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Black Agency, Black Revolt, and the Continuing Danger of the 'Outside Agitator' Narrative

Editorial on rejecting myth of “outside agitators” along with online disinfo.

I’ve been very concerned by the narrative I’ve seen many white people spreading online about the protests and riots being sparked by white outsiders, whether anarchists, right-wing provocateurs, or cops.... This rage has been given voice by people of many races, but this has overwhelmingly been led by black and brown youth. I say all of this based on personal experience at the precinct every night of this rebellion.

Officials blame outsiders for violence in Minnesota but contradict one another on who is responsible

Source: Washington Post

Leaders at the federal, state and local levels said large numbers of outsiders had seized upon protests begun by Minnesotans to advance their own political agendas.

But the officials offered little evidence to show who was responsible and contradicted one another on who was to blame.

They variously assigned responsibility for the escalating violence to far-right nationalists, left-wing radicals, drug cartels and possibly foreign agents in statements, news conferences and presidential tweets.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/officials-blame-outsiders-for-violence-in-minnesota-but-contradict-each-other-on-who-is-responsible/2020/05/30/d722e9d6-a2b1-11ea-b5c9-570a91917d8d_story.html

Every and any favorite boogie man.

Manhattan Public Defender: Incident all too familiar

"I’m a public defender in Manhattan. The Central Park video is all too familiar"

A white person calls the police on a black man. The police arrive and take the side of his white accuser, refusing to believe his version of events. He is arrested and arraigned. An outrageous bail amount is set. His family can’t afford to buy his freedom. He gets sent to Rikers Island, where he sits for days, months or sometimes years.

In cases I’ve taken to trial, the district attorney has offered recordings of “hysterical 911 calls” as evidence of my clients’ guilt, urging the jury to “just listen to the fear in her voice,” saying, “You can tell she can sense a threat,” and asking questions such as, “Why would she lie?” All too often, it works.


Shepard Fairey - Angel of Hope and Strength

There was some speculation about the Nazi who...

... unfurled a Swastika flag at a Sanders rally. I came across some background information while following another story here on DU.


I'm Bill Gates.....

I’m Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. AMA about COVID-19.


The coronavirus pandemic has brought out the worst of Donald Trump


The President has blustered and fibbed his way through life, but the charm has worn off with America's well-being at risk.

Trump views everything from the narcissistic prism of his ego. He dismisses opposing views and insists that even the senior-most members of his administration repeatedly praise him and his leadership at all times. Watching the heads of America’s leading science agencies prefacing their statements with ritual praise for the “dear leader” has been depressing.

Come to think of it, the Trump administration has been copying the wrong Korea. Instead of the intelligence and expertise of South Korea, it is emulating the sycophancy, incompetence and propaganda of North Korea.


Erik Prince Recruits Ex-Spies to Help Infiltrate Liberal Groups

Source: NYT

Mr. Prince, a contractor close to the Trump administration, contacted veteran spies for operations by Project Veritas, the conservative group known for conducting stings on news organizations and other groups.

Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/07/us/politics/erik-prince-project-veritas.html?action=click&module=Top%20Stories&pgtype=Homepage

Let's Downgrade Iowa....

.... Aside from being unrepresentative of the nation, let alone the Democratic party, its anachronistic process is an embarrassment.

Schedule some others states, more representative, and more modern, in on the same day, and, if they don't deliver on time, ignore them.

Elijah Cummings - Special DEM Primary

We lost a great leader and statesman when we lost Elijah Cummings - it is now time to select his successor. Next week the special primary election for the MD 7th Congressional District will be held. The winner of the Democratic nomination will undoubtedly be elected to fill Rep Cummings seat.

A few of the names are familiar to me - Maya Cummings, Kweisi Mfume. However, there is a long, long list of contenders and I'm wondering, name recognition aside, if there are any DUers who have any knowledge and opinions about any of the candidates.

Does anyone want to make any endorsements?

T. Dan Baker, Public Health and Community Development Professional
Talmadge Branch, state delegate
Alicia D. Brown
Anthony Carter Sr., Democratic candidate for Maryland's 7th congressional district in 2018
Jill P. Carter, state senator
Matko Lee Chullin III
Jay Fred Cohen,Howard County Judge of Orphans Court (2006-2010), 2014 candidate for Maryland House of Delegates, District 12
Nathaniel M. Costley Sr.,2018 Democratic candidate for the Maryland House of Delegates, District 10[9]
Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, former chairwoman of the Maryland Democratic Party and widow of U.S. Representative Elijah Cummings
Jermyn Davidson
Darryl Gonzalez, author
Mark Gosnell, pulmonologist
Leslie Grant, former president of the National Dental Association
Dan L. Hiegel, Democratic candidate for Maryland's 3rd congressional district in 1994 and 1996
F. Michael Higginbotham, professor, University of Baltimore School of Law
Terri Hill, state delegate
Jay Jalisi, state delegate
Paul V. Konka, teacher, 2018 candidate for Baltimore County school board
Kweisi Mfume, former President and CEO of NAACP and former U.S. Representative for Maryland's 7th congressional district (1987–1996)
Adrian Petrus, 2018 Democratic candidate for the Maryland State Senate, District 47, Democratic candidate for Maryland's 7th congressional district in 2016
Saafir Rabb, community activist
Charles U. Smith, Democratic candidate for Maryland's 7th congressional district in 2018
Harry Spikes, former Cummings staffer, 2014 Democratic candidate for the Maryland House of Delegates, District 45
Charles Stokes, Democratic candidate for Maryland's 7th congressional district in 2018

NOTE: This discussion thread was previously locked as off-topic by a host of the Democratic Primaries forum, who suggested that it be posted in General Discussion.
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