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Can a Dinner Conversation — Or a Hundred — Ease Racial Division?

Seven strangers sat at a dinner table in downtown Los Angeles, ringed by reporters jotting down notes, and set out to talk about race.

They included a Muslim physician originally from Pakistan; a Los Angeles transplant who had lived in Canada and Japan and whose family had emmigrated from Taiwan to New Jersey; a bisexual man with Cantonese and Ashkenazi Jewish roots; the Mexican American lobbyist who had welcomed them into her chic apartment; and their facilitator, a black man born in Inglewood who reassured them as they settled in for soul food and a guided discussion.

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They were brought together by an unusual effort, brokered through City Hall, to “foster understanding, healing and growth.” The initiative, called embRACE L.A., had been championed by one of the most powerful politicians in Los Angeles, who announced last summer that he wanted the city to host scores of intimate dinners focused on race and inequity.

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City Council President Herb Wesson teamed up with Councilman Mitch O’Farrell and Community Coalition, a South L.A. community organizing group once led by Councilman Marqueece Harris-Dawson, to make it happen. One hundred free dinners were held last week as part of a new program funded with $500,000 from the city.

“We have an opportunity to kick-start or ignite a conversation on race that could travel throughout the nation,” Wesson said.

Word spread online. Several people at the downtown dinner said they heard about it through Facebook. Thousands of people signed up to attend dinners throughout the city — twice as many as city officials had initially arranged for, Wesson spokeswoman Vanessa Rodriguez said. A second round of dinners is being planned to accommodate them.

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After the dinnergoers introduced themselves, Foster guided the conversation with questions: What did they love about Los Angeles, and what about it caused them pain? How had race shaped their interactions with other people? Had they ever had to have difficult discussions about race?

They talked about the toll of homelessness on daily life in Los Angeles. Why the homeless population seemed to be disproportionately black.

How they felt about giving money to panhandlers. Why so few women hold elected office at City Hall. Islamophobia. Coming out as queer.

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Veronica Perez, the lobbyist hosting the dinner, asked her why. Qazi replied that there was hatred out there, adding, “I hope you guys are not very happy with the current POTUS?”

Laughter rolled around the table. No one volunteered that they were.

Another guest remarked that institutional problems with race had long predated President Trump, and would not go away when he leaves.

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Los Angeles has tried to bring people together to talk through differences before: Amid stark divisions over the verdict in the O.J. Simpson trial, then-Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas convened people in what became the Days of Dialogue program. Elsewhere in the country, people have broken bread together in Chicago, Chattanooga, Tenn., Dallas and Wichita, Kan.

But if tough topics aren’t brought up, “it’s a bunch of people sitting around, looking differently, having a kumbaya moment,” said Delores Jones-Brown, professor emeritus at the City University of New York Graduate Center.

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At one dinner last week, Wesson said, he heard one person recount seeing “No Reds” signs barring Native Americans from businesses as a youth. A white woman, in turn, talked about “having the privilege of race never factoring into what she wanted to do.”

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In skid row, “the dinner was deep. It was soulful. It was moving,” said Pete White, executive director of the Los Angeles Community Action Network, which hosted a meal for its members and partners. White said people were asked about their grandmothers, and stories ended up stretching back to slavery and sharecropping.

And at a Chatsworth co-working space, dinner host Sonia Smith-Kang said the talk turned to Rodney King, the black motorist whose beating at the hands of police — and the acquittal of the officers — led to one of the most tumultuous periods in Los Angeles history. “Having folks representing Korean Americans and African Americans, to hear each other’s side, that really stuck out to me,” said Smith-Kang, who heads a nonprofit that advocates for the multiracial community.

But even some Angelenos sympathetic to the cause are skeptical that a simple dinner can address deeper issues. {snip} Sitting down together for dinner is a good start, she said, but only a start.

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Another question is who shows up to such dinners and who doesn’t. Smith-Kang said that though her Chatsworth dinner included millennials, baby boomers, African Americans, Korean Americans and people of mixed heritage, “it sounded like everybody was on the same page” on many issues, leaving her wondering how to bring in others who were not.

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“Americans are really coming to terms with just how bad the polarization is,” said Ange-Marie Hancock Alfaro, professor and chairwoman of gender studies at USC. Part of the problem, she said, is that with the rise of social media, people are drawn into ideological echo chambers.

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Wesson added that the dinners would also have a ripple effect, as attendees go back and talk with family and friends who might not have turned out to discuss race with strangers. He plans to sort through their feedback to decide what should come next.

That question was also on the minds of the dinnergoers gathered downtown as they wrapped up hours of discussion over black-eyed peas and baked macaroni and cheese. At the end of the night, they were handed a list of local groups focused on racial justice, immigrant rights, homelessness and other issues that touch diverse communities.

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He had left the downtown dinner feeling grateful to be heard and recognized as a multiracial person, and knowing that he had heard other people. But he felt they could have pushed harder to talk through tough issues like how policing in L.A. affects black and brown communities.

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Former New Black Panther Chairman: ‘You Don’t Like Us, Mr. Trump? Then Hand Over the State of Florida’

Malik Shabazz, former chairman of the New Black Panther Party and president of Black Lawyers for Justice, called on President Trump to provide reparations for slavery or designate territory solely for African-Americans.

“We must have reparations, full compensation for the theft of our land, the theft of our bodies, the theft of our people from Africa, the theft of our dignity; the desecration of our souls decade after decade after decade after decade. As I said, we don’t want your food stamps. We don’t want no government handout. We don’t want to be trying to fix up some paperwork so I can get Social Security. We want our own. Donald Trump, you don’t want us? You don’t want to be around us? Hot dammit, I don’t want to be around you,” Shabazz said during a “Save Our Sons: Stop the Killing” and “Condemn Donald Trump” National Black Men’s Convention march and rally outside of the White House on Saturday organized by the National Black Men’s Movement.

“We want land. We want our own. You don’t like us, Mr. Trump? Break us off some of this territory. You don’t like us, Mr. Trump? You don’t want to be around us? Then hand over the state of Florida,” he added. “You don’t want to be around us – make a trade. Give me Georgia. Give me Alabama. Give me South Carolina.”

Speakers at the National Black Men’s Movement events included representatives from the New Black Panther Party and other organizations such as city-level Black Lives Matter groups and the National Action Network.

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“If you’re a son of a bitch, as Donald Trump says, who is your mama? {snip} The black woman is the mother of all living things on the planet… Your women didn’t take care of your babies. It was black women on the plantation that took care of your little nasty babies.”

Shabazz continued, “Donald Trump, the black man is not a son of a bitch. He is the original man. He’s the maker. He’s the owner. He’s the cream of the planet Earth, father of civilization and he’s the God of the universe. He is your father, cracker. Donald Trump, I’m your daddy. I’m your daddy and you’re a child that’s out of line. This is a child in the White House throwing a temper tantrum every five minutes – what kind of fool is this, unable to control his emotions?”

John Cheeks, head of the United States Citizens Recovery Initiative Alliance, also called for reparations or “recovery benefits for black Americans.”

“We need our unpaid due. We need it now. We cannot live in this country without money. How many can live without money? Raise your hand. I thought so. We have a president who’s in the house that our ancestors built for free. We have a congressional seat who is at the Capitol that our ancestors built for free,” he said.

“We have the senators at that Capitol who enjoy the dome for free. It is time for all industries, all institutions, all associations and yes, we have public utility companies who have benefitted from slavery, such as your water company and your gas company,” he added. “How do you think water was purified? Who did it? How do you think the gas lines were buried in the street? Who do you think did it?”

Cheeks said African-Americans should attach a note to their utility bill payments that reads, “My ancestors are still looking for their unpaid wages.”

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The Southern Poverty Law Center designates the New Black Panther Party as a hate group, calling it “a virulently racist and anti-Semitic organization whose leaders have encouraged violence against whites, Jews and law enforcement officers.”

Arthur Reed, a community activist from Baton Rouge, urged the crowd not to “sit back” while police kill innocent African-Americans such as Alton Sterling.

“Sometimes the only thing that this man understands is hand-to-hand combat and we cannot continue to sit back and play the coward role and pray for a better day, dammit,” Reed said at the rally. {snip}

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In France, Macron’s Grip on Power Loosens as Party Members Abstain from Vote on Immigration Bill

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France’s National Assembly approved legislation that would tighten immigration and asylum laws by doubling the time migrants can be detained, speeding their deportation and strengthening police powers to search illegal immigrants. But the vote exposed unusual opposition from within Mr. Macron’s large centrist majority, some of whose members have criticized the proposal as being too harsh on migrants.

{snip} All of those who voted in favor came from Mr. Macron’s majority and other smaller centrist parties. But even after a last-minute effort to soften one provision, 14 members of Mr. Macron’s majority were among the abstainers—and one member voted against the legislation in a rare show of defiance.

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Mr. Macron’s government introduced the proposal in February to fulfill an election promise. Along with allowing migrants to be detained for up to 90 days and giving police greater powers to fingerprint them, the bill aims to simplify and speed up asylum-application processes. The bill also includes measures aimed at helping those whose asylum applications are accepted to better integrate into French life.

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{snip} Many on the left argued that the law weakened France’s historical support for a right to asylum and played to xenophobia. Those on the right, including center-right Les Republicains, said the law was a fig leaf that didn’t go nearly far enough to control immigration problems they said would get worse.

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Refugees Impose Polygamy in Countries That Have Banned It

The practice of having more than one wife is causing a stir in Germany, according to Enab Baladi.

Most Arab countries allow polygamy for men up to four wives, in accordance with Islamic Sharia, which Germany has banned and considers a punishable crime.

Mahmoud Afara, who works in a legal advisory office for refugees in Germany, told Enab Baladi that the punishments for marrying more than one woman could include withdrawing the right to asylum or raising the tax limit on normal citizens.

The German public prosecutor is studying this month the possibility of filing a lawsuit against the regional administration that exempted two cases, after receiving 30 requests to sue the local administration on the charge of encouraging polygamy.

The state justified its acceptance of the family reunification on the grounds that its decisions “do not comprise a general rule and did not support polygamy, and it falls outside its legal capacity to impact marriage rights in other countries.”

According to the state’s spokesman Oliver Carstens, the matter is firstly one of the “wellbeing and status of the children.”

Afara said that these exceptions are barely noticeable compared with the wave of refugees, and they do not serve as legal permission for more than one wife, but is merely the state “turning a blind eye.”

The matter pertains to the employee responsible for the file, who Afara said can even go beyond the law without referring to a higher ranking official.

In the event that the man comes with more than one wife, German law only acknowledges one wife legally, while the others are dealt with as “friends” who do not have marriage rights, even if he has children with them.

Fears are currently spreading in German society about the circulation of the decision in the noted state, especially in a majority Christian society.

Minister President of Bavaria Marcus Soeder vowed in April to put forward a legislative initiative in the council of states to explicitly ban legal recognition of more than one wife in Germany.

Establishing the marriage contract for the first time in Germany is a “long and complicated” matter, even for Germans themselves, which has sparked questions about the extent that Germany can recognize foreign customs, including polygamy.

Refugees are currently worried about the issue of family reunification, with the Germany Interior Minister Horst Zehover, a hard-liner on the issue of migration and refugees, saying in a speech after he took the post that he would not permit more than 1,000 people to enter Germany monthly by way of family reunification.

The number of refugees who are leaving Germany for Turkey is increasing, despite having valid residency, according to a joint study carried out by the ARD TV channel’s Panorama program, in cooperation with the Funk Media Group, published on April 12.

A smuggler said that he is returning 50 refugees to Turkey daily, most of them Syrians who have valid residency in Germany.

Another smuggler said that he is bringing more refugees back to Turkey than he is bringing from Turkey to Europe.

The study attributed the return of refugees to Turkey to the difficulty of reunifying their families.

In a statement to the program, a representative of the United Nations High Coordinator for Refugees in Germany, Dominic Patrice, said that he had heard of these cases happening “individually” but that he could not estimate the number of these refugees who preferred to return to Turkey illegally than stay in Germany with valid residency.

The official believed that these reports show that Germany does not attach the necessary importance to the principle of family preservation.

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Of All the Things We Could Celebrate, St George’s Day Is the Worst Possible Choice

I grew up in Spain, where – perhaps surprisingly – St George’s Day is a pretty big deal. All the towns in the country that are named after some variation of St George have local festivities.

It’s known locally as The Day of the Book, because it comes the day after the death of national treasure Miguel de Cervantes, and the same day of the death of the world’s most overrated writer of all time: William Shakespeare.

Anything which encourages more people to read more books is fine, but I’d much rather we celebrated this day on the basis of authors people actually relate to: Why not JK Rowling’s birthday? Or the anniversary of the publication of The Da Vinci Code? I’d personally push for something Judy Blume-related because I can tell you that Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret had a much better chance of encouraging my preteen contemporaries to get into literature than Don Quixote or the brand of overblown, thinly veiled Greek mythology the Bard was so partial to penning.

Every year there are also calls to turn St George’s Day into a bank holiday. I see it as laziness masquerading as patriotism. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for more time off work, but bearing in mind that 20 April is just a few days before – when many people celebrate marijuana – perhaps that should be the day we all get off work? Spending the day lazing in the sun, honouring California stoner counterculture makes more sense than celebrating some dude fighting a dragon.

This time of year is riddled with bank holidays anyway, so I would argue we’d be better off picking a nice autumnal date and declaring it National Basic Bitch Pumpkin Spiced Latte And Oversized Scarf Day – at least it would space the breaks out a bit.

Bank holidays aside, there’s a faction of the population loudly moaning about the lack of celebration on St George’s Day. They want it to be a huge deal – akin to St Patrick’s Day, which is celebrated across the globe by Irish and non-Irish people who really like fancy dress and Guinness. Aside from the fact that this is an entirely fabricated concept (St George only became our “patron saint” 400 years ago and we don’t even know that much about the guy), the idea of such a figure is deeply hypocritical for a country which has been primarily protestant for almost five centuries and more than half of the public today say they have no religion at all.

Even if you think you can ignore the historical and religious implications of the day – as people are wont to do with things they enjoy, like weddings and Christmas – and convince yourself it’s purely a cultural issue, surely you can see why a whole country celebrating itself has whiffs of dodgy nationalism.

Ireland, Wales and Scotland celebrate their national days as a sign of pride in an identity which has been historically oppressed by England. But English culture is not stifled; in fact it’s been imposed on others throughout hundreds of years of colonialism, which we still don’t seem to be able to fully let go of.

There is a reason why the St George’s flag and not the Union Jack has been coopted time and time again by nationalist and white supremacist groups – it represents the idea that this tiny island is superior by virtue of once having stolen other people’s territory. The irony of a symbol of xenophobia and racism being a flag named after a Roman soldier is not lost on me, but it’s not amusing enough to overcome the darkness of it.

In a world of Ukip, Brexit and Windrush and a US president who retweets Britain First’s islamophobic propaganda, we cannot allow for the normalisation of anything which might be perceived as a dog whistle to the far right.

Like it or not, that’s exactly what St George’s Day is. If you want a day to celebrate, then for goodness sake pick something – anything – less outdated and offensive.

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‘The Seminarian’ Review: The Man Who Would Be King

Patrick Parr, The Seminarian (Lawrence Hill, 286 pages, $26.99)

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More than anything else, it’s Mr. Parr’s willingness to dig that impresses and makes “The Seminarian” an original, much-needed and even stirring book about King’s formative years at Crozer [Seminary]. King’s decision to go to a small, mostly white school in Chester, Pa., and study with an all-white, largely liberal faculty would have profound effects on this son of an Atlanta minister.

{snip} He lists every class that King took at Crozer and goes into detail on the most important ones, describing the courses and professors who helped shape one of the 20th century’s great leaders. {snip}

{snip} But his significant contribution is in helping us understand what made this young man extraordinary and in taking on subjects that might prove difficult to stomach for those who worship King.

Among them: King’s penchant for plagiarism, which seems, by Mr. Parr’s account, to be worse than previously known. King plagiarized repeatedly, and the faculty, for the most part, either missed it, didn’t care or decided that it wasn’t important enough to derail the career of a promising student.

Mr. Parr also adds valuable detail on King’s romantic relationship with a white woman named Betty Moitz. “We were madly, madly in love, the way young people can fall in love,” Moitz told Mr. Parr in a 2016 interview. King faced a dilemma. To marry or even to continue in a long-term relationship with a white woman presented serious risk, especially for a young man pursuing a career as the leader of a black church in the South. Interestingly, Mr. Parr says that King was more worried about incurring the anger of his mother than anyone else.

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King is a serious young man, always smartly dressed, early to class and eager to please. He plays cards and pool, and he wins friends with his biting sense of humor. He takes classes at the University of Pennsylvania while attending Crozer. He studies Kant, Marx and Gandhi. He dives deep into the theological works of Walter Rauschenbusch and Reinhold Niebuhr. {snip}

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{snip} “The Seminarian,” valuably, shows us how King did the hard work that changed a young man first and, then, decisively, a nation.

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Student Traumatized After Underground Railroad Reenactment

Controversy has surfaced over a school camping trip after a parent in South Holland says her daughter was traumatized by a school lesson about the Underground Railroad.

Every year, 6th graders at McKinley Elementary School study the Underground Railroad. In March, as in previous years, the students attended a four-day camping trip.

During the outing, school supervisors engaged the students in a re-enactment; {snip}

“All the black kids were slaves and all the other people were white,” says Dawn Peterson, a parent of one of the student’s who participated in the lesson.

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Man Killed in Random Knife Attack at California Steakhouse

A homeless man who randomly stabbed a patron in a crowded Southern California restaurant to death as he was holding his daughter was reported just a few hours earlier for disruptive behavior, but police ultimately determined he was not a threat, authorities said Saturday.

Jamal Jackson, 49, is facing a first-degree murder charge in the death of 35-year-old Anthony Mele. {snip}

Mele and his wife were eating dinner with their 5-year-old daughter Wednesday at Aloha Steakhouse in the seaside city of Ventura. The girl was sitting on her father’s lap when prosecutors say Jackson walked up and stabbed Mele in the neck.

Anthony Mele and his daughter

Prosecutor Richard Simon said customers and a restaurant employee followed Jackson out of the restaurant, even though he still had the knife. They kept track of him until Ventura police arrived and arrested him.

Mele was taken to a hospital and died Thursday after being taken off life support.

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“He was just sitting there with his daughter in his lap,” Simon said. “You’re not supposed to die that way.”

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According to the bystander, a man was yelling on the promenade not far from the beachside restaurant about three hours before the attack.

Patrol officers were out on other calls so command center staff monitored the man via a pier security camera system for more than 20 minutes before deciding he didn’t seem to be a threat, police said.

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Jackson also had half a dozen contacts with police in Ventura since the beginning of the year, including an arrest after a physical fight at a park, said Commander Tom Higgins.

He was also stopped on March 31 after a passer-by reported he was brandishing a knife. Police searched his bag and found a knife but there was no victim so no charge was filed, Higgins said.

Jackson has a lengthy rap sheet including charges in San Bernardino County, Higgins said, as well as convictions for burglary and unlawful sexual intercourse dating back to the 1990s.

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Jamal Jackson

 

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Ex-Houston 911 Operator Guilty of Hanging Up on Thousands of Callers

A former 911 operator in Houston has been found guilty of hanging up on people calling for emergency services. Jurors on Wednesday found 44-year-old Crenshanda Williams guilty of interference with emergency telephone calls, a misdemeanor.

She was sentenced to 10 days in jail and 18 months of probation.

Prosecutors from the Harris County district attorney’s office say she worked as a 911 operator for a year and a half, ending in 2016. Records showed that thousands of calls lasting less than 20 seconds were attributed to her hanging up. {snip}

Calls varied from reports of robberies and homicides to reports of speeding vehicles.

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Williams told investigators she often hung up because she didn’t want to talk to anyone at those times.

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“She was going through a hard time in her life, and she was a poor performing worker at the Houston Emergency Center,” he said. “But punishing her doesn’t do anything to fix the problems that still exist at the emergency center.

Crenshanda Williams

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Ex-Houston 911 Operator Guilty of Hanging Up on Thousands of Callers

A former 911 operator in Houston has been found guilty of hanging up on people calling for emergency services. Jurors on Wednesday found 44-year-old Crenshanda Williams guilty of interference with emergency telephone calls, a misdemeanor.

She was sentenced to 10 days in jail and 18 months of probation.

Prosecutors from the Harris County district attorney’s office say she worked as a 911 operator for a year and a half, ending in 2016. Records showed that thousands of calls lasting less than 20 seconds were attributed to her hanging up. {snip}

Calls varied from reports of robberies and homicides to reports of speeding vehicles.

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Williams told investigators she often hung up because she didn’t want to talk to anyone at those times.

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“She was going through a hard time in her life, and she was a poor performing worker at the Houston Emergency Center,” he said. “But punishing her doesn’t do anything to fix the problems that still exist at the emergency center.

Crenshanda Williams

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Washburn University Responds to “Neo-Nazi” Flyers on Campus

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Next week, [Washburn University] is hosting “Why did Neo-Nazis Leaflet Our Campus?” — a panel discussion featuring professors from the law school, history, political science and religious studies.

One of the flyers said “Your professor is scared of this book” and it showed a picture of a book titled “White Identity: Racial Consciousness in the 21st Century.”

The flyer features the name “American Renaissance”, a website that features articles like “The Truth About Brown V. Board of Education” and “The Color of Gun Crime in America’s Big Cities.”

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[Editor’s Note: There is a video with the original story that has interviews with students who know nothing about American Renaissance.]

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Inside a Lost African Tribe Still Living in India Today

In the dense forests of South Asia, a native African tribe has been living in quiet obscurity for more than 500 years. Known as the Siddis, their ancestors originated from the Great Lakes region before being captured and brought to India as Arab slaves. When slavery was outlawed in the 18th and 19th centuries, the Siddis feared persecution and retreated into the forests, where they have been living ever since. Today, the Siddi people are considered to be in the lowest bracket of the Hindu caste system—the Sudras, or the “untouchables.” In this short film by photographer and filmmaker Asha Stuart, get a rare look inside the Siddi tribal villages and explore the cultural diversity of this African-Diaspora community.

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[Editor’s Note: The video is available at the original article link below.]

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Who Misbehaves?

 

Race advocates and the media are greeting a new Government Accountability Office report on racial disparities in school discipline as a vindication of Obama administration policies. The GAO found that black students get suspended at nearly three times the rate of white students nationally, a finding consistent with previous analyses. {snip}

The GAO report ignores the critical question regarding disciplinary disparities: do black students in fact misbehave more than white students? The report simply assumes, without argument, that black students and white students act identically in class and proceeds to document their different rates of discipline. This assumption of equivalent school behavior is patently unjustified. According to federal data, black male teenagers between the ages of 14 and 17 commit homicide at nearly 10 times the rate of white male teenagers of the same age (the category “white” in this homicide data includes most Hispanics; if Hispanics were removed from the white category, the homicide disparity between blacks and whites would be much higher). That higher black homicide rate indicates a failure of socialization; teen murderers of any race lack impulse control and anger-management skills. Lesser types of juvenile crime also show large racial disparities. It is fanciful to think that the lack of socialization that produces such elevated rates of criminal violence would not also affect classroom behavior. While the number of black teens committing murder is relatively small compared with their numbers at large, a very high percentage of black children—71 percent—come from the stressed-out, single-parent homes that result in elevated rates of crime.

The GAO report {snip} found that black students in schools with lower rates of student poverty are still disciplined more than white students. But we don’t know whether those black students themselves were more likely to come from single-parent homes, and we most certainly do not know how those suspended black students actually behaved in class compared with their white counterparts—the most relevant question of all.

Observational studies of classroom behavior are in short supply, the result of the taboo against researching racial behavioral disparities. {snip} The Justice and Education Departments recently released their annual report, “Indicators of School Crime and Safety.” Black students self-reported being in a physical fight at school at over twice the rate of white students in 2015—a data point certainly relevant to the question of racial rates of school discipline. Schools that were 50 percent minority or more reported weekly gang activity at nearly ten times the rate of schools where minorities constituted 5 percent to 20 percent of the population. Reports of gang violence in schools with less than 5 percent minority populations were too low to be usable statistically. Widespread weekly disorder in classrooms was reported in schools with at least 50 percent minority populations at more than five times the rate as in schools with 5 percent to 20 percent minorities. More than four times as many high-minority schools reported weekly verbal abuse of teachers compared with schools with a less than 20 percent minority student body. Widespread disorder and teacher abuse at schools with less than 5 percent minority populations was again too low to be statistically reliable. These facts are also relevant to judging the likelihood of student misbehavior and resulting discipline.

The GAO, {snip} adopted a favorite tactic of academic bias researchers: it claimed that black students are disciplined more frequently for offenses that are allegedly subjective or “largely based on school officials’ interpretations of behavior.” For the GAO and the activists, it therefore follows, without further proof, that that supposed subjectivity results in an outpouring of teacher and principal bias.

The GAO’s allegedly subjective categories include insubordination, defiance, disobedience, and classroom disruption. It is a stretch to deem those categories subjective, let alone impermissibly so—they refer to actual behavior. {snip} Given what we know about the breakdown of family socialization in the black community, it is wholly consistent that black students would be more prone to insubordination and classroom disruption.

“Objective” metrics regarding attendance show the identical racial disparities. As U.S. Civil Rights Commissioner Gail Heriot shows in a forthcoming report, the rate of chronic truancy (defined as 18 or more unexcused absences) was five times higher for black elementary school students in California than for white students. That “objective” behavioral disparity tracks the “subjective” behavioral disparities and grows out of the same home and socialization challenges that produce classroom disobedience.

The GAO report {snip} provides only two concrete examples of allegedly biased discipline. A black tenth-grader in Kentucky with 19 previous disciplinary referrals was given a one-day suspension for skipping school, whereas a white 12th-grader with 28 previous disciplinary referrals who had skipped school was given only a conference with the principal. One would need to know several things before concluding that this disparate treatment was the result of bias. What were the grounds for each student’s previous disciplinary referrals: smoking a cigarette, or punching his teacher? How many previous warnings and alternative discipline methods had each student received? The younger black student’s rate of referrals is outpacing the older white student’s by more than a third. That suggests that he was more of a problem student.

The report’s other example of biased discipline concerned a black student in a California school dedicated to teaching Hmong culture. {snip} Because the school did not keep adequate records on such informal discipline, the GAO agrees with the Obama Education Department that the requests to pick up the student must have been biased.

The report notes that boys are disciplined at higher rates than girls but mysteriously fails to level charges of sex discrimination against school teachers and administrators. It does not explicitly note, though it is true, that whites are disciplined at higher rates than Asians. According to GAO logic, school officials must be biased against whites. In fact, white students misbehave more than Asian students, just as boys misbehave more than girls. Males dominate the criminal-justice system, and Asians barely show up at all. {snip}

{snip} The Manhattan Institute’s Max Eden found that students in New York City schools reported much higher levels of violence and disrespect after Mayor Bill de Blasio limited school suspensions. A student was stabbed and killed in history class in a New York school where teachers reported a dramatic drop in discipline. Two researchers with the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty recently reported on increased school violence across the country. The district attorney in St. Paul called the rise in attacks on teachers a “public health crisis.” The district attorney in Syracuse forced schools to return to traditional disciplinary policies after a teacher was stabbed. Charlotte is experiencing an increase in guns, drugs, and assaults on teachers; school assaults in Durham increased more than 50 percent last year. And the education of students, especially black students, is suffering as well. Wisconsin schools that adopted the non-punitive disciplinary measures advocated by the Obama administration (and now, the GAO) had lower reading and math achievement than schools that stuck with traditional discipline.

Teachers are among the most liberal professionals in the country. Education school is one long marinade in white-privilege theory. Yet we’re supposed to believe that once these social-justice warriors enter the classroom, they are unable to evaluate their black students fairly. Overcome by prejudice, they see disruption and defiance where none exists. The opposite hypothesis is more likely: teachers strive mightily to avoid removing black children from classrooms. They do so only after other means of discipline have been exhausted, and they do so in order to preserve the right of other students to learn in a safe and orderly environment and to instill a sense of consequences in students who break the rules.

The GAO report is a product of ideological blinders{snip}. [Betsy DewVos] should commission a host of observational studies of student behavior to put to rest, once and for all, the myth that only racism explains differential rates of school discipline.

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Asian-Americans Can Blow Up America’s Racial Quota System. Will They?

Anyone who follows coverage of racial politics in America will notice how often Asians are elided in opinion surveys, and how often they are portrayed in an incoherent and nakedly instrumental manner. Mother Jones, for instance, emblazoned the headline “Silicon Valley Firms Are Even Whiter and More Male Than You Thought” over a story disclosing that Google’s workforce was 60 percent white (less than the share of white people in the general population) and 34 percent Asian (nearly six times greater than the share of Asians in the general population). Asians aren’t seen as a “real” minority—nobody has them in mind when they speak of minorities, and thus the hiring of many Asians does not count for those in pursuit of “diversity.” This exclusion has been formalized into the bureaucratic euphemism “underrepresented minority,” which means “minorities who are not Asian.”

A lawsuit filed by a white recruiting manager at YouTube last week alleged that the company imposed unlawful quotas for hiring black, Hispanic, and female candidates while ceasing to hire white and Asian males. The quasi-monopolistic tech behemoth is now being sued for discriminating against women, men, conservatives, leftists, and white, and Asian males, even as it is also being sued by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for failing to turn over data on its diversity numbers. Asian-American advocates took to social media to decry the use of Asian-Americans as a “wedge” against those seeking diversity, yet again adopting the oddly reflexive deference to all such pushes for “diversity” that explicitly intend to increase the number of “underrepresented minorities” at the expense of Asians. Gaze at this pattern of events long enough, and you can glimpse the vulnerability of the system of tense compromises that have structured the American racial compact since the 1990s.

{snip} A survey conducted in 2012 by the Pew Research Institute of the attitudes of the six largest (Indian, Filipino, Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, and Korean) of the more than 30 distinct nationalities collected under the umbrella of the “Asian-American” identity found that fewer than 15 percent of respondents considered themselves to be “Asian-Americans.” All races are, to varying degrees, artificial constructs. The “Asian-American” identity is an artificial construct that scarcely anyone claims.

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{snip} Most of those to whom the term applies—70 percent of them—are foreign-born. The nationalities subsumed under the Asian-American rubric do not share a common language, culture, ancestry, or nationality. They share in common only two things: origins that they trace back to the world’s largest continental landmass, and a liminal place in America’s bipolar racial schema.

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The same survey that found that 85 percent of “Asian-Americans” do not think of themselves as “Asian-Americans” found that this demographic was better educated and earned a higher income than any other “racial” group in America. They had more confidence in the future and more optimism about their own prospects than did the country as a whole. Asian-Americans were the group least likely to be incarcerated and most likely to own their homes. They had the highest median household income in America.

The survey drew indignant responses from Asian-American activists and civil-rights leaders, who objected to the portrayal of their community as prosperous, striving, and confident. This will only seem comic and perplexing to those who don’t understand the system of racial patronage premised on a narrative of victimization of which the “Asian-American” political project is a part.

{snip} But it was always a key premise of the Asian-American movement that Asians were a racially subordinated group whose primary affiliation should be to the civil-rights movement that fought for black integration and an end to white supremacy. In a country with a white supermajority, Asians would have to ally with the best organized non-white group in America and derive its political power from association with it. “Asian-Americans” love to cite the example of Grace Lee Boggs, who admired Malcolm X and Black Power, and Richard Aoki, who hung out with the Black Panthers (though the evidence seems to suggest he may have been an FBI informant).

The activists and academics who sought to create an Asian-American identity gravitated toward Third World anti-colonial movements and were preoccupied with the white-supremacist history that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Immigration and Naturalization Act of 1965 brought to a close. It was this history that was studied and taught in Asian-American studies programs. These activists were the Japanese-American children of those interned by the U.S. government during WWII. They were the Chinese-American remnant that persisted in the United after the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, growing almost entirely through illegal immigration in urban enclaves where the gender balance was heavily disproportionate: As late as 1943, the ratio of men to women living in New York City’s Chinatown was 9 to 1. {snip}

The central paradox of the experience of Asian-Americans arriving after 1965 is that the main white-supremacist measure taken against Asians took the form of exclusion from the country altogether. This meant that most Asian-Americans arriving after 1965 have no direct or familial experience of an overtly racist America. Chinese-Americans already had higher incomes than their white counterparts by the 1950s. The formal end of racially discriminatory laws made it possible for many children of Asian immigrants to march directly into the Ivy Leagues and then into elite investment banks, law firms, tech, and consulting firms in a single generation—a rate of assimilation into the upper echelons of American society unlike that experienced by any other group in the history of the world.

In those places, of course, many Asian-Americans experienced the racially-inflected status politics of everyday life placing a limit on their aspirations. All throughout corporate America, Asians who were often the most common employees at the junior level, were the least likely to ascend to upper management. One Asian-American female at a major consulting firm likened the role of Asian-Americans in these corporate settings to “coolies in a white-collar sweatshop.” {snip}

Asian-American activists recently underscored the incoherence of the identity for which they claim to speak by supporting initiatives in state governments across the country calling for the disaggregation of data collection on Asian-Americans. The goal is to highlight the diversity of the nationalities constituting the Asian-American identity. The purpose is to ensure that those subgroups who lag behind the others in their educational attainment and income, such as the Cambodian, Laotians, and the Hmong (many of whom came here as refugees), do not disappear into aggregate figures that show that Asian-Americans are the best-educated, highest-income, and fastest-growing of all racial groups in America. We have poor people too! the activists insist. See? We’re not a model minority after all.

In other words, the Asian-American leadership petitioned the government to cease treating them as the single group that they are not and never were. They aggregated the group into a fictitious identity in the first place (and still purport to represent the interests of 20 million Americans of Asian descent) so as to maximize the numbers they could claim to represent on paper. They then resorted to disaggregating what they had themselves aggregated, so as to have a claim to represent disadvantaged minorities who need civil-rights leaders. {snip}

The question of whether Asian-American leaders actually represent any of the people they claim to represent has been put to the test in recent years. The answer is no: at least with respect to one of the largest Asian-American constituencies, a recent cohort of newly arrived Chinese-Americans from the mainland, who seek what the multicultural politics of racial patronage that the Asian-American coalition has embraced specifically forbids.

These new Chinese-Americans want a strictly meritocratic, race-neutral admissions schema to be imposed by the Supreme Court onto the nation’s elite colleges. They want this because it is the schema that will result in higher rates of acceptance for their children. The sharp-elbowed ethnic lobby of Chinese immigrants doesn’t care about the other parts of the multicultural coalition of which the Asian-Americans feel themselves to be a part. It’s not concerned to preserve the tense compromises around affirmative action that black and Hispanic elites have made with white elites to preserve a space for the white scions of privilege to avail themselves of legacy and donor preferences, or the preferences for the country club sports of squash and fencing in exchange for minority set-asides. They don’t want to preserve this consensus because it is this consensus that has kept the Asian-American population at Ivy League colleges frozen in place, even as the Asian-American population has exploded. They want a system in which applicants are rank ordered according to transparent, quantifiable criteria with no racial gerrymandering.

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That was what Asian-Americans considered to be in their interest in 1996. The latest newcomers no longer do. They instead regard racial preferences as invidious and their own struggle to end them as a civil-rights battle for fair treatment—not on the basis of racial favoritism, but rather in defense of the principle of merit, which is construed narrowly to depend on quantitative measures of achievement such as grades and SATs. They are, in fact, the only racial constituency that embraces this principle, because they are the group that would benefit most from such a system.

This would mean the end of Asian-American deference not just to blacks and Hispanics who are the beneficiaries of affirmative action and other diversity initiatives that focus on “underrepresented minorities,” but also to whites who have their own coded forms of preference that prop up their own incumbency in a spoils systems that favors everyone else over the highest-achievement group. This defection of Chinese-Americans from the Asian-American coalition doesn’t just threaten the Asian-American political project. It also threatens the entire system of racial patronage, in which America is organized into four racial collectives—white, black, Hispanic, and Asian, with the three non-white groups allied together to defend the interests of minorities amidst white hegemony. It presents another possibility: That in pursuing their own narrow ethnic interests, Asians can break up the coalescence of the country into racial blocs and come to occupy a key fulcrum point in the racial politics of America.

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This is the second of three Meme Wars columns on the racial future of the United States. Read the first here.

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From Kendrick’s Pulitzer to Beychella: How the Mainstream Woke Up to Black Excellence

Did she just say … Kendrick Lamar? The satisfied little smile on Pulitzer prize administrator Dana Canedy’s face as she announced the final award of the afternoon confirmed what I thought I surely had misheard. In awarding the first Pulitzer for a hip-hop album and artist, the music jury, which included the jazz violinist Regina Carter and Columbia professor Farah Jasmine Griffin, cited Lamar’s “vernacular authenticity” and “affecting vignettes … on African-American life”. In other words, the boy can rap.

It has been an abundant week for black excellence: Black Panther was certified the third highest-grossing film in US box-office history; Beyoncé delivered a jaw-dropping performance at Coachella; and yes, Kendrick Lamar won a Pulitzer prize. We seem to be having a moment. But is it a moment of increased creativity, or just increased recognition for what we’ve been doing all along?

The surprise of Lamar’s win comes, in part, from the fact that the Pulitzers don’t announce finalists ahead of time. But there’s also, obviously, another element: no one expects a young black rapper to win one of the fanciest prizes in the land. Despite the fact that black Americans have long been at the vanguard of popular music and culture – evidenced, in part, by hip-hop overtaking rock this year to officially become the top-selling musical genre – there is still a gaping chasm between black artists’ creative achievements and how that work is acknowledged by the white mainstream.

Beyoncé’s riveting performance at Coachella last weekend is just one example. With her all-black marching band and string section, Formation-infused rendition of James Weldon Johnson’s “black national anthem” Lift Every Voice and Sing, and tireless vocals and choreography, she gave us a loving salute to historically black college culture that was not only artistically impressive, but a technical feat, with abundant pyrotechnics, a giant bleacher-style set, dozens of musicians and dancers in constant, meticulous motion, and top-level live video editing that is tough to get in a single take.

But she was also the first woman of colour to headline the festival in its 20-year history. She is the most beloved artist on the face of the planet, but had to watch Adele, a huge Beyoncé fan, reluctantly accept the 2017 Grammy for Album of the Year over her. In previous years, Beyoncé lost that award to Beck and to Taylor Swift.

There’s a reason Kanye West ran up to a different award stage, at the Video Music awards in 2009, to snatch the microphone from Taylor Swift to deem Beyoncé’s Single Ladies “one of the best videos of all time”– because mainstream institutions rarely give black artists their due. You can hold your breath waiting on that recognition; or you can take matters – and mics – into your own hands.

This reality harks back to what so many black children are taught by our parents: that we have to “work twice as hard to earn half as much”. That to succeed, compromises and considerations have to be made. Tina Knowles, in hearing her daughter’s idea for a Coachella show with an HBCU (historically black colleges and universities) theme for a mostly white audience, thought perhaps it would go over their heads. (And it did.) Beyoncé’s response? “At this point in my life and my career, I have a responsibility to do what’s best for the world and not what is most popular.”

If you know you might not ever get a top award for your work, perhaps that allows you the creative licence to do whatever you want. For Beyoncé, whose racial politics did not discernibly enter her work until Lemonade (2016), that has meant celebrating the Black Panthers at the Super Bowl and talking about police brutality in the Formation video. At Coachella, it meant creating her own sorority, “Beta Delta Kappa”, complete with step show and an initiation – for a “historically Beyoncé college or university”. As someone who attended an HBCU, it felt so good, so special, to be directly spoken to like that. Beyoncé said she hoped young people of all races would feel inspired to further research the references made in her performance. But she didn’t make that beautiful performance for everybody. She made it for us.

The same goes for Lamar and Damn. It’s an album that is explicitly political, openly black and undeniably good. His Pulitzer resonates, in part, because it’s a deviation from the norm of overlooking black artists for their unparalleled contributions to culture.

Though a Harvard research institute specialises in it, hip-hop has never needed formal recognition of its merits

It is also a major institution’s belated acknowledgment of a genre that has been award-worthy for decades. For the Pulitzers, Grammys and others, the first person of colour to do something often happens long after the founding of the organisation. Though it’s exciting to see Lamar, Beyoncé, Ava DuVernay, Tiffany Haddish and Donald Glover be so publicly lauded, it does raise the question: why did it take so long?

Every year that black people and other marginalised groups get shut out from big awards (which could be every year), there are two reactions: the demand for inclusion, and the demand to “create our own awards”. There are those who seek the legitimising kiss of an Academy; and there are those who know it’s not by us, or for us.

The Pulitzer board’s “special citations”, which are only occasionally given, illustrate a telling pattern: Duke Ellington, John Coltrane and Thelonious Monk were only honoured long after their deaths; Alex Haley was cited for Roots in 1977 when he just as easily could have won for The Autobiography of Malcolm X. It reminds me of Spike Lee’s “special” Oscar awarded in 2015; it smacks of a consolation prize.

With someone as culturally invested as Lamar, it’s important to remember that a Pulitzer does not legitimate him, his work, or his art form. Though it be middle-aged, with a Harvard archive and research institute specialising in it, hip-hop has never needed formal recognition of its merits.

And for black artists, who so often get passed over for recognition, many times in favour of non-black artists doing approximately the same thing (see: Macklemore beating Lamar for best rap album at the 2014 Grammys), that distinction – a guest at the table, or seated at the head – might mean the difference between the freedom to create, and the hope that one day, that kiss will be for you.

It’s wonderful to see them celebrated and deified but Kendrick, Beyoncé, Lena Waithe, Jordan Peele, Cardi B, and so many more were creating works we love long before the establishment paid attention. In other words, if a black artist does her work in the woods and the white mainstream isn’t there to see it, doesn’t she still slay?

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Every Time Is the Right Time to Grapple with Whiteness in Canada

In perpetually failing to grapple with whiteness in Canada, we fail to understand our own culture and our history.

White supremacists are villains easily waved away; they belong to a category that does not require reflection on the part of anyone.

In this reading, the man who killed six people in three minutes and wounded many others at a Quebec City mosque, Alexandre Bissonnette, is a monster of his own making, an exceptional criminal.

His crime is exceptional; he, however, is not. Bissonnette is as Canadian as the good old hockey game.

By his own testimony, his path to terrorism was a process. Made susceptible by his mental health (he has struggled with depression and suicide ideation for a decade), what he read and watched and believed mirror this time and its politics.

His deadly fury at Muslims and immigration was spurred by not just Donald Trump — whose Twitter account Bissonnette checked daily — but also by a mix of alt-right, white supremacist and conspiracy-theory sites and Twitter accounts.

He decided to kill people after reading the prime minister’s tweet from last January about accepting refugees.

“I was watching TV and I learned that the Canadian government was going to take more refugees, you know, who couldn’t go to the United States, and they were coming here,” Mr. Bissonnette said, “I saw that and I, like, lost my mind. It was then that I decided it was time to go.”

He lived in fear of the terror attacks that have hit Europe, saying at one point in his videotaped interrogation, “You know, I don’t want us to become like Europe. I saw that and, you know, they’re going to kill my parents, my family, me, too. I had to do something, I couldn’t do nothing.”

In a cold irony, Bissonette was led him to become what he feared: a young male terrorist.

But because he is white, his murderous anger was given the benefit of the doubt. The guns he killed with were purchased legally without a hint of an obstacle. His whiteness provided cover for a deeply dangerous violence.

To speak of race, especially whiteness, is itself considered racist by some. Other subjects aren’t treated this way. You can yell about your favourite sport but that will not make you an athlete. Talking about crime does not make one a criminal. Studying religion does not instantly render the student a religious zealot.

When freelance writer Nora Loreto noted that the youth, maleness and whiteness of the Humboldt team was a considerable factor in the national outpouring of sympathy and money, she was viciously attacked online and offline. Thousands dedicated time to sending her violent misogynist messages and to calling places she had written for in the past to demand she be fired (from a job she does not have).

Few took the time to note that Loreto’s view was similar to that of Celeste Leray-Leicht, one of the parents of a Humboldt hockey player. Reflecting on the crash and the purpose it has given her, Leray-Leicht said to the Hockey News, “There is so much hurt in this province in so many ways, particularly with the First Nations community. There is so much tragedy and affliction in this world and they don’t get the attention they deserve sometimes.”

In her grief, Leray-Leicht’s expansive empathy is touching. It is also evidence that white people do not have to lean in to racist and xenophobic anger to make sense of a changing world.

A studied silence on race acts as a wall, blocking people in Canada from each other. Just as some choose white supremacy, it is a choice to uphold it by never addressing it.

Every time is the right time to grapple with whiteness in Canada. Not doing so prevents us from fully understanding our history, our present and what we can make of our future.

Vicky Mochama

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Weymouth Woman: Uber Driver Charged with Rape a ‘Coward’

A Weymouth woman called an Uber driver who fled the country after allegedly raping her a “coward” in a case that has led to a dramatic change in the way courts will handle defendants who are ordered to turn over their passports.

Frederick Q. Amfo, 30, a Ghanian national who lived in Quincy, posted $10,000 bail, but police told the alleged victim they suspected he had boarded a plane to Ghana over the weekend.

“He is 100 percent … a coward. He proclaims his innocence to police and then just leaves?” Emily Murray told the Herald yesterday. “I feel hurt…. People get blamed for not coming forward and then get victimized more when they do.

“I don’t feel that I’ll ever have justice for what’s happened to me. But I hope this shines a light and it won’t happen in the future because of me coming forward and me releasing my name and putting a face behind this whole situation,” she added.

Emily Murray, rape villain

Amfo was arraigned Friday in Quincy District Court on one count of rape for an April 8 alleged early morning attack on Murray.

Police said he parked his car on a poorly lit street, locked the doors and then raped his Uber passenger, who was returning home after a night out in Quincy.

Amfo was released Friday after posting the $10,000 bail Assistant District Attorney Moira Daly requested on the condition that he stay away from the victim, surrender his passport and not be employed as a driver for Uber or any other ride-hailing or taxi service.

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The court issued a warrant for his arrest yesterday after learning from the prosecution that he had posted bail but failed to surrender his passport and left the country.

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When asked why the prosecution hadn’t requested a dangerousness hearing, GPS monitoring or higher bail for Amfo — any of which might have prevented him from fleeing — Margaret Krippendorf, a spokeswoman for Norfolk District Attorney Michael W. Morrissey, said: “This is an ongoing and active case. I can’t answer this question.”

When asked whether Amfo, who told police he has an accounting degree from Suffolk University, was in the U.S. legally, Krippendorf said, “I don’t know if this information was shared in open court on the day of the defendant’s arraignment.”

{snip} According to Weymouth police, after Amfo raped Murray, he asked her if she was on birth control. Police said although it was dark, Murray was able to pick him out of a photo lineup. He denied having sex with her. But when pressed on the matter, “Amfo acknowledged his answers and began crying during the interview,” court records state. He also voluntarily allowed investigators to conduct a DNA swab test, police said.

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Enoch Powell’s ‘Rivers of Blood’ Speech

This is the full text of Enoch Powell’s so-called ‘Rivers of Blood’ speech, which was delivered to a Conservative Association meeting in Birmingham on April 20 1968.

The supreme function of statesmanship is to provide against preventable evils. In seeking to do so, it encounters obstacles which are deeply rooted in human nature.

One is that by the very order of things such evils are not demonstrable until they have occurred: at each stage in their onset there is room for doubt and for dispute whether they be real or imaginary. By the same token, they attract little attention in comparison with current troubles, which are both indisputable and pressing: whence the besetting temptation of all politics to concern itself with the immediate present at the expense of the future.

Above all, people are disposed to mistake predicting troubles for causing troubles and even for desiring troubles: “If only,” they love to think, “if only people wouldn’t talk about it, it probably wouldn’t happen.”

Perhaps this habit goes back to the primitive belief that the word and the thing, the name and the object, are identical.

At all events, the discussion of future grave but, with effort now, avoidable evils is the most unpopular and at the same time the most necessary occupation for the politician. Those who knowingly shirk it deserve, and not infrequently receive, the curses of those who come after.

A week or two ago I fell into conversation with a constituent, a middle-aged, quite ordinary working man employed in one of our nationalised industries.

After a sentence or two about the weather, he suddenly said: “If I had the money to go, I wouldn’t stay in this country.” I made some deprecatory reply to the effect that even this government wouldn’t last for ever; but he took no notice, and continued: “I have three children, all of them been through grammar school and two of them married now, with family. I shan’t be satisfied till I have seen them all settled overseas. In this country in 15 or 20 years’ time the black man will have the whip hand over the white man.”

I can already hear the chorus of execration. How dare I say such a horrible thing? How dare I stir up trouble and inflame feelings by repeating such a conversation?

The answer is that I do not have the right not to do so. Here is a decent, ordinary fellow Englishman, who in broad daylight in my own town says to me, his Member of Parliament, that his country will not be worth living in for his children.

I simply do not have the right to shrug my shoulders and think about something else. What he is saying, thousands and hundreds of thousands are saying and thinking – not throughout Great Britain, perhaps, but in the areas that are already undergoing the total transformation to which there is no parallel in a thousand years of English history.

In 15 or 20 years, on present trends, there will be in this country three and a half million Commonwealth immigrants and their descendants. That is not my figure. That is the official figure given to parliament by the spokesman of the Registrar General’s Office.

There is no comparable official figure for the year 2000, but it must be in the region of five to seven million, approximately one-tenth of the whole population, and approaching that of Greater London. Of course, it will not be evenly distributed from Margate to Aberystwyth and from Penzance to Aberdeen. Whole areas, towns and parts of towns across England will be occupied by sections of the immigrant and immigrant-descended population.

As time goes on, the proportion of this total who are immigrant descendants, those born in England, who arrived here by exactly the same route as the rest of us, will rapidly increase. Already by 1985 the native-born would constitute the majority. It is this fact which creates the extreme urgency of action now, of just that kind of action which is hardest for politicians to take, action where the difficulties lie in the present but the evils to be prevented or minimised lie several parliaments ahead.

The natural and rational first question with a nation confronted by such a prospect is to ask: “How can its dimensions be reduced?” Granted it be not wholly preventable, can it be limited, bearing in mind that numbers are of the essence: the significance and consequences of an alien element introduced into a country or population are profoundly different according to whether that element is 1 per cent or 10 per cent.

The answers to the simple and rational question are equally simple and rational: by stopping, or virtually stopping, further inflow, and by promoting the maximum outflow. Both answers are part of the official policy of the Conservative Party.

It almost passes belief that at this moment 20 or 30 additional immigrant children are arriving from overseas in Wolverhampton alone every week – and that means 15 or 20 additional families a decade or two hence. Those whom the gods wish to destroy, they first make mad. We must be mad, literally mad, as a nation to be permitting the annual inflow of some 50,000 dependants, who are for the most part the material of the future growth of the immigrant-descended population. It is like watching a nation busily engaged in heaping up its own funeral pyre. So insane are we that we actually permit unmarried persons to immigrate for the purpose of founding a family with spouses and fiancés whom they have never seen.

Let no one suppose that the flow of dependants will automatically tail off. On the contrary, even at the present admission rate of only 5,000 a year by voucher, there is sufficient for a further 25,000 dependants per annum ad infinitum, without taking into account the huge reservoir of existing relations in this country – and I am making no allowance at all for fraudulent entry. In these circumstances nothing will suffice but that the total inflow for settlement should be reduced at once to negligible proportions, and that the necessary legislative and administrative measures be taken without delay.

I stress the words “for settlement.” This has nothing to do with the entry of Commonwealth citizens, any more than of aliens, into this country, for the purposes of study or of improving their qualifications, like (for instance) the Commonwealth doctors who, to the advantage of their own countries, have enabled our hospital service to be expanded faster than would otherwise have been possible. They are not, and never have been, immigrants.

I turn to re-emigration. If all immigration ended tomorrow, the rate of growth of the immigrant and immigrant-descended population would be substantially reduced, but the prospective size of this element in the population would still leave the basic character of the national danger unaffected. This can only be tackled while a considerable proportion of the total still comprises persons who entered this country during the last ten years or so.

Hence the urgency of implementing now the second element of the Conservative Party’s policy: the encouragement of re-emigration.

Nobody can make an estimate of the numbers which, with generous assistance, would choose either to return to their countries of origin or to go to other countries anxious to receive the manpower and the skills they represent.

Nobody knows, because no such policy has yet been attempted. I can only say that, even at present, immigrants in my own constituency from time to time come to me, asking if I can find them assistance to return home. If such a policy were adopted and pursued with the determination which the gravity of the alternative justifies, the resultant outflow could appreciably alter the prospects.

The third element of the Conservative Party’s policy is that all who are in this country as citizens should be equal before the law and that there shall be no discrimination or difference made between them by public authority. As Mr Heath has put it we will have no “first-class citizens” and “second-class citizens.” This does not mean that the immigrant and his descendent should be elevated into a privileged or special class or that the citizen should be denied his right to discriminate in the management of his own affairs between one fellow-citizen and another or that he should be subjected to imposition as to his reasons and motive for behaving in one lawful manner rather than another.

There could be no grosser misconception of the realities than is entertained by those who vociferously demand legislation as they call it “against discrimination”, whether they be leader-writers of the same kidney and sometimes on the same newspapers which year after year in the 1930s tried to blind this country to the rising peril which confronted it, or archbishops who live in palaces, faring delicately with the bedclothes pulled right up over their heads. They have got it exactly and diametrically wrong.

The discrimination and the deprivation, the sense of alarm and of resentment, lies not with the immigrant population but with those among whom they have come and are still coming.

This is why to enact legislation of the kind before parliament at this moment is to risk throwing a match on to gunpowder. The kindest thing that can be said about those who propose and support it is that they know not what they do.

Nothing is more misleading than comparison between the Commonwealth immigrant in Britain and the American Negro. The Negro population of the United States, which was already in existence before the United States became a nation, started literally as slaves and were later given the franchise and other rights of citizenship, to the exercise of which they have only gradually and still incompletely come. The Commonwealth immigrant came to Britain as a full citizen, to a country which knew no discrimination between one citizen and another, and he entered instantly into the possession of the rights of every citizen, from the vote to free treatment under the National Health Service.

Whatever drawbacks attended the immigrants arose not from the law or from public policy or from administration, but from those personal circumstances and accidents which cause, and always will cause, the fortunes and experience of one man to be different from another’s.

But while, to the immigrant, entry to this country was admission to privileges and opportunities eagerly sought, the impact upon the existing population was very different. For reasons which they could not comprehend, and in pursuance of a decision by default, on which they were never consulted, they found themselves made strangers in their own country.

They found their wives unable to obtain hospital beds in childbirth, their children unable to obtain school places, their homes and neighbourhoods changed beyond recognition, their plans and prospects for the future defeated; at work they found that employers hesitated to apply to the immigrant worker the standards of discipline and competence required of the native-born worker; they began to hear, as time went by, more and more voices which told them that they were now the unwanted. They now learn that a one-way privilege is to be established by act of parliament; a law which cannot, and is not intended to, operate to protect them or redress their grievances is to be enacted to give the stranger, the disgruntled and the agent-provocateur the power to pillory them for their private actions.

In the hundreds upon hundreds of letters I received when I last spoke on this subject two or three months ago, there was one striking feature which was largely new and which I find ominous. All Members of Parliament are used to the typical anonymous correspondent; but what surprised and alarmed me was the high proportion of ordinary, decent, sensible people, writing a rational and often well-educated letter, who believed that they had to omit their address because it was dangerous to have committed themselves to paper to a Member of Parliament agreeing with the views I had expressed, and that they would risk penalties or reprisals if they were known to have done so. The sense of being a persecuted minority which is growing among ordinary English people in the areas of the country which are affected is something that those without direct experience can hardly imagine.

I am going to allow just one of those hundreds of people to speak for me:

“Eight years ago in a respectable street in Wolverhampton a house was sold to a Negro. Now only one white (a woman old-age pensioner) lives there. This is her story. She lost her husband and both her sons in the war. So she turned her seven-roomed house, her only asset, into a boarding house. She worked hard and did well, paid off her mortgage and began to put something by for her old age. Then the immigrants moved in. With growing fear, she saw one house after another taken over. The quiet street became a place of noise and confusion. Regretfully, her white tenants moved out.

“The day after the last one left, she was awakened at 7am by two Negroes who wanted to use her ‘phone to contact their employer. When she refused, as she would have refused any stranger at such an hour, she was abused and feared she would have been attacked but for the chain on her door. Immigrant families have tried to rent rooms in her house, but she always refused. Her little store of money went, and after paying rates, she has less than £2 per week. “She went to apply for a rate reduction and was seen by a young girl, who on hearing she had a seven-roomed house, suggested she should let part of it. When she said the only people she could get were Negroes, the girl said, “Racial prejudice won’t get you anywhere in this country.” So she went home.

“The telephone is her lifeline. Her family pay the bill, and help her out as best they can. Immigrants have offered to buy her house – at a price which the prospective landlord would be able to recover from his tenants in weeks, or at most a few months. She is becoming afraid to go out. Windows are broken. She finds excreta pushed through her letter box. When she goes to the shops, she is followed by children, charming, wide-grinning piccaninnies. They cannot speak English, but one word they know. “Racialist,” they chant. When the new Race Relations Bill is passed, this woman is convinced she will go to prison. And is she so wrong? I begin to wonder.”

The other dangerous delusion from which those who are wilfully or otherwise blind to realities suffer, is summed up in the word “integration.” To be integrated into a population means to become for all practical purposes indistinguishable from its other members.

Now, at all times, where there are marked physical differences, especially of colour, integration is difficult though, over a period, not impossible. There are among the Commonwealth immigrants who have come to live here in the last fifteen years or so, many thousands whose wish and purpose is to be integrated and whose every thought and endeavour is bent in that direction.

But to imagine that such a thing enters the heads of a great and growing majority of immigrants and their descendants is a ludicrous misconception, and a dangerous one.

We are on the verge here of a change. Hitherto it has been force of circumstance and of background which has rendered the very idea of integration inaccessible to the greater part of the immigrant population – that they never conceived or intended such a thing, and that their numbers and physical concentration meant the pressures towards integration which normally bear upon any small minority did not operate.

Now we are seeing the growth of positive forces acting against integration, of vested interests in the preservation and sharpening of racial and religious differences, with a view to the exercise of actual domination, first over fellow-immigrants and then over the rest of the population. The cloud no bigger than a man’s hand, that can so rapidly overcast the sky, has been visible recently in Wolverhampton and has shown signs of spreading quickly. The words I am about to use, verbatim as they appeared in the local press on 17 February, are not mine, but those of a Labour Member of Parliament who is a minister in the present government:

‘The Sikh communities’ campaign to maintain customs inappropriate in Britain is much to be regretted. Working in Britain, particularly in the public services, they should be prepared to accept the terms and conditions of their employment. To claim special communal rights (or should one say rites?) leads to a dangerous fragmentation within society. This communalism is a canker; whether practised by one colour or another it is to be strongly condemned.’

All credit to John Stonehouse for having had the insight to perceive that, and the courage to say it.

For these dangerous and divisive elements the legislation proposed in the Race Relations Bill is the very pabulum they need to flourish. Here is the means of showing that the immigrant communities can organise to consolidate their members, to agitate and campaign against their fellow citizens, and to overawe and dominate the rest with the legal weapons which the ignorant and the ill-informed have provided. As I look ahead, I am filled with foreboding; like the Roman, I seem to see “the River Tiber foaming with much blood.”

That tragic and intractable phenomenon which we watch with horror on the other side of the Atlantic but which there is interwoven with the history and existence of the States itself, is coming upon us here by our own volition and our own neglect. Indeed, it has all but come. In numerical terms, it will be of American proportions long before the end of the century.

Only resolute and urgent action will avert it even now. Whether there will be the public will to demand and obtain that action, I do not know. All I know is that to see, and not to speak, would be the great betrayal.

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L.A. Fitness Fires 3 Workers After Black Men Get Kicked out of N.J. Gym

L.A. Fitness has fired a manager and two employees at a New Jersey gym where two black men were kicked out Monday night in an incident captured on video and shared on social media, according to a salesman there.

An employee who answered the phone at L.A. Fitness in Secaucus told NJ Advance Media the manager who appeared in the video recorded by one of the men has been “removed from the company.”

The employee, a salesman who would only give his first name Josos, also said two women who were working that evening and badgered the men are no longer employees.

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In a statement emailed to NJ Advance Media on Wednesday evening, L.A. Fitness said it has apologized to the customer and made it clear that his membership is still valid.

“Regrettably, our staff unnecessarily escalated the situation and called the police rather than work through it, ” the statement said. “Clearly, this is a long time member with a current, valid membership. We want to clarify that no membership was cancelled and no one, including the member’s guest, was banned from the club. We have spoken to the member to apologize and assured him that he and his guests are welcome in our clubs at all times.”

The incident went viral on Facebook after Tshyrad Oates posted four videos saying the club manager called Secaucus police while he and another man were working out. Oates was using a four-day guest pass and his friend is a member at the gym.

Even though both men properly checked in when they arrived, Oates said an employee interrupted them to again ask for their membership credentials.

Oates wrote on Facebook that his friend “felt racially profiled and embarrassed by the harassment of this L.A. Fitness employee in front of other members at the gym.”

The friend, who is not named, said in one video that the since-fired manager told him it was terminating his membership. He adds that he has been a paid member of L.A. Fitness for eight years and has had “multiple problems” with workers there.

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L.A. Fitness said in its statement that the employee who asked for the customer’s membership card after he previously had it scanned “was not working when this member checked in the first time, so she was unaware.”

L.A. Fitness also said it is “exploring potential training content and opportunities to better train our staff.”

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Baltimore Police Commissioner Apologizes for Policing History, Gets Booed at Concert

Baltimore’s police commissioner addressed a crowd at a hip-hop concert alongside the mayor, but the audience didn’t seem interested in what he had to say.

“I want to take about 20 seconds to apologize for all the things that the police have done dating back 200 years,” Commissioner Darryl De Sousa said at Wednesday’s Eric B. & Rakim concert at Baltimore Soundstage.

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“Two hundred years ago, all the way to civil rights. All the way to the ’80s where crack was prevalent in the cities and it affected disproportionately African-American men. All the way to the ’90s. All the way to the 2000’s when we had zero tolerance,” De Sousa added.

The commissioner went on to say he promises changes will be made to policing in the future.

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Baltimore Soundstage says the remarks were not choreographed, but they said, in part, “We saw two passionate public servants starting a conversation that needs to be had.”

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Revealed: Dream Democrat Agenda Includes Reparations

A wealthy Democratic donor club plotting the future of the liberal movement hopes to be fighting for reparations by 2022, according to a document obtained by the Washington Free Beacon from the Democracy Alliance’s spring conference this week in Atlanta.

The desire was stated in the invitation for a Monday reception during the annual spring gathering, which was attended by top Democratic Party officials such as DNC chairman Tom Perez, former Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe, and Reps. Raul Grijalva (Ariz.) and Mark Pocan (Wis.).

The reception, “Way to Win: 2022 Victory Party,” was presented as a look forward at what’s possible if Democrats can be effective in coming elections.

“It’s 2022 and we are celebrating policy victories across the nation: Medicare for All and Free College, and next on the agenda is Reparations,” the group projected, according to an invitation to the event.

“Take a ride in our time machine to hear from the true political geniuses who made this happen,” it says.

The group further predicts that the successful implementation of universal health care and free college will lead to more sweeping election victories, including the governorship in Texas and its electoral votes in the 2024 presidential election.

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The event was headlined with a speech by Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, who the group predicted would “set the course for a new wave of leaders.” She was pictured on the night of the event with McAuliffe, who was also a featured speaker at the conference and is considering a run for president in 2020.

Abrams has not publicly backed plans for universal health care or free college tuition, both policy positions supported by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.). She has also not come out in support of reparations, a policy proposal that even Sanders has come out against.

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The Democracy Alliance is the left’s biggest donor club and has been embraced in recent years by party leadership. Its donor conferences have featured appearances by Democratic minority leader Nancy Pelosi and prominent Democratic senators such as Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) and Kamala Harris (Calif.).

The “2022 Victory Party” event was cohosted by a number of prominent liberal groups such as Planned Parenthood Action Fund, the Collective PAC—a collection of entities with a mission to build “black political power”—and the Women Donors Action Network, which seeks to leverage the power of progressive women donors.

The Solidaire Network, a group of wealthy liberal donors who foster protest and direct action, was also involved with the event. The Solidaire Network joined forces with two other liberal groups to form a “resistance” fund that combats “immediate threats” to “immigrants, women, Muslim and Arab-American communities, black people, LGBTQ communities, and all people of color” and push back against Republicans.

The Center for Popular Democracy, a New York-based progressive advocacy group, was also a cohost. The Center for Popular Democracy’s sister organization, the Center for Popular Democracy Action Fund, leads a massive $80 million anti-Trump network that spans across 32 states.

Rep. Keith Ellison, the deputy chair of the DNC, last year publicly threw his support behind the network.

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The Center for Popular Democracy, which has partnerships with more than 50 left-wing activist groups across the country, is also funded by the Democracy Alliance, whose members each vow to steer hundreds of thousands in funding to approved groups of the secretive donor network.

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DHS: Dozens of MS-13, Other Gang Members Released by Sanctuary Cities

More than 100 suspected members of MS-13 and other gangs were released in 2017 by sanctuary jurisdictions even though federal authorities had formally requested that they be held, according to data from the Department of Homeland Security.

Between October 2016 and June 2017, local law enforcement agencies released 142 gang members that immigration authorities were seeking to deport instead of transferring them to federal custody. The prisoners were subjects of active immigration detainers, which are formal requests made by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to local authorities to hold criminal aliens until federal agents can pick them up.

The releases occurred in 37 separate jurisdictions, according to a Center for Immigration Studies report on the data, which was compiled in response to a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the rise of MS-13. {snip}

About two-thirds of the releases occurred in California, which has a statewide sanctuary law that limits cooperation between local officials and immigration authorities. Santa Clara County led the way with 22, followed by Los Angeles County with 16 and Orange County with 10.

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Notably, 15 of the alien gang members documented in the ICE data were members of MS-13, the ultra-violent transnational gang composed largely of immigrants from Central American countries. As the CIS report notes, five of the MS-13 members were released by Montgomery County and four by Prince George’s County. Both counties are in suburban Washington, D.C., which has seen a disturbing rise in MS-13 activity, including multiple brutal murders.

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PM Meets South African President Cyril Ramaphosa

A Downing Street spokesperson said:

The Prime Minister had a bilateral meeting earlier today with South African President Cyril Ramaphosa.

The Prime Minister said she was pleased to welcome Mr Ramaphosa to the UK on his first visit as President, noting that the relationship between the UK and South Africa is strong and deep, both bilaterally and as a key Commonwealth partner.

They discussed the potential for reinvigorating and revitalising the partnership between the UK and South Africa, and the Prime Minister noted that the UK stood ready to support South Africa’s transformation and national development plan. They agreed that tackling youth unemployment and social inequality was a key priority.

They agreed an ambition to build on our strong bilateral trade and investment relationship, including as we leave the European Union. The Prime Minister noted that the UK is already the largest investor in South Africa, and that we are firm supporters of the President’s drive to attract even more investment to the country.

They agreed £50 million new UK funding across the next four years to help South Africa improve its business environment to make it more attractive to investors including in the UK, and ultimately lift some of the poorest people in South Africa out of poverty by creating jobs and opportunities. The funding will be used to help identify and dismantle barriers to trade within Africa and beyond, creating a wealth of opportunities for UK business over the coming years.

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Germany to Accept 10,000 Refugees from North Africa, Middle East

The German government has committed to accepting refugees under a program to resettle people considered particularly vulnerable. Controls of Germany’s border to Austria look set to be extended for another six months.

EU Commissioner for Refugees Dimitris Avramopoulos said Germany would be accepting more than 10,000 refugees from North Africa and the Middle East. He added that the EU Commission had received a commitment from Berlin this week, confirming that Germany would play an important role in the EU’s latest resettlement program.

“The German government is once again there when it comes to international solidarity,” Avramopoulos said in Thursday editions of newspapers in the Funke Media Group.

The EU program aims to provide a legal, direct and safe route to Europe for refugees in need of protection. At least 50,000 refugees from crisis areas are to be brought into the EU by 2019. Other member states have already agreed to resettle 40,000 refugees, meaning that the program’s goal has been achieved, and may even be exceeded.

The EU will be supporting host countries by providing €500 million ($620 million) in funding for the program.

Since the height of migrant arrivals in Europe in 2015, Germany has seen over 1 million people apply for asylum in the country. Figures from Germany’s Federal Office for Migration and Refugees show that migrants originating from Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq and Eritrea were the largest groups to arrive in the country in 2016.

The EU Commission is committed to strengthening Europe’s external border controls

‘Arbitrary’ number

The German human rights organization Pro Asyl said the German government’s commitment does not go far enough. The group was also critical of the decision to take 10,000 refugees, calling the number “arbitrary.”

“In principle, we welcome any resettlement of a refugee from a life-threatening situation,” Pro Asyl’s managing director, Günter Burkhardt, told the AFP news agency on Thursday. “But we demand an immediate end to training and cooperation with the Libyan Coast Guard.”

Burkhardt said he believes that Europe is jointly responsible “for thousands of people rescued from distress at sea being dragged back to detention and torture camps in Libya.”

“Anyone trapped in detention centers in North Africa must be rescued,” he said.

Call to end border controls

Meanwhile, the EU Commission has urged Germany to end border controls as soon as possible. Avramopoulos told the Funke Media Group that he would not agree to such controls “forever.”

“We must quickly return to the normal functioning of the Schengen system. If the Schengen system collapses, it will be the end of the EU as we know it,” he said, referring to Europe’s visa-free travel area.

German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer recently informed the EU Commission that controls on Germany’s border to Austria would be extended for another six months, although systematic controls on flights from Greece would be discontinued. Seehofer has said that Europe’s external borders are not properly controlled.

Avramopoulos contradicted Seehofer’s comments that internal border controls in Europe would be necessary for a long time.

“I think we’re on the right track,” Avramopoulos said. He then referred to the construction of the European border and coastguard services and measures to improve border management, which includes the planned introduction of biometric ID cards.

Avramopoulos will be meeting with Seehofer in Berlin on Thursday.

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The Facts Are In. The Real Story at Starbucks Is Entitlement, Not Racism.

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We were told at first that two black men sat down at a table, and, out of nowhere, for no reason other than their race, were summarily perp walked out of the establishment by an army of police officers. This already made little sense for a number of reasons, including the fact that the incident occurred at a store in Philadelphia. The store presumably sees hundreds of black customers every week. If it was in the habit of having black people randomly arrested, why is this the first time we’re hearing about it?

Then more information came out. It was discovered that this particular location has a problem with loitering (not surprising for a restaurant in an urban area), and the manager in question has had potentially dangerous altercations with loiterers in the past. Then we find out that the two men were warned that the cops would be coming and they responded, “Go ahead and call them. We don’t care.”

A couple of days later, Ben Shapiro revealed that the manager, Holly, is an “SJW feminist of the highest order,” according to a regular customer at that location. {snip}

Finally, over the past several hours, two additional details have come to the surface:

1) The 911 call placed by Holly, in which she says, very reasonably, “I have two gentlemen in my cafe that are refusing to make a purchase or leave.” This is significant because it confirms that the men were given the option to at least buy something and, incredibly, they refused.

2) Their own testimony, which they gave to “Good Morning America” on Thursday. According to their own version, they walked into the store, grabbed a table, and then asked to use the restroom. The manager told them that they had to buy something to use it. They declined, and went back to sit at the table without having purchased anything. Now that they had called attention to themselves, the manager was aware of their presence and aware that they were not paying customers. She approached them and offered to get them drinks or anything else they might want. They declined. They were asked to leave and they declined. The police came and asked them to leave and they declined. This is their own version.

When asked on “Good Morning America” how they would respond to people who say they broke the rules by loitering and not buying anything, their lawyer declared that Starbucks is a “place to meet.” {snip}

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Philadelphia Police Commissioner Apologizes to Two Black Men Who Were Arrested at a Starbucks

Philadelphia’s police commissioner is apologizing to two black men who were arrested at a Starbucks in the city.

Commissioner Richard Ross, who is black, apologized to the two men on Thursday after he previously staunchly defended police for their handling of the incident.

‘My sincere apologies to these gentlemen,’ Ross said.

‘I just think that as we work to make this city safer and better we do have to acknowledge that there are still things that we need to work on,’ Ross said. ‘It starts at the top and that starts with me. Messaging is important and I failed miserably in this regard.’

‘I am flawed like many other folks but that is still no excuse,’ he added.

Following last Thursday’s incident, Ross took to Facebook Live and defended his officers, saying they ‘did absolutely nothing wrong’ and that they were professional to the two men,  while getting ‘the opposite back’.

Ross now regrets his words.

‘I should have said the officers acted within the scope of the law, and not that they didn’t do anything wrong,’ Ross said. ‘Words are very important.’

Ross still doesn’t think that his officers acted in a racist manner. As for the Starbucks manager who called 911 in the first place, ‘that’s a different ballgame,’ he said.

He also said he was unaware that you don’t have to buy a drink in order to sit in a Starbucks.

He says the police department did not have a policy for dealing for similar situations, but does now. He says it will be released soon.

Ross added that the arresting officer is mortified about what happened.

The two men who were arrested in the incident, 23-year-olds Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson, spoke out about what happened for the first time on Thursday.

Rashon Nelson initially brushed it off when the Starbucks manager told him he couldn’t use the restroom because he wasn’t a paying customer.

He thought nothing of it when he and Robinson, were approached at their table and were asked if they needed help. The 23-year-old entrepreneurs declined, explaining they were just waiting for a business meeting.

A few minutes later, they hardly noticed when the police came into the coffee shop—until officers started walking in their direction.

‘That’s when we knew she called the police on us,’ Nelson told The Associated Press in the first interview by the two black men since video of their trespassing arrests April 12 touched off a furor around the U.S. over racial profiling, or what has been dubbed ‘retail racism’ or ‘shopping while black.’

Nelson and Robinson were led away in handcuffs from the shop in the city’s well-to-do Rittenhouse Square neighborhood in an incident recorded on a white customer’s cellphone.

In the week since, the men have met with Starbucks’ apologetic CEO and have started pushing for lasting change at the coffee-shop chain, including new policies on discrimination and ejecting customers.

‘We do want to make sure it doesn’t happen to anybody again,’ Robinson said. ‘What if it wasn’t us sitting there? What if it was the kid that didn’t know somebody that knew somebody? Do they make it to jail? Do they die? What happens?’

The manager who called police, Holly Hylton, no longer works for Starbucks.

The chain is closing 8,000 stores for a day next month to re-train staff members.

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Soros Foundations to Quit Hungary Amid Political Hostility

George Soros’ Open Society Foundations will close their office in Budapest and move their eastern European operations to Berlin, Austria’s Die Presse newspaper reported on Thursday.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has blamed Soros, a Hungarian-born U.S. financier, for a host of ills and pushed through legislation cracking down on non-governmental organizations called the “Stop Soros” laws which drew international criticism.

The Hungarian news web site 444.hu said the Open Society Foundations office would shut by Aug. 31 and move first to Vienna then on to Berlin.

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The legislation submitted to parliament before the election would impose a 25 percent tax on foreign donations to NGOs that the government says back immigration.

Their activity would have to be approved by the interior minister, who could deny permission if he saw a national security risk.

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Intruders Storm Nigerian Parliament and Snatch Mace: Senate Spokesman

Three men burst into Nigeria’s Senate on Wednesday and snatched the legislature’s ceremonial mace, in an incident the body’s spokesman blamed on a lawmaker who had been suspended.

The men entered the chamber, picked up the mace and left with it in a swoop that lasted less than two minutes. A Reuters journalist at the scene was not able to identify them.

The upper house of parliament resumed 15 minutes later after replacing the mace with a spare, the spokesman said.

Decisions taken in the Senate cannot be approved without the mace, an ornamental staff symbolising the authority of the legislature. A giant statue of a fist holding a golden mace stands outside parliament, making it one of Nigeria’s most potent government symbols.

“Today, some hoodlums led by suspended senator Ovie Omo-Agege walked into the Senate plenary and seized the symbol of authority of the upper legislative chamber, the mace,” Senator Aliyu Abdullahi, spokesman for the upper house, said in a statement.

He later said the session had resumed.

Witnesses said the mace-snatchers drove into Senate premises in the company of Omo-Agege and passed through security unchecked.

The senator, who was suspended last week following a disagreement with other lawmakers, later appeared flanked by police at the parliament building.

“I am not under arrest. All the police here are for my safety,” Abdullahi told reporters in the reception of the parliament building.

Political campaigning has cranked up a gear in Nigeria, the continent’s most populous nation and top crude oil producer, ahead of presidential and gubernatorial elections early next year. President Muhammadu Buhari said last week that he will stand for re-election.

“This action is an act of treason, as it is an attempt to overthrow a branch of the Federal Government of Nigeria by force, and it must be treated as such,” Abdullahi said.

“All security agencies must stand on the side of due process and immediately mobilize their personnel to retrieve the mace and apprehend the mastermind and the perpetrators of this act.”

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‘We Deserve Better:’ Family of Colten Boushie Calls for United Nations to Study Systemic Racism in Canada

Family members of Colten Boushie delivered a fiery call for justice at the international table Wednesday, as they called for the United Nations to undertake a study of systemic racism against Indigenous people in Canada’s judicial and legal systems.

“The Canadian justice system has failed Colten, our community and Indigenous people in ways that impedes our human rights,” Jade Tootoosis, cousin to Boushie, told the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, describing this failure as one of the state to uphold treaty rights.

“We deserve better. My brother Colten deserves better.”

Family shares Boushie’s story

Boushie’s family attended the forum in New York City to raise awareness about the circumstances around the 22-year-old’s death and the handling of the case.

The man from Red Pheasant First Nation, in Saskatchewan, died of a gunshot wound after he and a group of Indigenous friends drove onto the property of farmer Gerald Stanley on August 2016.

During Stanley’s trial for second-degree murder earlier this year, the jury heard that he and his family believed the individuals were there to steal property, with Stanley expressing fears for his family’s life.

Stanley was acquitted of all charges in Boushie’s death. The Crown decided not to appeal the jury verdict.

“The acquittal was celebrated by the majority of settlers on the notion that material property is worth more than an Indigenous life,” Tootoosis told the UN forum, using a term some Indigenous people use to describe non-Indigenous people who came to Canada and occupied Native lands.

“The systemic injustices, the acquittal and the decision not to appeal show that justice is not equally applied to Indigenous people in Canada.”

She said Boushie and his family continue to be “misrepresented” in social media, with racial hatred on display.

“Colten was not a thief. He was a kind and generous young man,” she told the forum.

Tootoosis called on the UN to have its special rapporteur study systemic racism against Indigenous people within the Canadian judicial and legal systems. The study must produce recommendations to protect the Indigenous families accessing these systems, she said.

“This will advance our calls on the Canadian government to establish a royal commission on the elimination of racism in the justice system,” Tootoosis said.

She felt only such a commission would have the authority to address what she called “the miscarriage of justice” in her cousin’s death.

Indigenous rights on global scale

Tootoosis’s speech was part of an annual two-week session to discuss Indigenous issues.

Afterward, Tootoosis and Boushie’s mother, Debbie Baptiste, described themselves as honoured to have been able to address the UN.

“We would like the justice system to change, and we would like a fair chance and an opportunity that we get heard and our rights are taken into consideration,” said Baptiste.

Tootoosis said many at the UN forum had already heard of Boushie’s story and were full of support and prayers for his family. Other Indigenous people from elsewhere in the world shared their stories with the family, and talked about their struggles in accessing justice as well, she said.

“This isn’t just a Saskatchewan issue. This isn’t just a Canadian issue. This is a human rights issue,” Tootoosis said, adding everyone should have the right not to be discriminated against based on their skin colour or background.

“This is about Colten and it’s about so much more at the same time because too many — too many — families have experienced what we’ve experienced — [it’s] unacceptable on a global scale as well.”

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Study: Nearly 1 in 4 Children Has at Least One Immigrant Parent

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A Kaiser Family Foundation survey found that about 20 million children living in the U.S. in 2016, or about 23 percent, had at least one parent who immigrated to the U.S. Most of those children, 89 percent, are citizens of the U.S. themselves, the study adds.

More half of those children live in just four states: California (23 percent), Texas (13 percent), New York (8 percent) and Florida (8 percent), according to the study.

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About 8 million of the roughly 20 million children living with an immigrant parent were covered under either Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

The study states that cuts to CHIP or Medicaid would “increase the uninsured rate among immigrant families, negatively affecting the financial stability of families and the growth and healthy development of their children.”

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Push for ‘Dreamer’ Immigration Bill Gains Steam in U.S. House

A bipartisan majority of the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday urged Speaker Paul Ryan to schedule debate on bills to protect young undocumented immigrants from deportation, in a move aimed at reviving a push that sputtered in the Senate in February.

Backers said they had 240 House members on board so far pushing for debate of four different bills to replace the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which Republican President Donald Trump ended on March 5.

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The bill many lawmakers think is most popular was written by Republican Will Hurd and Democrat Peter Aguilar. It would protect “Dreamer” immigrants from deportation and strengthen border security, although not with a Southwest border wall Trump wants.

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Trump has urged Congress to write legislation giving these immigrants permanent protections, but he has failed to reach a compromise with Congress.

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In 2016, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton beat Trump in his district, leading to speculation that Denham, like Republicans in similar areas, could face a tough re-election.

At least 218 votes are needed in the 435-member House to pass legislation. With five vacancies, slightly fewer are necessary.

But there are difficulties, even with the 240 votes supporting this latest immigration push.

Only 50 of the House’s 237 Republicans are behind the effort so far, with nearly all 190 Democrats on board.

That presents political problems for Ryan and his leadership team, which bridles at passing legislation not backed by a majority of fellow Republicans.

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Calif. Couple Allegedly Tortured, Killed Vietnam War Veteran, Burned Body in Front of Children

A couple allegedly tortured and murdered a 70-year-old Vietnam War veteran in Hanford, Calif. in an attempt to gain access to his financial information, police say.

Kenneth Coyle, a retired contractor for Naval Air Station Lemoore first met Stacie Mendoza, one of the accused murderers, in a Hanford restaurant where she worked as a waitress, according to the Hanford Police Department.

The two became friends, but police believe Mendoza was secretly using the friendship to gain access to Coyle’s financial information, Hanford Police Captain Karl Anderson said during a press conference Monday.

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Police say that on April 5, Mendoza and her husband Jose went to Coyle’s house and tortured the veteran in an attempt to get him to reveal more financial information.

“They restrained him on a bed and beat him to get access to his bank account information, passwords and other account information,” Anderson said. After the suspected torture, Coyle died of “blunt force trauma and suffocation.”

A few days later, the Mendozas and their three children allegedly drove to nearby Madera County and burned Coyle’s body.

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Police say that the Mendozas then returned to Coyle’s house to steal more of his items last week, but were spotted by property management employees. {snip}

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Police later apprehended the couple at a Denny’s near Los Angeles International Airport. Jose Mendoza had Coyle’s credit card and a plane ticket to his native El Salvador in his possession at the time of his arrest.

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Kenneth Coyle

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1st Black Woman Nominated to Be Marine Brigadier General

Marine Corps Col. Lorna Mahlock has been nominated to serve as the first black female brigadier general, the Marine Corps media office said.

Mahlock was nominated by President Donald Trump, and Defense Secretary James Mattis announced the nomination on Tuesday.

According to his announcement, Mahlock is currently the deputy director of the Operations, Plans, Policies, and Operations Directorate at the Marine Corps headquarters in Washington.

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Black Parents Ask Ottawa Public Schools to Collect Race Data

A group of parents from Ottawa’s black community are calling on the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board to collect race-based data so they can fight discrimination in the education system.

Richard Sharpe said his 16-year-old son has faced undue discrimination at school.

“We found that he was being racially profiled. We found that he was being disproportionately penalized for small things,” Sharpe said.

He and his wife were concerned race was a factor when their son was suspended for a day last year “for questioning an administrator as to why him and other black and brown students were being asked to shuffle along and remove their headbands while they were chatting in the hallway,” Sharpe told CBC Radio’s Ottawa Morning Wednesday.

He said it makes a climate where children like his don’t feel safe or trust the administrators and often feel disengaged from the educational system.

Sharpe said other parents of children of colour have had similar experiences.

“Our children are being treated differently in terms of being suspended more, expelled more and being streamed into programs that are not academic,” he said.

“I think that systems have been designed over many generations to [discriminate against black students]. I think there are good people in the system, there are good teachers and administrators, but I think the tools they have at their disposal are sort of outdated.”

Sharpe’s family tried to get data from the OCDSB about how often black students are suspended or expelled — and why — but were told it didn’t exist.

He said data collected at the Toronto District School Board (TDSB), showed almost half of male students expelled from schools were black.

He wants the OCDSB to collect similar data.

“The hope is that we will be able to use the data to understand what’s happening with the experience of black children in the school system, so that we can improve the [graduation] success rate,” he said.

Last September, Ontario’s Ministry of Education announced it would be collecting data, including race and ethnicity as part of its equity policy.

It’s aimed at “identifying and eliminating discriminatory practices, systemic barriers and bias from schools and classrooms to support the potential for all students to succeed.”

At a meeting of OCDSB trustees Tuesday, Sharpe made the case that starting race-based data collection is urgent and it appears to him that the board is moving too slowly.

Jennifer Adams, the board’s director of education, said the OCDSB is one of four boards in a provincial working group that is currently setting standards on how the data should be collected.

“Our intention is to go out and collect this [data] next year,” Adams said.

The process has been slow because the OCDSB wants to take the results of the provincial discussions to parents and community groups to get them ready for the change, and to address things like privacy concerns and setting up IT systems for the data, she added.

Data currently exists on students who are English-language learners, have special needs and are self-identified Indigenous, but parents haven’t been asked for other identifications, Adams said.

The new survey will ask parents and students to identify race, religion, gender and sexual orientation.

“We’ll gather as much information as we can to really cater our supports and services,” she said.

“It’s really important,” Adams said in an interview with Ottawa Morning Wednesday.

“Every school system is looking to know the most they can about individual students and groups of students … do they need extra intervention or extra support?”

Asked about whether school board staff might need intervention, support and resources to fight discrimination, Adams said “absolutely.”

“I think discrimination takes place in our organization,” she said.

“I think it takes place across society, and we’ve been very up front as an organization, saying that where there is systemic discrimination or racism that we will work with the community to help address that.”

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Video Shows Police Tackling and Punching Black Harvard Student

The Cambridge police have launched an internal investigation into an incident on Friday night in which officers tackled and punched a black Harvard student they were trying to arrest as he stood naked in the median of a busy street.

The police, who released a video of the scene on Sunday amid complaints about the officers’ conduct, said that the student, Selorm Ohene, 21, was apparently high on drugs and acting in an aggressive and unruly manner when they approached him and tried to calm him down. He came at them, the police said, with clenched fists.

The video of the incident shows a few police officers standing in a circle around Mr. Ohene for several moments. As he stepped toward one officer, a second officer dove at his legs from behind, the video shows, and Mr. Ohene and the officers fell to the ground. Mr. Ohene could be heard crying out at that point. At least one officer then could be seen punching Mr. Ohene, and the police have acknowledged that an officer punched him five times in the stomach.

The Harvard Black Law Students Association, some of whose members witnessed the scene, disputed the police account and said the officers acted without provocation.

“We demand that the officers who assaulted this man while he was naked, fully subdued and bleeding on the ground be investigated and held accountable,” the group said in a statement.

Harvard’s president, Drew Faust, said Monday that while she did not yet know all the facts, the incident was “profoundly disturbing,” especially as it occurred against “the backdrop of increasingly urgent questions about race and policing in the United States.”

The mayor of Cambridge, Marc C. McGovern, called the video “disturbing” and said he wanted to ensure “that the horrific treatment of black Americans at the hands of law enforcement has no place in Cambridge.”

Branville G. Bard Jr., the Cambridge police commissioner, said at a news conference that he supported the arresting officers and had not placed them on administrative leave. As in any case involving the use of force, he said, the police have begun an internal investigation. Mr. Bard said the report would be made public as soon as it was completed.

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Mr. Ohene is studying mathematics, according to a statement from his lawyers, Ronald S. Sullivan, Jr. and Dehlia Umunna, both of whom are professors at Harvard. {snip}

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Jeremy Warnick, a Cambridge police spokesman, said that the police “are still trying to contact witnesses, and we haven’t spoken with the individual who was arrested.” Mr. Warnick said that the internal investigation would focus on the tackling of Mr. Ohene from behind and the punches that were thrown.

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In its statement, the student group called on Harvard to form a crisis team to deal with emergencies without involving the police and demanded an investigation into the officers’ conduct. It also said the officers had tried to obstruct witnesses’ attempts to record the encounter, but it did not specify how.

Mr. McGovern, the mayor, said policing in this progressive city was “far ahead of many communities in the country.” But Cambridge police have been criticized for their treatment of black residents in the past, most notably in 2009, when the police arrested Henry Louis Gates Jr., a black professor at Harvard, who was seen struggling to open his jammed front door.

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Three New Plaintiffs Join James Damore’s Discrimination Lawsuit Against Google

Three new plaintiffs have joined former Google employee James Damore’s lawsuit against the company, alleging gender, racial, and political discrimination.

Manuel Amador, Stephen McPherson, and Michael Burns, who were all job applicants turned down by Google, have joined the lawsuit.

“As amply supported by the allegations set forth in this First Amended Complaint, Google has adopted a pattern and practice of disparately and adversely treating similarly situated job applicants because of the applicants’ race, sex, and political affiliations and activities,” declares the updated lawsuit. “Google and its management fetishize ‘diversity’ as measured by these protected characteristics only, and mandate that the percentage of non-Caucasian/Asian, non-male, and non-conservatives employed by Google increase rapidly over time. In so doing, Google assigns negative value to applications submitted by persons perceived to be members of Google-disfavored races, male, and/or conservative, by virtue of the applicant’s protected traits, affiliations, or activities.”

“Caucasian/Asian, non-male, or non-conservative applicant will be hired over similarly situated Caucasian/Asian, male, conservative applicants for any given position,” the complaint continued. “Thus, in the alternative, Google’s hiring practices negatively and disparately impact job applicants, including Amador, McPherson, and Burns, who are, or are perceived to be, members of Google disfavored races, male, and/or conservative. Individuals from these categories are disproportionately less likely to be hired by Google as a causal result of Google’s illegal hiring practices.”

Manuel Amador

According to the lawsuit, Amador, who joined Google as a Systems Engineer, eventually left the company after being asked to apologize for something he did not say.

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Thereafter, Amador was hired by another tech company in Switzerland.

However, when Amador later reapplied to Google, the company allegedly refused, while another employee at Google informed him he had been “blacklisted.”

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After Amador asked why his application had been rejected, Rosser allegedly evaded his questions.

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Stephen McPherson

McPherson’s allegations in the lawsuit claim his application to Google was turned down because of both his race, gender, and political orientation.

McPherson is a member of the Republican Party, a former U.S. Navy pilot, and an ex-staffer for former U.S. Representative George R. Nethercutt Jr. (R-WA).

“McPherson is a white male. Both of these traits are visibly apparent from his person,” the complaint notes.

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However, despite Google’s interest in McPherson, his application was soon denied.

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Michael Burns

Burns, who is described by the complaint as “an accomplished copywriter, marketer, consultant, and entrepreneur,” as well as a “conservative, white male,” was denied a job at Google after he shared an article about fired Google employee James Damore on Twitter. The complaint also suggests that Burns’ race and gender had something to do with his application being denied.

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Despite applying to several positions at Google, going through several interviews, and being given the indication that he was likely to be hired, Burns career prospects at Google suddenly halted after he shared an article on Twitter about fired Google employee James Damore.

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[Editor’s Note: The original story contains detailed accounts of the plaintiffs’ dealings with Google.]

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Trump Blasts ‘Breeding’ in Sanctuary Cities. That’s a Racist Term.

What exactly did President Donald Trump mean by “breeding” when he tweeted Wednesday about cities that will not cooperate with the federal government to deport the undocumented.

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The tweet, offered Wednesday morning, argued that Californians prefer his hard-line policies to those of Gov. Jerry Brown.

“There is a Revolution going on in California. Soooo many Sanctuary areas want OUT of this ridiculous, crime infested & breeding concept. Jerry Brown is trying to back out of the National Guard at the Border, but the people of the State are not happy. Want Security & Safety NOW!”

It is true that the government of Orange County has voted twice now to opt out of the state’s so-called “sanctuary” law.

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“Sooo many Sanctuary areas want OUT of this ridiculous, crime infested & breeding concept,” according to the President.

What exactly does he mean by “breeding concept?” It appears to be a new addition to his rhetoric on immigration. He doesn’t appear to have used it before on Twitter or in recent public remarks on sanctuary cities.

There is great danger in trying to dissect every word of a Trump tweet, but in this case it is worth trying to figure out. CNN has reached out to the White House to figure out exactly what he meant.

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Taken literally, the most likely explanation is that he’s talking about sanctuary cities as places where undocumented immigrants breed.

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Fear of immigrants from certain countries “breeding” has been a staple of nativist thought for hundreds of years. The “breeding” fear has been affixed to Jews from Eastern Europe, Catholics from Ireland and Italy, Chinese and, now, Latinos, Filipinos, Africans and Haitians. This is dog-whistle politics at its worst.

“Breeding” as a concept has an animalistic connotation. Dogs and horses are bred. So his use of it is, at best, dehumanizing to the immigrants he appears to be referring to.

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In an interview around the same time with CNN’s Chris Cuomo, he said, “You have people on the border and in one day, they walk over and have a baby and now all of the sudden, we’re supposed to pay the baby.”

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More recently, he’s raised concerns that immigrant women coming into the US have, in large numbers, been raped.

All of those things put together suggest Trump’s “breeding concept” tweet, consciously or not, is in line with his efforts use ever more divisive rhetoric on immigration.

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Kendrick Lamar’s Pulitzer Win Is Worth Celebrating, But There’s Still a Long Way to Go

At this point in his career, Kendrick Lamar isn’t exactly wanting for recognition. The Compton rapper has won dozens of awards, including 12 Grammys, a spot on Time‘s 100 Most Influential People list and a rock-solid position as his generation’s greatest rapper. Now he can add a Pulitzer Prize in Music to that list, the first ever by a pop musician of any kind. Without a doubt, Kendrick’s lyrics – especially their focus on the historical persistence of premature death in Black life – are arguably as potent a source of cultural criticism and journalistic description as any of this year’s other Pulitzer winners. {snip} Black expression to one of America’s most accessible and important artistic resources. In many ways, there’s still a long way to go.

Part of the reason this award matters is that hip-hop lacks legitimating institutions to tell its story and manage its history. Until the Hip Hop Hall of Fame’s proposed museum is developed in earnest, the Black cultural phenomenon shaping today’s mainstream sensibilities lacks an established musical canon; {snip}. Every Grammy season invites another round of circular conversations on the Recording Academy’s disconnect with youth culture – and specifically Black culture.

This absence leaves institutions like the Pulitzer to step into the void and confer a sense of status, and that comes with its own cluster of problems. In the past, the Pulitzer voting body has been tripped up by racist pitfalls. Duke Ellington was reportedly livid in 1965 when the jury rejected a special citation highlighting the preeminence of his work. Ellington would earn that achievement posthumously in 1999 – an overdue fate he’d share with other Black jazz geniuses like Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, Charles Mingus and Louis Armstrong. Between 1965 and 1995, no living Black artists won at all. {snip}

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Still, as is the case with many “firsts,” the win both further cements Damn.‘s afterlife as a musical triumph and reminds us of the hollow feeling that comes when Black art is memorialized in a white-dominated space. It also brings to mind some criticisms of the racial gap in seemingly all-encompassing institutions like the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Library of Congress and other national awards meant to speak to an intrinsic Americanness. {snip}

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Student Faces Punishment for Posting Copies of Professor’s Email Calling Conservative Students ‘Evil’

Siena College student Zack Butler is currently under investigation for allegedly violating the school’s code of conduct and could face punishments as severe as expulsion.

His crime? Posting copies of an email sent March 20 by philosophy professor Jennifer McErlean to an alumnus expressing her resentment toward conservative students and a free speech event they’re set to host next week, a Turning Point USA conference called “Let Freedom Ring” that will feature a variety of prominent conservative movers and shakers.

In the email, McErlean decried conservative students as “evil,” noting she quit a civil discourse committee because working with conservative students was making her “miserable,” according to a copy of the email obtained by The College Fix.

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“As a conservative student, I was bothered not only by the email but also the response, or lack there of, by the administration and felt something had to be done,” Butler said in a Facebook post. He added their goal wasn’t to offend anyone or to gain attention, but simply to “keep the dialogue going.”

About a week later, Butler received a “notice of charges” from the school stating he had violated its code of conduct. The charges included “violation of college policy” and “adverse conduct,” according to a copy of the notice obtained by The College Fix. 

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The Siena College Student Handbook refers to “adverse conduct” as: “Conduct which would adversely affect the health, welfare and/or safety of the College community, local residents or property, or the name and/or reputation of the College.”

“I could not imagine how my conduct of posting flyers with an email that was already made publicly available around campus adversely affected the school and local community,” he said.

“I also thought it was ironic that they thought my posting of the flyers was more damaging to the reputation of institution than the content of the email itself,” he added.

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In addition to posting the flyers, Butler also created a Change.org petition over the debacle. The petition states that conservative voices on campus ought to be heard and that “no student should be treated differently because of their political values.”

Furthermore, the petition calls on people to sign it if they believe “there should be disciplinary action taken towards this professor for her discrimination and bias towards students based on their conservative beliefs” or if the school“has a responsibility to address the concerns of all students regardless of their political values.”

The petition launched three weeks ago and has nearly 500 signatures.

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Deputies: Substitute Gym Teacher Put ‘Trash-Talking’ Student in Choke Hold

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According to investigators, a 12-year-old student at Westwood Middle School in Winter Haven told his school resource officer that his P.E. coach, Robert Knight, had choked him on Wednesday. The student admitted “smack-talking,” which apparently led to Knight to take his shirt off and challenge the boy to a fight.

When the teen declined — “because Knight is a 30-year-old man,” the arrest affidavit notes — the substitute coach wrapped his arm around the boy’s neck and shoved him to the wall.  Other students intervened and pulled him off the boy.

When detectives questioned Knight, they say he told them the boy “does a lot of trash-talking.”

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Knight claimed that he had blacked out. When he came to, he said, the students told him he had grabbed the student around the neck.

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