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Black Lives Matter militants harass young girls for their ‘white privilege’ as they walk into cheerleading competition

Black Lives Matter militants harassed groups of young girls for their “white privilege” as they walked into a cheerleading competition in downtown Louisville, Kentucky, on Saturday.

What happened?

As one group of cheerleaders crossed the street into the Kentucky International Convention Center, Carmen M. Jones spelled out a message for them as she spoke into a megaphone, WDRB-TV reported.

“The reason why you get to be here in these pretty little gorgeous outfits and your gorgeous hair and your gorgeous bows is because of your white privilege,” Jones said, according to the station. “Breonna [Taylor] is dead. Black mothers are burying their babies while white mothers send their daughters to cheer competitions.”

Here’s the clip:

Jones also appeared to command the cheerleaders to “do something black today with your white privilege.” WDRB also said protesters held signs and used chants with profanities as the children walked in and out of the building.

Another video shows what appears to be a protester holding a rifle as the group faces down a group of police officers in front of the convention center:


Image source: Twitter video screenshot via @CIA-Simulation Warlord

In the second video Jones can be heard on the megaphone hollering — apparently to cops — “We are not afraid of you! We are not intimidated by you!”

Then as another group of young girls headed into the cheerleading competition, Jones could be heard saying “they don’t give a f*** about y’all!” One of the protester’s signs read, “F*** the police.”

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

One dad isn’t happy

A father of cheerleaders told WDRB that protesters “were badgering them all the way in the door” and that his oldest daughter “cried for about an hour” after the interaction.

“You could see it affected all these kids,” the father told the station, only giving his first name — Rob — and not showing his face on camera during an interview.

Rob told WDRB that the protesters have a right to be there but should have left children out of it: “If there’s a problem within life, you keep it between adults. You don’t take kids and add them into the problems. It had nothing to do with them. Even if you have something that you’re passionate about. That wasn’t the way to go about it.”

The station said Louisville police made three arrests at the protest, and among the charges were disorderly conduct and obstructing a highway.

Black Lives Matter leader is unmoved

Jones told WDRB that she and fellow protesters stand by their words and methods: “Yes, I did tell them ‘Don’t be somebody that my child is going to have to fight.’ Because right now I’m fighting the grandchildren, the great-grandchildren of people’s ancestors who didn’t do right.”

She added to the station that “Breonna Taylor will never be able to have a child to be able to take to a cheer competition. If black kids are children enough, and child enough, and mature enough to go through the things that we go through as children, then their children are children enough, child enough. and mature enough to learn about their privilege.”

This Saturday will be the one-year anniversary of the death of Taylor, a 26-year-old black woman shot six times by Louisville police officers during a “no-knock” search warrant at her apartment. Officers returned fire after Taylor’s boyfriend fired his gun thinking he and Taylor were robbery targets. Police suspected Taylor’s apartment was being used to traffic drugs, but no drugs or money were found during the search. The incident ignited public outrage and protests around the country.

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‘How mighty white of him’: Tom Brady exudes ‘height of white privilege’ for not discussing past Trump support, sportswriter says

As Super Bowl weekend kicks off, one USA Today sportswriter doesn’t want anyone to miss that the game’s star attraction — Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ 43-year-old quarterback Tom Brady — exudes the “height of white privilege.”

What are the details?

In her op-ed for the paper, Nancy Armour explains that her big problem with the six-time Super Bowl champ is his past support for former President Donald Trump — and his “ability” to not talk about it when he doesn’t want to. Or something.

Armour pointed out Brady’s “Make America Great Again hat in his locker, the flippant endorsement of then-presidential candidate Donald Trump. Only when those ties became inconvenient did Brady decide he wanted to ‘stick to sports,’ and that he preferred to be a beacon of positivity rather than delve into society’s thorny ills.”

“How mighty white of him,” she added.

More from Armour’s op-ed:

Brady’s ability to enter and exit the debate at his choosing, to shield himself from accountability, is the height of white privilege. As this country grapples with the far reaches of systemic racism, look no further than Brady, for whom the expectations, and allowances granted, will always be different.

“Whiteness is the benefit of the doubt,” said David Leonard, author of “Playing While White: Privilege and Power on and off the Field.” “When Tom Brady says, ‘I was just given the hat,’ or ‘He’s just a friend of mine,’ or when he skips the White House and says, ‘I had a different engagement,’ he gets the benefit of the doubt. He gets to be an individual. He reaps the benefits that we as white Americans reap each and every day in different contexts.”

It’s been five years since a MAGA hat had prime placement in Brady’s locker and he replied “I hope so, that would be great” when asked if his old golfing buddy had what it took to be president. But with Brady playing in his 10th Super Bowl on Sunday, when his Tampa Bay Buccaneers will face the Kansas City Chiefs, the topic was raised anew by Hall of Famer Shannon Sharpe, who said last week that no Black athlete would have gotten the pass Brady has.

On “Undisputed,” Sharpe said Brady “put that hat in there for a reason: Letting you know that I support my friend Donald Trump, and no matter what he says, I support him. … Let’s just say for the sake of argument that LeBron James says, ‘My friend, Minister [Louis] Farrakhan.’ How would America react? You see, blacks have always had to be very, very quiet about who our friends are. They made [former] President [Barack] Obama disavow Rev. [Jeremiah] Wright! … LeBron James can never say, a prominent black athlete can never say, ‘Minister Farrakhan is just my friend.’ They’d try to cancel anybody with the just mere mention of Mister Farrakhan’s name — because we like Tom Brady.”

Armour concurred, saying “Sharpe is right.”

More from her op-ed:

In theory, it should not matter whether Brady supports Trump, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez or someone somewhere in between on the political spectrum. He has a right to his private views.

But it was Brady himself who chose to make those private views public. If you think that MAGA hat just happened to wind up in his locker – at camera level, not buried at the bottom beneath a pile of cleats and clothes – I have a case of TB12 supplements to sell you. Brady has carefully cultivated his image over his 21-year career, whether it be his style or his social media posts, and he knew just what kind of reaction he would get.

Now, he might not have thought it would matter, since Trump’s candidacy at that point was still seen as something of a stunt. But Brady has had the chance – several, in fact – to clarify or walk back his comments and has chosen not to. At the Super Bowl in 2017, three days after Trump’s Muslim ban took effect. On Howard Stern’s show last spring, when Trump was already beginning to sow lies about the election.

And yet again this week, less than a month after a deadly insurrection at the U.S. Capitol that was incited by Trump.

Instead, Brady has been allowed to divorce himself from it while Black athletes are made to own their views in perpetuity.

Armour then went on to bemoan former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s “blackballing” following his kneeling in protest of police brutality and racial inequality. Although she failed to mention Kaepernick’s subsequent deal with Nike — infused with social justice themes — which Money said could be worth “millions of dollars per year.” Or his $1 million book deal. Or that fact that Brady “liked” Kaepernick’s controversial Nike ad that led others to burn their tennis shoes and boycott the brand.

But anyway, Armour went on to say that “even Brady’s aversion to talking about politics or current events is itself a form of privilege” and accused him of “moral cowardice.”

“Playing While White” author Leonard offered a parting shot: “The follow-up question of, ‘I’m here just to play football,’ is ‘Well, who’s afforded that luxury? Who’s allowed to see sports as this apolitical space of distraction, of pleasure, of fun?’ Seeing sports and living sports as an uncontested space is the privilege of whiteness. It’s the privilege of being a man. It’s the privilege of being a heterosexual athlete.That is a luxury that Black athletes and other marginalized and disempowered athletes have never been afforded, inside and outside of sports.”

What was the reaction?

After Armour tweeted out her op-ed, she appeared to receive her share of kudos — but a number of folks were none too pleased with her take on Brady:

  • “You lose me and all credibility when ‘white privilege’ and ‘systemic racism’ are mentioned,” one commenter wrote. “If black players choose to make it about politics, that’s their choice and the privilege of working for the NFL. I couldn’t protest at my place of work. I’d be warned and then fired.”
  • “Nobody is required to participate in your BS game of identity politics,” another user said. “SJW’s are not the arbiters of good in a free society. Brady’s actions as a father, an athlete, and a leader put him in a place most of the people who bow down to this idiocy can never dream to attain.”
  • “Another idiot savant heard from! Do us all a favor and STFUP! You are a joke,” another commenter declared. “Brady never entered the political ‘debate,’ saying a guy you played golf with a friend is not entering the debate!! And I despise Trumpers!”

And finally, this:


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San Francisco public school teacher: Bernie Sanders in mittens at inauguration embodies ‘white privilege, male privilege, and class privilege’

A San Francisco public school teacher just penned an op-ed stating that U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) wearing mittens at President Joe Biden’s inauguration — the popular image so many people had fun with recently — embodies “white privilege, male privilege and class privilege.”

Um, okay…

The author of the piece is Ingrid Seyer-Ochi — who’s also a former UC Berkeley and Mills College professor and ex-Oakland Unified School District principal. She began her piece for the San Francisco Chronicle by saying a few weeks back she “processed the Capitol insurrection” with her students — notably “images of white men storming through the Capitol, fearless and with no forces to stop them.”

Seyer-Ochi recalled she told her students at the time: “This is white supremacy, this is white privilege. It can be hard to pinpoint, but when we see, it, we know it.”

Then she said she and her high schoolers “analyzed images from the inauguration.”

The question again was, “What do we see?”

Seyer-Ochi’s answer was that, “We saw diversity, creativity and humanity, and a nation embracing all of this and more.”

And while she acknowledged that Sanders “was barely on our radar” on Inauguration Day, the following day “he was everywhere.”

Mittens of ‘white privilege’

“What do we see?” Seyer-Ochi recalled in her op-ed asking her students once more. The answer?

“They saw a white man in a puffy jacket and huge mittens, distant not only in his social distancing, but in his demeanor and attire.”

More from her op-ed:

We talked about gender and the possible meanings of the attire chosen by Vice President Kamala Harris, Dr. Jill Biden, the Biden grandchildren, Michelle Obama, Amanda Gorman and others. We referenced the female warriors inspiring these women, the colors of their educational degrees and their monochromatic ensembles of pure power.

And there, across all of our news and social media feeds, was Bernie: Bernie memes, Bernie sweatshirts, endless love for Bernie. I puzzled and fumed as an individual as I strove to be my best possible teacher. What did I see? What did I think my students should see? A wealthy, incredibly well-educated and -privileged white man, showing up for perhaps the most important ritual of the decade, in a puffy jacket and huge mittens.

I mean in no way to overstate the parallels. Sen. Sanders is no white supremacist insurrectionist. But he manifests privilege, white privilege, male privilege and class privilege, in ways that my students could see and feel.

Seyer-Ochi noted that when her students saw Sanders “manifesting privilege, when seemingly no one else did, I struggled to explain that disparity. I am beyond puzzled as to why so many are loving the images of Bernie and his gloves.”

“I don’t know many poor, or working class, or female, or struggling-to-be-taken-seriously folk who would show up at the inauguration of our 46th president dressed like Bernie,” she added in her piece. “Unless those same folk had privilege. Which they don’t.”

What was the reaction?

When the Chronicle tweeted out Seyer-Ochi’s op-ed Monday, it will come as no surprise that not everybody was on board with her perspective:

  • “It was literally almost 2 weeks ago. It’s a pair of mittens. Seek help. Please,” one commenter requested.
  • “When he turned around and used that moment to raise millions for charity that was also traumatizing for my students…” another commenter said.
  • “I cannot overstate how much I hate this and how damaging s**t like this is to the left,” another user noted. “Did they want him to wear a dashiki!?! I mean what the f***!? He is an old man trying not to f***ing freeze to death in DC in January.”

And one user made this observation:


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Democrat wants history classes abolished in state’s schools since they ‘lead to white privilege and a racist society’

Democratic state Rep. LaShawn K. Ford said history classes in Illinois public schools lead to “white privilege and a racist society” — and he wants them ended until the state can come up with a history curriculum that better represents the contributions of minorities and women, WLS-TV reported.

“I’m calling for the abolishment of history classes in Illinois,” Ford said at an Evanston news conference Sunday with other leaders, the station noted. “We’re concerned that current school history teachings lead to white privilege and a racist society.”

What are the details?

Ford is sponsoring House Bill 49-54 to create new teaching practices in public schools, WLS noted.

“When it comes to teaching history in Illinois, we need to end the miseducation of Illinoisans,” Ford added, according to the station. “I’m calling on the Illinois State Board of Education and local school districts to take immediate action by removing current history books and curriculum practices that unfairly communicate our history. Until a suitable alternative is developed, we should instead devote greater attention toward civics and ensuring students understand our democratic processes and how they can be involved.”

Ford’s bill would require elementary schools to teach students about the civil rights movement, WMAQ-TV reported.

“The miseducation of our children must stop,” Meleika Gardner of We Will — Women Empowering Women In Local Legislation — said in a statement, according to WLS. “It is urgent that it comes to an end as we witness our current climate become more hostile. Miseducation has fed and continues to feed systemic racism for generations. If Black History continues to be devalued and taught incorrectly, then it will call for further action.”

News conference attendees also want a history curriculum that highlights contributions by members of Jewish, LGBTQ, and other communities — and starting this school year, WMAQ reported.

Anything else?

Ford added that he’s “also alarmed that people continue to display symbols of hate, such as the recent display of the Confederate flag in Evanston.”

Last week, a woman confronted a group beachgoers for using a Confederate flag towel as they lounged on Lighthouse Beach.

According to the Chicago-Sun Times, the woman — identified as LaShandra Smith-Rayfield — shared video of herself telling the group the Confederate flag “is my swastika” and a “racist symbol of hate.”

But as Smith-Rayfield railed against the group, a person she described as a man of color intervened and defended the group’s right to use whatever towel they wanted — even if it bore the image of a Confederate flag.

The man said he served in the U.S. military “to defend this flag” and that she was the one who was out of line for harassing the group: “Just leave them alone. People like you haven’t done s**t for this country.”

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