This Week in White Supremacy: Week 10

As you will soon see, I was almost forced to rename this column, Today in White Supremacy. Here goes. This is the last column for 2017. I hope that Santa brings the white supremacists new hearts and souls and that this is the last column I ever need to write.


  1. FBI officials feared ‘Black Supremacist Extremists’ would attack RNC and DNC, new report reveals.
  2. Black and LGBT reporters respond after being left off White House Christmas party guest list for first time in years.
  3. Efforts to prosecute police in custody death fizzle out.
  4. Hillsdale College President Larry Arnn under fire for calling minority students ‘Dark Ones.’
  5. Spotted at a white-power rally, but still popular with campus Republicans.
  6. Experts are really, really worried about the state of the 2020 Census.
  7. ICE targets immigrant who spoke out.
  8. Hate crime training for police is often inadequate, sometimes nonexistent.
  9. ‘It’s OK to be white,’ explained.
  10. When women of color say #MeToo.
  11. How white engineers built racist code – and why it’s dangerous for black people.
  12. Meghan Markle engagement to Prince Harry exposes ‘quiet’ racism.
  13. “Entitlement reform” is code for taking benefits away from people of color. Ryan pledges ‘entitlement reform’ in 2018.
  14. Amid Puerto Rico disaster, hospital ship admitted just 6 patients a day.
  15. Masked white supremacists gave the Nazi salute at a Texas school.
  16. Representative Steve King of Iowa tweeted this out on Friday.
  17. Black Immigrants’ Lives Matter: disrupting the dialogue on immigrant detention.
  18. Not a typo: The median net worth of non-immigrant African-American households in the Boston area is just $8. White households $247,500. Read more.
  19. Official toll in Puerto Rico: 64. Actual deaths may be 1,052.
  20. S. courts have been treating Muslims differently for a very long time.
  21. This is what happens when a black cop calls out racism in her own department.
  22. After John Conyers retires, his Congressional seat will remain vacant for 11 months.
  23. Alabama sends message: We are too broke to care about right and wrong. “Every single county in which blacks make up more than 75 percent of registered voters will see their driver license office closed. Every one.”
  24. What’s missing from reports on Alabama’s Black turnout.
  25. Inmate: Deputies choked me for smiling in mugshot.
  26. The Republican overseeing the Alabama election doesn’t think voting should be easy.
  27. Alabama has the worst poverty in the developed world.
  28. The (white) airport bomber from last week you never heard about.
  29. Trump’s war on Black memory.
  30. Shut out: SCOTUS law clerks still mostly white and male.
  31. Here are two examples of how differently white people are treated when in altercations with law enforcement and the criminal justice system:

good news


  • Time magazine named the “The Silence Breakers” Person of the Year for 2017. Time’s editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal stated that the #MeToo movement represented the “fastest-moving social change we’ve seen in decades.” Time
  • Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congresswoman Cheri Bustos have introduced a bill that would ban employers from holding employees to forced arbitration clauses, which often prevent sexual misconduct survivors from speaking out. HuffPost
  • Senator Tim Kaine is calling on the Senate Office of Compliance to turn over information regarding the numerous sexual harassment claims and settlements against upper chamber members and their staffers — with plans to disclose the data to the public. The Hill
  • The former South Carolina police officer who shot and killed Walter Scott, an unarmed black man, was sentenced Thursday to 20 years behind bars. Washington Post
  • On Wednesday, thousands of advocates marched on Capitol Hill to demand that Congress pass a clean Dream Act. Common Dreams
  • AOL co-founder Steve Case and author J.D. Vance have recruited a team of business and tech leaders to invest in their Rise of the Rest fund — which will seed investments in underserved cities. New York Times
  • Due to an immediate outcry from veterans’ advocates, The VA is no longer planning to cut the department’s homeless-vet program. Politico
  • Hillary Clinton sat down for an interview with five members of Teen Vogue‘s 21 Under 21 — “you’re supposed to lead everyone, not just people who agree with you…bring people together, not further divide them.” Vogue
  • “Two years ago, Kim Davis denied David Ermold a marriage license because he was gay, despite it being legalized. On Wednesday, she had to watch as he signed up to run against her in the next election.” Cole Ledford
  • Tim Wilson, a member of Australia’s Parliament, proposed to his partner during the governing body’s final debate on legalizing same-sex marriage. Bustle
  • New York City’s public advocate Letitia James is taking the lead on climate-related matters and highlighting the dangers climate change poses to the city’s most vulnerable. Grist
  • Ten nations have signed onto an international accord that bans commercial fishing in the central Arctic Ocean for 16 years. Oceans Deeply
  • Greenko, India’s largest renewable power provider, just built the largest solar project in the world — a 3,000-acre field of solar panels providing power to over 600,000 homes in Andhra Pradesh. New York Times
  • Restore your faith in humanity — a rescuer was filmed saving a wild rabbit from the fires along Highway 1 in Southern California. ABC News

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