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Saints delete tweet showing Drew Brees in #SayHerName shirt after complaints it was for pro-Trump shooting victim Ashli Babbitt

The New Orleans Saints deleted a tweet showing quarterback Drew Brees wearing a #SayHerName shirt before Sunday’s playoff game against the Chicago Bears — which he and other players have worn all season to draw attention to the
Breonna Taylor shooting — over complaints Brees actually wore it for Ashli Babbitt, a supporter of President Donald Trump who was fatally shot by police during last week’s Capitol siege, USA Today’s For the Win reported.

What’s the background?

Brees apparently is having a tough time living down off-season controversy in which
he stood against NFL players kneeling during national anthem and said he’ll “never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America.”

Teammate Malcolm Jenkins ripped Brees for his stance, saying in a now-deleted video that “we’re done talking, Drew. And people who share your sentiments, who express those and push them throughout the world, the airwaves, are the problem … it’s unfortunate because I considered you a friend. I looked up to you. You’re somebody who I had a great deal of respect for. But sometimes you should shut the f*** up.”

The next day
Brees apologized: “I would like to apologize to my friends, teammates, the City of New Orleans, the black community, NFL community and anyone I hurt with my comments yesterday,” he wrote in a lengthy post. “In speaking with some of you, it breaks my heart to know the pain I have caused.”

Then after Trump argued that Brees shouldn’t have backed down,
Brees pushed back with a message to the president, saying “we can no longer use the flag to turn people away or distract them from the real issues that face our black communities.”

Twitter mob triumphs again

So even after Brees’ massive mea culpa, the Twitter mob apparently didn’t take kindly to the Saints’ tweet showing Brees in the #SayHerName warm-up shirt — and For the Win said “fans
speculated in the Saints’ mentions that Brees was possibly co-opting the Breonna Taylor social justice hashtag for Ashli Babbitt.”

Here’s what other woke detractors had to say:

  • “Drew Brees got on a say her name shirt for that white lady that got killed at the capital but wouldn’t stand on black issues,” one Twitter user noted. “Yeah Saints losing by 10.”
  • “Brees definitely wore that Tee shirt for the lady killed in D.C.,” another user said. “He has always been a closet racist in my mind.”
  • “Nah, man Saints fan explain this s**t!!!!!!” one Twitter user exclaimed.
  • “Drew Brees wearing a #sayhername shirt is almost hilarious,” another commenter said. “After all the crap he said about kneeling. He wants us to believe this now?”
  • “So… is Drew Brees wearing that shirt for Breonna Taylor or for that dumb chick who got shot down like a possum after rioting in the Capitol? another user asked.
  • “I’m pretty offended seeing Drew Brees rock a sayhername shirt,” another commenter said.

With that, the
tweet was deleted — but as you no doubt know by now, all things tend to survive on the Internet:


Image source: Twitter

The Saints soon
tweeted another photo — without Brees as the visual focal point — noting that the shirt “is for the Saints Players Coalition initiative to amplify the voices and experiences of black women.”

Oh, and the Saints failed to lose by 10, as the aforementioned Twitter user predicted — rather they won by 12, with Brees tossing two touchdown passes in a 21-9 victory over the Bears.

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School board member who uttered ‘crack the whip’ in regard to graduation rates called on to resign

A school board member in Washington state is being called upon to resign after saying “we need to crack the whip” in regard to graduation rates.

What are the details?

Clover Park School District’s Paul Wagemann used the phrase during a Dec. 14 virtual board meeting, the Suburban Times reported.

Wagemann said he was referring to the 10% to 11% of district students who fail to graduate and that he meant the district needs to do all it can to help those students get their diplomas, the paper said.

But his opponent from the last school board election — Taniesha Lyons — said the phrase “is rooted in slavery” and demanded Wagemann’s resignation, calling him an “explicit racist” in a letter to the board.

According to Grammarist, “crack the whip” means “to push someone to work harder, to demand more work from someone or that someone work faster or longer” and makes no reference to slavery. Grammarist also said the phrase “describes the literal cracking of a whip over a horse’s head to startle him into obeying.”

Lyons also launched a petition in mid-December calling for Wagemann’s resignation. The petition has collected 190 signatures as of Tuesday.

“The Clover Park School Board cannot tell the community that they are working towards racial equity and require their staff to be culturally competent when a board member who can vote on policies that affect black and brown students within the district is a blatant racist,” she wrote in her letter to the board. “Paul maintaining his seat on the board, contradicts the Clover Park School District’s claims that racism and bigotry are not tolerated within the Clover Park School District. Paul is a considerable liability and puts the Clover Park school district at risk.”

How did district officials react?

Clover Park Education Association Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion Filma Fontanilla said in a letter to the board that she was “hurt, appalled, and disgusted” by Wagemann’s remark.

Fontanilla also wrote that after board President Marty Schafer called out Wagemann for his “crack the whip” comment, Wagemann said, “I know what it means, and I meant it.” Fontanilla added that Schafer responded by saying, “That is not a comment I am comfortable with.”

The College Fix said it asked Wagemann and Schafer for comment on the matter and that Wagemann replied that he forwarded the outlet’s request to Schafer and the district superintendent. Schafer said no action was taken against Wagemann at a special Dec. 21 board meeting as its purpose was just “an opportunity to openly discuss and seek clarification,” the College Fix added.

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University of Michigan’s ‘Words Matter Task Force’ says the words ‘picnic’ and ‘brown bag’ are offensive

The University of Michigan has a “Words Matter Task Force,” and the organization has declared that certain words such as “picnic” and “brown bag” are offensive.

The Words Matter Task Force has “evaluated the terms and language conventions that may hinder effective communication, harm morale, and deliberately or inadvertently exclude people from feeling accepted to foment a healthy and inclusive culture.” The group, which is a part of Michigan’s Information and Technology Services, advises that people should avoid using so-called problematic words such as “privileged account,” “handicapped,” “blacklist,” “crazy,” “grandfathered,” and “dummy.”

The Information and Technology Services, a “trusted enabler of technology for the U-M community,” created the Words Matter Task Force. The group claims that by “using inclusive language, ITS is able to design and build better tools and services to meet customers’ needs.”

“Given the importance of communication and the ITS core value of inclusivity, the Words Matter Task Force was formed and charged with identifying terms used within ITS that are, or can be construed to be, racist, sexist, or non-inclusive,” the Words Matter Task Force states in the 10-page document that was updated on Dec. 8.

Inclusive language means not using sayings such as “long time no see,” “crack the whip,” “low man on the totem pole,” “off the reservation,” and “sold down the river.”

Despite the word “picnic” being labeled as offensive by the Words Matter Task Force, a Reuters fact-check article stated that the word “picnic” is “not racist” and “does not originate from the lynchings of African Americans.”

“The word picnic derives from the 17th century French word ‘pique-nique,’ a term used to describe a social gathering in which attendees each contributed with a portion of food or another useful item,” according to Dr David Pilgrim, author of several books on the history and cultural symbols of the Jim Crow era.

Despite being the “Information and Technology Services,” tech terms such as “master” and “slave” are prohibited. Technopedia defines “master/slave” as a “model of communication for hardware devices where one device has a unidirectional control over one or more devices.”

The guidance also advises people to not use the term “preferred pronouns” and to simply call them “pronouns.”

The Words Matter Task Force wants to “create educational animations/short videos for ITS staff” with three purposes:

  • To encourage empathy for how others may feel when words have negative connotations.
  • To spur curiosity about why words matter, and direct people to other educational resources.
  • To provide a non-threatening, quick resource that is easily shared/disseminated.

The “educational” short videos would use “neutral characters” such as “stick figures.”

In September, the University of Michigan-Dearborn apologized for organizing a virtual cafe event for students that was segregated by race.

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No more sex identification on birth certificates, New England Journal of Medicine article declares

A New England Journal of Medicine article published last week states that birth certificates no longer should include sex identification “given the particularly harmful effects of such designations on intersex and transgender people.”

What are the details?

The article said birth certificates in 1949 underwent a revision that “created a line of demarcation. The legally identifying fields above the line appear on certified copies of birth certificates, whereas information in the fields below the line, which is used for statistical purposes, is deidentified and reported in the aggregate. Race and parents’ marital status, for example, were moved below the line of demarcation to permit self-identification and to avoid stigma, respectively.”

Simply put, the authors said it’s time to move sex designation below the line.

More from the article:

Designating sex as male or female on birth certificates suggests that sex is simple and binary when, biologically, it is not. Sex is a function of multiple biologic processes with many resultant combinations. About 1 in 5000 people have intersex variations. As many as 1 in 100 people exhibit chimerism, mosaicism, or micromosaicism, conditions in which a person’s cells may contain varying sex chromosomes, often unbeknownst to them.2 The biologic processes responsible for sex are incompletely defined, and there is no universally accepted test for determining sex.

Assigning sex at birth also doesn’t capture the diversity of people’s experiences. About 6 in 1000 people identify as transgender, meaning that their gender identity doesn’t match the sex they were assigned at birth. Others are nonbinary, meaning they don’t exclusively identify as a man or a woman, or gender nonconforming, meaning their behavior or appearance doesn’t align with social expectations for their assigned sex.

Sex designations on birth certificates offer no clinical utility; they serve only legal — not medical — goals. Certainly, knowing a patient’s sex is useful in many contexts, when it is appropriately interpreted. Sex modifies the clinical suspicion of a heart attack in the absence of classic symptoms and is a proxy for many undefined social, environmental, and biologic factors in research, for example. But, in each of these applications, sex is merely a stand-in for other variables and is not generally ascertained from a birth certificate.

‘Keeping sex designations above the line causes harm’

The piece emphasizes that “keeping sex designations above the line causes harm.”

More from the article:

For people with intersex variations, the birth certificate’s public sex designation invites scrutiny, shame, and pressure to undergo unnecessary and unwanted surgical and medical interventions.1Sex assignments at birth may be used to exclude transgender people from serving in appropriate military units, serving sentences in appropriate prisons, enrolling in health insurance, and, in states with strict identification laws, voting. Less visibly, assigning sex at birth perpetuates a view that sex as defined by a binary variable is natural, essential, and immutable. Participation by the medical profession and the government in assigning sex is often used as evidence supporting this view. Imposing such a categorization system risks stifling self-expression and self-identification.

People with intersex variations may undergo surgeries before they are old enough to consent, often losing reproductive capacity and sexual sensation as a result. Transgender people receive worse health care and have worse outcomes than cisgender people.3 Health care professionals have a particular duty to support vulnerable populations who have historically been harmed by clinicians and by the medical system in general.

The bathroom thing

The authors of the article go further and address safety concerns related to transgender individuals using locker rooms and restrooms of their choice. “But fears about privacy and safety violations in public accommodations aren’t supported by evidence. A study examining the effects of a Massachusetts law protecting transgender people in public accommodations revealed no increase in violations. Meanwhile, many intersex and transgender people avoid public spaces, including restrooms, for fear of mistreatment.”

Passports and other documents

The authors also say that if sex designations are removed from birth certificates, it would allow applicants for passports and other government-issued documents “to identify their gender without medical verification.”

Pushback

A number of article commenters questioned the authors’ conclusions:

  • “I consider myself a left of center thinking person but this goes a little too far down a rabbit hole I don’t want to step into,” one reader noted.
  • “If a person who is male wants to pretend they are female, does that mean I legally have to pretend with them?” another reader asked.
  • “Tinkering with birth certificates will not alter the fact that humans are either men OR women, as little as the Flat Earth Society can make the earth flat,” another reader commented. “There are tiny flat patches on earth and a tiny number of humans have ambiguous sex but this does not change the fundamental principles.”
  • “This kind of thinking is just another example of how far we are wandering from truth,” another reader said.
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Who’s next on the cancel culture chopping block? It could be the Vancouver Canucks — because of their killer whale logo

Hey, y’all — there’s a new “cultural appropriation” culprit in town whose neck might get a turn upon cancel culture’s chopping block — and it’s none other than the Vancouver Canucks of the National Hockey League.

Why?

Turns out the team’s killer whale logo is a problem — at least according to a history/indigenous studies professor from the University of Manitoba.

So, how can orca imagery be so politically incorrect? Sean Carleton explained it all in a lengthy Twitter thread Monday that began with the following post:

Carleton said the orca bursting from the top of the “c” on the Canucks’ logo resembles the art of the Coast Salish, a people group indigenous to British Columbia.

“The orca logo’s Coast Salish-inspired imagery was designed without Indigenous consultation and has served as the team’s ‘brand’ since 1997,” Carleton added. “As a Canucks fan and an historian of Indigenous-settler relations in BC, the orca logo is, without a doubt, cultural appropriation.”

Here’s more:

“People will say, but Sean the imagery is a ‘a sign of respect.’ How respectful is continuing to make piles of money from a business you operate on stolen land all the while branding that business with stolen imagery,” he continued. “That’s the logic of colonial capitalism for you.”

Carleton noted the following near the end of his thread:

What has the team owner said?

Last year, Canucks owner Francesco Aquilini said while the team “might tweak” the logo, the Canucks will keep it.

“I like the logo. It’s indigenous to the region. We’re going to keep it,” he said.

Aquilini added that the logo “represents the current generation. … We’ve got a whole new group of fans, and they identify with this logo, and they like this logo.”

How did folks react to Carleton’s thread?

As you might guess, not everyone saw things the professor’s way:

  • “Just out of curiosity, do you own a home on that same stolen land?” one user asked Carleton. “How much of the increase in home equity do you give back to the rightful owners?”
  • “Oh okay KAREN,” another commenter exclaimed. “They’re not profiting off the art, they’re profiting off the on ice product. People aren’t going to the games because, oh hey that’s a nice logo! No! Truthfully it seems like you’re trying to just attract attention to yourself in the name of the indigenous. So awful.”
  • Another user got right to the point: “Dude, shut the f*** up. You’re an actual f***ing idiot.”

And another thing

Something else to add to the conversation is that the term “canuck” itself can be considered a slur, particularly if it’s used by non-Canadians to describe Canadians. You can read more about that conundrum here.

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Cops called to campus dorm — for drawing of penis on dry-erase board. Police take no action, but it’s reported to Bias Response Team.

It was quite the scene at the Wells House residence hall on the campus of Missouri State University, the College Fix reported.

Officers from the Springfield Police Department were called, and they — along with campus officials and resident assistants — met in the dorm lobby before they were escorted to the fourth floor, the outlet said, citing a report filed by Campus Safety Officer John Matthews.

And what did they encounter when they entered the hallway? An all-out brawl? Drunken students? Drugs?

No, nothing that mundane. Instead the intervening party were in for an eyeful of something truly unique: A drawing of a penis on a dry-erase board on a student’s door — along with the words “You’re a dick” next to the drawing, the Fix said.

What are the details?

The resident assistant who found the drawing told police she “did not have any information about who might have made the drawing or when it was done,” the outlet noted, adding that the RA also told cops that she was unaware of “any problems on her floor that might be related.”

After officials were through scraping their shocked bodies off the floor and administering smelling salts to each other, a decision was made.

The Fix said police “took no further action,” according to the report.

But alas, the outlet added that the incident was reported to the Missouri State Bias Response Team — and the school encourages students and faculty to notify the BRT when bias arises. Turns out the penis-drawn-on-dry-erase-board fracas was one of 28 incidents filed that year with the school’s Bias Response Team, the Fix said.

The outlet said it obtained copies of the reports through an open records law request, and many student names are redacted in the reports to protect their identities.

According to the Missouri State BRT website, a campus community member accused of bias may be subject to “voluntary interventions” that may include “a variety of activities including discussion, mediation, training, counseling and consensus building,” the Fix said.

Other bias incidents

The Wells House dorm apparently was a popular spot for other bias incidents.

  • A resident assistant found two female students writing, “Hi my name is Slim Shady! or Nazi Baby” on the whiteboard outside another female student’s door, the outlet said. When asked to explain themselves, the students said “Nazi Baby” was an affectionate nickname they had given the other student because of her blonde hair and blue eyes, the Fix added. But still police were called at 11:22 p.m., and an officer arrived a half hour later to look at the whiteboard message, the outlet said. The officer “stated that no report would be written due to there not being any malicious intent perceived in the comment,” the Fix said.
  • University Safety was called over a whiteboard message that read, “Hi! Shabbat Shalom! Allahu Akbar,” the outlet noted. The area safety coordinator knocked on the door several times but did not detect any movement inside the room, the Fix said, adding that RAs debated about calling police. Campus safety was notified and recommended not calling police, the outlet said, adding that clearance was then given to erase the whiteboard.

Oh, and a faculty member riding the Bear Line shuttle overheard on the bus radio that “a little oriental girl is waiting” at a stop, the Fix said, adding that the bias complaint said the voice sounded like it was from an “older male” radioing in from another bus. “His tone wasn’t mean spirited, and I don’t think he meant anything negative by it, but training on current, respectful vs. outdated, inappropriate language seems needed,” the complaint read, according to the outlet.

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Thomas Jefferson name dropped from school due to pain his legacy can cause black students, board says

A Virginia elementary school named after Thomas Jefferson is dropping the name of the third president of the United States, author of the Declaration of Independence, and iconic Founding Father after the Falls Church School Board voted 7-0 for the change, WTOP-FM reported.

The station said the board also voted Tuesday night to change the name of a high school named after George Mason, another Founding Father.

What are the details?

“After deep and careful consideration of everything I’ve heard and read, I conclude that renaming both schools is in the best interest of our students and a necessary part of our equity work,” board Chairman Greg Anderson said Tuesday, WTOP said.

The move to drop the schools’ names began in the summer at the height of social unrest sparked by the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, the station said.

Some school board members said their thinking evolved over the months in favor of changing the school names, and they began to understand the hurt the Jefferson and Mason names can cause black students, WTOP reported.

“The voice of some African Americans in our community who spoke up pushed me off the fence on to the side of seeing that it is essential we change the names,” board member Shannon Litton told the station. “What I heard from them is that this matters.”

Board Vice Chairwoman Shawna Russell said students should not feel marginalized or uncomfortable, WTOP said: “We must serve all the children. … We need to find names welcoming to all.”

Most parents against name changes

The board’s unanimous vote to drop the names came despite a community survey that found 61% of the parents of Thomas Jefferson students and 57% of George Mason High parents were opposed to the idea, the station said.

A major reason survey participants said they were against changing the school names is because Jefferson and Mason were Founding Fathers who greatly contributed to Virginia and the nation, the station added.

“I considered the survey results and the community discussion that followed, and I revisited our public hearings … I conclude that the public is split, and if you go beyond the simple number, I’ve heard reasoned perspectives from those in favor of retaining the names and from those in favor of changing the names,” Anderson said, according to WTOP.

One of the speakers at the board meeting, Dr. Jennifer Santiago, said she represented those in the minority who favored dropping the names, the station noted.

“While there are many times majority rules works in issues of equity, it is the opposite that is needed,” Santiago said, WTOP reported. “If the majority rule worked for traditionally marginalized groups, we would not have systemic racism.”

Former student William Henneberg — who attended the elementary and high schools — said the name change is a bad idea, the station reported.

“Do not encourage our students to be victims or to use offense as a means to shut others down,” Henneberg said, according to WTOP. “Encourage our children to be critical thinkers.”

But Santiago disagreed, saying the majority’s decision-making has ruled for a long time and that those in the minority are most impacted in this case, the station said.

“We need to listen very strongly to the minority response to this survey,” Santiago said, according to WTOP. “Because the voices making up that number are the ones most negatively affected by the lives and legacies of these two men.”

The renaming process will begin with the board’s meeting next Tuesday, the station said.

‘Petty tyrants’

On her Wednesday night show, Fox News’ Laura Ingraham called the Falls Church board members “petty tyrants” for their vote, which she said sides with the “purgers of history.”

Here’s her segment, which explores the woke educational trend nationwide:


Ingraham: School board bows to ‘radical activists’

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(H/T: The College Fix)

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White woman’s ‘broth bar’ blasted for ‘cultural appropriation.’ Apologies, sales stoppage, and promises of ‘cultural sensitivity training’ follow.

Howls of “cultural appropriation” rang out recently over a pop-up “broth bar” in Toronto that sells bone broth, hot sauce, and multicultural foods — primarily because the company hosting it is owned by a white woman,
blogTO reported.

What are the details?

The outlet noted that the broth bar by
Ripe Nutrition popped up inside an athletic apparel store named PERMISSION earlier this month — but that partnership is kaput since the woke mob began lodging complaints.

Toronto Star editor Evy Kwong was prominent in the outrage campaign and posted
a Twitter thread last week to that end about the “white owned trendy spot”:

Kwong also noted she was “sick” over the pop-up “sexualizing” some items — for example, sauces called “jerk me” and “hot pho u” and calling the broth bar a “brothel,” blogTO said.

She
added that “the cultures they are taking from literally fight daily for legitimacy. the *wellness* cleansing of the food, the lack historical understanding, and the number of followers is alarming. i’m not tryna knock small businesses but damn, this one hurts.”

Kwong also said PERMISSION is located across from
Golden Turtle, a restaurant that has been serving authentic pho and Vietnamese cuisine since 1987 and has been struggling to survive amid the pandemic, blogTO reported.

What happened next?

After many complaints and criticism, an apologetic Laura Santino — cofounder of PERMISSION — told blogTO that the collaboration with Ripe Nutrition was done: “We acknowledge the hurt this has caused and apologize sincerely. Our pop-up was not in line with community values or our company ethos, and we have decided to part ways, effective immediately.”

Ripe Nutrition also apologized on Instagram:

“It is not the responsibility of people of colour to educate me, a white woman, on why cultural appropriation isn’t acceptable,” the statement from Ripe Nutrition founder Alexandra Baird read.

She added that she removed all culturally insensitive products from her company’s website and is looking to “cultural sensitivity training” for the whole staff.

Anything else?

Cultural appropriation outrage has touched many sectors of society of late:

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Mutual of Omaha ditches Native American chief logo in nod to racial and social justice — but will PETA protest the new one?

Amid the flurry of moves by major food brands to change their names and logos to reflect racial sensitivity in the wake of George Floyd’s death — as well as the protests and riots that followed — Mutual of Omaha was no different and chose to ditch its Native American chief logo.

And now it has unveiled its replacement.

Drumroll, please

The logo is now an image of a lion, which points to the iconic TV program “Wild Kingdom,” the Omaha World-Herald reported.

The paper said the company decided an African lion would be the best animal from the wild to represent it as a symbol of strength and protection.

“We tried tons of animals,” Keith Clark, senior vice president of marketing at Mutual of Omaha, told the World-Herald. “This one really rose to the top.”

More from the paper:

Native American imagery had been part of Mutual of Omaha’s logo for 70 years, with the distinctive profile of a chief a familiar sight atop the Fortune 500 company’s headquarters.

But in the wake of the national reckoning over racial justice spawned by the killing of George Floyd while in Minneapolis police custody, the company announced in July that the logo’s time had passed.

Mutual Chairman and CEO James Blackledge said that while the chief logo had long been viewed by the company as a sign of strength and respect, “we are still using a symbol from another culture that isn’t ours.”

The company dropped the image, kept the company name in its distinctive font and launched the search for a new logo.

Mutual of Omaha tested four logos, the World-Herald said, adding that the lion logo generated the best response with only 10% of respondents not liking it and many liking it a lot.

“It was head and shoulders above the rest,” Clark told the paper.

The World-Herald added that the company’s old logo will live on at Omaha’s Durham Museum and that Mutual of Omaha has given a number of items featuring the chief logo to the museum as well as its history.

It’s unclear if the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals will protest the new lion logo as exploiting the King of the Jungle.

Anything else?

As TheBlaze has previously reported, a number of businesses have gone the same route as Mutual of Omaha. For instance, Uncle Ben’s rice recently changed its name and no longer uses the image of a black man on its boxes. The image now simply reads “Ben’s Original” in blue lettering over an orange background.

Quaker Oats announced that the famous Aunt Jemima brand of breakfast syrup and pancake mix would be going away because it perpetuates racial stereotypes, and Eskimo Pie also planned on changing its name.

L’Oreal — the world’s largest cosmetic and beauty company — said it would stop using the word “whitening” on its products; and the Houston Association of Realtors decided to axe the word “master” in descriptions of bedrooms and bathrooms on real estate listings in favor of the term “primary.”

Also, the Court of Master Sommeliers, which “sets the global standard of excellence for beverage service within the hospitality industry,” will stop using the term “master sommelier.”

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Professor actually says ‘legal vote’ is just as ‘racist’ as ‘welfare queen,’ ‘super predator,’ and — ‘personal responsibility’

You might recall the exploits of Ibram Kendi, who made a few headlines in September by
suggesting that now-Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett adopted two Haitian children to shield herself from accusations of racism.

Well, Kendi has stayed busy since then.

What’s the latest?

Earlier this month it was reported that he spoke as part of a Stanford University webinar and stated “most organizations and institutions are racist.”

And then Kendi — author of “How to Be an Antiracist” and
founder of Boston University’s Center for Antiracist Research — weighed in over the weekend amid voter fraud accusations from President Donald Trump’s campaign.

Specifically he declared on Twitter that the term “legal vote” also is racist:

“The term ‘legal vote’ is as fictionally fraught and functionally racist as the terms ‘illegal alien’ and ‘race neutral’ and ‘welfare queen’ and ‘handouts’ and ‘super predator’ and ‘crackbaby’ and ‘personal responsibility’ and ‘post racial,'” he
tweeted.

He added:

“The misinformation of widespread voter fraud — or ‘illegal voting’ — in Detroit, Philadelphia, Atlanta, and Phoenix where Black and Brown voters predominate is baked into the term ‘legal vote,'” he
added. “No matter what GOP propaganda says, there’s nothing wrong with those voters and votes.”

How did observers react?

As you might imagine, Kendi received some pushback over his allegation that the term “legal vote” is racist:

  • “There is nothing racist about the term ‘legal vote,'” one commenter wrote. “I applaud your continued grift, but that’s all it is.”
  • “Huh? Votes do have to meet certain requirements to be legal, and votes that fail to meet them — whoever cast them — fail to be legal,” another user wrote. “What am I missing?”
  • “Just say it, sir. You can do it. Three little worlds: ‘RULES ARE RACIST.’ We know that’s what you’ve been wanting to say forever. You can be yourself here — it’s a safe space. Show us your hateful soul,” another commenter quipped.
  • And Josh Barnett — an Arizona Republican who lost his bid for a seat in the U.S. House Representatives last week — told Kendi, “No. It means legal. It has nothing to do with the race or any other ridiculous correlation your [sic] trying to make.”

Anything else?

Here’s Kendi speaking in a YouTube video posted last month titled, “The Heartbeat of Being an Antiracist Is the Ability to Confess”:


Ibram X. Kendi: “The Heartbeat Of Being An Antiracist Is The Ability To Confess”

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(H/T: The College Fix)

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Amy Coney Barrett’s sorority deletes tweet recognizing her Supreme Court nomination, apologizes for being ‘hurtful to many’

Among her many accomplishments while attending Rhodes College back in the day — Phi Beta Kappa, Omicron Delta Kappa, Mortar Board, Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society, Honor Council, Rhodes Student Hall of Fame — Judge Amy Coney Barrett also is a member of the Kappa Delta sorority.

So as one might expect, the sorority last month noted Barrett’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court with a tweet. Characterizing it as congratulatory, however, is probably taking it a bit far.

“KD alumna Amy Coney Barrett was nominated to serve on the Supreme Court,” the Sept. 28 tweet read, according to the College Fix. “While we do not take a stand on political appointments, we recognize Judge Coney Barrett’s significant accomplishment. We acknowledge our members have a variety of views and a right to their own beliefs.”

It isn’t clear if the author held her nose or not while pressing the “tweet” button.

Oops

But given that Barrett is conservative — and everything else that comes along with that — some loud voices apparently were beside themselves over Kappa Delta daring to say “we recognize Judge Coney Barrett’s significant accomplishment.”

The College Fix reported that that original tweet was deleted — and the day after the original post went up, the sorority wrote an apology tweet to those who offended by the original tweet as well as those upset by its removal.

“Our approach was disappointing and hurtful to many,” the sorority wrote.

“We did not intend to enter a political debate, take a stand on the Supreme Court nomination, cause division among our sisters, or alienate any of our members,” the message continued.

Then after explaining how the sorority will redouble its efforts to increase inclusivity and diversity and encourage members to speak out, the tweet ended with this sentence: “Thank you for holding us accountable.”

What was the reaction?

Amy Siskind — an author, feminist, and activist — said she’s “embarrassed” that Barrett “is in any way associated with our sisterhood. She does not stand for our values, and that goes well beyond a half century old decision. [B]ut I appreciate national addressing the hurt this has caused.”

Others, however, didn’t appreciate Siskind’s sentiments:

  • “Crybaby radical Leftist whines about the ascent of a truly extraordinary woman,” one commenter replied. “Pathetic, and nasty, too. A semi-normal person apart from politics would congratulate ACB and be honored a sorority sister had attained such success.”
  • “If she doesn’t represent your values, it’s time for you to get some new ones,” another commenter wrote.

Other commenters ripped Kappa Delta’s apology:

  • “Cowards,” one person declared.
  • “Yeah you’re a bunch of spineless pieces of s**t for issuing this apology,” another commenter said.
  • “Shame on you,” another commenter wrote. “One of your sisters has been nominated to the highest court in the land; that accomplishment is worthy of celebration. Instead, you have by default declared that KD celebrates only leftists. Perhaps you need to make that official and expel right-leaning members?”
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Ivy League school’s English department actually votes to change name so it’s not conflated with ‘English as a nationality’

The Department of English at Cornell University recently voted by a wide margin to change its name to the “department of literatures in English” in order to eliminate — as one faculty member put it — the “conflation of English as a language and English as a nationality,” the Cornell Daily Sun reported.

Huh?

The Daily Sun — the college’s student newspaper — said faculty members of color proposed the name change during the English department’s first faculty meeting of the fall semester. The paper said a significant majority of the department approved the name change, and now all that awaits is an OK from the administration.

Director of Undergraduate Studies professor Kate McCullough, English, indicated to the paper that the change would help do away with the “conflation of English as a language and English as a nationality.”

More from the Daily Sun:

The decision to demand such a change was spurred by this summer’s resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement following George Floyd’s death, according to Prof. Carole Boyce-Davies, English, one of the original proposal writers. As a result, the faculty felt a sense of obligation to react in their own department.

“Faculty around the country — not just faculty of color, but faculty in general — began to look at the institution to see how we can help advance a discourse that challenges structural forms of racism which get reproduced in students and in teaching over and over again,” Boyce-Davies told the paper.

She added to the Daily Sun that there was worry about how the department as a whole would react.

“What surprised us was the fact that so many of the white faculty of the English department signed on — we were amazed,” Boyce-Davies told the paper. “By the time we were ready to officially take it to the department as a whole, we had over 75 percent of the faculty signed on.”

Department chair Prof. Caroline Levine added to the Daily Sun that smaller discussions about anti-racist changes have been happening for years, but current events gave faculty confidence to take concrete, unified action.

“I think leadership matters,” Levine noted to the paper. “This isn’t just us doing a symbolic gesture; this is in keeping with the University’s call to have us really rethink our everyday practices around racism.”

(H/T: The College Fix)

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Navy SEALs remove terms like ‘brotherhood’ from ethos to be more gender-neutral

The U.S. Navy SEALs and the Navy Special Warfare Combat-craft Crewman have removed so-called gendered terms like “brotherhood” from their ethos and creed statements in an effort to present the Navy as gender-neutral.

Another change made to the SEAL ethos was to alter the words “A common man with uncommon desire to succeed” to “Common citizens with uncommon desire to succeed.”

The changes were made to comply with changes in the law allowing women to serve in the SEALs and SWCC, a spokesman for Naval Special Warfare told American Military News.

“Naval Special Warfare continues to deliberately develop a culture of tactical and ethical excellence that reflects the nation we represent, and that draws upon the talents of the all-volunteer force who meet the standards of qualification as a SEAL or SWCC,” Lt. Cmdr. Matthew Stroup said.

“The previous versions of the SEAL Ethos and SWCC Creed were written prior to the law allowing women to serve as operators in Naval Special Warfare,” Stroup continued. “The changes do not in any way reflect lowering standards of entry, rather they ensure that all those who meet the requirements to train to become a SEAL or SWCC are represented in the ethos or creed they live out. This improves the posture of the NSW force by ensuring we draw from the greatest pool of talent available.”

“To date, no women completed the SEAL or SWCC qualification training pipelines,” he added.

The new SEAL ethos can be found on the official website for the Naval Special Warfare Command. American Military News provided a link to an archived version of the ethos containing the original language.

From the report:

Another alteration to the first paragraph changes the phrase “I am that man” to “I am that warrior.”

In the fourth paragraph, the sentence, “The ability to control my emotions and my actions, regardless of circumstance, sets me apart from other men” is changed to “The ability to control my emotions and my actions, regardless of circumstance, sets me apart from others” in the new version of the SEAL ethos.

In the final paragraph of the ethos statement, the prior sentence states, “Brave men have fought and died building the proud tradition and feared reputation that I am bound to uphold.” The sentence is now changed with the reference to “Brave men” changed to “Brave SEALs.”

The memo also calls for the SWCC creed to change the term “Brotherhood” in the first paragraph to “group of maritime warriors.” Additionally, the memo states the sentence “I challenge my brothers to perform, as I expect them to challenge me” is to be changed to “I challenge them to perform, as I expect them to challenge me.”

American Military News also provided links to the new version of the SWCC creed and compared it to a copy of the older version without the gender-neutral changes from the U.S. Special Operations Command website.

“The changes come despite the fact that there have been no women to successfully complete SEAL or SWCC training and enter the elite units,” American Military News reports.

Retired SEAL Eddie Gallagher, who was pardoned by President Trump of one war crime conviction and acquitted of other serious charges, blasted the changes to the SEALs creed in an Instagram post Friday.

“What a joke. Note the names that signed off at the bottom. Adm. Colin Green (part of the hierarchy that tried to use the system to put me away)~ let’s remove all male pronouns & BROTHERHOOD from the SEAL ethos,” Gallagher wrote.

“To be honest I thought the ethos was always BS,” Gallagher added. “Now I know it is. A creed or ethos is supposed to be written in stone, obviously ours is not and will sway to whatever political agenda is being put out.”

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Uncle Ben’s rice finally has new name after old moniker and logo deemed racially insensitive

Uncle Ben’s rice finally has a new name after its old moniker and instantly recognizable logo was deemed racially insensitive amid the George Floyd rioting and a flurry of similar moves to amend the names of other products in the name of political correctness.

What are the details?

The brand now will be called Ben’s Original and no longer will use the image of a black man on its boxes, the New York Daily News reported, citing a Wednesday announcement from the product’s parent company Mars Inc.

The new logo simply reads “Ben’s Original” in blue lettering over an orange background — which are the longtime colors of the rice brand.

“We listened to our associates and our customers, and the time is right to make meaningful changes across society,” Mars Food executive Fiona Dawson said in a statement, according to the Daily News. “When you are making these changes, you are not going to please everyone. But it’s about doing the right thing, not the easy thing.”

In June, Mars Inc., announced it would change the rice’s moniker in order to stand against racial stereotypes in advertising.

The rice has been sold in the United States under the Uncle Ben’s brand since 1947.

“Racism has no place in society,” a portion of the company’s statement read in June. “We stand in solidarity with the Black community, or Associates, and our partners in the fight for social justice. We know to make the systemic change needed, it’s going to take a collective effort from all of us — individuals, communities, and organizations of all sizes around the world.”

Anything else?

Also over the summer, Quaker Oats announced that the famous Aunt Jemima brand of breakfast syrup and pancake mix — which is 130 years old — would be going away because it perpetuates racial stereotypes.

Eskimo Pie also planned on changing its name. And L’Oreal, the world’s largest cosmetic and beauty company, said it would stop using the word “whitening” on its products — and the Houston Association of Realtors decided to axe the word “master” in descriptions of bedrooms and bathrooms on real estate listings; in its place will be the term “primary.”

Also, the Court of Master Sommeliers, which “sets the global standard of excellence for beverage service within the hospitality industry,” will stop using the term “master sommelier.”

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White privilege programs take center stage in pair of school districts — and frustrated board members, parents are pushing back hard

Programs fighting white privilege are taking center stage in a pair of Pennsylvania school districts, and board members and parents are pushing back hard against them.

‘The book teaches kids not only to defy parents but to hate themselves’

Gladwyne School in the Lower Merion School District — reportedly one of the richest in the nation — will require fourth and fifth graders to read “Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness,” which claims that white people who relate to police officers or don’t watch the news are guilty of racism, and kindergartners and first graders will be assigned “A Kid’s Book About Racism,” the Washington Free Beacon reported.

In response, Elana Yaron Fishbein — a mother of two boys and a doctor of social work — wrote to the district’s superintendent, board members, and the school’s principal demanding the school remove its “cultural proficiency” curriculum, the paper said.

“The book teaches kids not only to defy parents but to hate themselves,” Fishbein told the Free Beacon. “To hate their parents also because they are white. By default, [the kids] are white, and they’re privileged, and they’re bad. [The school] is teaching this to little kids.”

More from the paper:

Cultural proficiency lessons at Gladwyne were announced in an email to parents on June 9. The email claims that despite offering four other lessons on equity and race, the school’s “Cultural Proficiency Committee” believes those lessons are insufficient and created a fifth lesson focused explicitly on anti-racism.

“Generally, each class also engages in a cultural proficiency lesson; however, we realize that this is not enough,” Gladwyne Principal Veronica Ellers wrote in an email the Free Beacon said it obtained. “We plan to continue designing lessons that promote anti-racist actions in the upcoming 20-21 school year and beyond.”

“A Kid’s Book About Racism” includes a list of actions deemed harmful and racist, the paper said, adding that the book says that asking questions can be racist and asks 5- to 7-year-olds to call out racism when they identify it.

“[Racism] happens all the time,” the book reads, according to the Free Beacon. “Sometimes it shows up in small ways. Like a look, a comment, a question, a thought, a joke, a word, or a belief…. If you see someone being treated badly, made fun of, excluded from playing, or looked down on because of their skin color call it racism.”

District spokeswoman Amy Buckman defended the move, according to the paper: “The Lower Merion School District fully supports the ongoing implementation of an anti-racist curriculum in its schools and encourages the use of developmentally appropriate books that raise awareness of the very real issues of racism and privilege.”

Other parents afraid to speak out

Fishbein told the Free Beacon that parents who share her concerns privately message her as they’re scared to speak up due to fear of being branded racist.

“If you say anything that’s racist according to the school or parent’s definition of racism, you’re out,” she added to the paper. “You’re called a racist. No wonder the parents don’t talk.”

Lower Merion refused to respond to her emails, the Free Beacon noted, adding that Fishbein’s children will attend a private school in the fall.

School district #2

The Central York School District is about 90 miles west of Lower Merion, and it’s feeling the same race-related program tensions.

In fact, two school board members on Monday blasted a proposed curriculum meant to tackle racial issues because they said it doesn’t teach respect for police and may promote socialism, the
York Dispatch reported.

Vicki Guth and Veronica Gemma said the pilot program and discussions about it within the district’s diversity committee focus too much on racism and white privilege, the paper noted.

“The references that were made in this committee about teaching tolerance talked about white privilege and white saviorism,” Guth said, according to the Dispatch. “So you can’t win. If you’re normal, you’re … white privilege. If you’re trying to change things, you’re doing it out of the savior mentality.”

Guth also said she’s bothered that such topics influence students to “want to be socialists” and that students are growing up in a generation that doesn’t respect religious faith or the U.S. in general, the paper said.

Gemma wondered if students were being taught about the value of police officers and pointed out that one teacher commented in a diversity committee meeting that “I need to make sure my students aren’t racist,” the Dispatch reported.

As for that teacher’s comment, Gemma said, “I don’t want anyone to assume that little first graders are racist, little second graders are racist,” the paper added.

What did the district have to say?

Central York on Tuesday defended its push for diversity while also distancing the district from the two board members’ comments, the Dispatch reported.

“Comments made by individual school board members during a public meeting regarding these issues are reflective of individual board members’ personal views/ideologies/beliefs and not reflective of the administration of Central York School District, the school board as a whole, or the Central York School District,” the statement read, according to the paper.

The purpose of the proposed curriculum is to allow teachers and students to talk about national issues that have made headlines over recent months, Assistant Superintendent Robert Grove told the Dispatch Monday.

“It’s not the same world out there, whether it’s a pandemic or other events out there that are commanding our collective attention,” Grove added to the paper. “When our learners come back and they want to engage in the conversations, we want to make sure teachers are equipped with the right curriculum and standards but also the right verbiage and mindset.

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New Jersey student faces harsh disciplinary action for having Trump background on Zoom conference

New Jersey student Robert Dailyda faces potential disciplinary action for using a photograph of President Donald Trump as his background during a Zoom video conference last month.

Dailyda, a doctoral student at Stockton University, has been accused by his university of violating portions of the student code of conduct because his classmates were “offended” by the image, according to the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education.

After the July 1 class, Dailyda’s classmates criticized him in a private chat. Dailyda removed himself from the chat, then posted on his Facebook page:

I have gotten to the point that I have to say something. I love this country. We are a diverse, yet assimilated population from all backgrounds. I believe all must have the same opportunities and I commit to make that a priority. Beyond that, I am done with the leftist agenda of BLM and the white self haters. I have seen it in action in my doctoral classes at Stockton and the general media. I’m not backing down. If we can’t get past this, ok, I’m ready to fight to the death for our country and against those that want to take it down. I believe there are also many like me.

Two days later, campus police contacted Dailyda because they received a report that he had made “threatening statements.” According to FIRE, another person had commented on Dailyda’s Facebook post, writing, “…we aim with precision. Boom done. No drama.”

After interviewing Dailyda, police ultimately did not pursue charges against him.

But the drama was not over.

One week later on July 10, Dailyda was summoned to meet with Stockton’s Care and Community Standards Office.

“They asked him to explain his political views, Zoom background, and Facebook post,” FIRE reported. “Dailyda explained that [he] was disappointed with Stockton’s institutional endorsement of the Black Lives Matter movement, aspects of which he does not support.”

Following the meeting, Stockton administrators officially charged Dailyda with violating nearly a half-dozen provisions of the Campus Code of Conduct, including:

  • Disruptive behavior
  • Discrimination
  • Harassment
  • Hostile environment
  • Harm

Because of the charges, the university is considering numerous options for disciplinary action against Dailyda, including suspending him, imposing a fine, assigning community service, or mandating he attend a “social justice workshop” and a “decision making workshop.”

According to FIRE, whose mission is to “defend and sustain the individual rights of students and faculty members at America’s colleges and universities,” Stockton is violating Dailyda’s First Amendment rights by seeking to punish him.

“The expression here is clearly protected,” FIRE wrote in a letter to the university. “Stockton may not permissibly use it disciplinary process to punish Dailyda for his protected political expression.”

Stockton confirmed they have opened an investigation into Dailyda, but has not commented further, citing privacy laws.

Diane D’Amico, Stockton’s director of news and media relations, told the Washington Examiner, “That case is still open and no disciplinary action has been taken.”

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NASA goes woke, gets brutally mocked for removing ‘actively harmful’ names of galaxies, stars

NASA is going woke.

The space agency announced this week they would engage in political correctness when referring to planets, stars, galaxies, and other cosmic bodies that have been given what some people might consider “actively harmful” names.

“As the scientific community works to identify and address systemic discrimination and inequality in all aspects of the field, it has become clear that certain cosmic nicknames are not only insensitive, but can be actively harmful,” NASA said in a press release on Wednesday.

“NASA is examining its use of unofficial terminology for cosmic objects as part of its commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion,” the agency added.

So far, NASA has targeted two cosmic objects for immediate changes.

Planetary nebula NGC 2392 will no longer be called by its unofficial name, “Eskimo Nebula,” while NGC 4567 and NGC 4568 — a pair of spiral galaxies — will no longer be called the “Siamese Twins Galaxy,” the agency said.

According to NASA, the word “eskimo” is offensive because it “is widely viewed as a colonial term with a racist history, imposed on the indigenous people of Arctic regions.

While “Eskimo Nebula” and “Siamese Twins Galaxy” were the only two cosmic objects for which NASA announced changes, the agency indicated they would work with “diversity, inclusion, and equity experts in the astronomical and physical sciences” to identify other planets, stars, and galaxies with “inappropriate” nicknames.

What was the response?

The agency was widely panned and mocked on social media over its announcement.

  • “Your job, @NASA, is to explore space & understand the cosmos.

    Not to appease the woke cult through virtue signalling,” one person said.

  • “could you just, I don’t know, focus on safe space travel? you know, Math? not worrying about the ethnicity of the person who is best at…you know…math? cause political correctness is nowhere near as important and the accuracy of the trajectory,” another person responded.
  • “There goes Black Holes,” one person mocked.
  • “My God, even you have been compromised. We are done for. Its been a fun ride folks,” another person mocked.
  • “If NASA goes woke it’ll be the beginning of the end for them,” one commenter predicted.
  • “Dear NASA: Will you also address the following hurtful and insensitive terms: Big Bang Theory, Uranus, black holes, dwarf stars, and dark matter,” another person mocked.
  • “Renaming black holes will end racism. Guaranteed,” another person mocked.
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Hard rock guitarist George Lynch ditches band moniker Lynch Mob due to ‘everything going on right now in the world’

Following in the woke footsteps of well-known bands formerly known as The Dixie Chicks and Lady Antebellum, veteran hard rock guitarist
George Lynch is retiring the name of his longtime group Lynch Mob,
Ultimate Classic Rock reported.

What are the details?

Lynch said the decision is based partially on the racial connotations in the band moniker, the outlet noted.

“The name itself, of course, has always been problematic,” Lynch said during an interview with
Audio Ink, according to Ultimate Classic Rock. “And now it’s inexcusable to keep the name.”

Lynch — who rose to fame as a member of Dokken in the 1980s, after which he formed Lynch Mob — said greater social awareness was also a factor in getting rid of the band name. Despite the Lynch Mob moniker being a play on the guitarist’s surname, Lynch said he wanted to avoid historical issues associated with the word.

“With everything going on right now in the world, it was really sort of an epiphany moment,” he added, according to the outlet. “I just kind of woke up and said, I think with this record, this is our swan song. I think this would be a good place to exit the stage, that we’ve created this book end — an answer to the first record.”

Lynch also said, “I’m not going to tour anymore with that name or put out any more records with that name. I’ll probably still play with some of the same people. We’ll just call it something else,” the outlet noted..

The final Lynch Mob release will be “Wicked Sensation (Reimagined),” which is a reworking of the band’s 1990 debut album, Ultimate Classic Rock reported, adding that the album is due Aug. 28.

Here’s Lynch Mob in action just a few months ago:


Lynch Mob “Wicked Sensation” @ Hard Rock Casino Biloxi, MS.

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Anything else?

In June, strident left-wing country group The Dixie Chicks officially dropped “Dixie” from their moniker, and the trio of musicians suddenly became The Chicks. The group’s website at the time offered only the following semi-cryptic statement as a reason: “We want to meet this moment.”

Indeed, the band’s new name was part of a flurry of historical reexamination, statue toppling, and violent protests in the wake of George Floyd’s death in the hands of police in May.

Not to be outdone, country group formerly known as Lady Antebellum changed its name to Lady A in June as well, apologizing for “the hurt” caused by their original band moniker due to its association with “the period of history before the Civil War, which includes slavery.”

Then after a black gospel and blues artist, Anita White — who has used the stage name Lady A for decades — protested the band’s move, the group formerly known as Lady Antebellum actually sued White to be sure it can perform as Lady A without her claiming trademark infringement.

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‘Individuals with a cervix’: CNN story on cervical cancer screening avoids using the word ‘women’ — and observers have a field day

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CNN story on cervical cancer screening begins with this sentence: “Individuals with a cervix are now recommended to start cervical cancers screening at 25 and continue through age 65, with the primary human papillomavirus (HPV) testing every five years as the preferred method of testing, according to a new guideline released Thursday by the American Cancer Society.”

Also a word search revealed that the Thursday story doesn’t refer to “women” or “woman” a single time.

What was the reaction?

As you might imagine, the phrase “individuals with a cervix” has been getting pretty much all of the attention in the comments of a
tweet of the story, with retweets and comments far outpacing likes as of Friday morning.

One Twitter user defended the “individuals with a cervix” phrase,
saying “all of the ppl replying ‘don’t you just mean women!’ conveniently forget 1. trans ppl exist and 2. chromosomal abnormalities often result in ppl who aren’t biologically female having a cervix (and those chromosomal abnormalities aren’t as rare as one might think).”

Another user
commented, “An accurate headline my OBGYN would agree with. Bc she gives pap smears to lots of people who aren’t women; I was there last week. And yes! Lots of women have cervixes too. But as a doctor, she knows that having/lacking a certain body part doesn’t make someone a woman or a man.”

And a user even argued that using the word “women” instead “excludes women without a cervix and men with a cervix.”

However, it seemed most commenters found the phrase “individuals with a cervix” nothing more than dog whistle for political correctness and woke culture:

Others were equally dumbfounded and put off by the phrase:

  • “Boys have a penis, girls have a vagina. You’re welcome,” one user noted.
  • “This is beyond crazy!!! It’s not an implication…we were born with those parts…so the definition of a woman has changed? It’s now a forbidden word?” another user asked.
  • “My humble and antiquated opinion…Anyone can act and be exactly as they wish and should have total freedom to do that within the norms of society,” another user noted. “But to impose the feelings of a very small minority over the needs of a huge majority seems upside down to me.”
  • “Stop erasing women and pretending it’s progressive,” another user stated.

But this take may have won the day:

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Norwegian flag removed by bed and breakfast owners after too many upset folks confuse it for Confederate flag

The owners of a Michigan bed and breakfast have removed a Norwegian flag that had been hanging outside their building for two years because they said too many upset folks have confused it for a Confederate flag, the
Lansing State Journal reported.

What are the details?

Greg and Kjersten Offenbecker, owners of The Nordic Pineapple in St. Johns, told the paper it never occurred to them that people would mistake the Norwegian flag as anything else. But after receiving the latest in what Kjersten Offenbecker called “at least a dozen hateful emails” and twice as many comments last week, they took the flag down, the State Journal said.

They had been hanging Norway’s flag as a nod to Kjersten Offenbecker’s Scandinavian heritage, the paper said, adding that her grandfather was born in Norway and their bed and breakfast’s moniker is partly inspired by her family’s history.

And it wasn’t long until the first volley of confusion regarding the flag hit them.

Kjersten Offenbecker told the paper the couple was still new to the area when they were visiting a downtown shop and its owner told them a customer mentioned their bed and breakfast.

“I was so happy at first,” she recalled to the State Journal — until they were informed that the customer also thought they were flying a Confederate flag.

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“We were panicked initially because we were like, ‘Oh my Gosh. This town thinks that we’re hanging the Confederate flag,'” Kjersten Offenbecker recounted to the paper, adding that she doesn’t see the Norwegian flag as anything like the Confederate flag.

While both flags have red backgrounds and two crossing blue bars outlined in white, that’s where the similarities end. The Norwegian flag’s crossing bars create right angles while the Confederate flag’s crossing bars create an “X” — not to mention the its famous white stars within the blue bars.


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‘It bugs me as far as the stupidity of people’

“It bugs me as far as the stupidity of people,” Greg Offenbecker told the State Journal. “Even if the flag is blowing in the wind or laying limp, there are no stars on it. They look nothing alike.”

When confronted about their Norwegian flag in other instances, the paper said Kjersten Offenbecker would usually reply, “Can you look again?”

She also would explain that they’re the last people who’d fly a flag many equate with racism, as two of the Offenbecker’s children, ages 12 and 15, are black, the paper said.

But the confrontations kept coming, with people asking the couple to remove the Norwegian flag and accusing them of promoting racism, the State Journal said, adding that the latest person to get in their faces about it said they should be “ashamed.”

“How could we be so bigoted and close minded, this person wrote, and I was really hurt because I feel like we’ve done a lot to integrate into this small community and be part of St. Johns,” Kjersten Offenbecker recounted to the paper.

The flag comes down

Fed up with the anger and ignorance, the couple took down the Norwegian flag — as well as the American flag that had been next to it — last week, the State Journal said.

“I was saying leave it up, and she was pretty dead set on taking it down,” Greg Offenbecker noted to the paper. “I said, ‘If you take down one, take down both.'”

In a
July 20 post on The Nordic Pineapple’s Facebook page, the couple wrote, “We love being members of the St Johns community and are heartbroken to have had to make this decision. Given the current cultural climate and the idea that people are judging us based on the misconception of the national Norwegian flag vs. the Confederate flag, this is what is best for our family and our Inn.”

While several community members have urged them to rehang Norway’s flag, the Offenbeckers told the State Journal they won’t unless they can ensure it won’t be confused with the Confederate flag.


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Elite college bans student from campus over AR-15 photo marking Tiananmen Square anniversary, demands apology — but he isn’t backing down

Last month, on the anniversary of 1989’s Tiananmen Square massacre in communist China, Austin Tong posted an Instagram photo of him holding his AR-15 with the accompanying phrase “don’t tread on me.”

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It seemed a more than fitting gesture. After all, Tong was born in China and moved to the United States with his family 15 years ago to experience freedom and democracy — the same freedom and democracy that students in his home country tried to attain before its totalitarian regime cracked down on them.

But we’re living in 2020 — the Year of Cancel Culture. And America is not the same country it was when Tong moved here.

And while Tong is now a college student himself, neither his fellow students nor his school — Fordham University — appreciated his exercise of free speech.

What happened?

Tong told the National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action that he received big-time backlash from fellow students over his post displaying his legally purchased firearm and got calls for expulsion and even death threats.

Then Fordham Safety officers actually showed up at his house a few hours after his post hit Instagram.

“[I] received a call from the officers saying they were a few minutes away and wanted to talk,” Tong told the NRA. “I looked out my door and saw them standing outside my home. One came in and one stayed with the car. It was basically about 20 minutes of questions about the firearm, why I posted the pictures, and what I was trying to say.”

Then Fordham’s administration threw the book at Tong for his post, charging him with “Bias and/or Hate Crimes” and “threats/intimidation,” according to a disciplinary letter from the school.

His penalties? First off, disciplinary probation through remainder of his college career — which Tong is scheduled to finish next May. He’s also banned from campus and must complete his degree online. If Tong needs to venture on campus, he has to get permission beforehand.

Furthermore, by Aug. 10 he must complete activities related to learning about “implicit bias” which involve “required reading” as well as a meeting with Office for Multicultural Affairs.

Oh, and Tong also is supposed to pen an apology letter. That was due Thursday.

But Tong isn’t playing Fordham’s game.

How is Tong responding?

“I will not apologize,” he told the Washington Free Beacon. “I did nothing wrong, and they did everything wrong. [Fordham is] a total disgrace. I will not apologize, whatever consequence there may be.”

Tong added to the NRA that he “was shocked, appalled, and disappointed. But I didn’t do anything wrong, and that’s why, if they carry through with their threats, we’re going to sue.”

Tong’s lawyer Brett Josphe is preparing a suit against Fordham that may be filed in the coming weeks, the paper said.

“For a mere $50,000 a year in tuition, Fordham has smeared our client’s reputation and permanently damaged his career prospects,” Josphe added to the
Free Beacon. “This behavior by the school and its officials shocks the conscience, and there should be a heavy price to pay.”

The NRA also came to Tong’s defense, releasing a video describing his plight.

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Amy Hunter, spokeswoman for the gun-rights group, told the paper that Tong is a “victim of intolerance.”

“Under no circumstances should he be attacked by gutless keyboard troopers or penalized by his university because of his support of the Second Amendment,” she added to the Free Beacon. “It’s absolutely shameful that anyone would condemn him for supporting the Bill of Rights. Fordham University owes Mr. Tong a full apology.”

More from the paper:

Tong said the university’s actions appear hypocritical in light of recent violent protests in New York City. He said Fordham has not condemned or taken any action against students who’ve harassed and harmed police officers. The university has remained silent about alum Urooj Rahman, who faces federal charges after being caught on camera torching a police vehicle.

“[Fordham] is very hypocritical, and they don’t denounce anything that [leftist] students do,” Tong added to the Free Beacon. “One [Fordham graduate] threw a molotov cocktail out of a car. You have students supporting hurting police and hurting businesses, and Fordham turned a blind eye.”

But Tong also told the paper that “thousands of people across the world … have reached out to me, and they have all sorts of backgrounds and stories about how they were silenced, how they were bullied, how their university silenced them. When I saw that, I felt something within me.”


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Atlanta Braves’ ‘Chop On’ sculpture reportedly removed — but team insists it’s not changing name

Amid renewed pressure on professional sports franchises to change nicknames potentially offensive to Native Americans — the most prominent example being the
demise of the Redskins moniker formerly used by Washington, D.C.’s NFL team — the Atlanta Braves of Major League Baseball said they have no plains to follow suit, ESPN reported.

But that sentiment apparently wasn’t true for the team’s “Chop On” sculpture.

Jeff Schultz of the Athletic tweeted that the wood sculpture outside the Braves’ stadium “has been removed. I asked the Braves about it, but they have chosen not to respond to requests for comment.”

What’s the background?

The team’s fans have long employed the “Tomahawk Chop,” a forearm-forward motion, accompanied by a wordless stereotypical Native American chant, during games:


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The Braves also use “Chop” and tomahawk imagery:


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What about the Braves’ nickname?

The Braves said in an email to season ticket-holders Sunday that while the team will be considering the future of the Tomahawk Chop, its nickname won’t be changed, ESPN said.

The team said in its letter to fans that it has commenced a relationship with Native American leaders and that “through our conversations, changing the name of the Braves is not under consideration or deemed necessary. We have great respect and reverence for our name and the Native American communities that have held meaningful relationships with us do as well. We will always be the Atlanta Braves.”

But ‘the Chop’ could get cut down

The Braves added in the letter that they’re working through issues surrounding “the chop,” which was “popularized by our fans when Deion Sanders joined our team, and it continues to inspire our players on the field. With that in mind, we are continuing to listen to the Native American community, as well as our fans, players, and alumni to ensure we are making an informed decision on this part of our fan experience.”


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Anything else?

As for other teams in the Braves’ shoes, ESPN reported that the NHL’s Chicago Blackhawks said they also will continue using their moniker since it honors a Native American leader who has been an inspiration to generations.

“The Chicago Blackhawks name and logo symbolizes an important and historic person, Black Hawk of Illinois’ Sac & Fox Nation, whose leadership and life has inspired generations of Native Americans, veterans and the public,” the NHL team said in a statement Tuesday, the outlet noted.

Other teams that use the “Tomahawk Chop” motion include the NCAA’s Florida State Seminoles and the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs, ESPN said.

MLB’s Cleveland Indians also are
considering changing their name and logo over racist depictions of Native Americans, the outlet added.

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Hollywood star Ben Stiller refuses to cower to those who want Trump’s cameo erased from ‘Zoolander,’ says PC culture makes movies and comedy ‘challenging’

Hollywood A-lister Ben Stiller is not surrendering to the political correctness movement or to members of the rabid anti-Donald Trump movement who suffer visceral reactions to any image of the president — regardless how old the pictures or video clips may be.

‘You have to look at the context’

In a recent interview with “The New Abnormal” podcast, Stiller discussed today’s politically correct culture and its impact on comedy and movie-making. The actor-director noted how there are several movies — particularly satire — that were made just a few years ago that could not be made in today’s climate, including his controversial hit, “Tropic Thunder.”

Asked about the impact of today’s “preposterous politics” on comedy and movie-making, Stiller, said, “Honestly, I don’t know if it’s the politics as much as just the atmosphere of the political correctness now and everybody being afraid to say something that’s offensive.”

“Comedically, it’s definitely challenging,” he said, adding, “I think it’s much tougher now, and when I think about movies that I’ve worked on in the past, and I look at them now, definitely there are jokes and scenes and that I go, ‘Oh, I don’t know if we could have gotten away with that today, at all.'”

Specifically, he noted that “Tropic Thunder” — which included Robert Downey Jr. playing an actor who was playing the part of a black man and Stiller who portrayed an actor who played a mentally challenged character — likely wouldn’t have been made in 2020.

He said that he could understand those feelings “contextually” today, however, he noted: “But at the time — that’s the thing to me that’s so complicated about how we approach what’s appropriate and what’s not in terms of the timeframe that it was made. It doesn’t necessarily mean that anything was more appropriate at another time but you have to look at the context and realize that that’s what was happening.”

The Trump cameo

The discussion then turned to President Trump and his many cameos in TV shows and movies — and about whether to cut his his appearances from those productions, which some anti-Trump people have suggested.

Stiller directed the 2001 comedy movie “Zoolander,” in which Stiller played the title character Derek Zoolander, an empty-headed, full-of-himself male model.

Among several celebrity cameos were Donald Trump and his then-girlfriend Melania Knauss. In the movie, Trump says of the main character, “Look, without Derek Zoolander, male modeling wouldn’t be what it is today.”


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Stiller said Trump and the future first lady were included because of where the filming occurred.

“We were shooting at the now defunct VH1 Fashion Awards,” Stiller said, “and as people were coming up the red carpet, we pulled them aside and asked them to talk about Derek Zoolander, and so Trump and Melania did that.”

He, of course, had no idea at the time that he was filming the future controversial president.

Now, in the current environment where no one wants to be offended by anything they see or hear, especially when it comes to Donald Trump, people are suggesting that Stiller cut the Trump cameo from the movie.

“I’ve had people who reached out to me and said, like, ‘You should edit Donald Trump out of “Zoolander,”‘ and all that,” Stiller told the podcast.

Stiller, no Trump fan himself, noted that the controversy over Trump is similar to the fights going on over movies and TV shows that could not be made today.

Noting the Trump cameo in “Zoolander,” Stiller said, “But at the end of the day, it’s kind of like, again, that was a time when that exists and that happened.”

The interview begins at the 17:50 mark:

(H/T: New York Post)

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Actress Halle Berry bows to the woke mob, won’t consider role of transgender man after online backlash

Acclaimed actress Halle Berry — the first black woman to win an Oscar for Best Actress — is no longer considering a role as a transgender man in an upcoming film after online backlash against her.

What are the details?

Berry said in an Instagram live interview Friday that she’d been preparing for the role but hadn’t been officially cast, Variety reported.

“[It’s] a character where the woman is a trans character, so she’s a woman that transitioned into a man. She’s a character in a project I love that I might be doing,” she said, according to the outlet, adding that she wanted to take a “deep dive” into “that world,” presumably in reference to the trans community.

But Berry got hit with online backlash after misgendering the character multiple times during the interview, Variety said.

“Who this woman was is so interesting to me, and that will probably be my next project,” she said in one example, the outlet noted.

Despite being biologically female, women who become transgender men consider themselves male — and trouble often starts when others refer to them as women or use female pronouns in reference to them.

The apology

Berry on Monday night apologized and said she was stepping away from the role.

“Over the weekend I had the opportunity to discuss my consideration of an upcoming role as a transgender man, and I’d like to apologize for those remarks,” she said in a Twitter post. “As a cisgender woman, I now understand that I should not have considered this role, and that the transgender community should undeniably have the opportunity to tell their own stories.”

Berry added, “I am grateful for the guidance and critical conversation over the past few days and will continue to listen, educate, and learn from this mistake. I vow to be an ally in using my voice to promote better representation on-screen, both in front of and behind the camera.”

Prior to Berry’s statement, the Twitter post from the Netflix documentary “Disclosure: Trans Lives on Screen” — which looks at how Hollywood portrays transgender people — was directed at the actress, asking her to watch the documentary to “understand how cis actors like yourself acting in trans roles has major cultural consequences offscreen,” Variety said.

Following Berry’s statement, the documentary’s Twitter account issued a follow-up post thanking her for “listening and learning.”

GLAAD also was pleased with Berry checking her cis privilege:

“We are pleased that Halle Berry listened to the concerns of transgender people and learned from them. Other powerful people should do the same,” the post read. “A good place to start is by watching ‘Disclosure’ to learn about trans representation in media.”

Anything else?

Berry’s decision to no longer consider the transgender role isn’t a first in Hollywood. In 2018, an online campaign was launched against actress Scarlett Johansson for her plans to portray a transgender character in a movie, and while she was initially defiant, she soon gave up the role.

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