Homeland Security Official Resigns Over Remarks on African-Americans and Muslims

 

The Department of Homeland Security’s head of outreach to religious and community organizations resigned on Thursday after audio recordings revealed that he had previously made incendiary remarks about African-Americans and Muslims while speaking on radio shows.

…John F. Kelly, the White House chief of staff, had appointed Mr. Johnson to the department in April during his brief tenure as secretary of Homeland Security.

…[Johnson said on a radio show] that the black community had “turned America’s major cities into slums because of laziness, drug use and sexual promiscuity.” He also said black people were anti-Semitic because they were jealous of Jewish people..

…Mr. Johnson attacked Islam, …“Muslims want to cut our heads off,” that Islam is “an ideology posing as a religion” and that President George W. Bush made a mistake by calling it a religion of peace.

…Mr. Johnson also said he agreed with the conservative author Dinesh D’Souza that “all that Islam has ever given us is oil and dead bodies over the last millennia and a half.”

…“The DHS Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships is driven by one simple, enduring, inspirational principle,” Mr. Johnson wrote on his account’s inaugural post eight months ago. “LOVE THY NEIGHBOR.”

Homeland Security Official Resigns Over Remarks on African-Americans and Muslims – The New York Times

Kelly appointed a bigot to an office in charge of outreach to minority groups. Sadly, this isn’t a surprise. At least he was outed and pushed out.

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White House Pressed Unsuccessfully to End Immigration Program

The White House unsuccessfully tried to pressure the Homeland Security Department to end a program that allows hundreds of thousands of people from countries affected by natural disasters or violence to live in the United States without fear of being deported, according to people familiar with the discussions.

John F. Kelly, the White House chief of staff, made an 11th-hour plea to Elaine Duke, the acting Homeland Security secretary, ahead of a deadline this past Monday to decide about the status of immigrants in the program from Honduras and Nicaragua.

White House Pressed Unsuccessfully to End Immigration Program – The New York Times

WTF???

About 2,500 Nicaraguans to Lose Special Permission to Live in U.S.

…the effective date of termination would be delayed one year, until Jan. 5, 2019, to give about 2,500 individuals time to leave the country or adjust their immigration status.

The program allowing them to stay, Temporary Protected Status, was enacted by Congress in 1990 to protect foreigners, particularly Central Americans, fleeing war, natural disasters or catastrophes and was extended to Haitians after the 2010 earthquake.

…Many of the more than 300,000 people shielded from deportation under the program have lived in the United States for years and bought homes, embarked on careers and given birth to children who are American citizens.

…Democratic members of Congress and immigration advocates called the move inhumane.

About 2,500 Nicaraguans to Lose Special Permission to Live in U.S. – The New York Times

sigh….

 

There was a massive study on racism, and the media only focused on the part about white people 

If you’ve ever wondered whether black people fixate about racial discrimination too much, the reporting surrounding the study of African Americans’ attitudes toward race in America is a horribly revealing example of how white privilege reshapes, refocuses and recalibrates African American concerns to a subordinate place, elevating fake-news reactions of white people to pinnacle of the national conversation. Indeed, even when there’s supporting evidence, as in the case of this study, to demonstrate just what black people are shouting about, their opinions are easily and routinely drowned out by cries of nonsensical white fears.

There was a massive study on racism, and the media only focused on the part about white people – ThinkProgress

sigh…

Actor Wendell Pierce shreds John Kelly: ‘They raped my grandmother, lynched my uncle… you racist pr*ck’

Trump’s chief of staff, John Kelly, …[said] that the Civil War was caused by “a lack of an ability to compromise.” During a Monday appearance on Fox News, Kelly described Confederate General Robert E. Lee as “good” and “not so good.”

Actor Wendell Pierce shreds John Kelly: ‘They raped my grandmother, lynched my uncle… you racist pr*ck’

Well said, Pierce.

Thousands attended protest organized by Russians on Facebook | TheHill

Thousands of Americans attended a march last November organized by a Russian group that used social media to interfere in the 2016 election.

…The BlackMatters organizing group was connected to the Internet Research Agency, a Russian “troll farm” with ties to the Kremlin, according to a recent investigation by the Russian Magazine RBC. Facebook has identified the Internet Research Agency as the group responsible for purchasing 3,000 political ads on Facebook’s platform and operating 470 accounts that appear to have attempted to influence the perspectives of Americans during the 2016 elections.

…According to numbers in Facebook’s general counsel’s leaked congressional testimony, the number of people potentially touched by organic content eclipses the potential number reached by ads by hundreds of millions. 

BlackMatters had organized other protests, but none revealed so far reached the level of support that the Nov. 12 protest did — in many cases, the organization’s events fizzled out and didn’t come to fruition. Others that actually did take place had a limited and isolated reach.

Other events that appear to be organized by the group tended to focus on rallies around race flash points, including the deaths of black men killed by law enforcement, The Hill found after reviewing 15 events by the organization. Others claimed to offer free legal education for immigrants.

One event was shared with 1,300 users on Facebook, of which 240 ultimately said that they would attend the “One Person One Vote One March,” on Dec. 3 in New York City, a protest against the electoral college. But it’s unclear if the event actually occurred and, if it did, how many people attended. 

Thousands attended protest organized by Russians on Facebook | TheHill

hmmmm