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But it is important to understand the precise nature of their distress. It is emphatically not because they are shocked to learn their boss is a racist, a fact that has been established through numerous episodes, such as Trump’s insistence a Mexican-American judge was inherently biased against him, his call for a Muslim immigration ban, his slander of Ghazala Khan, and so on. They are angry that Trump revealed beliefs they wish to keep hidden. “Members of the president’s staff, stunned and disheartened, said they never expected to hear such a voluble articulation of opinions that the president had long expressed in private,” reports the New York Times.

This raises the question once again of why they are working for Trump at all. A legitimate public rationale can be made for serving the administration in certain roles. The federal government plays a vital role in domestic and global security, Trump is a dangerous and erratic figure, and somebody needs to try to steer him away from decisions that would provoke unalterable tragedy. That justification covers serving Trump as a foreign-policy adviser, or as homeland security and disaster-response officials.

But what what justification can the domestic and political advisers offer? Any benefit they can get by helping produce what they regard as better policies is surely offset by the cover they (and their policy successes, should they produce any) provide him.

A West Wing official tells the Times that Trump has “expressed sympathy with nonviolent protesters who he said were defending their ‘heritage.’” (This is a rally that began with chants like “Jews will not replace us.”) Preventing Trump from doing something damaging is a legitimate and even noble calling. But that admirable motivation can easily mutate into rationalization. Are Trump aides really working to protect the country from him? Or are they working to keep the country from seeing his real nature?


Racist Trump not surprising when he had a racist father


On Memorial Day 1927, brawls erupted in New York led by sympathizers of the Italian fascist movement and the Ku Klux Klan. In the fascist brawl, which took place in the Bronx, two Italian men were killed by anti-fascists. In Queens, 1,000 white-robed Klansmen marched through the Jamaica neighborhood, eventually spurring an all-out brawl in which seven men were arrested.

One of those arrested was Fred Trump of 175-24 Devonshire Rd. in Jamaica. This is Donald Trump’s father. Trump had a brother named Fred, but he wasn’t born until more than a decade later. The Fred Trump at Devonshire Road was the Fred C. Trump who lived there with his mother, according to the 1930 Census.

The predication for the Klan to march, according to a flier passed around Jamaica beforehand, was that “Native-born Protestant Americans” were being “assaulted by Roman Catholic police of New York City.” “Liberty and Democracy have been trampled upon,” it continued, “when native-born Protestant Americans dare to organize to protect one flag, the American flag; one school, the public school; and one language, the English language.”

It’s not clear from the context what role Fred Trump played in the brawl. The news article simply notes that seven men were arrested in the “near-riot of the parade,” all of whom were represented by the same lawyers. Update: A contemporaneous article from the Daily Star notes that Trump was detained “on a charge of refusing to disperse from a parade when ordered to do so.”

When news of the old report surfaced last year, Donald Trump vehemently denied his father’s arrest. “He was never arrested. He has nothing to do with this. This never happened. This is nonsense and it never happened,” he said to the Daily Mail. “This never happened. Never took place. He was never arrested, never convicted, never even charged. It’s a completely false, ridiculous story. He was never there! It never happened. Never took place.”


This guy takes gorgeous shots–NatGeo photographer Paul Nicklen–and he tells his story well in this TED talk. It’s in an article, so I didn’t get the “share” for the video alone. Advocacy for preserving ice.

maybe i can do the video.


I read an interesting thread today on twitter. It’s a long one, but worthwhile.

Here are some of the gems in the thread:

Hate it break it to y’all but white supremacy is not maintained by far right nazis. It’s maintained by racists AND moderates in both parties

And white supremacy is not exclusively maintained by white people, either. Black and brown folk (especially elites) participate, too.

White supremacy is maintained by diverting attention from the overall system and focusing on “easy” moral targets: overt racists, nazis..

Just as “liberals” in the media (including the NYT!) began to undermine MLK for his increasingly systematic critique of state violence..

..so are (neo)liberals today joining forces with the right to squash legitimate progressive critique and maintain the status quo.

In MLK’s day, there was not a plethora of black/brown elites on TV attacking progressives. Now, people like Joy Reid have a daily platform.

Today, black and brown elites have more access and status than they did fifty years ago, and many have chosen to cooperate with white power.

Both major corporate parties make (neo)liberal use of black and brown faces to obscure the maintenance of white political and economic power

There are millions of people across the world (blacks included) who genuinely believe the Democratic Party isn’t racist “because Obama”.



Mother of woman killed in Charlottesville: ‘This is just the beginning of Heather’s legacy’

Heyer’s mother was met with a standing ovation as she said, “They tried to kill my child to shut her up — well, guess what — you just magnified her.”

“Although Heather was a caring, compassionate, person, so are a lot of you. A lot of you go that extra mile,” Heyer’s mother, Susan Bro, said to those at the memorial service.

Heyer’s grandfather, Elwood Shrader, said at the service, “She showed her passion at an early age.”

Heyer wanted fairness and justice in her early years, he said, and “could call out something that didn’t seem right to her.” And even if she didn’t agree with someone’s viewpoint, she still wanted to understand it, he said.

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Keystone XL Foes Vow to Put Their Bodies on the Line to Protect the Planet

“Our water, property rights, climate, and the Sovereign Rights of Native Nations are in the public interest and must be protected.”

Earlier this week, over 150 Indigenous tribes from the U.S. and Canada signed the Treaty Alliance Against Tar Sands Expansion, which expresses opposition to several pipeline projects, including TransCanada’s Keystone, Enbridge’s Line 3, and Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Expansion.

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