Weekend Quick Takes

News of the week that you may not have noticed include the shortage of cops in a large city, shocking racism in New York public schools and China persecution of journalists. All in this edition of weekend quick takes

MPD Looking To Get Extra Cops

The Minneapolis Police Dept. has seen such an exodus this year, after criticism of the Department after the killing of George Floyd and the large funding cuts, that they have a shortage of officers. The shortage has become so critical that they are considering going outside the city to bring in officers to help fill the gap. The city is exploring paying to have state police or even transit officials to help patrol the city and fill in various roles.

Journalist Megyn Kelly Talks About Why She Pulled Her Kids Out of New York Public Schools

Megyn Kelly has pulled her children out of their New York City school and plans to leave the city behind altogether.

Kelly announced the decision after learning that her kids’ school promoted the “reform” of white children, who are inherently racist according to the school curriculum (that taxpayers pay for).

Kelly said the final straw was when they received a letter outlining a program that her two sons would be participating in that was outlined in a radical (and scary) article circulated to faculty as background to their class preparation.

According to Kelly, a portion of the article — which appears to have been written by Nahliah Webber, executive director of Orleans Public Education Network in June — said, “There is a killer cop sitting in every school where white children learn. They gleefully soak in their whitewashed history that downplays the holocaust of indigenous native peoples and Africans in the Americas. They happily believe their all-white spaces exist as a matter of personal effort and willingly use violence against black bodies to keep those spaces white.”

“As black bodies drop like flies around us by violence at white hands, how can we in any of our minds conclude that whites are all right?” the article added. (emphasis added) ” I am tired of white people reveling in their state-sanctioned depravity, snuffing out black life with no consequences.”

Why isn’t such racism by public officials prosecuted?

China Begins Prosecution Of The First Citizen Journalist For Reporting On Corona Virus Outbreak

In China, citizen journalist are rare because they can’t get the official credentials required to for the media. But amid public anger due to the belief that the Chinese Communist government suppressed news and information about the new disease in the first part of the year, several traveled to Wuhan to interview doctors about unexplained spikes in respiratory illnesses. They tried to document the situation that they found at the epicenter of the corona virus pandemic for the people of China and the outside world. Soon many of them were arrested and just disappeared.

One of these, and possibly the best known, was Zhang Zhan, who is a former lawyer and traveled to Wuhan and documented cases on YouTube, WeChat and other social media. She was detained in May and charges against her were recently announced. is accused of “picking quarrels and provoking troubles,” a sort of ‘catch-all’ allegation commonly levied against activists in China. 

Wang Jianhong, a UK-based human rights activist, said her major worry is whether the authorities will put Zhang on trial secretly.

“Zhang’s case has had a huge international impact, which makes it even less likely for the authorities to open the trial to the public in order to avoid criticism…” said Wang.

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