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Citing violent crime in Atlanta, Georgia governor declares state of emergency and calls up National Guard
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp on Monday declared a state of emergency and activated as many as 1,000 National Guard members.
Kemp, a Republican, said the executive order follows "weeks of dramatically increased violent crime and property destruction in the City of Atlanta."
The governor's statement says more than 30 Georgians were wounded by gunfire over the extended holiday weekend, including five people who died.
One of the five deaths was that of an 8-year-old girl who was shot while riding in a car with her mother and another person. Secoriea Turner was killed Saturday night as the car tried to enter a parking lot that had illegal barricades, police said.
Black Women Are Getting Left Behind In The Black Lives Matter Movement
The #SayHerName campaign was created by the African American Policy Forum in December 2015. This movement was created to uplift the voices of Black women who have become victims of police brutality, established in an attempt to rectify the lack of coverage Black women received in comparison to men. Recent headlines make it more apparent than ever that this is still an ongoing problem. We are standing by as Black women fight for visibility, allowing the media to let another Black woman slip under the radar.
It’s important we adjust our allyship quickly, as Breonna Taylor is not the only woman who needs our action. Black Lives Matter activist Oluwatoyin Salau was just 19 years old, found dead in Tallahassee, Florida at the hands of Aaron Glee Jr. In the same week, we lost two Black trans women: Dominique Fells and Riah Milton. These and other Black women are not pawns for you to use for social activism points. None of these women have been fought for with enough fire and passion. Black women are not getting the attention they deserve.
Painful Reckonings About Black Lives Matter / Opinion
New York Attorney General Orders Black Lives Matter Foundation to Halt Donation Collection
If your idea of equality doesn't include black trans lives, it isn't equality
Taraji P. Henson on stigma over terms like 'strong black woman' or 'black girl magic': 'We're not fairies!'
Please, I Beg You, a Moratorium on Even Joking About Celebrities Running for President
Billboard reports that Taylor Swift fans are trying to get her to run for president, a likely callback to the time West infamously jumped onstage at the MTV Awards to dis her Best Album win. “How about taylor swift as the president and selena gomez as vice president?” one fan tweeted. “okay so i need @JoeBiden to announce @taylorswift13 as his vice-president in order to defeat Kanye West & Trump. enough is enough. we’re tired af,” wrote another. A third wrote, “@taylorswift13 running for president, and winning obvi, would honestly be the end of all the kimye drama.”
Treasury reveals 700,000 of the companies and non-profits who got PPP bailout - with Kanye West company and Donald Trump lawyer's firm among those benefiting
Kanye West's late registration (again): Yeezy's 2020 bid is facing failure because he has missed key deadlines to get on the ballot
Black Lives Matter's Silence on a Champion of Racial Equality
One name that goes conspicuously unmentioned by those self-proclaimed champions of racial justice such as Black Lives Matters is an internationally acclaimed American hero who lived his life for racial equality. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his life for it, too. King’s quest for equality and his legacy are inconvenient for today’s vigilantes, because his efforts contrasted sharply with theirs—both with regard to their goal and means.
While today’s self-righteous violent protesters have left vulnerable inner-city neighborhoods devastated and residents in tears of anguish, King staked all he had on a belief in the unifying power of passive resistance and nonviolence, as did others who brought about worldwide change, from Mahatma Gandhi to Nelson Mandela.
Today’s racial-grievance opportunists portray blacks as impotent victims, unable to move forward or upward under the weight of a legacy of slavery and the all-purpose villain of institutional racism. In their agenda, equality of opportunity makes no difference. Instead, their proclaimed goal is to demand equality of outcome by monetizing the suffering of their ancestors as reparations—checks that would be handed to them. The demand for reparations ignores problematic issues of who should pay for and who should receive remuneration and the situation of the descendants of blacks who owned slaves and of those who arrived on our nation’s shores—penniless but filled with hope—long after the end of slavery. The accounts of sports superstars of the NFL and NBA who were once millionaires but ended up bankrupt can serve as cautionary tales regarding the inconsequential impact of cash payouts in the absence of qualities such as delayed gratification, personal restraint, and foresight.
In contrast with today’s racial justice vigilantes, King did not advocate lowering the bar for standards of behavior and ethical values among those he represented. The most aspirational element of his famous Dream was that his children would one day be judged by the content of their character. The history of the black community is replete with evidence that, even against the greatest odds and oppression, moral qualities of personal responsibility, determination, integrity, and mutual assistance were sufficient to empower men and women to achieve success.
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Fast food worker fired after mob beat him & called him a “faggot” in shocking video
A fast food employee in Florida was called anti-gay slurs as he was allegedly beaten by a mob of customers, left bruised and injured.
Later that same day, after he filed a police report, the victim was fired.
Black Trans Woman in Critical Condition After L.A. Shooting
Two Texas LGBT Facebook groups are sharing Islamophobic & anti-Black Lives Matter posts
Turk of Hot Boyz Criticized for Saying Trump Administration Has Done More for Black People Than Obama
Detroit Man Sentenced to Life in Murders of Two Gay Men, Trans Woman
RuPaul Just Inexplicably Wiped His Instagram — After Hiatus
German pastor charged with incitement for anti-gay comment
'We Have A Black People Problem': Facebook Worker Claims Racial Discrimination
A Black Facebook employee is accusing his employer of racial discrimination.
In a complaint filed Thursday with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Oscar Veneszee Jr. said the social network does not give Black workers equal opportunities in their careers.
"We have a Black people problem," Veneszee told NPR. Veneszee is a Navy veteran who recruits other veterans and people of color as part of diversity initiatives at Facebook's infrastructure division. "We've set goals to increase diversity at the company, but we've failed to create a culture at the company that finds, grows and keeps Black people at the company."
Veneszee, who has worked for Facebook since 2017, filed the employment discrimination charge along with Howard Winns, Jr., and Jazsmin Smith — both of whom Veneszee recruited — who said they applied to work at Facebook but had not been hired, they alleged, because they are Black. The claim, they said, was filed on behalf of "all Black Facebook employees and applicants to Facebook."
After This Teen Posted A Selfie Comparing Herself To An Avatar The Last Airbender Character She Got Racist Comments
A 911 call, a racial slur, a refusal to cash a check. This is what it's like for some Black bank customers
Catholic Priest In Indiana Suspended After Calling Black Lives Matter Protesters ‘Maggots’
2,120 hate incidents against Asian Americans reported during coronavirus pandemic
Historian David Starkey says slavery wasn’t ‘genocide’ or there ‘wouldn’t be so many damn blacks’
MIT Takes Down Popular AI Dataset Due to Racist, Misogynistic Content
Washington's NFL nickname under new scrutiny in wake of anti-racism protests
White woman who pointed gun at a Black mom and her teen daughter charged with assault
Black families pay significantly higher property taxes than white families, new analysis shows
Black Exotic Dancers Demand Better Treatment With ‘Stripper Strike’
At the start of the coronavirus pandemic, when strip clubs across the country were shuttering and dancers found themselves abruptly out of work, the Portland, Oregon strip club the Lucky Devil Lounge started a food-delivery service called Boober Eats in order to provide some of its employees work. The concept went viral (and was, in fact, covered by this publication), but local black dancers noticed something odd: its Instagram featured relatively few black dancers.
This wasn’t surprising to some black dancers in Portland, like Cat Hollis and Brianna Cistrunk, who say the club has a reputation for almost exclusively hiring white dancers. “They say they’re a ‘rock ‘n roll club’ [which means] they only hire a certain aesthetic,” Cistrunk says. “It’s an unspoken thing but it’s very well-known among most girls.” This perception was magnified a few weeks later, following the death of George Floyd, when the club posted a (now-deleted) photo on Instagram of #BlackLivesMatter flags festooning the stage. “There was a huge argument that happened in the comments,” says Hollis. She commented: “There are more #BlackLivesMatter signs than there have ever been black butts on that stage.” (Shon Boulden, owner of the Lucky Devil Lounge, tells Rolling Stone the controversy stemmed from “a lot of misconceptions of how our club operates,” though he acknowledged that only two or three of the club’s 30 dancers are black.”If there ever was the idea that we weren’t open to hiring all ethnicities, I guess I’d just want say, yes of course we do,” he says. “In our hiring, maybe it didn’t look like we were.”)
Restaurant Dress Codes Have Long Been a Tool for Racist Discrimination
Black Survivor Contestants Say They Were Edited Into Stereotypes on the Show
A white man was arrested after pulling a gun on a Black homeowner in Miami-Dade County
Black Family Claims White Neighbor Falsely Accused Them of Assault After Patio Dispute
Woman Evicted After Hurling Racist Abuse at Black Soldier
Worker 'No Longer Employed' at Hotel After Calling Police on Black Family
31% of Asian Americans say they've been subject to racist slurs or jokes since the coronavirus pandemic began
Utah reinstates defensive coordinator Morgan Scalley after investigation into racist language
It's 'Our Fault': Nextdoor CEO Takes Blame For Deleting Of Black Lives Matter Posts
Black Lives Matter activist Shaun King says statues of Jesus Christ should be torn down — but just the white ones
Black Lives Matter activist Shaun King said that it is permissible to tear down the statues of Jesus Christ that show him with European features because they support white supremacy.
"Yes, I think the statues of the white European they claim is Jesus should also come down. They are a form of white supremacy. Always have been," King tweeted on Monday.
"In the Bible, when the family of Jesus wanted to hide, and blend in, guess where they went? EGYPT! Not Denmark. Tear them down," he added.
"Yes. All murals and stained glass windows of white Jesus, and his European mother, and their white friends should also come down," he explained in a second tweet.
Black graduate student target of racist rant while walking in New York
Ohio Girl Writes 'Black Lives Matter' in Chalk, Neighbor Calls Police
A City Painted Over A Black Lives Matter Street Mural As Protests Continue
Steve McQueen calls race imbalance in UK film and TV “blindingly, obviously wrong”
'The greatest trick racism ever pulled was convincing England it doesn't exist'
Padma Lakshmi Is Tired of Being Delicate
We could have freedom in an instant — if we organize
Michael Render, better known as Killer Mike, is an Atlanta-based activist and half of the rap duo Run the Jewels.
Growing up on Atlanta’s west side, my grandparents raised me from a truthful place. I was never given the illusion that the world was good or right or fair. I was given the reality that you had to be happy and hopeful as a choice, and you had to do for yourself and for your community in the immediate, because that’s all you had.
As a teenager, that meant splitting my time between being an aspirational weed dealer and a social organizer, mediating conflicts between boys from rival high schools. The boys got trades and became photographers, U.S. servicemen, lawyers and, as I did, rappers and businesspeople. Nobody died, even as guns and crack swept through Atlanta. Because we were active in organizing, we developed a deeper sense of morality and responsibility to the community.
The 'Best of Nextdoor' Account Is Trying to Make the Site Less Racist
A social media network that is a combination of Facebook, Craigslist, and neighborhood watch, Nextdoor is a platform known for its "Karen problem," and hosting busybodies more worried about property than Black people, as one VICE story showed.
Jenn Takahashi, a public relations professional, started Best of Nextdoor in 2017 when she was living in the quiet neighborhood of Glen Park in San Francisco. At the time, she was working for a PR agency and found the job very stressful. For some reason, she told VICE, browsing the silliness on Nextdoor brought her peace.
"I had this one neighbor that would complain about someone rearranging her lawn gnome every single day at 4 p.m. on the dot," she remembered. Nonsense like this, she said, "was a reminder for me to not sweat the small stuff." Later, she'd start Best of Nextdoor, a Twitter account and website meant to capture moments like these. When submitting, users are reminded to keep the subject matter light and funny. But after Takahashi saw Nextdoor's initial statement supporting Black Lives Matter, she felt a responsibility to comment.
I'm a black man in a Covid-19 hotspot. I don't have sympathy for people of color who won't social distance
I was walking home late one night recently when I ran into them. I froze, swore out loud and backpedaled.
A group of my neighbors had taken their house party to the street. Streams of smiling people without face masks spilled into the cul-de-sac ahead of me, blocking my only route home. Never mind that we live in a viral hotspot -- predominately black DeKalb County, which has the second-highest number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in Georgia. They partied on as I waited for a path to clear.
I've been thinking about those neighbors as I read stories with civil rights advocates saying black people and brown people are facing harsher treatment by law enforcement officers for violating coronavirus safety orders.
But there's a question I never see addressed in any of those stories:
Why isn't there any moral outrage directed at those same black or brown people who refuse to take precautions that would protect their community?
Irony: Hate Crimes Surge Against Asian Americans While They Are On The Front Lines Fighting COVID-19
There have been a lot of encouraging stories about peoples’ acts of generosity and kindness during the COVID-19 crisis. Unfortunately, human nature has its bad side too and the crisis has brought out some of our worst qualities including xenophobia, racism and, in some cases, violence.
Hate crimes against Asian Americans and Asian immigrants in the United States have been surging. It has ranged from verbal harassment to denial of services to physical attacks. There is no way to know, but President Trump’s insistence on calling COVID-19 the “China Virus” certainly doesn’t help. It is true that the Chinese government acted abysmally, for example, initially denying that the virus could be transmitted person to person. But China is hardly a democracy and the Chinese people were the victims rather than the perpetrators of this cover-up.
In fact, Asian Americans and Asian Immigrants to the U.S. deserve our thanks for their role in responding to the COVID-19 crisis. First of all, they are vastly over-represented among the front line medical workers who are treating those who have been infected. Seventeen percent of doctors, 9 percent of physician’s assistants and nearly 10 percent of nurses in the United States are of Asian descent.
The Supreme Court handed down a unanimous decision that bodes ill for the future of civil rights
Like most of the country, the Supreme Court is in coronavirus lockdown, closing its building to the public and postponing oral arguments until some future date.
Yet even as the justices seek shelter from a pandemic, they still managed to hand down five opinions on Monday. One of them, in the case Comcast Corp. v. National Association of African American Media, is a blow for the civil rights community — and a potential harbinger for civil rights cases to come.
The case involves a dispute between the cable TV company Comcast and a business that alleged the telecommunications conglomerate refused to carry its channels because it disfavored “100% African American-owned media companies.” (Comcast Corporation, the defendant in this lawsuit, is an investor in Vox Media.)
The Comcast decision, according to NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson, “is a huge step backward in our march toward achieving equal opportunity for all.” He warned that the Court’s decision will “significantly restrict the ability of discrimination victims to prove their claims under one of our nation’s premier civil rights laws.”
Pastor says only “sissies” & “pansies” wash their hands to prevent coronavirus
A conservative Christian pastor issued an angry rebuke of churches taking measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus, calling them “sissies” and “pansies” who have been “neutered.”
Jonathan Shuttlesworth, a televangelist who co-founded Revival Today TV, called out European churches that are taking measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
“Shame on every European full gospel church, bunch of sissies, that shut down during this thing,” he said. Italy is the country with the second-most confirmed cases of coronavirus in the world, after China, and churches there have taken steps to prevent the spread of the virus, like removing holy water and canceling large events.
Nearly 90 per cent of men and women hold some biases against women: UN report
A new study from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) says that nearly 90 per cent of both men and women still hold biases against women in some form.
“The world is not on track to achieve gender equality by 2030,” the report states, referring to goals the UN had adopted in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The 2020 report sheds light on how the invisible barriers keeping women from achieving equal opportunities and treatment in society are supported by negative biases ingrained in both men and women.
Equality for women remains a distant goal: UN report
Using the Gender Social Norms Index, (GSNI), which looks at data collected by the World Values Survey from 75 countries, which accounts for 81 per cent of the global population, the report found that “91 percent of men and 86 percent of women show at least one clear bias against gender equality in areas such as politics, economic, education, intimate partner violence and women’s reproductive rights.”
It added that “almost 30 per cent of people agree it is justifiable for a man to beat his partner.”