Category Archives: Ethnicity

Quote of the day: One thing we miss about Berkeley


One of many, in fact.

But living in Berkeley, we had the best Congressional Representative of them all, Democrat Barbara Lee.

And you just can’t have better representation.

Rep. Lee won’t be attending the TrumpAscension™,

She enumerates her reasons:

Congresswoman Barbara Lee today announced that she will not attend the inauguration of Donald J. Trump on Friday, January 20, 2017.

“Inaugurations are celebratory events, a time to welcome the peaceful transition of power and honor the new administration. On January 20th, I will not be celebrating or honoring an incoming president who rode racism, sexism, xenophobia and bigotry to the White House.

“Donald Trump ran one of the most divisive and prejudiced campaigns in modern history. He began his campaign by insulting Mexican immigrants, pledging to build a wall between the United States and Mexico and then spent a year and a half denigrating communities of color and normalizing bigotry. He called women ‘pigs’, stoked Islamophobia, and attacked a Gold Star family. He mocked a disabled reporter and appealed to people’s worst instincts.  I cannot in good conscience attend an inauguration that would celebrate this divisive approach to governance.

“After the election, many hoped the president-elect would turn toward unifying our country. Instead he has shown us that he will utilize the same tools of division he employed on the campaign trail as our nation’s Commander-in-Chief. We need look no further than the team he is assembling to find signals that the era of Trump will be one of chaos and devastation for our communities.

“The president-elect has named Steve Bannon,  a white nationalist as his chief strategist. He has nominated Senator Jeff Sessions to the office of Attorney General, despite his long career of opposition to civil and human rights. And in perhaps the most damning sign of the chaos to come, the president-elect has expedited the process to repeal the Affordable Care Act and make America sick again.”

“To make matters worse, after the intelligence community reported Russian interference in our election, Donald Trump frequently and forcefully defended Vladimir Putin. He insulted senior intelligence officials in order to preserve his reputation and disguise the truth. The American people will never forget that when a foreign government violated our democracy, Donald Trump chose the interests of another nation over our own.

“Donald Trump has proven that his administration will normalize the most extreme fringes of the Republican Party. On Inauguration Day, I will not be celebrating. I will be organizing and preparing for resistance.”

Chart of the day: Immigration partisan divides


From the Pew Research Center:

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Quote of the day II: A Trumpster’s racist wishes


Artvoice, an alternative paper in Buffalo, asked prominent Buffalo real estate developer and property magnate Carl Paladino a list of questions. He also served as co-chair of Trump’s New York state campaign and held meetings with the President-elect and key staff members, including White House counsel-designate Steve Bannon and National Security Advisor-designate and retired Gen. Michael “Mad Dog” Flynn.

Here are his answers to the first two questions, “1. What would you most like to happen in 2017?” And “2. What would you like to see go away in 2017?” via a screencap from the paper’s website:

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Yet another Trumpster mainstreams racism.

O’Reilly rants: Electoral college saves the pales!


Never was Fox News’s snide sniper so transparent as when he came out full-white privilege during a Tuesday evening rant in which he declared democracy is good, right up until it endangers white privilege.

In other words, he laid his racist cards on the table, and he’s holding a full house.

Here’s the money shot. It’s both amazing and frightening:

Hate crime wave follows the end of the election


The legitimization of xenophobia, Islamophobia, and old-fashioned American racism by Donald Trump and his supporters fueled an ipidemic of post-election violence.

We begin with a report from teleSUR English:

Over 1,000 hate crimes have been reported since Donald Trump won the U.S. presidential election, the rate dropping since the days after election day but over a third of them still making reference to Trump.

Most of the incidents were against immigrants, followed by African-Americans, Muslims and LGBT people, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, which released the data on Friday but cut off the count on Monday, Dec. 12. The SPLC counted a total of 1,094 from news reports, social media and direct submission.

Like previous counts, most incidents occurred in K-12 schools, followed by highly-frequented businesses and campuses of higher education. Most recruitment drives, especially those including fliers, were reported on college campuses, the majority of them by white nationalists and some from the Ku Klux Klan.

Attacks that referenced Trump overwhelmingly attacked women, reported the SPLC, which also counted anti-Trump and anti-white incidents. The former came to a total of 26, with six anti-white incidents.

Next, we turn to the SPLC report, first, with this graphic depicting just where those attacks occurred:

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Next, an excerpt from the report itself:

Overall, anti-immigrant incidents (315) remain the most reported, followed by anti-black (221), anti-Muslim (112), and anti-LGBT (109). Anti-Trump incidents numbered 26 (6 of which were also anti-white in nature, with 2 non-Trump related anti-white incidents reported).

We’ve also been tracking false reports (13 total), as a handful of high profile incidents have been recently uncovered, including two that we had previously counted and have removed for this update.

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[A]round 37 percent of all incidents directly referenced either President-elect Donald Trump, his campaign slogans, or his infamous remarks about sexual assault.

Finally, one more graphic from the report:

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Exposed: Lethal racial bias in North Carolina justice


African Americans who kill white people in the Tar Heel State are twice as likely to draw death sentences than had the victim been an African American, according to a new study of sentencing patterns.

The source of the discrimination is two-fold: Prosecutors are less likely to seek the death penalty in black-on-black crime, and jurors are more likely to impose death when the victim is white and the accused is African American.

From Michigan State University:

Defendants charged with murder in North Carolina from 1990 to 2009 were more than twice as likely to receive the death penalty if the victims were white, Michigan State University researchers have found.

Catherine Grosso and Barbara O’Brien, associate professors at MSU College of Law, conducted the most comprehensive study of its kind to date, also finding the race of the defendant doesn’t carry much weight.

“The white victim effect was the clearest and strongest finding in this study analysis,” Grosso said. “Race still matters in the criminal justice system, and it shouldn’t.”

At the same time, the researchers found cases involving both a black defendant and a black victim were more than two times less likely to advance to a capital trial, where a jury decides whether to impose a death penalty or a life sentence.

“The dismissing of black-on-black crime is so salient right now,” Grosso said. “There’s under policing in black communities, and that may be what’s going on here. It’s the justice system that seems to be driving this scenario.”

The study was inspired by North Carolina’s Racial Justice Act of 2009, which allowed death row inmates to challenge their sentencing based on evidence of racial discrimination. Since statistical evidence was needed, the researchers were tapped to conduct the study.

Prosecutors don’t seek a death sentence in the majority of cases that North Carolina law says are eligible for the death penalty, the researchers said. So with a team of about 45, Grosso and O’Brien examined 5,000-6,000 cases to understand how the law is implemented and to identify cases to include.

The end result was a data set of 1,500 cases – a sample of defendants against whom prosecutors could have but didn’t seek a death sentence and all defendants for whom a jury decided to impose either the death penalty or a life sentence. This included everyone on death row in North Carolina.

Researchers identified the race of every defendant and victim and coded information relating to the defendant, the victim and the circumstances of the crime. In addition, research team members visited every courthouse in the state.

The scholars obtained unusually complete information due in part to cooperation from North Carolina officials, Grosso said.

While the MSU Law study was exclusive to cases in North Carolina, the results echo an alarming trend occurring throughout the United States, O’Brien said.

“I have a hard time believing that a preference for white victim cases doesn’t reflect a fundamental bias in our criminal justice system,” she said. “What we worry about is the extent to which these biases play out even before a case gets to sentencing. There’s every reason to think it’s not just appearing at that stage in the process.”

The study was published in the most recent edition of North Carolina Law Review.

Dutch TV profiles a Black Lives Matter founder


Black Lives Matter, perhaps the most significant new American social movement since the Occupy phenomenon, coalesced following the 26 February shooting of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida, and the acquittal six months later of his killer, George Zimmerman.

Three community organizers — Opal Tometi of Brooklyn, New, York, Alicia Garza of Oakland, California, and Patrisse Cullors of Los Angeles — gave the movement its name and form.

But it was the police killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri on 9 August 2014 that gave the movement national attention, when organizers headed to Missouri and helped organizer protests that brought the focus of the world’s media to bear.

It was Patrisse Cullors along with another activist who seized the stage from Bernie Sanders during a Town Hall forum in Phoenix in July 2015, drawing yet more attention on the movement.

In this documentary from Dutch public television we get a closer look at Cullors, and the complexity of a figure at the center of the movement. It’s a fascinating story.

From VPRO Backlight:

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Program notes:

In 2013 in Sanford, Florida, vigilante George Zimmerman was found not guilty of the murder of 17-year-old African American Trayvon Martin. As a result, the struggle against police violence flared up under the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter and turned into one of the biggest grassroots movements in the United States. VPRO Backlight talked to co-founder Patrisse Cullors about the various forms of violence against black citizens, and why resistance is essential.

Director: Nirit Peled
Research: Henneke Hagen