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Internet Skewers John Kelly for Racist Claim Undocumented Immigrants Don’t ‘Integrate’ Into US

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Trump White House chief of staff John Kelly is under fire once again, this time for an interview he gave to NPR in which he offered racist reasons for why undocumented immigrants don’t belong in the U.S.

At issue is President Donald Trump’s cruel and unnecessary order to separate undocumented parents and children when they are detained by federal authorities.

After acknowledging that “the vast majority of the people that move illegally into United States are not bad people,” Kelly then offered up his racist views.

Undocumented immigrants are “not people that would easily assimilate into the United States, into our modern society,” he claimed.

“They’re overwhelmingly rural people. In the countries they come from, fourth-, fifth-, sixth-grade educations are kind of the norm. They don’t speak English; obviously that’s a big thing. … They don’t integrate well; they don’t have skills.”

Kelly also defended Trump’s demand families be split apart.

“They’re coming here for a reason. And I sympathize with the reason. But the laws are the laws. … The big point is they elected to come illegally into the United States, and this is a technique that no one hopes will be used extensively or for very long.”

To be clear, the law does not require children to be separated from their parents.

Kelly has made ugly remarks before. In February he said undocumented immigrants were “too lazy to get off their asses” to sign up for DACA. And before joining the Trump administration he said gay people serving openly in the armed forces would be lethal to other soldiers. “Marines will die from this,” he said.

Meanwhile, many on social media are furious.

 

Image by US Dept. of Homeland Security via Flickr 

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Fox News Finally Cuts Away After MAGAite Repeatedly Photobombs Shot With Apparent White Power Sign

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The producers at Fox News Monday morning took their time before noticing a Trump supporter in the background of a live shot repeatedly flashing what appears to be the “white power” sign as a Georgia voter talked about supporting GOP Senate candidates.

Vox’s Aaron Rupar posted the video, but the man in the MAGA cap and black ear warmers was on screen making the racist symbol on and off for nearly 30 seconds.

Fox News cut away to a live shot of the White House as filler until the end of the segment.

 

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Kansas City Newspaper Apologizes to the Black Community for the Last 140 Years: ‘We Are Sorry’

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In the first installment of a six-part series, The Kansas City Star apologized for what the newspaper called decades of “robb(ing) an entire community of opportunity, dignity, justice, and recognition.”

The article, “The truth in Black and white: An apology from The Kansas City Star,” described an unabashed look at how publishers and writers “disenfranchised, ignored and scorned generations of Black Kansas Citians” for the last 140 years.

“It reinforced Jim Crow laws and redlining,” Mike Fannin, president and editor of The Star, wrote on Sunday. “Decade after early decade it robbed an entire community of opportunity, dignity, justice and recognition.”

Fannin continued, “Reporters were frequently sickened by what they found — decades of coverage that depicted Black Kansas Citians as criminals living in a crime-laden world. They felt shame at what was missing: the achievements, aspirations and milestones of an entire population routinely overlooked, as if Black people were invisible.”

Before I say more, I feel it to be my moral obligation to express what is in the hearts and minds of the leadership and staff of an organization that is nearly as old as the city it loves and covers:

We are sorry.

The Star now says it is encouraging other Kansas City businesses to examine their own histories. Management has formed The Kansas City Star Advisory Board to help guide coverage in the future.

“A positive step by the [Kansas City Star] with more needed,” wrote Mayor Quinton Lucas on Twitter, in response to the apology by the newspaper. “Now I hope my friends in the local TV news business do the same.”

Earlier this year, The Los Angeles Times also issued a similar investigation and subsequent apology to its readers.

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Missouri Fans Blasted as ‘Classless Trash’ After NFL Chiefs Crowd Started Booing During Moment of Silence for Racial Equality

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Fans of the Kansas City Chiefs were harshly criticized on Thursday after fans started booing as the team locked arms with the Houston Texans for racial equality as the National Football League season kicked off on Thursday.

Here’s some of what people were saying about the booing:

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