(Birmingham, AL-AP) – Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden is warning that “hate is on the rise again.” The former vice president spoke Sunday at the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama to mark the 56th anniversary of the bombing that left four dead.
He said the same ideology that lit the fuse in that bombing is responsible for recent atrocities like the mass shooting in El Paso, the shooting at a historically black church in South Carolina, and recent shootings at synagogues in California and Pittsburgh.
Biden noted that “we have not relegated racism and white supremacy to the pages of history.”
(Los Angeles, CA-AP) — Former VP Joe Biden is condemning President Trump for not stopping supporters from chanting “Send Her Back!”
Speaking today in Los Angeles, the presidential candidate said Trump is playing a game by targeting the four minority congresswomen. Biden added that Trump is “dividing the country and raising the issue of racism.”
Trump disavowed the chants that were directed at Minnesota Democratic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar during his rally in North Carolina last night. Trump said the chants started up quickly and noted that he moved on with his speech as soon as possible.
(AP) – Seventy current and former U.S. Customs and Border Protection employees are reportedly being investigated after inappropriate posts in a secret Facebook group.
Customs officials said the employees allegedly made jokes about dead migrants and made sexist comments about Latina Congresswomen.
Sixty-two of the employees in the probe are current employees and eight are former. Officials say so far, investigations into two employees have wrapped up and their cases have been handed over to CBP for disciplinary action. But, it’s unclear what kind of action they’ll face.
(Washington, DC) — President Trump is unapologetic about what some call his racially-charged attacks on four congressional Democrats, who are all women of color. Speaking at the White House today, Trump said they’re angry all the time and should leave the U.S. if they’re so unhappy. He also accused critics of making racist remarks in response to his comments. Trump called the four freshmen congresswoman “socialists” and said they hate the U.S. and Israel. The backlash was fueled by Trump’s remark that the four women should go back to their countries.
The four congresswomen are all American citizens. Trump said he has not mentioned the congresswomen by name but then accused Minnesota’s Ilhan Omar of making supportive comments about al-Qaeda. The other three congresswomen are New York’s Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Michigan’s Rashida Tlaib , and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts.
It all started when trump tweeted “Progressive Democrat Congresswomen” who originally came from other countries are telling the “people of the United States” how the government should be run, adding, quote, “why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.” He was assuming that because they are all women of color that they weren’t from the United States. But, all but one were born in the U.S.
(Charlottesville, VA-AP) — The man convicted in a deadly car attack at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia will spend the rest of his life in prison. James Alex Fields Junior was handed down a life sentence today.
He pleaded guilty to nearly 30 federal hate crimes earlier this year for the 2017 crash at the Unite the Right rally.
Fields plowed into a crowd of counter-protestors during the white nationalist rally, killing one person and injuring more than two dozen others. Fields is already serving a life term after being sentenced in Virginia state court.
(Bridgeton, MO-AP) — A Taco Bell employee is out of a job after her profanity-laced racist rant against a Muslim customer went viral.
The incident occurred at a Bridgeton, Missouri Taco Bell where the drive-thru employee is seen attacking a customer named Tarek Hamdan for being Muslim.
The employee told Hamdan that all Muslims are terrorists and claimed that Muslims “tore down” her country. Taco Bell has apologized for the incident, saying “we welcome everyone in our restaurants and do not tolerate this type of behavior.”
(Bethesda, MD-AP) — Police in Maryland are investigating a photo of two high school students wearing blackface. The principal of Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda said the photo, which was captioned with the N-word, was shared online on a private account over the weekend. It was then re-shared publicly by other students.
The image was reported to police as a hate-bias incident. The school will also be taking disciplinary action.
(Chicago, IL) — Outrage as video surfaces of four white male students wearing blackface and acting just flat-out ignorant at a fast food restaurant.
The students reportedly attend Homewood Flossmoor Community High School which ironically is about 70% black.
Although they claim they didn’t know the significance of ‘blackface’, the video proves otherwise.
NBC News reports, to protest the social media posts, roughly a thousand of students walked out Tuesday around 12 p.m. chanting “We want justice” and “No place for blackface,” according to the Chicago Sun Times.In a letter sent Sunday to parents and students, Homewood-Flossmoor High School said school officials had met with those involved in the “culturally insensitive” incident.
“The social media postings that were seen and heard were not representative of the high expectations we have for all students that attend our school,” the school said in the letter. “This type of behavior is contrary to our expectations, is being addressed quickly and appropriately and will not be tolerated.”
(Huntsville, TX-AP) — Texas is executing the man who committed one of the country’s most brutal hate crimes. John King was the second person put to death for the killing of James Byrd Jr. in 1998.
Prosecutors say King was the ringleader of a group that chained Byrd to the back of a pickup truck and dragged him for miles after Byrd reportedly asked for a ride home. The force ripped off Byrd’s arm and decapitated him.
Even more disturbing, reports say that James Byrd was alive for the majority of his torture prior to being dismembered.
The murder of the 49-year-old African American shocked the nation and sparked protests.
The Supreme Court denied a last-minute request for a stay of execution for the 44-year-old avowed racist. King was pronounced dead by lethal injection at the Texas State Penitentiary at Huntsville shortly after 7 p.m.
(Opelousas, LA-AP) — The FBI is investigating a string of suspicious fires at black churches in Louisiana. Reportedly, three churches have burned in ten days in St. Landry parish near Baton Rouge.
The most recent fire was Thursday. State Fire Marshall H. Butch Browning they believe the fire is suspicious, and that a crime has occurred. Browning says it’s too early to categorize the fires as hate crimes.
The fire marshal is asking for those responsible to come forward. Browning said, don’t make us hunt you down, because we will. Gutierrez says they are also investigating a fourth fire three hours away, but it might not be related to the other three.