The president and first lady gave an interview to People magazine in which they shared some of their experiences with racism, both overt and subtle. Judging from the reaction of the right wing, you’d think they came out dressed as Malcolm X and shouted “death to whitey!” rather than giving a few examples of implicit racism.
“I think people forget that we’ve lived in the White House for six years,” the first lady told PEOPLE, laughing wryly, along with her husband, at the assumption that the first family has been largely insulated from coming face-to-face with racism.
“Before that, Barack Obama was a black man that lived on the South Side of Chicago, who had his share of troubles catching cabs,” Mrs. Obama said in the Dec. 10 interview appearing in the new issue of PEOPLE…
“There’s no black male my age, who’s a professional, who hasn’t come out of a restaurant and is waiting for their car and somebody didn’t hand them their car keys,” said the president, adding that, yes, it had happened to him.
Mrs. Obama recalled another incident: “He was wearing a tuxedo at a black-tie dinner, and somebody asked him to get coffee.”
A Former white supremacist was convicted of murder Thursday in the beating and stabbing death of a black man in the Antelope Valley desert.
According to prosecutors, Ritchie and Kelly Sorrell, 37, drove around in July 1997, searching for a black person to kill so that Sorrell could get a “lightning bolt” tattoo — a symbol among white supremacists for slaying an African American.
Wenona and Travis Rossiter, convicted of manslaughter in the death of their 12-year-old daughter, were each sentenced to 10 years in prison Friday.
Syble Rossiter died in February 2013 of a treatable form of diabetes. Her parents opted to use prayer instead of medicine for the girl, and were convicted in the case in November.
The Rossiters are members of the Church of the First Born, whose members believe traditional medical treatment is sinful.
Sheriff Joe Arpaio told a federal court he will disband his group whose workplace immigration raids are at the heart of a federal civil rights lawsuit.
The Maricopa County sheriff said in a court filing that his Criminal Employment Unit would end its work “after the current identity theft investigation concludes in the end of January or early February of 2015.”
The unit has conducted immigration investigations and raids for about 6 years, taking its authority from two felony identity-theft laws passed by the Arizona Legislature in 2007 and 2008.
Called the “Legal Arizona Workers Act,” the laws created a new offense of aggravated identity theft for those using false information or the information of another person to gain employment.
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Nimby Indians try to block solar power project.
Looking at the map the reservation is the other side of the city of Palo Verde and the river, in a desert area sandwiched between a prison, the local airport and the city of Palo Verde. I don’t see the harm.
Colorado River Indian Tribes asked a federal judge to reverse approval of the Blythe solar project in the Mojave Desert, claiming the 4,000-acre project will disturb ancestral burial grounds.
Colorado River Indian Tribes - which include Mohave, Chemehuevi, Hopi and Navajos - sued the Department of Interior and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management on Dec. 4 under the National Historic Preservation Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, the Federal Land Policy Management Act, and the Administrative Procedure Act.
The tribes want a judge to rescind federal approval of the Blythe Solar facility, which would generate 485 megawatts of solar electricity on 4,000 acres of federal land. The tribes’ reservation is a few miles to the northeast of the project.
The tribes say the area of is of great cultural and religious significance to them, as they are “strongly connected to the physical environment of the area, including the ancient trails, petroglyphs, grindstones, hammerstones, and other cultural resources known to exist there.”
The EPA has failed to adopt safety regulations for nano-silver, which is becoming increasingly widespread in consumer products as an antibacterial agent, the Center for Food Safety claims.
The center and five other organizations sued the Environmental Protection Agency and its Administrator, Gina McCarthy, in D.C. Federal Court.
Six years ago, the plaintiffs say, they petitioned the EPA to regulate consumer products using nanotechnology.
“Consumer products containing manufactured nanoparticles have already arrived on market shelves, and numerous pesticidal products within EPA’s jurisdiction, such as antibacterial and antibiotic clothing, are now widely available,” the complaint says. “Manufactured nanomaterials have fundamentally different properties from their bulk material counterparts, and those properties create unique public health and environmental risks that require new risk assessment paradigms. Yet EPA has thus far failed to address the risks of pesticidal nanomaterials such as nano-silver-containing products.”
Another day, another phony outrage from the Religious Right. This time, the Family Research Council (FRC) and the American Family Association (AFA) are claiming that a U.S. Army chaplain was punished for simply sharing his faith at an official event. But as usual, these fundamentalists aren’t telling the whole story.
Last month, Chaplain Joseph Lawhorn, a captain and the official chaplain of the 5th Ranger Training Battalion, conducted a session on suicide prevention at Fort Benning in Georgia. Attendance at the event was mandatory, giving Lawhorn a large, captive audience.
FRC Executive Vice President William G. “Jerry” Boykin, a retired army general, claimed that Lawhorn “gave a presentation describing resources - both spiritual and secular - that were available for handling such grave mental health situations…” but “[a]s a result of the chaplain’s discussion of his faith, he was called into his brigade commander’s office on Thanksgiving Day.”
Boykin is the kind of person who tends to get himself in trouble whenever he speaks. Earlier this year, he received a harsh reprimand from the Pentagon for revealing classified information in his 2008 book Never Surrender: A Soldier’s Journey to the Crossroads of Faith and Freedom. He also tends to say some pretty nasty things about Islam.
Now it seems Boykin has stepped in it once again since Lawhorn did a lot more than just have a “discussion of his faith.”
According to the Army Times, Lawhorn engaged in full-on Christian proselytizing, handing out pamphlets that prescribed biblical treatments for depression. Such actions at a mandatory meeting are a major First Amendment issue, and Lawhorn’s superiors rightly took this matter seriously and acted swiftly.
In Lawhorn’s official letter of reprimand from Col. David Fivecoat, who oversees Lawhorn’s unit, the chaplain was “perceived to advocate Christianity and used Christian scripture and solutions. [He] provided a two-sided handout that listed Army resources on one side and a biblical approach to handling depression on the other side. This made it impossible for those in attendance to receive the resource information without also receiving the biblical information.”
Cool Christmas science video from Rebecca Watson
Two police officers were killed after they were shot in their patrol car in Brooklyn on Saturday afternoon, according to a law enforcement official
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Meanwhile just the Bay area in California gained 23,000 during the same period our state lost 4,100.
The new Kansas jobs numbers were released Friday morning, bringing horrible news to state taxpayers and Gov. Sam Brownback.
The federal Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the total number of nonfarm jobs in Kansas fell by 4,100 in November.
Kansas’ disturbing experience was at odds with how much of the rest of the country did. A total of 37 other states gained in employment in November, while only 13 others, including Kansas, dropped.
Missouri boosted employment by 4,500 in November, for instance, while Oklahoma gained 3,400 jobs. Two other neighbors, Nebraska and Colorado, were among the job losers, though not close to the number shredded in Kansas.