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October 6, 2019

White Evangelicals Love Trump and They Know Why, Race and Political Power


By Anthea Butler

Liberals have a tendency to wring their hands at the strong support President Donald Trump — he of the three wives and multiple affairs, and a tendency to engage in exceedingly un-Christian-like behavior at the slightest provocation — continues to receive from the white evangelical community. White evangelical support for Donald Trump is still at 73 percent, and more than 80 percent of white evangelicals voted for him in 2016.
But focusing on the disconnect between Trump's personal actions and the moral aspects of their faith misses the issue that keeps their support firm: racism. Modern evangelicals' support for this president cannot be separated from the history of evangelicals' participation in and support for racist structures in America.
Evangelicals, in religious terminology, believe that Jesus Christ is the savior of humanity. They have a long history in America and include a number of different groups, including Baptists, Pentecostals, Methodists and nondenominational churches. After the schism among the Baptists, Methodists and Presbyterians in the 1850s over slavery, conservative denominations like the Southern Baptists — who defended slavery through their readings of scripture — came into being. And because the primary schisms between northern and southern denominations was over the issues of slavery, in the pre- and post-Civil War years, African American Protestants formed their own denominations. 
Evangelical denominations formed from these splits in the South were usually comprised of people who had made money from slavery or supported it. After the Civil War, many were more likely to have supported the Ku Klux Klan and approved of (or participated in) lynching. The burning cross of the KKK, for instance, was a symbol of white Christian supremacy, designed both to put fear into the hearts of African Americans and to highlight the supposed Christian righteousness of the terrorist act.
During the civil rights movement, many white evangelicals either outright opposed Martin Luther King Jr. or, like Billy Graham, believed that racial harmony would only come about when the nation turned to God. in the 1970s, evangelicalism became synonymous with being "born again" and also against abortion and, with the rise of the Moral Majority in the late 1970s, they began to seek not only moral, but political power.
Ronald Reagan, who also counted evangelicals among his most vociferous supporters, started his presidential campaign on the platform of states’ rights from Philadelphia, Mississippi, where Michael Schwerner, James Chaney, and Andrew Goodman were murdered by several Klansmen with the participation of local law enforcement in 1964, while attempting to register African Americans to vote. Decades later, the Rev. Jerry Falwell, the evangelical leader, opposed sanctions on South Africa's apartheid regime and insultedBishop Desmond Tutu, a Nobel Prize Peace winner, as a "phony." 
After 9/11, many evangelicals vilified Islam and created cottage industries and ministries promoting Islamophobia. And when Barack Obama was elected president, they regrouped, bought guns and became Tea Partiers who promoted fiscal responsibility and indulged in birtherism, promoted by no less than the son of Billy Graham, Franklin.
Still, evangelicals have worked to make a good show of repenting for racism. From the racial reconciliation meetings of the 1990s to today, they have dutifully declared racism a sin, and Southern Baptists have apologized again for their role in American slavery — most recently in 2018 via a document outlining their role
But statements are not enough. Proving how disconnected they are from their statements about atoning for the sin of racism, the 2019 Annual Convention of the Southern Baptists was opened with a gavel owned by John A. Broadus, a slaveholder, white supremacist and the founder of their seminary. In the meantime, the most visible Southern Baptist pastor, Robert Jeffress of First Baptist Dallas, recently said of Trump that “he does not judge people by the color of their skin, but whether or not they support him,” calling that "the definition of colorblind." (Jeffress is such a supporter of Trump that he regularly extols him on Fox News, and even wrote a special song for Trump’s Campaign, "Make America Great Again.")
So it's not surprising that white evangelicals supported the Muslim ban, are the least likely to accept refugees into the country (according to the Pew Foundation) and, though a slim majority oppose it, are the denomination most likely to support Trump's child separation policy. White evangelicals certainly are not concerned with white supremacy, because they are often white supremacists.
And Trump appeals to these evangelicals because of his focus on declension, decline, and destruction, which fits into evangelical beliefs about the end times. When Trump used the term “American carnage” in his inaugural address, evangelicals listened; they too, believed America is in decline. Their imagined powerlessness and the need for a strong authoritarian leader to protect them is at the root of their racial and social animus. Their persecution complex is a heady mix of their fear of “socialists,” Muslims, independent women, LGBT people, and immigration. Their feelings of fragility, despite positions of power, make them vote for people like Donald Trump — and morally suspect candidates like Roy Moore. Rhetoric, not morality, drives their voting habits. 
All of this has made a mockery of white evangelical protestations about morality and the family. Moral issues once drove white evangelical votes but, first when Obama was elected and then when the Supreme Court struck down the federal ban on same-sex marriage in June of 2015, what remained was their fear. Trump promised justices and a return to a time when they felt less fear, and he delivered, at least on the former. White evangelical fealty to him is firm. Evangelicals in America are not simply a religious group; they are a political group inexorably linked to the Republican Party.
Trump delivered evangelicals from the shame of losing, and they will back him again in 2020 to avoid losing again. So perhaps we should take evangelicals at their word that they will support Trump come hell or high water, rather than twisting ourselves into knots trying to figure out why.

August 6, 2019

The Monster in Chief Blames "Mentally Ill Monsters" "There Are Real Nice People on Both Sides"

President Trump condemned “racist hate” Monday morning in the wake of a pair of mass shootings, one of which appears to have been carried out by a white supremacist who may have been inspired by Trump’s own racist rhetoric.
“The shooter in El Paso posted a manifesto online consumed by racist hate. In one voice, our nation must condemn racism, bigotry, and white supremacy. These sinister ideologies must be defeated,” Trump said in an address from the White House. “Hate has no place in America. Hatred warps the mind, ravages the heart, and devours the soul.” 
Trump also described the El Paso shooter as a domestic terrorist.
The speech came two full days after the El Paso shooting, and more than a day after the other in Dayton, Ohio. The pair of massacres left at least 29 people dead and many injured.
Trump blamed mental health issues and “gruesome and grisly video games” for the regular occurrence of mass shootings in the U.S., though there’s no solid evidence that video games inspire violence.
In a press conference Monday morning, Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl said it was "fundamentally problematic" that Betts carried an assault-style weapon. But Biehl did not bring up any concerns surrounding mental illness, nor video games.
He also called for some limited gun control measures, including “red flag laws” that would allow people to petition the court to keep mentally ill relatives or friends from acquiring guns. Many states do have such laws, but not Ohio and Texas. 
“The choice is ours and ours alone. It is not up to mentally ill monsters; it is up to us that we are able to pass great legislation. After all of these years, we will ensure that those who were attacked will not have died in vain,” Trump said, before misidentifying one of the cities where a mass shooting occurred this weekend. 
“May God bless the memory of those who perished in Toledo,” Trump said.
The alleged El Paso shooter appears to have adopted some of Trump’s anti-immigrant language in his own manifesto, describing an “invasion” of Hispanics, though he made a point to say he’d held those views since before Trump’s comments. Democrats have drawn a connection between Trump’s anti-immigrant rhetoric and the El Paso shooting.
Trump has regularly discussed an “invasion” of Hispanics from the southern border, often using racist rhetoric. In just the last few weeks, he called on four nonwhite congresswomen to “go back” to their countries of origin, even though three of them were born in the U.S., and he slammed Baltimore as a “disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess” as he attacked Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), who is black.
Trump’s extended remarks also followed a pair of tweets Monday morning where he suggested pairing legislation for “strong background checks” with immigration reform, two of the most charged issues in politics. House Democrats passed legislation months ago that would require background checks on private gun sales by unlicensed dealers, closing the so-called “gun show loophole.” Senate Republicans have refused to act on the bill.
This isn’t the first time Trump has suggested an openness to gun control legislation — but in the past he hasn’t shown a willingness to stick with it. In early 2018, he proposed increasing the minimum age required to buy assault weapons in the wake of the Las Vegas massacre, but he backed off after meeting with National Rifle Association leaders. 
He did push through a ban on bump stocks, which modify semi-automatic weapons into automatic weapons, after that slaughter. But he also signed legislation that made it easier for mentally ill people to buy guns.  
Editor's note 8/5 12:07 p.m. ET: This story was updated with information from a police press conference in Dayton, Ohio. 
Cover: President Donald Trump speaks about the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House, Monday, Aug. 5, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

October 15, 2018

Germans Stage A Mass Protest Against Racism and The far Left

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 Holding hands against racism

 Protestors from across Germany marched through Berlin on Saturday against racism, xenophobia and the far right in one of the country’s biggest rallies of recent years.  Organizers put the turnout at 242,000 people for the demonstration, which followed anti-immigration protests in several eastern cities over the summer and a rise in support for the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party before a state election on Sunday. nA police spokesman declined to estimate the size of the crowd at the march, which was organized by a broad alliance of associations, labor unions, parties and rights groups including Amnesty International.  Marchers carried placards reading “Build bridges, not walls”, “United against racism” and “We are indivisible - for an open and free society”. Some danced to pop music on a warm autumn day. 
The arrival of more than a million migrants, many from war zones in the Middle East, has boosted support for the AfD. It is expected to fare well in the election in Bavaria, long a stronghold of the conservative Christian Social Union, a member of the Chancellor Angela Merkel’s federal coalition government.  In August, far-right groups in the eastern city of Chemnitz clashed with police and chased people they believed to be foreign after the fatal stabbing of a German man blamed on two migrants. Similar protests took place in Dresden, Koethen and other eastern cities. 
Merkel has accused AfD politicians of using the violent protests to stir up social tensions. 

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Nevertheless, the number of violent attacks on refugees and asylum shelters in Germany has fallen sharply in the first half of this year. 
Two companies have also warned their German employees about the dangers of populism before the regional election in Bavaria while the head of the BDI industry association has said the economy could be hurt by a wave of nationalism. 
Reporting by Michael Nienaber; editing by David Stamp

October 6, 2018

A Man Starts Harrazing a woman. for Speaking Spanish in a Super Market but Another Woman Comes to the Rescue

In a viral video posted on Facebook, a woman who has been identified as Kamira Trent can be seen yelling at the suspect, identified as Linda Dwire, at a City Market grocery store in Rifle, Colorado, on Monday. Dwire has been accused of harassing Fabiola Velasquez and Isabel Marin for speaking Spanish to one another.
"I'm calling the cops. You leave these women alone! Get out!" Trent can be heard telling Dwire in the video.
"You come from a generation that's destroying this country," Dwire responded.

"No I do not. I have respect. You do not harass people," Trent can be heard telling Dwire in the video.
"You will lose your country," Dwire told Trent as she points her finger at her. "You know what, you will lose this country."
Trent and Dwire can be seen walking away in the video as a store employee can be seen following the women.
"You do not harass Hispanic women!" Trent can be heard saying.
The video has already garnered over 778,000 views and over 13,000 shares on Facebook. Velasquez wrote on Facebook that she never thought this would happen to her and thanked Trent for sticking up for her and Marin.
“I never thought this would happen to me. A friend and I were talking in the store in Spanish and suddenly a lady came to insult us that if we lived in this country, we had to speak only English. Thankfully the other girl (who we do not know) defended us and called the police," Velasquez wrote in Spanish on Facebook on Monday. “I always saw videos on social media and it infuriated me and today, when it was my case, I can say that I felt a real helplessness.”
Velasquez told BuzzFeed News she has been in the U.S. for eight years and was at the market with her children. She was speaking to Marin when she was approached by Dwire, who was aggressive and put her hands to her face, according to BuzzFeed News. Trent overheard Dwire tell the women “You're in America. You're in my country. You can't speak Spanish here. You need to speak English if you're going to be in America."
“She just got angrier and angrier. I was trying to get her away from the two women, but she wasn't going to leave them alone," Trent told BuzzFeed News. "What she said and the way she said it was wrong."
Dwire was arrested and taken to Garfield County Jail, according to an arrest affidavit obtained by BuzzFeed News. She was charged with two counts of bias-motivated harassment but was released on bond on Monday.
Newsweek has reached out to City Market for comment on the incident but did not hear back in time for publication.

September 8, 2018

Young Man is Black and His Grandma is White, Police in Wisconsin Put him in Handcuffs, Assumed It Was A Robbery

Police stopped, drew guns and handcuffed a black teenager on suspicion that he was robbing two white women he was in a car with, before it emerged that one of them was his grandmother and the other was giving them both a ride home from church.
The incident took place in Wauwatosa, in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, on Sunday, after a bystander told police that he had witnessed what looked like a robbery of two white women in a blue Lexus vehicle. Police officers stopped the car and told the 18-year-old man, whose name was not given, to step out with his hands up, go on his knees and enter the police vehicle, before one of the officers approached the Lexus and soon realized the mistake.
“This is my grandson,” one of the women is heard telling the officer who asked her if she was OK, according to dashcam footage of the incident, broadcast by local NBC-affiliate TMJ4. “We’re on our way home from church to my house.”
The officer can be heard apologizing for “that guy not knowing what he was talking about,” referring to the man who had driven by the police vehicle to alert officers that the young man in the women’s car was “robbing them right now.”
 I’m sure he saw two old white ladies in a car with a black kid and he made some assumptions,” the woman can be heard saying, before the officer informed her that the man in question was black himself. “Oh my God. Then it’s even worse,” the woman exclaimed. The woman assured the officer that the teenager was no threat to either of them, telling the officer that her friend had known him since he was very young.
“It’s all good, he’s her grandson,” one officer is heard shouting to the squad car, before the young man was released.
The police officers said they could not locate the bystander who had alerted them to question him formally on what led him to suspect the young man was robbing the two women. Attorney Joy Bertrand told USA Today that she had requested Wauwatosa Police Department’s files on the case to investigate whether there was any legitimate basis for police intervention.

"After we take a look at whatever basis they have for stopping and harassing this family, we will be able to comment further," Bertrand said. 
Police said that although they drew their handguns, they pointed them in a safe direction during the stop. 

May 18, 2018

NYC Based Lawyer Goes Berserk! When He Heard Restaurant Employees Speaking Spanish


The video for this jackA, appeared on a tweet two
days ago which this blog sent to FaceBook
and other sites. We like to give you a follow-up.

It is short of amazing this episode happens today.

A lawyer who does not know the constitution
of his country which nowhere you find
English nor any language as the official
language. Even if such was the case it certainly would not be in
Manhattan, NYC, in which you find every language and dialect spoken
under the sun. But having an individual who is supposed to be well
educated,  the video hits many of us right under the chin!

Where did this bigot grow up, go to school and what is going
on in his place of work since it is a LAW firm? They Don't take Spanish or
any other customer that can't or won't speak English??? Do They have
a sign at the door that reads "English ONLY"?

The rampage from this bigot against people that are bilingual sheds light
on the importance to know more than one language, like most Europeans do.
Why? Because today the information unites every nation to every other people
regardless of distance. If one wants to do well in business, in a global
environment one needs to understand the customers or even the owners
of the corporation paying your salary which might be in Germany or China.
I just feel sorry for this poor fool.

Aaron Schlossberg, a New York-based lawyer, became Internet famous on Wednesday for the worst of reasons: a racist rant that went viral.
Schlossberg was captured on a smartphone video yelling at employees in the restaurant Fresh Kitchen in midtown Manhattan. His complaint was that the workers were speaking Spanish to customers.
"And my guess is they're not documented," Schlossberg said to an employee, who appeared to be a manager. "So my next call is to ICE to have each one of them kicked out of my country."
ICE is the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which is responsible for enforcing federal laws on border control.
Beyond just facing the wrath of Twitter, Schlossberg's business is getting pummeled online.

A lot of people are sharing this video. I shared it earlier and got a phone call from someone in my circle who went to law school with him. Aaron M. Schlossberg. Here's his website:  All systems go! 
His firm, the Law Office of Aaron M. Schlossberg, has been flooded with one-star reviews on Yelp, with commenters calling him a "vile racist" and surfacing other incidents of disparaging remarks he's made in public toward minority groups.
So many reviews were flooding Schlossberg's page that Yelp jumped in to say the listing is undergoing an "active cleanup alert." According to Yelp, when a business attracts posts because it "made waves in the news," the company works to "remove both positive and negative posts that appear to be motivated more by the news coverage itself than the reviewer's personal consumer experience with the business."
People also altered online listings of the law firm on Google by changing it to the 'Spanish restaurant' category and switching out the photo of Schlossberg with a dog being hit in the face by a frisbee, 
His firm, the Law Office of Aaron M. Schlossberg, has been flooded with one-star reviews on Yelp, with commenters calling him a "vile racist" and surfacing other incidents of disparaging remarks he's made in public toward minority groups.
So many reviews were flooding Schlossberg's page that Yelp jumped in to say the listing is undergoing an "active cleanup alert." According to Yelp, when a business attracts posts because it "made waves in the news," the company works to "remove both positive and negative posts that appear to be motivated more by the news coverage itself than the reviewer's personal consumer experience with the business."
People also altered online listings of the law firm on Google by changing it to the 'Spanish restaurant' category and switching out the photo of Schlossberg with a dog being hit in the face by a frisbee,  
Schlossberg's website says the firm handles business and commercial law in New York.

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February 14, 2018

Sessions Was Denied a Judgeship on Fears of Racism But He Still As Racist

Attorney General Jeff Sessions called sheriffs a "critical part of the Anglo-American heritage of law enforcement" during a speech Monday. 
"We must never erode this historic office," he told the National Sheriffs' Association. "I know this, you know this. We want to be partners, we don’t want to be bosses. We want to strengthen you and help you be more effective in your work." 
Sessions made the comment after praising the 75-year-old law enforcement group and its effort to help the Justice Department and President Donald Trump crackdown on illegal immigration, among other law enforcement issues.  
The "Anglo-American" phrase was not in the prepared remarks released by the Justice Department earlier Monday before his speech. A similarly worded sentence, "The sheriff is a critical part of our legal heritage," does appear. 
The Justice Department defended Sessions' comments as meant to invoke sheriffs' English roots, as well as the debt America's legal system owes to England. 
“As most law students learn in the first week of their first year, Anglo-American law — also known as the common law — is a shared legal heritage between England and America. The sheriff is unique to that shared legal heritage," Ian Prior, a spokesman for the department, said in a statement. "Before reporters sloppily imply nefarious meaning behind the term, we would suggest that they read any number of the Supreme Court opinions that use the term. Or they could simply put ‘Anglo-American law’ into Google.” 
Still, Sessions' apparently unscripted moment did not go unnoticed by critics. 
Bernice King, the daughter of Martin Luther King Jr., responded to Sessions' remark by tweeting out an excerpt of the letter her mother, Coretta Scott King, wrote in the 1980s vehemently opposing Sessions' appointment to a federal judgeship, citing a lack of leadership on civil rights.  
"The irony of Mr. Sessions' nomination is that, if confirmed, he will be given a life tenure for doing with a federal prosecution what the local sheriffs accomplished twenty years ago with clubs and cattle prods.” , 1986 

Sessions faced accusations of racism during his 1986 Senate confirmation process for the judgeship — allegations that resurfaced during his confirmation battle to become attorney general last January. Thomas Figures, a black former assistant U.S. attorney who worked under Sessions, testified during the 1986 hearing that Sessions called him "boy" several times and joked about the Ku Klux Klan. 
This prompted a vigorous denial of Sessions at the time. “I am not a racist, I am not insensitive to blacks. I have supported civil rights activity in my state. I have done my job with integrity, equality, and fairness for all,” he said at the time. 
Sessions were denied the judgeship.

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