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Principal calls parents ‘whackos,’ ‘pushy’ for speaking out against critical race theory — and apologizes after her emailed insults come to light

An Arizona public school principal issued an apology after calling parents “whackos” and “pushy” for contesting critical race theory, Young America’s Foundation reported.

What are the details?

Through a Freedom of Information Act request, the outlet said it obtained internal emails penned by Desert Valley Elementary School Principal Tonja Neve that targeted nearly dozen parents who spoke at a Dec. 10 school board meeting in opposition to a proposed curriculum that would promote elements of critical race theory.

One parent who spoke during the meeting asked the district to “stop diluting student education with politically correct, feel-good propaganda.”

Another parent said, “Before the governing school board today is a vote for a new curriculum that appears well-intentioned, appealing, even empathetic. But in actuality it further divides us. … It’s absurd. … You cannot cure racism with more racism.”


Parents Stand Up To Proposed CRT Curriculum at School Board Meeting

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What did the principal say?

“That board meeting was ridiculous,” Neve wrote in one email dated Feb. 1, YAF said. “I’m sick of us giving these whackos a platform to spread propaganda without making any correction statements.”

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The outlet also said Neve conferred with Jennifer Mundy, whom YAF said is “one of the architects of the new proposed curriculum,” in another Feb. 1 email on how they could “quiet” the “pushy voices” of dissenting parents through a court ruling that “reinforces the power of principals to set boundaries in parent-school communication.”

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What the the district and the principal have to say?

A Peoria Unified School District spokeswoman told YAF that the district wasn’t aware of Neve’s “name calling” and followed up with the principal.

The outlet said Neve offered the following statement: “My comments were unprofessional, and I apologize for that … my comments were in regards to audience members who were coming to our board and calling teachers out by name and misconstruing and devaluing the hard work they do. My comment was made in the heat of the moment and in defense of my profession and colleagues.”

She added that she takes “responsibility for what I did wrong,” YAF reported.

Anything else?

Turns out Neve was announced in March as the new principal of Main Street School in Exeter, New Hampshire, and that she and her family will move there before she begins her duties July 1.

Here’s another video of a school board meeting with longer and more complete public comments:


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Rutgers U. admin caves to leftist mob just one day after condemning antisemitism: ‘We sincerely apologize for the hurt that this message has caused’

Just one day after condemning acts of antisemitism in a lengthy letter to the campus community at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, the two administrators who signed the initial letter caved to the leftist mob and actually apologized.

What are the details?

In their initial letter Wednesday, Rutgers-New Brunswick Chancellor Christopher J. Molloy and Provost Francine Conway told the campus community they were “saddened by and greatly concerned about the sharp rise in hostile sentiments and anti-Semitic violence in the United States. Recent incidents of hate directed toward Jewish members of our community again remind us of what history has to teach us.”

They added that “this recent resurgence of anti-Semitism demands that we again call out and denounce acts of hate and prejudice against members of the Jewish community and any other targeted and oppressed groups on our campus and in our community.”


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The letter also said that “our Student Affairs Office is already working in close partnership with leaders of the Rutgers Jewish community, and meetings have been held with students to assess and respond to their needs. If you are aware of hate incidents on campuses or places that have been made unsafe due to expressed bigotry and other unacceptable and insensitive acts, please report them using the bias reporting system.”

Oops

As you might expect, the administrators’ letter didn’t sit too well with Palestinian-supporting leftists. In particular, Students for Justice in Palestine were none too pleased, saying the very next day on Instagram that they are “deeply concerned” about the statement from Molloy and Conway, which “conveniently ignores the extent to which Palestinians have been brutalized by Israel’s occupation and bombing of Gaza.”

Caving to the woke mob

Well, Molloy and Conway didn’t waste much time — and just one day after their joint condemnation of antisemitism, the pair issued another letter to the campus community titled, “An Apology.”

The pair wrote in the letter that their message sent the previous day “fell short” and that “it is clear to us that the message failed to communicate support for our Palestinian community members. We sincerely apologize for the hurt that this message has caused.”

The rest of the short note reads:

Rutgers University-New Brunswick is a community that is enriched by our vibrant diversity. However, our diversity must be supported by equity, inclusion, antiracism, and the condemnation of all forms of bigotry and hatred, including anti-Semitism and Islamophobia. As we grow in our personal and institutional understanding, we will take the lesson learned here to heart, and pledge our commitment to doing better. We will work to regain your trust, and make sure that our communications going forward are much more sensitive and balanced.

Our goal of creating a beloved community will not be easy, and while we may make mistakes along the way; we hope we can all learn from them as we continue this vital work together.

Anything else?

The Anti-Defamation League on Thursday noted that it had seen a 75% spike in antisemitic attacks in America in the last two weeks amid fighting between Israel and Hamas:


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Grammy-winning gospel star Kirk Franklin issues apology after expletive-laden rant and insults at his son during heated argument

Kirk Franklin, 51-year-old Grammy award-winning gospel superstar and choir director, has issued an impassioned apology after his adult son, Kerrion, shared shocking audio reported to feature his father swearing at and insulting him.

The audio, according to Kerrion, was taken from a telephone conversation that the two recently had.

What’s a brief history here?

Kerrion shared the footage on his social media page over the weekend, writing, “This is why I’m done. No father should speak to their children like this. If I have any issues it’s because of this type of treatment that [I] deal with behind closed doors. Hanging up in my face, No apology, no compassion, no effort. Stop telling me to go home to my family I don’t even know where they live.”

He continued, “I don’t think I’ll ever trust my father to be alone around him ever again. I didn’t want to do this. I probably won’t release the entire recording because it’s too embarrassing that I’m even dealing with this. No matter what ppl think I pray my dad deals with his deep hatred toward me. I don’t feel safe around him at all. This recording is recent it is not from 2018 just to clarify. Im going to learn from these experiences, live my life in peace and make beautiful art.”

In the recording, Kirk can be heard telling Kerrion, “You need to get your skinny motherf***ing ass back out the goddamn way before I put my foot in your ass.”

“I will break your neck if you ever disrespect me,” he added.

Kerrion can be heard responding, “‘I’ll break your neck.’ Is that a threat?”

(Content warning: Rough language):

What are the details?

Kirk on Saturday issued an apology on Twitter.

In a now-viral video, Kirk said, “Many of you know that I have an older son named Kerrion Franklin. In May he’ll be 33. For many years we have had a toxic relationship with him as a family.”

In the video, Kirk said that he and Kerrion — as well as other members of the family — have sought counseling in an attempt to “rectify this private family matter.”

“Recently my son and I had an argument that he chose to record,” Kirk added. “I felt extremely disrespected in that conversation and I lost my temper and I said words that are not appropriate and I am sincerely sorry to all of you. I sincerely apologize.”

He concluded, “I’m not perfect. I’m human and I’m gonna make mistakes and I’m trying to get it right. Please keep me and your family in your prayers.”

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‘That wasn’t an apology’: Claire McCaskill torches Andrew Cuomo over sexual harassment explanation

Former Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill is not buying fellow Democrat New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s explanation for the wave of sexual harassment claims brought against him in recent days, saying of his statement on the allegations: “That wasn’t an apology.”

What are the details?

After two former staffers came forward in recent weeks accusing the scandal-plagued governor of unwanted advances, Cuomo issued a written statement saying, in part, “I acknowledge some of the things I have said have been misinterpreted as an unwanted flirtation. To the extent anyone felt that way, I am truly sorry about that.”

McCaskill, now a contributor on MSNBC, referenced that statement during an appearance on “Morning Joe” when asked about the scandal Wednesday.

According to The Daily Caller‘s dictation, the former prosecutor replied, “Let me just say some obvious truths here: This is the Governor of New York who had a young — a woman young enough to be his daughter in his office. The two of them alone. And he asked her if she had sex with older men. And then he had the nerve to say he was apologizing if his comments had been misinterpreted as flirtation.”

“Well, I got news for you,” McCaskill continued. “If you have a position of power over a young woman, a very young woman compared to your age, and you ask her if she has sex with older men, you ought to be man enough to say you did something terribly wrong. Not ‘I’m sorry if it was misinterpreted.'”

“It’s infuriating,” McCaskill went on to say. “That wasn’t an apology. That was a rationalization. So, you know, just everybody out there, if you are old enough to be a woman’s daughter and you’re her boss, don’t ask her if she likes to have sex with older [men]. It’s not complicated.”

The full segment can be viewed below. McCaskill’s comments begin around the 3:25 mark:


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Cuomo addressed the allegations again during a Wednesday news conference, days after a third woman went public accusing him of unwanted advances — including touching her bare lower back while she was wearing a formal gown at a wedding and then asked to kiss her but she declined.

Reacting to the multiple claims, the governor said, “I never knew at the time that I was making anyone feel uncomfortable. I never, ever meant to offend anyone or hurt anyone or cause anyone pain. I feel terrible that these people felt uncomfortable, felt hurt, felt pain from the interactions, and I’m embarrassed by it, and I feel bad about it.”

According to Fox News, “the accusers rejected his latest attempt at an apology.”

The governor said Wednesday that he would not resign, despite calls for him to do so.

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BBC apologizes after airing interview with imposter claiming to be Sen. Cory Booker

The BBC has been left red-faced after airing a radio interview with a yet-unidentified prankster posing as U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), in what the outlet believes was “a deliberate hoax.”

What are the details?

The interview ran during Friday’s Newshour program on the British outlet, leaving some listeners perplexed.

Audience members took to social media to cry foul, with one person alerting the senator directly, writing, “@CoryBooker did you do an interview today with the BBC discussing the Khashoggi killing? Someone sounding nothing like you and without your speech pattern was claiming to be you today.”

Another listener wrote, “I’m not sure who the BBC World Service just interviewed on Newshour about US relations with Saudi Arabia, but it definitely wasn’t Senator Cory Booker…”

However, some folks besides the BBC were apparently fooled, too, with one person tweeting to Booker, “@CoryBooker great interview on the BBC World Service talking about peoples right to information and the Khashoggi murder by Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia.”

On Monday, the BBC issued a correction and an apology, admitting the outlet had been duped “in what appears to be a deliberate hoax.”

The broadcasting network added, “We have apologized to Senator Booker and are looking into what went wrong to make sure it doesn’t happen again.”

After issuing the statement, social media and reporters alike were left scrambling to find the audio, which has not yet been unearthed. The New York Daily News reported that “the BBC said the interview was pulled from its website minutes after it was aired.”

Neither the BBC nor Booker have immediately responded to requests for comment on the incident.

Anything else?

The Daily Mail noted that “it is usually difficult for people to trick their way onto live television and radio programs because they are often vetted by more than one producer,” yet, “the incidents do happen from time to time.”

The Hill pointed to such a situation in December when an animal rights activist landed a televised interview with Fox Business’ Mara Bartiromo, where he pretended to be the CEO of Smithfield Foods.

However, Bartiromo caught on to what had happened before the show was over, telling her viewers she had “an important correction to make,” confessing: “It appears we have been punk’d.”

The animal rights activist later told The Wrap he did not feel guilty about carrying out the ruse, which he pulled off using “fake email addresses and fake phone numbers and lots of pitches.”

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Police billboard warns UK citizens that ‘being offensive’ is against the law — and the backlash is brutal

A photo of a billboard displayed on a street by Merseyside Police in the United Kingdom has been getting a good bit of attention.

Meant to show solidarity with the LGBTQ community and encourage people to report hate crimes, the banner warned citizens that “being offensive is an offence,” Metro reported.

What was the reaction?

After the photo of the banner hit Twitter over the weekend, folks hit back — hard:

“Utterly chilling,” one commenter wrote. “In a free society the right to be offensive is fundamental. This isn’t North Korea!”

Others reacted similarly:

  • “Being offensive is NOT an offence,” another user wrote, “despite your nonsense corrupted interpretation of hate crime laws, sometimes in debate you may offend people who are easily offended … that is NOT a crime … it’s debate, and it’s time you stopped the bloody overreach.”
  • “I’m a gay man, and I don’t appreciate this kind of heavy-handed intimidation telling people how to speak and think,” another user said. “[P]eoples’ minds change through dialogue … not by you telling people what they can say.”
  • “According to your van, being ‘offensive’ is actually a crime — and there’s a big man with a stick to get the message across,” another user said. “Do you actually understand freedom of speech as a right in this country?”
  • “This is a catastrophe. I’m gay, and I spent a chunk of my childhood living in Bromborough. You’ve harmed gay people with this crap because it looks like we’re demanding special treatment,” another commenter noted. “It’s a horrible look. Just get back to proper policing.”

And we can always count on British TV host Piers Morgan to properly lampoon governmental attempts to regulate speech, and he blasted police for the billboard on “Good Morning Britain”:

What happened next?

Soon after the backlash hit, Merseyside Police apologized for the message conveyed on the billboard.

“We would like to clarify that ‘being offensive’ is not in itself an ‘offense,'” Superintendent Martin Earl noted in a Monday statement, adding that although “well-intentioned,” the message “was incorrect, and we apologize for any confusion this may have caused.”

Earl still emphasized that “hate crime is an offence and will not be tolerated” and “can come in various guises that can include assault, criminal damage, verbal, and written online abuse.”

Anything else?

U.K. free speech and hate crime law differ from American law. According to the Daily Mail, “general offensive comments are not crimes” across the pond. In addition, a hate crime perpetrator must be “motivated by hostility or demonstrating hostility toward the victim” based on the victim’s “protected characteristics” (e.g., disability, race, religion, sexual orientation, or transgender identity), the outlet added.

More from the Daily Mail:

A hate crime can include verbal abuse, intimidation, threats, harassment, assault and bullying, as well as damage to property. The perpetrator can also be a friend, carer, or acquaintance who exploits their relationship with the victim for financial gain or some other criminal purpose.

However, even comments that do not qualify as hate crimes can be logged by police as “non-crime hate incidents.”

Reports of non-crime hate incidents can show up in criminal record checks for six years, yet there are no grounds to appeal against them.

Some 120,000 people have received them so far.

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Principal blasted for calling Trump supporters ‘a**wipes’ with ‘small d**ks.’ His apology apparently falls short as well.

For some reason a principal of a public middle school in Maine decided it was a fine idea to post profane insults on Facebook against supporters of President Donald Trump the night before the election.

What were the insults?

Bill Gifford, principal of Oceanside Middle School in Thomaston, reportedly wrote that Trump “is not my president and is possibly the worst president ever,” ripped Trump’s “trolls,” and called them “asswipes.” He also reportedly wrote that Trump supporters have “big trucks” and “small d**ks.”

It apparently wasn’t the first time Gifford took on Trump supporters, as he also reportedly posted over the summer that “Trumpmonkeys” are “ignorant f***ers” who are part of “goon squads” and added that now “the gloves are off and you are either with me or with him and his fascist army.”

What happened next?

Gifford’s posts were widely circulated among the Regional School Unit 13 community and alarmed parents who said the principal set a bad example for students, the Bangor Daily News reported.

In fact, the paper said Gifford was the second Maine school official last week who came under fire for making disparaging remarks about Trump and his supporters on social media. Believe it or not, the school board chair of Regional School Unit 71 resigned last Wednesday after making profane posts about Trump supporters on Facebook on election night, the Daily News said.

I’m sorry (kinda)

Gifford apologized to RSU 13 parents on Wednesday, saying that “my mistake was to include profanity, and for that I am truly sorry and hope that the community can accept this heartfelt apology,” the paper reported.

He added that “it is a great privilege to hold a leadership position and help guide our youth to realize their full potential. With this great privilege, I realize that I have the responsibility to ensure that I demonstrate effective ways to communicate, even when I disagree, in a way that ensures a productive and respectful dialogue,” the Daily News noted.

But the paper said Gifford’s apology didn’t quite measure up for some parents.

“I believe that thinking we can hold the principal to a lower standard than the students are held to is inexcusable,” parent Steve Spearin told the Daily News. “If a student had said those things in that manner, an apology of ‘I’m sorry you heard me say it’ — no matter how nicely worded — would not be acceptable.”

Spearin added to the paper that by disparaging Trump and his supporters, Gifford effectively targeted district students and families who might support Trump.

“I am gravely concerned that the views Mr. Gifford expressed are reflective of the way he interacts with his students,” Spearin also told the Daily News. “I am also worried that my children may face negative repercussions if they express anything contrary to those views.”

Now what?

It appeared Gifford deleted his Facebook page as of Thursday, but the paper said it got a look at screenshots of his controversial posts.

Regional School Unit 13 Superintendent John McDonald would not comment on the matter Thursday, the Daily News said. The Village Soup reported that Gifford did not respond to its emailed request for comment.

More from the paper:

RSU 13 does have a social media policy in place for employees, however it largely focuses on school officials using social media for school-related proposes. When it comes to personal use of social media, the policy states that “employees are expected to exhibit professional decorum on social media and shall not engage in conduct which distracts from or disrupts the educational process of students or the operations of the schools.”

Oceanside Middle School serves students from six Knox County towns, the Daily News said, adding Trump received around 38 percent of the votes from Knox County as opposed to former Vice President Joe Biden’s 58 percent.

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HS student listed as ‘Black Guy’ in basketball team yearbook photo; all other players are white and listed by name

An Indiana high school student was listed as “Black Guy” in his basketball team’s yearbook photo while the rest of the players — all of whom are white — were listed by name.

What are the details?

Superintendent Laura Hammack and Brown County High School Principal Matthew Stark issued an apology letter Monday calling the incident “a truly reprehensible error,” WRTV-TV reported.


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“We acknowledge that yearbook is the only class at this school where all assignments and homework are published for all to see,” the statement reads, according to the station. “We strive for perfection and hope any errors are minor and inconsequential. This is not an inconsequential error.”

In response, the district launched an investigation and consequences will be determined when the investigation is completed, WRTV reported, citing the superintendent and principal’s statement.

The yearbook is typically created by the yearbook class and overseen and edited by teachers, WXIN-TV reported.

“Our district has been working to advance equity and inclusion for all protected classes; however, an occasion like this evidences the need for expanded response,” the statement also says, the station noted. “We are committed to ensuring that Brown County Schools provide a welcoming, safe, inclusive, and equitable school community. We remain relentless in our pursuit of the same.”

The letter also said the district “is working collaboratively with the student’s family to find ways to rectify the situation,” WRTV said, adding that the error is a “clear violation of our nondiscrimination policy.”

Hammack addressed the issue Monday in a Facebook video saying, “This has been a really hard day for a student and for a family. And we will work hard to make sure that a student and a family who are experiencing what they’re experiencing today don’t need to experience the same feelings moving forward,” WXIN noted.

Nearly 97% of Brown County residents are white while 0.7% are black, the Kansas City Star reported, adding that Hammack said a possible solution is issuing yearbook reprint and allowing students to exchange them for free.

The superintendent also said she’s working with the yearbook publisher on a future solution, WXIN said.

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Calling President Trump a ‘eugenicist’ is correct answer on college biology quiz — and prof apologizes

The correct answer on a Gettysburg College introductory biology quiz indicated that President Donald Trump is a “eugenicist,” Young America’s Foundation said.

The term “eugenics” refers to the racist science of human reproduction based on what are deemed desirable traits.

What are the details?

YAF said it obtained documents showing the quiz from Betty Ferster — an adjunct assistant professor — that included a multiple choice, fill-in-the-blank question beginning with “Mr. Trump is an ____”

The correct answer, the outlet said, was “Eugenicist — the ‘science’ of human improvement through better breeding. It was discredited in 1939 but Trump thinks he’s smart because his uncle was an MIT professor and healthy because he has good genes — we don’t know if he’s healthy, they haven’t released the results of his last check-up. He’s orange.”

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YAF added that the question was the only one containing a political theme, as the other four questions dealt only with biological concepts such as pleiotropy, heritability, and twins.

The outlet said a student brought the issue to YAF’s attention through its Campus Bias Tip Line and that the student preferred to remain anonymous over fear of retribution. Fox News said the quiz took place during the spring 2020 semester.

How did folks react?

One commenter on the YAF story regarding the incident said the professor should be “relieved” of employment for the quiz question and answer, and another encouraged parents to “reconsider sending their children to any college that finds this acceptable.”

What did Gettysburg College have to say?

A Gettysburg College spokesperson told Fox News the school’s office of the provost immediately investigated the matter as soon as it was brought to light.

“Gettysburg College and the instructor both recognize that this incident is inconsistent with our commitment, detailed in our Freedom of Expression Philosophy, to sustain a community in which all members feel their ideas, opinions, and beliefs are respected and protected, even when those ideas are not shared universally,” the spokesperson added to the cable network. “The instructor has acknowledged it was a mistake in judgment and explained to us that, when a student expressed concern last spring, she apologized.”

(H/T: Red State)

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College professor issues mea culpa to black community after saying ‘America needs college football’

Ohio State professor Matthew Mayhew issued an impassioned apology after causing “hurt” to the black community after he insisted that “America needs college football.”

What are the details of the original article?

According to the College Fix, Mayhew and graduate student Musbah Shaheen wrote a hopeful opinion piece about the possible return of college football amid the COVID-19 pandemic and political and racial unrest across the country.

The original article, titled “Why America Needs College Football” and published by Inside Higher Ed, pointed out that a return of college football could prompt some normalcy in an otherwise unsettling year across the country.

He and Shaheen wrote that a return to college football could work “toward healing a democracy made more fragile by disease, racial unrest, and a contested presidential election cycle.

“Football gives players a platform to make statements about issues they care about,” the pair continued. “We have seen student athletes taking part in protests and making demands for racial equity. We have seen student athletes kneel to protest police brutality. Colleges and universities should take many more steps to empower athletes to engage with the community. Depriving them the opportunity to play doesn’t accomplish that goal.”

Mayhew and Shaheen added, “[C]ollege football represents an America where competition is sanctioned, community is encouraged, and disagreement is emotionally regulated.”

“If nothing else, it gives us a reason to cheer,” they wrote.

In a strongly worded letter to Inside Higher Ed’s editor, Dallas College professor of History Andrew McGregor criticized the position, calling it “inaccurate” at best, and an example of white privilege at its worst.

“[The authors] see college football as an essential part of American society and our political system, rather than a symptom of the deep-seeded [sic] issues that have contributed to political polarization, racial unrest, the devaluation of education, and prolonged devastation of the COVID-19 pandemic,” McGregor explained. “Many of us have weighed these issues and found the sport to be anything but essential. In fact, a number of scholars have denounced college football’s premature return to play precisely because it is symptomatic of broader social issues.”

Some of those “broader social issues,” according to McGregor, include the spread of COVID-19 and the ongoing racial unrest across the country.

“America, after all, has a long history of exploiting Black and indigenous people of color for the pleasure and material gain of whites. Amateurism and the very structure of college athletics is caught up in the United States’ system of racial capitalism,” McGregor insisted. “The problems of COVID-19, police brutality, and the policies currently being enacted by our political leaders all have a disproportionally larger impact on racialized folks. So too does college football.”

McGregor insisted that college football players, in effect, are part of a “product” that colleges “provide to ‘taxpayers’ in order to soothe them in times of low morale.”

“Black athletes are embraced on the gridiron and in the community as a way to assuage white guilt,” he reasoned.

What was the response to McGregor’s letter?

After considering the position, Mayhew issued a follow-up piece in Inside Higher Ed, titled “Why America Needs College Football — Part 2.”

In the second piece, Mayhew apologized for the “hurt, sadness, frustration, fatigue, exhaustion, and pain this article has caused anyone,” and particularly “black students in the higher education community and beyond.”

“I am struggling to find the words to communicate the deep ache for the damage I have done,” he admitted. “I don’t want to write anything that further deepens the pain experienced by my ignorance related to black male athletes and the black community at any time, but especially in light of the national racial unrest.”

He continued, pointing out that he was fearful of saying anything that could potentially diminish the importance of such a necessary conversation.

“I also don’t want to write anything that suggests that antiracist learning is quick or easy,” Mayhew added. “This is the beginning of a very long process, one that started with learning about the empirical work related to black college football athletes.”

Instead, he said, he should have titled the piece “Why America Needs Black Athletes.”

“I learned that black men putting their bodies on the line for my enjoyment is inspired and maintained by my uninformed and disconnected whiteness,” he said, “and, as written in my previous article, positions student athletes as white property.”

Mayhew said that he hopes the black community can forgive the burden, which he says is “of a white person haunted by his ignorance.”

“I hate that my students have to carry my ignorant racist energy with them at all times,” he lamented. “I hate that I brought a graduate student into this space with me as a co-author: Musbah Shaheen, I am sorry. I hate the fact that I have hurt my colleagues at Ohio State and the field of higher education, especially black scholars whose careers have been spent studying black lives. I am sorry for ignoring your scholarship. I hate that I have let down my black friends and friends of color, whom I love.”

Shaheen has yet to make any proclamations about the original post at the time of this reporting.

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Bette Midler musters up mea culpa for her xenophobic remark about Melania Trump

As we’ve come to understand, left-wing entertainer Bette Midler can dish out the disses with the best of them — particularly when her target is President Donald Trump.

But it would appear that even a Hollywood icon like Midler isn’t always strong enough to withstand public outrage.

What happened?

See, when first lady Melania Trump headlined the second night of the Republican National Convention this week, Midler thought it would be a wise idea to live tweet her reactions.

And the insults flowed from Ms. Wind Beneath My Wings, who called the first lady an “illegal alien” and followed that barb by saying, “Oh, God. She still can’t speak English.”

Midler also compared her to a mail-order bride. “I’m surprised Trump wants to destroy the #PostOffice. He got all his wives from it,” she said.

What was the response?

Midler’s comments, particularly about Mrs. Trump’s English-speaking abilities, were met with massive backlash accusing her of racism and xenophobia:

  • “There is no one as racist and xenophobic as the tolerant left. To think that when I was growing up in Africa I fiercely admired you and many others who now are showing how low and hateful they can be. I’m ashamed for you,” one person said.
  • “As a Mexican immigrant I am very offended at your prejudice! My hard working parents with accents love and value this country! We put everything into what we do and do not expect to be treated unfairly because we may not sound like you ! Practice what you preach!” another person said.
  • “Oh hey look everyone… a washed up, dumpy old lady racist,” another person responded.
  • “She speaks 6 languages, English is one of them. How about you?” another person said.
  • “You are the epitome of everything you hate,” another person pointed out.
  • “Attacking an immigrant because of her accent. The loving and tolerant left,” another person responded.
  • “I’d rather listen to Melania speak than listen to you sing,” another person mocked.
  • “No, she’s just speaking with an accent. You, however, are a fool in any language,” Ben Shapiro said.
  • “An immigrant woman, who doesn’t have English as her first language, just got up on on a stage and was so gracious that she refused to attack classless people like you and instead focused on hope and positivity. I’ll take her accent over your ghoulishness any day,” another person said.

Doubling down — then crying ‘uncle!’

After the deluge of criticism, Midler appeared to double down and defend herself: “Just giving them a taste of their own immigrant bashing medicine.”

But just hours later it apparently became clear that she was going to lose this battle in the court of public opinion — and Midler apologized:

“Well, all hell has broken loose because I said Melania ‘still can’t speak English’ last night,” she tweeted Wednesday. “I was wrong to make fun of her accent. America is made up people who speak with all kinds of accents, and they are all welcomed always.”

Oh, Bette, did you ever know that you’re my hero — and everything I would like to be?

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Noted environmentalist pens article apologizing for ‘climate scare’ foisted on public for decades — but piece is taken down reportedly just hours later

Michael Shellenberger is no slouch when it comes to environmental issues.

Besides his TED talks garnering more than 5 million views, he’s a Green Book Award Winner, a frequent contributor to publications such as the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, Scientific American — and he also authored “Apocalypse Never: Why Environmental Alarmism Hurts Us All,” which was released Tuesday by HarperCollins.

But Shellenberger said a Forbes article — “On Behalf of Environmentalists, I Apologize for the Climate Scare” — based on his new book was soon “censored” soon after it went up Sunday. The Daily Wire reported that his piece was taken down from the Forbes website “a few hours” after it was published. The Forbes site on Tuesday showed where Shellenberger’s article should be — but only says it’s “no longer active.”


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TheBlaze on Tuesday didn’t immediately hear back from Forbes in regard to the reasons Shellenberger’s article was removed or the reported time frame in which it was shuttered.

But
Shellenberger has a few ideas on why his article is no longer there: “No book on the environment has ever been praised by a more prestigious group of scientists & scholars than ‘Apocalypse Never,'” he wrote on Twitter. “And no book has ever been more devastating to green alarmism. No wonder they’re so terrified you’ll read it.”

In a statement to the Daily Wire — which published his piece in its entirety — Shellenberger said, “I am grateful that Forbes has been so committed to publishing a range of viewpoints, including ones that challenge the conventional wisdom, and was thus disappointed my editors removed my piece from the web site. I believe Forbes is an important outlet for broadening environmental journalism beyond the overwhelmingly alarmist approach taken by most reporters, and look forward to contributing heterodoxical pieces on energy and the environment in the future.”

What does his article say?

Here’s how Shellenberger opens his article: “On behalf of environmentalists everywhere, I would like to formally apologize for the climate scare we created over the last 30 years. Climate change is happening. It’s just not the end of the world. It’s not even our most serious environmental problem.”

He also says he feels “an obligation to apologize for how badly we environmentalists have misled the public.”

Shellenberger then details a list of “facts few people know”:

  • Humans are not causing a “sixth mass extinction”
  • The Amazon is not “the lungs of the world”
  • Climate change is not making natural disasters worse
  • Fires have declined 25% around the world since 2003
  • The amount of land we use for meat — humankind’s biggest use of land — has declined by an area nearly as large as Alaska
  • The build-up of wood fuel and more houses near forests, not climate change, explain why there are more, and more dangerous, fires in Australia and California
  • Carbon emissions have been declining in rich nations including Britain, Germany and France since the mid-seventies
  • Adapting to life below sea level made the Netherlands rich not poor
  • We produce 25% more food than we need and food surpluses will continue to rise as the world gets hotter
  • Habitat loss and the direct killing of wild animals are bigger threats to species than climate change
  • Wood fuel is far worse for people and wildlife than fossil fuels
  • Preventing future pandemics requires more not less “industrial” agriculture

“I know that the above facts will sound like ‘climate denialism’ to many people,” he adds. “But that just shows the power of climate alarmism.”

More from Shellenberger’s article:

Some people will, when they read this imagine that I’m some right-wing anti-environmentalist. I’m not. At 17, I lived in Nicaragua to show solidarity with the Sandinista socialist revolution. At 23 I raised money for Guatemalan women’s cooperatives. In my early 20s I lived in the semi-Amazon doing research with small farmers fighting land invasions. At 26 I helped expose poor conditions at Nike factories in Asia.

I became an environmentalist at 16 when I threw a fundraiser for Rainforest Action Network. At 27 I helped save the last unprotected ancient redwoods in California.

In my 30s I advocated renewables and successfully helped persuade the Obama administration to invest $90 billion into them. Over the last few years I helped save enough nuclear plants from being replaced by fossil fuels to prevent a sharp increase in emissions.

Until last year, I mostly avoided speaking out against the climate scare. Partly that’s because I was embarrassed. After all, I am as guilty of alarmism as any other environmentalist. For years, I referred to climate change as an “existential” threat to human civilization, and called it a “crisis.”

But mostly I was scared. I remained quiet about the climate disinformation campaign because I was afraid of losing friends and funding. The few times I summoned the courage to defend climate science from those who misrepresent it I suffered harsh consequences. And so I mostly stood by and did next to nothing as my fellow environmentalists terrified the public.

He also added some highlights from his new book:

  • Factories and modern farming are the keys to human liberation and environmental progress
  • The most important thing for saving the environment is producing more food, particularly meat, on less land
  • The most important thing for reducing air pollution and carbon emissions is moving from wood to coal to petroleum to natural gas to uranium
  • 100% renewables would require increasing the land used for energy from today’s 0.5% to 50%
  • We should want cities, farms, and power plants to have higher, not lower, power densities
  • Vegetarianism reduces one’s emissions by less than 4%
  • Greenpeace didn’t save the whales, switching from whale oil to petroleum and palm oil did
  • “Free-range” beef would require 20 times more land and produce 300% more emissions
  • Greenpeace dogmatism worsened forest fragmentation of the Amazon
  • The colonialist approach to gorilla conservation in the Congo produced a backlash that may have resulted in the killing of 250 elephants

Shellenberger writes toward the end of his piece, “Once you realize just how badly misinformed we have been, often by people with plainly unsavory or unhealthy motivations, it is hard not to feel duped.”

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Prestigious music college practically trips over itself in profuse apology for letting cops use restrooms during protest

Berklee College of Music has sinned.

Yes, the prestigious music school in Boston is guilty of an egregious wrongdoing amid the George Floyd protests.

Deep breath…

Here goes: Boston police officers were allowed into the Berklee Performance Center to use its restrooms Sunday night after protests at the State House.

Yup. That’s it.

Still top administrators — including President Roger H. Brown — signed a letter to the Berklee community in which they left no angle of apology unexplored for letting city police through campus doors.

“The decision to allow them into our facilities was ours,” the letter states. “This was not a formal decision by the institution, but an informal one, made on the spot. Some have asked if the campus was used to house or stage activity of the Boston Police; it was not.”

The letter adds that school officials “have heard from many of you personally and across social channels of your hurt and anger that this access was permitted,” but the letter adds that “allowing police officers into the space was in no way meant to undermine Berklee’s support for Black Lives Matter.”

It concludes:

We understand that many members of our community feel betrayed. We are deeply sorry for the impact this had on our community and for perpetuating feelings of oppression, silencing, and marginalization. We will make a more concerted effort to consider the effects of our actions.

Let us assure you, this should not have happened, and going forward, it will not happen again.

Yes, there was backlash — for bowing to the virtual mob

A cursory look at comments following the letter of apology shows very little outrage at Berklee for letting Boston cops use its restrooms — but lots of outrage for apologizing in the first place. Here’s a sampling.

“This is a ridiculous overreach by school administration,” one commenter wrote. “I’m ashamed of their cowardice. These people aren’t leaders and it shows. You cant let the police, that are there to protect your property, as well as the rest of the city, use the restroom or the building to stage? Really? Whoever made the decision was being human, and made a good choice to help these officers. I feel badly they have to answer to these clowns. We thought Berklee was better than this, but it has given us serious pause in our future relationship with them.”

Another commenter added, “Law enforcement is essential for keeping our students, our children, safe in the city. And I’m grateful you showed them kindness. I’m disappointed however, that you promise ‘never again’ to show such kindness. How sad you should give in to bullies this way. I’ll remember to say ‘never again’ when you ask for a donation.”

And yet another observer reminded school officials that Boston police have been there for citizens in the darkest of times: “Perhaps you don’t remember, but there have been police posted at the same intersection for every Boston Marathon run, including in 2013 when they cared for the injured, got people safely out of the area in case there were more devices, and oh, with the help of the FBI found the bombers in just FOUR days, FOUR! Then there were the many Championship Parades that they have been assigned to, many on mandatory overtime, at the same intersection in front of your school. Their presence never bothered anyone, including the plethora of drunk Berklee students they assisted where they were going, or when they called EMS for the children who were too drunk to walk away safely. Letting them use your facilities doesn’t make you a hero, but refusing to let them use the facilities makes you ridiculous.”

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Another Philly Inquirer editor makes headlines — this one for son’s 2017 racist, homophobic posts. Paper calls it a ‘private family matter.’

It’s been a rough few days for the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Over the weekend top editor Stan Wischnowski was forced to resign due to a column titled, “Buildings Matter, Too” — a play on the term Black Lives Matter that infuriated staff members of color.

Now it’s come to light that the son of another top editor at the paper used racist and homophobic slurs in two social media posts three years ago, the Inquirer reported.

What are the details?

Gabe Escobar — an 18-year-old incoming Temple University student and son of Inquirer editor and vice president Gabriel Escobar — used the N-word in one post and homophobic slurs in two others on Snapchat in 2017, the paper said.

A Twitter user highlighted those posts last week, identified Escobar, and listed the phone number and email address for Temple’s admissions office, the Inquirer said.

“We’re aware of this content and the student associated,” Temple tweeted on Thursday, according to the paper. “We have sent this information to our dean of students for further review and investigation.”

More from the Inquirer:

The issue surfaced as The Inquirer was facing public criticism and internal turmoil over its treatment of journalists of color and an insensitive headline the paper
ran last week. Escobar’s father was one of three editors who issued an apology for that headline, which had been written by another staffer and was seen as suggesting an equivalence between the loss of buildings and the lives of black Americans. Three days after that apology, Inquirer Executive Editor Stan Wischnowski announced his resignation.

‘I am so sorry’

The younger Escobar
posted a 13-minute apology on Instagram regarding his past posts, the paper said.

“I am so sorry to anyone I’ve hurt or disappointed by seeing these screenshots with hate speech and for the poor judgment I’ve had,” Gabe Escobar wrote, the Inquirer noted. “I can’t take back these screenshots or anything I did in high school, I know that, so all I can do is apologize and try to educate people so they don’t make the same mistakes I did.”

Escobar has nearly two million followers on Tik Tok and asked others to judge him for who he is today, the paper said.

What did his father say?

“My son knows that what he sent on Snapchat, when he was 14, is hateful and hurtful,” the elder Escobar said in a statement, according to the Inquirer. “He has publicly apologized, beginning last fall when the screenshots surfaced. He has also committed himself to spreading a positive message to his followers on social media. His mother and I admire how he has expressed remorse and taken responsibility. We love and support him.”

What did the paper have to say?

Elizabeth H. Hughes, publisher of the Inquirer, said in a statement to the paper that “the social media posts in question are offensive and are contrary to our core values and beliefs. We believe this is a private family matter, and we respect their right to work through what is clearly a painful and difficult situation in private.”

Anything else?

Temple officials are grappling with condemning hate speech while honoring First Amendment free speech rights, the Inquirer noted, adding that a petition calling on Temple to require the “condemnation and immediate expulsion” of students for racist or hateful speech has gained over 3,700 signatures.

In related news, the editor of the New York Times’ editorial page — James Bennet — resigned Sunday amid outrage from employees and readers over an op-ed by Arkansas GOP Sen. Tom Cotton saying President Donald Trump should invoke the Insurrection Act and use military force to stop nationwide George Floyd riots.

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Reopened beaches amid coronavirus should help ‘thin the ranks’ of President Trump’s supporters, Miami Herald columnist says

A Miami Herald columnist said that reopened beaches amid the coronavirus pandemic should help “thin the ranks” of President Donald Trump’s supporters in Florida — as well as those who back Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis and Miami’s Republican Mayor Carlos Gimenez.

Fabiolia Santiago — in a now-deleted tweet — wrote: “Packed beaches should work nicely to thin the ranks of Trump/DeSantis/Gimenez supporters in #Florida who value money over health.”

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Santiago piggybacked on a tweet by colleague Adriana Brasileiro — the Herald’s environmental reporter — which highlighted a story she co-authored topped with the headline, “Packed Florida beach offers glimpse of what may come when outdoor spaces are reopened.”

Brasileiro’s story looked at partially reopened beaches in Jacksonville and elsewhere after DeSantis let some open as long as safety and social distancing were respected.

Interestingly, Brasileiro’s tweet wasn’t on her Twitter feed Monday afternoon.

Santiago gets dragged by Donald Trump Jr.

Donald Trump Jr. blasted Santiago over her “thin the herd” tweet as well as the Herald:

“This tweet from a
Miami Herald columnist tells you all you need to know about her, and based on their hiring choices, likely everything you need to know about the Miami Herald as well,” Trump Jr.
tweeted. “Their flagrant bias continues to go on unchecked. Disgusting.”

A change of heart?

Santiago soon apologized for her words: “I deleted the tweet commenting on people at the beach because it didn’t accurately convey my sentiment and I want to apologize for the phrase I used that offended many people. Regardless of political differences, I would never wish any harm on anyone.”

She added: “In fact, my intent was to sound an alarm about prematurely opening up the country and the state. I was trying to open eyes, minds and save lives, not create a controversy about me instead of the issue, which merits discussion.”

Well, apparently not completely

Santiago, however, left up another tweet which excoriates “stupid” people gathering in Miami Lakes and calls them “the red-hatted listening to their masters” — an apparent reference to the “Make America Great Again” hats, which were the iconic symbols of Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.

How did folks react?

As you might expect, a number of Twitter users had little good to say about Santiago’s mea culpa:

  • “Your intent was quite clear, and wished death on those you disagree with. We all saw it, and we all saved it. You deleted it, but you still meant it. And the internet is forever.”
  • “But you did wish harm on others and put it in writing. You denial exposes your character. Or lack thereof…”
  • “I like how she tries to steer the discussion away from herself, too. She was just trying to start a discussion about this serious issue, so please pay attention to that and not her disgusting remarks.”
  • “How about this for opening eyes. You are a fan of the climate change activists who want people to live in cities with stacked housing, common areas, government assistance lines and public transportation. All breeding grounds for contagions. I’d re-examine your choices.”
  • “FIRE HER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”
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