Derek Chauvin Changes Course, Pleads Guilty to Violating George Floyd’s Civil Rights

29minn complaint chauvin videoSixteenByNineJumbo1600

Derek Chauvin pleaded guilty on Wednesday to charges of violating George Floyd’s civil rights.

Chauvin had previously pleaded not guilty to violating Floyd’s constitutional rights when he arrested Floyd and killed him after kneeling on his neck for nearly 10 minutes last spring in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Floyd’s murder sparked international outrage and kicked off the largest nationwide protests for racial justice seen in decades. read more

Pressley Offers Resolution Condemning Boebert for Islamaphobic Rhetoric

Lauren Boebert Gosar House floor

Representative Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) is offering a resolution condemning Representative Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) for Islamaphobic rhetoric.

“For a Member of Congress to repeatedly use hateful, anti-Muslim rhetoric and Islamophobic tropes towards a Muslim colleague is dangerous. It has no place in our society and it diminishes the honor of the institution we serve in,” Pressley said. read more

ND School Superintendent Rails Against Critical Race Theory, Says Schools Should Teach “Christian Heritage”

north dakota flag NorthDakota StateFlags

A North Dakota school district superintendent claimed in an email that calls to address racial injustice are a “political ideology” and called for a “Christ centered Republic.”

The email was sent to a North Dakota Council of Educational Leaders-run listserv by Starkweather Public School District Superintendent Larry Volk, who said it is  “time to move away from godless corrupt woke, left-wing ideology and back to the devout Christ centered Republic the founders envisioned.” read more

Trump Fumes After Robert E. Lee Statue is Removed, Praises His “Genius”

2021 03 06T175521Z 1 LYNXMPEH250FB RTROPTP 4 USA ELECTION GEORGIA RACKETEERING scaled

Former President Donald Trump released an angry statement praising the “genius” of Robert E. Lee after authorities in Richmond, Virginia removed a statue of the Confederate leader.

“Robert E. Lee is considered by many Generals to be the greatest strategist of them all,” Trump said in a statement released by his Save America PAC. He insisted that Lee joined “the other side,” that of slaveowners, “because of his great love of Virginia” and said he would have led the South to victory in the Civil War had it not been for a great loss at the Battle of Gettysburg. read more

Tennessee Plans to Withhold Millions of Dollars in State Funding from Schools That Teach Critical Race Theory

Screen Shot 2021 08 03 at 10.27.58 AM

The state of Tennessee has plans to withhold millions of dollars in state funding from schools that violate a recently passed law that regulates the teaching of critical race theory, a body of legal and academic scholarship that aims to examine how racism and disparate racial outcomes have shaped public policy via often implicit social and institutional dynamics. read more

Florida Joins the List of GOP-led States Banning Critical Race Theory

2019 01 11T221457Z 1 LYNXNPEF0A1MS RTROPTP 4 USA FLORIDA FELONS

Back in September, two months before losing the election to Joe Biden, when Donald Trump was repeating the fallacy either he win the election or it’s “rigged,” Trump announced the formation of the “1776 Commission,” a retaliation against The New York Times’ Pulitzer Prize-winning “1619 Project,” dedicated to chronicling the country’s history beginning the year Europeans shipped the first enslaved Africans to American shores. read more

Rand Paul Goes Off the Deep End with Revisionist History Claiming Democrats Invented Jim Crow Laws

rand paul mtp 1

Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) offered revisionist history during an appearance on Fox News when he claimed that Democrats created Jim Crow laws. The short answer to this is that Southern Democrats defended slavery in the 19th century and proposed the racist laws that were on the books for decades well into the 20th. The monopoly that Southern Democrats held in the southern states fractured––and they would later became today’s Republican Party––as support for degsegreation and civil rights reforms took center stage. read more

Marjorie Taylor Greeene Is Trying to Expel Maxine Waters from Congress For Addressing Police Brutality

2021 02 03T174722Z 51924044 RC25LL96KCLN RTRMADP 3 USA CONGRESS REPUBLICANS

Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) will introduce a resolution to expel Representative Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) from Congress, citing “her continual incitement of violence” after Waters addressed protesters following the police shooting of Daunte Wright in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Wright’s killing comes as Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin is on trial and facing murder charges for the death of George Floyd, which sparked worldwide protests last spring and summer. read more

Representative Grace Meng Says Trump’s Behavior Led to Increase in Anti-Asian Violence

Screen Shot 2021 03 18 at 11.45.14 AM

Former President Donald Trump was often criticized over the last year for his use of the phrase “China virus” to refer to the novel coronavirus, the virus that causes Covid-19. Trump would often employ the phrase in official communications via his Twitter account. It was also picked up by right-wing news outlets like Fox News, which have designed their coverage to explicitly blame the Chinese government for the pandemic and its effects on American life. read more

House Democrats Introduce Bill to Limit Transfer of Military-Grade Gear to Police

2019 09 26T231301Z 1 LYNXMPEF8P25V RTROPTP 4 USA COURTS SECRECY CONGRESS

Amid the national debate about the militarization of law enforcement, House Democrats have introduced a bill to limit the transfer of military-grade gear to police officers.

The bill is sponsored by Representative Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) and  “goes after the items that destroy trust and endanger communities while allowing support equipment transfers to continue,” according to a summary shared with The Hill. It is co-sponsored by 74 other House Democrats. read more