You thought the battle over segregation was fought and won decades ago? Apparently not.
The King County, WA (Seattle) has been holding employee ‘listening sessions’ to discuss racial equality. However, it seems that their view of ‘equal’ also means ‘separate but equal’ training. The library system hired consultants to run the sessions, which were held in racially segregated sessions.
The consultants discovered widespread “institutional racism” in the library system but it’s unsure exactly what that means because, according to some participants, if employees reported “not experiencing or witnessing racism while working at KCLS” they were told they were likely suffering from the false consciousness of “internalized racism.” In other words, they had experienced it but they just weren’t smart enough to know it.
UK’s black Women and Equalities Minister Kemi Badenoch delivered a strong and clear condemnation of the Black Lives Matter movement and critical race theory on the floor of the House of Commons — saying such ideologies have no place in British schools and that she would oppose them in every way.
Her statement was unequivocal and clear on why she opposes the radicalism of the organization while supporting equality
New buzz words or movements often spring up in the political world: ‘politically correct’ is now ‘woke’, for example, and in the fight against racism, some are trying to promote a new ‘approach’ and so we have a new preferred term. Anti-racism, also known among proponents as ‘critical race or social justice theory’, is the latest.
But when you have ‘anti-racists’ and white supremacists agree, you know that there is something unsavory going on.
As the country struggles with unequal application of justice and trying to find ways to make sure the law applies to call equally, one of the most often cited needs is for more minority police chiefs and leaders in police departments around the country that can better understand the issues involved and better relate to minority communities.
The death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg yesterday has seen tributes pour in for this pioneering woman. Ginsberg spent much of her career breaking down barriers, culminating in her long term of public service as a Justice on the nation’s highest court.
Tennessee State Representative John Deberry, a Democrat from Memphis, compared the current civil rights struggles to the struggles of the 1960’s. In doing so, he referenced his parent’s participation in the battles for equality during his younger years.
Below is an article talking about his speech before the TN Legislature. His message is important and worth hearing
A suit has been filed in Illinois against Facebook-owned Instagram for illegally collecting, storing and distributing biometric data from users. The class action lawsuit alleges that Instagram was taking facial recognition data from users without their knowledge or permission and using it illegally, including selling it.
Facebook’s leadership has repeatedly been called to testify before Congress for its breaches of privacy data. As recently as July, Facebook was fined $650 million for illegal use of facial recognition user data.
Illinois law calls for fines of up to $5000 per incident of using private data illegally. With Instagram’s roughly 100 million users, that could mean fines of up to $500 billion.
Facebook has repeatedly ignored laws dealing with keep user information private. Even when fined, the fines are small compared to the money that the social media giant is making so there is no need for them to change their illegal behavior. It’s just a cost of doing business.
That needs to change. Fines need to be large enough to change behavior and Mark Zuckerburg and his leadership team need to be held responsible for their decisions to deliberately ignore the law and our expense.
It seems these days that we can’t respect people of different political opinions, that it’s either ‘all or nothing’ on both extremes and anything but agreement on every last issue leads to vitriolic name-calling.
I would hope that today could be an exception to that. Today, the motorcade of Rep. John Lewis takes him toward his final resting place after he passed away late last week. Whether you belonged to the same political party as he did, or agreed with his politics in his later years, Lewis was a one of the important figures in our nation’s history. Lewis was a key figure in fighting for the civil rights of roughly a tenth of our country’s citizens.
Yesterday, his body was carried over the bridge in Selma, AL as a memorial to that same march that he made half a century ago. He was a man who personally sacrificed for what he believed and in doing so, brought about change-peaceful change-and helped correct an historic wrong and crime against so many. On this day, we can all respect a man for that!