Biden: Antisemitism in Charlottesville compelled me to run for president
Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden told Jewish voters that the 2017 white supremacist rally in Charlottesville was one of the moments that compelled him to make a run for the White House so he could help heal the nation.“I had not planned on running,” Biden said a virtual campaign event in advance of the Jewish New Year.“One of the things that got me involved in this race.. was when those folks came out of the fields down in Charlottesville chanting,” Biden recalled.“They were carrying torches, their veins bulging” and they were “chanting the same antisemitic bile that was heard in th...
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Jay Ambrose: Is Donald Trump a loser and a sucker?
“I fear three newspapers more than 100,000 bayonets,” Napoleon once said, and today you’ve got President Donald Trump with reason to fear Atlantic magazine, 1,331 daily newspapers, 1,761 TV stations, 15,530 radio stations, 1.73 billion daily users of Facebook and 149 million daily users of Twitter more than he fears Joe Biden.Accompanied by incensed social media commentary, a recent, endlessly told story in news outlets is that Trump referred to Americans killed in combat as “losers” and “suckers” while in France in 2018 to commemorate those who lost their lives in World War I. He was asked to...
Tribune News Service
Joe Biden meets with Jacob Blake's family in Milwaukee, then with community members in Kenosha
KENOSHA, Wis. — Making a rare campaign trip to Wisconsin on Thursday, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden spoke by phone with paralyzed police shooting victim Jacob Blake and met with his family before heading to riot-torn Kenosha, where he urged the country to seize the moment and confront 400 years of institutional racism in America.“I think we’ve reached an inflection point in American history. I honest to God believe we have an enormous opportunity — that the screen, the curtain’s been pulled back on just what’s going on in the country, to do a lot of really positive things,” Biden t...
Charlotte's mayor apologized for the city's role in systemic racism. What comes next?
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — More than 60 years after Charlotte’s City Council voted for a federal urban renewal program that would destroy a prominent Black neighborhood uptown, the city’s leader had a starkly different message.There are two Charlottes, Mayor Vi Lyles said, and historic city policies have long “impeded the stability, the well-being and progress” of Black residents.“I acknowledge the history and complexities of systemic racism and our city government’s role in perpetuating those systems,” she said.Lyles read the apology during a meeting last week of the Charlotte City Council, the same b...
The Charlotte Observer
Matt Lieberman urged to quit Georgia Senate bid over 'racist' tropes in 2018 book
ATLANTA — The chairwoman of Georgia’s Democratic Party on Friday condemned Senate candidate Matt Lieberman for authoring a book with “racist and discriminatory tropes,” while the head of the state NAACP called on the Democrat to abandon the race.Lieberman, the son of former vice presidential nominee Joe Lieberman, faced the calls to quit his bid after the Huffington Post published a piece about his 2018 self-published novel “Lucius,” which involves a racist character who is sympathetic to the Ku Klux Klan.“Let me be clear: Racist and discriminatory tropes have no place in our politics and no p...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Solomon Jones: I bought my first gun because I no longer feel safe in America
In the first half of 2020, gun purchases by African Americans increased by 58% over the same period last year. That’s a bigger increase than any other group, according to a study by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the firearm industry’s trade organization.I’m not surprised. I’m one of the Black people who bought a gun for the first time this year.Though I spent my teen years in North Philly during the rise of crack-driven violence in the ’80s and ’90s, I’ve never been a proponent of guns. Not because I was against their use. I just never believed I needed one.But that’s changed over t...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
The thin blue line: The history behind the controversial police emblem
SAN DIEGO — It’s a symbol that has existed for years: a black and white U.S. flag with a single blue stripe. The thin blue line.Law enforcement officers and supporters who display the thin blue line flag — on patrol vehicles, uniforms and, in the days of the COVID-19 pandemic, face masks — view it as a show of pride and respect for a dangerous profession that puts officers’ lives on the line.The idea is that police are the force that stands between law and order and chaos, the force that safeguards society against disorder.Critics, however, believe the symbol creates a sense of division betwee...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
YouTube cites policies on hate speech in banning David Duke and Richard Spencer
YouTube switched off channels belonging to right-wing pundits Richard Spencer and Stefan Molyneux, as well as former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke on Monday.“We have strict policies prohibiting hate speech on YouTube, and terminate any channel that repeatedly or egregiously violates those policies,” a YouTube spokesperson told The Verge, which first reported the story.YouTube said that after updating its guidelines last year to better govern content dealing with racial supremacy, 25,000 channels had been taken off the popular video-sharing platform.Spencer, a 42-year-old conservative activist...
New York Daily News
Austin schools suspend Black students nearly 5 times as often as white students
AUSTIN, Texas — As the nation focuses on racism in police departments after the death of George Floyd and widespread protests, similar conversations are happening in local school districts, where Black students are more likely to be suspended, charged with crimes for misbehavior and expelled.Black students were suspended at nearly five times the rate of white students in the Austin school district in the 2018-19 school year, according to records obtained by the American-Statesman through the Texas Public Information Act. These statistics mirror regional and national numbers that have for years...
Kansas State student's racist tweets are widely condemned — but not by everyone
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Kansas State University student’s insensitive tweets about George Floyd created a firestorm on social media Friday and were widely condemned. But not by everyone.Jaden McNeil, head of K-State’s America First Students chapter — a controversial group he formed earlier this year — posted the tweets on Thursday afternoon. The first one said, “Congratulations to George Floyd on being drug free for an entire month!”The comments immediately began pouring in from across the country. Most denounced the tweets and many called for K-State to take immediate action.But white nationalis...
The Kansas City Star