This Week in White Supremacy: Week 59

  1. The Trump administration is considering a far-reaching rollback of civil rights law that would dilute federal rules against discrimination in education, housing and other aspects of American life. Washington Post
  2. Shutdown leaves food, medicine and pay in doubt in Indian country. New York Times
  3. Brazil’s newly installed president has issued orders targeting indigenous groups, descendants of slaves and the LGBT community in the first hours of his administration, moving quickly on pledges to radically overhaul life in Latin America’s largest nation. US News
  4. An 8-year-old boy from Guatemala died in United States custody early Christmas Day, the second death of a child in detention at the southwest border in less than three weeks, raising questions about the ability of federal agents running the crowded migrant border facilities to care for those who fall ill. New York Times
  5. Violence Against Women Act expires because of government shutdown. NPR
  6. “Congress is looking a little more black, brown and female. But America’s political media remains stubbornly white and male.” @KarenAttiah
  7. Turned down for federal disability payments, thousands die waiting for appeals to be heard. USA Today
  8. “Are you a doctor?” The unchecked racism faced by physicians of color. Vox
  9. A recent study out of Oregon suggests emergency medical responders — EMTs and paramedics — may be treating minority patients differently from the way they treat white patients. NPR
  10. Portland hotel calls cops on Black guest in lobby. The Oregonian
  11. Politicians, doctors say new Trump rule will punish immigrants for using “bread and butter” services. CBS News
  12. Important thread: “There is something incredibly painful about the state being able to kill, harm, and take away your loved ones with little to no accountability. Imagine never feeling safe, in your home, in a grocery store, at your school, walking in your neighborhood… Black folks know that pain.”@OsopePatrisse
  13. White woman pulls a knife and screams racial slurs at a Black family over a parking space. Yahoo
  14. ICE dumped hundreds of immigrants in downtown El Paso — apparently by mistake. USA Today
  15. Wrestler being forced to cut dreadlocks was manifestation of decades of racial desensitization. Washington Post
  16. “Sometimes racism isn’t an action. It’s a look or a tone that makes it clear that you are not welcome. People of Color know what this feels like. White people often think you are making it up because they want ‘hard visual or audio evidence.’ It’s like getting insulted twice.” @harikondabolu
  17. Immigration advocates at the southern U.S. border say the Trump administration is lying when it says it’s at “capacity” and can’t process any more asylum seekers at the ports of entry where migrants can legally claim asylum. NBC News
  18. An African-American student leader who was targeted by a racist “troll storm” says she hopes an unusual legal settlement with one of her harassers will send a strong message to white supremacists that they will be held responsible for online abuse. New York Times
  19. “Read this thread as we close out 50th anniversary year of Fair Housing Act. Fair housing has always enjoyed strong bipartisan support, until now.” @LeslieProll
  20. Undocumented parents scared to enroll citizen children in benefits. The Guardian

AND NOW FOR SOME GOOD NEWS

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“23 years ago, from a refugee camp in Kenya, my father and I arrived at an airport in Washington DC,” Omar, a member of the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party who’s set to be one of the first Muslim women in Congress. Today, we return to that same airport on the eve of my swearing in as the first Somali-American in Congress.”  Congresswoman Ilhan Omar

The Most Diverse Congress Ever—With 131 Women—Is Sworn In

Former sharecropping family buys dream home after years of struggles

Referee Who Made Student Wrestler Cut Dreadlocks Banned From District

Disabled Artists Launch National Disability Theatre

Rutgers-Camden law school names first African American, woman and LGBT dean

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