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George Clooney: “There’s a dark cloud hanging over our country right now”

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Damon, Clooney and Moore: Bunch of angry libtards

Feel free to keep your butt in Italy, George.

Bonus: Julianne Moore wants “re-education” for everyone.

From NY Post: George Clooney’s “Suburbicon” has a timely subplot — based both on present times and a 1957 incident — about racism in white America. That subplot, however, resounded deeply during the Venice Film Festival press conference for the film, which stars Matt Damon and Julianne Moore.

“I was watching a lot of speeches on the campaign trail about building fences and scapegoating minorities and I started looking around at other times in our history when we’ve unfortunately fallen back into these things,” said Clooney, talking about how the pic germinated.

While casting around for story ideas, Clooney found a 1957 incident that happened in Levittown, Pa., in which an African-American family moved into a suburban development; however, many white residents in the area reacted with violence. Then, while looking to try to make a film out of the Levittown story, he remembered that the Coen brothers had written a script called “Suburbicon,” so those two elements were meshed together.

Of course at that stage the Charlottesville, Va., race riots had yet to happen, noted Damon, who in the film plays a bad guy who goes all the way, to an extent that he’s “never been able to do so far” in his career.

“When we were filming we obviously could not have predicted the race riots,” said Damon. “We weren’t literally thinking that race riots would erupt in America right before this came out. But it does speak to the fact that these issues have not, and are not, going away. So there’s an honest reckoning in our country.”

As to the character Damon plays: “It’s kind the definition of white privilege when you are riding around your neighborhood on a bike covered in blood murdering people and the African-American family [who are his neighbors] is getting blamed for it,” he said.

Clooney pointed out that the film’s very dark tone reflects the anger he sees in the U.S. today.

“If you go to our country…depending on what side of the aisle you sit on, it’s probably the angriest I’ve ever seen it,” he noted. “There’s a dark cloud hanging over our country right now.” But he added: “I’m an optimist…I believe that we will get through all these things…but people are angry; a lot of us are angry.”

The “Suburbicon” director also underlined that the film “isn’t a movie about Donald Trump. … This is a movie about our coming to terms constantly with the idea that we have never fully addressed our issues with race.”

Moore, who plays a double role in the pic, made a clear-cut a statement on the issues being raised by Charlottesville.

“We are living in the United States where people are arguing about removing Confederate monuments: They must be removed,” she said. “You simply cannot have these figures from the Civil War in town squares and in universities for our children to see. As a parent and as a citizen I need to be active in the eradication of those, in the re-education of everyone. We have to take responsibility for it.”

Clooney joined her on a similar note: “This is something that is really festering right now in the United States: Talking about the Confederate flag, and the Jefferson Davis monument,” he noted.

“Now, if you want to wear it [a confederate flag] on your T-shirt or if you want to hang it on your front lawn…have at it. But to hang it on a public building where possibly African American tax payers are paying for it — and it’s a symbol of hate — that cannot stand.”

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As predicted: San Antonio’s Robert E. Lee high school changes its name because libtards want to erase history

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The mask is off. They DO want to erase our history.

Who wants to tell the special snowflakes that changing a high school name does not change history?

From Fox News: The school board of Robert E. Lee High School in San Antonio, Texas, voted to change its name in the face of increasing pressure (from whom exactly?) after the Charlottesville riots. (The school is now Lee High School.)

The entire board voted for the change, compared to a 5-2 vote to keep the name in 2015.

The school got rid of the Confederate flag in 1991. A petition for changing the school’s name was backed by 12,000 people.

One group, SATX4 (from their Twitter bio: “San Antonian’s for EXPOSING SYSTEMIC RACIAL INJUSTICE | we are the justice we want to see), lobbied for the name change as well as the removal of Travis Park’s Confederate monument in downtown San Antonio.

“The Confederacy cannot and should not be whitewashed,” the group stated. “The idea that Robert E. Lee is part of a history that cannot be erased must be defeated. This stops today.

Students hugged and some cried after the board approved the change.

The Confederate general’s ties to slavery sparked renewed controversy after deadly race riots in Charlottesville, Virginia, earlier this month.

Protesters have since defaced and torn down Confederate statues as well as some of Christopher Columbus and Abraham Lincoln.

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Man vandalizes Manhattan apartment window where two Confederate flags were hanging

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No doubt inspired by antifa’s “peaceful” protests.

From Daily Mail: A man has been arrested for breaking the window of a New York apartment where two Confederate flags had been hanging.

Darren Keen, a 34-year-old DJ, had bragged on Instagram that he had punched the sixth-floor window of the East Village apartment on Friday night. He was arrested about 30 minutes later and charged with criminal mischief. 

Keen, who lives around the corner from the apartment on East 8th Street, had climbed up the fire escape before covering his hand with a shirt and punching the window.

The two Confederate flags along with an American flag and Israeli flags had hung in the windows of the top floor apartment for several months but drew further anger in the aftermath of the deadly protests by white nationalists in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Residents of the neighborhood had gathered outside the apartment block earlier in the week shouting insults and throwing rocks at the window. A tarp was draped from the roof of the building on Friday to try and conceal the flags.

Keen, who is originally from Nebraska, told DNAinfo that his wife had spotted the flag about a month ago but he became enraged when he saw how angry his fellow residents were getting.

‘It’s one thing for me, a white Nebraskan, to be annoyed by redneck culture… to actually see the anger and frustration it was causing disadvantaged people in the neighborhood, it escalated my feelings a lot,’ he said.

In the aftermath of the window breaking, Keen posted several photos on Instagram of his bleeding hand.

Yo I punched this nazi dudes Windows out in front of racist nypd I can’t take it any more. Now they knocking on door when they come to mine I’m gonna blow a massive weed rip in their face and say lets all calm down as they beat and subdue me to keep a white supremacist safe,’ he wrote.

He later shared a photo of himself being arrested saying he had wanted to draw a Wutang logo on the tarp but opted to punch the window when he couldn’t find any paint.

‘Yeah ok I was dumb for punching out the window instead of painting the wutang logo but I did scream “f**k white supremacy wutang is for the children” while getting put into the car,’ he wrote.

When the tarp was taken down on Saturday, the Confederate flag had been removed.

Keen later claimed that police had removed the flags from the man’s window, but the NYPD denied this saying it was freedom of speech.

He also bragged about his charge, saying: ‘I just got a ticket for “mischief” which is lower than vandalism. S**t worked out real good IMO.’

NYPD continue to be stationed outside the apartment.

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NC State admin calls microaggressions ‘death by a thousand paper cuts’

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From Campus Reform: North Carolina State University will host a microaggressions workshop on Halloween about responding to slights like seeing a Confederate flag or encountering mean messages on social media.

According to NC State News, the “Recognizing and Responding to Microaggessions” workshop will teach students about a variety of microaggressions, such as “horizontal oppression,” “environmental” microaggressions, “macroaggressions,” and “microassaults.”

The three-hour workshop is meant to help students, staff, alumni, or other attendees understand when microaggressions occur and how to respond when they do occur, and is one of many such sessions hosted by the school’s GLBT Center, supplementing offerings such as “Trans 101,” “The Spectrum of Sex: Exploring Intersex Identities and the Relationship to Gender,” and “Sitting with Privilege.”

Microaggression expert Renee Wells

Microaggression expert Renee Wells

 “It’s sometimes called ‘death by a thousand paper cuts,’” explained Renee Wells, director of the university’s GLBT Center. “There’s this cumulative emotional effect that leaves people feeling marginalized and invalidated.”

Common examples of microaggressions are remarks suggesting that Asians get good grades, suggesting that women are bad drivers, or asking an African American student whether he got an athletic scholarship, Wells noted, but added that there are other, more subtle types of microaggressions, as well.

“For example, a student walking across campus might see a Confederate flag in the window of a residence hall or a racist slur spray painted in the Free Expression Tunnel,” she observed, saying, “these are things that you see that aren’t necessarily targeted at you, but are part of the environment you are navigating.”

Vitriolic sentiments on social media, meanwhile, constitute what Wells describes as “microassaults,” because unlike microaggressions, they are intentional. “Microaggressions include things you might consider macroaggressions, things that are intentional and overt—people using racist slurs—which are microassaults,” Wells said.

Even members of marginalized groups must be wary of microaggressions, she continued, asserting that “horizontal oppression” takes place when a member of one minority group microaggresses against another minority.

“You may be culturally competent as it relates to your own identity and community…but that doesn’t mean that you’re culturally competent about communities you’re not a part of,” she explained. “The ultimate form of privilege is having the option of not challenging oppressive behavior; to say it’s not my problem.”

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Georgia rolls out redesigned license plate featuring Confederate flag

Liberals’ heads explode in 3, 2, 1…

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WTSP.com: The Confederate battle flag is making a return appearance to Georgia license plates. The specialty tag devoted to the Sons of Confederate Veterans will return after a minor redesign.

The state is saying as little as possible about this. Governor Deal is out of the country. And the state revenue department, which issues license plates, is only saying that it has had “positive conversations” about the plate with the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV).

The Confederate battle flag “was something that we couldn’t change,” said Dan Coleman, spokesman for the Georgia SCV. The SCV fights on behalf of the Confederate battle flag as a symbol of Southern heritage.

When a white supremacist shot and killed nine African Americans in Charleston SC in July, that state’s governor ordered the battle flag taken down from the grounds of the state capitol. In Georgia, Gov. Nathan Deal ordered a redesign of the state plate that honors the Sons of Confederate Veterans.

Coleman says the redesign will eliminate the background Confederate flag, while keeping the foreground Confederate flag. “The governor did what he said he would do: Take that backdrop off it. We can live with that,” Coleman said.

Sen. Vincent Fort (D-Atlanta)

Sen. Vincent Fort (D-Atlanta)

But the move angered people who want the state government to stop using the battle flag, saying it’s identified nowadays as a symbol of white supremacy. “This governor had a chance to bring people together. And I think he muffed it,” said Sen. Vincent Fort (D-Atlanta). Fort says Gov. Deal should have followed South Carolina’s lead and eliminated the battle flag symbol. “What that Confederate flag symbolizes is just so hateful and so mean-spirited that to say that ‘we’ll compromise by only slapping you once’ is not acceptable,” Fort said Thursday.

Georgia’s new Sons of Confederate Veterans specialty license plate is expected to be available to paying customers in the next few weeks.

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Wisconsin man arrested for forcing his way into home, taking down Confederate flag hanging in window

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Journal Times: A Confederate flag hanging in a Racine resident’s house reportedly led to a fight that ended with a man forcing his way into the home to tear it down.

The Racine Police Department responded to the 1300 block of Center Street on Friday afternoon. The caller said Tajaun Boatner, 37, of Racine, had confronted her at her house about a Confederate flag hanging in her window and eventually pushed her down, the complaint said.

The perp Boatner

The perp Boatner

In a later interview with the police, the resident said Boatner had politely asked her to take the flag out of her kitchen window, and she moved it to her bathroom window, the complaint said.

They both began yelling and the resident had called Boatner a racial slur, the complaint said. The argument ended after Boatner reportedly walked up her front porch, pushed her down, and walked into the house to remove the Confederate flag, according to the complaint.

Boatner reportedly told an officer he had politely asked the owner of the Confederate flag to take it down, but instead she moved it to a different window. The officer asked for more details, and Boatner became argumentative, according to the complaint.

Boatner reportedly struggled against officers to avoid being handcuffed. Boatner would not spread his feet so the police could pat him down for weapons, so two officers forced him to move his feet, the complaint said. After police arrested him, Boatner tried to resist getting into the car, and he reportedly kicked at the officers as they tried to close the door of the vehicle.

Boatner is charged with criminal trespassing, misdemeanor battery, disorderly conduct, misdemeanor theft and obstructing an officer.

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Obama to NAACP: America is still racist because of slavery

Recently, an article from Washington Weekly News (WWN) claimed that in his speech to the NAACP convention on July 21, 2015, Obama called for the Confederate and the Gadsden flags to be banned. From the WWN article:

In a 45-minute speech, Obama called for reducing or eliminating mandatory minimum sentences, reviewing the use of the solitary confinement and banning of Confederate and Tea Party Flags on public property, among other things.

“Any system that allows us to turn a blind-eye to hopelessness and despair, that’s not a justice system, that’s an injustice system,” Obama said Tuesday. “Justice is not only the absence of oppression, it’s the absence of racist, divisive symbols in our public discourse.”

The Gadsden flag — a yellow flag with a rattlesnake above the words “Don’t Tread On Me” — is the symbol of the American Revolution for Independence. The contemporary Tea Party movement adopted that flag as their banner.

Gadsden flagWhile Washington Weekly News, by all indications, is a legitimate news site, that article carried a dateline of “Washington (ONN).” ONN is the satirical Onion News Network that publishes entirely made-up pseudo news that are believable precisely because they are plausible. In this case, given the anti-Confederate flag hysteria whipped up by the media and the Left, it seemed entirely plausible that Obama would propose that both the Confederate flag as well as the Gadsden flag be banned. But it is not true.

However, what Obama actually said in his speech to the NAACP bears our attention because he still insists that America is racist (albeit a more subtle racism), that Blacks in America are treated unfairly by the legal system and others, and that their lower achievements are due to the “legacy” of slavery (even though slavery ended 152 years ago).

Note: On January 1, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation — an executive order that, in a single stroke, changed the legal status, as recognized by the U.S. government, of 3 million slaves in designated areas of the Confederacy from “slave” to “free.” By June 1865, the Union Army controlled all of the Confederacy and had liberated all of the designated slaves.

Not once in his speech did Obama place the responsibility of Blacks’ life circumstances (low educational achievements, unemployment, crime, imprisonment, broken families) on Blacks themselves. And his solution for their problems is more spending, more welfare and bigger government, now called “investments in our communities.”

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Here are quotes from Obama’s NAACP speech, from the White House’s transcript:

“We made progress, but our work is not done.  By just about every measure, the life chances for black and Hispanic youth still lag far behind those of their white peers.  Our kids, America’s children, so often are isolated, without hope, less likely to graduate from high school, less likely to earn a college degree, less likely to be employed, less likely to have health insurance, less likely to own a home.

Part of this is a legacy of hundreds of years of slavery and segregation, and structural inequalities that compounded over generations.  (Applause.)  It did not happen by accident.  (Applause.)  Partly it’s a result of continuing, if sometimes more subtle, bigotry — whether in who gets called back for a job interview, or who gets suspended from school, or what neighborhood you are able to rent an apartment in….

There’s a long history of inequity in the criminal justice system in America…. [In too many cases, our criminal justice system ends up being a pipeline from underfunded, inadequate schools to overcrowded jails…..  African Americans and Latinos make up 30 percent of our population; they make up 60 percent of our inmates.  About one in every 35 African American men, one in every 88 Latino men is serving time right now.  Among white men, that number is one in 214.

The bottom line is that in too many places, black boys and black men, Latino boys and Latino men experience being treated differently under the law.  (Applause.) …A growing body of research shows that people of color are more likely to be stopped, frisked, questioned, charged, detained.  African Americans are more likely to be arrested.  They are more likely to be sentenced to more time for the same crime.  (Applause.)  And one of the consequences of this is, around one million fathers are behind bars.  Around one in nine African American kids has a parent in prison.

…we have to stand up to those who are determined to slash investments in our communities at any cost — cutting preschool programs, cutting job-training programs, cutting affordable housing programs, cutting community policing programs.

Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke

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~Éowyn