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Racist threats rattle students, faculty at university
TOM FOREMAN Jr., Associated Press•January 25, 2020

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Three months after a set of anonymous, threatening, racist, antisemitic and homophobic emails sent a wave of fear through the sociology department at Wake Forest University, the department chairman says he's still waiting for university leaders to announce a meaningful response.

The emails to faculty in sociology and two other departments called for a “purge” of minorities and the LGBTQ community. Alarmed by what he deemed white supremacist terrorism, chairman Joseph Soares canceled sociology classes for a week. When they resumed, Wake Forest police officers were stationed outside classrooms and the building itself. Doors normally open were closed and locked. Even a study lounge was locked.


Sharpton vows to support family of man shot by state trooper
Associated Press • January 26, 2020

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — The Rev. Al Sharpton vowed Sunday to fight for answers for the family of a 19-year-old Connecticut man killed by a state trooper earlier this month.

”You don’t have a right to take away his life, and if you do, we have an obligation to stand up and question what happened,” the 65-year-old civil rights activist said at a memorial service Sunday for Mubarak Soulemane at the First Calvary Baptist Church in New Haven, Connecticut.


Politics / Trump’s Economy Only Looks Good On Paper
« on: January 25, 2020, 11:20:39 PM »

BREAKING: Inmate who appealed death sentence over juror’s racist views dies

By Marlon A. Walker, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Keith “Bo” Tharpe spent years on Georgia’s death row insisting a juror’s racist views had put him there.

Tharpe — who finished what he expected to be his last meal on Sept. 26, 2017, before the U.S. Supreme Court issued a stay of his execution — died late Friday at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Butts County. His death likely was due to complications from cancer, according to a news release from the Georgia Resource Center, which represented him in recent years as he attempted to appeal his death sentence. He was 61.


Jan. 25, 1972: Shirley Chisholm Began Historic Campaign for President

On Jan. 25, 1972, Shirley Chisholm, the first Black woman elected to Congress, opened her historic campaign for U.S. President in Brooklyn, New York.

She stated that 1972 must be the year that:



Opinion: In an era of declining violence, Brian Kemp declares a gang crisis

Jan 17, 2020
By Jim Galloway
News and analysis from the AJC's political team

Gov. Brian Kemp has begun the 2020 session of the Legislature by cutting against the grain on two important issues.

You could also say he is sailing against the wind, but our governor made his bones as a contractor and prefers metaphors built with 2x4s.

Georgia’s unemployment rate hit 3.3% late last year, the lowest since the federal government started keeping records in 1976. Job growth is strong. “Job creators have Georgia on their minds,” Kemp bragged only last month.


This is sad and infuriating.

Adults need to understand this.  Kids can be very cruel.


Mckenzie Adams’ suicide caused by school’s failure to stop racist, sexist bullying, lawsuit claims
Updated Jan 21, 2020; Posted Jan 16, 2020

By Jonece Starr Dunigan

Multiple Demopolis City Schools officials failed to protect a black Alabama 9-year-old girl from racially and gender-based bullying which led to her death by suicide, according to a federal lawsuit filed against the school system by the girl’s family on Thursday morning.

Mckenzie Adams died by suicide in Linden in December 2018. She was a fourth-grader at U.S. Jones Elementary School who had dreams of being a scientist.



This may have been posted before, but it is worth another look.  BTW she is excellent-very excellent.

Exclusive: Seattle-Area Voters To Vote By Smartphone In 1st For U.S. Elections
January 22, 20205:02 AM ET

A district encompassing Greater Seattle is set to become the first in which every voter can cast a ballot using a smartphone — a historic moment for American democracy.

The King Conservation District, a state environmental agency that encompasses Seattle and more than 30 other cities, is scheduled to detail the plan at a news conference on Wednesday. About 1.2 million eligible voters could take part.

NPR is first to report the story.

The new technology will be used for a board of supervisors election, and ballots will be accepted from Wednesday through election day on Feb. 11.


Oceans are warming at the same rate as if five Hiroshima bombs were dropped in every second

By Ivana Kottasová, CNN

Updated 2:38 PM ET, Mon January 13, 2020

(CNN) - The world's oceans are now heating at the same rate as if five Hiroshima atomic bombs were dropped into the water every second, scientists have said.

A new study released on Monday showed that 2019 was yet another year of record-setting ocean warming, with water temperatures reaching the highest temperature ever recorded.


World's 2,153 billionaires hold more wealth than poorest 4.6 billion combined: research
By Morgan Chalfant - 01/20/20 08:13 AM EST

The world’s 2,153 billionaires control more wealth than the poorest 4.6 billion people combined who comprise 60 percent of the globe’s population, according to a new report from Oxfam.

The report also says that the 22 richest men in the world have more wealth than all of the women in Africa. Women and girls perform 12.5 billion hours of unpaid care work daily, which Oxfam says adds $10.8 trillion annually to the global economy.


Politics / Black Turnout Could Make or Break Democrats in 2020
« on: January 21, 2020, 02:45:40 PM »
The last democratic presidential candidate to win the White House was Lyndon Johnson.  I hope that the DNC realizes this.



Nov. 15, 2019
Black Turnout Could Make or Break Democrats in 2020
By Ed Kilgore

Among the many factors that contributed to Hillary Clinton’s shocking defeat in 2016, one pretty much everyone agrees upon (though not necessarily about its relative significance) is a falloff in African-American turnout relative to 2012. The numbers are clear, as Politico reported in 2017:

The Census’ Current Population Survey, released Wednesday, shows 65 percent of white citizens cast ballots in last year’s presidential election, up from 64 percent four years earlier.

But the turnout rate among African-American citizens tumbled sharply, the survey shows. Only 59 percent of black citizens voted in 2016, down from 66 percent in 2012 and 65 percent in 2008.
Those national numbers may underestimate the size and impact of lower black turnout in individual battleground states, as Osita Nwanevu observed:

Crucially, the drop in black turnout was even sharper in states where the margin of victory was less than 10 points than it was nationally — in those battleground states, black turnout dropped 5.3 points. In two critical states that swung to Trump — Michigan and Wisconsin — black turnout dropped by just more than 12 points. Declines were less dramatic but significant in other swing states Trump carried: Ohio (down 7.5 points), Florida (4.2), and Pennsylvania (2.1). White turnout declined modestly in each of those swing states but Florida and Pennsylvania, where it increased by 3.5 points and 5.2 points respectively. Clinton lost each of those swing states but Ohio by a margin of less than 2 points.


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