➔ Tech: Facebook announced it is removing groups dedicated to the anti-government boogaloo extremist movement one month after federal officials alleged adherents used the platform to plan the murder of a federal agent. The social media giant cited violations of its policies against organized violence as justification to remove 220 boogaloo Facebook groups and 95 Instagram accounts. The company said 400 additional groups that were tangentially associated with the movement would also be removed (NBC News). Adherents of the loosely organized far-right boogaloo movement support the idea of exploiting unrest to spark a second civil war, drawing the name from a 1980s breakdancing movie and attracting both libertarians and white nationalists (USA Today). ... Google said it will cut off European media companies from a lucrative flow of ad revenues if they follow through with attempts to curb Google’s data collection drawn from their readers. Negotiations continue, but Google holds … [Read more...] about The Hill’s Morning Report – Republicans shift, urge people to wear masks
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It took even longer to secure full recognition of the holiday at the state level. As of 1986, when the federal MLK holiday took effect, only 17 states had done likewise. In addition to the usual efforts to dilute the holiday, it became popular in southern states to incongruously draft it onto commemorations of Confederate generals. Notably, Virginia combined the MLK holiday with recognition of both Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson until 2000. To this day Alabama and Mississippi honor Lee and King together. … [Read more...] about What Will It Take to Make Juneteenth a National Holiday?
Finally, it’s worth noting some of those whose nominations died in the 115th Congress but may well return in the 116th: Thomas Farr, the architect of North Carolina’s racist voter suppression laws; Matthew Kacsmaryk, who wrote that LGBT equality means that “marriage, sexuality, gender identity, and even the unborn child must yield to the erotic desires of liberated adults”; Jeff Mateer, who called transgender kids evidence of “Satan’s plan”; Ryan Bounds, who wrote racist articles as a college student; and Damien Schiff, who has opined that OSHA is unconstitutional and “the only useful metric for gauging success is money.” Keep your eyes out for them in the spring. … [Read more...] about Bigots, Bloggers Liars: The Top-Ten Worst Judges Trump Has Put on the Bench
But I think we’ve all understated the threat here. Transgender, as a category, barely exists in federal law. What few protections exist are predicated on a legal theory that sex discrimination includes gender-identity discrimination. That is a delicate thread. And let’s remember, many people, especially religious conservatives, simply don’t think that trans is a thing. They think that Caitlyn Jenner is just a confused man, that transgender identity is a mental illness. … [Read more...] about A Trump-Pence Presidency Would Be a Disaster for LGBT People
This is no defense of him. Dylann Roof committed a heinous act of murdering nine people. He is a racist easily prone to violence; he is mad at the world. One wonders why he spent an hour in the church with the people before he killed them. Was it all premeditated? Did he entertain any reservations but then, in a flash of hatred, decide he had to kill? Neither is an excuse for what he did. It appears that he lived — and killed — on the edge. … [Read more...] about A Charleston connection in name only