NFL Blows It

Ken AshfordConstitution, Race, Red Sox & Other SportsLeave a Comment

New NFL policy advanced today: The NFL Players Association responds: I suspect the NFL brass thought their policy was a good compromise in that it allows players to remain off the field. But this of course only means that players cannot protest. My view?  The players should stand and raise a “black power” salute. It will confuse everyone.

More Bombs In Austin

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What’s going on? Residents of a southwest Austin neighborhood were told to stay inside early Monday after a fourth explosion in less than a month hit Texas’ capital, injuring two men and stoking fears in a city already on edge. The latest blast occurred Sunday just after 8:30 p.m. local time (9:30 p.m. ET). Two bicyclists who are believed to … Read More

Fallout From Trump’s Racial Slur About Immigrants From “Shithole Countries”

Ken AshfordImmigration and Xenophobia, Race, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

“This is CNN Tonight, I’m Don Lemon. The president of the United States is racist. A lot of us already knew that.” <iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/n0y4eJ6N6wQ” frameborder=”0″ allow=”autoplay; encrypted-media” allowfullscreen></iframe> But political reaction? Very little domestically. The White House did not deny the remarks and one anonymous source said it would probably help Trump with his base. Condemnation from the … Read More

Trumpism And Racism: Part Two — Breaking News

Ken AshfordBreaking News, Immigration and Xenophobia, Political Scandals, Race, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

Holy Shit. Washington Post headline: Uh…. when have you ever seen that word in a headline? Story: President Trump grew frustrated with lawmakers Thursday in the Oval Office when they floated restoring protections for immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and African countries as part of a bipartisan immigration deal, according to two people briefed on the meeting. “Why are we … Read More

Trumpism and Race

Ken AshfordImmigration and Xenophobia, Race, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

You need to read Charles Blow: Trumpism is a religion founded on patriarchy and white supremacy. It is the belief that even the least qualified man is a better choice than the most qualified woman and a belief that the most vile, anti-intellectual, scandal-plagued simpleton of a white man is sufficient to follow in the presidential footsteps of the best … Read More

Justice Served

Ken AshfordCourts/Law, Crime, Racial HomicidesLeave a Comment

It has been two and a half years since Walter Scott’s death.  I wrote about it here… but basically, he was running from a cop and was shot IN THE BACK AS HE WAS RUNNING AWAY.  The video makes this crystal clear: Well, good news: Michael Slager, the former South Carolina police officer who shot and killed Walter Scott, was … Read More

In Fairness, It Is Hard To Keep All These Mass Shootings Straight

Ken AshfordGun Control, Race, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

This week saw another mass shooting, this time in Northern California (4 dead, shooter killed — UPDATE: 5 dead — they found his wife’s bodied hidden in his house). Trump, returning from his Asia stint, tweeted this in response late last night: Unfortunately, the Sutherland Springs Texas shooting was LAST week’s mass shooting.  He deleted the above tweet, although it does … Read More

Trump: Blaming The Victim

Ken AshfordDisasters, Immigration and Xenophobia, Race, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

This is outright inhumane: Trump is laying the groundwork for abandoning Puerto Rico, and blaming it for its infrastructure problems that existed pre-hurricane. Lost in his “analysis” is that the people suffering there (still no power or clean water on most of the Island) are AMERICANS. If Bush was negligent with Katrina response, Trump is being outright punishing. According to … Read More

Why Is Trump Tweeting About The NFL?

Ken AshfordDisasters, Race, Red Sox & Other Sports, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

Thursday night in Alabama, at a rally, Trump went off on a tangent about the NFL and its bad ratings and how players who refused to stand for the national anthem (i.e., Colin Kaepernick) should be fired by the owners.  This got cheers from the Alabamians, because they are Alabamians.  And it made headlines on Friday (since he never says … Read More

Verdict in on Philando Castile Killing

Ken AshfordBreaking News, Courts/Law, Crime, Racial HomicidesLeave a Comment

Remember this? I wrote about it last year. A Minnesota jury has reached a verdict in the manslaughter trial of Jeronimo Yanez, the officer who fatally shot Philando Castile during a traffic stop last year.  Yanez is on trial for one count of second-degree manslaughter and two counts of intentional discharge of firearm that endangers safety because Castile’s girlfriend and … Read More

Our Ugly Racist Country

Ken AshfordRace, Rightwing Extremism/ViolenceLeave a Comment

White supremacists in New Orleans right now protecting Confederate monuments & calling Black people n**gers (while being protected by cops) pic.twitter.com/G38IXkbPxP — Tariq Nasheed (@tariqnasheed) May 8, 2017 WATCH: Muslim woman harassed while standing in line at a #TraderJoes in Reston, Virginia. If you know the harasser, please DM me. pic.twitter.com/06wZITBwMu — Yashar (@yashar) May 7, 2017

Who’s Sorry Now?

Ken AshfordCrime, RaceLeave a Comment

On July 25, 2015, Joe Torres and Kayla Norton, joined about a dozen other people in a convoy of pickup trucks waving large Confederate flags as they drove around Douglas County, a suburban Atlanta community. Most of them belonged to a group called “Respect the Flag.” This was only a few weeks after Dylann Roof attended a prayer service at … Read More

Walter Scott Follow-Up

Ken AshfordCourts/Law, Crime, Racial HomicidesLeave a Comment

It has been a year and a half since Walter Scott’s death.  I wrote about it here… but basically, he was running from a cop and was shot IN THE BACK As HE WAS RUNNING AWAY.  The video makes this crystal clear: There’s even indication that the cop planted evidence on/near the body.  Yes,. look at the video. So what … Read More

A Win Against The Pipeline

Ken AshfordEnvironment & Global Warming & Energy, Immigration and Xenophobia, RaceLeave a Comment

In a rare win for progressives, the Secretary of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reportedly told Standing Rock Sioux Chairman Archambault that the current route for the Dakota Access pipeline will be denied. According to MSNBC, the Corps of Engineers will conduct an environmental study to see how the pipeline can be rerouted to lessen any potential environmental impact. … Read More

She Seems Nice

Ken AshfordRace, YoutubeLeave a Comment

Trump voter going on a tirade This incident is the just the latest in a recent spate of obscene and racist tirades by Trump supporters. Last week a Trump fan abused black employees of a Miami Starbucks and over the weekend a viral video showed a Delta Airlines passenger screaming about “Hillary bitches.” Yesterday Delta apologized for not removing the … Read More