Huge Scandal If True

Ken AshfordImmigration and Xenophobia, Military Issues, Political Scandals, Race, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

At least 40 immigrant U.S. Army reservists and recruits have been discharged or now have questionable futures in the country despite having been promised citizenship in exchange for their military service, the Associated Press reports. Per the AP, some who have been discharged said they didn’t get an answer as to why, while others said they were told “they’d been labeled … Read More

Trump Disinvites Eagles To White House

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

It is a sports tradition. The champion football/baseball/basketball/hockey team visits the White House. Not so, the Philadelphia Eagles.  Largely, because of Trump’s stance on NFL football players kneeling, fewer than ten of the Eagles have RSVPed that they would attend the Eagles celebration ceremony at the White House. So Trump dis-invited them to avoid the embarrassment, although of course, it … Read More

As Expected, Trump Weighs In On Roseanne Cancellation, But Makes It About Him

Ken AshfordPopular Culture, Race, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

It’s a typical tone deaf tweet.  When ABC and/or Igor says that ABC does not tolerate comments “like those”, it is clearly referring to racist comments, like the ones Roseanne made. Is Trump saying he was the victim of racist comments by ABC?  Or does he not understand that this is about racism? Last night, after facing the consequences of … Read More

Roseanne Barr Tweets Racist Comment; ABC Says Nothing [UPDATE: ABC Cancels Roseanne]

Ken AshfordBreaking News, Popular Culture, RaceLeave a Comment

Barr is currently starring in a wildly successful reboot of her old comedy series “Roseanne” on ABC, but has faced rising backlash from some online over her combative Twitter presence.  Despit that, her show was renewed for another season two months ago. Trump called Barr to personally congratulate her after her show debuted to a massive 18.2 million viewers in March It’s not the … Read More

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

Ken AshfordCrime, RaceLeave a Comment

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