New York Times: Cancel Mount Rushmore! Not Woke Enough: Indigenous Land, KKK Ties, Slave Owner Presidents

By Hannah Bleau – 7/1/2020

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The New York Times has set its sights on Mount Rushmore as protesters demand the removal of historic monuments in the name of racial justice, citing its location on “Indigenous land,” the sculptor’s purported ties to white supremacy, and two of its subjects’ slave ownership.

“Mount Rushmore was built on land that belonged to the Lakota tribe and sculpted by a man who had strong bonds with the Ku Klux Klan. It features the faces of 2 U.S. presidents who were slaveholders,” the New York Times wrote, linking to a news article detailing complaints against American landmark:

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The Times piece lists three broad grievances with Mount Rushmore, beginning with the sculptor, Gutzon Borglum, who was previously involved in “an enormous bas-relief at Stone Mountain in Georgia that memorialized Confederate leaders.”

“It was eventually completed without him, but Mr. Borglum formed strong bonds with leaders of the Ku Klux Klan and participated in their meetings, in part to secure funding for the Stone Mountain project,” the Times wrote, adding that Borglum “also espoused white supremacist and anti-Semitic ideas, according to excerpts from his letters included in ‘Great White Fathers,’ a book by the writer John Taliaferro about the history of Mount Rushmore.”

It is not just the sculptor critics take issue with but the faces featured in the landmark located in South Dakota’s Black Hills. Their grievances even extend to Abraham Lincoln, signer of the Emancipation Proclamation:

Critics of the monument have also taken issue with the men whose faces were etched into the granite. Mr. Borglum chose Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and Roosevelt, he said, because they embodied “the founding, expansion, preservation and unification of the United States.”

But each of these titans of American history has a complicated legacy. Washington and Jefferson were slaveholders. Roosevelt actively sought to Christianize and uproot Native Americans as the United States expanded, Professor Smith said. “He was a racist,” he added.

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And although Lincoln was behind the Emancipation Proclamation — a move some have characterized as reluctant and late — he has been criticized for his response to the so-called Minnesota Uprising, in which more than 300 Native Americans were sentenced to death by a military court after being accused of attacking white settlers in 1862.

The Times piece also laments the location of the landmark, writing that it is “built on land that had belonged to the Lakota tribe.” It goes on to quote Nick Tilsen, a member of the Oglala Lakota tribe and leader of the Indigenous activist group NDN Collective, who stated that Mount Rushmore “needs to be closed as a national monument, and the land itself needs to be returned to the Indigenous people.”

BERNIE SANDERS CAMPAIGN: DON’T BLAME US FOR DAYTON; BLAME TRUMP FOR EL PASO

Bernie Sanders Campaign: Don’t Blame Us for Dayton; Blame Trump for El Paso

“Anyone who thinks that political change should come from the barrel of a gun is anathema to what Bernie has advocated for decades.”

By Joel B. Pollak

The presidential campaign of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has responded to reports that the gunman who committed a mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio, supported Sanders by denying any responsibility — but suggesting that President Donald Trump bears responsibility for the mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, the day before.

Breitbart News reported Sunday evening that a Twitter account linked to the Dayton, Ohio, shooter had been taken down, and included support for socialism and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA). The Dayton Daily News reported Monday evening that the shooter had left-leaning political opinions and supported gun control. CNN reported Monday evening that the Twitter account had supported Sanders and it had expressed “extreme” left-wing views.

In a statement released Tuesday evening, veteran Sanders campaign aide Jeff Weaver said:

Anyone who thinks that political change should come from the barrel of a gun is anathema to what Bernie has advocated for decades — non-violent mass political action. Senator Sanders and our entire campaign are repulsed by the despicable massacres we have witnessed. We asked Donald Trump to condemn white nationalism and anti immigrant [sic] demonization. We are not holding our breath.

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President Trump’s statement on Monday from the White House in fact included an explicit denunciation of white supremacy: ” In one voice, our nation must condemn racism, bigotry, and white supremacy.  These sinister ideologies must be defeated.  Hate has no place in America.”

In August 2017, after the Charlottesville riots, President Trump made a similar statement: “Racism is evil.  And those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans.”

He has been critical of illegal aliens, but not immigrants in general.

There is no evidence to suggest that Trump inspired the El Paso shooter in any way. In a manifesto posted online that is widely attributed to the shooter, he stated: “My ideology has not changed for several years. My opinions … predate Trump and his campaign for president.”

Weaver nonetheless implies Trump is somehow responsible.

CONFIRMED: Democrat Dayton Shooter Was Part Of ANTIFA, Participated In Armed Protest This Year

By Luke Rohlfing – Aug 7, 2019

Connor Betts, the man who killed nine people in Dayton, Ohio this past weekend, attended an armed protest, alongside Antifa, in May of this year, according to a local Ohio news source.

According to WHIO, Betts attended a protest against the Ku Klux Klan while armed with a rifle appearing to be the same one he used over the weekend for mass murder. The local news station reports Betts spoke briefly to a reporter while wearing a bandanna and sunglasses covering most of his face.

Betts seems to have been made aware of the KKK rally by far-left Antifa doxxing account Antifash Gordon, as a screenshot provided by journalist Nick Monroe reveals.

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This new information adds to the evidence that the shooter was a far-left extremist.

As BLP has previously reported, Betts had previously advocated for socialism, Elizabeth Warren, satanism, and the recent firebombing of an ICE facility by an Antifa extremist. He had also interacted with many of the leading left-wing figures on Twitter.

Big League Politics will keep you updated on any more developments in this story.

VIDEO: Robert Francis ‘Beto’ O’Rourke Calls Trump Racist, Supporters Nazis, Rally ‘Nuremberg Rally’

Beto Trump Racist Nuremberg Rally

Robert Francis is not a fan of President Trump or his supporters.

By Tom Pappert

In an appearance on ABC’s “The Briefing Room”, Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke called President Donald Trump racist, alluded that his supporters are closeted Nazis, and compared his recent North Carolina rally to the Nuremberg Rallies of Nazi Germany.

While appearing on “The Briefing Room”, O’Rourke condemned President Trump as a racist for the comments the president made about Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), who has repeatedly made anti-American and anti-Semitic comments during her brief time in Congress.

“Yes, President Trump is a racist. What we saw in North Carolina last week was almost an impromptu Nuremberg rally,” said O’Rourke. “Inciting hatred, and untimely I think, implicit in that, is violence against people based on the color of their skin, based on their religion, based on their difference from the majority of Americans.”

O’Rourke also doubled down on some of the left’s favorite lies about President Trump, namely, that the president referred to all Mexican immigrants as “rapists and criminals”, when he was referring to a subset of illegal immigrants, that President Trump claims all asylum seekers are lying to gain asylum status, and that President Trump defended the Ku Klux Klan after the 2017 events in Charlottesville, Virginia.

“And it is in keeping with the president who describes Mexican immigrants as rapists and criminals, who describes asylum seekers as animals or an infestation, who says that Klansmen are very fine people,” said O’Rourke. “It’s very clear the path that he is taking us on, and we either willingly submit to that, we are complicit in our silence, or we stand up against it.”

O’Rourke also lambasted what he views as silence from members of Congress regarding President Trump’s speech, even though several prominent globalists including Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) publicly denounced President Trump for his speech.

“Silence, especially from members of Congress, who hold a position of public trust and power,” said O’Rourke.

After slamming congressional Republicans, O’Rourke promised retribution for President Trump’s mean words.

“Silence is complicity in what President Trump is doing,” O’Rourke went on. “And there will be accounting, there will be a reckoning, there will be justice for this sooner or later.”

O’Rourke is currently polling at 0.0 per cent in the battleground state of New Hampshire as his campaign fumbles in the darkness.

Big League Politics reported:

The poll of 351 registered New Hampshire voters places O’Rourke at 0 per cent, with precisely zero poll respondents listing his name. Above O’Rourke are Washington Gov. Jay Inslee with a poll frequency of one, sex cult-affiliated Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand with a frequency of four, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard with a frequency of four.

Sen. Cory Booker also has a frequency of four, and is beat by Black Magic Woman Marianne Williamson who has a frequency of five. Sen. Amy Klobuchar almost breaks into double digits, with a frequency of 9.

If you are noticing a pattern, it is that virtually nobody cares for the vast majority of Democrats within the state of New Hampshire.

Perhaps O’Rourke, who lost to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) in the 2018 midterm elections despite nonstop favorable media coverage and support from virtually every Hollywood celebrity of note, believes calling President Trump “a racist” will reignite the embers of his failing campaign.

JOY REID: TRUMP TREATING MIGRANTS WITH ‘CRUELTY’ BECAUSE ‘BASE WANTS TO SEE THIS’

Joy Reid: Trump Treating Migrants with 'Cruelty' Because 'Base Wants to See This'

MSNBC host paints Trump supporters as inhumane psychopaths ahead of ICE deportations

By Mark Finkelstein

On her MSNBC show this morning, Joy Reid slurred Trump supporters as a bunch of sadists who want to see people at the border cruelly mistreated.

Here was Reid.

“I think I quote you every week, Adam: the cruelty is the point. That’s why they’re doing it, right? His base wants to see this. And so he’s showing them that he can dehumanize them. Isn’t that message coming from the White House, that essentially you don’t have to treat these people like human beings. Who cares?”

https://www.mrctv.org/videos/joy-reid-trump-treating-migrants-cruelty-because-base-wants-see

Reid’s mention of quoting Adam Serwer every week was a reference to his article in The Atlantic, “The Cruelty is the Point.”

Note: after agreeing with Reid that the White House is sending a message that the people at the border are “not real human beings,” Serwer added the caveat that the Trump admin is concerned, for PR reasons, about images of children allegedly being mistreated.

Here’s the transcript:

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JOY REID: You know, the dehumanization of these folks, it did remind me, you know, Chris Hayes put up a post, it brings back sort of the memories of the way people treated others during the invasion of Iraq. The sense of, these aren’t even people. Or in our own past. The way that people were able to treat others, whether it’s from enslavement on. They’re just not people so we don’t have to think of them as human beings. 

. . .

I think I quote you every week, Adam: the cruelty is the point. That’s why they’re doing it, right? His base wants to see this. And so he’s showing them that he can dehumanize them. Isn’t that message coming from the White House, that essentially you don’t have to treat these people like human beings. Who cares?

ADAM SERWER: I do think the message is coming from the White House that these people are not real human beings and you don’t have to treat them properly.

Josh Hawley Moves to End Immunity Privileges for Big Tech Monopolies Unless They Protect Free Speech

The freshman Senator from Missouri is taking action to protect digital freedom.

By Shane Trejo

Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) has emerged as the leading reformer against social media censorship, as he is going after their special immunity privileges under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.

As it states right now, Section 230 states that “no provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider.”

Howley’s bill, the Ending Support for Internet Censorship Act, would remove that exemption for Big Tech firms if they act like publishers instead of neutral platforms. Corporations would have to comply with external audits proving their algorithms and content moderation are not biased.

“With Section 230, tech companies get a sweetheart deal that no other industry enjoys: complete exemption from traditional publisher liability in exchange for providing a forum free of political censorship,” Hawley said in a statement. “Unfortunately, and unsurprisingly, big tech has failed to hold up its end of the bargain.”

“There’s a growing list of evidence that shows big tech companies making editorial decisions to censor viewpoints they disagree with,” Hawley added. “Even worse, the entire process is shrouded in secrecy because these companies refuse to make their protocols public. This legislation simply states that if the tech giants want to keep their government-granted immunity, they must bring transparency and accountability to their editorial processes and prove that they don’t discriminate.”

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), the left-leaning civil liberties organization, warns against changing the regulations.

“Though there are important exceptions for certain criminal and intellectual property-based claims, CDA 230 creates a broad protection that has allowed innovation and free speech online to flourish,” the EFF added on their website.

“This legal and policy framework has allowed for YouTube and Vimeo users to upload their own videos, Amazon and Yelp to offer countless user reviews, craigslist to host classified ads, and Facebook and Twitter to offer social networking to hundreds of millions of Internet users,” they added.

“Senator Hawley’s misguided legislation sets the table for stricter government control over free expression online,” Americans for Prosperity Policy Analyst Billy Easley said in a statement.

“Eroding the crucial protections that exist under Section 230 creates a scenario where government has the ability to police your speech and determine what you can or cannot say online,” Easley added.

ECommerce trade group NetChoice opposes the legislation because they admit that it would restrict the ability of tech giants to censor.

“This bill prevents social media websites from removing dangerous and hateful content, since that could make them liable for lawsuits over any user’s posting” said Carl Szabo, who works as General Counsel at NetChoice, in a statement. “Sen. Hawley’s bill creates an internet where content from the KKK would display alongside our family photos and cat videos.”

Hawley isn’t phased by the critics, and continues to put Big Tech in his crosshairs.

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Full text of the legislation can be seen here.

Chicago Cubs investigate after fan appears to flash ‘white power symbol’ on live TV (VIDEO)

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MLB team the Chicago Cubs are investigating after a fan at Tuesday night’s game against the Miami Marlins allegedly made a symbol on live TV associated with white supremacists.

As reporter Doug Glanville – a former Cubs player – was making a live broadcast for NBC Sports Chicago at Wrigley Field, a fan was seen in a gray Cubs hoodie behind him.

After shifting position, the fan appears to make an upside-down ‘OK sign’, which is sometimes associated with white supremacy.

The Cubs are looking into the matter, issuing a statement saying: “An individual seated behind Mr. Glanville used what appears to be an offensive hand gesture that is associated with racism.

“Such ignorant and repulsive behavior is not tolerated at Wrigley Field.

“We are reviewing the incident thoroughly because no one should be subjected to this type of offensive behavior.

“Any individual behaving in this manner will not only be removed from the ballpark, but will be permanently banned from Wrigley Field.”

READ MORE: Pitcher Perfect: Baseball star Ryan Braun soaked in beer while attempting to make catch (VIDEO)

It’s unclear whether the man was attempting to form the ‘OK symbol’ without any malicious intent. The gesture is seen as a clear racist sign by some, or by others as simply the originally innocuous meaning which has been distorted in a hoax to trigger liberals.

PROF ON FREE SPEECH ‘SH*TLORDS’: ‘FIRE THEM’ AND ‘HOUND THEM FROM RESTAURANTS’

Prof on free speech 'sh*tlords': 'Fire them' and 'hound them from restaurants'

“Fire them from their jobs. Hound them from restaurants”

Campus Reform – APRIL 30, 2019

A professor claimed Sunday that “vile little sh*tlords” who belong to free speech-themed clubs on campus should lose their jobs and be chased out of restaurants.

University of New Brunswick professor Matthew Sears made the assertion on Twitter in response to the San Diego synagogue shooting Saturday.

“We should name every white supremacist,” Sears said. “Name every writer, blogger, YouTuber, and politician that inspires them. Plaster their faces in public. Fire them from their jobs. Hound them from restaurants. Expose them and those that fuel them for the hateful pathetic wretches they are.”

The professor lumped campus free speech activists into this group in a subsequent tweet.

“And that includes every vile little shitlord in a campus ‘free speech’ club who spends his time platforming white supremacist trolls under the banner of ‘free speech,’ and every grifting liar that goes on about campus ‘censorship’ and the ‘marketplace of ideas,’” Sears stated.

When lawyer Robert Barnes shared this latter tweet with his own followers, appearing to disagree with the professor’s opinion, Sears said “there’s a difference between free speech, and those who use ‘free speech’ as a deliberate strategy to put hateful and discredited ideas into the mainstream and give them academic credibility. But you know that, you liar.”

The professor told Campus Reform that, when he speaks of campus free speech activists, he means merely those who “invite bigoted provocateurs like Richard Spencer and Milo Yannopoulos,” but Sears has previously advocated for the harassment of a far more mainstream and high-profile figure.

After U.S. Press Secretary Sarah Sanders got kicked out of a restaurant in June, the professor tweeted “forget ‘respectability politics,’ forget the ‘politics of division,’ forget ‘civility.’ Let’s denormalize these folks and their ideas every single chance we get, including throwing them the hell out of restaurants. Like we should have done *from the very beginning*.”

Sears also suggested in April 2018 that a “Make America Great Again” hat was “the functional equivalent of a [Ku Klux] Klan hood or Nazi banner.”

“I suppose I reject the notion that civility is the ultimate goal, especially in the face of what are some pretty outrageous human rights abuses, such as what we see along the US-Mexico border,” Sears said, when Campus Reformasked about his Sanders tweet. “If someone like Sanders provides cover and routinely lies for someone like Trump, even if he is the most powerful person on earth, I fail to see how mouthing off to them in restaurants is beyond the pale. Yes, this could go both ways. But appeals to civility often only manage to maintain the status quo, and benefit those in power.”

Campus Reform reached out to UNB for comment but received none in time for publication.

 

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