“White supremacy.” We all thought that was a thing of the past, but as Trump and Trumpism have taken root in our political and social cultures, we see evidence that many of our fellow Americans feel that white people are superior to people of color intellectually and morally. I am a fan of Twitter and follow Amy Siskind, who reports each week on how we are moving closer and closer to an authoritarian regime. That caused me to think “Hey, perhaps we can do something similar re: “white supremacy.”
Ever the joker, I came up with the name This Week in White Supremacy (TWIWS). The sad thing is that each week there are more and more incidents. We at EJS have been told by many people that, while disconcerting, they appreciate seeing all the atrocities in one place.
Shortly after the 2016 election, I read a tweet that said something to the effect “If you want to know what you would have done in the early days of Nazi Germany, look at what you are doing now.” Many Germans claimed they did not know of the atrocities being perpetrated by the Nazis. TWIWS insures that all is known.
EJS turns 18 this year, and while TWIWS is only in its 25th week, EJS has been putting race on the table since our inception. As we mark these two milestones, we have a request to make of our readers.
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Now, onto our weekly list:
- NYPD cops shoot and kill bipolar Black man holding metal pipe in Brooklyn. NY Daily News
- America’s sordid legacy on race and disaster recovery. Center for American Progress
- Trump’s most influential white nationalist troll is a Middlebury grad who lives in Manhattan. Huffington Post
- Former Georgia city official drops N-word while pushing for Confederate History Month. CNN
- In 83 million eviction records, a sweeping and intimate new look at housing in America. New York Times
- ICE arrested 97 immigrants at a meat-processing plant in rural Tennessee in what civil rights organizations said was the largest single workplace raid in a decade. Washington Post
- King on European immigrants vs. the forced migration of Africans. @Justinfication
- Something has gone wrong with jury selection in Mississippi, and the Fifth Circuit is to blame. ThinkProgress
- Tweet by Senator Dianne Feinstein RE: Trump policy on immigrant children. @SenFeinstein
- A historic site representing one of Southern California’s earliest Japanese pioneer settlements may be in danger of being destroyed in a possible sale. NBC News
- Stephon Clark and the Golden State’s shameful secret. New York Times
- President Trump reportedly asked a CIA official why the agency didn’t kill a terrorist target’s family during a drone strike. The Hill
- Cleveland Indians fans taunt, mock, and scream obscenities at Native American protesters at home opener. Deadspin
- 40% of white Americans think Black people would be just as well off as white people if they worked harder. Newsweek
- Sandra Oh’s been waiting 30 years for a show like Killing Eve. Vanity Fair
- The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the DOJ have entered into a settlement with Toyota Motor Credit Corporation (“TMCC”) over allegations that TMCC’s dealer compensation policies resulted in African-American, Asian, and Pacific Islander buyers paying higher interest rates. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
- Local Fox anchors criticized this Black teen for working TOO hard. NowThis
- Trump ditched his “boring” prepared remarks at a tax roundtable in West Virginia, instead repeating his claim that “millions” of people are voting illegally and boasting that he was right about the threat of Mexican rapists. Washington Post
- Sean McElwee’s critique of ICE. @SeanMcElwee
- Black teenagers kicked out of a mall because they were “loitering” and not “engaged in the shopping experience.” Chicago Sun Times
- Michigan will stop providing Flint residents with free bottled water when current supplies run out. Detroit News
- America’s federally financed ghettos. New York Times
AND NOW FOR SOME GOOD NEWS
MORE GOOD NEWS, VICTORIES & HEROES
- 15-year-old Anthony Borges was shot five times as he barricaded the door with his body at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14th — has been released from the hospital. The Root
- California lawmakers have introduced legislation that would significantly restrict when officers can open fire. KCRA
- The town of Deerfield, Illinois unanimously passed an assault weapons ban — and will fine anyone refusing to give up their banned guns $1,000 a day until the weapon is handed over. CBS
- On Tuesday, liberal Judge Rebecca Dallet beat conservative Judge Michael Screnock for a seat on Wisconsin’s Supreme Court. Journal-Sentinel
- The Cook Political Report, a nonpartisan elections analyst, shifted 13 House races in favor of the Democratic Party ahead of November’s midterm elections. The Hill
- Since the 2016 election, millions of Americans have been inspired to join rallies and protests. Washington Post
- Thanks to the 100,000 people that left a public comment — the Interior Department will not be increasing national park entrance fees from $25 to $70. Grist
- Last month, the California Air and Resources Board banned the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) — HFCs have somewhere between 1,000 and 3,000 times more warming potential than carbon dioxide. Grist
- Google honored Dr. Maya Angelou on what would have been her 90th birthday with a video Doodle Set to her poem “Still I Rise.” Google
- Wednesday marked the 50th anniversary of the death of Martin Luther King, Jr. — here are ten of his most inspiring quotes. Forbes
- Women activists and organizers are largely ignored when recounting the Civil Rights Movement — read some of their stories here. New York Times
- Reverend Dr. William Barber II and Reverend Dr. Liz Theoharis have revived Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Poor People’s Campaign — with chapters in 40 states, “Barber and Theoharis’ Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival hopes to create an intersectional movement that focuses on saving America’s soul from the sins of militarism, systemic racism, environmental destruction, voter suppression, and poverty.” Mashable
- Immigration Advocates Network has launched a new resource that helps people who are worried about immigration enforcement protect their children, manage their home, bank accounts, insurance and other financial assets in case of an encounter with ICE. immi.org
Read more from Susie Tompkins Buell’s The Rising, here.
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