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Activists Weigh In On Past Present-Day White Supremacy

For all the current across-the-aisle adoration of Senator John McCain, it is worth noting that, Sarah Palin, the running mate he chose for his failed 2008 presidential campaign arguably helped to kick in the door for the unchecked, politically incorrect, dog whistle politics of the current administration. Of course, blatant white supremacy didn’t begin with Palin’s wink-and-a-nod soccer mom racism, or with the election of former reality star Donald Trump—or even with McCain’s own vote against a national Martin Luther King holiday in 1983 (as well as a state holiday in 1990—he wouldn’t fully denounce his decision to cast those votes until 1998).

The images captured at the recent white nationalist and Nazi marches in Charlottesville, Virginia were both difficult to look at and tragically reminiscent of historic photos from the days of public lynching, Jim Crow and sit-ins. Sure, white hoods and cloaks have been exchanged for white polo shirts and khakis. But the similar visuals beg important questions: Is there really a significant difference between the Klu Klux Klan rallies of decades past and the gathering of young white people who showed up with tiki torches and chants of “blood and soil” this year? We understand that both the former and recent groups showed up to protest equality, racial diversity and the idea that America is made great not by one race of people, but by all. So, in the spread of time between then and now, has anything really changed?

Cassius, Newsone‘s sibling site, asked some of our most valued thinkers on the matter of race to compare photos of white supremacist groups of today and yesterday, and to weigh in.

KKK creative graphic

White supremacy on display then and now.  / iOne Digital

JESSE WILLIAMS, ACTOR/ACTIVIST: “RUN THEM OUT OF TOWN”

The people [in these photos] are the exact same. They found a way to justify slavery; they’ve always found ways to push the boundaries of what is socially acceptable. If they made

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Obama To Have Mississippi Elementary School Renamed After Him

At a time when contentious debates are raging over building names and statues honoring confederacy figures, a predominantly Black elementary school in Mississippi will be renamed after Barack Obama, NBC News reports.

Davis Magnet International Baccalaureate Elementary, named for Jefferson Davis, will become Barack Obama Magnet International Baccalaureate Elementary in Jackson, Mississippi starting next school year, said Davis Elementary PTA president Janelle Jefferson, at a Jackson Public Schools Board of Trustees meeting Tuesday night.

The announcement means the school will be the first in the state named after the nation’s first black president, breaking from a pattern among other area schools named after Confederate leaders, the Clarion-Ledger reports. Administrators will also honor the wishes of its students who chose Obama. About 98 percent of current Davis students are black.

Mississippi elementary school named decades ago for Jefferson Davis to be renamed for Barack Obama. https://t.co/MkYxKbMl45 pic.twitter.com/UmdbNPUd6V

— ABC News (@ABC) October 19, 2017

This school was named after Jefferson Davis.

Now it's being renamed after Barack Obama. pic.twitter.com/eVfGFVVCQB

— NowThis (@nowthisnews) October 19, 2017

“When you realize who this school is named for, I think that it’s a positive thing to be a part of this movement,” Jefferson said, adding Obama was the students’ “number one choice” because “they were alive during his administration and felt that he shared their principles.”

Students, parents, school staff and community members submitted nominees before an Oct. 5 vote led to Obama as the favorite choice. School buildings must be named “for persons of good character and prominence who have made outstanding contributions to the school system,” according to the school board’s facility-naming policy. Only “compelling reasons” are acceptable for a renaming.

The change is significant for other reasons as well.

“It’s important not just in the symbolism of an elementary school,” Jake McGraw, public policy coordinator the University of Mississippi&

Read more: https://newsone.com/3753971/barack-obama-magnet-elementary-jackson-mississippi-jefferson-davis/

Failed Ex-Howard University Medical Student Suspected In Shooting Scare

Aformer student who flunked out of Howard Medical School is suspected of sparking a scare about an active shooter on campus earlier this week at the HBCU in Northwest Washington, D.C.,  according to  ABC 7-WJLA.

RELATED: ‘Active Shooter’ Reported On Howard University Campus

Details are still sparse about the incident that sparked calls to the police about 12:04 p.m. Tuesday, but Metropolitan Police Chief Peter Newsham told the television news station that they were not a hoax.

“It seems like the initial caller called because they received information from a third party so they called in good faith,” he said.

 

 

Stephen Whetstone of Howard’s Health Sciences section told the news station that school officials were aware of an angry former medical student, whose name has not been released to the public. The man had flunked out and had made numerous threats.

“He had made threats to come back and shoot up the testing center at Stokes Library,” Whetstone told the news station, “so he had made that kind of threat and I think he was pretty much targeting his former classmates.”

The man, whose ex-girlfriend is a student on campus, reportedly had taken out a restraining order. He allegedly warned that if she alerted authorities about the threats that her sister and grandmother would be targeted, the report said.

More than two hours after news of an active shooter was on campus, Howard University President Wayne A.I. Frederick said the school was “all clear.” Some students complained they had hoped for more crisis updates from school officials at the time of the incident, which raised concern after a man was arrested recently for making death threats against Howard students.

It also raised concern because festivities for the school’s homecoming, which draws a large crowd, begins Oct. 20.

SOURCE: ABC 7-WJLA

SEE ALSO:

WATCH: Trayvon Martin’s Mom Blasts NRA ‘Murder Insurance’ In New Gun Control Ad

Obama Campaigns In Virginia Amid ‘Subtle Racism’ Dustup Among Democrats

 

 

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Tamika Mallory Weighs Filing Discrimination Lawsuit Against American Airlines

Tamika Mallory is considering filing a lawsuit, or joining a pending complaint, after American Airlines reportedly kicked her off a flight in a seat assignment dispute Sunday, the New York Daily News reported.

Mallory may become a co-plaintiff in a lawsuit filed by the Rev. William Barber II, president of the NAACP’s North Carolina branch, who was removed from an American Airlines flight last year after arguing with an allegedly racist passenger. The civil rights activist and Women’s March On Washington co-chair has yet to hear from American Airlines after 72 hours since the alleged discrimination incident.

“Someone should be calling me to tell me that what happened to me is wrong,” Mallory stated Tuesday. “I have no choice but to believe that they stand by his actions.”

A brief statement was released by an airline spokesperson to the New York Daily News regarding the incident, which caused Mallory distress.

“Had to rebook last minute flights on a different airline after being discriminated against on @AmericanAir,” Mallory tweeted Wednesday morning. “Paid double the price + it appears 1 of the reasons I haven’t heard from senior management at @AmericanAir is becuz they have decided to lie.”

Mallory, who missed the wedding of Rev. Al Sharpton’s daughter because of the matter, alleged the airline attempted to defend itself in a news article, which was undiscovered at press time. She plans to share the article link and a detailed account of Sunday’s incident, according to her tweets.

On Tuesday, Mallory held a press conference for a call to action regarding the matter, making her first public appearance since being removed from her flight with her attorney, Royce Russell.

“As a spiritual person, I understand that this happened to me because other people need to have their voices heard,” Mallory said, Revolt TV  reported. “… I want to ensure that there are policies instituted in American Airlines that ensure that what happened to me will not happen to another person. And if it does, that there will be immediate action taken to reprimand to whoever disrespects and discriminates against a person.”

Mallory

Read more: https://newsone.com/3753989/tamika-mallory-discrimination-lawsuit-american-airlines/

NEWS ROUNDUP Three Dead In Maryland Business Shooting Master P Helping Kaepernick

BIG FACTS

Three people are reported dead and two injured after a man opened fire in a Maryland kitchen countertop company where he was employed, the Baltimore Sun reports. The suspect, Radee L. Prince, 37, was found in Newark, Del. and taken into custody on Wednesday night, according to the sheriff’s office.

“Every one of the victims that this individual shot, the victim and the attacker knew each other,” Wilmington Police Chief Robert Tracy said at a news conference, noting “beef” between Prince and one of the shooting victims. “This is targeted. This individual knew the people he wanted to go shoot. This was not a random act of violence.”

Breaking: Multiple people are reported to have been shot in a Harford Co business park in Edgewood; city scanner says authorities searching for "active shooter" in Dodge Charger https://t.co/VGLP340lHM

— Justin Fenton (@justin_fenton) October 18, 2017

BIG NEWS

Master P believes the only way for Colin Kaepernick to get back in the game is to start owning things, and he’s more than willing to help.

The No Limit founder suggested having Kaepernick join his Global Mixed Basketball League if he wanted to stay in shape, or, even better—starting a football league of his own, the rapper said during an interview with TMZ. “Without real ownership, you have no control,” Master P told TMZ.  “I’ll help him start his own league. Maybe that’s what I might do next—start the football next.”

Earlier this week, Kaepernick filed a grievance against NFL owners, citing collusion.

The No Limit founder knows a thing or two about independent ownership https://t.co/FlRFw3UCVq

— XXL Magazine (@XXL) October 19, 2017

SOURCE: Baltimore Sun, XXL

SEE ALSO:

Baltimore Adds More Patrol Cops After Surge In Homicides, Shootings As Summer Takes Root

Baltimore Teen Recovering After Police Shooting, Meeting With Lawyer

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