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Trump’s Obscene Charlottesville Comments Sound Familiar

Jamelle Bouie, Slatet was obvious that Donald Trump had been forced into making a second statement on Monday regarding Saturday’s violence in Charlottesville. The New York Times, among others, reported that Trump was pressured to change course from his initial claim that “many sides” brought hatred to Charlottesville—phrasing that absolved the white supremacist protesters of their alleged role in the violence that culminated in the killing of Heather Heyer. According to the Times, those comments “spurred several of his top advisers, including his new chief of staff, John F. Kelly,……

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Charlottesville violence revives painful past for minorities

AP Photo/David Goldman Bernard Lafayette fought to end segregation during the civil rights movement. But after watching events in Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend and hearing President Donald Trump blame both sides for the deadly violence, he realized that changing laws did not change enough hearts and minds. “It was below the surface,” said Lafayette, the 77-year-old chairman of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. “It was always there. It never left. People are coming out again and expressing their racist feelings.” Minorities who came to the … Read the referenced story here:…

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Charlottesville victim’s mother urges ‘righteous action’

AP Photo/Evan Vucci CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — The mother of the young woman mowed down while protesting a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville urged mourners at a memorial service Wednesday to “make my daughter’s death worthwhile” by confronting injustice the way she did. “They tried to kill my child to shut her up. Well, guess what? You just magnified her,” said Susan Bro, receiving a standing ovation from the hundreds who packed a downtown theater to remember 32-year-old Heather Heyer. Heyer’s death on Saturday … Read the referenced story here: Charlottesville…

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Inside a day of violence, terror in Charlottesville

AP Photo/Steve Helber CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — It started with threats, taunting and racial slurs, and escalated to total pandemonium – hand-to-hand combat in the streets of Charlottesville. White nationalists and counter-demonstrators threw punches, screamed, set off smoke bombs. They hurled water bottles, balloons of paint, containers full of urine. They unleashed chemical sprays. Some waved Confederate flags. Others burned them. I watched, notebook in hand, as people gasped for breath and clutched at their swollen eyes, burning from pepper spray or mace. The … Read the referenced story here: Inside…

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UN experts: Charlottesville Exemplifies Rising Racism in US

U.N. human rights experts say racism and xenophobia are rising in the United States, pointing to far-right demonstrations in Charlottesville, Virginia, as the latest examples and urging U.S. authorities to punish the perpetrators of racist crimes there. The three experts on the issues of racism, discrimination and the rights of people of African descent are seeking an independent investigation into the deadly events in Charlottesville. The experts said they were “deeply concerned at the proliferation and increasing prominence of organized hate and racist groups” in the U.S., insisting in a…

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Politics 

Trump’s Horrifying ‘Take Three’ on Charlottesville

John Podhoretz, New York PostOn Tuesday afternoon we learned yet again that the president of the United States is against neo-Nazis, which is nice. They’re “very rough,” he said at an impromptu Trump Tower press conference — by which he likely meant some of the people he saw on TV in Charlottesville this past Saturday had beards and leather jackets and swastika tattoos and were overweight. … Read the referenced story here: Trump’s Horrifying ‘Take Three’ on Charlottesville

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Charlottesville, ISIS and Us

Thomas Friedman, New York TimesI’ve been on the road since the Charlottesville killing. I am traveling around the Arab world and Afghanistan with the chief of the U.S. Air Force, Gen. David Goldfein; his civilian boss, the Air Force secretary, Heather Wilson; and their aides. We’re currently at the giant Al Udeid Air Base, from which America’s entire ISIS-Syria-Iraq-Afghanistan air war is run … Read the referenced story here: Charlottesville, ISIS and Us

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Trump Is Right About Violence in Charlottesville

Stephen Presser, American GreatnessHere, as is so often the case with this president and the media, Trump had a much better handle on reality than did his critics. He understood that what was going on in Charlottesville was more than a detestable white supremacy, but a breakdown in our sense of common bonds of citizenship. … Read the referenced story here: Trump Is Right About Violence in Charlottesville

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