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.
John Kelly is racist. https://t.co/3sjeXVDeCG
— Adam Jentleson (@AJentleson) May 11, 2018
— Malcolm Nance (@MalcolmNance) May 11, 2018
John Kelly would have saved himself a lot of words if he just said “they aren’t white.” https://t.co/jZ22fRNAby
— b-boy bouiebaisse (@jbouie) May 11, 2018
Word for word, this is in line with how nativists described John Kelly’s Irish ancestors, who were overwhelmingly rural and thought to be ill-suited to the rhythms and discipline of an urbanizing, industrial econony. https://t.co/pSMQUWsZbl
— Joshua Zeitz (@JoshuaMZeitz) May 11, 2018
WH COS John Kelly says that immigrants from rural areas without English skills don’t integrate into the U.S.
My dad came from rural China and spoke little English. He raised a son who held the same rank in the Obama WH (Asst. to the Pres.) that Kelly holds. I’d say we did okay. pic.twitter.com/m1fW3oqmRz
— Chris Lu (@ChrisLu44) May 11, 2018
When did John Kelly’s family arrive in America and what kind of skills did they have? https://t.co/udZB8CgNyJ
— Clara Jeffery (@ClaraJeffery) May 11, 2018
WH chief of staff John Kelly thinks immigrants are “unskilled” & “don’t integrate well.” Yet some of them end up being grandmother to a US congressman & a US mayor/cabinet secretary with the last name of Castro. Some grow up to be secretary of state with the last name Albright.
— HawaiiDelilah (@HawaiiDelilah) May 11, 2018
John Kelly … come for the heartlessness and cruelty; stay for the old white guy racism https://t.co/K4VNhI4irZ
— Michael Cohen (@speechboy71) May 11, 2018
This is why John Kelly still works for Trump. He may think Trump is an idiot, but when it comes to the bigotry, they see eye to eye. https://t.co/bO3OSRMVmf
— Ethan Grey (@_EthanGrey) May 11, 2018
I am choosing to believe we’ll survive all this and people like John Kelly will be remembered as the disgraces they are if at all, but I also don’t know how we put this disgusting shit back in the bottle. https://t.co/cxbGyfO9BQ
— David Roth (@david_j_roth) May 11, 2018
Obvious pt, but worth hammering home for the record: John Kelly’s “pull up the ladders” view is ahistorical and wrong. People he’s describing = most of my own great-grandparents; all grandparents of my wife. This is an *American* story, not some “alien” story. pic.twitter.com/0RCYBamWio
— James Fallows (@JamesFallows) May 11, 2018
John Kelly’s racism is showing. https://t.co/l4HnRqQkZT
— Anthony Michael Kreis (@AnthonyMKreis) May 11, 2018
John Kelly is a CRUEL, HEARTLESS, MISOGYNISTIC & RACIST ignoramus who is not only a disgrace to the Marine uniform he once wore, he is a disgrace to this nation that has historically welcomed immigrant families, not separated them. https://t.co/6Rkbu7Ixpl
— Fernand R. Amandi (@AmandiOnAir) May 11, 2018
JOHN KELLY: Undocumented immigrants don’t have skills.
Is there anyone in the Trump admin who isn’t s full blown racist SOB?
— Jeremy Newberger (@jeremynewberger) May 11, 2018
— Joan Walsh (@joanwalsh) May 11, 2018
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
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.
Fox News abruptly cuts away as Trump fan makes white power hand gesture during Georgia live shot pic.twitter.com/CQguCoOoko
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) January 4, 2021
Kansas City Newspaper Apologizes to the Black Community for the Last 140 Years: ‘We Are Sorry’
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.”
— Mayor Q (@QuintonLucasKC) December 20, 2020
Earlier this year, The Los Angeles Times also issued a similar investigation and subsequent apology to its readers.
Watch the video below.
Missouri Fans Blasted as ‘Classless Trash’ After NFL Chiefs Crowd Started Booing During Moment of Silence for Racial Equality
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:
What’s worse than a milquetoast, inoffensive “moment of unity”? People booing that milquetoast, inoffensive “moment of unity.”
— Dave Zirin (@EdgeofSports) September 11, 2020
If you’re booing a moment of unity that has nothing to do with the national anthem, then no form of protest will ever be approved by you and you’re just a hateful person
— Zach Seidel (@SeidelUMBC) September 11, 2020
America's Racists: Always booing at demonstrations against racism, never booing at actual racism.
— John Fugelsang (@JohnFugelsang) September 11, 2020
Kansas City fans booing the moment of silence and then intensely doing that “tomahawk chop” is just a *chefs kiss* way to remind us of who the NFL is and how we can’t expect a fraction of what we got from the NBA 👍🏽
— Diana Hussein 🇱🇧 (@heyadiana) September 11, 2020
Yeah, so that booing during the “show of unity” is a real good example of why players feel so strongly about these causes in the first place.
— Terez A. Paylor (@TerezPaylor) September 11, 2020
My hometown's got no love for unity? They're booing unity now?pic.twitter.com/fAN92iqHJv
— Michael Lee (@MrMichaelLee) September 11, 2020
Let’s talk about what Chiefs are booing
They are booing their own players, peacefully asking for a more just and equal society
More specifically, they’re booing athletes for asking that police not disproportionately target Black people for violence
What kind of human boos THAT https://t.co/DJQFSBDhh6
— Bryan Behar (@bryanbehar) September 11, 2020
Who's surprised by these fans who are booing? It was never about the National Anthem. It was never about respect for the flag. It was always about sheer discomfort over any personal accountability a fan might be motivated to consider regarding their role in systemic racism.
— Charlotte Clymer 🏳️🌈 (@cmclymer) September 11, 2020
NFL fans booing the Moment of Unity, what do you expect after a decade of flyovers and enforced patriotism? Where owners cynically kneel once and then tell players not to kneel again? Giant flags on every field?
— Jane McManus (@janesports) September 11, 2020
Chiefs fans (whose team is named for people of color, and many of whose players are people of color) began the season by booing a show of unity for people of color.
Trash should be seen and not heard.
— JRehling (@JRehling) September 11, 2020
Chiefs fans booing a moment of unity because let’s just be honest a good portion of this country doesn’t want unity
— Robert Littal BSO (@BSO) September 11, 2020
Booing equality is…pretty telling.
— Camryn Justice (@camijustice) September 11, 2020
They’re booing a show of unity. Not a protest. Not a political statement. A show of unity. Trump broke America. https://t.co/uajHkWgSV5
— MeidasTouch.com (@MeidasTouch) September 11, 2020
— Major (@iAmMaj0r) September 11, 2020
Booing a moment of unity is Grade A shamful behavior. What an embarassment. https://t.co/wx3E1ck94p
— Chris Biderman (@ChrisBiderman) September 11, 2020
So called "fans" at Arrowhead stadium booing a show of unity are everything that is wrong with America.
You want those Black players, and their White teammates, to shut up and perform for you?
YOU DON'T DESERVE THEM.pic.twitter.com/tIslU0EFQa
— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) September 11, 2020
— Kenny King Jr (@KennyKing_Jr) September 11, 2020
To the fans booing, you're horrible human beings. You should have no place in this fanbase, or in football. https://t.co/fFkviDPugi
— Eichel G. Davis (@EichelGDavis) September 11, 2020
— Josh Thunderbolt (@Chimcharlover13) September 11, 2020
Booing a moment of silence for equality is the trashiest shit I’ve ever heard #NFLkickoff
— Nic (@niccibelli) September 11, 2020
They're not booing; they're yelling "we're racists."
— (((Josh Malina))) (@JoshMalina) September 11, 2020
Now the Senator from Missouri stands against Patrick Mahomes, who wants a country that works and is showing impressive leadership in our state.
Talk about class. https://t.co/dpxpGxfhAj
— Elad Gross (@BigElad) September 11, 2020
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