Ron DeSantis understands how appealing this rhetoric is. He understands, as Muhammad observes, that “crime rates in the nation’s biggest cities are generally understood as a reflection of the presence and behavior of the black men, women, and children who live there.” He understands that he is neck-and-neck in polls with a black man in Florida, a state where fear and hostility toward black men and children has repeatedly led to their violent deaths at the hands of vigilantes. He knows this fear is his ally if he hopes to win. At a September press conference, more than a week after winning the primary, DeSantis’s campaign informed reporters who sought to question him about his platform that he needed “time to flesh [it] out” first. That he had gotten so far without a platform is a testament to the power of his emotional appeals — that being a white, Trump-supporting Republican, and a bulwark against a harbinger of black crime might be … [Read more...] about Ron DeSantis Is Lying About Crime in Tallahassee. It Might Work Because Andrew Gillum Is Black.
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The administration was also beset by racial unrest, first after the 1986 death of a black youth at the hands of a white gang in Howard Beach and three years later after a black teen was shot to death in Brooklyn's tough Bensonhurst neighborhood by a group of whites. … [Read more...] about Ed Koch, three-term mayor who became a symbol of NYC, dead at 88
When we talk, Russell is wrapping up a week that had him travel back and forth between Los Angeles and New York four times. He’s engaged to Search Party scene-stealer Meredith Hagner, whom he met while shooting the indie Folk Hero & Funny Guy. And he’s promoting his first leading role, an achievement some might rule destiny given who his parents are, but that others might rule unlikely, given the unique story of the actor who sits before me. An actor who still can’t help comparing things to hockey. … [Read more...] about Meet Wyatt Russell, Hollywood’s Most and Least Likely Leading Man
Zimmerman recently filed a $100-million defamation lawsuit against Martin’s family, prosecutors, and a book publisher. He’s seeking damages for what he calls the engineering of false testimony by prosecutors and the Martin family. … [Read more...] about George Zimmerman Seeks $265 Million In Defamation Lawsuit Against Elizabeth Warren, Pete Buttigieg