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Donald and Melania Trump arrive in El Paso.

Trump could renounce white nationalism – but he can’t pretend he cares

By Commentaries/Opinions

In theory, a president can offer comfort at times like these. But this one would prefer to hurl insults. By Richard Wolffe, The Guardian — In normal American mass murders – because such horrors have become so astonishingly normal – the president usually plays the role of some great but helpless comfort blanket. He may be unable to break the NRA’s cold, dead grip on the Republican party, but he…

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Pete Buttigieg

Pete Buttigieg: ‘Systemic racism is a white problem’

By News & Current Affairs

By Paul LeBlanc, CNN — Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg on Thursday said “systemic racism” in the US is a “white problem” in the wake of two mass shootings in the US last weekend — one of which involved a white supremacist suspect. Speaking at the National Association of Black Journalists conference in Miami, Buttigieg said, “We are by no means even halfway done dealing with systemic racism in this country.…

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Maxine Waters

Rep. Waters to American Farmers: Denounce Donald Trump & His Lies!

By News & Current Affairs

WASHINGTON — Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43) released a statement in response to the escalation of Donald Trump’s trade war with China. Donald Trump announced last week that he will impose an additional 10 percent tariff on $300 billion worth of Chinese imports on top of the 25 percent tariffs already imposed on $250 billion in Chinese imports.1 China has threatened retaliation.2 Major stock indexes posted large losses the following day,3…

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Marianne Williamson

Marianne Williamson introduces a plan for slavery reparations

By News & Current Affairs, Reparations

By Clyde Hughes, UPI — Democratic presidential candidate Marianne Williamson announced her plan for reparations to African Americans for slavery Wednesday, calling for $200 billion to $500 billion over 20 years. The author said she would create a reparations council of 30 to 50 people made up of slave descendants to determine how the money would be distributed. “The only stipulation on the part of the American government is the following: that the…

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Protests and lawsuits against North Carolina's notorious anti-transgender "bathroom bill" have led to a legal settlement that's being hailed by human rights advocates. But lawmakers in other states are continuing to target the transgender community with discriminatory proposals.

Southern lawmakers continue attacks on transgender people amid crisis of violence

By Editors' Choice

By Benjamin Barber, Facing South — This year has seen the continuation of an alarming epidemic of violence against transgender people in the United States. At least a dozen transgender people have been killed already this year, most of them women of color, according to the Human Rights Campaign. Nine of these murders have occurred in the South — yet lawmakers in Southern states have continued to target the transgender community…

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Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.)

Ilhan Omar is Fighting for the White Working Class-Even as They Chant ‘Send Her Back’

By Editors' Choice

By Domenica Ghanem, Newsweek — Over the last month I have watched in awe as Rep. Ilhan Omar has responded to hate with not just grace, but policy. As a Muslim American woman myself, it’s hard to imagine being in her position, with the president of the United States leading a mob chanting “send her back.” Yet Omar is continuing not only to do her job but to overperform at…

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The disproportionate purging of voters has resulted in an estimated 1.1 million fewer voters between 2016 and 2018, the Brennan Center said.

Alarm over voter purges as 17m Americans removed from rolls in two years

By News & Current Affairs

Areas with discriminatory history purging at higher rates Purges accelerated following 2013 supreme court decision By Tom McCarthy, The Guardian — US election jurisdictions with histories of egregious voter discrimination have been purging voter rolls at a rate 40% beyond the national average, according to a watchdog report released on Thursday. At least 17 million voters were purged nationwide between 2016 and 2018, according to a study by the Brennan Center for…

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NAACP crowd applauds Bernie Sanders explaining his opposition to slave reparations

NAACP crowd applauds Bernie Sanders explaining his opposition to slave reparations

By News & Current Affairs, Reparations

By John Gage, Washington Examiner — Sen. Bernie Sanders received applause from the NAACP convention after explaining to the audience why he was against slave reparations. Moderator April Ryan asked the presidential hopeful why he was against “reparations for descendants of African slaves.” “Here’s my fear about reparations, and I understand the issue, and I’m on board the legislation that will study the issue,” the Vermont independent said at the…

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Bill de Blasio

De Blasio unsure on reparations, but restates support for commission

By News & Current Affairs, Reparations

By Madina Touré — Mayor Bill de Blasio won’t say if he supports reparations for black Americans affected by slavery, but he does support a commission to study the issue. As part of his longshot presidential campaign, the mayor this week attended the 2019 Muslim Collective for Equitable Democracy Conference in Washington, D.C., and was asked about reparations for the descendants of black slaves — a long-debated concept that has…

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From left to right: Congresswomen Ayanna Pressley, Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Rashida Tlaib

Do We Want the America of Frederick Douglass or Donald Trump?

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Walter G. Moss — One version of America is that of President Trump, whose recent tweets led the U. S. House of Representatives to condemn his “comments that have legitimized and increased fear and hatred of new Americans.” His slogan “Make America Great Again,” his attempts to limit voting, and his pandering to Christian evangelicals are not-so-subtle signals that he perceives himself as defending the fortress of white, primarily male and Christian, dominance…

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