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‘These people aren’t coming from Norway’


In a predominantly white region of central Minnesota, an influx of mostly Muslim Somalis is spurring the sort of demographic and cultural shifts that Donald Trump and the far-right have exploited to stoke fear. Before the 2016 election, Trump visited Minnesota to pitch a proposal to halt all resettlement of Syrian refugees; this plan eventually became his travel ban. Some point to two Democratic House seats that Republicans flipped there in the 2018 midterms as proof of the political potency of Trump’s grievance politics. But not everyone feels the same. A St. Cloud resident who said Trump had “made people feel bold in not being ‘Minnesota nice’ anymore” formed a #UniteCloud group and a website that highlights positive stories about the city’s refugee community.

Cummings requests interview with census bureau official over personal emails with GOP gerrymanderer


House Oversight and Reform Committee Chair Elijah Cummings is requesting that a Census Bureau official interview with his committee after it was revealed that she was in touch with a GOP redistricting strategist about a possible citizenship question. Cummings, in a letter Tuesday to Census Bureau chief of staff Christa Jones, requested that she hand over documents on any communications she had about a potential census citizenship question with a number of Trump officials and advisers, as well as the late Republican strategist Thomas Hofeller.

MP Caroline Lucas: Trump is no friend of the UK


“A state visit, with all the pomp and ceremony of a banquet hosted by the Queen at Buckingham Palace, is the highest diplomatic accolade this country can offer. That doesn’t mean Britain has been choosy about who gets this honor. There’s an embarrassing list of world leaders, from Zaire’s homicidal dictator Mobutu Sese Seko to Romania’s communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, who have all been hosted at Buckingham Palace. American presidents, though, are not supposed to be part of this tradition of embarrassing guests. But Donald Trump fits right in. His two-and-a-half years in office have shown him to be a bigot, a bully, a racist, a misogynist, and a fantasist.”

The racist origins of the census citizenship question


Uncovered documents from Thomas Hofeller, a deceased Republican redistricting strategist, reveal the racist origins of the push to add a question on citizenship to the census. In the documents, Hofeller said that including the question on citizenship and the subsequent redrawing of political maps would be “advantageous to Republicans and Non-Hispanic Whites.”

Rampant anti-Semitism: Polish far right politicians say ministers ‘kneel before the Jews’


Two far-right lawmakers in Poland have been branded anti-Semitic and racist after they placed a kippah on the head of a state official and accused the government of selling the country to Jews. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Emmanuel Nahshon said their actions were not even worthy of comment. “This a fringe racist party that isn’t even worthy of responding to,” he said. But the sentiment behind the type of action displayed by these men has undeniably been gaining traction.

Trump doubles down on Charlottesville response


In addition to separating migrant families and attempting to ban all Muslims from entering the country, one of President Trump’s most infamously disgraceful choices was to refer to white supremacists in Charlottesville as “very fine people.” After Joe Biden referenced that ignominious moment in his campaign launch video, Trump defended his comments again on Friday.

UKIP recruit has history of using racial slurs


A YouTuber who is the UK Independence Party’s star recruit to run in the upcoming European elections has a history of using racial slurs, including repeatedly saying the n-word. Carl Benjamin, also known as Sargon of Akkad, was tapped to run by the Eurosceptic, right-wing political party to appeal to younger, more online, far-right voters. Benjamin also sent a disparaging tweet about rape to Labour MP Jess Phillips, and suggested Jewish people use the Holocaust to engage in identity politics.

Why doesn’t Twitter treat white supremacy like ISIS?


In short, because it means the company would have to ban some Republican politicians. A company official said when the platform aggressively enforces against content, it can also flag innocent accounts, and society generally accepts the benefit of banning, say, ISIS for inconveniencing others. But with white supremacy, Republican politicians could get swept up by the algorithms, and banning politicians wouldn’t be accepted as a fair trade-off. So it looks like we’re stuck with @realdonaldtrump.

Rep Steve King plays victim in a big way


Being crucified for the sins of the world and losing committee assignments over racist comments you made are roughly equivalent to Rep. Steve King. Two days after Easter, King compared himself to Jesus Christ at a town hall, saying, “And when I had to step down the floor of the House of Representatives and look at up those 400-and-some accusers, you know, we’ve just passed through Easter and Christ’s Passion, and I have a better insight into what he went through for us.” Um, yeah, okay.

Arrested militia leader allegedly told FBI they were training to assassinate Obama, Hillary Clinton


The leader of a militia group who’s been detaining migrants near the U.S.-Mexico border allegedly told the FBI his militia was training to assassinate former President Obama, Hillary Clinton and Democratic donor George Soros. Larry Hopkins, head of the United Constitutional Patriots, is charged with possession a firearm as a felon and could face up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

Secret tapes may spell trouble for Buttigieg


Pete Buttigieg’s incredibly fast rise as a presidential candidate is putting a spotlight on his years as mayor of South Bend, including his demotion of an African-American police chief. Buttigieg’s critics say he’s gone to great lengths to conceal the contents of the tapes, which some believe could include racist language by white police officers.

Twitter urged to suspend Trump for ‘sharing propaganda videos trafficking in hate speech’


The Women’s March advocacy group urged Twitter to suspend President Donald Trump’s account for posting a video showing Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar intercut with footage of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. “Trump has launched a despicable and irresponsible attack on Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, sharing a propaganda video questioning the Congresswoman’s loyalty to the United States,” the petition read.

Russians hack global navigation satellite system


The Russians are hacking the global navigation satellite system (GNSS) on a mass scale in order to confuse thousands of ships and airplanes about where they are, according to a study by Centre for Advanced Defense. Law enforcement, shipping, airlines, power stations, mobile phones, and anything else dependent on GPS time and location synchronization, are vulnerable to GNSS hacking.

Moustafa Bayoumi: Ilhan Omar has become the target of a dangerous hate campaign


“If you believe some pundits, today’s enemy of the people is the very Muslim-looking Ilhan Omar. Think I’m exaggerating? Consider how Ronna McDaniel, the head of the Republican National Committee, recently labeled Omar as ‘anti-American’ on Twitter. Or then there’s Fox News’s Brian Kilmeade, who questioned Omar’s loyalty, saying ‘You have to wonder if she’s an American first.’

Andrew Yang’s extremism problem


Leaked chats show that presidential candidate Andrew Yang’s campaign is struggling to separate online supporters and online radicals. The chats showed the Yang campaign attempting to coordinate some of the online support while keeping out racism and racist slurs. Yang’s tech-driven campaign has found him supporters in all areas of the internet, but he is discovering that the same online places where his supporters can be found are also home to racism, white nationalism, and other radicalism.

Hate happens even during congressional testimony


A white nationalist YouTube channel began live streaming the House Judiciary Committee’s meeting on online hate on Tuesday. Comments on the live stream were filled with hateful, racist messages before YouTube removed them. Committee Chair Jerry Nadler read some of the comments during the meeting to illustrate the need to stop online hate.

Man charged with threatening Rep Ilhan Omar


A New York man is in custody after having been arrested and charged with threatening to assault and murder Rep. Ilhan Omar, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of New York. Patrick Carlineo, of Addison, N.Y., threatened to kill Omar because of her Muslim faith. The Minnesota Democrat is one of the first two Muslim women serving in Congress after being elected in the 2018 midterms.

‘White power’ graffiti defaces historic Tennessee civil rights site


Racist graffiti was painted in the parking lot of a Tennessee social justice center that hosted figures of the 1960s U.S. civil rights movement, such as Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rosa Parks. The Highlander Research and Education Center, whose main office burned down last week, was home to innumerable documents, recorded speeches and artifacts from the movement that were lost in the fire, it said on its website.

Robert Tracinski: Don’t fall for Trumpers’ fake news on Charlottesville


Despite what supporters of Donald Trump may tell you, “Trump’s Charlottesville statement deserves to be remembered as a dangerous sign. It shows the corruption in Trump’s outlook on the world that makes him unwilling to deal with a clear threat to American values — and, in the coiled obfuscations of the ‘Charlottesville Hoax’ myth, it shows how he corrupts the minds and values of his apologists.”

Megan Condis: From Fortnite to Alt-Right


“Rather than waiting for targets to find them, recruiters go to where targets are, staging seemingly casual conversations about issues of race and identity in spaces where lots of disaffected, vulnerable adolescent white males tend to hang out. Those who exhibit curiosity about white nationalist talking points or express frustration with the alt-right’s ideological opponents such as feminists, anti-racism activists and ‘social justice warriors’ are then escorted through a funnel of increasingly racist rhetoric designed to normalize the presence of white supremacist ideology and paraphernalia through the use of edgy humor and memes.”

Trump orders FBI to investigate Smollett case


Irony overload, as Donald Trump said Thursday he would have the FBI and the DOJ review “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett’s case, even as Chicagoans said the president should stay out of the racially charged incident. “I think that case is an absolute embarrassment to our country, and somebody has to at least take a very good hard look at it,” he told reporters at the White House. He naturally only cares because MAGA hats were involved. Tough to root for anyone in this battle.

Jussie Smollett walks free


All charges in Jussie Smollett’s case have been dropped. He was originally charged with disorderly conducting and filing a false police report for his attempt to stage a false hate crime.

Racist threats of violence keep all Charlottesville schools closed


Schools in Charlottesville, Virginia, remained closed for a second consecutive day on Friday as police investigated a threat of racist violence against minority students that had been posted online.A person claiming to be a student at Charlottesville High School, one of the region’s largest schools, warned white students to stay at home so they could shoot non-white students in an act of “ethnic cleansing.”

Whoa! Justice Thomas speaks


The famously silent Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas shocked spectators in court on Wednesday when he asked a question during arguments in a dispute over racial discrimination in jury selection. Thomas’s question, which marks the second time in a decade he has spoken during arguments, came in the case of a Mississippi man who has been tried six times for the 1996 murders of four people. The prosecutor in the case is accused of striking black jurists on the basis of race.

Fundraising for hate online


Facebook and Amazon appear to be helping hate groups fundraise through philanthropy tools hosted on their platforms. Dozens of white supremacist and anti-LGBTQ organizations have access to Facebook’s Fundraiser tool. One beneficiary is the National Policy Institute, the think tank of alt-right figure Richard Spencer, which has peddled racist and white supremacist ideals. AmazonSmile includes a variety of state-level anti-LGBTQ non-profits affiliated with national organizations.

Fox News rebukes ‘Judge Jeanine’


Fox News in a statement on Sunday condemned host Jeanine Pirro’s controversial comments about Rep. Ilhan Omar. Pirro set off a wave of backlash after the comments on her Saturday night show that suggested Omar is loyal to Sharia Law, over the U.S. Constitution, because she wears a hijab. Fox News said the comments “do not reflect those of the network, and we have addressed the matter with her directly.”

Quin Hillyer: Why I remain a Never Trumper


“I can’t vote for Trump because I believe, in the long term, he is doing more harm to conservatism and his country than the good accomplished by some of his administration’s temporary policy achievements. … I believe he is doing significant harm to our international standing and to important international alliances, that his trade policies are a threat to both the American and world economies, that his obvious admiration for authoritarian ‘strong men’ is extremely worrisome, that his particular admiration for Russian President Vladimir Putin is dangerous, that his utter diminution of international human rights runs counter to American values and interests, and that his obsession with the only-somewhat-important issue of immigration distracts attention from far more serious issues facing this country, such as debt and cultural rot.”

Hypocrite-in-chief says Dems ‘hate Jewish people’


At Donald Trump’s Friday night Mar-a-Lago speech to RNC donors, security guards made attendees put their cellphones in magnetized pouches. But some craziness leaked out anyway. During one of his trademark off-the-rails speeches, he said, “The Democrats hate Jewish people,” and if he could run to be prime minister of Israel, he’d be at 98% in the polls. He also said that Secret Service agents are “in the trees, on the lawn” and “in blackface” because of their masks.

Yellow vests fueling anti-Semitic rhetoric


The ‘yellow vests’ are marching for the 17th week in a row, and this week has been marked by anti-Semitic sentiments that seem to be getting louder all the time. In a climate where every voice is considered legitimate, anti-Jewish sentiment has found a prominent platform. Thierry-Paul Valette, a spokesman for the yellow vests, rejects the accusation that the movement has empowered hate speech. “We didn’t fuel anti-Semitism or hate, we simply put a mirror up to society,” Valette says.

House passes ‘all hate matters’ resolution


After debates and delays over the wording of the text, the House on Thursday overwhelmingly passed a resolution that broadly condemns hate. The resolution, which was crafted after freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar made comments critical of Israel that critics said played to anti-Semitic tropes, passed 407 to 23. Republicans were the only to oppose the resolution, with the controversial Rep. Steve King voting present.