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Rebekah Sager

Tucker Carlson wastes no time being racist about new White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre

Okay, I’ll admit that I rarely watch Fox News, much less Tucker Carlson, but even from what I have watched, his latest attack Tuesday on the new White House press secretary, Karine Jean-Pierre, was more homophobic and racist than usual.

I guess Carlson really wanted to say how much he hates that a Black, out LGBTQ+ person was in a position of power. That wouldn’t fill enough air-time, though, so he went on a vicious, bigoted attack.

Boriqua activist offers classes for people of color to understand and decode ‘colonial mentality’

Educator and activist Constanza Eliana Chinea explains that her decolonization lessons aren’t designed with white people in mind. Rather, the classes are for people of color; those who “have been colonized” and are “trying to move away from assimilation.”

Chinea was born in New York, then moved to her parent’s birthplace in Puerto Rico at around 8 years old.

Barrage of gunshots leaves kids, parents scrambling for cover at a youth baseball game, video shows

A chilling video of an incident in North Charleston, South Carolina, showing dozens of kids and adults scrambling for cover as a barrage of gunshots rings out has left a community traumatized.

In the video, as gunfire is heard, a frightening scene unfolds Monday night at the Dixie Youth league baseball game, leaving players, coaches, and parents running for safety. The video was taken by Lori Ferguson, a parent at the game, The Post and Courier reports.

‘Surely we are better than this’: Famed civil rights activist Ruby Bridges speaks out on book bans

Famed civil rights activist and author Ruby Bridges testified before Congress in a hearing Thursday titled “Free Speech Under Attack: Book Bans and Academic Censorship.”

The panel included Bridges along with three high school students, a parent, a teacher, a librarian, and vice president of academic affairs at the American Council of Trustees and Alumni, Dr. Jonathan W. Pidluzny.

California may be first state in the nation to approve slavery reparations. But who will get them?

It’s been 246 years since the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment and the abolishment of slavery in 1865. And in the time since, 157 years to be exact, the issue of unpaid reparations remains unsolved. Many would say that without acknowledgment of the brutal history of slavery in the U.S., not only will the system of racism never change, the nation itself will remain unjust and unhealed.

Hijacked by his ego, Will Smith missed his opportunity to address bullying, respect for Black women

I’m an avid Academy Awards watcher. I’ve watched for years, and can’t remember missing one. I cheered when Halle Berry won for Best Actress for Monster’s Ball, the year after Denzel Washington won the award for Best Actor for Training Day, and have for years lamented how few Black actors, Latino actors, Asian actors, LGBTQ+ actors, disabled actors, etc. have won awards.

From one alleged spy to another? Tulsi Gabbard received donations from an alleged Russian agent

Former Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, who ran in the 2020 presidential race as a Democrat, is apparently putting a bow on her total transmutation to a hardcore conservative—complete with a donation from an alleged Russian spy. Okay, that’s not totally fair; the donation to Gabbard happened when she was still a Dem. But …

Elena Branson, aka Elena Chernykh, 61, is a dual Russian-U.S. citizen.

White police officer found not guilty in vicious beating of an unarmed Black man in San Francisco

Monday, San Francisco Police Officer Terrance Stangel was found not guilty of three felony counts in what the Los Angeles Times reports as the first excessive-force trial for an on-duty officer in the city’s history. The jury was deadlocked on a fourth charge of unlawfully beating Spiers under the colors of authority.

On Oct. 7, 2019, Decari Spiers was out on a date with his then girlfriend at Fisherman’s Wharf. The couple had not committed any crimes.

‘Democracy is not a spectator sport,’ co-founder of Stop AAPI Hate says amid tide of hate attacks

Long before she was recognized by TIME magazine as one of the 100 most influential individuals, received the White House Champions of Change award from President Barack Obama, became the executive director of the AAPI Equity Alliance (AAPI Equity), or co-founded Stop AAPI Hate, Manjusha Kulkarni witnessed the fight against racism first-hand. 

Her family immigrated from India to the U.S.

Let’s acknowledge the truth. Prince’s Super Bowl Halftime Show was the best ever. Happy Prince Day!

The first concert I ever saw was Prince in Washington, D.C. in 1984. I snuck out of my house and joined up with four of my closest girlfriends. Terrified for my little preteen life, we gathered together in a small group to protect ourselves from the massive and sexually charged crowd, but that night I became a lifelong Prince fan. 

Truthfully, I fell in love with the Purple One with the Dirty Mind album.

We need to replace Justice Breyer with the Court’s first Black woman, and the shortlist is fierce!

NBC News has confirmed that Justice Stephen Breyer will retire at the end of this term, paving the way for President Joe Biden to name his successor. Breyer, 83, is one of the three remaining liberal justices, and for several months progressives and activists have encouraged him to step down while Democrats still hold both the House and the Senate—something that could likely change after the 2022 midterms.

Amazon founder’s ex-wife makes waves with billions in charitable donations

It’s hard for me to even imagine having billions of dollars. What would I do with it? Where would I donate it? Whose life could I change forever with my generous donation? MacKenzie Scott, Jeff Bezos’ ex-wife, has apparently figured out the conundrum of wealth and philanthropy quite well. In the past two years, she’s given away more money than Bezos has in his entire lifetime.

Why volunteering for Obama in 2008 gives me hope that we can still save democracy

The first time I got involved in politics in a real way was the 2008 presidential election. A friend of mine convinced me to volunteer to make calls in support of this junior senator from Illinois named Barack Obama.

I must admit, as much as I loved the idea of playing a part in getting the first Black president elected, I thought there’s no way in hell this guy can win. I mean, his middle name is Hussein. No way white people will vote for this guy after 9/11.

Right-winger and anti-vaxxer blowhard Candace Owens pushing bogus cure that turns skin blue

The notoriously ignorant right-winger and anti-vaxxer Candace Owens went from denying the validity of vaccines to encouraging her 4.1 million followers on Instagram to follow her regimen of using colloidal silver as a daily supplement. 

“Yes, colloidal silver!” Owens says enthusiastically in her latest Instagram video. “I take colloidal silver every single day, I love colloidal silver. That is a great one.

Family of Black teen Cedric Lofton calls for criminal charges after autopsy rules death homicide

After months of waiting, the family of a Black 17-year-old who died at a Witchita, Kansas, juvenile center has their answers.

According to an autopsy report released Monday, Cedric “CJ” Lofton’s death has been ruled a homicide. His heart and breathing stopped after he was handcuffed while lying on his stomach. 

The new report contradicts the initial one, where it was reported that the teen had not suffered any life-threatening injuries.

You need to leave your Christmas tree up until the infamous date of Jan. 6. It’s not what you think

It’s high time we stop judging people who leave their Christmas trees up long after Jan. 1. In fact, if you’re a traditionalist, you’ll leave that tree up for nearly two weeks after Christmas Day. 

In fact, you don’t have to take it down until Jan. 6.—not the day you’re thinking of, but Feast of Epiphany or Dia de Los Reyes Magos. 

Just think about the song, “The 12 Days of Christmas.

Two Texas teens dressed as Klansman tased their Black classmate—now they face hate crime charges

A small town in Texas is seeing firsthand what happens when a couple of their own decide to dress up in Ku Klux Klan outfits for Halloween and tase one of their classmates. 

The incident made headlines in November when two teen boys from Woodsboro, Texas—Rance Bolcik, 17, who is white, and Noel Garcia Jr.,17, who is Latino—dressed in Klan outfits and targeted one of their football teammates, who is Black.

NASCAR driver ‘Let’s Go, Brandon’ Brown says he isn’t political, but won’t indict his chanting fans

Famed NASCAR driver Brandon Brown hasn’t gotten a lot of sleep lately. Not since his name has been at the center of a conservative Republican rallying cry, “Let’s Go, Brandon!” meaning, f**k Joe Biden.

The whole “Let’s Go, Brandon” hubbub began on Oct. 2 when Brown gave an interview to NBC Sports at the Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Alabama, after he won his first NASCAR victory.

Watchdog group says newfound docs about Kanye West’s 2020 run show he was likely a ‘GOP plant’

To most of us, Kanye West’s short-lived presidential run was just one more sideshow to the existing circus surrounding everything former President Donald Trump touched in 2020.

West was largely dismissed, and some even felt that perhaps he was going through a mental health crisis and tried to simply look the other way at much of what he said and did, dismissing it as symptoms of an illness.

To prove lowball appraisal, Black couple ‘white-washes’ home—value rises by nearly $500K

A Black couple in Northern California is rightfully suing the shit out of an appraisal company after getting a low-ball price for their property. 

Since buying their four-bedroom, two-bath house in Marin City, a neighborhood in the San Francisco Bay area, in 2016 for $550,000, Paul Austin, 45, and his wife Tenisha Tate-Austin, 42, have made nearly $400,000 worth of renovations—which the obviously biased appraiser noted when visiting the house.

Tech company slammed after using white actors to voice Black characters in diversity training video

Following the outcry and global protests after the police murder of George Floyd, many companies began their glacial march toward equality by becoming suddenly and extremely compelled to improve workplace diversity.

So, how does a white-owned tech company address race issues in the workplace? By hiring an organization designed to improve diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Alec Baldwin denies pulling trigger of gun that killed Halyna Hutchins, says his career may be over

In an interview with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos that aired Thursday, actor Alec Baldwin said he’s speaking out to clear up what he calls “misconceptions” around the tragic and accidental shooting death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of Rust. He denied that he pulled the trigger, and therefore doesn’t believe he was “responsible” for her death. 

Baldwin was often teary during the interview.

This George Clinton-approved Detroit children’s choir will funk you up this holiday season

The Detroit Academy of Arts & Sciences (DAAS) choir is a reason to be happy this holiday season. Angela Kee is their fearless leader and, under her direction, the choir has performed at tourist conventions, opened Pistons and Lions games, and even sang at the White House for President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama—and 80% of the students at DAAS live at or below the poverty level.

Scientist with the best job ever studies laughter of babies, says it’s all ‘about the eye contact’

Developmental psychologist Caspar Addyman has the best job ever. He works to answer the age-old question: What makes babies laugh? This means Addyman spends most of his working days listening to, and decoding, the sound of what can only be described as the tittering of angels.

Addyman conducts experiments on human behavior, and his focus is on infants and toddlers.