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    What was for most Americans a moment of inspiration — the ascent of Sen. Kamala Harris, a woman of African and Indian descent, to a national party ticket — has instead provoked paranoia and rage on the Republican right. Along with the usual petty insults spat by President Donald Trump, his minions in the media are returning to their habitual obsessions of nativism, racism and misogyny. It is a repellent and buffoonish spectacle, but it is unlikely to make any impression on voters who don’t already share Trump’s narrow and delusional worldview. In the barrage of confused attacks on Harris, there is much to be learned about the psychopathology of the far right. The so-called conservatives have little interest in...
    Donald Trump and his operatives haven’t figured out how to go after Kamala Harris. Now that Joe Biden has named her to be his running mate, they are discovering she’s hard to tear down. It would come as no surprise then, if Trump starts to double down on his famous boast: “I’ve done more for Black Americans, in fact, than any President in U.S. history, with the possible exception of another Republican President, the late, great Abraham Lincoln.” There’s one problem. Trump’s claim of presiding over historic economic progress by African Americans is demonstrably false. Even before the collapse in employment triggered by the pandemic and his terrible mismanagement of it, data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) show that African Americans had seen smaller job...
    Joe Biden chose California Senator and former Democratic primary rival Kamala Harris as his running mate Tuesday, ending an extensive months-long search for the former vice president's number two.  As House Majority Whip Rep. Jim Clyburn tells it, the choice was difficult up until the final days.  "I was part of the vetting. Then they were doing polling and I said to him, when all of that's over, you let your head and your heart take a look and you go with that" Clyburn told CBSN anchor Anne-Marie Green. "I spoke to him the day before he reached his conclusion and he said to me at the time, 'I am having a little war between my head and my heart. When...
    Getty Ari Fleischer. Fox News contributor Ari Fleischer is facing backlash online after he criticized Joe Biden’s vice president selection of Sen. Kamala Harris, calling her “not that historically exciting to African Americans.” Fleischer expressed to Fox News host Laura Ingraham Tuesday night that the move will only tighten the presidential race. Ari Fleischer: She’s just not that historically exciting to African Americans pic.twitter.com/72Y9ZnxozO — Acyn Torabi (@Acyn) August 12, 2020 “One, this race is going to tighten up even more. The reason is because Biden naming her reminds people that Biden exists,” the former While House press secretary said. “He is so much better off hiding in his bunker and not making any news that he...
    Ari Fleischer said Tuesday night that Joe BidenJoe BidenNAACP seeks to boost Black voter turnout in six states Biden touts Trump saying Harris would be 'fine choice' for VP pick Kamala Harris: The conventional (and predictable) pick all along MORE's selection of Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisNAACP seeks to boost Black voter turnout in six states Biden touts Trump saying Harris would be 'fine choice' for VP pick Kamala Harris: The conventional (and predictable) pick all along MORE (D-Calif.) as his running mate will only tighten the presidential race by shining a spotlight on the presumptive Democratic nominee, with the former White House spokesman adding that Harris is "not that historically exciting to African Americans" if her primary performance was any indication....
    WASHINGTON - The NAACP, the largest U.S. civil rights organization, is launching a drive ahead of November's presidential election to boost Black voter turnout in six key states, it said on Tuesday.  The initiative aims to enlist the services of about 200,000 "high-propensity" Black voters, or people who turned out to vote in a high number of recent local, state and presidential elections.  Those voters, in turn, will seek to mobilize so-called "low-frequency" Black voters - people who were registered to vote, but who had not voted in the most recent election cycle or several election cycles -- in Florida, Georgia, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.  The goal is to increase Black turnout by more than 5% compared...
    Former Bush spokesperson Ari Fleischer weighed in on Joe Biden’s vice presidential pick Kamala Harris, dismissing her ability to attract minority and Black voters because, in his estimation, “she’s just not that historically exciting to African-Americans.” Appearing on a panel on Fox News’ The Ingraham Angle, Fleischer coolly brushed off the significance of Harris being the first Black and first Asian-American woman to appear on the major party’s presidential ticket. Instead, he noted that she failed to win over large numbers of Black voters during the presidential primary and, based on that, judged her addition to the Democratic ticket a dud. When host Laura Ingraham asked him to react to praise for the Harris pick from some Wall Street financial executives, Fleischer...
    From Richmond to New York City to Seattle, anti-racist activists are getting results as Confederate monuments are coming down by the dozens. In Richmond, Virginia, protesters have changed the story of Lee Circle, home to a 130-year-old monument to Confederate General Robert E. Lee. It’s now a new community space where graffiti, music and projected images turn the statue of Lee from a monument to white supremacy into a backdrop proclaiming that Black Lives Matter. This isn’t a new phenomenon. I’m a historian of celebrations and protests after the Civil War. And in my research, I have found that long before Confederate monuments occupied city squares, African-Americans used those same public spaces to celebrate their history. Article continues after advertisement...
    Dennis Harris, right, received a kidney donation from his wife, Darlene Harris, in July 2012 after being diagnosed with end stage renal failure in January 2010. He went on to get a donated pancreas in December 2015 because of Type 1 diabetes that he was diagnosed with as a child. (Courtesy Harris family) A Silver Spring, Maryland, woman who donated a kidney to her husband is pleading with people who are reluctant to get a transplant to learn more about the organ donation process. “A lot of people don’t want to get kidneys because they’re scared. It’s about being comfortable,” Darlene Harris said. “There are a lot of people I’ve talked to who’ve been on dialysis and prefer to do...
    “Not picking a black woman in 2020 means you will lose the election,” wrote the signatories, which also includes NBA star Chris Paul. “We do not want to have to choose the lesser evil” between Joe Biden and Donald Trump, they explain by asking for this strong gesture on the part of the Democrat, while the latter must announce in the coming days the name of the one who will accompany in the polls against the Republican president, on November 3. “For too long, black women have been asked to do everything, to mobilize the troops to risk their lives for the Democratic Party, without recognition, or respect, or visibility and certainly without supporting them enough”, they write in...
            by Anders Koskinen  Joe Biden is continuing to suffer from a terrible case of foot-in-mouth disease when it comes to discussing black Americans and their politics. The tone-deaf former vice president recently claimed “that the Latino community is ‘incredibly diverse,’ ‘unlike’ the black community.” “Unlike the African American community, with notable exceptions, the Latino community is an incredibly diverse community with incredibly diverse attitudes about different things,” Politico reported Biden saying. “You go to Florida, you find a very different attitude about immigration than you do in Arizona. So it’s a very diverse community.” Even more stunning, Biden made these remarks not in some white majority area, nor on some wide-ranging interview on a cable news channel,...
    DETROIT -- Joe Biden's Democratic presidential campaign has launched a new national ad focused on Black Americans, urging them to stand up to President Donald Trump the way their ancestors stood up to "violent racists of a generation ago."The one-minute ad, which was shared exclusively with The Associated Press before its digital and television release on Thursday, is meant to drum up support among Black Americans, a key constituency for Biden, ahead of November's general election. The ad, titled "Better America," also takes a direct swipe at Trump, without mentioning the Republican president by name."We must choose to fight for that better America," the narrator states. "And just like our ancestors who stood up to the violent racists of a...
    Former Vice President Joe Biden said Thursday that Hispanic voters in the United States were an “incredibly diverse community,” which he said contrasted with African Americans. “Unlike the African American community, with notable exceptions, the Latino community is an incredibly diverse community with incredibly different attitudes about different things,” Biden said in comments to the National Association of Black Journalists, which has been holding its annual conference virtually this week. “You go to Florida, you find a very different attitude about immigration in certain places than you do when you’re in Arizona.” The comment prompted President Donald Trump to take a shot at Biden during an afternoon press spray with reporters outside the White House — and to say...
     NBA star LeBron James could not hold back his laughter after a reporter mentioned that President Donald Trump claimed he’s done more for the Black community than any other president, excluding President Abraham Lincoln. “President Trump today said that NBA players kneeling during the Nation Anthem is disgraceful and he said that nobody has done more for the Black community than him other than Abraham Lincoln,” a reporter told James. “Are you trying to make me laugh right now?” James said after chuckling at the reporter’s question. “I appreciate that.” James then addressed Trump’s threat to stop watching NBA games if the players continued to kneel as a way to peacefully protest racial inequality and police brutality across the U.S. “I really don’t think...
    (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images) DETROIT (AP) — Joe Biden’s Democratic presidential campaign has launched a new national ad focused on Black Americans, urging them to stand up to President Donald Trump the way their ancestors stood up to “violent racists of a generation ago.” The one-minute ad, which was shared exclusively with The Associated Press before its digital and television release on Thursday, is meant to drum up support among Black Americans, a key constituency for Biden, ahead of November’s general election. The ad, titled “Better America,” also takes a direct swipe at Trump, without mentioning the Republican president by name. “We must choose to fight for that better America,” the narrator states. “And just like our ancestors who stood...
    By KAT STAFFORD, Associated Press DETROIT (AP) — Joe Biden's Democratic presidential campaign has launched a new national ad focused on Black Americans, urging them to stand up to President Donald Trump the way their ancestors stood up to "violent racists of a generation ago." The one-minute ad, which was shared exclusively with The Associated Press before its digital and television release on Thursday, is meant to drum up support among Black Americans, a key constituency for Biden, ahead of November's general election. The ad, titled “Better America,” also takes a direct swipe at Trump, without mentioning the Republican president by name. “We must choose to fight for that better America,” the narrator states. “And just like our ancestors who...
    "We're not asking for the police to be completely abolished," Minneapolis activist Raeisha Williams told "The Story" Wednesday in an effort to explain her call for "defunding" the police. "What we're asking for is equal treatment." "We are citizens, we're American citizens that helped build this country ..." she told host Sandra Smith. "What we've asked for from the beginning of time since we've landed here as slaves in America [is] equal treatment so that we as citizens get the same treatment as our White citizens." MINNEAPOLIS POLICE OFFICER OFFERS ADVICE ON HOW TO STAY SAFE AMID CRIME SURGE: GIVE UP YOUR CELL PHONE  Williams described the difficulties she said Black Americans face when dealing with the police. "When African-Americans typically call the police...
    By CHRISTOPHER RUGABER, AP Economics Writer A group of congressional Democrats introduced legislation Wednesday that would require the Federal Reserve to pursue the elimination of racial disparities in jobs, wealth and income as one of its policy goals. The legislation would also require the Fed's chair, currently Jerome Powell, to report every six months on the status of wealth and income gaps and the Fed's efforts to counter them as part of its regular reports to Congress. The Fed now has a dual mandate that requires it to seek “maximum employment” and stable prices. The bill was sponsored by Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, the top Democrat on the Senate...
    Talk about out-of-touch pols. According to a new Gallup survey, nearly nine out of 10 respondents — and more than eight of 10 African Americans — oppose having police spend less time in their areas. Yet Democratic politicians have been racing to “defund the police” all the same. The survey found 19 percent of the public wants cops to spend more time in their areas; 67 percent are OK with their current presence. Only 14 percent want fewer cops. It’s similar for African Americans: 20 percent want more cops; 61 percent are good with the current level. Just 19 percent prefer cops to spend less time in their areas. Among Hispanics, 83 percent want the same or more policing. see...
    A group of congressional Democrats introduced legislation Wednesday that would require the Federal Reserve to pursue the elimination of racial disparities in jobs, wealth and income as one of its policy goals. The legislation would also require the Fed’s chair, currently Jerome Powell, to report every six months on the status of wealth and income gaps and the Fed’s efforts to counter them as part of its regular reports to Congress. The Fed now has a dual mandate that requires it to seek “maximum employment” and stable prices. The bill was sponsored by Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, the top Democrat on the Senate Banking Committee. Eighteen other members...
    A majority of African-Americans want the police presence in their neighborhoods to stay the same, according to a Gallup poll released Wednesday — even though less than one-in-five say they’re “very confident” they’d be treated by cops with courtesy and respect. The study was conducted online between June 23 and July 6 — about a month after the firestorm Memorial Day death of George Floyd, who was black, beneath the knee of a white Minneapolis cop. Sixty-one percent of African-American respondents indicated that they want police to spend the same amount of time in their neighborhoods, nearly in line with the 67-percent figure for all surveyed. The percentage of African-Americans who want to see more police is nearly equal to...
    Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms (D) on Tuesday reacted to President Donald Trump’s interview with Axios discussing recently deceased Rep. John Lewis (D-GA). Trump in the interview noted Lewis’ efforts for civil rights and also highlighted his own work for the black community by telling Axios, “Nobody has done more for black Americans than I have.” During CNN’s “New Day,” Bottoms called Trump “delusional” and rejected his claim that he has done more for black Americans by saying that Trump “has done nothing for African-Americans.” “I’m disgusted by that,” Bottoms said after watching a clip of Trump’s Axios interview. “And I’ve read Congressman Lewis’ essay and I wrote something from his essay, that I’ve kept on my desk: ‘Answer the highest...
    (CNN)Demetria Brown knew the exact moment she decided she'd had it.She'd just watched a video of George Floyd pinned under an officer's knee, saying he couldn't breathe as he begged for his life. She sobbed as she played it over and over.On June 1, a week after Floyd's death, she quit her job as a detention officer for the Los Angeles County Probation Department. In the midst of the global coronavirus pandemic, she sold her house, stuffed her belongings into 13 duffel bags and relocated to Puerto Vallarta on Mexico's Pacific coast.Brown, 42, is one of many African Americans leaving the United States permanently for many reasons, including racism and fear of police brutality. Her flight landed in her new...
    Donald Trump spoke to reporters on Friday about the eulogy Barack Obama provided at at the funeral for the late civil rights leader John Lewis, Raw Story reported. “Well, he did a bad job for minorities,” Trump said. “I did much more for minorities than he did.” “If you look at our numbers prior to the plague coming in and those numbers will soon be back, you’ll see I did a much better job than Obama did by far for African Americans, for Asian Americans, for any group you look at — far better than Obama did.” Obama’s decision to bail of Wall Street after the 2008 financial crisis paved the way for the destruction of middle-class wealth, Jacobin reported....
    Donald Trump spoke to reporters on Friday about the eulogy Barack Obama provided at at the funeral for the late civil rights leader John Lewis, Raw Story reported. “Well, he did a bad job for minorities,” Trump said. “I did much more for minorities than he did.” “If you look at our numbers prior to the plague coming in and those numbers will soon be back, you’ll see I did a much better job than Obama did by far for African Americans, for Asian Americans, for any group you look at — far better than Obama did.” Obama’s decision to bail of Wall Street after the 2008 financial crisis paved the way for the destruction of middle-class wealth, Jacobin reported....
    Black, Indigenous and Latinx communities have been hit hardest by the coronavirus. Black Americans, according to the CDC, are 2.5 times more likely to die from COVID-19 compared to their White counterparts. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease doctor, sat down with BET to speak about why minority communities have such a high number of infections, hospitalizations and death rates and what can be done to fix the disparity. View the full interview with Dr. Fauci on BET.com. Marc Lamont Hill: The African American community has been hit particularly hard by the coronavirus. Can you help me, first of all, make sense of why that's happening? Dr. Fauci: It's what I call a double whammy against the minority, but...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The coronavirus pandemic is impacting the housing market today and people of color have been disproportionally impacted by systemic racism.RELATED: Building a Better Bay Area: The Housing ShiftABC7 News Anchor Dion Lim had a chance to talk to Marina Gorbis, Executive Director of the Institute For The Future in Palo Alto, about why today's housing shortage comes built on racist policies of our past.Here's a transcript of their conversation:Dion: You know, Marina fighting systemic racism, this is such a tall order. But I've gone through some of your research and some of the reporting, and it looks like housing plays such a big role in fighting the problem. It's not always top of mind for a...
    In the midst of historic civil unrest over racial justice and police brutality against African Americans, Joe Biden on Tuesday offered up a dollars-and-cents approach, proposing a racial economic equity plan he said would get to the heart of the "systemic racism" Black Americans face. "For generations, Americans who are Black, brown, Native American, immigrant, haven't always been fully included in our democracy or our economy," Biden said in a speech at a community center gym in his home town of Wilmington, Delaware.Cartoons on the 2020 ElectionView All 213 ImagesRecalling conversations he had with faith leaders in that city last month, Biden said, "There's just that sense the deck is stacked. The common theme was how do we break the...
    (Photo: Adobe Stock) American anti-Blackness is so pervasive that its impacts have devastated communities at home and abroad. The U.S. establishment of the West African nation of Liberia is a case in point. From the late 18th to early 19th centuries, the U.S. government was obsessed with what it called “The Negro Problem.” Namely, how to manage the presence of the free population of African Americans, whom it had no desire to integrate into society as equal citizens.   During this period, American leaders wrestled with the contradictions between the ideals of freedom, justice and equality — which drove the American Revolution — and the capitalist and white supremacist ideals that justified slavery and deemed Black people inferior, undesirable and...
    “I was on a recent conference call helping an organization put a statement together and this Sudanese brother says, ‘I don’t understand this Black Lives Matter stuff, I have never felt racism in this country.’ You know, I’m just letting people have it now … we [African-Americans] can sniff out anti-Blackness right when we step in the room, wherever we are. … I have never felt welcomed or comfortable in any African immigrant establishment in Minnesota.” These words come from a recent conversation I had with a close connection of mine. Eskender A. YousufThis was nothing short of our regular conversations and check-ins;  however, this time it felt different. With the wake of the current racial uprisings, it provoked me...
    LIMBAUGH: Trump Must Directly Appeal To African Americans
    During the 2016 presidential campaign, Donald Trump directly appealed to African American voters for their vote, asking them, "What do you have to lose?" Trump should have received more credit for this, as Republicans have often been criticized for not wooing African Americans from Democrats, who crucially depend on their overwhelming support yet take their votes for granted. Trump's message was that Blacks had entrusted their improvement exclusively to the Democratic Party, but it had failed to produce. He highlighted two critical areas in which Democrats had let them down: education and poverty. TRUMP SAYS BIDEN LISTENING TO BERNIE'S 'RADICALIZED PEOPLE,' DRIFTING 'FURTHER LEFT' He said that Blacks "are living in poverty" and their "schools are no good," and he...
    A BOMBSHELL genetics study revealed the horrific legacy of the transatlantic slave trade is reflected in modern DNA. On Thursday, the stark findings compiled from 23AndMe data were published in the American Journal of Human Genetics. Researchers found how the trauma of slavery is reflected in modern DNA Researchers gathered genetic data from 50,000 consenting research participants from both sides of the Atlantic and found that today's genetics reflect the horrors of slavery. DNA from one African region may be underrepresented here because many slaves – like those from the Senegambian region – died of malaria on American plantations, the study revealed. "Our study combined the genetic data of more than 50,000 people on both sides of the Atlantic with historical...
    Civil rights attorney Leo Terrell said Thursday that presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden has been "insulting" to African Americans and claimed he refuses to offer substantive promises of help to underserved African American communities and those that are currently being rocked by crime waves. Terrell said the mainstream media is painting a false narrative that purports President Trump "doesn't care" about the victims of urban violence, when the opposite is true. "[Biden] has not gone to these Democratic cities and embraced the victims like President Trump has. He has not walked hand in hand with police officers," Terrell told "Bill Hemmer Reports". "Joe Biden has insulted every African American by saying if you don’t vote for me, 'you ain’t Black.' I’m Black. I’m not voting for him. He's an...
    The House of Representatives debated a plan Wednesday to remove four statues of historical figures from the Capitol who “voluntarily served the Confederate States of America.” Among the most hotly contested statues is that of the late Chief Justice Roger Taney, who authored the Dred Scott decision in 1857 that ruled Black people could not become U.S. citizens. DEM REP. BOBBY RUSH CLAIMS TRUMP 'WANTS TO INSTIGATE A RACE WAR' Marble bust of Chief Justice Roger Taney is displayed in the Old Supreme Court Chamber in the U.S. Capitol in Washington. The House will vote Wednesday, July 22, on whether to remove from the U.S. Capitol (AP) The bust of Taney is located at the Old Supreme Court Chamber inside the...
    Tuesday on MSNBC, former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX) called the Texas GOP a “death cult” who wants “African-Americans” and “Latinos” to do the dying. O’Rourke said, “You know, the United States has been hit hard by COVID. Texas, arguably, harder than almost any other state right now, perhaps with the exception of Florida and Arizona, and within Texas, the Rio Grande Valley, and particularly Hidalgo County, is just getting the stuffing knocked out of it. They’re running out of beds and space in their hospitals and clinics. They’re running out of nurses and doctors to take care of the patients. It’s so bad that some ambulances are waiting up to ten hours in order to discharge the patients that they...
    Friday on CNN’s “Cuomo Prime Time,” Mary Trump, niece to President Donald Trump, said the president’s “rhetoric” and “actions” were endangering the lives of African-Americans in this country. Cuomo said, “The kids in the cages he said he didn’t like it. He said it would stop. Then we wound up reporting out information that they were doing just the opposite. That messed with my theory that he knows better and that there is a human being in there, which means there is somebody in there who has compassion, it’s just selective to his own interests. But then I read your book, and you say, ‘No, no, no, I remember the guy dropping the N-word in my house. This is a...
    Mary Trump, niece to President Donald Trump, told Rachel Maddow this week that she heard her uncle use the N-word and anti-Semitic language years ago. Chris Cuomo followed up on that Friday in his interview with Trump. Cuomo said how the reporting about children in cages at the border “messed with my theory that he knows better and that there is a human being in there, which means there is somebody in there who has compassion, it’s just selective to his own interests.” “But then I read your book and you say, ‘No, no, no, I remember the guy dropping the N-word in my house, this is a guy who’s had bigoted feelings,'” Cuomo continued. “I had given him...
    WASHINGTON — President Trump grew irritated in an interview Thursday when asked about the deaths of black Americans at the hands of police. “So are white people. So are white people. What a terrible question to ask,” Trump told CBS senior correspondent Catherine Herridge when she asked the president why African Americans were “still dying at the hands of law enforcement in this country.” “So are white people,” the president continued after describing to Herridge as “terrible” the death of George Floyd at the hands of police in Minneapolis. Trump also claimed more white Americans are killed each year by police than black Americans. “More white people, by the way. More white people,” he said. It is true that more white...
    President Donald Trump responded to a question about African-Americans being shot by police officers by saying, “And so are white people.” New: @CBS_Herridge: "Why are African-Americans still dying at the hands of law enforcement in this country?"@realDonaldTrump: "And so are white people. So are white people. What a terrible question to ask. So are white people- more white people by the way. More white people." pic.twitter.com/MEvN55iVxV — Jake Rosen (@JakeMRosen) July 14, 2020 CBS News’ Catherine Herridge spoke to the president Tuesday about the civil unrest and calls for police reform across the country, largely as a response to the killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor. Herridge asked the president, “Why are African-Americans still dying at...
    The U.S. Conference of Mayors is expressing support for Democratic-proposed legislation introduced by Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, and Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., to commission a study on reparations to African-Americans. “We recognize and support your legislation as a concrete first step to guide the actions of both federal and local leaders who have promised to do better by our Black residents,” Greg Fischer, mayor of Louisville and president of the Conference of Mayors, wrote in a letter dated July 10. The conference represents more than 1,400 U.S. cities with populations of greater than 30,000. The call for reparations to the nation’s 41 million Black Americans has renewed amid racial injustice protests across the country. Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden has not...
    TAMPA, FL - SEPTEMBER 15: Safety Malcolm Jenkins #27 of the New Orleans Saints warms up for play against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers September 15, 2013 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. The Saints won 16 - 14. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images) Malcolm Jenkins is the latest NFL player to respond to DeSean Jackson’s anti-Semitic Instagram post. You can add Malcolm Jenkins to the list of athletes trying to shed light on DeSean Jackson’s inexcusable comments, which included a fake Adolf Hitler quote. Jackson has since apologized profusely, but there’s no telling if it’ll be enough to allow him to keep his job. Jenkins won’t help his standing with the Jewish community, either, despite his stark disagreement with...
    Attorney General William Barr weighed in on the current Black Lives Matter debate raging across the nation by agreeing that Black Americans have been policed differently than White Americans while rejecting the idea of systemic racism in law enforcement. Speaking with ABC News, Barr said this unjust policing was a “widespread phenomenon” that deserves further examination. “I do think that it is a widespread phenomenon that African American males, particularly, are treated with extra suspicion and maybe not given the benefit of the doubt,” Barr said. “I think it is wrong if people are not respected appropriately and given their due, and I think it’s something that we have to address.” On George Floyd, a black man killed after a...
    One of the recommendations unveiled in the “Biden-Sanders Unity Task Force” proposal involves establishing a commission to examine the impact of slavery and Jim Crow with the end goal of recommending “remedies,” or reparations. The task force refers to the move as a “building block to begin to redress the harms committed against African Americans.” The unity plan explicitly calls for the passage of Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee’s (D-TX) Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African-Americans Act, or H.R. 40, calling it an “important first step” in the scope of the greater “comprehensive agenda for communities of color”: We recognize that physical security is a precursor to economic security, and that the overpolicing of communities of color, the criminalization...
    During an interview with ABC News released on Wednesday, Attorney General William Barr stated that there is “a widespread phenomenon” of African Americans, particularly black males being treated “with extra suspicion and maybe not given the benefit of the doubt” by law enforcement that must be addressed. And there is “work to do in addressing the distrust that exists in the African American community toward law enforcement.” Barr defended his past statements on systemic racism in law enforcement by saying that the definition of “systemic” is unclear. Because it’s unclear if “systemic” means that racism is inherent to the system, or is widespread within the system. He added, “I do think that it is a widespread phenomenon that African American,...
    Attorney General William Barr said on Wednesday that the unfair policing of African Americans is a 'widespread phenomenon' before rejecting calls to defund the police. Protests over the recent police killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade and other African Americans have ignited a national conversation about the role of law enforcement in society.  During an interview with ABC News' Pierre Thomas, Barr addressed policing in America, saying: 'I do think it is a widespread phenomenon that African American males, in particular, are treated with extra suspicion and maybe not given the benefit of the doubt.' 'I think it is wrong if people are not respected appropriately and given their due,' he explained, 'and I think it's something we...
    Spurred by weeks of street protests sparked by the killing of George Floyd – and amid the fast-moving, potentially deadly coronavirus pandemic that has ravaged Black and Hispanic communities – officials across the country are calling out racism as a public health crisis.[ READ: A Hazardous Moment for Black Health ]In Wisconsin, for example, Gov. Tony Evers last month declared that "inaction, indifference and institutional racism has harmed generations of black and brown Wisconsinites." In Maryland, the Montgomery County Council followed suit, adopting a resolution stating that racism – "a root cause of disparities and inequities" – is a public health problem warranting action. Similarly, the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors in California late last month unanimously affirmed that racism...
    JERSEY CITY, New Jersey (WABC) -- A young artist from New Jersey is using powerful paintings depicting Black culture, and his latest work has been seen by thousands of people on social media.This story is part of our ABC7 Unite initiative, with the goal of sharing stories of people trying to unite our communities.Tyler Ballon is determined to represent the norm in a way that provokes thought and questions the things we accept in society."I don't just want to make pretty things," he said. "I could paint all day and make pretty images, but I want to make work that actually impacts people's lives."The common thread in the 23-year-old's paintings is biblical themes featuring African Americans."I grew up loving the...
    Eagles star wide receiver DeSean Jackson said he “never wanted to put any people down” and “was just trying to uplift African Americans and slavery and just enlighten my people” when he posted anti-Semitic quotes falsely attributed to Adolf Hitler over the weekend. “I post things on my story all the time, and I just probably should’ve never posted anything that Hitler did because Hitler was a bad person, and I know that,” the 33-year-old three-time Pro Bowler said in an Instagram video Tuesday after facing backlash. “I was just trying to uplift African-Americans and slavery and just enlighten my people.” The Eagles and NFL condemned Jackson’s anti-Semitic posts in separate statements Tuesday. Jackson has spoken with general manager...
    If there ever were a time to bet on Black people, it is now. Birthed in large part by the senseless killing of George Floyd and bolstered by the blood of countless others, this is a moment America has never before seen; a moment adeptly annexed by major corporations and marquee brands to affirm — or start anew — their commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. The unwary or casual student of history might think to equate today with the affirmative action era, itself a uniquely American antecedent. And the confederate caustics among us might want to scream Reconstruction redux. But both would miss the point. While relevant, there are two dramatic differences between then and now. First, today’s response to the BLM and social...
    Tamika C.B. Zapolski - Ukamaka M. Oruche July 5, 2020 1:29PM (UTC) This article was originally published on The Conversation. As the COVID-19 pandemic swept across the U.S., the virus hit African Americans disproportionately hard. African Americans are still contracting the illness — and dying from it — at rates twice as high as would be expected based on their share of the population. In Michigan, African Americans are only 14% of the population but account for one-third of the state's COVID-19 cases and 40% of its deaths. : In some states, the disparities are even more stark. Wisconsin and Missouri have infection and mortality rates three or more times greater than expected based on their share of the population. Speculation...
    I celebrated last New Year’s Eve in Ghana, Africa. I’d grown up poor with a mom addicted to drugs but started this decade far from the South Side of Chicago and amongst some of the most “elite” black people in the world. With me was one of my best friends, Nate, an executive for one of the largest technology companies in the world and a former Obama administration attorney; his brother-in-law, a neurosurgeon who graduated from Harvard; a billionaire whose house party we all attended to ring in 2020; and many Hollywood celebrities, including Boris Kodjoe and Nicole Ari Parker. This was to be the start of the best year of our lives. FORMER REP. ALLEN WEST: JULY 4TH HAS...
    Historians have weighed in on Trump's rather bizarre picks for his new National Garden of American Heroes, slamming the president's choices as 'odd' and 'inappropriate', while highlighting the lack of diversity.   During a rabble-rousing speech at Mount Rushmore on Friday, Trump announced an executive order to create the new monument honoring 'the greatest Americans who ever lived.'    The memorial, described as a 'vast outdoor park', will include statues of the likes of George Washington, Ronald Reagan, Martin Luther King, Jr., Harriet Tubman, Amelia Earhart and a number of army generals.   Trump, for the most part, steered clear of any overtly controversial choices, but the list has been criticized for its 'random' selection of people, the exclusion of Latinos and Native...
    I celebrated this New Year’s Eve in Ghana, Africa. I’d grown up poor with a mom addicted to drugs but started this decade far from the South Side of Chicago and amongst some of the most “elite” black people in the world. With me was one of my best friends, Nate, an executive for one of the largest technology companies in the world and a former Obama administration attorney; his brother-in-law, a surgeon who graduated from Harvard; a billionaire whose house party we all attended to ring in 2020; and many Hollywood celebrities, including Boris Kodjoe and Nicole Ari Parker. This was to be the start of the best year of our lives. Back home in the US, African Americans...
    JERSEY CITY, New Jersey (WABC) -- A young artist from New Jersey is using powerful paintings depicting black culture, and his latest work has been seen by thousands of people on social media.This story is part of our ABC Unites initiative, with the goal of sharing stories of people trying to unite our communities.Tyler Ballon is determined to represent the norm in a way that provokes thought and questions the things we accept in society."I don't just want to make pretty things," he said. "I could paint all day and make pretty images, but I want to make work that actually impacts people's lives."The common thread in the 23-year-old's paintings is biblical themes featuring African Americans."I grew up loving the...
    VIDEO2:4402:44Loop Capital CEO on how he's diversifying his firmHalftime Report Loop Capital Chairman and CEO Jim Reynolds told CNBC on Thursday that building a diverse team has not been a challenge for the Chicago-based investment bank.  "I have found it so amazingly easy to recruit minority candidates — African American, women — and promote them very easily because I focus on talent," Reynolds said on "Halftime Report." "And the talent really comes through."  Reynolds' comments come as the U.S. experiences widespread protests around racial inequality and police brutality, following the killings of Black Americans such as George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor. Leaders across corporate America, including those on Wall Street, have in recent weeks pledged to fight racial discrimination through...
    Slavery reparations legislation has gotten renewed attention in Washington in the wake of George Floyd's death and amid nationwide demands for racial justice. The late Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., introduced slavery reparations legislation in the House each session for nearly 30 years to no avail. Now, a year after his death, Conyers' effort to form a commission to study reparations for African-Americans finally has a shot of getting a vote in the House. Rep. Shelia Jackson Lee, D-Texas, took up Conyers' reparations cause after the longtime Detroit lawmaker resigned in 2017. She predicted the legislation would get a vote in the House this year based on the growing support. ROBERT JOHNSON'S BIG IDEA: $14 TRILLION IN SLAVERY REPARATIONS TO AFRICAN-AMERICANS "The work...
    It’s been well documented that African-Americans are at higher risk of developing high blood pressure (hypertension) than other racial and ethnic groups in the United States. Here in Minnesota, for example, 30 percent of African-Americans have high blood pressure compared to 24 percent of whites. according to the Minnesota Department of Health. Because behavior factors, such as physical activity, obesity and smoking, do not fully explain this increased risk, researchers have proposed another possible cause: the stress of discrimination. A new study, published Wednesday in the journal Hypertension, adds credence to that explanation. It found that African-Americans who had experienced the stress of lifetime discrimination were up to 50 percent more likely to develop high blood pressure than those who...
    Messner added that he "would like to see leaders from the conservative side of the African American community get into this discussion" because they have a "perspective" that is different from "the Al Sharptons of the world." He praised conservative Black academics Bob Woodson, Thomas Sole, and Shelby Steele, suggesting that they could counter the Black Lives Matter movement's push to address systemic racism. "These are smart African American folks who study this, and they have a totally different perspective on all this," Messner said. "And I think their perspective, you know, will help the African American community." Messner later added that he believes "it's very clear that Black Lives Matter has a leftist agenda and it's very clear it's...
    VIDEO President Donald Trump appeared in a Fox News Channel special Sunday evening with Brian Kilmeade and discussed the recent efforts by protesters to take down statues and other monuments of Confederate leaders, as well as other American historical figures who had owned slaves. When Kilmeade asked Trump what his message was for African-Americans whose ancestors were enslaved, and Trump said that America had a “great history” and people needed to learn from that history and “if you don’t understand your history you will go back to it again.” Kilmeade mentioned past leaders like Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, who were “brilliant” but also owned slaves. “So how do we grow as a country and yet not forget our past?” asked...
    BET founder Robert Johnson has called for the US to pay $14 trillion in slavery reparations to bring 40 million African-Americans in line with the wealth of white Americans, as he says the nation 'has never come to grips with its original sin of slavery'. Johnson, who was the first black American billionaire, told Fox News that his proposal for reparations to be paid to US descendants of slaves would be 'a huge emotional assuaging of guilt for black and white Americans'. The move would tackle the vast wealth gap between black and white Americans that can be traced right back to the slave trade, make African-Americans financially equal in society and help repair some of the damage caused by generations...
    (Reuters) - The killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer last month has spawned a wave of protests and national soul-searching over systemic racism in the United States, while focusing new attention on other cases involving violence against men and women of color. The following are some of the most prominent cases involving deaths of African-Americans that have surfaced in recent weeks: GEORGE FLOYD A 46-year-old man who grew up in Houston, Floyd was killed on May 25 after a Minneapolis police officer held a knee to his neck for nearly nine minutes while arresting him. A cellphone video taken by a bystander captured Floyd calling out, "I can't breathe," before he died. The incident touched off demonstrations...
    The Big Idea is a series that asks top lawmakers and figures to discuss their moonshot — what’s the one proposal, if politics and polls and even price tag were not an issue, they’d implement to change the country for the better? Robert Johnson, the founder of Black Entertainment Television, says it's time America atones for slavery and systemic racism by paying African-Americans reparations to make them economically equal to white Americans. Johnson, the first black billionaire in the United States, has put a price tag on the debt America owes to African-Americans at $14 trillion. BET FOUNDER ROBERT JOHNSON SAYS DEMS TAKING BLACK VOTERS 'FOR GRANTED,' CALLS FOR BLM TO FORM PARTY "Nobody talks about cash, but black people understand cash," Johnson told...
    The mother of 12-year-old Tamir Rice who was shot and killed by police while playing has said the recent killings of Black men by cops has taken her to 'a dark place', as she marked her son's 18th birthday. Tamir would have turned 18 on Thursday. Instead, his mother Samaria finds herself thinking about what could have been. 'You don't get over nothing like this,' she told USA Today.  'It's an empty feeling of loss when you don't have your puzzle complete.' She said the recent spate of police killings and racist murders had hit her hard. Samaria Rice has spoken out to mark what would have been her son's 18th birthday RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next ...
    BET founder Robert Johnson says the Democratic Party has taken black voters in America for granted, and he urges the ascendant Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement to form a new third party to fight for their interests. In a wide-ranging interview with Fox News that touched on 2020 politics, civil unrest and more, Johnson delivered an unvarnished assessment on the current relationship between black voters and the Democratic Party. And he had choice words for the party's presumptive presidential nominee Joe Biden, who recently told a radio host "you ain't black" if you don't support him -- citing the incident as he made the case for a new party. "Vice President Biden said to an African-American, a black American host on his show, even...
    Earlier this month, Ghana’s Ministry of Tourism, Arts, and Culture extended an invitation to black Americans to leave the United States and resettle in Ghana, declaring that American blacks should “leave where you are not welcome.” Ghana’s invitation comes as social unrest hits the States concerning alleged racism and police brutality, though such notions have been challenged by some academics. “We continue to open our arms and invite all our brothers and sisters home,” said Barbara Oteng-Gyasi, Newsweek reported. “Ghana is your home. Africa is your home. We have our arms wide open ready to welcome you home. Please take advantage, come home build a life in Ghana, you do not have to stay where you are not wanted forever,...
    ORLANDO, Florida – For the generation of Americans who are not yet old enough to drive, the demographic future has arrived. For the first time, African-Americans and Hispanics were the majority among the population under the age of 16 in 2019, an expected demographic change that will increase in the coming decades, according to figures published Thursday by the United States Census Bureau. “This is going to be a diversified century for the United States, and it’s starting with this younger generation,” said William Frey of The Brookings Institution. At the same time, the number of non-Hispanic whites has declined in the past decade as deaths outnumbered births in this demographic aging, according to population estimates from the Census...
    Nasa is to name its headquarters in Washington DC after its first black female engineer, Mary Jackson. Nasa administrator Jim Bridenstine said Jackson had helped to break down barriers for African Americans and women in engineering and technology. The story of Mary Jackson was told in the 2016 film Hidden Figures. Born in Hampton, Virginia, she died in 2005. Last year, Nasa renamed the street outside its headquarters as Hidden Figures Way. "Hidden no more, we will continue to recognise the contributions of women, African Americans, and people of all backgrounds who have made Nasa's successful history of exploration possible," Mr Bridenstine said in a statement. How Nasa hired its first black women 'computers' "Mary W Jackson was part of...
    Del. Eleanor Holmes NortonEleanor Holmes NortonThis week: Congress set for showdown on police reform legislation House Democrats to vote next week on DC statehood 'Defund the police' movement hits semantics roadblock MORE (D), Washington, D.C.’s representative in the House, will introduce legislation next week to remove the statue of Andrew Jackson from Lafayette Square right outside of the White House. Norton announced the proposal one day after protesters tried toppling Jackson’s statue before being dispersed by law enforcement. The statue is one of numerous figures targeted for removal by protesters across the country in recent days. In announcing her bill, Norton underscored Jackson’s role in forcefully relocating thousands of Native Americans during his time as president and his position as a slave...
    The D Train at rush hour in the Before Times.Kevin Drum For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis and more, subscribe to Mother Jones' newsletters.As we all know, African Americans get infected with the coronavirus at far higher rates than the white population. But why? Part of the reason is that Black people tend to have high levels of pre-existing conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure, which make them more vulnerable to COVID-19. Another part of the reason is that Black neighborhoods tend to have fewer medical resources than white neighborhoods—and thanks to historical patterns of systemic racism, this remains true even when you compare neighborhoods with comparable income levels. In studies of otherwise similar Black and white neighborhoods,...
    Following the death of George Floyd while under arrest, protests have consumed America and onlookers have wondered how one of the most powerful countries in the world could descend into such chaos. Despite being defined by race, American society does not spend much time analysing the history of our racial divisions, and America prefers to believe in the inevitable progression towards racial equality. The election of Barack Obama in 2008 fed into this narrative of progress, but Donald Trump's presidential victory in 2016 was seen as a step backwards, coming after a campaign with a slogan that championed America's divisive past as a form of progress. Floyd's death now appears to be the tipping point for an exhausted,...
    Ghana’s Minister of Tourism Barbara Oteng-Gyasi capitalized on America’s poor race relations, specifically the treatment of Black people, to recruit and nationalize African Americans. The Minister of Tourism made her appearance at George Floyd‘s memorial and wreath-laying ceremony. She could not resist and recite her government’s message to Black people to “come home.” READ MORE: ‘Year of Return’ movement beckons Blacks back to Africa prompting powerful cultural and economic exchange Because of the current season of civil unrest, the deaths of Ahmed Arbery, George Floyd, Rayshard Brooks, and Breonna Taylor, Ghana is seizing the opportunity to persuade people of the African diaspora living in America, to move. “We continue to open our arms and invite all our brothers and...
    Over 300 African Americans lost their lives in Tulsa in the Greenwood neighborhood on the night of June 1, 1921. The controversy raged in the United States but will not have been right in Trump’s desire to organizehis first recovery meeting in Tulsa. The Americans had however strongly denounced the president’s choice to organize this event in a place with a past so heavy in the current context. For several weeks, thousands of people have been mobilizing across the country to demand an end to police violence and racism. Donald Trump, meanwhile, celebrated the resumption of his electoral campaign where a racial massacre took place, considered to be one of the worst episodes in the history of the...
    Ring out the church bells today for Juneteenth. Let them be bells of joy because on June 19, 1865, a U.S. Army officer stood on the balcony of a stately Galveston, Texas, residence and read General Order No. 3: “The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free.” Gen. Gordon Granger was referring to the Emancipation Proclamation, by which Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves of the Confederate States. Texas being the most distant of them, Granger and his army of occupation didn’t arrive there until more than two months after the Civil War effectively ended. But ring as well a mournful bell. General Order No. 3...
    Laura Ingraham began Thursday's "The Ingraham Angle" by making the case that policies favored by Democats would hurt African-Americans in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. "In March, when the COVID lockdowns began, we saw how quickly life in most big cities deteriorated," Ingraham said. "Now, mostly left-leaning mayors prolong their stay-at-home orders when common sense screams that doing so would only create tidal waves of misery. BIDEN NARROWS LIST OF VP CONTENDERS, EX-OBAMA ADVISER SUSAN RICE AMONG THEM "The horrific killing of George Floyd and the outrage that triggered it was like a match on dry kindling wood that was then doused in rocket fuel," Ingraham continued. "Political arsonists encouraged criminals to rampage through cities and spread fear to the suburbs. Peaceful protesters were...
    A diversity committee launched by a Kansas mayor has been derailed after a member was revealed to have shared several offensive Facebook posts about slavery and racism. Allen Stoker of Wichita, Kansas, has refused to resign from his position on the Council on Diversity, Inclusion and Civil Rights - despite Mayor Brandon Whipple reportedly pushing for his removal due to the revelations.  The Wichita Eagle reports that Stoker has shared dozens of Facebook posts that undermine the Black Lives Matter movement, dismiss the impact of slavery on African-Americans, defend the Confederate flag, highlighted instances of crimes committed by African-Americans and made an argument for 'white pride.' '400 + years of hurt... Ya might want to get out your calculator on that...
    Gaps in knowledge about the novel coronavirus were seen among different races, sexes and ages, a new study suggests. Researchers found that men and people younger than 55 years old knew less about how COVID-19 spreads, and its most common symptoms, than women and older people. Additionally, African Americans had less knowledge about the disease than their white counterparts.  What's more, all three of these groups are at severe risk of illness, especially because all were more likely to leave their homes.  The team, from Harvard University, says the findings suggest that more accurate information about coronavirus needs to be distributed among minority communities, men and younger people.   African Americans were about 12% less likely than whites to know...
    CHICAGO — The city couldn’t afford to recognize Juneteenth as a city holiday this year, the mayor said Wednesday — but the City Council did approve a resolution honoring the day. Juneteenth always falls on June 19 and marks the day when, in 1865, troops arrived in Texas to free enslaved Americans — more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation. The holiday has now grown and is celebrated across the United States, with rallies, car caravans and more planned for Chicago this Friday. A large group of aldermen had hoped Chicago would officially recognize Juneteenth as a city holiday through an ordinance first introduced in November. That would mean city workers would have the day off. But that effort...
    (CNN)On Tuesday morning, Vice President Mike Pence was asked a very simple question during an interview with "Fox and Friends:" Is it harder for black Americans to "make it in this country"?Here's his full response (video is below if you'd rather experience it that way):"I love your question because I saw where Joe Biden last night actually tweeted that everybody ought to have a fair shot at the American dream. And it's one of the reasons why, as the President and I were talking, as the President spoke in Dallas last week. He's made it clear that while we're going to take a step today to provide new resources to law enforcement, to help them, you know, embrace higher standards...
    African-Americans with a certain genetic variant that puts them at increased risk of sudden cardiac death -- along with socioeconomic and cultural factors -- could contribute to the racial health disparities seen among COVID-19 victims. Writing in the journal Heart Rhythm, the official publication of the Heart Rhythm Society and the Cardiac Electrophysiology Society, published by Elsevier, investigators also note that the unwanted effects of potential therapies like hydroxychloroquine could put African-Americans with the genetic variant at increased risk of "drug-induced ventricular arrhythmias." "Without a definitive explanation for the increased COVID 19-related mortality rates observed among individuals of African descent, we need to consider all potential contributors, including the possibility of genetic predispositions," explained first author John R. Giudicessi, of...
    Rep. Karen Bass, D-Calif., pushed back on Sunday on President Trump’s claims that he’s "done more for the black community than any other president" besides Abraham Lincoln. Bass, who chairs the Congressional Black Caucus, countered Trump’s boast by saying that while the president may have put his signature on legislation from Congress that helps African-Americans, he has also pushed policies and made statements that have been detrimental to the community as a whole, although she offered no examples. Trump has touted that African-American unemployment pre-pandemic had reached its lowest level in history and has taken credit for Congress passing criminal justice reforms and funding for historically black colleges. THE LATEST FROM FOX NEWS ON THE UNREST SPARKED BY GEORGE FLOYD'S DEATH...
    The Minneapolis City Council has passed a measure to dismantle the city's police department and replace it with what Council President Lisa Bender calls "a transformative new model of public safety." This is supposed to better protect people in the aftermath of the murder of George Floyd by a now-former Minneapolis police officer. CNN anchor Alisyn Camerota asked Bender: "Do you understand that the word dismantle, or police-free, also makes some people nervous? ... What if in the middle of [the] night my home is broken into? Who do I call?" Bender equivocated: "I mean, I hear that loud and clear from a lot of my neighbors ... and I know that that comes from a place of privilege. Because...
    "We have been here before so many times, more that we can remember," said Jimmie Briggs, whose Vanity Fair article, "No, I am not okay: A black journalist addresses his white friends," offers a powerful perspective on this moment in history. The nationwide protests following George Floyd's death at the hands of police have been unprecedented in scale. Demonstrators marching in cities and towns across the United States for more than two weeks now have demanded that leaders listen to what African American communities have been crying out for years: Black Lives Matter. Though the message is not new, Briggs believes this moment is unique. Protests Over Police Violence Journalist on protests: "We have been here so many times" Cuomo...
    BALTIMORE (AP) — The field of economics is facing an upheaval, with African American scholars decrying bias in the profession and presenting evidence that leading journals have failed to publish sufficient research that documents racial inequalities. This tumult reflects racial dynamics at a delicate moment set against the backdrop of protests over the police killing of George Floyd that have thrust varying forms of bias into public consciousness. Though videos have illustrated police brutality against African Americans and others, the extent of racially driven economic problems is often less recognized. President Donald Trump has cited the 5.8% unemployment rate for African Americans before the pandemic struck as evidence of improving racial equality. Yet that figure was nearly twice as high...
    Washington (CNN)A Republican Ohio state lawmaker said Thursday that he regrets asking a racist question earlier this week about the disproportionate rates of coronavirus cases among African Americans.The comments from state Sen. Stephen Huffman came on Tuesday during a hearing on a proposal to declare racism a public health crisis in the state. After one of the witnesses discussed health disparities among black Ohioans, Huffman interjected to ask his question."I understand African Americans have a higher incidence of chronic conditions and that makes them more susceptible to death from Covid. But why does it not make them more susceptible just to get Covid?" asked Huffman, who is also a practicing physician. "Could it just be that African Americans or the...
    LeBron James and several other athletes announced Wednesday they are forming a group aimed at energizing black voters and tackling voter suppression in cities ahead of the 2020 election. James, along with Atlanta Hawks star Trae Young, WNBA star Skylar Diggins-Smith, ESPN analyst Jalen Rose and others, formed More Than a Vote. LEBRON JAMES ASKS IF HOW WE VOTE IS 'ALSO STRUCTURALLY RACIST' “Because of everything that's going on, people are finally starting to listen to us -- we feel like we're finally getting a foot in the door," James told The New York Times, which reported on the initiative earlier Wednesday. “How long is up to us. We don't know. But we feel like we're getting some ears and...
    (CNN)NBA superstar LeBron James has partnered with other black athletes and entertainers to start a group aimed at protecting the voting rights of African Americans, The New York Times reported.The organization, called "More Than a Vote," will pair up with other voting organizations and work to help get African Americans to register to vote and cast their ballot in November. "Because of everything that's going on, people are finally starting to listen to us -- we feel like we're finally getting a foot in the door," James said told The Times in a phone interview. "How long is up to us. We don't know. But we feel like we're getting some ears and some attention, and this is the time...
    Community leaders in Tulsa, Oklahoma, spoke out Wednesday against a white police major who said systemic racism does not exist in law enforcement and officers shoot black citizens “less than we probably ought to be” based on crime statistics. Tulsa Police Department Maj. Travis Yates made the controversial remarks during an appearance earlier this week on “The Pat Campbell Show,” a local podcast. Yates was asked to weigh in on the state of law enforcement amid nationwide protests against police brutality following the death of George Floyd. While Yates said he was citing research from outside sources rather than his personal opinion, the comments drew immediate condemnation from local officials. Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum disavowed Yates’ comments in a Facebook post...
    As we've been telling you -- not that you need to be told because it's so obvious -- this is a dark moment in the history of the country. People will attack you if you dare to tell the truth. They'll denounce you. They'll target your family. They'll try to turn your friends against you and deny you the ability to earn a living. DEFUND POLICE? DEMOCRATS LEAD LIST OF THOSE TAKING CASH FROM POLICE UNIONS In the face of that -- and we've said this repeatedly because it's true, nothing is truer -- you cannot give in. Even if you do what the mob tells you to do, you will not be spared. The people on Twitter are predators. Predators are...