This Week in White Supremacy: Week 2

Well, it’s only Wednesday and I am up to fifteen items.  Got to stop for this week. Send any items you find to ThisWeekinWhiteSupremacy@equaljusticesociety.org.

  1. In her new book “Unstoppable”, Maria Sharapova talks about Serena Williams as follows. “First of all her physical presence is much stronger and bigger than you realize watching TV. She has thick arms and thick legs and so intimidating and strong. It’s the whole thing her presence, her confidence, her personality”. As one commentator noted, Sharapova is 6′ 2” and used performance enhancing drugs while competing. Ms. Williams is 5′ 9”.
  2. US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials planned to conduct sweeping raids targeting 8,400 undocumented immigrants in “the largest operation of it’s kind in the history of ICE” during mid-September. The plan was called Operation MEGA. Oddly close to MAGA. After the news leaked of this operation, news reports claim the ICE called off the operations.
  3. CIA Director Don Pompeo is retreating from the agency’s diversity and inclusiveness mandate. One commentator referred to the new approach as More White More Male and More Christian. (I am a Christian but would not like to be part of an organization where Jews, Muslims, and atheists felt uncomfortable.)
  4. The White President by Ta-Nehisi Coates.
  5. The Trump administration ended the Obama-era Local Labor Hiring Preference Pilot Program for public workers. The program was aimed at dealing with the loss of manufacturing jobs from urban centers. Angela Glover Blackwell CEO of PolicyLink stated, “Many of these jobs were finally addressing long-term unemployment-many for people of color.”
  6. Congressman Steve King urges Congress to let DACA die and wants undocumented people to “live in the shadows.”
  7. Undocumented DACA Africans express their view that the immigration system itself manifests white supremacist values.
  8. The parents of 17 year old Xavier McMullen want answers from the Akron Police Department about his death. Mr. McMullen’s friends and family do not believe he shot himself in the head while his hands were cuffed behind his back while being detained in a police car.
  9. This is the first week of play for the National Football League and Colin Kaepernick does not have a contract.
  10. Inmates imprisoned in evacuation zones in Florida were not relocated. Six toed cats, flamingos, and other creatures were relocated.
  11. Sister Helen Prejean reports that Georgia plans to execute Keith Thorpe on September 26th. A juror in the case used the word nigger and said he voted for the death penalty because Mr. Thorpe is Black.
  12. Immigrants who normally attend church in New York were nowhere to be seen this Sunday. ICE officials have detained people in church. ‘They’re afraid to step out’.
  13. Police in New Hampshire will not release information on the lynching of an 8 year old bi-racial boy.
  14. In Houston, 600,000 undocumented immigrants are not eligible for FEMA help post-Harvey.
  15. Scholarly report concludes there has been no change in the level of hiring discrimination experienced by Black folks in the last 25 years.

 

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