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Dismantling the Myth of the “Black Confederate”
Spend any amount of time talking about slavery on the internet, and you’ll eventually encounter the claim that there were “black Confederates” that fought for the South. “Over the past few decades, claims to the existence of anywhere between 500 and 100,000 black Confederate soldiers, fighting in racially integrated units, have become increasingly common,” writes historian Kevin Levin in his new book, Searching for Black Confederates: The Civil War’s Most Persistent Myth.
“Proponents assert that entire companies and regiments served under Robert E. Lee’s command, as well as in other theaters of war.” Look, believers say (directly or subtextually): The Confederacy can’t have been so bad for black people. Otherwise, why would they have defended it?
Levin’s book explains how this myth came about—while neatly dismantling it. We spoke recently about actual Confederates’ perspectives on black soldiers; why former “body servants” attended Confederate reunions during Jim Crow; and how the World Wide Web gave this story legs.
Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey apologizes for participating in blackface skit in college
Gov. Kay Ivey of Alabama apologized on Thursday for participating in a racist skit that involved blackface when she was a college student.
In a statement Thursday afternoon, Ivey, a Republican, said she was made aware of a taped interview that she and her then-fiance, Ben LaRavia, gave to an Auburn University student radio station when she was a student there. She said she did not remember the specifics of the skit.
‘I Had to Put Her Down’: Kansas Man Accused of Beating His Mom to Death
A Kansas man is accused of beating his mom to death.
Lucas Mauritzen, 38, has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of Tamera Rainey.
According to police records filed on Monday and first obtained by KCTV-5, police allege that Mauritzen told a neighbor “I had to put her down,” after he allegedly killed her.
The neighbor said that in response to Mauritzen’s statement, he asked if he was referring to putting a dog down. Mauritzen allegedly responded, “Mom.”
Homeowner shoots dead two teens allegedly trespassing on his property in Ohio
'It feels like nowhere is safe': St. Louis children confront a wave of gun violence
Catholic group settled sex abuse cases with 2 black men for far less than what other survivors have received
A famed Catholic religious order settled sex abuse cases in recent months by secretly paying two black Mississippi men $15,000 each and requiring them to keep silent about their claims, The Associated Press has found.
The cash payments are far less than what other Catholic sex abuse survivors have typically received since the church's abuse scandal erupted in the United States in 2002. An official with the Franciscan Friars order denies the two men's race or poverty had anything to do with the size of the settlements.
In one case, the Rev. James G. Gannon, leader of a group of Wisconsin-based Franciscan Friars, settled an abuse claim made by La Jarvis D. Love against another friar for $15,000, during a meeting at an IHOP restaurant where Gannon met with La Jarvis, his wife and their three small children.
A Black Man Ended Up Handcuffed in His Underwear After His Burglar Alarm Went Off
Police in Raleigh, North Carolina, are reportedly investigating an incident where a black man was handcuffed in his home and taken outside to a police car in his underwear after his burglar alarm went off.
Kazeem Oyeneyin was taking a nap on August 17 when an officer showed up at his front door after the alarm sounded. The officer found the door unlocked and announced himself, and Oyeneyin showed up at the top of his staircase with a gun, which he dropped as soon as the officer asked him to. As Oyeneyin descended the stairs, the officer had his gun drawn and started barking orders.
Florida Burglars Target Chinese Restaurants
Florida burglars are targeting Chinese restaurants and they're not walking away with takeout. Authorities say they are taking the entire cash register instead.
Ten restaurants around the Ocala area have been hit in the last few months. Police say the break-ins typically happen overnight and that the burglars either take cash or the entire cash register. The latest occurred Friday morning in Williston.
Thief swipes entire cash register from Chelsea Italian restaurant
Indianapolis Catholic School threatened to expel a gay student for supporting LGBTQ rights
Indianapolis Archbishop Charles Thompson, who ordered the mass firing of any teachers at the diocese’s schools, also had no problem allowing school administrators to threaten a gay student with expulsion if he didn’t stop speaking out for social justice.
The archdiocese has admitted it instructed all schools under its umbrella to immediately enforce all employment contracts – effectively a blanket order to fire any LGBTQ staff members. Over 70 schools in central Indiana are under the archdiocese’s administration.
“To effectively bear witness to Christ, whether they teach religion or not, all ministers in their professional and private lives must convey and be supportive of Catholic Church teaching,” the archdiocese said in a statement sent last week.
Trump’s Latest Proposal Would Let Businesses Discriminate Based On LGBTQ Status, Race, Religion, And More
Kiki Fantroy Is 13th Black Trans Woman Reportedly Murdered in 2019
According to the Miami-Dade Police Department, Kiki Fantroy was murdered on Wednesday morning. While they do not believe the murder was a hate crime, Fantroy’s mother has publicly speculated that she was targeted because of her gender identity. Fantroy’s sister is reportedly also skeptical about this news.
According to the Miami Herald, Fantroy was killed during an argument and found near an abandoned home. Her mother says she was returning home from a party with friends when this happened. Police have since distributed fliers and the local Crime Stoppers is offering $3,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the murderer. Police have said that there was a group of people nearby the shooting.
Arizona Man Allegedly Murdered Teen Because He Was "Listening To Rap Music"
In a crime eerily reminiscent of Jordan Davis’ murder, 17-year-old Elijah Al-Amin was reportedly stabbed to death by 27-year-old Michael Adams on Thursday morning (July 4) outside a Circle K in Arizona. The man allegedly attacked because he heard the victim listening to rap music in the parking lot.
Man claims discrimination in lawsuit filed over breakfast
A North Carolina man has filed a handwritten lawsuit against a fast food chain, saying he was discriminated against because he had too few hash browns with his breakfast order.
Gay Hookup App Must Pay $240,000 For Leaving Private Photos Exposed
After leaving users’ private photos exposed for more than a year, the gay dating and hookup app Jack’d has to pay out, literally. The app’s owner Online Buddies has agreed to cough up $240,000 in a settlement with the New York attorney’s office for their negligence with the sensitive data of 7,000 New York users.
As Out reported in February, Jack’d updated the app to close the loophole discovered by cybersecurity researcher Oliver Hough that allowed people to access supposedly private photos uploaded to Jack’d. While reports, at the time said that Hough had emailed Jack’d three months prior, he revealed to Out via screenshots that the emails dated back a year. Jack’d and Online Buddies did not take any action until after Hough went to the press. British tabloid The Register first broke the story.
Restaurant owner is accused of KIDNAPPING a black 13-year-old boy at gunpoint and forcing him back to his eatery where the teen had reportedly been causing trouble and threw a bottle
A Kentucky restaurant owner has been arrested after he allegedly kidnapped a black teen from a local grocery store and threatened him with a BB gun.
Fabao Chen, 58, was detained on Tuesday at the Double Dragon restaurant on West Broadway after he took the 13-year-old from a nearby Kroger at 27th and Broadway in Louisville.
An arrest report states that at approximately 4.30pm, Chen forcibly snatched the boy from the store against his will. He can be seen surveillance in footage pulling the boy to his restaurant.
Utah Police Draws Gun On 10-Year-Old Boy Playing In Family’s Yard
Videos show shocking abuse at Ohio jail
Chanel Scurlock Is the Fifth Black Trans Woman Killed in the Last Month
The body of 23-year-old Chanel Scurlock was found in a field in Lumberton, North Carolina, just after midnight on Wednesday. She is at least the ninth Black trans woman killed in the U.S. in 2019, and the fifth killed in the past month, according to the Human Rights Campaign.
Police found Scurlock, who lived in Lumber Bridge, N.C., with fatal gunshot wounds after responding to reports of gunfire in the area. They have yet to identify a suspect, though Robeson County Sheriff Burnis Wilkins told The Robesonian, a local paper, that police have "great leads.
Lesbian couple viciously beaten in homophobic attack on London bus
Court convicts 3 Germans of beating gay man to death
Detroit man charged with killing 3 people in LGBTQ community
Manager of Dallas Gay Bar Fired for Refusing to Serve Transgender Woman
GOOGLE’S LGBTQ EMPLOYEES ARE FURIOUS ABOUT YOUTUBE’S POLICY DISASTERS
2020 calendar increases Hispanic voting clout
The 2 states with the largest Hispanic populations — California and Texas — will go to the polls earlier than usual in the 2020 Democratic primary race, the AP reports.
Why it matters: Candidates who can win consistent Hispanic support could potentially secure a viable path to survive the primary's frantic opening weeks.
New poll shows black voters want 2020 candidates with big policy plans, not just big names
Men and Abortion
Emboldened by the placement of two Conservative justices on the Supreme Court, state legislatures have begun racing to become the test case for overturning the landmark Roe v. Wade case. Alabama has passed perhaps the most extreme of these laws, effectively banning all abortions without exception. Georgia’s law appears to cover miscarriages as well as abortions. Quite a few other states have passed or are working on legislation that appear to be on-their-face violations of the Roe v. Wade decision.
I’ve noticed that, on my social media stream, so many men are as silent as they were during the peak of #MeToo. It’s understandable that men would want to step aside and let women do most of the talking, and we should. However, we shouldn’t be completely silent.
So what should we say?
The Good Men Project
Recent abortion bans will impact poor people and people of color most
Why So Many Women Choose Abortion Over Adoption