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
Whitmer urges resignation of county official who used racial slur, refused to wear mask
DETROIT — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has joined local and state officials calling for the resignation of an elected official from northwest lower Michigan who used a racial slur before a public meeting this week.Leelanau County road commissioner Tom Eckerle uttered the slur Tuesday in an angry outburst, according to the Leelanau Enterprise newspaper, a commission colleague and a state lawmaker who represents the county.“Governor Whitmer believes that Road Commissioner Tom Eckerle must resign immediately. His comments are atrocious,” said the governor’s spokesperson Tiffany Brown in an email to The ...
The Detroit News
What will happen when Biden withdraws from the Presidential Race?
The Democrats’ plan is to shove Former V.P. Joe Biden over the finish line and then use the 447-member Democrat National Committee to pick a new candidate without any voter input at all. This leaves two questions. Who will rise to the podium and will Democrats sigh with relief? Or anger?What will happen when Biden withdraws from the #2020 Election?This year’s Democrat primary can be summed up this way… “*n a country made up of midgets, the tallest midget is king.*”This year’s crop of Democrat candidates was so devoid of talent, and the media coverage was so biased, that the few candidates with...
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Michigan Gov. Whitmer signs order calling racism a public health crisis
DETROIT — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed an order Wednesday declaring racism a public health crisis and creating the Black Leadership Advisory Council to “elevate Black voices.”The executive directive asks the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to have all state employees undergo implicit bias training for employees and “make health equity a major goal.”People applying to the leadership council must do so by Aug. 19.“We must confront systemic racism head on so we can create a more equitable and just Michigan,” Whitmer said in a statement. “This is not about one party or person. I h...
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Shannon Ryan: Meyers Leonard received support, understanding and compassion for showing dissent during the national anthem. But where was this empathy for Colin Kaepernick?
Across the NBA, players are kneeling for the national anthem.The contrast in unity is so stark and jarring from four years ago when former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick took a knee during the national anthem to protest racial injustices.Even the referees and most coaches are kneeling.Participation in this once-polarizing form of protest is now so suddenly universal that when a player stands for the anthem, he stands out. And at the NBA restart, it was the Miami Heat’s Meyers Leonard, who is white, who drew attention.Leonard, a former Illini star whose brother served in the m...
Wild defenseman Matt Dumba becomes face of hockey's racial justice movement
EDMONTON, Alberta – A microphone clutched in his right hand, Wild defenseman Matt Dumba walked to center ice Saturday afternoon inside Rogers Place in Edmonton and exhaled.He had just been waiting in the wings with teammates Jonas Brodin and Alex Galchenyuk and, sensing Dumba was nervous, the two tried to divert his attention elsewhere. They had music playing and were listening to him rehearse his speech.“If you’ve got the nerves to handle this,” Galchenyuk told Dumba, “nothing can stop you tomorrow or in this playoff run.”Once it was time to go, Dumba felt like a fighter entering the ring.And...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Wild defenseman Matt Dumba's speech against racial injustice part of NHL's return to action in Edmonton bubble
EDMONTON, Alberta — The hockey was still hockey.Connor McDavid’s lightning-fast speed, Patrick Kane’s stealthy shot and the cacophony of sticks and pucks and bodies crunching into the boards — all of that was on display at Rogers Place when the NHL returned Saturday with a 24-team postseason tournament after a 142-day hiatus.The Blackhawks toppled the Oilers, 6-4, the first of two clashes on the day from the Western Conference hub with another three occurring in Toronto, where the East has set up shop.But while the season resumed to culminate like it always does, with the Stanley Cup getting p...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Colorado to list racism as a public health crisis
Colorado officials intend to declare racism a public health crisis, according to The Denver Post.The decision follows weeks of pressure from employees within the state’s health department. Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Executive Director Jill Hunsaker Ryan said she plans to take measures to increase minority hiring within the agency, where nearly 80% of employees are white.That would reportedly start with an equity and inclusion officer for the department who could start next month. The agency also aims to make itself more amenable to community organizers and people of c...
New York Daily News
Gold Bulls Back in Control as Race for $2,000 Continues
Investing.com -By Barani KrishnanInvesting.com - One day — that’s all the bears in gold could manage in keeping gold prices down as the yellow metal bounced back Friday from a brief selloff across markets forced by the shock collapse of U.S. gross domestic product in the second quarter.“Gold mania continues and after tentatively clearing the $2,000 level, traders are starting to doubt whether a profit-taking pullback is in the cards,” said Ed Moya, an analyst at New York-based online trading platform OANDA.Spot gold, a real-time indicator of trades in bullion, was up $15.70, or 0.8%, at $1,972...
Omar's primary challenger holds wide lead in campaign money
MINNEAPOLIS — Millions of dollars are pouring into the primary race for Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District, where opposition to Minneapolis U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar is fueling an unprecedented surge in donations to her top Democratic opponent, political newcomer Antone Melton-Meaux.Melton-Meaux, a mediation lawyer who emerged on the DFL scene late last year to challenge Omar, said he raised a staggering $3.2 million between April and the end of June, with $2 million cash left in the bank ahead of the Aug. 11 primary. He dramatically outraised Omar, who took in $471,624 during the same time per...
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