Atlanta murders strike a chord across America


‘It’s race, class and gender together’: why the Atlanta murders aren’t just one thing

Here is what Christine Liwag Dixon, Filipino American writer and musician, Reflected on after hearing this clip. She thought about how she was offered money for a “happy ending massage” even though she is not a massage therapist and never has been. She thought of all the men who told her they “love Asian women” and expected her to take it as a compliment. She thought about the time she went out to call an Uber while her husband paid a restaurant bill and a group of men cornered her, one of them chanting. “I love you for a long timeStanding so close she could feel his breath on her neck.

She reflected on how most Asian American women probably have a similar library of terrifying experiences. “Being hypersexualized,” she said in an interview. “To be treated as an object of sexual desire.”

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Jeff Zeleny/ CNN:

Biden and Harris to visit Georgia, a battleground that has paved the way on the agenda

But the White House’s plan to promote the Covid relief program took a dark turn after a rampage here this week killed eight people, including six women of Asian descent. White House officials ended up canceling a planned evening rally intended to help explain the benefits of the law.

Instead, the president and vice president are expected to meet with Asian American leaders. Yet the White House has stopped calling the shootings a hate crime, despite calls to do so.

In Atlanta, Biden and Harris are also due to visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, meeting with experts on the same day the administration announced it would meet its goal of giving 100 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine.

“We’re going to beat this,” Biden said Thursday. “We are well ahead of our schedule, but we still have a long way to go.”

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Amanda Carpenter /Rampart:

Kevin McCarthy, fetch

He now says he didn’t try to overturn the 2020 election. He’s a good boy! He will submit and play well for belly rubs.

Maybe he’ll sort through bags of Starbursts to pick only the colors Trump likes –pink and red– to be placed in a special jar and ferry to Trump. No more memory of the Screaming swearword match he had with Trump on insurgency day. My old man, my old Kevin, didn’t really mean it when he said that Trump was responsible for the attacks that day. Because he quickly decided that “all of us” do, and flew to Florida to have fun with Trump. He had to say sorry to his hooman. Why? Because McCarthy needs Trump’s help in 2022.

You see, McCarthy is a good boy. He will play to seek. For anyone who can give him a treat at some point. Trump, the donors – whoever it is. Just throw him a bone.

Weft.

WaPo:

More than 4 in 10 health workers have not been vaccinated, according to post-KFF survey

Immunization rates are particularly low among healthcare workers who are black, those in lower-paying jobs such as home helpers, and those with less education. Partisan politics also plays a role, with more Democrats saying they’ve been vaccinated and Republicans more likely to express uncertainties or concerns about vaccines.

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Alexander Vindman /Lawfare:

Can litigation help to deradicalize the right-wing media?

The right-wing media and their extremist media figures have gained a foothold and captured the attention of millions of people. These millions of people have now become accustomed to sensationalist, untruthful content – often at the expense of individuals. Accountability is the only way to break the cycle. Civil consequences, rather than government restrictions on First Amendment rights, could be a meaningful way to take fundamentally lucrative businesses and demand the truth from them, inject rigor into their reporting, and uphold the law. responsibility. Like a tabloid sued and paying heavy penalties, media companies and right-wing media figures will argue that what is at stake is freedom of speech. But defamation is not covered by the First Amendment, so that is, by definition, not true. And the generous standards of defamation law for the protection of the press provide a real haven for bona fide actors, even when they are wrong. Making companies fear the real costs in civil damages for slander, defamation and false allegations which can cumulatively incite violence and which can individually harm real human beings should have a restrictive effect on their behavior.

Chrissy stroop/ Religious dispatches:

I AM NOT HERE TO REPAIR EVANGELICALS, BUT TO SHOW THEM WHO THEY ARE: AN INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR OF ‘WHITE EVANGELICAL RACISM’

or RD readers, Anthea Butler hardly needs an introduction. Since 2009, shortly after the launch of RD, Anthea has contributed to more than 100 articles on topics as diverse as the crisis of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church and the African American Hair Policy, to Ronnie Given and Dominionism. A professor of religious studies and African studies at the University of Pennsylvania, Butler, whose popular Twitter feed is a must read, is a public intellectual in the best sense of the word. She is also part of a new cohort of academics, many of whom have extensive personal experience of the evangelical subculture, who have refused to whitewash the authoritarian nature of evangelism, a practice that permeates most scholarly writing and popular on the subject.

If you were asked to recommend only two recent books on conservative evangelicals, mostly white, I would recommend Kristin Kobes du Mezof Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation, for his unwavering look at the specific inflections of toxic masculinity evangelicals in recent decades, and Butler White Evangelical Racism: The Politics of Morality in America, for his equally steadfast denunciation of the systemic and sometimes overt racism that permeates evangelical communities and institutions. Both books are deeply rooted in historical expertise, but both also occasionally venture into normative, even theological discourse, which makes sense.both authors speak to people they know well and who have let them down.

Ed Mazza /HuffPost:

Trump supporters attack him over COVID-19 vaccine in uncomfortable CNN segment

One Trump voter called him a “liberal New Yorker” when asked about the coronavirus firing.

In Boise City, Tuchman walked into a restaurant and asked if anyone in the room was up for the job. In a county where 92% voted for the former president Donald trump in November, Tuchman’s request was met with silence. Not even Trump’s approval of the vaccine made a difference.

“Trump is a liberal New Yorker,” said one Trump voter. “Why would we listen to him either?”

Another diner said bluntly ‘no’ when asked if Trump’s approval would cause him to take the vaccine.

Other diners rejected both science and government. Tuchman found much the same attitude elsewhere in the community.

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