Booker hits Biden’s defense of remarks about segregationist senators: ‘He’s better than this’ | TheHill

Biden dismissed calls from Booker and his fellow Democratic primary opponents to apologize for his Tuesday remarks about his work with former segregationist Sens. James Eastland (D-Miss.) and Herman Talmadge (D-Ga.).

https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/449455-booker-hits-bidens-defense-of-remarks-about-segregationist-senators-hes

The Problem With Ocasio-Cortez’s Shameful Ignorance Of History

“The United States is running concentration camps on our southern border. That is what they are.” — Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

 

“It should also be noted that the United States has more immigrants than any other country in the world. There are 40 million people living in the United States who were born in another country—accounting for about one-fifth of the world’s migrants in 2017. We could build a giant steel fence around the entire country, and the United States would still reign as the most welcoming place for foreigners that has ever existed.”

There’s a Reason These Pro-Life Laws are Coming from States with Large Black Populations – The Resurgent

But what shouldn’t be overlooked is that the four states that have enacted these laws recently are among the states who boast the highest percentage of African Americans per capita in the country: Mississippi is 2nd, Louisiana is 3rd, Georgia is 4th, Alabama is 7<sup style=”box-sizing: border-box; -webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased; text-rendering: optimizelegibility; outline: none !important; position: relative; font-size: 12px; line-height: 0; vertical-align: baseline; top: -0.5em; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: interstate, -apple-system, BlinkMacSystemFont, ” segoe ui”, roboto, oxygen, ubuntu, “fira sans”, “droid “helvetica neue”, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: font-variant-caps: font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: widows: word-spacing: -webkit-text-stroke-width: background-color: rgb(251, 251, 251); text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;”>th.

https://theresurgent.com/2019/06/12/theres-a-reason-these-pro-life-laws-are-coming-from-states-with-large-black-populations/

The troubling legacy of Martin Luther King | David J. Garrow | Standpoint

Newly-released documents reveal the full extent of the FBI’s surveillance of the civil rights leader Dr Martin Luther King in the mid-1960s. They expose in graphic detail the FBI’s intense focus on King’s extensive extramarital sexual relationships with dozens of women, and also his presence in a Washington hotel room when a friend, a Baptist minister, allegedly raped one of his “parishioners”, while King “looked on, laughed and offered advice”. The FBI’s tape recording of that criminal assault still exists today, resting under court seal in a National Archives vault.

Source: The troubling legacy of Martin Luther King | David J. Garrow | Standpoint

I’m an MLK scholar – and I’ll never be able to view King in the same light

But I don’t think any filter of rationalization can soften this portrait of King. I’m not prepared to wait eight years, and I’ve halted my two scholarly projects about King.  I’ve also started thinking about what happens next.  What will the next Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebrations look like? Will other details emerge? Will more women come forward? Will community centers, schools and streets need to be renamed? Will statues come down, or will they remain – and give fodder to those who justify keeping Confederate monuments?

Source: I’m an MLK scholar – and I’ll never be able to view King in the same light

More changes at MFA in the wake of racism allegations – The Boston Globe

When the seventh graders visited in mid-May, they said they were greeted by a museum staffer who explained the rules as “No food, no drink, no watermelon.” In an investigation of the incident, the museum wrote there was “no way to definitively confirm or deny” what the employee said, but that the standard greeting was “no food, no drink, no water bottles.

”Now the museum has eliminated the “no water bottles” phrase, “so that there’s just less room for any confusion or misunderstanding,” Getchell said.

Some activists say the issue goes deeper, to the very premise of a predominantly white art museum that collects art and artifacts from around the world.“There’s an expectation that there can be an egalitarian enjoyment of art that is completely distilled from the biases and prejudices inherent in an elitist curation,” said Jose Lopez, chairman of the education committee of the Boston NAACP. “And to have that expectation in itself is a problem.”

Source: More changes at MFA in the wake of racism allegations – The Boston Globe

Justice Clarence Thomas rips Planned Parenthood, abortion movement as racist | Lifesitenews

The conservative Clarence Thomas issued a lengthy concurring opinion explaining that such pro-life laws “promote a State’s compelling interest in preventing abortion from becoming a tool of modern-day eugenics.”“The use of abortion to achieve eugenic goals is not merely hypothetical,” he argued, going on to detail how the “foundations for legalizing abortion in America were laid during the early 20th-century birth control movement,” which “developed alongside the American eugenics movement.”“As a means of reducing the ‘ever increasing, unceasingly spawning class of human beings who never should have been born at all,’ [Planned Parenthood founder Margaret] Sanger argued that ‘Birth Control…is really the greatest and most truly eugenic method’ of ‘human generation,’” Thomas wrote. “In her view, birth control had been ‘accepted by the most clear thinking and far seeing of the Eugenists themselves as the most constructive and necessary of the means to racial health.’”“Sanger herself campaigned for birth control in black communities,” Thomas detailed. “In 1930, she opened a birth-control clinic in Harlem…Then, in 1939, Sanger initiated the ‘Negro  Project,’ an effort to promote birth control in poor, Southern black communities….In a report titled ‘Birth Control and the Negro,’ Sanger and her coauthors identified blacks as ‘the great problem of the South’—the group with ‘the greatest economic, health, and social problems.’”Thomas noted that, while Sanger herself didn’t actually support abortion (she saw contraception as a way to “put an end to the horrors of abortion and infanticide”), the fact remains that her “arguments about the eugenic value of birth control in securing ‘the elimination of the unfit’…apply with even greater force to abortion, making it significantly more effective as a tool of eugenics,” because while “birth control could prevent ‘unfit’ people from reproducing, abortion can prevent them from being born in the first place.”“Abortion advocates were sometimes candid about abortion’s eugenic possibilities,” Thomas wrote, quoting Planned Parenthood president Alan Guttmacher as writing in 1959 that the “quality of the parents must be taken into account,” including “[f]eeble-mindedness.” The question of abortion’s permissibility should be “separated from emotional, moral and religious concepts,” Guttmacher argued, and “must have as its focus normal, healthy infants born into homes peopled with parents who have healthy bodies and minds.”“Enshrining a constitutional right to an abortion based solely on the race, sex, or disability of an unborn child, as Planned Parenthood advocates, would constitutionalize the views of the 20th-century eugenics movement,” Thomas warned, a stark contrast to the Supreme Court’s “zealous” defense of the “rights of people even potentially subjected to race, sex, and disability discrimination” in cases unrelated to abortion.“Although the Court declines to wade into these issues today, we cannot avoid them forever,” Thomas concluded. “Having created the constitutional right to an abortion, this Court is dutybound to address its scope.”

Source: Justice Clarence Thomas rips Planned Parenthood, abortion movement as racist | News | Lifesitenews