Is free speech dead? Chicago's Ellis Cose takes a clear-eyed look at that question in his new book
CHICAGO — Ellis Cose grew up in the Henry Horner Homes, a public housing project on the Near West Side of the city, near what was then Chicago Stadium, and the setting for local author Alex Kotlowitz’s compelling 1992 book “There Are No Children Here” (Doubleday), subtitled, as you may have forgotten, “The Story of Two Boys Growing Up in the Other America.”The Horner Homes are no longer around, razed to make way for what are now handsome townhouses and condominiums. Cose is around, having been a bright young man mentored by the great poet/teacher Gwendolyn Brooks. He made his mark as a youthfu...
Editorial: Presidential debate: A national disgrace reveals a national crisis
The debate Tuesday night degenerated almost from the start into a national disgrace. And yet it served the public interest by making some things alarmingly plain.President Donald Trump showed himself, possibly even to supporters who were still in denial, as a scowling, humorless, petulant bully who has zero respect for any rules or anyone else’s opinions, and certainly none for the truth or for a peaceful election. He made his racism into an issue that will not — should not — go away.Just from his demeanor and Joe Biden’s, one could have watched the debate without sound to know who was winning...
Trump refuses to condemn white supremacists in wild debate: 'Stand back and stand by'
We’re still waiting.The worst presidential debate in American history is still ringing in our ears, and we’re still waiting for the president of the United States to do something as simple as condemn white supremacy, and he still hasn’t done it.Not on stage. Not in a statement.Not even in a tweet.If you’re looking for a takeaway from what CNN’s Jake Tapper described as “ a hot mess, inside a dumpster fire, inside a train wreck,” look no further than President Trump’s big wet kiss on the lips to the groups that fan the flames of racial hatred in this country and keep America divided.“Are you wi...
New York Daily News
Supporter with extremist ties ejected from Greene, Loeffler rally
ATLANTA — Chester Doles, a North Georgia man who has spent decades in white supremacist groups, was a vocal champion of Republican Marjorie Taylor Greene ever since she posed for a photo with him earlier this year. But when he showed up to a rally in Ringgold Saturday, he was escorted out on Greene’s orders.“Yes, I asked him to be removed. He is not welcome at any events that I attend. Period,” Greene said in a statement to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Monday.In the statement, Greene did not mention Doles by name or refer to his history of racist activism. Doles has a long history with ext...
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Florida Gov. DeSantis proposes law to quash 'disorderly assemblies' in wake of Floyd, other protests
ORLANDO, Fla. — Florida leaders plan to crack down on people involved in what Gov. Ron DeSantis called “disorderly assemblies,” including making it a felony to block a road or topple monuments.DeSantis proposed a tough new law on Monday in reaction to demonstrations that erupted nationwide after the death of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer. The legislation will be filed for the next session that convenes in March.The law would include minimum six-month jail terms for anyone found guilty of throwing an object at law enforcement officers. It would also define as felonie...
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...
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