‘Sessions Wasn’t Gonna Let a Little Job Insecurity Stop Him From Getting That Agenda Moving’
The Trump Dept. of Justice will launch an investigation into what its political appointees are suggesting is anti-white discrimination at colleges and universities, and is prepared to sue the schools if it finds it. The New York Times broke the story Tuesday night, leading people on social media to express anger and outrage. Some cited America’s history of slavery, others cited statistics proving there is no demonstrable anti-white discrimination, others ascribed the move to racism from the President and the Attorney General, and still others called it a political move to satisfy their alt-right base.
“The Trump administration is preparing to redirect resources of the Justice Departmentâ€™s civil rights division toward investigating and suing universities over affirmative action admissions policies deemed to discriminate against white applicants,” the Times’ Charlie Savage reports.
The DOJ will beginÂ â€œinvestigations and possible litigation related to intentional race-based discrimination in college and university admissions,â€ an internal document obtained by the Times reads. The phrase,Â “intentional race-based discrimination,” the Times notes, “cuts to the heart of programs designed to bring more minority students to university campuses.”
Supporters and critics of the project said it was clearly targeting admissions programs that can give members of generally disadvantaged groups, like black and Latino students, an edge over other applicants with comparable or higher test scores.
The project is another sign that the civil rights division is taking on a conservative tilt under President Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions. It follows other changes in Justice Department policy on voting rights, gay rights and police reforms.
Vanita Gupta, former acting head of the Obama-era Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department, told MSNBC Tuesday night (video above) the move is “part of a trend ofÂ seeing civil rights laws turned on their head, and being used to advance an agenda that they were certainly not created for.”
Gupta noted, as the Times also pointed out, that this project will be executed by political appointees, notÂ career DOJ attorneys who regularly focus onÂ discrimination.Â
“It is part of a political agenda that has been quite active inÂ this country for some time,” sheÂ told Joy Reid on “The Rachel Maddow Show.” Gupta added that the mereÂ existence of the investigation will “chill” efforts by colleges and universities to ensure a diverse student population.
On Twitter, many expressed outrage.
Many, like Julia Ioffe, a staff writer for The Atlantic, and former CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien, noted it was just a year ago candidate Trump specifically asked Black voters what had had to lose by voting for him:
Almost exactly a year ago, Trump told black voters: “What the hell do you have to lose?” https://t.co/GEWgh2Ls9q
â€” Julia Ioffe (@juliaioffe) August 2, 2017
Donald Trump to African American and Hispanic voters (Aug 2016). “What have you got to lose?” https://t.co/jA6ljO9Sm6
â€” Soledad O’Brien (@soledadobrien) August 2, 2017
Journalist Jamil Smith:
The notion that white folks no longer have a fair shake in America is a big part of Trumpâ€™s appeal. Hence, this. https://t.co/aADlqTUR6T
â€” Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) August 2, 2017
A policy analyst for the advocacy arm of Demos, aÂ think tank:Â
modern conservatism has no organizing principle beyond imagined white victimhood pic.twitter.com/106Wmjqvv0
â€” sean. (@SeanMcElwee) August 2, 2017
U.S. Senator for California, Kamala Harris, did not specifically mention the Times report but Tuesday night posted these seemingly related tweets:
Black women are about 7% of the population, but make up just 2% of scientists and engineers. We need to fix that.
â€” Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) August 2, 2017
We are a country founded on certain ideals that say we should fight for a free and independent press, justice, civil rights, and liberty.
â€” Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) August 2, 2017
Well-known attorney Lisa Bloom:
Remember that the majority of Trump voters think discrimination against white people is more prevalent than against black folks.
â€” Lisa Bloom (@LisaBloom) August 2, 2017
Mitt Romney’s 2012 top campaign strategist:
This group of current WH interns pretty much sums up the urgency of ending discrimination against white achievers. pic.twitter.com/zeSp1s9rKh
â€” stuart stevens (@stuartpstevens) August 2, 2017
Civil rights activist Zach Wahls:
If you are a white person shocked by Trump admin investigating discrimination against whites, look at these charts. It is not a surprise. pic.twitter.com/CWHVRUbJ88
â€” Zach Wahls (@ZachWahls) August 2, 2017
Tell us more about how affirmative action is discrimination against white people. pic.twitter.com/WL1XGb4iXB
â€” Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) August 2, 2017
I can’t wait to hear about affirmative action from the rich white man who can barely string a sentence together but somehow became POTUS
â€” Nathalie Baptiste (@nhbaptiste) August 2, 2017
Sessions wasn’t gonna let a little job insecurity stop him from getting that agenda moving
â€” Vann R. Newkirk II (@fivefifths) August 2, 2017
This DOJ white college discrimination move seems like a Fodder for the base and prolly came from Miller, Sessions, Bannon. Itâ€™s disgusting.
â€” Good Ol’Retweebs (@easttopekan) August 2, 2017
â€” Shoosh 1ðŸ¸ðŸ‡ºðŸ‡¸ðŸˆðŸŽ¼âœˆï¸ (@NewsJunkie60) August 2, 2017
Looks like the Trump gang is now planning to enact the white supremacist agenda in earnest.
â€” Charles Johnson (@Green_Footballs) August 2, 2017
DOJ efforts to undermine Aff Action bc of ‘anti-white’ discrimination shows Trump & Sessions are appealing to their alt right racist base.
â€” Michael Reisch (@MichaelReisch) August 2, 2017
â€” CNN (@CNN) August 2, 2017
So the @CivilRights is going to start investigating discrimination against white folks? It is too early for the jokes
â€” Liz (@Donkey_Lips87) August 2, 2017
Where have we come to? Jeff sessions is now suing universities over white discrimination? I really don’t remember any white slaves Jeff. pic.twitter.com/63OtOYXCNf
â€” Tom W (@spokanetom) August 2, 2017
There is NO appreciable “discrimination” against White people in America. Not in college, not in housing, not in employment. Period.
â€” Bob Chipman (@the_moviebob) August 2, 2017
â€” Mike Rosenberg (@ByRosenberg) August 2, 2017
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QAnon Sends Death Threats to Gay Senator for Trying to Make Sex Laws Less LGBTQ-phobic
Democratic California State Senator Scott Wiener has received death threats from far-right supporters of the QAnon conspiracy theory after he introduced legislation to reform the state’s sex offender registry to be less queerphobic.
Right now, California law allows judges to refuse to list the full names of certain offenders from the sex offender registry if the judge finds a valid reason to do so—let’s say, for example, if an 18-year-old has sex with a 16-year-old. The rule only applies for offenders who have sex with minor ages 15 to 17 and it only applies to penis-in-vagina sex.
As such, in any cases involving digital penetration, anal or oral sex—sexual methods often used by LGBTQ people—the judge has no choice but to list the offender’s full name without exception.
Wiener wanted to change the law to include all types of sex, and that’s when the death threats started pouring in.
“You’re dead. Dead. Dead. Dead. I’ll publicly execute you. I’m gonna embarrass you. Pedophile,” one Instagram user wrote.
Another wrote, “I’ll come cut your head off and deliver it to your mom if you even considering introducing your ‘bill.’ Got it?”
Others messages were anti-Semitic or accused Weiner of being a child rapist. Because it’s against the law for elected officials to block users on social media, all of his social media channels have to remain open to such threats.
The QAnon conspiracy theory believes that the Trump administration will expose a top-secret international child sex trafficking network run by “deep state” senior Democrats who are determined to stop Trump at all costs. Its theories infamously led an armed gunman in 2017 to enter a gay-owned Washington D.C. pizza parlor, Comet Ping Pong, to investigate “Pizzagate,” the claim that the pizzeria had child sex slaves locked in its nonexistent basement.
QAnon conspiracy theorists have become more active during the COVID-19 lockdown and the runup to the November 3 presidential elections as many U.S. residents find themselves at home without jobs.
“Whether its QAnon or Russian troll farms, these are factories of false info designed to undermine democracy and public discourse, and also to send a message to elected officials that if you pursue unpopular progressive change to help marginalized groups like queer kids, ‘We’re going to target you,'” Weiner told Mother Jones.
“I’m Not a Racist” Says Republican Politician Who Repeatedly Uses N-word to Discuss Black Lives Matter
Tom Eckerle—a Republican road commissioner for Leelanau County, Michigan—is reportedly resigning after political pressure for repeatedly using the n-word, an anti-Black racist slur, to describe racial justice protestors.
Before a meeting of the road commission started last Tuesday, Eckerle was asked by a commission member why he wasn’t wearing a mask. He responded, “Well this whole thing is because of them (n-words) down in Detroit.”
When Bob Joyce, the commission’s chair, told Eckerle he couldn’t say that, Eckerle said, “I can say anything I want. Black Lives Matter has everything to do with taking the country away from us.”
Let’s be clear: the social aims listed on the Black Live Matters (BLM) website do not mention white people. According to its website, the BLM movement seeks to unite Black communities worldwide to oppose state-sanctioned violence and anti-Black racism while also create creating healing, empathetic communities free from prejudice.
When asked about his comments during a Thursday interview with Interlochen Public Radio, Eckerle said didn’t realize the public found out about his comments and said, “No, I don’t regret calling it an (n-word). A( n-word) is a (n-word) is a (n-word). That’s not a person whatsoever.”
Eckerle also told the Associated Press, “I’m not a racist. Black Lives Matter is racist. If I believed in Black Lives Matter, I would be racist. … Black Lives Matter has no heart. And that is as offensive to me as the N-word,” before saying the actual n-word again, just to make his point.
“If I could get a few people that, when they see a Black Lives Matter sign up, to think the N-word, I have accomplished what I’m after,” he added.
Eckerle was elected to his eight-year position in 2018. Of Leelanauhas County’s 21,700 residents about 90 percent are white. Black people are less than 1 percent of its population.
Trump’s Postmaster General Destabilizes Postal Service Just 87 Days Before Presidential Elections
In a memo released yesterday, President Donald Trump ally Louis DeJoy — who was hired by Trump’s handpicked Postal Service Board of Governors — reshuffled two top executives and 21 to 31 other executives and staffers who represent “decades of institutional postal knowledge” out of leadership roles or into new positions in the U.S. Postal Service (USPS).
This move, along with other recent “cost-saving” measures which have slowed down mail delivery and threatened to worsen the service, comes as an unprecedented wave of mail-in ballots are expected in the November presidential elections as voters avoid in-person polling stations to reduce possible COVID-19 exposure.
The USPS was already in financial trouble because of a 2006 law requiring it to pre-fund 75 years worth of retirement benefits — a $110 billion cost. Also, like many U.S. businesses, the epidemic significantly harmed the USPS. Many workers fell ill or began quarantining, causing USPS leaders to spend millions on personal protective equipment, plexiglass and social distancing equipment for offices while its reduced workforce began working overtime at increased pay to help continue services.
New measures instated by DeJoy ban employees from working overtime and making extra trips to deliver mail while reducing hours at different branches nationwide. The Friday memo also said the service would implement a hiring freeze, ask for voluntary retirements, and reduce its operating units and service regions.
These moves are allegedly meant to help the USPS stay financially solvent as it’s expected to run out of money anytime between March and October 2021, despite the recent approval of a $10 billion Treasury loan approved in the upcoming coronavirus relief package.
The moves are also eyebrow-raising seeing as DeJoy and his wife have between $30.1 million and $75.3 million in assets in USPS competitors and contracts who might directly benefit from the USPS’s failure.
People suspect Trump of deliberately sabotaging the USPS as a way to try and sway the upcoming November elections in his favor. Trump, who has repeatedly and falsely claimed that mail-in voting increases voting fraud, wants to deny the service billions in federal aid unless USPS quadruples its prices, something that would compel people to use USPS competitors.
The Trump campaign has sued state and local governments nationwide over mail-in ballot rules, and according to Vox.com:
Different states have different laws about how mail-in ballots work. Currently, 34 states — including swing states like Arizona, Michigan, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin — require ballots to be received by election authorities by Election Day, so any delay in the mail could lead to untold numbers of votes going uncounted.
“We’ve been doing mail ballots as postal workers for generations,” said Mark Dimondstein, president of the American Postal Workers Union. “It’s been increasing in popularity. In the last election, 31 million people voted by mail. There’s virtually no fraud.”
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