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Back in May, iSteve reported on the biggest story in Hate Crime History since Matthew Yglesias got all worked up over the Greenwich Village Nazi Party drawing cactus-like swastikas inside the locked Women’s Dorm at the New School for Social Research:

The Capitol Hill KKK Hangs Noose at African American Museum on Mall

Now the New York Times as finally caught up to this major news. From the op-ed page:

A Noose at the Smithsonian Brings History Back to Life

The person who recently left a noose at the National Museum of African American History and Culture clearly intended to intimidate, by deploying one of the most feared symbols in American racial history.

It’s actually not.

Instead, the vandal unintentionally offered a contemporary reminder of one theme of the black experience in America: We continue to believe in the potential of a country that has not always believed in us, and we do this against incredible odds.

The noose — the second of three left on the National Mall in recent weeks — was found late in May in an exhibition that chronicles America’s evolution from the era of Jim Crow through the civil rights movement. Visitors discovered it on the floor in front of a display of artifacts from the Ku Klux Klan, as well as objects belonging to African-American soldiers who fought during World War I. Though these soldiers fought for democracy abroad, they found little when they returned home.

That display, like the museum as a whole, powerfully juxtaposes two visions of America: one shaped by racism, violence and terror, and one shaped by a belief in an America where freedom and fairness reign. I see the nooses as evidence that those visions continue to battle in 2017 and that the struggle for the soul of America continues to this very day.

The people responsible knew that their acts would not be taken lightly.


A noose is a symbol of the racial violence and terror that African-Americans have confronted throughout American history and of the intensity of resistance we’ve faced to any measure of racial equality.

As far as I can tell, the idea that a noose is the equivalent of a burning cross was more or less invented in 2007 during the Jena Fiasco led by the Reverends Jesse and Al. Six black star high school football players in a small town in Louisiana had long been running amok, aided by the usual white male power structure that excuses the violence of strong fast black jocks as long as they score touchdowns. But when the Jena Six beat a white youth into unconsciousness and then continued to put the boot in while he lay inert, they finally were facing some serious jail time.

At that point the national news media started spreading the story that the white kids in the high school deserved it because they were racists. The evidence? The student body had put on a Cowboy-themed social event including, along with many other movie Western tropes, nooses on the Ol’ Hangin’ Tree. Therefore, three months later, six black football stars were entitled to pummel one unconscious white kid.

So, what does it mean to have found three nooses on Smithsonian grounds in 2017? A noose inside a Missouri high school? A noose on the campus of Duke University? Another at American University?

That Hate Hoaxes are a thing?

As a historian, who also happens to be old enough to remember “Whites Only” signs on motels and restaurants that trumpeted the power of laws enforcing segregation, I posit that it means we must lay to rest any notion that racism is not still the great divide. …

The answer is that discrimination is not confined to the past. …

I see the nooses in the same way. They are living history. Viewed through this lens, they are no less a part of the story the museum tells than the Klan robes, the slave shackles small enough to fit a child, the stretch of rope used to lynch a Maryland man in 1931 or the coffin used to bury the brutally murdered Emmett Till.

If you want to know how African-Americans continue to persevere and fight for a better America in the face of this type of hatred, you need only visit the museum, where the noose has been removed but the rest of the remarkable story of our commitment to overcome remains. Anyone who experiences the National Museum of African American History and Culture should leave with that realization, as well as the understanding that this story is continuing. The cowardly act of leaving a symbol of hate in the midst of a tribute to our survival conveyed that message as well as any exhibit ever could.

Lonnie G. Bunch III, a historian, author, curator and educator, is the founding director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.

So, Lonnie, how is the police investigation coming? You are the curator of a $540 million edifice that opened in 2016, so clearly you must have video cameras everywhere. LeBron James gave you $2.5 million that you could have used on cameras (although, come to think of it, LeBron seems a little under-cameraed himself). It should be simple to catch the malefactor, right? But it’s been over three weeks …

Thanks to commenter Mr. Anon for the title.

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Update: Or maybe this is a joke. Let me check some more.

Upupdate: I found a different photo of this middle-aged 16-year-old’s in the Daily Mail on 10/24/2016, but so far I haven’t it in The Guardian.

Upupupdate: This Guardian cover is for real! It’s not a satire like I worried it might be after I put up the post below. I hate being wrong, so I try hard not to be wrong.

Here’s the Tweet sent out by The Guardian with a photo of its front page.

And so, here below is my original post, which turned out to be correct. The Guardian’s frontpage of 10/25/16 was so self-evidently hilarious that about five minutes after I posted it here I got cold feet and figured that nobody could be that smugly delusional so there might be a high chance it is a photoshopped satire on The Guardian.

But, no. It’s really for real. So, here’s my original post, which I’ve since verified:

Here’s a screenshot of The Guardian’s front page on 10/25/2016:

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The Guardian’s caption under its photo of one of the “children” reads:

Screenshot 2017-02-08 16.35.56

“A 16-year-old from Ethiopia cries while he awaits registration at a processing centre in the makeshift camp near Calais”

Upupupupdate: Commenter Inertial has found video proof of this child being only 16:

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Robert Reich was Secretary of Labor under Clinton and is lately Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley.

“I was there for part of last night, and I know what I saw and those people were not Berkeley students,” Reich said. “Those people were outside agitators. I have never seen them before.”

“There’s rumors that they actually were right-wingers. They were a part of a kind of group that was organized and ready to create the kind of tumult and danger you saw that forced the police to cancel the event,” Reich insisted. “So Donald Trump, when he says Berkeley doesn’t respect free speech rights, that’s a complete distortion of the truth.”

“You think it’s a strategy by [Milo Yiannopoulos] or right-wingers?” asked host Don Lemon.

“I wouldn’t bet against it,” Reich said. “I saw these people. They all looked very– almost paramilitary. They were not from the campus. I don’t want to say factually, but I’ve heard there was some relationship here between these people and the right-wing movement that is affiliated with Breitbart News.”

How does Reich know this? Well, as he explained in Newsweek on Monday, he’s an expert on dangerous, scary rightwingers:



… In case you forgot, before joining Trump’s inner circle Bannon headed Breitbart News, a far-right media outlet that has promoted conspiracy theories and is a platform for the alt-right movement, which espouses white nationalism. …

Not incidentally, “America First” was the name of the pro-Nazi group led by Charles Lindbergh that bitterly fought FDR before U.S. entry into World War II to keep America neutral between Churchill’s Britain and Hitler’s Reich.

This is truly scary.

By the way, a website, The Ralph Retort, is claiming to have identified a protestor who beat an onlooker. And he isn’t a student at Berkeley at all, just like Reich says.

He is a UC Berkeley staffer.

(Note that this identification hasn’t been proven yet.)

Update: Here’s video proof that Reich is right! It’s smartphone footage of Berkeley’s peacefully protesting, singing, dancing Antifas being attacked by a mounted false flag brigade paid for by Steve Bannon and led by head cossack Haveny Monahanoff:

Note: some elements of the video were fixed in post-production.

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From the Washington Post on Tuesday, January 10:

School officials denounce racist petition that spoke of ‘supreme White race’

The top of a hateful petition that circulated at a high school in Anne Arundel County, Md. (Copy of petition provided by Anne Arundel County schools)

By Donna St. George January 10

A white supremacist petition that circulated at a Maryland high school on Friday described African Americans as a “scourge,” said they “invented” rape, stealing and basketball, and spoke of “the supreme White race.” School officials immediately denounced the document and began an investigation.

The petition, labeled Kool Kids Klan — its three K’s underlined in a thinly veiled reference to the Ku Klux Klan — has led school leaders to pledge “the strongest possible actions” against any students involved.

George Arlotto, schools superintendent in Anne Arundel County, condemned the document in a letter to parents, saying it was shared during lunch Friday at Arundel High School, in Gambrills, Md. Several students are believed to have been involved, he said, and at least two students signed the petition.

“I am shocked, dismayed, and quite frankly angered that such a piece of material would be produced, much less appear in one of our schools,” he wrote. “It is unconscionable to me how anyone could believe this material is anything but horrifying, and it has absolutely no place in our schools or school system.”

As others voiced similar reactions, Anne Arundel police on Monday afternoon began investigating what they called an “indirect threat” against the school of 2,089 students, made in a tweet. Police said the threat appeared related to the Friday incident.

“We don’t think that threat is credible, but we are taking it very seriously,” said Anne Arundel police Lt. Ryan Frashure.

Arundel High School’s principal sent home a letter to parents Monday saying that she was saddened and stunned “by the mere existence of the petition, to say nothing of the wording used in it.” But she also said she was equally heartened by the resolve of staff, parents, students and the community.

“The collective message has been clear: Arundel High School will not be defined by this incident,” Principal Gina Davenport wrote. “We will remain one community that celebrates our diversity.”

Davenport asked parents and students to join her at the school this week to discuss “where we as a community go from here.”

From on Wednesday, January 11:

Police Charge Student For Threat Made At Arundel High School

January 11, 2017 10:39 PM By Ava-joye Burnett

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The Anne Arundel County Police Department has charged a 14-year-old girl with a juvenile citation for sending a threatening tweet related to Arundel High School.

Police began their investigation after Arundel High School officials told them about a suspicious Twitter account.

The account, named @KoolkidsKlanKkk, reportedly sent out a tweet that read, “We’re planning to attack tomorrow”.

This account used similar language to a racial petition that had been passed around Anne Arundel High School by the “Kool Kids Klan”.

Police worked with Twitter, and were able to identify the person who created the account and sent out the threatening tweet.

That person has been identified as a 14-year-old African American female who attends Arundel High School.

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From the New York Times:

A Black Transgender Man Attacked on the Subway
This Week in Hate

This Week in Hate highlights hate crimes and harassment around the country since the election of Donald Trump. The Southern Poverty Law Center and other groups are keeping detailed counts of harassment and abuse, amid concerns about a rise in hate crimes after the election. Here are some recent incidents, which we are publishing on a weekly basis to draw attention to the issue. …

On Dec. 20, This Week in Hate reported on swastikas found at Nassau Community College in Nassau County, N.Y. A 20-year-old man has been charged with aggravated harassment in connection with the swastikas and many other anti-Semitic drawings. Police said they caught the man drawing swastikas at the college.

Not in the NYT

Now you know and I know that the NYT is referring to the cretinous-looking Punjabi Jasskirat Saini who wrote “KKK” and drew cactus-looking attempts at swastikas. And the NYT has even graciously allowed you a path to figuring that out for yourself if you diligently follow the third link in the paragraph above to WABC’s news report.

You might even work out for yourself that the NYT Editorial Board is inflating their This Week in Hate list with an exposed Hate Hoax without mentioning to its readers that it’s an exposed Hate Hoax or even that there are such conceptual entities as Hate Hoaxes.

But how many NYT subscribers will do that, especially paper subscribers?

That’s one of the joys of holding the Megaphone: You can redefine your behavior as Not Fake News in that you gave extremely curious and industrious readers a path to the truth without troubling the majority who like their News Fake.

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For most of the two Obama administrations, the corporate press kept talking about the record setting number of deportations, but that was largely due to a methodology change of starting to count border crossers caught near the border as deportees.

The dog that wasn’t barking was workplace raids. After the Postville raid of 2008, you just didn’t hear much at all about the government trying to round up illegal aliens at obvious mass scale employers.

Now the New York Times is kinda sorta admitting they were lying to us with that “Deporter-in-Chief” talk:

Raids of Illegal Immigrants Bring Harsh Memories, and Strong Fears

The 2007 raid was one of the hundreds of coordinated federal sweeps targeting illegal immigrant workers carried out during President George W. Bush’s second term. The headline-grabbing roundups of illegal workers slowed under the Obama administration, which has deported a record 2.5 million immigrants since 2009, largely by focusing on recent border crossers, employers who hired illegal workers and immigrants with criminal convictions.

But as President-elect Donald J. Trump prepares to take office and promises to swiftly deport two million to three million undocumented immigrants who have committed crimes, bipartisan experts say they expect a return of the raids that rounded up thousands of workers at carwashes, meatpacking plants, fruit suppliers and their homes during the Bush years.

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From Slate:

Jewish Family Flees County After Fox News, Breitbart Falsely Blame It for Cancellation of Christmas Play By

by Mark Joseph Stern

A Jewish family whose child attends an elementary school in Lancaster, Pennsylvania has fled the county out of fear for its safety following false reports on Fox News and Breitbart implying that the family forced the school to cancel a Christmas play.

Does that sound plausible? My thought was: I bet instead the family left the country on a planned vacation.

And, sure enough, from the Anti-Defamation League:

ADL Calls Reports of Family Fleeing Lancaster County, PA “Untrue and Damaging”

Philadelphia, PA, December 22, 2016 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL), like many, read many numerous local and national news stories reporting that a Jewish family allegedly “fled” Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. The reports claimed that the family feared retribution after being wrongfully blamed for the cancellation of the school production of A Christmas Carol. ADL investigated, and found that in actuality, the family left on vacation for winter break.

“News reports alleging that a Jewish family has ‘fled’ Lancaster County are untrue and damaging,” said Nancy Baron-Baer, ADL Regional Director. “We spoke with the family, who explained that they went on a previously-planned vacation for the holidays. Stories like this can sow fear in the Jewish community and beyond, and it is important to stop the spread of misinformation.

“There is no truth to the rumor that the school cancelled A Christmas Carol at the request of parents. The Hempfield School District released a FAQ clearly stating that the play was cancelled due to the inordinate amount of class time taken up by rehearsals. We commend the district for setting the record straight.”

When the ADL is the voice of calm reason, you know the corporate media’s Fake News mania has gotten out of control.

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Wilshire Blvd., 1 Million B.C.

Commenter anon complains about the poor quality of the hate hoaxers in the fake news:

When Punjab sends its hate hoaxers, it’s not sending its best

You know what is so disappointing?

How lazy, un-creative, and unoriginal these guys are.

I mean ‘KKK’ is a dead giveaway because KKK is near non-existent in the USA and just about every other hoax has ‘KKK’ theme.

It’s like the kid crying ‘wolf’.

Commenter Ben Tillman responds:

No, it’s like the kid crying mastodon.

It’s like the boy who cried “dire wolf.”

Commenter b.t.o. observes:

The key thing is that the hate hoax creators live in the regular bubble….and the long comical history of busted hate hoaxers is about as far outside of that bubble as you can get.

KKK Guy Jasskirat Saini’s cactus swastika

Thus the precocious conversation furtherer has no idea she is creating a carbon copy — with all the same “KKK” and “YOU DESERVE TO DIE DYKE!” and swastikas that look like cactuses — as in dozens of previous incidents, all of which turned out to be… he he….. well lets hope that this unfortunate situation doesn’t detract from the very real issues of ________ that happens every day to ________.

The ensuing perverse situation is that the “noticers” can spot the hoaxes clear as day, but are forbidden from bringing up even the possibility that something is fishy. Questioning a “hate crime” is about as taboo as it gets in polite conversation, and you have to get about 2.5 standard deviations away from the media center before this sort of thing can be written about in the press or online.

Finally, any good deplorable understands that the Haven Monaghans of the world have 0.0 interest in terrorizing minorities on the subway, burning down buildings, or spray painting slurs onto some random car in the ghetto. They are instead quite interested in not being hectored in a 24/7 cycle, and not having to actively parrot whatever nonsense of the day as a precondition normal participation in their community. Given the electoral chance to stick it to their presumed moral superiors, they have recently been happy to take it, but otherwise they stubbornly don’t seem to actively do much of anything to telegraph the evil in their hearts.

I suspect most of the noticers and other deplorables don’t do a lot of thinking about identitarian gender studies professors or black lives matter activists, other that occasionally being exposed to them and being glad that they aren’t much intertwined with their lives.

The 15 year old punk rockers has no idea that the squares aren’t remotely as freaked out by him as he imagines. Thus it goes for our 2016 hoaxers.

If you can learn to control your frustration it’s actually kind of hilarious.

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From the New York Times on November 10, 2016:

Campuses Confront Hostile Acts Against Minorities After Donald Trump’s Election

Racial Episodes Escalate on Campuses

… At Wellesley College in Massachusetts, alma mater of Hillary Clinton, two male students from nearby Babson College drove through campus in a pickup truck adorned with a large Trump flag, parked outside a meeting house for black students, and spat at a black female student, according to campus black student organizations.

Babson is a business-oriented college (I once stayed in the on-campus hotel run by Babson’s hotel school) with a slightly less liberal student body than is normal in the Boston area. Wellesley used to be known as a women’s college, except that’s now considered cis-sexist, as I pointed out in Taki’s Magazine:

At women’s colleges today, the lesbians who were long the engineers of human souls are getting shoved aside for being on the wrong side of history by even butcher “trans-men” juicing on prescription testosterone.

The NYT returned to this massive news story a couple of weeks later, in the same article I featured earlier about the Mexican student who tried to have the hearty Samoan lady rugby player arrested for building a “wall” of shoes down the middle of her dorm room:

Postelection Harassment, Case by Case

… ‘We Had No Idea’

Edward Tomasso and Parker Rand-Ricciardi, students at Babson College in Wellesley, Mass., drove onto the nearby campus of Wellesley College flying a Trump flag from their vehicle and chanted Mr. Trump’s campaign slogans outside a building where minority students can seek support. They bragged about the episode in an online video that has since been taken down. But after facing a backlash that included death threats on social media and a harsh response from officials at both schools, each posted an apology on Facebook and denied targeting minority students.

“Publicly celebrating the election at a time and in a place when so many were deeply disappointed about its outcome and, indeed, genuinely grieving about it, was just not smart,” Mr. Rand-Ricciardi wrote. “We had no idea that our actions would be interpreted as racist, or sexist, or harassment.”

Mr. Tomasso wrote: “As a white male, I do not feel threatened by the new president. I have not had to work for that privilege. It was something I was born with.” He included a phone number and email address where he said those he had offended could reach him directly. Quickly, though, angry comments — along with a few written in support — inundated the post, and Mr. Tomasso stopped responding. Neither Mr. Tomasso nor Mr. Rand-Ricciardi responded to requests for comment.

Anyway, the spitting part just turned out be another Fake News Hate Hoax, while it’s (still) legal to celebrate your candidate’s victory. From the Boston Globe yesterday:

Pro-Trump Babson students cleared in Wellesley incident

By Olivia Quintana and Travis Andersen GLOBE CORRESPONDENT AND GLOBE STAFF DECEMBER 19, 2016

Babson College has cleared two students of any disciplinary violations stemming from their controversial drive through Wellesley College to celebrate Donald Trump’s victory the day after the presidential election, their lawyers said Monday.

The students, Parker Rand-Ricciardi and Edward Tomasso, faced accusations of harassment and disorderly conduct before the college’s honor board on Friday.

The Nov. 9 incident sparked a post-election uproar, fueled by accusations on social media that the men spat on a Wellesley student and yelled racial and homophobic slurs while parked in front of Harambee House, a campus gathering place for African-American students.

No Pepe House jokes, please.

Rand-Riccardi and Tomasso denied the allegations, and an investigation by Babson found no evidence the men did anything other than drive through the campus waving a Trump flag out the truck window and yelling “Make America Great Again.”

They are not facing criminal charges. …

Wellesley College, Hillary Clinton’s alma mater, held a peace walk on campus the Friday after the men’s celebratory drive.

During the walk, Wellesley senior Amber Walker, an events coordinator at Harambee House, told students she was standing in front of the building when the men drove by, and that “I have you guys here so I don’t have to go through this alone.”

On Monday, Walker said she was disappointed by the resolution of the case.

“For people that look like me, our struggle continues,” she said.

But the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, which advocates for free speech rights on college campuses, welcomed the decision.

Ari Z. Cohn, director of the foundation’s individual rights defense program, said the group was pleased the men were cleared from “these baseless charges.”

“While Babson College is not bound by the First Amendment, its policies expressly recognize the importance and value of free speech,” he said.

“Once the more serious allegations were determined to be unsubstantiated, the college should have immediately dropped the matter. Babson must ensure that students are free to express their views without fear of official sanction.”

After the incident, Babson president Kerry Healey apologized to the Wellesley College community in a letter posted on her school’s website.

“We, the Babson community, were extremely upset to learn that two of our students engaged in behavior that was, at a minimum, insensitive, unacceptable, and contrary to our core values,” Healey wrote.

Both students were ousted from the fraternity they belonged to, Sigma Phi Epsilon. The fraternity’s national leadership called their alleged actions “abhorrent to our members, alumni, and staff” in a statement. …

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I’m counting four.

1. “U-M student made up story about man threatening to burn hjiab, police say

KKK guy

2. “Guy Named Jasskirat Saini Arrested For Writing ‘KKK’ On College Campus

3. Youtube hoaxer goes viral claiming to have been kicked off Delta for speaking another language.

4. That black church burned with “Vote Trump” painted on the charred ruin?

What’s your count?

Here’s my 2013 column in Taki’s Magazine explaining the corporate media’s love of Fake News Hate Hoaxes:

The KKKrazy Glue That Holds the Obama Coalition Together
by Steve Sailer
March 13, 2013

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From the Washington Post last month, just before the election:

Black church torched in Mississippi, with ‘Vote Trump’ painted on wall

By Cleve R. Wootson Jr. November 3

“Vote Trump” is painted on the side of the fire-damaged Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church in Greenville, Miss. (Rogelio V. Solis/AP)

As firefighters neared the historically black church Tuesday night in Greenville, Miss., they saw flames in the windows and smoke pouring from the roof.

When they got closer, they could see two words spray-painted on the side of the burning sanctuary: “Vote Trump.”

Investigators believe the blaze at 110-year-old Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church was set on purpose, Greenville Fire Chief Ruben Brown told The Washington Post. The suspected arson is being investigated as a hate crime by local, state and federal law enforcement agencies.

On Wednesday, fire officials in Mississippi insisted that the motives of whoever burned the church are still unclear.

But Greenville Mayor Errick Simmons called the fire a “hateful and cowardly act,” sparked by the incendiary rhetoric of GOP nominee Donald Trump during his presidential campaign.

“We know what the black church means to the black community and the symbolism of the black church,” Simmons told The Post. “This is the place [where] people freely assembled to pray and strategize on how to get civil liberties and rights that were denied to them.”

Trump’s campaign denounced the fire that left the 200-member church badly damaged. …

No one was inside the church when it was set on fire, and no one was injured, Brown said. The mayor said investigators have identified “a person of interest,” but authorities have not named a suspect or made any arrests.

[KKK’s official newspaper supports Donald Trump for president]

Hopewell’s pastor said the congregation plans to rebuild.

“Our hearts are broken, but we are not angry,” the Rev. Carilyn F. Hudson told the Clarion-Ledger. “We are saddened, but we do know that all things work together for good to those that love the Lord.”

“The animus of this election cycle combined with the potent racial history of burning black churches as a political symbol makes this event something we must not ignore,” the GoFundMe page said. “Only two weeks ago, the internet came together to help repair a North Carolina GOP field office that had been burned by thugs. Justice demands we do the same now.”

Simmons, the mayor, said he directed police to provide additional patrols at the city’s churches in the wake of the suspected arson.

Officers will also be out in force on Election Day in Greenville — a city where 78 percent of the population is black, according to census figures.

“We want folks to go to the polls and not feel fearful, to not feel intimidated and to not feel they have to stay home because some person is engulfed in hate,” said Simmons, the first black man elected mayor in the Mississippi Delta city. “This is a direct assault on black folks. It goes to the heart of intimidating folks.”

The fire and “Vote Trump” message came with a week left in the campaign.

Trump has struggled to make inroads with black voters and recently pledged what he called “a new deal for black America.” His plan would give city leaders authority to declare blighted communities disaster areas. It would also use microloans, tax holidays and investment incentives to spur the economies of inner cities.

Trump has also said that Hillary Clinton and other Democrats have taken for granted the overwhelming support they receive from blacks.

[Trump booted a black man from his rally and called him a ‘thug.’ Turns out he is a supporter.]

But, according to The Post, Trump’s campaign is “barely registering with African American voters. He had 3 percent support among African Americans in an ABC News tracking poll released (Oct. 23), compared with Clinton’s 82 percent. Romney had 6 percent support among African Americans in 2012.”

One flash point for Trump: His campaign has been praised by hate groups that have persecuted blacks for decades. One of the most prominent newspapers for the Ku Klux Klan offered a defacto endorsement of Trump, dedicating its entire front page to a pro-Trump article. In February, Trump was endorsed by former KKK grand wizard David Duke. He later declined to unequivocally condemn Duke when prodded by CNN’s Jake Tapper.

Trump has also made disparaging remarks about other minority groups, including Hispanics and Muslims.

Rep. Bennie Thompson (D), whose district includes Greenville, said the incident at the church “harkens back to a much darker day in Mississippi.”

“The political message of the vandalism is obviously an attempt to sway public opinion regarding the upcoming election,” he wrote in a statement sent to the Associated Press. “I encourage all citizens not to be deterred by this cowardly act and exercise your right to vote at the ballot box.”

Setting fire to a church is a symbolic act that stretches back to the Reconstruction-era South, when churches served as the centers of black communities.

The most infamous case came in 1963, when four KKK members bombed the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala., killing four girls who were changing into their choir robes and wounding 20 others. The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. called the act “one of the most vicious and tragic crimes ever perpetrated against humanity.”

The bombing brought an international spotlight to the U.S. civil rights movement and “the injustices and terrorism facing blacks in the South, and was a flash point in the struggle for equal rights,” according to Smithsonian Magazine.

The South saw a new spate of church attacks in summer 2015 after a white gunman shot and killed nine black people during a prayer service at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C. The suspect, Dylann Roof, said he wanted to start a race war.

No mention of the fake news about a non-existent wave of black churches being burned that was promoted in the 1990s by President Bill Clinton.

Afterward, multiple black churches were burned across the South, from Charlotte to Macon, Ga.

The reality is that churches burn all the time. About 1,780 churches and funeral parlors catch fire per year nationally. Some of its accidental, some of it is insurance fraud (“Protestant lightning”), some of it is arson by people mad at God or religion, some of it is arson by pyromaniacs who like fires but aren’t particularly homicidal and are therefore attracted to churches because they are empty so much of the week.

… Simmons, the Greenville mayor, told the Clarion-Ledger that the Hopewell fire was the sort of thing that “happened in the ’50s and the ’60s. This should not happen in 2016.”

The mayor noted that the n-word had been scrawled on a boat ramp in the city in September.

Still, he told the Mississippi newspaper, the racial climate in Greenville is good.

“The only way to conquer hate is love,” he said. “We must show love, respect and dignity to each other.”

This post has been updated.

Read more:

Trump’s words insulted this Hispanic woman. Her co-workers used them to terrorize her.

The billboard mocking Donald Trump: ‘He can’t read this’

Three Kansas men calling themselves ‘Crusaders’ charged in terror plot targeting Muslim immigrants

Yesterday’s Ku Klux Klan members are today’s police officers, councilwoman says

The New York Times article from November 2 is pretty embarrassing too, but it’s not quite as frothing at the mouth as the Post’s. That’s a general pattern: the Times shamed itself repeatedly this year with its hate rhetoric and fake news, but the Post utterly humiliated itself over and over again.

But from the Washington Post today, an Associated Press wire service story:

Mississippi church member charged in ‘Vote Trump’ arson

FILE-In this Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016 file photo, “Vote Trump” is spray painted on the side of the fire damaged Hopewell M.B. Baptist Church in Greenville, Miss. Mississippi authorities arrested a McClinton Wednesday in the burning of an African-American church that was also spray-painted with the words, “Vote Trump.” (Rogelio V. Solis, File/Associated Press)

By Emily Wagster Pettus | AP December 21 at 4:40 PM

JACKSON, Miss. — A Mississippi man arrested in the burning of an African-American church that was spray-painted with the words “Vote Trump” is a member of the congregation, the church’s bishop said.

Andrew McClinton, 45, of Leland, Mississippi, was charged Wednesday with first degree arson of a place of worship, said Warren Strain, spokesman for the Mississippi Department of Public Safety. McClinton is African-American.

So, if you are reading carefully, you’ll figure out this was another Fake News Hate Hoax. But, the Post isn’t going to go out of its way to get that message across. My guess is that maybe 80% of Post subscribers will glance at the “Vote Trump” photo the Post chose to use and assume it’s another one of that Wave of Hate unleashed by evil white Trump supporters.

In contrast, the local Clarion-Ledger newspaper ran the picture of the arrestee on the top of its website, because that’s obviously the news (even if it’s not The Narrative):

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Oh …

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From the New York Times:

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It’s on Page One of my GOP Catechism, right after:

Q. What is the most sacred doctrine to all orthodox Republicans?

A. Amnesty for undocumented workers.

And who can forget Bob Dole running for President in 1996 on the traditional Republican platform, first enunciated by William Howard Taft in 1908, of banning Christmastime performances of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker? Remember, my fellow Republicans, to always trust NYT advice on partisan strategy:

WASHINGTON — Congressional Republicans face a vexing dilemma with the impending presidency of Donald J. Trump: Will they maintain the tough line on Russia that has been central to their foreign policy for decades, or cede that ground to Democrats?

For decades during the Cold War, Republicans tried to claim the hawkish mantle when it came to confronting the Soviet Union. Vice President Richard M. Nixon famously squared off against Premier Nikita Khrushchev in 1959, and years later President Ronald Reagan cast the Soviets as an “evil empire.”

We Republicans have always been at war with Russia!

Similarly, that’s why Hillary largely ran against her hated archnemesis, Angela Merkel. Hillary’s repeated call for America to resume strategic bombing of German ballbearing factories is part of the Democratic tradition, going back to Woodrow Wilson and FDR, that Germany is the enemy.

Remember, as Lord Palmerston pointed out: “We have … eternal allies, and we have … perpetual enemies.”

Would the New York Times lie to us Republicans about what our strategy should be?

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From Slate on December 4, 2016:

NY Subway Riders Stand By as Three Men Verbally Assault Muslim Teenager,”

Dec. 4, 2016:

Three white men who were apparently intoxicated repeatedly yelled anti-Islam insults at a Muslim student in the New York City subway and no one did anything. The men, who yelled “Donald Trump!” several times and even tried to pull off the terrified 18-year-old’s hijab, also accused her of being a terrorist. This all took place at around 10 p.m. on Thursday night on the 6 train as Yasmin Seweid was returning home from Baruch College.

“I heard them talk, but I had my headphones in, I wasn’t really listening, I had a long day. And they came closer and I distinctly heard them saying, ‘Donald Trump,’ ” she told the local CBS affiliate. Although there have been a spate of racist incidents across the United States since the election, this one was particularly shocking because it happened in New York and it seem no one tried to step in to help Seweid. …

This marks the latest in a growing wave of these types of incidents in New York and across the country (Slate is compiling a running list). From Nov. 8 through Nov. 27, New York law enforcement officials said there were 34 reported incidents, compared with 13 in the same period last year.

From Slate on December 14, 2016:

NYPD Says Story About Muslim Teenager Being Verbally Assaulted on Subway Is a Hoax

By Daniel Politi

Update, Dec. 14, 2016: Nearly two weeks after what appeared to be a horrifying incident on the New York City subway, the NYPD announced that the apparent hate crime never happened, and Muslim teenager Yasmin Seweid made up the story that she was harassed by three drunk white men on the subway who shouted Trump slogans and tried to pull off her hijab. The 18-year-old has been charged with filing a false report and obstructing governmental administration.

From the NY Daily News today:

The police source said criminally charging her was appropriate.

“This isn’t something we normally like to do but she had numerous opportunities to admit nothing happened and she kept sticking by her story,” the source said.

“We dedicated a lot of resources to this — and don’t get me wrong, this is what we do — but we had guys going back and forth, looking for video and witnesses. And we couldn’t find anything.

“Nothing happened — and there was no victim.”

It wasn’t immediately clear what Seweid hoped to gain by lying to police.

I dunno … She’s an 18 year old girl … What do 18 year old girls like? Attention? Their picture being taken? Social media likes? Praise? Pity? Hurting people they don’t like? Doing what their culture tells them to do? Attention?

Since the concept of “hate hoax” still doesn’t exist in the minds of the mainstream media, the odds of getting in trouble for lying are small as long as you are crafty like Jackie Coakley and Don’t Talk to the Cops.

Talk to the media, but don’t get the law involved.

This massively publicized hoax wasn’t Fake News because you are hateful.

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We need some new conceptual categories to complement Fake News, such as Lame News: articles that have been intentionally hamstrung to avoid triggering Social Justice Warriors. Here’s a factually correct and somewhat informative New York Times article about a hippie town in British Columbia.

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Red = Nelson, BC

Try to figure out how it has been lamed so that most readers won’t understand what’s really going on.

With Flood of Urbanites, a Canadian Hippie Haven Tries to Keep Its Mellow
By DAN LEVIN DEC. 11, 2016

NELSON, British Columbia — Marijuana, Vietnam War draft dodgers and artists gave Nelson its tree-hugging, bohemian soul.

This remote mountain town in British Columbia has recently welcomed a new wave of settlers: urban refugees, increasingly priced out of cities like Vancouver and yearning for a simpler life. …

Many of Nelson’s recent transplants fled Canadian cities, where even a couple in cubicle professions can struggle to get by. …

But Nelson’s charms have become something of a curse. The recent influx of people to this compact town of 10,000 has led to an affordable housing crisis, set off by bidding wars over its scarce housing stock and a zero percent rental vacancy rate caused in part by homeowners who rent their properties to tourists through sites like Airbnb.

Nelson’s homeless shelter has been full for months, and some residents, unable to find a place to rent, spent the spring and summer living in tents or trailers in the town’s campground. The local community college lost around 60 students this year because they could not find housing, officials said.

Nelson’s housing crisis echoes a wider problem in booming British Columbia, where tight real estate markets, diminished government support for affordable housing and rising inflation have spawned a vacancy rate of 1.3 percent, and made rentals virtually impossible to find in Vancouver, according to the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. …

Balancing Nelson’s economic future and cultural heritage is complicated by the town’s cramped mountainside locale. “Geographically we can’t do sprawl,” Mayor Kozak said. Still, she said that Nelson was working to develop a “full spectrum” of housing to ease the crisis, while trying to address the concerns of residents worried that new development will ruin their counterculture paradise.

New arrivals are not complaining. Adam Thomas, 42, who moved to Nelson in July with his family after selling their Vancouver home, said that even dual incomes there were no longer enough to keep them out of debt.

… “We felt trapped in Vancouver,” he said, seated by the fire in the three-bedroom house they purchased for $250,000. …

His wife found an office job and he dived into the town’s communal economy, teaching at the local college and working at the co-op radio station.

… “It’s like living in the 1990s,” he said.

This article is pretty interesting to iSteve readers armed with useful concepts like Supply and Demand: a bunch of white urban liberals economically shoved out of their dream city of Vancouver by mass immigration from Asia are trying to squeeze into the rare small town that they find culturally compatible.

But the first thing that has been cut out of the article is any direct mention that this is another example of Leftwing White Flight. You and I are familiar with the concept (e.g., Portland, OR and Portland, ME), and thus we can notice that almost everybody in the article fleeing to remote Nelson is white. But most poor dumb NYT readers are clueless that there is such a Thing as Leftwing White Flight and this article isn’t going to bring up a conceptual category that would make them uncomfortable.

Second, why are all these nice white people unable to afford to live in Vancouver anymore? Well, you know and I know it’s because of Canada’s massive legal immigration levels causing Asian immigrants’ demand for housing in Vancouver to drive prices through the roof: the Law of Supply and Demand applies to immigration-related realities, just as it applies to everything else. But if you do a text search for “MIGR” you won’t see any words like “immigration” or “migrants” in the article. Instead, you just get this extremely bland paragraph about causes:

Nelson’s housing crisis echoes a wider problem in booming British Columbia, where tight real estate markets, diminished government support for affordable housing and rising inflation have spawned a vacancy rate of 1.3 percent, and made rentals virtually impossible to find in Vancouver, according to the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. …

That’s not just lame, it’s been intentionally lamed to not mention any interesting words for what’s going on in Vancouver that’s driving white people to Nelson, such as “immigrant” or “Chinese” or “highly capitalist Communist Party members.”

That’s lame.

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Speaking of Fake News, from the Washington Post:

NFL player’s house vandalized with ‘Go back to Africa,’ ‘KKK’ and a swastika written on walls

By Cindy Boren and Marissa Payne December 8

Nikita Whitlock called for an end to “oppression, violence, racism, hatred” the day after vandals scrawled racist messages on the walls of his Bergen County, N.J., apartment during a break-in.

Whitlock, a 25-year-old running back for the New York Giants, found “KKK,” “Go back to Africa,” “f—— n—–” and a swastika were left behind in his basement apartment while he, his wife and two young children were out Tuesday evening.

… He shared images of the break-in, the second at his home since Thanksgiving, on Instagram (they are disturbing and can be seen here) and wrote: “Racism is real and instead of close to home this time they came inside. My family is safe but we are saddened by the hate. Thanks to the Moonachie Police Department for all of your help! #Haters #Racism #AllLivesMatter #BlackLivesMatter #SidelineRacism.”

… The burglars took jewelry and video game systems while leaving behind other electronics. …

Police continue to investigate the incident as well as the other incident, which occurred over the Thanksgiving weekend. The Whitlocks say they have been planning to move even before the first break-in. This one raises the level of insecurity that a burglary leaves in victims to a new level, though.

“It’s about to be 2017,” Nikita Whitlock said. “Oppression, violence, racism, hatred, violence — there’s no need for that.”

Whitlock’s teammate Victor Cruz agreed when asked about the incident by reporters on Thursday, calling it “a direct reflection of how this country’s being run” and pointing to the election of Donald Trump as a possible catalyst.

“I think there’s a specific mindset that comes with supporting a guy like Donald Trump and supporting what he stands for, and there’s a certain type of person that comes with that,” Cruz said (via the New York Daily News). “I’m not sure that person is always a positive-minded person.”

Cruz added: “As a minority you have to be careful.” …

Trump has rejected claims that he doesn’t value all Americans while at times embracing wide support from the alt-right movement during his campaign.

Trump appeared to change his tune after the election, however, when he told the New York Times in an interview in late November that he “disavows the group,” which puts white nationalism and sexism at the core of its ideology.

“It’s not a group I want to energize, and if they are energized, I want to look into it and find out why,” he said, according Michael Grynbaum, one of the Times reporters in the room.

From New

Racist graffiti at Giants player’s home investigated as hate crime
Andrew Wyrich , Staff Writer @AndrewWyrich 7:14 p.m. EST December 8,

“KKK,” “Trump,” and swastikas were drawn on walls in Whitlock’s home after the Tuesday night break-in.

Moonachie Police are investigating the incident

MOONACHIE — Shortly after Giants fullback Nikita Whitlock recounted to The Record the feelings of disappointment and confusion that have emerged since his home was broken into on Tuesday night and defaced with several racially charged epithets, local police announced they are investigating the incident as a hate crime.

Whitlock returned home with his family on Tuesday night and found “KKK,” three swastikas and other racist language scrawled onto the walls of home. The largest word, “Trump,” was also written in marker on the wall leading up his staircase.

Also from

Cruz links Giants teammate’s break-in to Trump election
Tara Sullivan , Sports Columnist, @Record_Tara 9:28 p.m. EST December 8, 2016

Nikita Whitlock hasn’t really been around the Giants much this NFL season, a foot injury putting him on injured reserve before games even got under way. But the vandalism, including racist graffiti, and burglary of Whitlock’s Moonachie home sent shock waves through the Giants’ locker room Thursday, with teammates expressing concern, support and anger over what happened.

No one was more vehement than veteran wide receiver Victor Cruz, the Paterson native who did not hold back about why he believes the perpetrator or perpetrators felt emboldened to do what they did, tying the mind-set directly to the election of Donald Trump as our next president.

“If you listen to anything that [Trump] says, if you listen to the comments that’s he’s made about women, or the comments he’s made about minorities or the comments he’s made about people that he feels are somewhat of lesser value, they haven’t been positive,” Cruz said after the Giants practiced Thursday.

“They haven’t been for us, haven’t been for minorities. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t think I’ve heard anything he’s said that benefits us or that helps us. When you have someone that embodies those mind-sets and those opinions and someone else supports those opinions you can’t think of anything positive about that. You can’t think of anything that person that follows Donald Trump that they’re going to do something positive. And for someone to vandalize someone’s house and write Trump’s name or whatever they wrote on the walls is just proving that exact fact, that people that may follow him aren’t necessarily the most positive people in our communities.” …

Cruz expressed similar concern, but couldn’t hold back his anger.

“I think it’s definitely a direct reflection of how this country’s being run,” he said, “of how this country is reacting to some of the decisions and some of the ways that this country is being run, things that are being said at the helm of this country and at the helm of our day-to-day lives. Our day-to-day, from social media all the way up to the White House, these are things that are being spoken of and being talked about on a daily basis, the good and the bad. Moreso the bad at this point right now because that’s all we have to work with. It’s just an unfortunate situation we’re going through right now.

“I think there’s a specific mind-set that comes with supporting a guy like Donald Trump and supporting what he stands for,” he said. “There’s a certain type of person that comes with that. And I’m not sure that person is always a positive-minded person if you know what I mean.”

ESPN mentions that Whitlock claims that the Trumpite burglars stole his jewelry.

From the comments to the first article in

Jeffrey XXX

It’s very curious that Nikita Whitlock.. who has been cut from 2 different teams (CIN, DAL) practice squads.. who literally has 0 offensive statistics as a Giant, is currently suspended 10 games for PEDs and will likely be cut by the Giants in the offseason.. all of a sudden is the victim of a ‘hate crime’.. Seems awfully convenient. And I’m a life long Giants fan.

From New in September:

Injured Giants fullback Nikita Whitlock suspended 10 games for PED violation

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on September 15, 2016 at 4:29 PM, updated September 15, 2016 at 4:51 PM

EAST RUTHERFORD — Giants fullback Nikita Whitlock has been suspended for 10 games after violating the NFL performance enhancing substance policy.

Whitlock is currently on injured reserve with a foot injury, but he will begin his suspension immediately.

While on suspension, Whitlock will not be compensated – players on IR still receive a salary – and will not be able to have contact with the Giants, or use team facilities and resources for rehabilitation. Players are allowed to have contact with their teams while on suspension in order to arrange off-site medical treatments, however, according to the league.

Suspensions are announced once a player accepts the league’s ruling, or exhausts all appeal options.

Whitlock’s 10-game suspension indicates this is his second PED violation. He was suspended for four games in 2014 when he was a free agent, but since he was not with a team, the league never announced the reason for his suspension.

According to NFL policy, Whitlock will be suspended [at] least two seasons if he violates the policy a third time, and his reinstatement after two years would be at the sole discretion of the commissioner’s office.

Whitlock starred on special teams last season for the Giants while playing sparingly at fullback. He also moonlighted as a defensive tackle. But his roster spot was very much in question this preseason before he suffered a season-ending foot injury and was waived/injured.

Whitlock cleared waivers and reverted to the Giants’ injured reserve. He is set to be a earnings restricted free agent after this season. His 2016 base salary is $525,000, according to NFLPA records.

I can kind of feel sorry for Whitlock: everything you read about him includes the word “undersized.” His natural position is defensive tackle, but in high school he was 5’9″ 175 pounds. Now he’s still only 5’10″. He’s pumped himself up 250 pounds to play some fullback, a little defensive line, and to hustle on special teams, but he keeps getting caught for the PEDs he uses to get massive enough to hang on, barely, in the NFL so that he can be called “undersized.”

The ongoing convergence of iSteve topics — such as PEDs and hate hoaxes — goes on …

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