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Mainstream Media Sacrifices Debbie Wasserman Schultz to Appease Sanders Supporters

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Corruption runs deep through the veins of the Party, extending far beyond the DNC chair

Calls for DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz to resign are at all-time highs after her recent comments to CNN in which she propagated the false narrative that Bernie Sanders’ supporters acted inappropriately at the Nevada Democratic State Convention.

“Unfortunately, the Senator’s response was anything but acceptable. It certainly did not condemn his supporters for acting violently or engaging in intimidation tactics, and instead added more fuel to the fire” Ms. Wasserman Schultz told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer. She went on to compare the campaigns of Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump.

Backlash incited by her comments inspired The Washington Post to flag “Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s worst week in Washington,” and MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski to demand the DNC chair’s resignation—possibly the first call to action from a mainstream media pundit. Ms. Wasserman Schultz, who served as Hillary Clinton’s 2008 campaign co-chair, has been favoring Ms. Clinton throughout the Democratic primaries.

I first spoke out in favor of Ms. Wasserman Schultz’s resignation (or removal) in September 2015. The debate schedule she created was limited and strategically protected Hillary Clinton from potentially damaging exposure. With the pool of presidential candidates swept clean of any Democrat currently in office—with the exception of Mr. Sanders, the longest-serving Independent in the history of Congress—the stage was set for Hillary Clinton’s coronation, and no new ideas were welcome in the Party.

The last thing the Democratic Establishment expected was for Mr. Sanders’ campaign to take off as it did, and as soon as the Senator emerged as a viable threat to Ms. Clinton’s smooth-sailing campaign, Ms. Wasserman Schultz and the rest of the Party fell into a state of panic.

Yet corruption runs deep through the veins of the Party, extending much further beyond the DNC chair. With the growing divide between Sanders and Clinton supporters, the mainstream media’s quickest-fix has been to position Ms. Wasserman Schultz as a scapegoat for the Democrats’ poor treatment of Mr. Sanders throughout the campaign—even though she’s certainly not the only leader to obstruct democracy.

Super delegate endorsements for Hillary Clinton outpaced those vice president Al Gore received in the 2000 Democratic primaries—in which he won every state comfortably. The underlying definition of democracy presupposes people, and not political parties, decide presidential nominations. This has not been the case in 2016. Before a single vote was cast, hundreds of super delegates lined up behind Hillary Clinton, while media outlets spewed reports of each endorsement, serving as unpaid advertisements for Ms. Clinton. Bernie Sanders wasn’t just an outsider challenging a candidate with name recognition and a vast network of corporate and wealthy donors—he was openly unwelcome.

Senator Harry Reid of Nevada called in favors to help Hillary Clinton win the state by a few percentage points. Senator Barbara Boxer, whose daughter was married to Ms. Clinton’s brother, stepped in at the Nevada Democratic Party Convention to yell at Bernie Sanders’ supporters for protesting the decision to defy a floor vote and pass rules favoring Ms. Clinton. Former Vermont Governor Howard Dean, a super delegate for Hillary Clinton, tweeted: “Superdelegates don’t ‘represent people’ I’m not elected by anyone. I’ll do what I think is right for the country.” Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy distorted Bernie Sanders’ stance on gun manufacturer lawsuits prior to the Connecticut primary in a New York Daily News interview—just before the paper, owned by wealthy Clinton donor Mort Zuckerman, formally endorsed Ms. Clinton for president.

The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Sun-Times, Miami Herald, Baltimore Sun, Boston Globe, and several other major newspapers across the country formally endorsed Hillary Clinton leading up to their respective state primaries. Most of the mainstream media coverage on the Democratic Primaries has reflected an overt favoritism for the corrupt former secretary of state while notoriously blacking out her opponent.

The media spent more time sensationalizing false narratives about Bernie Sanders’ supporters than discussing his campaign’s policy proposals, coining the pejorative term ‘Bernie-Bro’ to stereotype all Sanders supporters as sexist white males. The Intercept’s Glenn Greenwald wrote in January 2016, “The concoction of the ‘Bernie Bro’ narrative by pro-Clinton journalists has been a potent political tactic—and a journalistic disgrace.”


More: observer.com

The New Roots.

Anybody watching the New Roots this memorial day on the History Channel?

History



New ‘Roots’ set to arrive amid plethora of slave narratives

When the television miniseries “Roots,” based on the best-selling novel by Alex Haley, debuted in 1977, it was more than just a colossal commercial success — it was a bonafide cultural phenomenon that coincided with a spike in black American Afrocentrism and introduced a generation of white Americans to the true horrors of slavery.

The new reboot of the story, which is being co-produced by original series star LeVar Burton, is set to debut on The History Channel, A&E and Lifetime simultaneously on Memorial Day. It arrives amid national debates on racial representation and diversity on film and television, as well as in the midst of longstanding battles over the way in which slavery is taught in schools and portrayed in film.

The new miniseries also comes in the aftermath of “Django Unchained,” “12 Years a Slave” and the upcoming Sundance Film Festival sensation “The Birth of a Nation,” which for better or worse have made slavery dramas a veritable Hollywood subgenre. The first trailer for the re-imagining, which features recognizable faces like Forest Whitaker, Anna Paquin, and Laurence Fishburne, alongside newcomers like Malachi Kirby as Kunta Kinte, has the pristine look and historical detail of a big budget film production. But what can a new version of “Roots” offer nearly 40 years after it first pierced the nation’s consciousness?


More: MSNBC

Outrageously miseducated candidate surprisingly loses Texas school board race



Do we have Zach Kopplin to thank for Mary Lou Bruner's surprising but welcomed political defeat? Kopplin, the son of New Orleans Deputy Mayor Andy Kopplin, took the same passion he used to rail against the teaching of creationism in Louisiana to expose the racist, homophobic, colonialist, conspiracy-minded musings Bruner expressed online before running for a seat on the Texas State Board of Education.

After the 69-year-old Bruner got 48 percent of the vote in the primary, Kopplin published a piece at The Daily Beast that listed some of the candidate's most ridiculous Facebook posts:

"I am not saying the Native Americans deserved what happened to them but sometimes God removes his protection from people who worship pagan gods."
"In the beginning the dispute between the North and the South was not about slavery. It was about the railroad."
"I heard from a reliable source that Obama was also a male prostitute for a while when he lived in New York with his male 'partner.'"

Because she was so close to victory in the Republican primary, there was a lot of worry that Bruner would win the Republican run-off, which meant that she'd win the general because she's in a district dominated by Republicans. Had Bruner won, even those of us who are outside of Texas would have had reason for alarm. That state's board of education plays an outsized role in what goes into textbooks because they buy so many.

Kathy Miller, president of the Texas Freedom Network, a group that vehemently opposed Bruner's candidacy released a statement after Tuesday's run-off: "Texas escaped an education train wreck tonight. If Bruner had ultimately won election to the board, she would have instantly become the most embarrassingly uninformed and divisive member on a board that already too often puts politics ahead of making sure our kids get a sound education. We commend the majority of East Texas voters for their wisdom in this particular race."

NOLA.com

1st Look at the Obamas’ New DC Home



When President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama leave the White House Jan. 20, 2017, they will be moving into a rented mansion in Washington, D.C.’s posh Kalorama neighborhood.

After recent news that the Obamas would stay in Washington, D.C., once the president finished his term in office, Politico reports that the first family has found its new digs.

According to the report, the president’s family has leased an 8,200-square-foot mansion in the district’s posh Kalorama neighborhood. The $6.4 million, nine-bedroom, eight-and-half-bathroom home is owned by Clinton administration White House press secretary Joe Lockhart and Glamour Washington editor Giovanna Gray.


The Root

Weekly Address: Expanding Overtime Pay



Published on May 21, 2016
In this week's address, President Obama discussed one of the single most important steps to help grow middle-class wages – expanding the number of workers who are eligible for the overtime that they have earned.

Black Girl at Mostly White Private School Arrives Home With Severe Rope Burn Around Neck



Authorities in Texas are investigating how a 12 year-old black girl who attends a mostly white private school ended up with severe rope burns around her neck after a school camping trip.

The girl’s family says she has been bullied for months and this incident was a racially motivated assault.

“It looked like somebody had ripped her neck apart and stitched it back together,” the girl’s mother, Sandy Rougely, told The Dallas Morning News. Live Oak Classical School, however, claims in a statement that the girl was injured accidentally while the students were playing with a rope attached to a tree.

Live Oak Classical School officials explain in a statement that “the student and some of her classmates were playing with a swing and an attached pull-rope on a field trip. The student received first aid treatment immediately after the accident by a parent chaperone who is also a physician, and she was able to enjoy the remainder of the field trip, which lasted through the next day. Live Oak takes the safety of its students seriously and is saddened that one of its family suffered an unfortunate accident and injury.”

School administrators have also accused the girl’s family of trying to exploit the incident for financial gain. They allege that the family’s attorney, Levi McCathern, attempted to blackmail officials by demanding a $2.7 million dollar payout to prevent the story from going public. McCathern is also accused by school officials of trying to exploit the 100th anniversary “of the lynching of Jesse Washington in Waco.”

McCathern insists that he only offered a settlement amount after the school requested a financial demand.


More: BreakingBown

Sandra Oh reads Yuri Kochiyama




Voices of a People's History of the United States

Why I Went on Jeopardy



This week I am a contestant on Jeopardy! Admittedly, it is not quite the real Jeopardy!—with its brutally difficult and obscure answers. This is 2016 Power Players week, in which a somewhat more approachable version of the beloved game is played by a motley crew of elected officials, journalists, political pundits, and brainy celebs.

You can catch me tomorrow, when I'll be playing to support Girls for Gender Equity (GGE), a Brooklyn-based nonprofit organization committed to the physical, psychological, social, and economic development of girls and women.

I first met Joanne Smith, GGE's founder and executive director, when we served together on a panel commemorating the impactful testimony of professor Anita Hill. During that event, I heard Joanne discuss the powerful vision she was pursuing along with her small staff at GGE. Their work amplifies the voices of girls of color in New York public schools, ensures accountability in those schools, and allows young women to be authors of their own futures.

But my Jeopardy! appearance is not the biggest thing happening at GGE this week. Girls for Gender Equity was instrumental in helping the City Council of New York establish a working group focused on young women's issues. That group, called the Young Women's Initiative, released a major new report this week. The report is premised on a simple but revolutionary idea: produce an agenda addressing the lives and needs of young women and girls in New York City. It includes more than 100 recommendations across five issue areas: health, economic and workforce development, community support and opportunity, education, and anti-violence and criminal justice. It is truly groundbreaking because it relies on young women to identify their own challenges and the solutions to those challenges. In a press release, New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito called YWI "the first coalition in the United States to tackle the systemic gender-based inequality."


MELISSA HARRIS-PERRY: elle.com

Home Depot Staffer Gets Death Threats For “America Was Never Great” Hat



A 22-year-old Home Depot staffer causes a stir with her "America was never great" hat

Customers who made their Sunday rounds at the Mariners Harbor Home Depot in New York City’s Staten Island community were taken aback by a 22-year-old staffer’s hat.

What made it so controversial? The hat reads, “America was never great.”

Krystal Lake started a social media firestorm after she wore the hat to work on Sunday, reports the Staten Island Advance.

“The point of the hat was to say America needs changing and improvement,” Lake told the Advance. “I don’t think it’s a positive message to say, ‘Let’s look to the past.’”

The message is a direct swipe at GOP presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump‘s slogan, “Make America Great Again.”

Lake, a Bernie Sanders supporter, told the Advance that she has received numerous death threats and biting criticism after wearing the hat.

“People have been saying really racist things to me and that they’re going to come and find me and that what I said is disgraceful and I hate America — but I don’t hate America,” Lake quipped.

“I know there are a lot of opportunities here,” Lake said. “I just wish we would worry about making America better — not ‘great again.’”


NewsOne

OVERTIME: It’s about time.



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