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Why racist politics appeals to white women, explained by American history
“What is wrong with white women?” Moira Donegan asked at the Guardian after last week’s midterm elections.
“Why do half of them so consistently vote for Republicans, even as the Republican party morphs into a monstrously ugly organization that is increasingly indistinguishable from a hate group?”
Questions about white women’s allegiances came to the fore again this week, when news broke that a white woman senator facing a runoff in Mississippi had made a joke on the campaign trail about attending a “public hanging.”
Progressives sometimes expect white women, as a group, to support the interests of people of color of all genders — after all, women know what discrimination feels like.
“Most of us continue to see white women through the lens of gender,” explained Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers, a history professor at UC Berkeley and the author of the forthcoming book They Were Her Property: White Women as Slave Owners in the American South. “This allows for us to be optimistic about the possibility that their gendered oppression will allow for them to find common cause with other dispossessed groups.”
But that common cause has been elusive.
TRUMP LAWYER RUDY GIULIANI TAKES MYSTERY TRIPS TO RUSSIA, ARMENIA AND UKRAINE: REPORT
Giuliani had defended his business relationships, claiming that he had "friends all over the world."
"This is not a new thing for me," he told the Times. "When you become the mayor, you become interested in foreign policy. When I left, my major work was legal and security around the world."
During his trip to Armenia, Giuliani tweeted messages of support for Trump, claiming that "people here in Armenia think President Trump has once again restored America's leadership position."
"Many ARMENIANS want me to tell Americans that they love President Trump's dedication to making America Great Again," Giuliani said. "This will lead the world to peace and respect for human achievement and freedom."
Arizona Shelter Shut in Latest Case of Migrant Child Abuse
Staff members at a Phoenix-area shelter for unaccompanied migrant children physically abused three children, leading to the closure of the shelter, federal officials said. It was the latest in a series of incidents of alleged abuse involving staff members at shelters and children.
Southwest Key’s Hacienda del Sol shelter was shut down last Friday, but federal officials did not reveal the reason behind the closure until Tuesday.
The Texas-based federal contractor has fired the staffers involved in the Sept. 18 incident, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said in a statement.
British paedophile who set up advice line for child molesters is sued for damages by five Filipinos who say he abused them in first legal case of its kind
Weeks-Old Baby Dies After Being Stolen by Abusive Dad, Who Took Him After Mom Fled Relationship
White supremacist, anti-immigrant posters pop up in Queens
As New York City Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer headed out for a jog in Queens last Sunday, something out of the ordinary quickly caught his eye: an anti-immigrant poster geared toward anyone who might be sympathetic to white nationalist messaging.
The text wasn’t subtle. Addressed to “all citizens of the United States of America,” it read: “It is your civic duty to report any and all illegal aliens to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). They have broken the law.” There, underneath the text, was a phone number for ICE. “Have a nice day,” the poster closed.
Teacher busted for hooking up in classroom during school hours with student he met on Grindr
Justin Adrian is a high school social sciences teacher and Shawnee City Councilman from Shawnee, Kansas. Or rather, he was until he hooked up with a student last month in his classroom during school hours.
According to recently released court documents, Adrian and the student first connected on Grindr on September 6. They quickly recognized one another and continued chatting on the app and on Snapchat.
The conversations became “sexual in nature” and on September 7, the two met in Adrian’s classroom at Olathe East High School for a hookup during the middle of the school day.
Among those throwing shade on West’s comments was Bakari Sellers, an African-American lawyer and politician from South Carolina.
“Idiocy is the willingness to sell out your culture for trinkets,” Sellers wrote. “@kanyewest doesn’t understand reality. The same hat he is wearing is responsible for Jeff Sessions and taking us back a decade in Criminal Justice reform. @kanyewest is a clown who wants to sell albums. I’m good.” 30-Sep-2018
...and nobody cared. Sorry, Janet. 30-Sep-2018
Many women line up in support of Kavanaugh
As the Senate is divided on President Donald Trump's Supreme Court pick, so too are women across the country.
Female voices have echoed throughout the U.S. Senate this week demanding male senators justify their support for Brett Kavanaugh's U.S. Supreme Court nomination despite an allegation of high school sexual assault.
But other women have spent hours calling Senate offices in support of Kavanaugh, condemning what they saw as an anti-Republican ploy that's damaged not only Kavanaugh's reputation and livelihood but also his accuser's.
WE ASKED OUR READERS WHAT THEY THOUGHT ABOUT KAVANAUGH’S CONFIRMATION PROCESS
Kavanaugh Saga Uncomfortable for Catholics Amid Crisis Over Sexual Abuse
Shonda Rhimes Urges Teen Girls to Vote Following Kavanaugh Hearing
'Hunk of the Year' nominee dropped from LGBTI awards for homophobic tweets
Organizers of an LGBTI awards event dumped the nominee for Hunk of Year because of homophobic tweets.
The LGBTI Feather Awards decided to drop fitness model, Tumi Seeco, only hours after it revealed the 2018 nominations.
The Feather Awards started 10 years ago in South Africa to lightheartedly celebrate people the LGBTI community loved. Since then it has become an important platform for raising awareness about LGBTI issues.
Gay Star News
Queer YouTube star attacked after leaving LGBTI event in London
Man given life sentence for chopping up his girlfriend's gay best friend
Trump’s God-Talk Is Turning America Off Religion
Perhaps the only subject Donald Trump likes to talk about as much as the almighty self is, well, Almighty God.
Need proof? At a White House “state-like dinner” for evangelical leaders in late August, President Trump spoke about “the glory of God” and the “power of prayer,” while promising that he would ensure America would “forever proudly remain one nation under God.”
Considering these anecdotes, one might assume that Trump using the presidential mega-microphone to speak about faith might help revive God-talk among the masses. But according to a new poll I commissioned with Barna Group, a prominent social research firm focused on religion and public life, it may be hurting the Christian cause rather than helping.
The Daily Beast
Chicago bishop who didn't report child abuse allegations to police is living on archdiocese property
Vermont authorities investigating orphanage abuse, bishop pledges full cooperation
Catholic Church urges Cuba to reject same-sex marriage legalization
Cuba’s Catholic Church has urged the country’s citizens to reject the legalizing same-sex marriage.
The church said the notion of same-sex marriage in Cuba was due to ‘ideological colonialism’ being imposed by richer countries.
Santiago de Cuba archbishop Dionisio Garcia called on Cubans not to ‘ignore what nature has given us’ for fear of ‘regrettable consequences,’ AFP reports.
The church’s message is addressing Cuba’s upcoming referendum on whether to legalize same-sex marriage.
In July, the country’s National Assembly paved the way for a number of changes to be made to the constitution, including allowing marriage equality.
The current definition of marriage in Cuba is the ‘voluntary union between a man and woman;’ the proposed changes would make this ‘the consensual union of two people, regardless of gender.’
Gay Star News
Former ‘ER’ Actress Vanessa Marquez Shot and Killed by Police
Vanessa Marquez, an actress best known for her role as a nurse on “ER,” was shot and killed by South Pasadena police on Thursday, authorities confirmed on Friday.
Officers were called to Marquez’s home in the 1100 block of Fremont Avenue by a landlord to check on her welfare. When the officers arrived around 12 p.m., she was suffering from seizures and appeared unable to take care of herself. Officers called out paramedics and a mental health clinician, and continued to talk with her. After about 90 minutes, Marquez, 49, armed herself with a BB gun and pointed it at the officers, causing them to open fire, said Sheriff’s Lt. Joe Mendoza.
The Latest: Pastor removed after diocese received allegation
The Roman Catholic pastor of a southwestern Pennsylvania parish has been removed from ministry after the local diocese received what it calls a credible allegation of the sexual abuse of a minor.
Wednesday's revelation by the Greensburg Diocese comes amid growing fallout from a state grand jury report that accused a succession of church leaders of covering up abuse by 300 Catholic priests in Pennsylvania since the 1940s.
One priest was arrested for soliciting sex, but his diocese just moved him again
Catholic brother accused of abuse barred from ministry
Men accused of sexually abusing dogs, horses, a cow and a goat more than 1,000 times
Former MSU Coach Kathie Klages Charged with Lying in Larry Nassar Investigation
Michaela Coel Says She Was Sexually Assaulted by Strangers When Working on Chewing Gum
Tomas Repka to Serve 6 Months in Jail for Advertising Ex-Wife's Sexual Services
CNN contributor Paris Dennard suspended
Frontier Airlines Suspends Pilot Accused of Threatening Trans Girl
Since a group of parents declared it was “hunting season” on transgender people in response to news that a 12-year-old trans girl used the women’s bathroom at her school in Achille, Okla., the school shuttered its doors over the violent threats and her supporters held a silent demonstration. Now Frontier Airlines has suspended a pilot who allegedly threatened the young girl known only as Maddie, according to Oklahoma TV station KOCO.
The pilot was accused, along with several other adults, of threatening to do harm to Maddie simply for using the women’s restroom once when she couldn’t access the faculty bathroom, as she was told to do.
While the airline would not name the pilot involved with the incident, it released a statement confirming the pilot was suspended August 13 and condemning his actions.
Trans Woman Murdered and Dismembered in Pakistan
West Virginia votes to impeach state Supreme Court justices
Three justices now face an impeachment trial in the Senate while a fourth announced her retirement on Tuesday.
A fifth justice resigned from the top court in July.
The judges are accused of spending hundreds of thousands of state dollars in office renovations, using state cars for personal use and overpaying judges.
Chief Justice Margaret Workman and Justices Allen Loughry, Robin Davis, and Elizabeth Walker were impeached by the West Virginia House of Delegates on Monday.
Kim Kardashian denies she's homophobic: 'All my best friends are gay'
Kim Kardashian has denied she’s homophobic by saying ‘all my best friends are gay’.
She was responding to the criticism of her after she clapped back to Tyson Beckford.
The model and the reality star‘s feud started after Tyson made derogatory comments about Kim’s body on social media.
Suggesting the star has had plastic surgery, Tyson wrote: ‘She is not real, doctor fucked up her right hip’, followed by a vomit emoji.
He later added: ‘Sorry I don’t care for it personally.’
Kim replied by commenting on Instagram: ‘Sis we all know why you don’t care for it.’
Gay Star News
Isn't Kanye her only friend? 10-Aug-2018