This Week in White Supremacy: Week 22

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  1. The 22-year-old black man fatally shot by Sacramento police in his own backyard was carrying a cell phone. Sacramento Bee
  2. Tweet by Kumar Rao. @KumarRaoNYC
  3. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke says ‘Konnichiwa’ after hearing story about WWII Japanese internment. CNN
  4. White writer blames ‘Black Panther’s’ success for ruining other movies. Essence
  5. An IHOP restaurant in Maine retrained its employees after a waitress asked a group of black teens to prepay for a meal. CNN
  6. The nation’s top federal law enforcement agency is overwhelmingly white, and its top officials acknowledge that’s “a huge operational risk.” ProPublica
  7. Black boys raised in America, even in the wealthiest families and living in some of the most well-to-do neighborhoods, still earn less in adulthood than white boys with similar backgrounds, according to a sweeping new study that traced the lives of millions of children. New York Times
  8. Tweet by Tim Wise. @timjacobwise
  9. Bill to shorten Atlanta voting hours and curtail Sunday voting passes committee. AJC
  10. 9-year-old child commits suicide after being bullied. Oakland Press
  11. A statue of abolitionist John Brown near Kansas City, Kansas, was defaced with swastikas and racial slurs. Newsweek
  12. Despite efforts to debunk the falsehood, the notion of ‘Irish slaves’ continues to circulate online, clouding discussions about racism and further complicating relations between Irish-Americans and African-Americans. Christian Science Monitor
  13. 20,000 Republicans just voted for an actual Nazi. ThinkProgress
  14. Where hate groups are concentrated in the U.S. CityLab
  15. How an Iraqi family found refuge in Canada after escaping persecution and detention in the U.S. The Intercept
  16. In handwritten notes, prosecutors described prospective African-American jurors as “slow,” “ignorant,” “con artist” and “fat.” They also jotted a “B” or an “N” next to Black people’s names on jury lists and routinely ranked them as the least desirable jurors. This was intended to exclude Black people from juries in seven death-penalty cases against Black defendants in the 1970s. AJC
  17. The Koch Brothers tried to spread fake news in Black churches. Mother Jones
  18. ‘Testilying’: Police lying persists, even amid an explosion of video evidence that has allowed the public to test officers’ credibility. New York Times
  19. Militia members accused of targeting Somalis to stand trial. AP
  20. Ohio GOP congressional candidate Christina Hagan is using dramatic video footage of migrants in Morocco hastily climbing a wall to suggest Mexicans at the southern U.S. border in a campaign ad. Huffington Post
  21. Republicans in Congress appear open to President Donald Trump’s proposal to use the death penalty to crack down on drug dealers. The Weekly Standard
  22. Tweet from Leslie Proll’: “NC’s segregationist Senator Jesse Helms launched political career w/racist editorials on WRAL. Today, WRAL rails against nomination of his protégé Thomas Farr to NC bench. WRAL has changed. NC has changed. Senate must not resurrect Helms’ white supremacy by confirming Farr.” WRAL
  23. Alabama sheriff pockets $750k from funds to feed inmates in the Etowah County jail and buys a $740k beach house. Alabama Live
  24. National Geographic acknowledges its racist past, then steps on its message with a cover photo. Washington Post
  25. Housing advocates asked a federal court to temporarily block Houston from receiving Hurricane Harvey recovery funding, alleging the city remains out of compliance with civil rights and fair housing laws, and that HUD has failed to enforce such obligations. Houston Chronicle
  26. 6 months after Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico pleads for help. ABC News
  27. The White House’s immigration policies are designed to maximize suffering. The Nation
  28. White supremacists are no longer just spreading their hate online – a new report reveals a spike in racist banners across the country. Alternet
  29. Congressman Louie Gohmert (R-TX) has introduced a resolution which would declare César Chávez’s birthday “National Border Control Day.” The Beat
  30. Spring break is a luxury that many students can’t afford. New York Times
  31. Police Violence Report for 2017 – Black people were more likely to be killed by police, more likely to be unarmed and less likely to be threatening someone when killed. Police Violence Report
  32. University Of Hartford student who harassed roommate with bodily fluids gets special form of probation. Okayplayer
  33. Tucker Carlson opined on demographic change and immigration in America, saying that though “most immigrants are nice … this is more change than human beings are designed to digest,” and asking viewers, “How would you feel if that happened in your neighborhood?” Vox
  34. Changes to higher education accountability portend a big downside for students of color. Center for American Progress
  35. Tweet by J.J. Abbott. @jjabbott
  36. At the height of 2014’s Black Lives Matter protests in Ferguson, Missouri, FBI agents tracked the movements of an activist flying in from New York, and appear to have surveilled the homes and cars of individuals somehow tied to the protests. The Intercept


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  • Thousands of students walked out of their schools to honor the 17 victims of the Parkland school shooting and to demand gun reform now. Don’t let them march alone. Join your local March For Our Lives Saturday, March 24th. Vox
  • 8-year-old Leonardo Aguilar walked out of his 2nd-grade class to join a nearby high school walkout. His handmade cardboard sign read — “Guns are cruel, not cool.SFGate
  • Justin Blackman was the only student (out of 700) to walkout out of his high school — the video of his one-man protest has been viewed over 5 million times. Mashable
  • Despite her principal’s threat of suspension, Rosa Rodriguez walked out of her New Jersey high school alone — “I care about it, so I want to do something about it.ABC News
  • Atraiyu Yeldell and Michael Humphries ignored ridicule from fellow classmates and bravely stood in front of their North Carolina high school with their handmade signs — “I was being recorded and laughed at, but I had to remind myself that I was fighting for what I believe in, and that it doesn’t matter what they think of me.Broadly
  • Democrat Conor Lamb won the special election in Pennsylvania — winning a House seat in a district that trump won by 20 percentage points in 2016. New York Times
  • A Maine GOP candidate who called Parkland shooting survivor Emma González a “skinhead lesbian,” now has an opponent — 28-year-old Eryn Gilchrist entered the race, for Maine’s 57th district, within hours of the filing deadline. Sun Journal
  • The Maryland House of Delegates passed three gun control bills, the bills included — a ban on “bump stocks,” a law that would allow a judge to order gun owners to temporarily surrender their firearms if they’re deemed a threat to themselves or others, and a bill to make sure gun owners convicted of domestic violence incidents surrender their weapons. The Baltimore Sun
  • 33-year-old attorney and immigrant rights activist Lizbeth Mateo became California’s first-ever undocumented resident appointed to a statewide post. Newsweek
  • Thousands of U.S. congregations have joined together to form an interfaith network of safe houses for undocumented immigrant families at risk of deportation. CNN
  • Once thought to be doomed forever, Kazakhstan’s North Aral Sea is experiencing a revival — increased water levels and a resurgence of fish are hopeful signs for the local communities that rely on it. National Geographic
  • Legend and trailblazer Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg turned 85. Here are 15 snapshots of her throughout the years. Politico
  • Hard-working, low-income women in red states are rising up. The Cut
  • California Governor Jerry Brown is poised to exit office next year with a $6.1 billion budget surplus. Wall Street Journal
  • Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet.” –Stephen Hawking

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