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

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…

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Pressley Offers Resolution Condemning Boebert for Islamaphobic Rhetoric

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…

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

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…

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

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…

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

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…

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Rick Santorum Rebuked as “Unhinged and Embarrassing Racist” After He Makes Absurd Claim About Native Americans

Rick Santorum, the former Republican senator from Pennsylvania, has been loudly rebuked by the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) after he claimed that “there isn’t much Native American culture in American culture.” “We came here and created a blank slate,” Santorum said in remarks to conservative group the Young America’s Foundation. “We birthed a…

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Alan Dershowitz Goes Completely Off The Rails Comparing Maxine Waters’ Statements on Chauvin Trial to KKK

Representative Maxine Waters‘s (D-Calif.) statements ahead of Derek Chauvin’s conviction for the murder of George Floyd were not unlike the intimidation tactics employed by the Ku Klux Klan, says attorney and conservative firebrand Alan Dershowitz. “Her message was clearly intended to get to the jury,” Dershowitz said during an interview with Newsmax. “‘If you acquit…

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Conservative Radio Host Chris Baker Gets Fired Over Tweet About Derek Chauvin’s Verdict

Omaha radio host Chris Baker, the host of a conservative program on KFAB Radio, sparked controversy after he posted a tweet about Derek Chauvin’s guilty verdict with a gif of four Black loincloth-wearing tribesmen dancing in celebration. Baker later deleted the tweet amid backlash, but screenshots continued to circulate on social media, including one taken…

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Maxine Waters Refuses to Back Down Amid Republican Criticism of Her Remarks About Chauvin Trial

Representative Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) refused to back down amid criticism from her Republican colleagues after she addressed protesters following the police shooting of Daunte Wright in Minneapolis, Minnesota as the nation waits for the murder trial of Derek Chauvin for the death of George Floyd to conclude. Waters had said that if Chauvin is not found…

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

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…

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Ted Lieu Celebrates Rise in Asian American Voters, Rebukes Trump’s “China Virus” Rhetoric

Representative Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) pointed to a new study published in The American Journal of Public Health that found former President Donald Trump’s rhetoric led to a rise of anti-Asian sentiment online to suggest that Asian voters cost him the presidency. “Asian Americans are the fastest increasing group in America, with eligible voters more than doubling…

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

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,…

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

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…

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Trump’s Unsurprising Answer on Breonna Taylor: “Nobody’s Done More for the Black Community Than Me”

Tonight the eyes of the nation are turned toward Louisville, Kentucky. Today, the state’s Attorney General, Daniel Cameron, announced that none of the police officers involved in the Breonna Taylor killing will be charged with murder. Tensions will be at a fever pitch down south. It is at this moment that Donald Trump could take…

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AG Barr: NYC, Seattle, and Portland, Oregon Are “Permitting Anarchy”

Attorney General William Barr said in a statement that New York City, Seattle, and Portland, Oregon are jurisdictions “permitting violence and destruction of property” and are subject to funding cuts per an executive order from President Donald Trump to slash the budgets of cities “permitting anarchy.” The news release cites the decision by New York…

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61 Percent of Americans Say Trump’s Handling of Protests is Worsening Matters

According to the latest Monmouth poll, 61 percent of Americans say the way President Donald Trump is handling nationwide protests is actually worsening things, not making them better. “Most Americans (61%) say that Trump’s handling of the protests has made the situation worse and just 24% say he has made it better. These results are…

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Poll: Majority of Americans Believe the Way Trump is Responding to Civil Unrest is Making Things Worse

According to a new ABC News/Ipsos poll released today, the majority of Americans believe the way President Donald Trump is responding to civil unrest is making things worse. 55 percent of Americans say they believe Trump is worsening matters as the nation grapples with a slew of protests against racism and police brutality. 29 percent said they…

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White House Says Trump Still Hasn’t Spoken to the Family of Jacob Blake

Protests have continued unabated in Wisconsin since Jacob Blake, a Black man, was shot by police officers, reinvigorating demonstrations against racial injustice and police brutality that kicked off at the beginning of the summer following the killing of George Floyd in Minnesota. According to White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, President Donald Trump still hasn’t…

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Trump Takes a Dig at Portland as He Credits National Guard for Ending Violence in Kenosha

President Donald Trump praised the National Guard for ending violence in Kenosha, Wisconsin, the site of heavy protests after Jacob Blake was shot and partially paralyzed by police officers. Violence broke out after 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse shot and killed two protesters. “Succes (sic): Since the National Guard moved into Kenosha, Wisconsin, two days ago, there…

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Kushner Dismisses NBA Protests, Touts Trump’s “Historic Criminal Justice Reform”

President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner dismissed NBA players who’ve opted not to play games as part of a protest against police brutality against Black Americans, saying they are “fortunate” to have enough wealth to “take a night off from work.” “I think the NBA players are very fortunate that they have…

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Michelle Obama Will Focus on Biden’s Competence Advantage Over Trump During Tonight’s Speech

Democrats who have longed for a return to the Obama’s are looking forward to Michelle Obama’s speech Monday night at the Democratic National Convention. The Obama’s have stayed relatively quiet about Donald Trump’s presidency but have strongly emerged over the last few months.  Michelle Obama’s 2016 featured the, “When they go low, we go high,”…

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Kushner Does Not Reject “Birther” Conspiracy Theory About Kamala Harris

White House senior adviser Jared Kushner did not outright reject a conspiracy theory his father-in-law, President Donald Trump, ignited about Senator Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), who this week Democrat Joe Biden announced would be his running mate in this year’s race for the White House. The president had suggested that Harris may not “meet the requirements”…

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Trump Faces Backlash for Commemorating Civil Rights Icon Amid Racial Tensions

President Donald Trump tweeted a message commemorating Charles Evers, the older brother of slain civil rights leader Medgar Evers and a prominent figure in Mississippi politics. The message courted controversy immediately: The president has in recent weeks tweeted support for flying Confederate flags has continued to disparage the Black Lives Matter movement, and has faced…

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Trump Lashes Out After Princeton Drops Woodrow Wilson’s Name from Policy Center

President Donald Trump lashed out after Princeton University removed former president Woodrow Wilson’s name from its public policy school. The school cited Wilson’s “racist thinking and policies” in its decision. “Can anyone believe that Princeton just dropped the name of Woodrow Wilson from their highly respected policy center,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “Now the Do…

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Trump “Absolutely Would” Support Colin Kaepernik Returning to NFL––Despite History of Attacking Him

In an interview with WJLA’s Scott Thuman, President Donald Trump said he “absolutely would” support former San Francisco 49er Colin Kaepernick “should get another shot in the NFL.” Kaepernick generated controversy in 2016 for choosing to kneel during the national anthem to protest systemic racism and police brutality, a choice that essentially froze him out…

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U.N. to Debate Systemic Racism and Police Brutality in U.S. Following Call from Entire African Continent

The United Nations’ Human Rights Council will debate systemic racism and police brutality in the United States following a call from all 54 African nations. “Structural racism and police violence are issues, which are commonly raised by states and civil society at meetings of the council, as are unlawful killings by police and racial bias…

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Trump: Chokeholds Sound “So Innocent and So Perfect”

President Donald Trump stoked racial tensions in an interview with Fox News today, saying he believes that chokeholds sound “so innocent and so perfect” in remarks defending his “law and order” approach to the protests that have erupted nationwide since George Floyd, an unarmed black man, died in police custody in Minneapolis, inflaming an already…

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Ohio Senator Asks if “Colored People” Who “Don’t Wash Their Hands As Well” Are Responsible for Coronavirus Spread

During a hearing on whether to declare racism a public health crisis, Ohio Senator Steve Huffman (R), who also happens to be an emergency room physician, asked if “the colored population” is more disproportionately impacted by the novel coronavirus because they “don’t wash their hands as well.” “My point is I understand African Americans have…

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Trump: “Our Great National Guard Troops… Could Hardly Believe How Easy It Was” to Gas Peaceful Protesters

President Donald Trump, who has weathered criticism for deciding to use tear gas to clear peaceful protesters for a photo-op in front of St. John’s Church in Washington, D.C., doubled down on the decision, writing on Twitter that the National Guard “could hardly believe how easy it was” to follow his order. Our great National…

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LeBron James and Other Black Athletes and Entertainers Form New Voting Rights Group

NBA player LeBron James has joined a team of other black athletes and entertainers to form More Than a Vote, an organization that will dedicate at least part of its efforts to safeguarding African-American voting rights. The announcement comes as the nation grapples with a litany of protests against systemic racism and police brutality in…

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Pelosi Calls for Removal of Confederate Monuments from U.S. Capitol

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has called for the removal of Confederate monuments from the National Statuary Hall collection at the U.S. Capitol. “The statues in the Capitol should embody our highest ideals as Americans, expressing who we are and who we aspire to be as a nation,” Pelosi wrote in a letter to Missouri…

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Trump’s Own DOJ Finds No Link to Antifa In Protests

The Justice Department has issued a report showing no link to Antifa, an organization that doesn’t exist, at protests following the killing of George Floyd. After NPR reviewed court documents for 51 individuals who are facing federal charges related to the demonstrations, they found none with any connections to the Antifa––or antifascist––movement. Of those 51…

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Poll: Majority of Americans Approve of Protests as Approval of Trump’s Response Continues to Fall

According to the latest Washington Post-Schar School poll, most Americans––a whopping 74 percent––approve of the protests that have erupted nationwide in response to the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died in police custody in Minneapolis. Tellingly, 64 percent of those surveyed say they disapprove of President Donald Trump’s response to the demonstrations….

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Rand Paul Delays Anti-Lynching Bill, Saying He Fears It Could Be Used in Cases of “Minor Bruises”

Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has delayed anti-lynching legislation, saying “there has to be some give and take” on the measure’s language. “We want the bill to be stronger. We think that lynching is an awful thing that should be roundly condemned and should be universally condemned. I don’t think it’s a good idea to conflate…

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Pope Francis: Catholics Cannot Tolerate Racism and Also “Claim to Defend the Sacredness of Every Human Life”

Pope Francis commented on the protests that have erupted since George Floyd, an unarmed black man, was killed while in police custody in Minneapolis, saying that Catholics cannot tolerate racism and also “claim to defend the sacredness of every human life.” “My friends, we cannot tolerate or turn a blind eye to racism and exclusion…

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Rep. Justin Amash is Preparing Legislation That Would End Prohibition Against Suing Police Officers

Michigan Representative Justin Amash (R) is preparing legislation that would the prohibition against suing police officers. “This week, I am introducing the Ending Qualified Immunity Act to eliminate qualified immunity and restore Americans’ ability to obtain relief when police officers violate their constitutionally secured rights,” Amash wrote on Twitter. This week, I am introducing the…

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Lindsey Graham Announces Hearing into Police Use of Force in George Floyd Killing

Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, announced the committee will hold a hearing on police use of force after George Floyd was killed by a police officer in Minneapolis while in police custody. Graham said he’d spoken with Senator Dianne Feinstein, the committee’s ranking member, about the killing, which has resulted…

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Chicago Mayor on Trump’s “Thugs” Tweet: “It Begins with ‘F’ and Ends with ‘You'”

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot denounced President Donald Trump, saying he was “encouraging people to be shot in the street” after referring to those who’ve protested in Minneapolis following the death of George Floyd as “THUGS” and saying that “When the looting starts, the shooting starts.” “I will code what I really want to say to…

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Mitch McConnell Blames Democrats For Trump’s Racism

Instead of speaking out against Trump’s racism, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell blamed the four House Democratic women that the president attacked. Mitch McConnell Blamed House Democratic Women for Trump’s Racism McConnell said, “We’ve heard facilities on the U.S. Border called concentration camps. We’ve seen the far left throw accusations of racism at everyone. Anyone…

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