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Another Gay Man Brutally Attacked in Dallas, As Total Nears 30 in Eight Months



Is Anti-LGBT Political Rhetoric Fueling Violent Crime Wave in City’s Gay Entertainment District? 

Roughly 30 gay men have been attacked in Dallas’ heavily LGBT Oak Lawn neighborhood since September, but police still haven’t made a single arrest. 

Craig Knapp, 50, became the latest victim early Saturday when he was jumped and called a homophobic slur while walking his friend’s dog a block from the Cedar Springs strip — home to the city’s largest gay entertainment district.  

Knapp said two men approached him from behind and asked him the name of the dog, according to a report from KDFW-TV. When Knapp replied, “Sissy,” one of the men laughed, grabbed him by the back of the head and slammed him to the ground, before pushing his face into the pavement and kicking him. Knapp offered the two suspects his phone and cash, but they didn’t take it. 

“I wanted to get out alive, plain and simple,” Knapp told WFAA-TV.

It marks at least the 17th reported attack in Oak Lawn since September, but LGBT advocates say at least a dozen others have gone unreported. Many of the victims were assaulted or robbed after leaving gay nightclubs on foot late at night, with one being stabbed repeatedly and another being struck with a baseball bat. But police have classified only two of the incidents as anti-gay hate crimes. 

The wave of anti-gay violence in Dallas made international news last week, when The Guardian linked it to backlash over the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of same-sex marriage, as well as anti-LGBT political rhetoric related to Houston’s Equal Rights Ordinance and among GOP presidential candidates. 

“We got marriage equality, we thought it was over,” Dallas gay bar owner Lee Daugherty told The Guardian. Two members of Daugherty’s staff have been among the victims. “A lot of people think it kind of ended there. It actually just started.”

“We are concerned that the heightened level of animus that surrounds the presidential campaign and the media in general … can fuel higher rates of violence against LGBT people,” said Chuck Smith, chief executive officer of the LGBT advocacy group Equality Texas.

In response to the attacks, LGBT activists have staged protests in Oak Lawn and outside Dallas police headquarters, calling for increased patrols. Authorities responded by temporarily placing the neighborhood on “lockdown,” and the city added street lights and security cameras in the area. 

The LGBT community has also taken matters into its own hands, with survivors of the attacks launching a support group for victims, and dozens of new recruits joining the Police Department’s Volunteers in Patrol program. One Oak Lawn resident even produced a documentary film about the anti-gay crime wave, “Take Back Oak Lawn,” that premiered last month. 

All those efforts appear to be working, as the attacks have subsided since their peak last fall. But Knapp’s assault is another reminder that in order to have a lasting impact, they’ll need to continue for the foreseeable future. 


Image: Screenshot via KDFW-TV

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Photos: Trump’s Postmaster General Removing Mailboxes in at Least 5 States Weeks Before Early Voting – Explanation Fails



President Donald Trump’s newly-installed Postmaster General is working to reduce capacity across the United States, just weeks before early voting in the 2020 presidential election begins in some states. Americans are furious, after seeing many reports on massive reductions in mail sorting machines, and Trump’s refusal to fund the USPS – along with his admission he is doing so to make it impossible for people to vote by mail.

A local Portland, Oregon news reporter says the USPS admits it’s already removed 27 mailboxes from Eugene, Oregon, with more removals to come there. She says the Post Office claims “they’re only removing them from locations that have multiple mailboxes next to each other.”

Which does not explain this:

Or this:

NBC Montana reports it has “confirmed with the Montana State Association of the National Association of Letter Carriers the orders to remove 13 boxes in Missoula, 9 in Bozeman, 3 in Lewistown and 30 in Billings.”

NPR’s Lulu Miller show that not only are mailboxes being removed, some are just being sealed, rendering them useless:

One Oregon reporter offers this disturbing development.

Related: ‘This Is a RICO Case’: Top Obama Advisor Urges Dems to ‘Go to War for Our Country’ Over Trump USPS Attack

Meanwhile, Americans are taking to social media and posting photos of USPS mail boxes being removed and carted away. Take a look at some:

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‘I Haven’t Been Blunt’: Trump Defends Attacks on ‘Nasty’ Kamala Harris, Invokes Racist Slur Against Warren



President Donald Trump refused to accept responsibility for calling sitting U.S. Senator Kamala Harris, the presumptive Democratic vice presidential nominee, a “Mad Woman,” “nasty,” “angry,” “radical,” and “condescending.”

Confronted with just a few of his attacks Friday afternoon in a press conference Trump pushed back against the reporter’s charges.

“I haven’t been blunt,” Trump insisted, falsely, as CNN’s fact checker noted:

Trump went on to claim, repeatedly, that Sen. Harris “treated Joe Biden worse than anybody else by far.”

“Nobody treated Biden so badly, as Kamala,” Trump claimed, stressing the pronunciation of her name as if to mock it.

He also attacked Senator Elizabeth Warren, invoking his racist slur for her, “Pocahontas.”



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Obama Slams Trump Over USPS Attack in Rare Remarks: ‘More Concerned With Suppressing the Vote’



In rare remarks about his successor former President Barack Obama slammed President Donald Trump, accusing him of being “more concerned with suppressing the vote than suppressing a virus.”

President Donald Trump has admitted he is blocking desperately needed funding to help the postal service survive in a direct attempt to stop Americans from voting by mail. The Postmaster General he installed has been removing mail boxes from several cities and removing high-volume mail sorting machines across the country, with a plan to reduce the number of sorters by nearly 700 machines.

Everyone depends on the USPS,” President Obama said via Twitter Friday. “Seniors for their Social Security, veterans for their prescriptions, small businesses trying to keep their doors open. They can’t be collateral damage for an administration more concerned with suppressing the vote than suppressing a virus.”

President Obama also accused President Trump of making “attempts to undermine the election.”

And he urged Americans to vote early: “do that now.”

Related –
‘This Is a RICO Case’: Top Obama Advisor Urges Dems to ‘Go to War for Our Country’ Over Trump USPS Attack


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