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Republican City Councilman Who Says He Doesn’t Believe in Interracial Marriage Is Not Alone in the GOP: Report



Almost Half of White Republicans Are Bothered Hearing People ‘Speak a Language Other Than English’

Many Americans were horrified this week when a Georgia city councilman from a small, nearly all white town defended his mayor who refused to even consider hiring a candidate “because he is Black,” she said. They grew outraged when that city councilman announced his Christian upbringing led him to oppose interracial marriage, and said it made his “blood boil” to see white and Black people together. He insists he is “not racist.”

Their views may not be that far apart from the rest of the Republican Party.

Just one in three Republicans overall say “the fact that more people of different races are marrying each other” is good for the country, reports The Washington Post, citing a survey from the Pew Research Center. 16% of Republicans said the growth of interracial marriage is bad. 50% of Republicans say it is neither bad or good. 61% of Democrats say it is good.

Six in 10 Republicans Say America Would Be Weaker if Racial Minorities Were the Majority

More than one in three Republicans (37%) say they believe it would be bad for America if the majority of the nation were made up of racial minorities, including Black, Asian, and Hispanic people. And almost six out of ten Republicans say America would be weaker if racial minorities made up the majority of the nation.

“Nearly 60 percent of Republicans said that a majority nonwhite population would ‘weaken American customs and values,’ while an identical percentage predicted it would lead to greater conflict between racial and ethnic groups,” The Post notes.

Less than one in four Republicans say it is “very good” that “the U.S. population is made up of people of many different races and ethnicities.” More than seven out of 10 Democrats, 71 percent agree. Overall, 57% of Americans say diversity is good.

Meanwhile, nearly half of white Republicans, 47%, say they are actually bothered hearing people speaking a foreign language in public. By comparison, less than one in five Democrats, just 18%, say they are bothered to “hear people speak a language other than English in a public place.”


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Colin Kaepernick Says ‘Black Liberation Isn’t Possible Under Capitalism’



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Former NFL star Colin Kaepernick says that he doesn’t believe that capitalism would allow for the end of white supremacy.

Kaepernick made the statement in an interview with The New Republic promoting his new book, Our History Has Always Been Contraband: In Defense of Black Studies, co-edited by Kaepernick, Robin D.G. Kelley and Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor. The book compiles work from Black authors including W.E.B. DuBois, James Baldwin and Octavia Butler, and is available as a free ebook from Haymarket Books and Kaepernick Publishing.

When asked why Kaepernick partnered with two Black Marxists as his co-editors, he praised their work and credited them as “understanding that Black liberation simply isn’t possible under capitalism.”

“I think the anthology makes this argument quite well, and I hope it challenges readers to see that racism is not white supremacy’s only ingredient. White supremacy persists in part because of its relationship with capitalism, heteropatriarchy, ableism, and so on,” Kaepernick said.

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He also called out Republican efforts to keep what they call “critical race theory” out of the classroom.

“Black Studies and, more generally, a critical engagement with U.S. history, threatens the white supremacist status quo. Any attempt to whitewash the past should actually be understood as a concrete step toward fascism and a desire to build a nation state where power is concentrated in the hands of a self-anointed (read: white) few,” Kaepernick said. “That said, I wouldn’t characterize GOP attacks on Black Studies as an ‘obsession’ but rather as core to their white supremacist political project.”

Kaepernick rose to prominence as a popular quarterback after being chosen by the San Francisco 49ers in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft. He earned conservatives’ ire in 2016 by kneeling during the national anthem in protest against police brutality and racial injustice. After the 2016 season, he became a free agent, but was not signed by any teams. Kaepernick last played in the NFL on January 1, 2017.

Our History Has Always Been Contraband is not Kaepernick’s only book this year. This March, he released Change the Game, a graphic novel he wrote with Eve L. Ewing that was illustrated by Orlando Caicedo. The book, intended for young adults, is about his high school years.

“Part of the goal in telling the story is [for readers] to take pride in your Blackness, take pride in your culture. My hope is young people and readers walk away and they seize their power,” he told CBS Mornings.

Featured image taken from YouTube screenshot from CBS Mornings appearance.

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