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Liberal members of the media falsely imply that Amy Coney Barrett ruled that the use of the N-word did not constitute racial discrimination in the workplace

It is by now not a surprise to find the media deliberately mischaracterizing the judicial opinions of conservative nominees to the Supreme Court. One particular claim that has been leveled against current nominee Amy Coney Barrett, however, deserves further examination.

The claim, as advanced by the Associated Press and amplified by liberal legal figures in the media like Jill Filipovic, is that Barrett once ruled that being called the N-word by your supervisor does not constitute a hostile work environment, which is obviously a position that no reasonable American would espouse.

The first clue that Barrett’s opinion is being grossly mischaracterized can be found in the fact that none of the other judges who reviewed the case dissented from it in the slightest. Indeed, Barrett’s opinion merely affirmed the decision reached by district judge Edmond Chang, who was appointed to the bench by former president Barack Obama. Neither of the other judges on the three-judge appellate panel uttered a peep even in concurrence. The idea that four separate federal judges signed off on an facially racist position without a word of dissent ought to be so obviously laughable that no reasonable person would reprint it.

Yet here we are.

The actual facts of the case indicate that the plaintiff had no real shot of proving his case of racial discrimination. As detailed at length in Judge Barrett’s opinion, the plaintiff was deemed to be an unsatisfactory employee virtually from his first day on the job, invoking the ire of almost all his supervisors with unsatisfactory performance — and worse, a number of incidents in which the health and safety of his coworkers were threatened due to his negligence. His performance was so obviously unsatisfactory that he did not make it through his employment’s probationary period.

The incident involving the use of the N-word, in fact, occurred after the Illinois Department of Transportation had already decided to fire him. According to the uncontested facts in the opinion, the department began proceedings to terminate the plaintiff’s employment on Jan. 4, 2013. Almost two weeks later, when those proceedings were nearly concluded, one of Smith’s supervisors (who was also black — a perhaps salient fact that was omitted by the Associated Press) learned for the first time that Smith was contesting his termination by alleging that he was the subject of racial discrimination.

This supervisor, who was understandably irked by this transparent last-ditch diversionary tactic (and was, as a reminder, also black) called the plaintiff a “stupid-ass n*****.”

The case did not examine the question of whether this was a good choice of words or even whether it was racial harassment for a black supervisor to use it against one of his black employees. Indeed, Barrett wrote in her opinion that the supervisor’s use of the word “plainly constitutes race-based harassment.” Rather, the issue in the case centered on whether the use of the epithet “altered the conditions of his employment and created a hostile or abusive working environment.”

Under binding Seventh Circuit precedent, in order to satisfy this test, a plaintiff had to show “not only that a reasonable person would find the workplace hostile or abusive as a result of Colbert’s slur, but also that he himself perceived it that way.” The plaintiff’s case was dismissed because he failed to offer any testimony that would have even suggested that he was bothered by his black supervisor’s use of the N-word, separate and distinct from the fact that he was generally bothered by the fact that his supervisors always seemed to be yelling at him.

As Barrett noted (again without dissent), “Smith did not even try to make that showing — he points to no evidence that Colbert’s slur caused him either additional or different distress. Without evidence that Colbert’s outburst changed Smith’s subjective experience during his last two weeks at the Department, a reasonable jury could not resolve the hostile work environment claim in Smith’s favor.”

The case, then, did not turn on whether it was OK or legal for a supervisor to use the N-word against one of his employees, but rather whether the plaintiff had offered sufficient testimony to meet a legal test that was imposed by binding Seventh Circuit precedent. Not only had the plaintiff not submitted sufficient testimony on that score, he had submitted none at all. Therefore, multiple federal judges ruled that his case should be dismissed.

The implication that Barrett, as a judge, condoned or passed over the use of the word in the workplace is simply false.

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Black motorist goes ballistic on Black Lives Matter protesters blocking street: ‘I’m blacker than you!’

A black motorist was captured on video chewing out a large group of Black Lives Matter protesters who were blocking a street Thursday in Tacoma, Washington.

What happened?

The clip initially shows the motorist — wearing a red shirt, jeans, and dark baseball cap — standing next to the driver-side door of a blue pickup truck at an intersection that the protesters appear to have blocked. The protesters are yelling at him — and he’s yelling right back.

Image source: Twitter video screenshot via @KittyLists

Much of what’s said isn’t clear, but it appears the furious motorist is telling protesters that their militancy is having a negative impact on the black lives they supposedly care about.

“I’m blacker than you!” the motorist hollers at the group. “I’m blacker than you!”

Image source: Twitter video screenshot via @KittyLists

One of the protesters is heard on the clip hilariously pleading several times to “de-escalate!” before she apparently starts fearing for her comrades’ safety and yells at the motorist to “stop, man!” and “just get in your f***ing truck and go!”

As the video continues, things heat up even more as other black people appear to take the motorist’s side and confront the Black Lives Matter group.

Image source: Twitter video screenshot via @KittyLists

Here’s the clip. (Content warning: Language):

Anything else?

Black Lives Matter protesters in Tacoma blocked southbound Interstate 5 later Thursday evening, the News Tribune reported.

Earlier, they rallied in front of Tacoma police headquarters, the paper said, adding that some signs referenced Manuel Ellis, a Tacoma man who died while being restrained by Tacoma police in March.

The News Tribune said at about 5:30 p.m. the protesters began moving down South Pine Street toward South 38th Street and then started to block traffic.

A police spokeswoman told the paper that members moved onto I-5 sometime after 7 p.m.

Indeed, the below clip shows many of the same members of the Black Lives Matter group who were arguing with the motorist at the intersection now standing in the freeway lanes and chanting “Hands up! Don’t shoot!” and “No justice, no peace!”

Content warning: Language:

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Black journalist calls BLM a ‘Criminal$ Justice Movement’ that is nothing more than a ‘cash grab’ for athletes, Democrats, and media

Jason Whitlock is a rarity in sports journalism: He’s willing to take on the sports business and challenge progressive groupthink. For example, just 10 days ago he came out to declare that “white liberals” are the “true racists” and that liberalism is “the new KKK hood.”

Now he’s sending the left into fits with a recent Outkick column calling the Black Lives Matter movement the “Criminal$ Justice Movement” that is nothing more than a “cash grab” by professional athletes, celebrities, the media, and Democrats.

What did he say?

Whitlock began his Friday column — “BLM 101 History Lesson: The 2020 Criminal$ Justice Movement” — saying it was time someone defined the real “history being forged by Black Lives Matter, Colin Kaepernick, Lebron James, Nike and their media sycophants.”

The left, he wrote, “created the Criminals Justice Movement. Or better yet, the Criminal$ Justice Movement.”

“The intense fight for the rights of criminal suspects resisting arrest is really just a cash grab by Democratic politicians, Nike and athletes, celebrities and journalists seeking social media influence,” Whitlock said.

As evidence, he pointed to two examples:

Nike: The company’s $150 “Icon Jersey 2.0” celebrating Kaepernick, reportedly sold out in seconds last week.

Attorney Ben Crump: The man who has represented the families of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Jacob Blake, “bragged to reporters about the $12 million settlement the city of Louisville will pay Breonna Taylor’s family. It was good advertising. You’ve heard of ambulance-chasing lawyers. Crump chases hearses,” Whitlock said. He added:

He’s built a multi-million-dollar law practice around securing cash settlements for the families of victims of alleged police misconduct. On September 8th, Crump tweeted out a “powerful” message from Jacob Blake that summarizes the Criminal$ Justice Movement.

“Change y’all’s lives out there,” Blake said from his hospital bed, “stick together, make some money, make things easier for our people out here.”

“Make some money” best explains the Criminal$ Justice Movement.

Whitlock’s concern, he said, is that all of the “awareness raising” will actually promote a climate that’s more dangerous, not less.

“The Criminal$ Justice Movement and its primary policy push — defund the police — have predictably emboldened criminals,” he wrote. “Violent crime is elevating in high-crime neighborhoods and police are reluctant to aggressively police those areas.”

According to Whitlock, this is not about seeking justice — it’s about seeking money and power:

All while Kaepernick and Nike cash in and financial donations pour down on Democratic voter drives. Everybody is using George Floyd’s death to make it rain. His memory is used to hype NFL and NBA games, power ad campaigns for podcasts and YouTube shows, leverage media members for promotions and, most importantly, fuel left-wing political funding.

And the people being used by the left to push this cause, Whitlock said, are uninformed, easily influenced young people who can’t be bothered to examine the details of what the movement is claiming:

Most athletes have a cursory knowledge of the Criminal$ Justice Movement. They’re young, rich and easily influenced by social media. They don’t have the time or an interest in researching the details of the movement.

Instead, Whitlock said, these athletes just look for the “best way to avoid public criticism and not be accused of selling out or being a racist” and, therefore, just echo support for whomever the movement tells them to support.

He concluded that the “Criminal$ Justice Movement” does not improve the lives of minorities but only “the lives of Kaepernick, Nike shareholders, hearse-chasing lawyers, black elites using the movement to advance their careers and white Marxist anarchists determined to overthrow capitalism, democracy, freedom and God.”

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White University of Wisconsin-Madison grad student resigns from teaching position after lying about being black

CV Vitolo-Haddad, a white University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate student, has resigned from a teaching assistant position after being caught pretending to be a black person, according to reports.

Following allegations, Vitolo-Haddad admitted she is not black or Latino. She is in fact, a white Italian American. After the revelation of racial misrepresentation, Vitolo-Haddad stepped down from her teaching assistant position. She also resigned as co-president of UW-Madison’s chapter Teaching Assistants’ Association.

Medium post from an anonymous person made allegations that Vitolo-Haddad pretended to be a person of color. The motivation for the post came from the recent news about Jessica A. Krug, a white history professor at George Washington University specializing in African studies who “canceled” herself earlier this month after admitting that she lied about being black. The school is now offering counseling to students impacted by Krug’s racial dishonesty.

“When the Jessica A. Krug story came out yesterday I was shocked, but not by the extent of her deception. What caught my attention, instead, were the parallels between her story and that of someone I know,” the Medium post said. “I have long suspected CV Vitolo, a PhD student at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, of engaging in the same kind of race-shifting and copious lying that now has people enraged with Krug (and which distracts from the important work and struggles of actual Black thinkers, both in and outside of the academy).”

“I first met CV around four years ago, when they joined the Department of Communication Arts at UW Madison where I, as an affiliate of the university, had many friends,” the anonymous claim reads. “They were quick to call themselves a ‘person of color,’ intimating that perhaps we even shared some heritage.”

The Medium entry shared social media posts from Vitolo-Haddad, claiming that she “heavily implied that they were Latinx” and was a victim of racism.

“Though their claim to a POC identity was vague, the one consistency was their insistence that they were a constant target of acts of racism and that they came from some kind of nonwhite background,” the post said.

“According to the post, Vitolo-Haddad’s last name, Haddad, was ‘appropriated’ from a previous marriage, and Vitolo-Haddad grew up in a wealthy Italian family in Florida,”
the Badger Herald reported.

There is also an 11-page
document “compiled and researched by a collective of Madison academics and activists who have had a variety of personal experience with CV.” The document detailed Vitolo-Haddad’s actions while at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, including her alleged “racial misrepresentation.”

Vitolo-Haddad wrote an apology in a
Medium post on Sept. 6, the New York Post reported.

“I am so deeply sorry for the ways you are hurting right now because of me,” Vitolo-Haddad wrote in the post. “You have expressed confusion, shock, betrayal, anger, and mistrust. All of those things are a consequence of how I have navigated our relationships and the spaces we share.”

“I have let guesses about my ancestry become answers I wanted but couldn’t prove,” Vitolo-Haddad wrote. “I have let people make assumptions when I should have corrected them.”

“The first step towards that, however, is to resign my position as co-president of the Teaching Assistants’ Association (TAA),” Vitolo-Haddad continued. “Second, I have resigned from my teaching position at UW-Madison.”

“Education is build on a foundation of trust and accountability, and until I repair that I should not be teaching,” said Vitolo-Haddad, who worked at UW-Madison’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Vitolo-Haddad penned a second apology on
Medium on Sept. 8 where she claimed that her “parents have conflicting stories” about their ancestry.

“First, I am deeply sorry and regretful to the people I deceived by inserting myself into Black organizing spaces I didn’t belong in,” the post stated. “That deception was parasitic and harmful.”

“What I know is that I am Southern Italian/Sicilian,” Vitolo-Haddad stated. “In trying to make sense of my experiences with race, I grossly misstepped. I went along with however people saw me. I over-identified with unreliable and unproven family history and latched onto anything I remembered growing up.”

“When asked if I identify as Black, my answer should have always been ‘No,'” Vitolo-Haddad said. “I should have never entered Black organizing spaces. They are not my place. Once realizing this, it wasn’t sufficient to just leave; I should have explained that directly to the people who invited me and clarified my identity.”

“I want to apologize for ever taking lies about Cuban roots at face value, and for subsequently attaching myself to people’s perceptions of me as though it would provide answers where there are none,” Vitolo-Haddad added. “Additionally, I want to apologize for how my failure to own up to these harmful decisions publicly made every conversation on social media about the varied ways I’ve been racialized a source of confusion and deception.”

“What I know now is that perception is not reality. Race is not flat, it is a social construct rife with contradictions,” Vitolo-Haddad wrote. “Fighting racism never required dissociating myself from whiteness. In fact, it derailed the cause by centering my experience.”

The TAA condemned Vitolo-Haddad in a
statement. “We condemn CV Vitolo-Haddad’s appropriation of Black and Brown identities in no uncertain terms … we recognize that our union is the product of a labor movement infused with white supremacy and anti-Blackness,” the TAA said.

The TAA accused Vitolo-Haddad of “manipulating and gaslighting Black and Brown community members who tried holding them accountable.” The TAA apologized for “unknowingly rewarded the toxic opportunism of performing Blackness.”

UW-Madison spokeswoman Meredith McGlone confirmed that Vitolo-Haddad no longer works at the university.

“UW-Madison expects that people represent themselves authentically and accurately in all aspects of their academic work,” McGlone told the
The Daily Cardinal.

California State University, Fresno, recently
offered a tenure-track job to Vitolo-Haddad for the fall 2021 semester, but is reconsidering after the recent allegations of racial fraud.

“The Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs is aware of the concerns regarding CV Vitolo-Haddad that have been appearing online,” the school said in a
statement released on Sept. 14. “Please know that this matter is currently under review. The University will always uphold its core values of discovery, diversity and distinction. We are taking this matter seriously and acknowledge the pain and confusion this situation has caused members of our campus and external community.”

wrote extensively about white nationalism in articles and on her now-deleted Twitter account. She also wrote articles titled, “Dear White People: Loving A Black Person Isn’t Activism” and “Who Gets To Punch Nazis, And When, According To The American Public.” Vitolo-Haddad’s YouTube channel, Doctoral Defense, features videos titled, “Examining Race” and “What the Right Gets Wrong About Biology.”

Episode 3: What the Right Gets Wrong About Biology

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San Francisco mayor announces city will pay some pregnant women $1,000 a month — but only if they’re black or Pacific Islander

The mayor of San Francisco wants to help pregnant women with the financial burden of having and caring for an infant — but only certain pregnant women.

White, Asian, and Hispanic expectant mothers need not concern themselves with applying for help from the city’s new program: It’s only for black and Pacific Islander women.

What’s that now?

Mayor London Breed announced the city’s new Abundant Birth Project on Monday, the Miami Herald reported.

The public-private partnership will give $1,000 per month during a woman’s pregnancy and for the first six months after the baby is born.

But the city is limiting the monies to only 150 black and Pacific Islander women who, the city said, have been on the wrong side of a “longstanding racial gap in birthing outcomes,” the Herald said.

The mayor said hopes that so-called “basic income supplement” will be much bigger in the long term for the women who are able to secure it. She does not want them limited to just six months of post-birth help. The mayor has much more in mind: Two years of giving money to a group of moms selected by race.

Breed declared the program had “a goal of eventually providing a supplement for up to two years post-pregnancy.”

“Providing guaranteed income support to mothers during pregnancy is an innovative and equitable approach that will ease some of the financial stress that all too often keeps women from being able to put their health first,” Breed said in a statement, the Herald reported.

Noting the health aspects touted by the mayor’s office, the paper reported:

Black women have the highest rate of preterm birth, which is when a baby is born too early — before 37 weeks of pregnancy, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Preterm babies have higher rates of disability and death.

Black women had a preterm birth rate of 14% in 2018, which is around 50% higher than white women, who had a rate of 9%, according to the CDC.

The infant mortality rate is also highest for Black women at 10.8 deaths for every 1,000 births in 2018, more than double the rate for white women at 4.6, the CDC said. Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander women had the second-highest infant mortality rate at 9.4 deaths for every 1,000 births.

However, the mayor made it clear that health concerns were not the only reason for the program being available to only select races.

“The Abundant Birth Project is rooted in racial justice and recognizes that Black and Pacific Islander mothers suffer disparate health impacts, in part because of the persistent wealth and income gap,” she said.

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Black man ‘compelled’ to kill by police shooting videos suspected of beating his white cellmate to death

Jayvon Hatchett — the 19-year-old black man who allegedly stabbed a white AutoZone worker at random late last month because he “felt compelled” to after watching videos of police shootings online — is now suspected of beating his white cellmate to death.

What are the details?

According to WRBL-TV, Muscogee County Jail inmate Eddie Nelson Jr., 39, was found dead in his cell early Saturday morning from an apparent beating.

Assistant coroner Charles Newton concluded that his death was the result of “an apparent beating by another inmate” after noting Nelson “had blunt force trauma around the head and neck.”

Nelson was reportedly in jail for violating probation and failing to register as sex offender.

Sheriff Donna Tompkins told the news outlet that Hatchett, who was in jail without bond for aggravated assault and possession of a weapon during the commission of a crime, was a suspect in the beating but would not release any further details.

The incident is still under investigation by the sheriff’s office.

What else?

In a video interview on WLTZ-TV, Nelson’s mother said: “I have a question for the Sheriff. Why? Why did you put my son and that other man in there together? Why? Can you answer me that? I lost a son because of ya’ll’s negligence.”

The family’s attorney, Craig Jones, added that “if this mentally imbalanced individual had been a member of the Ku Klux Klan, they would not have put him in a cell with a black person.”

“If he was a rapist, they wouldn’t have put him in a cell with a woman. If he had bombed a synagogue they wouldn’t have put him in a cell with a Jewish person. If he had been that white kid up in Wisconsin that shot those demonstrators they would not have put him in a cell with demonstrators,” he continued. “I mean this is either sheer stupidity or meanness that’s the only way I can explain it.”

What’s the background?

Hatchett was allegedly involved in a racially motivated attack on August 25, when he walked into an AutoZone near his house and proceeded to stab a 51-year-old white employee in the neck and torso seven times.

Police noted that the victim, whose name was not released, had no apparent connection to Hatchett. The victim was transported to a hospital to receive treatment and is expected to recover.

During court proceedings, Columbus Police Sgt. Ray Mills allegedly told a judge that Hatchett greeted him with a smile and readily confessed to the crime when officers came to arrest him.

“Mr. Hatchett told me that he had been watching Facebook videos of police shootings in other parts of the country and that he felt compelled to go stab a white male,” Mills reportedly testified at the time.

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Juvenile detention officer suspended for ‘racist’ post about fatal shooting of 5-year-old Cannon Hinnant: ‘Should’ve ducked’

A New Jersey juvenile detention officer was suspended for a racist social media post about the
fatal shooting of 5-year-old Cannon Hinnant earlier this month in North Carolina, reported.

Rome Smith, who works for Cumberland County, was commenting on Facebook about Hinnant’s Aug. 9 execution-style shooting reportedly carried out by 25-year-old neighbor Darius N. Sessoms, the outlet said.

Smith, who is black, wrote that Cannon “should’ve ducked” and put responsibility for the killing on the boy’s parents, said, citing screenshots of Smith’s post.

“Y’all always trying to sneak diss and discredit a black person being killed innocently by police,” Smith also allegedly wrote, according to
NBC News. “Blame Cannon’s parents for not watching him!!! F Y’ALL.”

What’s the background?

Cannon was riding his bicycle in front of his father’s house when Sessoms, who is black, allegedly shot the 5-year-old. Cannon’s 7-year-old and 8-year-old sisters reportedly witnessed the shooting. First responders transported Cannon to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Sessoms drove off but was
arrested by the U.S. Marshals Service Carolinas Regional Task Force and he was charged with first-degree murder. Sessoms has a lengthy criminal record that includes multiple felony drug charges, multiple felony probation violations, and charges for possessing stolen firearms.

took a while for many national news outlets to report on Cannon’s killing, which sparked the hashtag #SayHisName on Twitter.

What did officials have to say about Smith’s post?

A spokeswoman for the county, Jody Hirata, confirmed to NBC News that Smith is a county employee and was suspended over the post.

Cumberland County officials — in a statement that did not identify Smith by name — condemned the post as “shockingly insensitive and racist in tone,” reported.

“We will not tolerate County employees using social media to broadcast hateful messages,” County Freeholder Director Joseph Derella told the outlet. “This is not who we are, and we intend to pursue the strongest action available to us.”

Records indicate Smith has been enrolled in the state pension system for 26 years and his salary is $56,678, said.

Smith’s Facebook account and other social media outlets appear to have been disabled, the outlet noted, adding that attempts to reach him for comment Tuesday morning were unsuccessful.

Anything else?

Cannon’s parents denied that his killing had anything to do with race. Sessoms’ parents said they believe their son was on drugs and having hallucinations, the Associated Press

The night before the killing, Cannon’s father, Austin Hinnant, said he and Sessoms shared a beer on the front porch.

“I have no idea why he would kill my son in front of his two sisters and his cousin,” Hinnant told
WRAL-TV. “There was never anything between me and him, any bad blood whatsoever for him to have a reason to do this.”

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Illinois school district to prioritize ‘Black and Brown’ students for in-person learning due to limited capacity

Racial minorities will be among those prioritized when Illinois School District 65 determines who can attend classes in-person with capacity limited by COVID-19 precautions, according to the Evanston RoundTable.

Schools in the district, which includes Evanston and Skokie, will be using about 60% of their square footage and ensuring that students have the space to maintain 6 feet of space between them as much as possible. Teachers will not be forced to work from the schools, so some of them may not be available to provide in-person instruction.

That means student capacity will be limited, and if too many parents choose to send their students to school in-person instead of online, the schools will have to make decisions on who to accept and who to deny. Superintendent Devon Horton said priority will be given to “dependent learners” and “students that are marginalized.”

“We are in a pandemic,” Horton told the RoundTable. “And we also know that everyone is affected by this differently. But there was a pandemic before this. That was inequity and racism, and classism and all of these other things. And so I just want to make sure that as we’re making a decision — no decision is going to make everyone happy — we understand that. We’re trying to support every single child to the best of our ability, and we can’t allow a political cash train to take over our decision-making regarding how we return our students to school.

“We have to make sure that students who’ve been oppressed, that we don’t continue to oppress them and that we give them opportunity,” Horton continued. “I’ve heard for quite some time that this is a community that’s about equity for Black and Brown students, for special education students, for LGBTQ students. We know that this is important work, and we’re going to prioritize that.”

Other prioritized groups, according to Deputy Superintendent Latarsha Green, include “students receiving free or reduced lunch, Black and Brown students, students who received an [incomplete] or less than 50% on their report cards, emerging bilinguals, and students with [individualized education programs]” as well as “students who are not performing according to reading or math grade-level expectations, and students with no comorbidity factors.”

School District 65 will begin its year fully online beginning Aug. 27, with plans to launch in-person classes on Sept. 29 if conditions allow. In-person classes will be Tuesday through Friday, with Monday set aside for the buildings to be thoroughly cleaned.

(H/T: Fox News)

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Black Democratic lawmaker who backs President Trump rips MSNBC host for asking if he’s being paid by the campaign: ‘I don’t fit your narrative’

Vernon Jones has made a bit of a name for himself since he endorsed President Donald Trump for re-election in April.

Jones is something of a rare bird: He’s a black Democratic lawmaker from Georgia who praises the president’s policies that help the black community.

His support for Trump has made him a pariah on the left, where black voters are considered a reliable voting bloc for the Democratic Party, and he has made no bones about how he feels about his critics.

Which is why when an MSNBC host asked him if he was being paid by the Trump campaign, Jones lit into the interviewer and called out his and his network’s agenda regarding black Trump supporters.

What’s the background?

In April, Rep. Jones told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he was backing Trump because of his “handling of the economy, his support for historically black colleges and his criminal justice initiatives.”

He not only voiced support for the president, he also took shots at presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden, saying the former vice president has “betrayed black Americans throughout his career in Washington.” He also blasted Democrats like Biden for showing support for the black community only when the party needs their votes.

“We cannot be tricked again,” he wrote in a July 7 op-ed. “Democrats like Biden will conveniently appear in our neighborhoods and pander to us from now until November. Why? Because they only care about black people during election years.”

Days after Jones announced his endorsement, he said he was resigning from the state Legislature, citing attacks from fellow Democrats. However, a day later he declared he wasn’t going anywhere and said he was not going to allow “the Democrats to bully me into submission,” adding, “I will not let them win. I will NOT resign.”

What did the MSNBC host do?

During a heated interview Wednesday, MSNBC’s Craig Melvin responded to Jones’ litany of reasons for supporting Trump by asking the lawmaker if he was being paid to back the president — apparently rather than being able to form his own opinions.

After accusing Jones of saying things that were “patently false” about the president’s record, Melvin asked, “Are you a paid campaign surrogate? Are you being compensated?”

But Jones was ready to fight back.

“Let me be clear,” he began. “You get paid to shape a liberal narrative. You get paid to attack this president. I don’t get a dime from this president. I don’t get a dime from the campaign. Everything I’ve done has been me and based on my principles.”

He wasn’t done: “See, that’s the problem. When an African American—”

But Melvin interrupted so say, “Sir, I did not raise your race,” and added, “You’re not going to imply that I asked that question because you’re black.”

Jones was not to be deterred. He let Melvin, MSNBC, and the left have it: “You only ask me that because I don’t fit your narrative.”

“No, this president hasn’t offered me anything,” he continued. “I don’t want anything from this president.

“It’s what I can do for my country, and you need to accept that many other African Americans and others support this president because of his policies,” Jones said. “And to insult me to say, ‘Am I getting paid?’ — that is disgraceful, that is horrible, and that’s representative of MSNBC and their narrative to keep blacks silent who happen to support this president.

“Why can’t I be like white liberals or other whites? Nobody questions if they’re getting paid,” Jones wondered. “So I have to get paid? Do you ask Democrats do they get paid? Are you getting paid by Joe Biden?”

Melvin told Jones that he has asked liberals if they’ve been paid by the Biden campaign, but Jones quickly noted, “I haven’t heard it.”

Watch: Craig Melvin Fires Back At Georgia Democrat Who Supports Trump | Craig Melvin | MSNBC

Not the first time for MSNBC

As The Hill noted, this isn’t the first time MSNBC has been called out for asking a black Trump supporter if he’s being compensated for supporting the president.

On July 25, MSNBC host Tiffany Cross asked Trump adviser and Republican activist Bruce LeVell is he has a financial incentive for backing Trump.

“When I see folks like you support this president — has Donald Trump ever promised you anything financially in exchange for your blind support of this administration or helping his campaign?” Cross asked. “On the record, can you tell us if he’s ever promised you anything financially or otherwise?”

LeVell noted that he’s known Trump since 2015 and that the president wanted to help “people like me.”

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AP says it will keep ‘white’ lowercase after recent decision to capitalize ‘Black’

The Associated Press on Monday announced that it will continue to keep the term “white” lowercase “in racial, ethnic and cultural senses.”

The move follows the outlet’s decision last month to capitalize “Black.”

What are the details?

John Daniszewski, the AP’s vice president for Standards, noted in a blog post that the news outlet “consulted with a wide group of people internally and externally around the globe and considered a variety of commentary in making these decisions.”

“There was clear desire and reason to capitalize Black,” Daniszewski continued. “Most notably, people who are Black have strong historical and cultural commonalities, even if they are from different parts of the world, and even if they now live in different parts of the world. That includes the shared experience of discrimination due solely to the color of one’s skin.”

He added, however, that at the moment there’s “less support for capitalizing white.”

The reason? “White people generally do not share the same history and culture, or the experience of being discriminated against because of skin color,” Daniszewski noted. “In addition, we are a global news organization, and in much of the world there is considerable disagreement, ambiguity, and confusion about whom the term includes.”

While the AP acknowledges that “white people’s skin color plays into systemic inequalities and injustices, and we want our journalism to robustly explore those problems,” Daniszewski said “capitalizing the term white, as is done by white supremacists, risks subtly conveying legitimacy to such beliefs.”

More from the outlet:

Some have expressed the belief that if we don’t capitalize white, we are being inconsistent and discriminating against white people or, conversely, that we are implying that white is the default. We also recognize the argument that capitalizing the term could pull white people more fully into issues and discussions of race and equality. We will closely watch how usage and thought evolves, and will periodically review our decision.

How did folks react?

Commentary has been coming in fast from the AP’s Twitter post about its decision to keep “white” lowercase while capitalizing “Black” — and as you can imagine, not everybody views it as a helpful or fair-minded move:

  • “They should both be lowercase, as that is the grammatically correct way,” one commenter noted. “This doesn’t make any sense.”
  • “Wow, that’s not racist at all, except for the racist part,” another commenter said.
  • “Capitalizing things to show some sort of respect is gratuitous,” yet another individual opined. “Proper nouns are capitalized and adjectives derived thereof are capitalized. Common nouns and adjectives derived thereof are not. Period. Paragraph.”
  • “Total and complete racism, bigotry, and just flat out idiocy,” another person said.
  • “The woke mob cannot be satiated, @AP,” one commenter added. “This does nothing other than signal your irrationality, intellectual weakness, and dishonesty. Congrats!”

Oh, and if you want an idea of what support for the AP’s decision looks like, one commenter in the thread offered frequent defenses. Here’s one of them: “My love, this is not what racism is. Uppercasing ‘Black’ is a symbol to make up for all of the history, culture, and knowledge that the world robbed from them when we enslaved them. We don’t do it for white people because we don’t need to. We are celebrated already.”

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‘Take your white self back to the white neighborhood’: City official accused of using racist language toward cop over $10 parking ticket

A city official in South Carolina is accused of using racist language toward a police officer over a $10 parking ticket.

What are the details?

According to a Darlington Police Department report obtained by WBTW-TV reported, an officer was enforcing parking laws last month when he reported a vehicle parked on the wrong side of the road. The officer then placed a parking ticket on the windshield of the vehicle, the station said.

The report indicates that Councilwoman Sheila Baccus moments later asked the officer what was going on, and the officer replied that he had just issued a ticket and that he’d previously given a verbal warning for the same violation, WBTW noted.

The report added that another woman emerged that the officer recognized as the individual previously warned about parking on the wrong side of the road, the station said.

‘Why are you harassing us?’

The report adds that Baccus then asked the officer, “Why are you harassing us? You don’t have anything better to do than write parking tickets?” WBTW reported.

The officer replied that it was his job and to contact Chief Kelvin Washington if she had a problem, the station said.

The report says Baccus then made a phone call and afterward said, “The chief said he will take care of this ticket,” WBTW noted.

The she offered her alleged coup de grace, according to the station, citing the report: “Take your white self back to the white neighborhood … you’re probably the kind that would shoot us in the back.”

The officer said he did not respond to Baccus’ comment and instead returned to his patrol car, WBTW said, according to the report.

What did the police chief have to say about the alleged incident?

Police Chief Kelvin Washington on Friday provided the following statement, according to the station:

“On June 17, 2020, an unattended white SUV was improperly parked on Oak Street. An officer approached the vehicle and placed a parking ticket on the vehicle for being improperly parked. It was later discovered that the vehicle was being operated by Councilwoman Sheila Baccus. The officer handled this interaction with Councilwoman Baccus with the highest level of professionalism, and he has my complete support. He did nothing wrong and said nothing wrong. He was simply just doing his job. Any questions about Councilwoman Baccus’ actions or comments that day would be best answered by her. The parking ticket was paid two days after the incident.”

The ticket was for $10, WPDE-TV reported.

WBTW said Darlington Mayor Curtis Boyd also referred all questions about the incident to Baccus.

What did the councilwoman have to say?

The station said it reached out to Baccus for comment Thursday night and Friday morning. WBTW added that it reached out twice by phone Friday afternoon and that the station hadn’t received a response from her as of Friday night.

The Police Tribune)

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ABC News mocked over report warning national parks ‘face existential crisis over race’

As the U.S. reels from protests and debates over racial injustices, ABC News has thrown out a new concern: visitors to national parks “remain overwhelmingly white.”

The outlet cited government statistics to back up their reporting, but that did not protect them from being mocked on social media for the story.

What are the details?

The ABC News piece warned that “America’s national parks face (an) existential crisis over race,” sounding the alarm that the nation’s “premier outdoor spaces…remain overwhelmingly white.”

The article pointed to National Park Service numbers showing that according to the latest 10-year survey, 23% of people who visited the nation’s 419 national parks were people of color, and 77% were white. But “minorities make up 42% of the U.S. population.”

ABC also noted that one study showed “twice as many black and Hispanic Americans said they don’t know what to do in national parks than whites.”

Joel Pannell, associated director of the Sierra Club told ABC, “The outdoors and public lands suffer from the same systemic racism that the rest of our society does.”

But overwhelmingly, people reacting to the article on Twitter were not buying it.

One person noted that national parks are not segregated, another asked, “Are you arguing for affirmative action for national parks admittance or something?”

Others argued with the article’s premise, saying they had observed an array of diversity on their trips to national parks. Someone joked, “Those dang racist parks!’

Several people lambasted the article as not being serious journalism. Conservative radio host Dana Loesch tweeted, “Dad on my screen weeping for his son killed by Marxists and flipping ABC out here tweeting ‘iS tHE oUtSIdE rACisT?'”

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Walmart declares it will stop selling ‘All Lives Matter’ merchandise

Walmart announced Monday that it will no longer allow the sale of “All Lives Matter” merchandise on its website following recent backlash over clothing posted to the site that used variations of the “Black Lives Matter” slogan.

What is happening?

The Hill said last week that the retail chain began receiving fire for selling shirts emblazoned with derivatives of Black Lives Matter, including “All Lives Matter,” “Blue Lives Matter,” “Irish Lives Matter,” and “Homeless Lives Matter.” Social media users attacked Walmart for “mocking” the BLM movement, CNN reported.

Walmart responded that it would review all of the “Lives Matter” goods listed on its website, including items sold by third-party vendors.

USA Today reported Monday night that Walmart decided to put the kibosh on the sale of “All Lives Matter” merchandise “indefinitely.”

“We fundamentally believe all lives do matter and every individual deserves respect,” the company said in a statement, according to USA Today. “However, as we listened, we came to understand that the way some, but not all, people are using the phrase ‘All Lives Matter’ in the current environment intentionally minimized the focus on the painful reality of racial inequity.”

The retail giant did say, however, that it would still allow the sale of some “Lives Matter” variants, but those items would be scrutinized to make sure they meet the business’ standards, the New York Post noted.

The is the second time in as many weeks that Walmart has taken action in the wake of recent racial justice protests. Last week, the company announced that it would remove the Mississippi state flag from all of its stores because the flag bears a Confederate emblem.

Walmart spokesperson Anne Hatfield said when the ban was announced: “We believe it’s the right thing to do, and is consistent with Walmart’s position to not sell merchandise with the confederate flag from stores and online sites, as part of our commitment to provide a welcoming and inclusive experience for all of our customers in the communities we serve.”

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Georgia grand jury indicts three men for murder in connection with the death of Ahmaud Arbery

A grand jury in Georgia has indicted three men in connection with the February shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery. All three men now face charges for felony murder and aggravated assault in a case that garnered national attention thanks largely to the cellphone video taken by the men who were involved in Arbery’s shooting.

According to ABC News, Cobb District Attorney Joyette M. Holmes announced the result of the grand jury’s vote on Wednesday.

According to Holmes, “The presentation took an hour and a half and the true bill came back in 10 minutes.” The grand jury’s decision means that Gregory McMichael, Travis McMichael, and William Bryan each now face nine charges, including malice murder, four counts of felony murder, two counts of aggravated assault, false imprisonment and criminal contempt to commit a felony.

Arbery was shot and killed by Travis McMichael on Feb. 23 in an incident that involved McMichael’s father, Gregory, a retired police officer, and family friend William Bryan. On that night, Gregory McMichael spotted Arbery in a vacant construction site and believed that he was a person responsible for committing several break-ins in their neighborhood.

Gregory alerted Travis and the two grabbed their guns and began following Arbery, who was out jogging, in a white pickup truck. The pair called Bryan, who joined the chase and filmed a substantial portion of it on his cellphone.

Ultimately, the McMichaels caught and confronted Arbery, who struggled with them until Travis fired three gunshots at Arbery, who later died.

Local police were initially unwilling to pursue charges against the three men, apparently believing their claims of self-defense, until the video taken by Bryan was posted on social media on May 5, igniting a national firestorm. In response to widespread criticism of the local police’s actions in the case, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation assumed control of the investigation into the shooting, and ultimately arrested all three men.

Arbery’s death, and the supposed bungling of the investigation into the McMichaels by the local police, was at least part of the impetus for the civil unrest that has rocked the nation for the last several weeks. Protesters have often called for justice for Arbery, as well as for other alleged victims of police violence or indifference, including George Floyd in Minneapolis and Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Kentucky.

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Walmart removes Mississippi flag from stores due to Confederate emblem

Walmart has removed the Mississippi flag from all its stores and its website because the flag features a Confederate emblem, the Memphis Commercial Appeal reported.

Why are they doing this? “We believe it’s the right thing to do, and is consistent with Walmart’s position to not sell merchandise with the confederate flag from stores and online sites, as part of our commitment to provide a welcoming and inclusive experience for all of our customers in the communities we serve,” Walmart spokesperson Anne Hatfield said in a statement to the Commercial Appeal.

The decision to remove the state flag from stores reportedly occurred “a couple of weeks ago.” Walmart banned the sale of Confederate flag merchandise in 2015.

What’s going on with the flag debate? During this renewed push for the removal of Confederate monuments and symbols in public, there has also been a resurgence of opposition to Mississippi’s state flag.

CNN Business reported that the state’s major public universities, the University of Mississippi and Mississippi State University, have stopped flying the flag. The city of Gulfport also banned the flag because it is “a painful reminder of past days of transgressions in this State and has also been used by some as an image of hatred, divisiveness, and violence.”

The NCAA’s Southeastern Conference told the state of Mississippi recently that if it does not change its flag, the state could be precluded from hosting championship events.

The Mississippi Baptist Convention, which has more than 500,000 members and 2,100 churches, issued a statement in opposition of the flag.

“While some may see the current flag as a celebration of heritage, a significant portion of our state sees it as a relic of racism and a symbol of hatred,” the statement read. “The racial overtones of this flag’s appearance make this discussion a moral issue.”

Gov. Tate Reeves (R) said any change to the state flag should be approved through a statewide election. In 2001, Mississippi voters chose to keep the design.

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Oregon county issues directive for everyone to wear face masks — except ‘people of color’ who are worried about racial profiling

The debate over the effectiveness of masks and whether the government should be forcing people to wear them has raged for weeks. The extremes on the two sides are either sure that non-mask wearers are going to kill everybody’s grandma or that the masks are a tool government control aimed to curb every freedom in ‘Merica.

One Oregon county, apparently not content with the standard screaming matches over requiring face masks, decided to officially insert another divisive topic into the debate: race.

What did they do?

Lincoln County, which is on Oregon’s north-central coastline, declared last week that everyone has to wear a mask — except non-white people who are nervous about being harassed because they’re wearing a face mask.

The directive, dated June 16, from the Lincoln County Public Health Administrator and Lincoln County Health Officer orders “all individuals” in the county to wear masks at all indoor public settings and any outdoor public settings where they can’t keep at least six feet from other people not from their household.

The directive makes the usual exceptions for children and people with health conditions or disabilities. And then it adds one more exception: “People of color who have heightened concerns about racial profiling and harassment due to wearing face coverings in public.”

Why the exception?

A CNN report from April offers some help: Many black leaders and ordinary citizens are concerned about possible racial profiling when it comes to wearing masks.

Ohio State University professor Trevon Logan told CNN, “We have a lot of examples of the presumed criminality of black men in general. And then we have the advice to go out in public in something that … can certainly be read as being criminal or nefarious, particularly when applied to black men.”

“[Wearing a homemade mask] seems like a reasonable response unless you just sort of take American society out of it. When you can’t do that, you’re basically telling people to look dangerous given racial stereotypes that are out there,” Logan added. “This is in the larger context of black men fitting the description of a suspect who has a hood on, who has a face covering on. It looks like almost every criminal sketch of any garden-variety black suspect.”

The American Civil Liberties Union is also concerned. After the Centers for Disease Control issued guidance on masks along with a video of U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams, who is black, showing how to make a mask out of a bandana, shirt, or scarf, the ACLU said the government isn’t taking minorities into account with its guidance.

ACLU of Georgia Executive Director Andrea Young said the CDC’s information and video on masks is nothing more than “racial insensitivity.”

ReNika Moore, who heads up the ACLU’s Racial Justice Program said, “For many black people, deciding whether or not to wear a bandana in public to protect themselves and others from contracting coronavirus is a lose-lose situation that can result in life-threatening consequences either way,” CNN reported.

“Not wearing a protective bandana goes against CDC recommendations and increases the risk of contracting COVID-19, but wearing one could mean putting their lives at risk of getting shot or killed because of racially-biased targeting,” she added.

After complaints from minority groups rolled in, Dr. Adams sent a statement to CNN, saying:

Health equity, and the complex interactions between race and health, have always been an area of emphasis for my office. I understand the concerns communities of color would have about being racially profiled, and am working with the NAACP, the NMA, and other organizations representing people of color to ensure no one is unduly harmed by COVID-19, or our response to it.”

Is the mask order enforceable?

For Lincoln County, this may all be a rhetorical exercise anyway — one that has appeared to only exacerbate the mask fight.

Near the end of the directive, the county officials say the “directive is self-executing” and that there will be no repercussions for not following the order to wear masks.

It is designed simply to “induce voluntary compliance” and notes that “no person shall intimidate or harass individuals who do not comply.”

(H/T: New York Post)

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Rhode Island toys with changing its name to avoid slavery connotations

At least two major U.S. cities — St. Louis, Missouri, and Columbus, Ohio — are facing calls to change their names due to connections to controversial historical figures. Now an entire state is talking about changing its name over connotations of slavery.

What’s happening?

Rhode Island has long had the distinction of being both the smallest state in the union and the state with the longest official name: The State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations.

It’s the word “plantations” and its long ties to Southern slavery that have been the problem for those demanding the name change, as well as “Rhode Island’s deep involvement in the slave trade,” WPRI-TV reported.

The state’s Democratic governor, Gina Raimondo, signed an executive order Monday saying her office and all executive offices will henceforth use only “State of Rhode Island” in all official documents, websites, citations, and communications.

Raimondo’s order does not officially change the state’s name permanently, the New York Post said.

Such a change would require movement by the state legislature and a vote by the Ocean State’s citizens to amend the Rhode Island Constitution. That effort is being led by the state’s lone black senator.

State Sen. Harold Metts (D) introduced a bill Wednesday to give voters an opportunity to remove “plantations” from the state’s name and constitution, the Providence Journal reported.

Critics of the move have noted that the word “plantations” in Rhode Island in the 1600s — when the name was first created, even before the U.S. was formed — was referring to local farms, regardless of how people today understand it, WPRI noted.

For Metts, despite the actual context of the term, the word has too much historical ugliness to keep it around.

“Whatever the meaning of the term ‘plantations’ in the context of Rhode Island’s history, it carries a horrific connotation when considering the tragic and racist history of our nation,” Metts said, according to the Journal, adding, “The images that come to mind when I hear the word ‘plantations’ are of the inhuman and degrading treatment of the African-Americans who came before me, families ripped apart by slave sales, rapes and lynchings. It is a hurtful term to so many of us.”

The senator said the word is just a “painful reminder of our racist past” and should be erased.

Metts’ bill passed the state Senate unanimously and will be considered by the state House in late July, according to the Journal. Should it clear the House, the bill will be voted on by Rhode Islanders in November, WPRI said.

If that happens, it would be the second time the issue has been put before the voters. In 2010, a referendum to change the state’s name lost 78% to 22%.

What’s the name’s background?

The “plantations” portion of the name comes from the combination of the area’s name during the colonial days, Rhode Island, with multiple plantations in the area.

The most notable of those was the colony founded by Roger Williams — Providence Plantation, which included what is now the capital city of Rhode Island, according to the state’s website.

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Former Australian chess representative enraged to be asked to appear on radio segment to discuss whether chess is racist

Former Australian chess representative and current professional economist John Adams was asked by a radio station in his home country in Australia to appear on a segment to discuss whether chess is racist, and he was none too happy about it. The central question, of course, was whether the chess rule requiring the white side to move first was racist or might propagate microaggressions.

Adams left no doubt as to his view on the topic: that the subject did not merit discussion.

In his response, Adams said, “Trust the taxpayer funded national broadcaster to apply ideological Marxist frameworks to anything & everything in Australia! With all the drama resulting from COVID-19, I am amazed that the ABC is broadcasting on irrelevant topics!”

According to the Daily Telegraph, the segment in question will air on Wednesday, apparently without Adams’ input. In an interview with the Telegraph, Adams went on to discuss his frustration with taxpayer money being used to fund the segment on racism in chess during the midst of the global coronavirus pandemic. “They said with everything going on, they wanted to have a conversation about white going first — and the racial context of whether white should go first… People are struggling with the economy, with their health, with the lockdown. They don’t want their money wasted on bulls**t,” Adams said.

It is generally considered that the white side has an advantage in chess because it makes the initial move. Furthermore, if black is permitted to move first, chess experts generally agree that this will disrupt patterns in the game. If players wish to demonstrate their social consciousness by allowing black to move first, then of course black may be permitted to move first; however, some chess experts state that in this variant of the game, the king and queen should switch places so that the king is on his own color, rather than having the queen on her own color, as in the standard rules of the game in which white moves first.

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University of Florida to ban ‘Gator Bait’ cheer at games over alleged racist history

The University of Florida announced Thursday that it is banning the school’s famous “Gator Bait” cheer from all future sporting events, ESPN reported. But the player who made the chant popular is none too thrilled with the school’s edict.

For the last 20 to 25 years, “Gator Bait” has been a common chant from gator fans in response to a song played by the school’s band. But no more.

According the outlet, school President Kent Fuchs said the cheer will be forbidden because of “history racist imagery associated with the phrase.”

Has there been a problem with racism and that cheer at Gator games? Not according to Fuchs.

“While I know of no evidence of racism associated with our ‘Gator Bait’ cheer at UF sporting events, there is horrific historic racist imagery associated with the phrase,” Fuchs said, ESPN reported. “Accordingly, University Athletics and the Gator Band will discontinue the use of the cheer.”

So what’s behind Fuchs’ reasoning?

According to Ferris State University’s Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia, black babies were used as alligator bait — though it doesn’t seem to have been a common practice:

It isn’t really a question of whether African American babies were used as alligator bait, but the question is how frequent was the practice?

During slavery and the Jim Crow era in the United States, African Americans were brutalized and mistreated in almost every way imaginable. If there was a way to kill, maim, oppress, or use an African American for any reason, it more than likely happened. If the skin from an African American might be used for leather shoes or handbags, (see Human Leather), then pretty much all atrocities were possible and probable.

African American babies being used as alligator bait really happened, and it happened to real people. It doesn’t seem to have been a widespread practice, but it did happen.

The site also gives some specific historical examples:

In 1908 the Washington Times reported that a keeper at the New York Zoological Garden baited “Alligators With Pickaninnies” out of their winter quarters. In the article two “small colored children happened to drift through the reptile house among the throng of visitors” and they were “pressed into service.” The alligators “wobbled out as quick as they could after the ebony mites, who darted around the tank just as the pursuing monsters fell with grunts of chagrin into the water.” The alligators were “coaxed” into their summer quarters by “plump little Africans” (“Baits Alligators”).

The headline in the September 21, 1923 Oakland Tribune reads “PICKANINNY BAIT LURES VORACIOUS ‘GATOR TO DEATH. And Mother Gets Her Baby Back in Perfect Condition; Also $2”. In the article T.W. Villiers chronicles the entire process of using black babies as bait and how “these little black morsels are more than glad to be led to the ‘sacrifice’ and do their part in lurking the big Florida gators to their fate without suffering so much as a scratch.” Villiers is quick to point out that the babies are brought out of the “water alive and whole and come out wet and laughing” and that “there is nothing terrible about it, except that it is spelling death for the alligators.” In a strange twist, Villiers reports on the hunter’s attempts to rationalize the motivation of the alligators to “jeopardize every hope of life for a live baby, and in the matter of color, the additional information is vouchsafed that black babies, in the estimation of the alligators, are far more refreshing, as it were, than white ones.”

But was the origin of the actual cheer racist?

Not according to the black player who made it a thing at UF.

Lawrence Wright, ESPN noted, popularized the phrase, “If you ain’t a Gator, ya Gator bait, baby,” after a win over Florida State in 1995.

He told the Gainesville Sun he disagrees with the school’s decision and would like a word with President Fuchs.

“Me and the president need to sit down and talk about this,” Wright said.

“I’m not going for it,” he added. “I created something for us. It’s a college football thing. It’s not a racist thing, It’s about us, the Gator Nation. And I’m Black.

“What about our history as the Gator Nation?” the former star cornerback asked. “We took a program from the top five to No. 1 in the country. I think I’ve done enough, put in the sweat and tears, to get to offer my opinion about something like this.”

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Black pastor pulls a gun while being attacked, gets arrested. Now 5 white suspects face felony and hate crimes charges.

Authorities arrested a 61-year-old black pastor from Virginia after he pulled a gun on his attackers, who approached him on his own property.

Five suspects, however, are now facing hate crimes charges.

What are the details?

Pastor Leon McCray Sr. was simply guarding his property when he came under attack from no less than five suspects.

The incident took place on June 1 when the pastor attempted to prevent two white suspects from leaving an old refrigerator on the property of an apartment building he owns.

McCray told WHSV-TV that the two suspects became “irate,” and returned with three other suspects. The five then reportedly surrounded McCray, intimidating the man with racial epithets, threats, and physical violence.

“Racial epithets, and the N-word, and your Black life, your motherf***ing Black life don’t make, it doesn’t make a difference in this country, it doesn’t make a difference to me, and we will kill you,” McCray recalled the suspects saying.

The suspects converged on him and at least one suspect reportedly began headbutting McCray.

“One of the guys snatched his shirt off and circled behind me, that’s when it got really bad,” he admitted.

McCray, who was armed during the attack, pulled out his legally owned weapon and was able to call police on the suspects.

“It got to the point where this is really getting really, really bad,” he said. “I couldn’t leave, I couldn’t do anything, and with the threats, I felt to save my life, I had to draw my gun.”

Responding officers, however, arrested McCray on allegations of brandishing a firearm before they even sought his side of the story, he said.

“How humiliating,” McCray told reporters. “How dehumanizing … to look at this mob of individuals cheering on the sidelines waving as I was carted off to go to jail.”

After an investigation, authorities dropped the charge against McCray and levied charges of hate crimes against the five suspects.

What else?

Shenandoah County Sheriff Timothy Carter issued an apology to McCray for the way he was treated during the altercation.

“After talking with him about the incident, it was apparent to me that the charge of brandishing was certainly not appropriate,” Carter said. “Actually, as I told Mr. McCray, if I were faced with similar circumstances, I would have probably done the same thing.”

Authorities arrested all five suspects: Donny Salyers, 43; Dennis Salyers, 26; Farrah Salyers, 42; Christopher Sharp, 57; and Amanda Salyers, 26.

The suspects were charged with assault — hate crime, assault and battery by mob, and felony abduction.

Two sheriff’s office supervisors were also placed on administrative leave in connection with the incident.

“I want the people of Shenandoah County to know I and the sheriff’s office staff appreciate and care about the minority communities, and especially our Black community, in Shenandoah County,” he said. “Also, I continue to support and recognize the importance of your Constitutional rights, especially your Second Amendment right to protect yourself and your family.”

You can listen to an interview with McCray here.

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Man rips down Black Lives Matter posters, tells woman who confronts him to ‘go f*** yourself.’ Now he’s out of a job.

A writ server supervisor for Philadelphia Family Court was fired Monday after he was caught on video ripping down Black Lives Matter posters from a park fence, PhillyVoice reported.

Michael Henkel was terminated for multiple violations of the state court’s Code of Conduct and the Non-Discrimination and Equal Employment Policy, the outlet said, citing a statement from First Judicial District spokesperson Martin O’Rourke.

“The Court takes this incident very seriously and believes Mr. Henkel’s behavior, as shown in the video, is egregious and totally unacceptable for an employee of the Courts,” O’Rourke noted, according to PhillyVoice.

What happened in the video?

In an Instagram video, Henkel was seen ripping down Black Lives Matter signs from the fence surrounding Columbus Square Park and engaging in a contentious chat with a woman who confronted him about his actions.

The woman — who isn’t seen in the clip — tells Henkel that the park isn’t his property.

“I know, it’s the city,” Henkel replies. “I pay for this … yeah, my taxes pay for this place … just so you know, so I can do whatever I want.”

When she questions that assertion, he replies, “You’re f***in’ right I can, and I’m always around here, too.”

As Henkel walks away with the signs, the woman tells him, “Black lives matter!”

Henkel’s reply? “Not to me they don’t. You can call it anyway you want. You should go f*** yourself, though.”

Here’s the clip. Content warning: language

The incident occurred Sunday afternoon, WPVI-TV reported.

The posters had been hung Friday during a demonstration calling for police-free schools, PhillyVoice said.

What else happened after the signs were torn down?

Less than 12 hours after Henkel tore the signs down, witnesses told WPVI that a resident was hanging up an anti-racism poster on the same fence and was allegedly attacked in the process.

“He ripped the plastic sign off and then whipped it at my face,” the victim said, according to the station.

But on Monday night, residents put up more anti-racism posters on the fence, WPVI said.

“You take one sign down, we’re going to put 10 more up,” Timothy Kalosky Jr., told the station.

Matthew McKelvey added to WPVI, “No matter how many signs he tears down, we’re going to be out here every day putting these signs back up.”

Court supervisor caught on camera tearing down ‘Black Lives Matter’ signs

Anything else?

Philadelphia has been in the headlines of late in relation to the George Floyd protests:

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University of California votes to bring back affirmative action in admissions

The University of California Board of Regents voted Monday in favor of restoring affirmative action to the admissions process. Granting preferential treatment to applicants based on their race or gender in public education or employment has been outlawed in California since 1996.

The board voted unanimously in favor of affirmative action. The vote on its own doesn’t revive affirmative action policies, but rather is an endorsement by the 10-campus university system of a potential repeal of Proposition 209, the law that banned consideration of race and gender in admissions.

“There is amazing momentum for righting the wrongs caused by centuries of systemic racism in our country,” Board of Regents Chairman John Perez said in a statement, according to CNN. “The UC Board of Regents’ votes to endorse ACA 5 and to repeal Proposition 209 plays a part in that effort. As we continue to explore all the University’s opportunities for action, I am proud UC endorsed giving California voters the chance to erase a stain, support opportunity and equality, and repeal Proposition 209.”

ACA 5 is the amendment that would repeal the ban on affirmative action. It passed the state Assembly 60-14 last Wednesday. The bill has to pass the state Senate with a two-thirds majority by June 25 in order to be on the Nov. 3 ballot, where it would need a simple majority to pass.

University of California President Janet Napolitano applauded the vote, saying the ban on affirmative action has prevented schools from achieving their desired levels of diversity.

“It makes little sense to exclude any consideration of race in admissions when the aim of the University’s holistic process is to fully understand and evaluate each applicant through multiple dimensions,” Napolitano said in a statement. “Proposition 209 has forced California public institutions to try to address racial inequality without factoring in race, even where allowed by federal law. The diversity of our university and higher education institutions across California, should — and must — represent the rich diversity of our state.”

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Aunt Jemima brand will receive social justice makeover: ‘Based on a racial stereotype’

Aunt Jemima, the breakfast brand known for its syrup and pancake mix, is getting a social justice makeover.

Quaker Oats announced Wednesday that Aunt Jemima products will receive a name and logo change, NBC News reported.

The company said, “Aunt Jemima’s origins are based on a racial stereotype.”

“As we work to make progress toward racial equality through several initiatives, we also must take a hard look at our portfolio of brands and ensure they reflect our values and meet our consumers’ expectations,” company Vice President Kristin Kroepfl said, according to NBC News.

The company also announced it would donate at least $5 million over the next five years “to create meaningful, ongoing support and engagement in the Black community,” according to the NBC report.

Aunt Jemima’s namesake finds its origins in the old minstrel show song, “Old Aunt Jemima,” which was sung by slaves, CNN reported.

The company has used the name and logo since 1890. According to the Aunt Jemima website, the brand’s logo is based on a real life person, Nancy Green, who was a “storyteller, cook and missionary worker.” However, as CNN noted, Green was also born into slavery, which Aunt Jemima’s website does not reveal.

In the wake of a renewed national discussion about systematic racism, brand logos, like the Washington Redskins and Cleveland Indians, are once again targets for those who say such images perpetuate racist stereotypes.

On the NBC’s “Today” Wednesday, Riché Richardson, an associate professor at Cornell University, explained why he believes the Aunt Jemima branding is problematic.

“It’s an image that harkens back to the antebellum plantation … Aunt Jemima is that kind of stereotype is premised on this idea of Black inferiority and otherness,” he said.

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Texas HS football coach makes powerful declaration to his players: ‘Your skin color, your race, your religion — that won’t divide us!’

Klein Oak High School football coach Jason Glenn gave a powerful message to his players when they gathered recently on the field in Spring, Texas.

“The stuff that’s going on in our country right now? That’s not going to divide us!” Glenn hollered as he stalked around the turf while his players stood at attention. “Your skin color, your race, your religion … that won’t divide us! … We’re not doing that! We won’t allow it!

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He shared that he’s noticed in the wake of George Floyd’s death and the protests and rioting that have followed around the country that “people look at each other differently! … It’s changing us! It’s dividing us!”

But he reemphasized to his players that “we’re not gonna be divided! We’re not gonna let society tell us who to hate — you need to decide that … by their heart, their character, and how they treat others!”

At one point Glenn approached a white man standing on the field and the pair embraced, after which the coach said, “I love him to death! He’s my guy … one of the first guys I met welcomed me here … this is my brother! Love him to death! And you know what? Nothing — society, social media, TV — nothing’s gonna change the way I feel about him. You wanna know why? Because I judge him on his character and his heart.”

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He also told his players that “the whole United States is crumbling before our eyes” but that “your generation has to make a stand … you have to do something … start now!”

The clip was posted to Facebook on Thursday and has received 1 million views and counting:

Klein Oak coach gives powerful speech to players amid anti-racist protests

Speaking to KTRK-TV, Glenn said his message won’t be waving, despite the fact that he’s experienced racial bias from police.

An All-American player at Texas A&M and later a player and coach in the NFL, Glenn decided to return to the high school level to make difference in the lives of young people, the station said.

KTRK added that he’s positive he’s where he is now for a purpose and to “raise great young men.”