about why police shot him in the first place. We were preparing to release an Amber Alert,” Boise Police Chief Ryan Lee said during a news conference last Sunday, not long after the shooting. BPD has been meeting with the suspect’s family and other community members about the shooting incident, and exceptions have been made to allow family to visit him at the hospital, Williams said. Mohamud has a right to a fair trial and humane treatment.”Messages sent by the Idaho Statesman to the social media pages of the Justice for Mohamud group seeking an interview received no response. Events transpired that compelled the officers to use force,” Lee said during the Sunday news conference.
Even in the U.S. he couldn’t escape the label ‘untouchable’
While doing social work in Nepal, he had spoken out publicly to protect Dalits, as members of oppressed castes call themselves. Although caste discrimination is officially banned in India and other countries in the region, the practice continues among South Asian communities. Advertisement“We view ‘untouchable’ as an epithet,” said Thenmozhi Soundararajan, founder of Equality Labs, a nonprofit organization focused on ending what it calls caste apartheid. Some tech workers are speaking out against caste discrimination in the U.S. When fellow students outed him as an “untouchable,” he said, she spit out the water.
Republicans revive soft-on-crime rhetoric amid rise in US homicides
For months, Republicans have tried to leverage Black Lives Matter protests into broader claims that progressives support proposals that would threaten widespread lawlessness. Gwen Moore, left, with Nancy Pelosi, says she has heard the phrase ‘defund the police’ more from Republicans than Democrats. But that rise in major violent crimes continued after Biden succeeded Trump as president and with the reopening of the US economy. Democrats expect Republicans to continue hammering them on the issue and for that to create a heightened sense of fear among some segments of the electorate. There is also an understanding that in affected communities, any rise in crime will weigh on voters’ minds.
Ron DeSantis: is the Trump-aligned Florida governor plotting a White House run?
Florida has seen a different side of Ron DeSantis these last 10 days. Seen as a likely heir to Donald Trump’s polarizing brand – “same inflammatory policies minus the inflammatory tweets” in the words of the Miami Herald – DeSantis increasingly looks to be positioning himself for a run at the White House in 2024. “Trump can wait very late, and DeSantis does not [yet] have a constituency so independent of Trump that he could run anyway and win,” he said. “He’s a friend of mine.”Neither DeSantis, who, like Trump, enjoys a fractious relationship with the media, nor his staff responded to a request for comment. Sabato, the political analyst, thinks DeSantis is a perfect fit for the Republican base but is nervously awaiting his master’s voice.
Manual advises how to stop removal of Confederate statues: don’t mention race
The SCV is a neo-Confederate group dedicated to preserving what it sees as southern heritage, in particular Confederate statues and war memorials. Though SCV publicly disavowed the Unite the Right rally, at the time it happened they were engaged in legal action to preserve the city’s Confederate monuments. Sons of Confederate Veterans and others march through downtown Shreveport, Louisiana, on their way to commemorate Confederate Memorial Day in 2011. Karen Cox is professor of history at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte and the author of No Common Ground, a history of opposition to Confederate monuments in the south. Barrow is a teacher in Georgia’s Henry County Bureau of Education, and a member of Georgia’s public Civil War Commission.
The Engagement review: a tour de force on the fight for same-sex marriage
Sasha Issenberg’s tour-de-force, 900-word chronicle of “America’s quarter-century struggle over same-sex marriage” might have been even better had it been given even a few illustrations. And it looks as if they were right, just as proponents of marriage equality were right – to a point at least. Their pursuit of gay marriage propels his narrative, lawsuit by lawsuit, legislative victory by legislative victory and political endorsement by political endorsement. But then finally, on 26 June 2015, with Obergefell v Hodges, the supreme court invalidated same-sex marriage bans all across the land. Issenberg contends that without overwhelming opposition, gay marriage would never have subsumed gay activism; that conservatives, lying in wait, biding their time, are poised to try to take it away.
The battle for Mount Rushmore: ‘It should be turned into something like the Holocaust Museum’
Mount Rushmore national memorial draws nearly 3 million visitors a year to its remote location in South Dakota. And ground zero for the movement is Mount Rushmore. That effort suddenly accelerated when Donald Trump showed up at Mount Rushmore on 3 July last year for a fireworks-studded re-election rally. Mount Rushmore. “We strive to provide a broad spectrum of history and messaging,” said the Mount Rushmore chief of interpretation, Maureen McGee-Ballinger.
Statues of Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth II torn down in Canada
A prominent statue of Queen Victoria has been torn down by protesters in Canada as anger grows over the deaths of indigenous children at residential schools. The recent discoveries of unmarked indigenous Canadian graves at residential schools had prompted calls for national celebrations to be called off. A statue of Queen Elizabeth II was also torn downThe British government condemned the toppling of the two statues. Municipalities across Canada cancelled celebrations and statues of figures involved with residential schools have been vandalised or removed. "She [Queen Victoria] means nothing to me except that her policies and her colonialism is what is dictating us right to this minute as you and I speak," Ms Vandenbroeck said.
The secret he carried
And the still grieving son who believes in his bones that his father’s death was the result of a vicious beating by police. According to the Tavares family, he’d been staying alone at the couple’s mobile home recently, but when Cindy stopped by that night, things had quickly deteriorated. It was late, after 2 a.m., and on the other line, his uncle’s voice was frazzled: Big Phil was in jail. “I don’t see any wrongdoing,” said Orr, who accused the Tavares family of using the media to disparage police. And she had no interest in discussing the death of Big Phil Tavares, shaking her head before quickly shutting the door.
With support for Bill Cosby, Phylicia Rashad becomes just one several deans to tweet themselves into trouble
For acclaimed actor Phylicia Rashad, July 1, 2021 was the official first day on the job as dean of the College of Fine Arts at Howard University. The day before, Rashad had sent out a controversial Tweet in support of her onetime “TV husband,” Bill Cosby, after a court overturned his sexual assault conviction. “A terrible wrong is being righted — a miscarriage of justice is corrected!” This prompted critics and Howard students to call for her resignation. Their postings are mostly filled with praise for their institutions and self-praise for the great job they do with students, faculty and the community. Prior to the Cosby controversy, Rashad may have been well-positioned to do these things based on her experiences and stature.
Boris Johnson roasted after posing with giant England flag ahead of quarter-final match
Boris Johnson has been roasted on social media after posing with a giant St George’s flag. The Prime Minister was indulging in some man of the people schtick ahead of England’s quarter-final game against Ukraine tonight. But not everyone enjoyed his display of patriotism and the comments rolled in on Twitter, criticising Johnson. After posting a photo of him perched on the edge of a table to watch the game, he received similar treatment from the Twitter commentariate. Perhaps he should stay off social media for a while.
Marriage of the new 'Harry and Meghan' is over - just 18 months after they tied the knot
They were dubbed the new Harry and Meghan – the British aristocrat who married a raven-haired, Californian-born TV star who is vocal in her support of good causes. But the marriage of Harry Roper-Curzon and Hanna Jaff is already over, I am sad to report, just 18 months after they tied the knot. Harry proposed on the ski slopes of Gstaad just two months later – and by February 2020 the couple were married. Ill-fated: Hanna Jaff and Harry Roper-Curzon’s wedding day at Chelsea Town Hall last year. ‘Hanna and Harry are not even on speaking terms and now they’ve employed divorce lawyers to thrash it out.
Protesters demonstrate against pro-Trump extremists in Boston
About 50 people gathered on Boston Common for that rally. By around 6 p.m., the crowd had grown to about 100 people who denounced the extremism displayed by a violent mob in Washington D.C., an organizer said. Protesters marched from Roxbury’s Nubian Square to the State House Wednesday to demonstrate against President Trump and his supporters, a protest organized long before violent extremists took over the US Capitol. AdvertisementGilbert, who is the son of a Holocaust survivor, sees parallels between the rise of right-wing extremism and that of German fascism under Hitler. Refuse Fascism plans to continue nonviolent demonstrations across the nation every day at 5 p.m. if Biden’s win is not certified by Congress , Gilbert said.
Historians Are Searching For Stories Of Enslaved People Who Built The White House
The statement resonated deeply with people across the country, according to Stewart McLaurin, president of the White House Historical Association, the nonprofit that has preserved White House history for six decades. Did enslaved people really build the White House? By connecting these details from diverse sources, the White House Historical Association seeks to return these individuals to the historical forefront." "We knew that enslaved people had helped build the White House," McLaurin says. "I would love to find a young woman in St. Louis who didn't know that her great, great, great, great, grandfather helped build the White House," McLaurin says.
Cacophony of boos and cheers as England take the knee before kick-off as Ukraine stay on their feet
The England players were tonight greeted with a cacophony of boos, whistles and cheers as they took the knee before kick-off in the quarter finals of Euro 2020. Ukraine stayed on their feet as England continued with the Black Lives Matter gesture ahead of the quarter final clash at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome. Lee Bee, who goes by 'Anti-woke Bloke', tweeted: 'Ukraine stand tall and proud - England booed as they take the knee. But Lowri Ann, writing after England took an early lead, wrote: 'I have to give it to the England players, they get booed by their "fans" then give them goals like that. As the team has reiterated many times, they will collectively take the knee ahead of their fixtures during the tournament.
Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jen Psaki and Director of the National Economic Council Brian Deese, July 2, 2021
How much of a drag do you think that’s going to have on the otherwise rosy outlook you just presented? And we’ve — that’s passed through the Senate. MS. PSAKI: That’s a great question. And, you know, we’ve talked a lot in here about critical race theory. Is there going to be a list of potential nominees that’s — that’s released for us to see?
What is critical race theory?
And conservative panic about critical race theory transcends national boundaries: The Australian Senate has also voted to eliminate critical race theory from its national curriculum. For starters, it's not something that would ever be taught in a kindergarten classroom, despite the repeated focus on banning critical race theory in K-12 schools, Dr. Khiara Bridges, a law professor at UC Berkeley and author of Critical Race Theory: A Primer, says. Bridges says that in her book, Critical Race Theory: A Primer, she had observed that there might be something "easily exploitable about the fact the theory calls itself 'critical race theory,'" because it's incredibly broad. Some critical race theorists, Crenshaw and Bridges included, see the foundations for the current conservative backlash around critical race theory in the Black Lives Matter protests of 2020. She explains that there may be teachers who understand critical race theory themselves, and "may use that as an explanatory framework to help them make sense of what's there, but they're not teaching critical race theory as a theoretical framework."
'Trust in Southgate': England fans arrive in Italy Euro 2020 quarter final with Ukraine
Pictured: Supporters cheering in BoxPark CroydonThousands of Three Lions fans have lined the stands of Stadio Olimpico in Rome before tonight's UEFA Euro 2020 quarter final match between England and UkraineSupporters pose on the stands before the Euro 2020 Championship quarter final match between Ukraine and EnglandMore than 30 million England fans are expected to cheer on the national side in their UEFA Euro 2020 quarter final against Ukraine. As our fans both at home and abroad prepare for tonight's Euro 2020 quarter final match with Ukraine one message is clear: 'Trust in Southgate'. They are seen posing with an England flag while wearing football jerseysPolice officers check England fans hours before the start of the Euro 2020 match against UkrainePolice are seen speaking to fans. There was no sign of trouble with the England fans happy to down pints of lager in the 90-degree sunshine. Gazza says Gareth Southgate is the perfect manager for England England boss Gareth Southgate is 'the answer to everything for us', according to his former international team-mate Paul Gascoigne.
Republicans have more friends across the political divide than Democrats, study finds
Elizabeth Pipko, a 26-year-old Republican-leaning White woman who worked on the 2016 Trump campaign, estimates that most of her friends lean to the left. While she’s lost longtime friends over a mismatch in politics, she’s maintained those relationships where she and her pals can understand where the other person is coming from. When discussing the Black Lives Matter movement with a Black male friend last year, Pipko remembers her friend telling her: “The only thing I want from you is just to listen.” They sat and talked for hours, Pipko says, and he looked at her as a friend, not as a Republican. “It was nice when he spoke to me as Elizabeth, not as whoever might happen to lean right and disagree with me.”
Bill Cosby: I’m making a documentary — and returning to the stage
Bill Cosby is going from the big house to the big screen. The disgraced comedian was sprung from State Correctional Institute-Phoenix, in Montgomery County, Penn., on Wednesday after his sexual assault conviction was dismissed because of a prosecutor’s decades-old agreement. Now, Cosby said he is working with Michelle Major on a documentary, reportedly to be produced by Lionsgate Entertainment, about his case. Bill Cosby arrives for sentencing for his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in 2018. In 2017, days before the statute of limitations was set to expire, Castor’s successor Kevin Steele filed charges against Cosby.
Decolonise your desks, demands teaching union in ‘sinister’ new escalation of culture wars
School classroom layouts are “shaped by colonisation”, Britain’s biggest teaching union has claimed in new guidance. The National Education Union (NEU) suggests that curriculums, the design of school classrooms and the structure of their daily routines have colonial roots. The 450,000-member union says there is an “urgent” need to “decolonise” every subject and every stage of the school curriculum, especially since last summer’s Black Lives Matter protests and the Covid-19 pandemic. “From curriculum to routines to classroom layout, our education system has been shaped by colonisation and neo-liberalism,” it adds. The NASUWT, another major teaching union, passed a motion in April for maths and science lessons to be decolonised.
News crew victim of attempted robbery while interviewing crime prevention chief in Oakland
A member of a news crew in California was the victim of an attempted armed robbery during an interview with a senior crime prevention official. NBC Bay Area was conducting an interview with Guillmero Cespedes, the chief of the Oakland’s Department of Violence Prevention at roughly 3.09 pm. During the interview, they were stopped by someone with a gun as he tried to steal from one of the camera operators. The incident happened just after LeRonne Armstrong, the chief of the Oakland Police Department, outlined his opposition to $18 million being removed from the policing budget. The redirected $18 million is intended to go towards Mr Cespedes’ Department of Violence Prevention as a part of the city’s effort to investigate the causes of crime.
Former Cowboy Russell Maryland is tackling racism in his children's Texas school district
All three of Maryland’s children have gone to school in the Carroll Independent School District (ISD). Maryland said that his daughter experienced the racism from other students in the district firsthand while she was attending Carroll Senior High School. After the viral video, he became the celebrity face of the fight against a culture of racism and homophobia in the public school system. He said the school board originally positioned itself as invested in improving the district’s culture. The issue of diversity education and inclusion in Carroll ISD became a “political football” according to Maryland.
The battle for Mount Rushmore: ‘It should be turned into something like the Holocaust Museum’
Mount Rushmore national memorial draws nearly 3 million visitors a year to its remote location in South Dakota. And ground zero for the movement is Mount Rushmore. That effort suddenly accelerated when Donald Trump showed up at Mount Rushmore on 3 July last year for a fireworks-studded re-election rally. “We strive to provide a broad spectrum of history and messaging,” said the Mount Rushmore chief of interpretation, Maureen McGee-Ballinger. Navajo author Mark Charles sees the current battle for the Black Hills as a chance for Anglo Americans to turn that paradigm on its head.
NFL fails to follow through on investigation into Daniel Snyder and the culture of the Washington Football Team
But the NFL has seemingly forgotten anything it learned with the shameful way it handled the investigation into the Washington Football Team. John Raoux/Associated PressSpeaking of shams, the NCAA’s wall of amateurism finally came crashing down Thursday when it waived all name/image/likeness restrictions for college athletes. “It’s hard to minimize the importance of this,” said attorney Darren Heitner, who negotiated deals for several college athletes that went live Thursday. But the NCAA and NFL Players Association, which certifies and regulates NFL agents, don’t want agents signing college athletes or entering into future agreements. Even if Rattler eventually signs with Cabott and Steinberg to be his NFL agents, proving an inducement won’t be easy.
How modern martial arts films, TV shows are using storylines to discuss social justice
The show, which was recently renewed for a third season, balances kung fu fights with character building and social commentary. Tran's kung fu film “The Paper Tigers” follows three friends who studied martial arts together as kids. He said that those films tend to lean toward fantasy and crime-fighting, while Asian American kung fu narratives are using the genre to explore contemporary issues of identity. In America, many of the works in the martial arts genre have been made by non-Asians. Bruce Lee wasn’t able to get complete creative control over his work until he made films in Hong Kong.
The 100 Greatest Things about America 2021
Yes, I’m talking about America post (sort of) COVID-19, but also Yahoo Finance’s 100 Greatest Things about America list. This project has been done for seven years running, (I started it in 2010 when I was the editor of Fortune, and skipped a few years), which means we now have 700 greatest things about America— and we could easily find 700 more. For the record, pretty much anything can be on the list — national parks, TV shows, favorite foods — subject to just one rule. With so many names it’s fun to search for great things you might think should be on the list (hit command F on a Mac.) And please enjoy—in no particular order—Yahoo Finance’s 100 Greatest Things about America 2021!
Glenn Loury: July Fourth 2021 – the case for unabashed Black patriotism on this Independence Day weekend
Does this posture serve the interests, rightly understood, of Black Americans? Black Americans’ birthright citizenship in what is arguably history’s greatest republic is an inheritance of immense value. My answer for Black Americans to Frederick Douglass’s famous question—"Whose Fourth of July? Some 40 million strong, Black Americans are the richest and most powerful population of African descent on the planet. Some 40 million strong, Black Americans are the richest and most powerful population of African descent on the planet.
Shouting matches, arrests and fed up parents: How school board meetings became ground zero in politics
When Barb Mozdzen opened last month's school board meeting in Chandler, Arizona, for public comment, she had a caveat. In recent weeks, protests, arrests and appearances by national activists have become the norm at school board meetings across the country. At a school board meeting in Penfield, New York, parent Rich Tyson yelled from the audience when he noticed a school board member mocking a public commenter. After an earlier school board meeting in June, multiple clips posted to conservative news media’s social media accounts went viral. "We're seeing how these national political narratives are seeping into our local school board meetings," said Chávez, of the National School Boards Association.
Crafting midterm message, Republicans seize on crime spikes
"It is very much a base-and-swing message," said Dan Conston, president of the Congressional Leadership Fund, a super PAC that supplements House Republicans' campaign efforts. Additionally, 55 percent say more funding for police would result in a decline in violent crime. Ultimately, Republicans are unified rhetorically on funding for traditional policing and Democrats are divided over that. "Republicans are very good at staying on talking points," White House director of public engagement Cedric Richmond said on Fox News on Sunday. In some cities, rates in 2021 have been higher than the same periods in 2020, but that has been attributed to the relatively low crime rates in 2020 that were caused by pandemic lockdowns.
The battle for Mount Rushmore: ‘It should be turned into something like the Holocaust Museum’
Mount Rushmore national memorial draws nearly 3 million visitors a year to its remote location in South Dakota. And ground zero for the movement is Mount Rushmore. That effort suddenly accelerated when Donald Trump showed up at Mount Rushmore on 3 July last year for a fireworks-studded re-election rally. Mount Rushmore. “We strive to provide a broad spectrum of history and messaging,” said the Mount Rushmore chief of interpretation, Maureen McGee-Ballinger.
F1 champion Hamilton extends Mercedes contract until 2023
Lewis Hamilton made his Formula One debut with McLaren Mercedes in 2007Advertising Read moreParis (AFP)Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton has extended his contract with Mercedes until 2023, the team announced on Saturday. Hamilton, 36, has won six of his seven F1 titles with the outfit since joining them in 2013. Hamilton has won three of this season's eight races so far but trails championship leader Max Verstappen by 18 points. "His achievements in this sport speak for themselves, and with his experience, speed and race-craft, he is at the peak of his powers," Mercedes team principal and chief executive Toto Wolff said. "I have always said that as long as Lewis still possesses the fire for racing, he can continue as long as he wants."
TN cop murders young black man, charged w murder...accepts deal, 3 year sentence. No Justice.
He saw a young black man driving a car and turned on his lights. He then saw a group of black men near a vehicle similar to the one he tried to pull over and approached them. He was only the second MNPD officer to be charged for the on-duty killing of a suspect, and the first charged with murder. His defense claimed there was video showing that Hambrick had a gun and was threatening the officer. Today, Delke accepted a very favorable deal, pleading guilty to intentional manslaughter and accepting a sentence of three years in prison.
Russian-based hackers launch cyberattack on at least 200 IT management firms in the US
Russian-based hackers launched a cyberattack on at least 200 information technology management firms in the United States and demanded up to $5 million in ransom, it has been revealed. Cyber security expert Kevin Beaumont tweeted that the REvil ransom sought about $45,000 per victim, but added that 'there’s no way to pay it.' Brett Callow, a ransomware expert at the cybersecurity firm Emsisoft, said he was unaware of any previous ransomware supply-chain attack on this scale. 'We currently have three Huntress partners who are impacted with roughly 200 businesses that have been encrypted,' Hammond said. Earlier this month, Biden did not rule out retaliation against Russian President Vladimir Putin for cyber attacks on American companies, saying: 'We're looking closely at that issue.'
Controversial Loudoun County School District spent $34K on Critical Race Theory coaching for staff
A Virginia school district has spent more than $34,000 on Critical Race Theory coaching for its staff despite insisting it has no plans to teach the curriculum to students, according to newly-released documents. A Virginia school district has spent more than $34,000 on Critical Race Theory coaching for its staff despite insisting it has no plans to teach the curriculum to students. The fight over critical race theory in schools has escalated in the United States over the last year. The debate surrounding critical race theory regards concerns that some children are being indoctrinated into thinking that white people are inherently racist or sexist. Those against critical race theory have argued it reduces people to the categories of 'privileged' or 'oppressed' based on their skin color.
More than 1,000 hate and bias crimes in Oregon reported to state hotline last year
Reports of race and bias to Oregon’s Bias Hotline rose by 134% during the second half of 2020, according to an annual report from the Oregon Criminal Justice Commission. The bias hotline received over 1,000 calls in 2020 reporting instances of racial slurs, threats, assault and murder that crescendoed in August after an initial jump in June. In a footnote, the report said 31% of bias incidents reported to the hotline were perpetrated by the government and 14% by police. While the report captures many instances of hate and bias incidents, it said there is a swell of missing data. Ten police departments reported no data on bias crimes and 45 departments reported incomplete data.
Ohio private school expels students because their MOMS launched campaign against woke curriculum
An Ohio private school has expelled three students whose moms led a coalition campaigning against Critical Race Theory being taught to their children. Around 400 other parents of Columbus Academy students are said to have joined the campaign. Those against critical race theory have argued it reduces people to the categories of 'privileged' or 'oppressed' based on their skin color. Advertisement'We love Columbus Academy, the teachers, and the community so we decided to effectuate change from the inside. Critical Race Theory highlights how historical inequities and racism continue to shape public policy and social conditions today.
Olympics protest rules relaxed for Tokyo Games
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) released new guidelines Friday softening a long-standing ban on political protests at the Games. But political statements during events, victory ceremonies and at the Olympic Village are still off the cards, the IOC said. Protests must not be "targeted, directly or indirectly, against people, countries, organisations and/or their dignity", the sporting body said in a statement. They also cannot be "disruptive" to other competitors, such as unfurling a flag as a team is being introduced. The US Olympic and Paralympic Committee had already promised not to sanction American athletes for "respectful" demonstrations in support of racial and social justice at the Tokyo Games.
Doritos Creates Limited-Edition Bags to Amplify Black Voices
Last year, many brands made shows of general support to Black Lives Matter in the wake of worldwide protests against police brutality and violence in the U.S. For Doritos, this meant participating in a then-new campaign titled #AmplifyBlackVoices, which saw the brand release a video by Luke James alongside donating $650,000 in the advertising space and $150,000 to Black Lives Matter, among other community-building measures.
The End of the End of American Exceptionalism
Photo-Illustration: Intelligencer; Photos: Getty ImagesIn the weeks after January 6, an array of publications declared American exceptionalism dead, or nearly so. “The End of the Road for American Exceptionalism,” said the Washington Post. Even Richard Haass, head of the Council on Foreign Relations — once wellsprings to the cause of American exceptionalism — urged readers of Foreign Affairs to “put an end to the notion of American exceptionalism, of an eternal shining city on a hill.”As usual, though, it seemed the only way to declare American exceptionalism dead was to use the rhetoric of American exceptionalism: shining city on the hill, beacon of democracy, defender of the free world, something about World War II. They believed anyone could be American, especially if equipped with advisers, corporations, and military regimes that forced the American way of life on their people. In his essay “The End of American Exceptionalism,” the sociologist Daniel Bell somberly wrote, “Today, the belief in American exceptionalism has vanished with the end of empire, the weakening of power, the loss of faith in the nation’s future.” That was 1975.
Merrick Garland vs. Trump’s Mob
In the months since the Capitol was breached, the Justice Department has waged one of the most extensive prosecutions in the nation’s history. It is Garland, and his Justice Department, who will likely have the greatest say about the most shocking and visible crime of the Trump era. But onstage in Oklahoma City, Garland witnessed firsthand how the bombing has since become yet another point of contention in the culture wars. He had risen fast in Trump’s Justice Department by handling sensitive investigations into a Chinese trespasser at Mar-a-Lago and a mass shooting by a Saudi Air Force pilot. “Did they all get together and say, ‘We are going to break into the building’?” asks Mackey, Garland’s former prosecutor in Oklahoma City.
Statues of Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth II torn down in Canada
A prominent statue of Queen Victoria has been torn down by protesters in Canada as anger grows over the deaths of indigenous children at residential schools. The recent discoveries of unmarked indigenous Canadian graves at residential schools had prompted calls for national celebrations to be called off. A statue of Queen Elizabeth II was also torn downThe British government condemned the toppling of the two statues. Municipalities across Canada cancelled celebrations and statues of figures involved with residential schools have been vandalised or removed. "She [Queen Victoria] means nothing to me except that her policies and her colonialism is what is dictating us right to this minute as you and I speak," Ms Vandenbroeck said.
An anti-racist author Robin DiAngelo makes '$728K a year' in speaking engagements
Robin DiAngelo, an anti-racist author who wrote a NYT bestseller 'White Fragility,' makes an estimated $728,000 a year from speaking engagements, according to Reason.comWhite anti-racist author Robin DiAngelo is making an estimated $728,000 a year from speaking engagements and workshops and is charging an average of $14,000 per speech, more than double what she charged in 2018. When 'White Fragility' debuted in 2018, her average speaking fees were $6,200, according to her website. Those against critical race theory have argued it reduces people to the categories of 'privileged' or 'oppressed' based on their skin color. She's represented by the Lavin Agency, but her speaking fees aren't listed. Critical race theory and anti-racist literature have been polarizing topics, with some admonishing the idea, claiming it divides people of different races.
Julianne Moore thinks the term ‘aging gracefully’ is ‘totally sexist’
Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Julianne Moore is often told she’s “aging gracefully” — and she’s had enough. “There’s so much judgment inherent in the term,” Moore, 60, told As If magazine for her new cover story. That’s what aging should be about.”Julianne Moore at the Tory Burch 2020 Fall/Winter show. Staunchly anti-gun (she even hates handling firearms in films), Moore has hosted live chats and regularly shares infographics connected to the cause. “I think it’s about time things change,” she told As If.
Colorado HOAs losing power to restrict speech on flags and signs
Coloradans will soon be able to fly flags or display signs outside their homes without restrictions on the content, even if they live in a neighborhood with a homeowners association. Jared Polis signed HB21-1310 into law Friday — one of 19 that got his signature before the July Fourth holiday weekend. Lawmakers acknowledged that removing content restrictions may open the floodgates for signs and flags that may be considered offensive, but more important was the principle of allowing people to express their opinions. But groups like the American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado consider HOAs quasi-governmental organizations. Polis signed another homeowners’ bill Friday, HB21-1229, which increases record-keeping and disclosure requirements for HOAs.
Veterinary college to neuter its courses of colonial bias ... if it can find any
Britain’s leading veterinary college is decolonising its curriculum despite one member of staff saying they cannot think of "obvious examples". The Royal Veterinary College launched a race equality task group last year in the wake of Black Lives Matter protests to tackle racism "both actual and perceived". Courses must be 'culturally competent'Alongside decolonising courses, staff highlighted the need to make them "culturally competent" - or able to communicate across cultural divides. Some also raised the issue of more "ethnicity and diversity teaching" within veterinary courses. Following internal discussions, a paper on decolonising courses is being drafted at the College and will be presented to senior staff in July, with new guidance for teaching staff.
India Walton Is a Sign of What the Socialist Movement Could Become
Nor is it sufficient simply to note the impressive work of the many socialist activists who are more squarely working class, people of color, or both. There we find concentrations of downwardly mobile or indebted professionals, who have made up the most significant ideological cadre for socialist politics but have struggled to establish a sufficiently broad base. The black political elite’s declining ability to deliver black votes to establishment candidates in contested congressional elections presents a key marker of left advance. Still, Walton has not resolved the paradox of race and class that socialist politics faces. The social and economic transformation of cities like Buffalo has not yet produced a militant, united working class.
Gwen Berry Is the Hero We Need
This is the same Gwen Berry who raised her fist from the podium at the 2019 Pan Am Games. This is the same Gwen Berry who hails from St. Louis, Mo., growing up mere blocks from where Michael Brown was killed by officer Darren Wilson. Point-blank, period.”In other words, this is the same Gwen Berry with whom you do not want to mess. The sadly too-often effective “shut up and play” strategy is an ugly, tired game, and Gwen Berry isn’t having it. The attacks on Gwen Berry must be understood in this context.
A year ago, Black physicists at Fermilab demanded change. What’s happened?
A year ago, Black physicists at Fermilab demanded change. Lockyer says he would like the percentage of Black scientists at the lab “to look like the U.S. ratio,” which is 13% of the population. White also disputes the assertion in the Change Now manifesto that Fermilab offers an “unwelcoming environment” to Black people. Jessica Esquivel, Fermi National Accelerator LaboratoryLockyer says his message was misconstrued but that he can see why the Black scientists might have taken offense. “Fermilab has never had four tenure-track Black scientists,” says Berry, who is a member of that quartet.
Opinion: Count on Olympic athletes to push limits despite rule changes for protesting
The International Olympic Committee has finally announced its long-awaited rule changes for athletes who want to protest at the upcoming Tokyo Olympic Games. The media part is not especially new; the field of play opportunity before an event certainly is. This means athletes can take a knee or raise a fist right before they run or swim or their game begins, if they’d like. Protests during the opening and closing ceremony and in the athletes’ village are not allowed either. It’s the IOC of course, which often speaks with one voice but is comprised of leaders from many different nations.
The Diana statue proves it – Britain’s public art is at an atrocious low
A disappointment: Diana's statue - PAThere was an inevitability about what might tactfully be called the disappointing nature of the statue of Diana, Princess of Wales, that her sons unveiled in Kensington Gardens on Thursday. The late Princess has become the patron saint of a certain type of sentimentality echoed in the statue, by Ian Rank-Broadley, much to its detriment. Think, for example, of the intensely moving statue of Edith Cavell just north of Trafalgar Square, by Sir George Frampton in 1920. A swamp creature: Maggi Hambling's Oscar Wilde - AlamyMiss Hambling seems to see public art as a means of stimulating outrage, such as when wrecking the perfectly charming view from Aldeburgh beach by putting a huge bronze cracked seashell on it. But then that was an age of self-confidence and not of cultural self-hatred, of dignified remembrance and not narcissistic sentiment - when public art was an expression of the national consciousness.
Prosecution in Rittenhouse trial aims to tie perp to violent Proud Boys
Kenosha News:Prosecutors are trying to introduce evidence at trial that Kyle Rittenhouse is associated with the Proud Boys and that he had a past violent encounter on Kenosha’s lakefront. He and his supporters have maintained that Rittenhouse was defending himself when he shot the men. It’s likely that if Rittenhouse were associated with Black Lives Matter (not a violent terrorist organization, by the way) his actions would be framed somewhat differently by right-wing media. A video taken at the time included footage of his compatriots singing the Proud Boys anthem. “The state has since learned that the people with the defendant at the bar on Jan. 5, 2021 include the leader of the Wisconsin 'Proud Boys' organization and several of its highest-ranking members,” the prosecution stated.
The American 'Populist Right' After Trump
Soon after, Saagar – a social conservative and fiscal liberal – and avowed socialist co-host Krystal Ball co-authored The Populist’s Guide to 2020 (Strong Arm Press), their bestselling companion to the elections told from what they call “populist left” and “populist right” perspectives. Can you trace the steps an ideal “populist right” candidate might take, from the lowest rung on the ladder? On both populist right and populist left, politicians agree on the diagnosis of problems but disagree on solutions. Because there’s definitely bipartisanship between Democratic and Republican establishments, how do you think there can be bipartisanship between the populist right and left? What would the “populist right” foreign and immigration policy be?
IOC allows athlete protests before Olympic events, bars political gestures on podiums and during competition
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Friday extended more guidelines on athletes’ freedom of expression at the Tokyo Games but warned against political gestures during official ceremonies, competition and in the Olympic Village. The IOC said the guidelines were approved by the Executive Board of the IOC as part of the IOC Athletes’ Commission’s (IOC AC) recommendations. The IOC said the guidelines offer "further clarity" on the "wide range of opportunities available to them to express their views." The IOC could have disciplinary hearings, in which the athlete would be required to provide full transparency about their actions. While those on social media have called for her removal from the Olympic team, the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) decided in December not to punish anyone for Olympic protests.
Prosecutors seek to show evidence of past violence at Kyle Rittenhouse trial
The state’s motion filed Thursday in Kenosha County Circuit Court also seeks to show Rittenhouse was associated with the far-right Proud Boys, a group linked to political violence. Prosecutors want to introduce a video from July 1, 2020, which they say shows Rittenhouse striking a teenage girl in the back at Kenosha’s lakefront. Prosecutors also said Rittenhouse’s association with the Proud Boys should be considered at the trial because it shows that he takes pride in violence. The motion states that prosecutors have since learned that the people with Rittenhouse at the bar included the leader of the Wisconsin Proud Boys chapter and several of its highest-ranking members. Rittenhouse’s defense attorney did not immediately respond to a message and email seeking comment on prosecutors’ latest motion.
Motion seeks evidence of past violence at Kyle Rittenhouse trial
The state’s motion filed Thursday in Kenosha County Circuit Court also seeks to show Rittenhouse, of Antioch, was associated with the far-right Proud Boys, a group linked to political violence. Prosecutors want to introduce a video from July 1, 2020, which they say shows Rittenhouse striking a teenage girl in the back at Kenosha’s lakefront. Prosecutors also said Rittenhouse’s association with the Proud Boys should be considered at the trial because it shows that he takes pride in violence. The motion states that prosecutors have since learned that the people with Rittenhouse at the bar included the leader of the Wisconsin Proud Boys chapter and several of its highest-ranking members. Rittenhouse’s defense attorney did not immediately respond to a message and email seeking comment on prosecutors’ latest motion.
IOC gives athletes more scope for protest at Tokyo Olympics
GENEVA - (AP) -- The IOC finally relented on Friday to let Olympic athletes make gestures of protest in their field of play at the Tokyo Games. Gestures will now be allowed in Tokyo by athletes “after leaving the ‘call room' (or similar area) or during the introduction of the individual athlete or team,” the IOC said. The process had talked mostly to athlete groups from officially recognized channels such as national teams and sports governing bodies. Athlete groups and player unions responded by promising legal representation to anyone who was disciplined for their actions in Tokyo. The IOC's update was limited to the Tokyo Olympics that open in three weeks, and did not refer to the potentially controversial 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics in February.
Black Business Spotlight: Lifestyle Cafe owner talks veganism and the plant-based life
“That’s the boyfriend,” said Dean, the owner of vegan eatery Lifestyle Cafe. Vegan to the coreCore to Lifestyle Cafe’s culture is that it offers 100% vegan menu items, something that Dean holds near and dear. “I’ve learned a lot of different nutrients,” Addison said, adding that working at Lifestyle Cafe has also taught her about customer service. Lifestyle Cafe opened in January 2020, only two months before the COVID-19 pandemic rocked Columbus and the rest of the world. “I had a lot of people come to me here, just trying to support a Black business,” Dean said.
Euros: Azzurro taking knee mural replaced by Fascist stance - English
Italian professional footballers association AIC said Thursday that it was time to stop a "defamatory campaign" against the Italy players over their stance on taking the knee at Euro 2020. Unlike some national teams, the Azzurri did not take the knee in support of the Black Lives Matter movement before their victory over Austria in the last 16 of the tournament last week. Five of the starting XI took the knee before Italy's last group game against Wales. In a statement to ANSA, the AIC said it "unreservedly stigmatizes the defamatory, biased campaign against the Italian national team players. "All of the Azzurri are our members," added the union ahead of Italy's quarter-final against Belgium in Munich on Friday.
Covington man charged in Capitol riot
Haynes told them he was not comfortable talking about whether he played a role in the events of Jan. 6 in Washington, but did say he was “deeply upset” about how the insurrection was being handled by authorities. He said he believed that the rioters were being treated unfairly, “and that those involved in the rioting and vandalism related to the BLM [Black Lives Matter] movement were not being held accountable,” the affidavit states. Haynes said that he did attend a meeting of the group in Fredericksburg late last year and had dinner with several of its members. “Haynes would have joined the chapter, but it was too far away and there were no members of the Proud Boys in his local area,” the affidavit stated. A search of Haynes’ cellphone and his home that day produced no incriminating evidence, but what was obtained earlier by search warrants led authorities to file charges against him.
Assa Traoré, sister of black man who died while in custody in France, acquitted of defamation
The sister of a black French man who died in police custody in 2016, has been acquitted of defamation charges brought against her by police officers. Assa Traoré had publicly named three policemen involved in her brother's death in a Facebook post. She accused them of having killed her brother, Adama Traoré, "by crushing him with the weight of their bodies”. But investigators have been unable to agree if he was suffocated or if he died because of an underlying medical condition. The death of Adama Traoré has elicited many parallels between George Floyd's death in the U.S.His sister, Assa Traoré, has become the symbolic figurehead of the Black Lives Matter movement in France, and the public seems really divided on this because it is so intensely political.
Army sergeant who shot and killed armed BLM protester after driving into rally indicted for murder
An Army soldier who shot and killed a Black Lives Matter protester armed with an AK-47 after driving into a crowd demonstrating against police violence in Austin last summer has been indicted on a murder charge. Garza said Perry declined to testify before the grand jury, but that Perry's attorney did provide a packet with information, which was shared with the grand jury with the exception of details not admissible in a trial. Garza said his office planned to request that Perry surrender his firearms, in addition to other conditions, for his release. They said that Foster approached the car and motioned with his assault rifle for Perry to lower his window. Perry was taken to the Austin PD's homicide office and questioned but later released without charge, according to a statement released by police.
‘Give Black people credit’: Black TikTok stars strike, demand credit for their work
That is, until Black creators decide to stop making them. “Black creators are just really tired of our dances and our trends being stolen. While Louis said that the company has yet to reach out to him personally regarding the strike, creators want words to turn into action. Challan T., who has more than 4 million TikTok followers, said the platform needs to be more active in advancing and championing Black creators. She would like to see TikTok promote Black creators’ content on the #ForYou page, which recommends videos curated to users’ interests, the same way it does for white creators.
Gossip Girl reboot will launch on BBC One in the UK
The much-anticipated Gossip Girl reboot will debut in the UK on BBC One and BBC iPlayer later this year. All six seasons of Gossip Girl, the original series on which it is based, will also be made available to watch on iPlayer. Running from 2007 to 2012, Gossip Girl followed a group of privileged teenagers in Manhattan’s Upper East Side. “The original series defined an era and we cannot wait for everyone to see the new series with its exciting new generation.”Showrunner Joshua Safran recently said that the reboot series will see its characters “wrestle” with their own privilege. “I think the first [Gossip Girl] showed a little bit of wealth porn or privilege porn, like, ‘Look at these cars, or here’s a montage of the best plated food you’ve ever seen’.”Gossip Girl will air on BBC One later this year.
Lululemon director ‘pushed for All Lives Matter’ campaign after death of George Floyd
Athletics brand Lululemon has been accused of pushing employees to launch an “All Lives Matter” campaign, shortly after the murder of George Floyd in May 2020. Following the murder of George Floyd by police office Derek Chauvin in South Minneapolis on 25 May 2020, Black Lives Matter protests erupted worldwide and numerous companies released statements about systemic racism and promising to change their working and hiring practices, in support of the movement. The phrase “all lives matter” is widely regarded as a criticism of Black Lives Matter, a movement that aims to raise awareness of the prejudices, racism and violence inflicted on Black people. “We are not writing Black Lives Matter. Lululemon employees told Business Insider they “pushed back” against the campaign, but were told to proceed, eventually creating two mock-up campaigns, one with the slogan All Lives Matter, and the other with Black Lives Matter.
Is 'The Purge' forever? How America's 'seeds of discontent' feed the dystopian franchise
With the new movie “The Forever Purge,” James DeMonaco was ready to end his all-too-real dystopian franchise. The filmmaker discusses some of the franchise’s biggest real-world swings and a possible sixth “Purge.”‘The Forever Purge’ features villains who embrace white supremacyDirected by Everardo Gout, the latest installment touches on themes of immigration, the border wall as well as racial and income inequality. “I hate to say I knew – that's going to sound oddly pretentious,” DeMonaco says. “So we always say, 'OK, well, let's get to a place of harmony or hope without sounding completely corny.' This is scary as all hell, and that's when I get very frightened about the future and where we're going right now.”
Over 10,000 people gathered in London, Ont. to honour victims of residential schools
to join the Turtle Island Healing Walk on Canada Day to honour the Indigenous children found in unmarked graves at former residential schools. ahead of the Turtle Island Healing Walk on July 1, 2021. Identifying unmarked graves at former residential schools was one of the calls to action the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) listed. Some 150,000 First Nations, Métis and Inuit children were forcibly sent to residential schools, where many suffered abuse and even death. The TRC reports 139 residential schools operated in Canada between 1828 and 1996, 17 of which were in Ontario.
See the world’s most beautiful book covers
The age-old saying goes: “You shouldn’t judge a book by its cover.” But that’s exactly what happened recently. The American Institute of Graphic Arts published the 2020 winners of its annual competition 50 Books | 50 covers earlier this month. A total of 696 book or cover designs from 36 countries around the world were submitted to the competition. The winners included everything from I AM! “Who doesn’t love the heft of a book, the eventual wear and tear as it becomes a friend?
The Rise and Fall of the Proud Boys
That day, Proud Boys members eschewed their trademark yellow-and-black colors to go incognito, a way to confuse “antifa” counterprotesters, they said. But just as the Proud Boys seemed poised to take over the far-right ecosystem, the group started to fall apart. I didn’t even know what the fuck the Proud Boys was” (this despite McInnes having referred to the Proud Boys as a “gang” on a Rogan podcast appearance). “It may not be under the Proud Boys banner, but he’s definitely going to make use of the momentum that the Proud Boys had.”On his own Telegram channel, James appears to be actively stoking resentment toward current Proud Boys leadership. In April, a Fresno, California, police officer was ousted from the force after he was spotted at a protest with Proud Boys; more than two months after the attack on the Capitol, the Proud Boys and other Trump supporters were reportedly involved in a skirmish with anti-fascist counterprotesters outside the Oregon state capitol.
How a Bitter Ex-Police Chief Could Plunge Milwaukee Into Chaos
Story continues“We have a very bad situation of our own making,” Alderman Robert Bauman told The Daily Beast. City leaders also wanted a public accounting of why tear gas and pepper spray were used during protests last summer. “Chief Morales is not a politician chief,” Bormann told The Daily Beast. Black Milwaukee Isn’t Rallying Behind a Criminal, It’s Protesting a City That Treats It Like OneRead more at The Daily Beast. Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you.
Cops are playing music during filmed encounters to game YouTube's copyright striking
The police are attempting to use YouTube's stringent copyright system to keep people from posting recordings of encounters with law enforcement. Burch pressed Shelby on whether the Alameda County Sheriff's Office told officers to play copyrighted music during filmed encounters. Burch pressed Shelby again, asking if he was playing music to "make sure this wasn't posted on YouTube." Burch noted the speed with which the deputy began playing music to disrupt filming. Burch added that Shelby's readiness concerned him, and he stopped engaging as soon as the deputy admitted why he playing music.
Critical Race Theory Is Now A Republican Campaign Issue
The Republican Party is associating Democrats in close 2022 midterm election races with critical race theory, deploying their latest culture war strategy as part of the right’s bid to regain control of the House of Representatives. Critical race theory, in reality, acknowledges the country’s long history of racism and resulting inequity as a factor when evaluating policy — but it’s quickly become a catchall term for pushback on diversity efforts. With that groundwork laid, the party is coalescing around a movement to ban critical race theory in public school curriculum. The exchange came after she was questioned about her stance on “non-empirical critical race theory” being taught in classrooms. “Andy Kim is flirting with critical race theory,” read an email blasted to reporters by an NRCC staffer.
Murdered MP Jo Cox's sister Kim Leadbeater HOLDS Batley and Spen for Labour by just 323 votes
The Labour MP added: 'I'm absolutely delighted that the people of Batley and Spen have rejected division and they've voted for hope.' She will be an outstanding Labour MP for Batley and Spen.' Thank you to the people of Batley & Spen It was so good to see so many activists out on the doorstep.' The people of Batley & Spen have voted for decency and positivity once again.' Miss Leadbeater is the sister of former Batley and Spen Miss Cox, who was murdered in the constituency in 2016.
The GOP expects to claw its way to power on the back of Critical Race Theory and Violence
Multiple states around the nation have passed laws that ban the teaching “Critical Race Theory" — or frankly anything substantive about race — in public schools. Many of these lawmakers say their proposals are designed to keep critical race theory out of schools. Over the past year, the idea of critical race theory has become a political flashpoint. “Critical race theory is not something we teach to students,” said Lisa Luten, a spokeswoman for the school system. Critical race theory is an academic concept that is more than 40 years old.
WriteOn! Writing to Your Audience
If you write for children, there are definite levels of vocabulary for different grades. But even for adults, you should be aware of their comfort level, and the type of writing will dictate just how elaborate you can be. It is utterly legitimate to add to your readers’ vocabulary a word at a time, especially for young readers. This is particularly important to do if you are using acronyms, whether writing news or commenting. Include the meaning in your writing, directly or by context.
Texas soldier who shot BLM protester indicted on murder charge
Daniel Perry was indicted by a Travis County grand jury on charges of murder, aggravated assault and deadly conduct in the July 25 death of Garrett Foster in Austin. He stopped his car, honked, and seconds later, police said Perry drove his car into the crowd, The Texas Tribune reported. When the crowd surrounded the car Perry encountered Foster, a 28-year-old Air Force veteran, who was holding an AK-47 rifle. People hold up their fists at a vigil for Garrett Foster on July 26, 2020 in downtown Austin, Texas. Perry turned himself into the Travis County Jail on Thursday and was released on $300,000 bail.
Dems pushing police farce that GOP’s behind defunding
For starters, voting against a supplementary federal spending package isn’t the same as proactively cutting law enforcement funding or redirecting existing money — which is what progressives who support “defund the police” movement advocate. Indeed, not a single dollar of the American Rescue Plan was ever reserved for law enforcement spending. State and local officials could, if they chose, allocate some of the relief funding towards law enforcement, but they there was no mandate to do so. State and local officials could allocate some of the relief funding towards law enforcement, but they there was no mandate to do so. Sixty-seven percent of Democrats support redistributing portions of police budgets towards social programs, compared with only 16 percent of Republicans.
Italian football team tries (and fails) to keep politics out of sport
Leader of the center-left Democratic Party Enrico Letta said the team should kneel to show a united message against racism. But Matteo Salvini of the far-right League said: “Let’s let the football players play football. Clearly, the intention is not to make anyone unhappy, but in my opinion, it risks making everyone unhappy.”Racism has long been a problem in Italian football. So what does the Italian team hope to achieve with its awkward “we will kneel if you do” compromise? “Elsewhere, like in the U.K. and U.S., [these discussions] have been alive for a while but are only now arriving in Italy.”The Italian football federation says the team is free to decide.
Black TikTok Creators Are On Strike To Protest A Lack Of Credit For Their Work
Black TikTok Creators Are On Strike To Protest A Lack Of Credit For Their WorkEnlarge this image toggle caption Sean Gallup/Getty Images Sean Gallup/Getty ImagesBlack creators on TikTok are hanging up their dancing shoes until further notice. (And even that, Louis said in another post, was copied by a pair of TikTok users whose video got 900,000 views.) During last year's NBA All-Star Weekend, the NBA invited several white TikTok creators, most notably Easterling and siblings Charli and Dixie D'Amelio. Easterling's TikTok videos show her performing numerous TikTok dances with NBA cheerleaders and teaching dances to NBA players — including the Renegade dance. "When are the Black creators finishing their strike?"
Nina Turner Is Reaching Forward and Reaching Back
But the pandemic can be, Turner noted, an opportunity to change things for the better. Activists in the area who spoke with me independently of the Turner campaign described a stagnant city political machine and a police force that continues to brutalize people. Right now, we can’t even do that.”In another part of Cleveland, Turner sat down with local elected officials who’d endorsed her at Bob-N-Sheri’s Fortyniner, an old-school diner with Rock-Ola jukeboxes at the counter. Turner has mined the activist movement space and found a coherent message that resonates with working-class people in a bellwether state. Republicans, Turner noted, “don’t play” when they have power, and Democrats should take that lesson from them if none other.
House Republicans who opposed Covid aid still see funds flow to local police departments
House Republicans who opposed the $1.9 trillion Covid-19 relief bill continue to see the benefits in their communities, and Democrats want to remind voters they are getting federal aid despite — and not because of — their elected officials. As violent crime incidents have increased ahead of the summer, Democrats and Republicans are already trading accusations of responsibility for thinning police ranks. "If Republicans are looking for politicians who have voted to defund police departments, they only need to look in the mirror." The state of police departments and crime are likely to remain hot button political issues for the foreseeable future. Late last year, Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., who was seeking to include state and local funding in a previous aid package, framed the need around saving the jobs of first responders and other local employees.
Top US army chief defends teaching of critical race theory in military academy
The US army's top officer defended the teaching of critical race theory at the force's prestigious academy as he hit back at the suggestion the military has become "woke". "What is wrong with understanding, having some situational understanding about the country for which we are here to defend?" he said during an appearance before the House Armed Services Committee. The military chief was responding to Republican congressmen Matt Gaetz and Michael Waltz, who have voiced concerns about critical race theory, which posits that racism is systemic in American society and its institutions, not isolated to individuals with prejudices. The issue has become a focal point in the country's culture wars in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement, with critics suggesting the teaching is divisive and prejudicial.
L.A. backs new camping restrictions, amid warnings that homelessness will be criminalized
Over the objections of activists, nonprofit groups and two of their colleagues, Los Angeles City Council members on Thursday approved a new package of restrictions on encampments near homeless shelters, daycare centers and an array of other public facilities. Even some who voted in favor sounded like they had low expectations for making progress in combatting the city’s protracted homelessness crisis. Some council members spoke of their own personal struggles with housing insecurity, while others described the suffering and death of homeless people in their own districts. AdvertisementAgainst that backdrop, the city has six council members running for reelection, a seventh running for city controller and an eighth for mayor. The anti-camping ordinance cannot go into effect until council members cast a second vote, which is expected to take place at the end of the month.
An all-white cast at WaterTower Theatre has sparked outrage. After last summer, critics ask, ‘How?’
Last week, WaterTower Theatre released its cast for The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. The WaterTower casting notice even promised as much. According to Peterman, of the 183 actors who auditioned for Curious Incident, only six BIPOC actors went through with the full audition process. “I should’ve stopped and said we need more time,” Banks says of the "Curious Incident" audition process. For the Curious Incident actors, the recent turmoil has been frustrating, to say the least.
National Trust rebels demand veto on new chairman
National Trust members should be given a veto over the appointment of the new chairman to stop the charity's board hiring a political campaigner, rebels are demanding. The four leaders of rebel group Restore Trust said the National Trust should ensure the next chairman was subject to a "confirmatory vote" at the annual general meeting this autumn. However, the demand was refused by the National Trust on Thursday night, which insisted its ruling council would make any final decision. He told The Telegraph: "National Trust members should have a meaningful vote on the chairman who will be steering the ship." Half of the council are elected by National Trust members and half are from organisations which have a connection to the Trust.
OHSU nurse who volunteered as protest medic files excessive force suit against Portland police officer
The suit, filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Portland, accuses Officer Thomas Clark of using excessive force, battery, making an unlawful arrest in violation of his civil rights. Clark brought his weight down on Plaintiff’s torso and covered Plaintiff’s face with one hand while pressing the other against Plaintiff’s neck,” the suit says. An officer then drove Cox to OHSU Hospital, where he was treated, before returning to jail about 6 a.m. on Sept. 1. “This lawsuit is about holding Officer Clark accountable and holding the city’s police department accountable,” Piucci said. One Portland officer faces indictment, accused in mid-June of fourth-degree assault stemming from his alleged baton strikes against a woman he had knocked to the ground during a protest.
Trump's Defense Secretary Esper DEFENDS Mark Milley after ex-president demanded he resign
Trump's former Defense Secretary Mark Esper defended Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mark Milley against the ex-president's attacksDonald Trump's former Secretary of Defense Mark Esper defended Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley after the ex-president attacked him for backing 'woke-ness' in the military. 'Personal attacks on GEN Mark Milley and calls for him to resign are completely unwarranted,' Esper tweeted on Wednesday. He did not endorse critical race theory but strongly condemned those who say it shouldn't be taught. 'I do think it's important, actually, for those of us in uniform to be open-minded and be widely read,' Milley said. 'You mentioned critical race theory -- I'm not a theorist, I'm the chief of Naval operations,' Gilday responded.
Iowa Supreme Court ruling blocks Planned Parenthood's sex education programs
Iowa's high court said Wednesday that the state may refuse to allow Planned Parenthood to conduct sex education programs funded by federal grants, reversing a judge's ruling last year that found the law unconstitutional. State court Judge Paul Scott ruled in May 2020 that Planned Parenthood would likely prevail at trial on its equal protection claim and he blocked the law’s implementation. The court concluded that Planned Parenthood's practice of providing abortions would not be affected by the state's refusal to give it grant money for sex education programs. Planned Parenthood said in a statement that it has received the funding since 2005 and has used Iowa’s state-approved curriculum to provide sex education to tens of thousands of Iowa youth. The organization currently provides sex education at more than 30 schools and 15 community-based youth-serving organizations across Iowa.
Robin DiAngelo Is Very Disappointed in the White People Making Her Rich
Much of Nice Racism consists of DiAngelo detecting racist patterns where others might instead observe people trying in their imperfect ways to be human. There is almost no policy in Nice Racism. Toward the end of Nice Racism, DiAngelo quotes a 75-year-old man who has the gall to write an email criticizing her for making negative generalizations about old white people on NPR. DiAngelo responds with a six-page rant, complete with enumeration of 10 "unspoken white racial 'rules,'" blasting the correspondent's "hostility and condescension." "There is deep racial resentment roiling just under the surface of many white people," DiAngelo writes.
Emmanuel Macron warns France is becoming 'increasingly racialised' in outburst against woke culture
Emmanuel Macron on Thursday warned against the dangers of US-style woke culture in France, saying that debate in the country was becoming increasingly “racialised”. The French president said that creeping racial and identity politics risked “fracturing” the foundations of French society. "I see that our society is becoming progressively racialised," Mr Macron told Elle magazine in an interview coinciding with a UN-sponsored summit on gender inequality in Paris. "Social difficulties are not only explained by gender and the colour of your skin, but also by social inequalities." Critics, however, have warned against importing "woke culture” from the "Anglo-Saxon" world, arguing that an obsession with race and the past traps minorities and women into seeing themselves as victms of oppression and discrimination.
Emmanuel Macron says woke leftist culture is 'racialising' France, causing splits in society
An imported woke leftist culture is 'racialising' France, causing splits in society and holding back ethnic minorities, President Emmanuel Macron has claimed. The French president is pictured with Melinda Gates after their meeting at the Elysee Palace todayMacron took aim in particular at the idea of 'intersectionality' - popular among left-leaning U.S. academics. 'Social difficulties are not only explained by gender and the colour of your skin, but also by social inequalities,' he insisted. 'Social difficulties are not only structured by gender and by skin colour, but also by social inequality,' he said. French President Emmanuel Macron casts his ballot, next to his wife Brigitte Macron, at a polling station in Le Touquet, France for the second round of regional elections on Sunday.
What's in a Name, Part III
Back by absolutely no demand whatsoever, the "What's in a Name" game stumbles forward into a third installment. But the best has to be her tweets about the House Speaker's movements during the January 6 attack on the capitol. For her groveling, she got a gig on TV where she could continue her kabuki for war and foreign plunder. Fluent in CIA, she thinks it's important for viewers to know that W did not "politicize" the Iraq War. In the same spew he called progressives "racist white liberals" because they pushed for policies like better wages, universal health care, debt relief and education.
Emmanuel Macron says woke leftist culture is 'racialising' France, causing splits in society
An imported woke leftist culture is 'racialising' France, causing splits in society and holding back ethnic minorities, President Emmanuel Macron has claimed. 'Social difficulties are not only explained by gender and the colour of your skin, but also by social inequalities,' he insisted. 'Social difficulties are not only structured by gender and by skin colour, but also by social inequality,' he said. Macron also defended the decision to appoint Gerald Darmanin (pictured in Paris last month) as France's Interior Minister. French President Emmanuel Macron casts his ballot, next to his wife Brigitte Macron, at a polling station in Le Touquet, France for the second round of regional elections on Sunday.
Basketball: Italy take knee in Olympic qualifier - English
(ANSA) - ROME, JUL 1 - Italy's basketball team have decided to take the knee to show their opposition to racism and their support for the Black Lives Matter movement at the Olympic qualifying tournament in Belgrade and started out by doing so before their first game against Puerto Rico on Thursday. The Azzurri were meant to have played Senegal on Wednesday but the African team has been excluded because of several COVID-19 cases among players and staff.
Emmanuel Macron says woke leftist culture is 'racialising' France, causing splits in society
An imported woke leftist culture is 'racialising' France, causing splits in society and holding back ethnic minorities, President Emmanuel Macron has claimed. 'Social difficulties are not only explained by gender and the colour of your skin, but also by social inequalities,' he insisted. 'Social difficulties are not only structured by gender and by skin colour, but also by social inequality,' he said. Macron also defended the decision to appoint Gerald Darmanin (pictured in Paris last month) as France's Interior Minister. French President Emmanuel Macron casts his ballot, next to his wife Brigitte Macron, at a polling station in Le Touquet, France for the second round of regional elections on Sunday.
Local NAACP leaders' news briefings with police prompt criticism
City leaders responded like countless officials around the country facing similar circumstances: They held a news conference. These officers need to go home to their families unbruised, unharmed.”Gray was at least the second NAACP branch president since mid-June to stand side by side with city leaders and a police chief after incidents involving officers were captured on camera. “My message is targeted to everyone because the mission and vision of the NAACP is the equity rights of all persons. … We are going to stay with you, Mom, until the end.”Williams said this week that she has a strong working relationship with Graf and other city officials. Tom Roberts, president of the Ohio Conference NAACP, said he encourages branch presidents to work with police.
Azzurri defamed over stance on taking knee - players union - English
(ANSA) - ROME, JUL 1 - Italian professional footballers association AIC said Thursday that it was time to stop a "defamatory campaign" against the Italy players over their stance on taking the knee at Euro 2020. Unlike some national teams, the Azzurri did not take the knee in support of the Black Lives Matter movement before their victory over Austria in the last 16 of the tournament last week. Five of the starting XI took the knee before Italy's last group game against Wales. In a statement to ANSA, the AIC said it "unreservedly stigmatizes the defamatory, biased campaign against the Italian national team players. "All of the Azzurri are our members," added the union ahead of Italy's quarter-final against Belgium in Munich on Friday.
The idea of reparations is not controversial until the conversation turns to Black people
The concept of reparations is not particularly controversial until, well, the conversation turns to Black people. Jewish people have received reparations, and 9/11 victims received reparations,” said Dr. Andre Perry, an author and a senior fellow with the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program. But near the end of his talk, Perry was asked by Ellen Gilligan, the foundation's president and CEO, about reparations. The state should also provide free mental health services and health care to all descendants of formerly enslaved Black Americans along with grants for down payments and housing revitalization for homes. Now is the time to push for reparations in MilwaukeeThe timing is right for a reparations push in Milwaukee.
With a focus on equity, Everett Lott takes helm of agency overseeing how people get around D.C.
You’re aware of our Black Lives Matter Plaza. We are extremely excited about what that has become, and what it means for so many people in the District and in the country. It has become a gathering place for people, for many different reasons. We are also working to get input from the community about what they would like to see in a 2.0 version of slow streets. There are going to be some great opportunities for us to do it in many parts of the city.
From Brett Newski, Klassik, Valerie Lighthart, and more, here are eight top Milwaukee songs and albums to check out in July.
After 17 months, live music will make a noticeable return to Milwaukee this month. These are our eight favorite new albums, EPs and songs from Milwaukee artists to check out in July, listed in alphabetical order by title. 'It's Hard to be a Person: Soundtrack to the Book,' Brett NewskiNewski is one of the hardest-working musicians in Milwaukee, but that doesn't cover it. Newski has a book signing at Shank Hall July 25, where he'll also perform songs solo. "Must-Hear Milwaukee Music" runs on or around the first of every month in the Journal Sentinel and at jsonline.com.
Questlove’s ‘Summer of Soul’ brings the ‘Black Woodstock’ of 1969 to the screen
“I’m not saying there was ever a situation or a conspiracy to stop this from coming out, no matter what. And its time is now.”For Thompson, “Summer of Soul” also represents a new stage in his career. As a director before “Summer of Soul,” he had made only one music video, “Come Close,” for the song by Common featuring Mary J. Blige. The sight of two Rolling Stones in the film without any kind of context to their appearance piqued Thompson’s curiosity. “I didn’t have to use any Black Lives Matter footage or footage of the last administration, because it’s obvious, the mirroring of what happened 50 years ago.
House Republicans who opposed Covid aid still see funds flow to local police departments
House Republicans who opposed the $1.9 trillion Covid-19 relief bill continue to see the benefits in their communities, and Democrats want to remind voters they are getting federal aid despite — and not because of — their elected officials. As violent crime incidents have increased ahead of the summer, Democrats and Republicans are already trading accusations of responsibility for thinning police ranks. "If Republicans are looking for politicians who have voted to defund police departments, they only need to look in the mirror." The state of police departments and crime are likely to remain hot button political issues for the foreseeable future. Late last year, Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., who was seeking to include state and local funding in a previous aid package, framed the need around saving the jobs of first responders and other local employees.
35 LGBTQ people present 'a guidebook for the next 10 years of activism'
We Can Do Better Than This: 35 Voices on the Future of LGBTQ+ Rights is an anthology of pieces by 35 people from the LGBTQ community on how we can start to create a better future. "It's a guidebook for the next 10 years of activism for LGBTQ+ people themselves and for anyone who wants to be an ally." "It's a guidebook for the next 10 years of activism for LGBTQ people themselves and for anyone who wants to be an ally or cares about LGBTQ rights." If the book encourages people to change their minds about the LGBTQ community, that will be really useful, says Abraham. We Can Do Better Than This: 35 Voices on the Future of LGBTQ+ Rights is out now through Vintage Books.
Overnight News Digest: “It will find the truth — which clearly the Republicans fear”
[…] “It will find the truth — which clearly the Republicans fear,” she said during a speech on the House floor Wednesday. Pollution, water transfers and years of worsening drought amid a warming climate continue to build stress for water systems in the area. […] The Biden administration has been teased for trying to stuff climate change into an infrastructure frame. Climate scientists are cautious about citing climate change as the cause of any specific weather event. EuronewsFish are swimming to cooler waters as climate change heats our oceans[…] Climate change is a global issue with global effects that many of us will be aware of on land.
Carlson piles lie upon lie claiming white supremacist terror is no threat, but NSA is spying on him
The main threat we face as a nation, Biden told us, is white supremacy—white American terrorists—and our law enforcement and intelligence agencies have concluded that. Strangely, that’s all that Biden told us. But then Carlson veered into dubious-averred-conversations territory by claiming that two FBI agents agreed with him wholly:We still don’t know the answer. Neither do many longtime FBI agents, as we learned this weekend when we spoke to a couple of them. Americans are in fact much more likely to die from a lightning strike than at the hands of a white supremacist.
UK Batley and Spen by-election is a carnival of reaction
Today’s by-election in Batley and Spen has caused panic in the Labour Party over what a potential defeat could mean for its leader Sir Keir Starmer. The Batley and Spen by-election also takes place less than a week after Health Secretary Matt Hancock was forced to resign amid evidence of corruption and cronyism. In Chesham and Amersham, Labour recorded its worst ever by-election result, and was pushed into fourth place, losing its deposit. At any rate, Galloway’s intervention is aimed at politically rescuing the crisis-ridden Labour Party, with his message that a vote for him will force a leadership challenge and a change in its course. Whatever the outcome of the Batley and Spen by-election, the campaign has revealed that the deep alienation of the working class from the Labour Party does not solve its political tasks—it raises them to a higher level.
Paterson mayor moves to fire cop charged in unprovoked attack on black man
The move came after a coalition of community organizations — including Paterson Black Lives Matter — demanded Officer Spencer Finch be kicked off the force, according to The Paterson Press. Police body camera footage of the May 26 incident shows Officer Finch attacking an unidentified unarmed black man. ”And intolerable, that’s why we reached this point.”Hours before the announcement, the coalition of community groups reportedly released a statement calling for Finch’s ouster. Paterson Mayor Andre Sayegh said Officer Spencer Finch’s assault on the man man was “intolerable.” Anadolu Agency via Getty ImagesFinch’s lawyer, Anthony J. Iacullo, reportedly accused the mayor of bowing to political pressure to violate the cop’s contract. Finch reportedly has five days to contest his termination.
Florida's new transgender athlete law challenged in federal court
John Kennedy, Capital BureauUSA TODAY NETWORK-FLORIDATALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A day before it takes effect, a new Florida law banning transgender females from competing on women's and girls’ sports teams was challenged Wednesday as unconstitutional in federal court. The lawsuit was filed in the Southern District of Florida on the last day of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) “Pride Month.”IN-DEPTH:Conservatives want to ban transgender athletes from girls sports. DeSantis signs transgender athlete ban on first day of Pride MonthGov. The transgender athlete ban now joins a host of new laws which DeSantis pushed through Florida’s Republican-controlled Legislature that are being challenged in federal courts. “In Florida, girls are going to play girls sports and boys are going to play boys sports.
Lawman Joe Lombardo outlines candidacy for governor
Two-time Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo outlined his campaign platform in a sit-down interview with the Review-Journal, pledging not to raise taxes and to defend the Second Amendment. Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo poses with his campaign sign after announcing his candidacy for governor of Nevada during an event at Rancho High School in North Las Vegas Monday, June 28, 2021. Lombardo has 33 years in law enforcement, the last seven at the helm of the 5,700-person Metropolitan Police Department. As the pandemic wore on, other state — Lombardo cites Florida, Texas and South Dakota – imposed narrower restrictions “in a more targeted way versus a global way,” and relaxed them sooner. “I’ve been a lifetime Republican,” Lombardo said.
Racism’s no cure for racism and other commentary
The DOJ “point-blank accuses the Georgia legislature of racism,” as it complains “Georgia’s new law tightens the use of drop boxes” — but the legislature “had never approved the use of drop boxes”; bureaucrats at the State Election Board had. Fix it, so we can “get on with defending democracy the right way.”Liberal: Learn From Joe ManchinSen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) “has become a target of progressives who insist that he toe the line. Rep. ­Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a progressive warrior representing a progressive district; Joe Manchin is a militant moderate representing a conservative state,” notes ex-Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY) at The Hill. they need to add Democrats and close in on a filibuster-proof majority. But the 2022 Senate electoral landscape will be fought in moderate swing states .
House creates committee to investigate Jan. 6 Capitol attack
(Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)The House voted largely along party lines Wednesday to create a special committee to investigate the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol by a pro-Trump crowd. Valadao said in a statement he still thought an independent commission was the best route and was worried the investigation would drag on. The House committee created Wednesday has no such deadline to complete its work, which could stretch on for months if witnesses refuse to cooperate. The bill allows Pelosi to name the chairperson and eight committee members, with a Pelosi aide hinting that she may include a Republican among the members she picks. The other five committee members will be selected "after consultation with" McCarthy, meaning Pelosi could choose to reject them.
Silence Isn’t Neutral
“I feel like it was [a] setup, I feel like they did it on purpose,” Berry told the Post, laughing but adamantly “pissed.” The hammer thrower has a history of podium protests. It never has.”Yet when she arrives at the Olympics, Berry will be expected to stand up and stand quietly, her hands by her side, if she wins a medal. It is disrespectful, and dehumanizing, to make athletes open themselves up to press but keep them from speaking on their own terms. If kneeling for the anthem sends a political message, then so does standing with your hand over your heart; telling athletes to do the latter or risk ejection from the games isn’t neutral, it’s censorship, and a setup. “I think sports is a distraction,” Berry told the Post.
US embassy flies Black Lives Matter flag in Port of Spain
US embassy flies Black Lives Matter flag in Port of SpainIn this June 2020 file photo, Amanda McIntyre, Abeo Jackson and TerryAnn Roy, Citizens concern with the recent injustice against African-Americans and the killing of George Floyd that have sparked fiery protest throughout the United States, Opposite the US Embassy, Queens Park West, Port of Spain. - ROGER JACOBThe US embassy in Port of Spain raised the Black Lives Matter (BLM) flag at its Queen’s Park West compound all day on Wednesday to mark its "commitment to promoting diversity, equity and inclusion" for staff as well as in its programmes and activities, a release said. On Saturday the embassy raised the rainbow pride flag to mark the start of TT’s Pride Month. "The staff forum arose from the Biden-Harris administration’s prioritising diversity, equity, and inclusion at all levels of the United States government," it said. And we have the unwavering commitment from the Biden-Harris administration’s most senior leadership that prioritising diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility is also a national security imperative,” Moore said.
Trump demands Joint Chiefs Chairman Mark Milley RESIGN
Donald Trump on Wednesday called on Joint Chiefs Chairman Mark Milley to resign so he can be replaced by 'someone actually willing to defend our military'. He did not endorse critical race theory but strongly condemned those who say it shouldn't be taught. 'He reads communists to understand communism, but it's interesting he doesn't read white supremacists to understand white supremacy. 'I do think it's important, actually, for those of us in uniform to be open-minded and be widely read,' Milley said. 'You mentioned critical race theory -- I'm not a theorist, I'm the chief of Naval operations,' Gilday responded.
Surry County Made National News for Its Commissioners' Conservative Showmanship. It's Not the First Time.
By June 2, national outlets took notice; Surry County made headlines at The Hill and CBS, as well as conservative outlets like Fox News and New York Post. At that meeting, in another 3-2 vote, the commissioners took back their previous declaration. This isn’t the first time Surry County has made national news for its conservative politics. Despite all this, Surry County isn’t as staunchly Republican as people may expect. Surry County has more than 4,000 Black residents and almost 8,000 Latinx residents (my family is included in that count, although we are white Latinx).
A Government Watchdog May Have Missed Clearview AI Use By Five Federal Agencies In A New Report
In a government accountability report about facial recognition, five federal agencies said they didn't use Clearview AI. In the GAO report, those five organizations admitted to using some type of facial recognition software in their work, but not Clearview AI. Ten federal agencies — including Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Customs and Border Protection — said they specifically used Clearview AI. The GAO report says that information about “the extent” to which agencies used Clearview was omitted due to its sensitive nature. But excluding information about how exactly Clearview was used wouldn’t affect yes-or-no answers agencies gave about whether they had used Clearview.