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Marcuse's Journal
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June 18, 2021

Why they attack critical race theory

The Texas law, however, is even more pernicious, because it suggests that even teaching about the concept that one race is superior or inferior, or that one race should be adversely treated on account of their race — in other words, teaching about the history of racism and of racial discrimination — is barred. That means kids in Texas might not learn that Texans enslaved people of African descent and fought two wars to protect slavery. They might not learn that Texas courthouses in the 1950s had signs reading, “Colored Men and Hombres Aqui,” to enforce segregation. They might not learn about the exclusion of Mexican-Americans from Texas juries, or the lynching of Black men and their white allies.

Teaching the history of race, racism and law is not about blaming white individuals today for the actions of white individuals in the past. It is we as a nation that must be held collectively accountable for the role of the legal system in creating and upholding racial hierarchies — and we as citizens and lawyers who can help dismantle them. We are giving students the knowledge and tools to do that.

And that, I believe, is the real reason for all of these laws. This round in the culture and memory wars is part of a much longer campaign to shut down movements for racial justice, especially when they attract white allies. It’s no coincidence that this rash of laws in 2021 followed the unprecedented multiracial Black Lives Matter protests of 2020, and growing pressure on politicians as well as businesses to address the history of systemic racism.
June 14, 2021

Court denies release of man charged in Capitol attack

The three-judge panel noted Sibick participated in an ongoing violent assault on a police officer, "ripping off the officer's radio – his lifeline for help – and his badge." D.C. Police Officer Michael Fanone was dragged down Capitol steps into a mob of rioters, then tased, beaten with flagpoles and stripped of his gear, according to prosecutors.

Sibick has admitted to taking Fanone's badge and radio, burying the badge in his backyard and then lying about it, according to court filings.

June 4, 2021

Volusia County shooting highlights issues with Florida juvenile justice, foster care systems

The story doesn’t mention the homeowner’s responsibility to safely secure his weapons so they can’t be “grabbed” by children. Hopefully the Republican government that defunded family and youth services will reconsider.

“A foster home is a possible disposition, but that is not the primary purpose of a foster home.”

Foster homes are not meant for kids with extreme behavioral issues, but that’s not always how it plays out.

“I think we need to evaluate the entirety of these programs,” said Sen. Jeff Brandes - (R) District 24.[link:https://www.wftv.com/news/local/volusia-county/volusia-county-shooting-highlights-issues-with-florida-juvenile-justice-foster-care-systems/JZ3RHBKV7FCSHDNP2IYVCUQCCA/|

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