Residents in the Dallas neighborhood where Ebola patient Thomas Duncan briefly stayed before being confined to a hospital said on Monday that they had been unfairly refused service by local businesses, and turned away from jobs.
At a press conference on Monday, Dallas City Council member Jennifer Staubach Gates explained that residents in the area felt shunned even though they had no contact with Duncan, and were considered not to be at risk for contracting the virus.
“Unfortunately, they are feeling discriminated against,” Gates said. “We still have some that have been turned away from jobs. Some that have been turned away at retail locations. We’re getting them in touch with legal aid and any resources necessary.”
“These residents, unless they happen to be one of those that were exposed that are being traced, they are not at risk for getting the disease and are not at risk for transmitting the diseases,” she pointed out.
WFAA reported that the children in the community had also been left without tutors.
“Volunteers that usually show up, aren’t showing up,” NorthPark Presbyterian Church Rev. Brent Barry said of the Heart House Dallas child tutoring program.
Vickery Meadow Learning Center reportedly lost 150 of its volunteers.
And Vickery Meadow Neighborhood Alliance Food Pantry saw a drop in the number of residents coming in for meals.
“About a fourth of the people who usually show up showed up because they’re scared to go out,” Barry observed. “They don’t know what the story is, either. Really, the fear is inside Vickery Meadow, but it’s also out in the community.”
“They’ve gone to work and been told to leave,” he continued. “That’s been corrected now. We know a couple young people who went to a restaurant and had been turned away.”
Rebecca Range, executive director of the Vickery Meadow Improvement District, told a similar story, according to The Dallas Morning News.
“Many residents are telling them that they can’t go to work and are being turned away at restaurants based on their appearance,” Range said. “Help us spread the word that there is no need for this stigma.”
Human Rights Initiative of North Texas executive director Bill Holston noted that Vickery Meadow was a “heavily immigrant neighborhood.”
“I understand people’s nervousness about an infectious disease, but it is wrong to discriminate against an entire class of people,” he insisted.
“Those people had no contact with Patient Zero and they’re not being traced by the county,” Gates said on Monday. “But because of where they live, they were turned down at work.”
The Dallas Independent School District said that it was in the process of developing guidelines to stop the bullying of African students.
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‘Trump wants to start a race war’: Ex-advisor alleges his campaign planned ‘Send her Back’ chants
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Omarosa Manigault Newman was interviewed by Donny Deutsch on "Saturday Night Politics."
"You said could it happen here? It is happening here," Newman told Deutsch.
"As a woman of color watching him attack those four women, it made it very clear that Donald Trump is a clear and present danger to our democracy," she said.
"And everyone has been kind of tiptoeing what this actually is. Donald Trump wants to start a race war in this country and it started at that rally — it started with the tweets," she said.
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CNN's Van Jones traveled this week to speak with a panel of Pennsylvania voters about the 2020 presidential campaign.
Jones also asked the panel about the schism in the Democratic Party between Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and the members known as The Squad, who are Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI).
"You have Democrats fighting each other in the primary. Democrats fighting each other in the House. What do you think about the AOC versus Pelosi dynamic?" Jones asked. "How do you read that? How do you read that?"
Soccer superstar Megan Rapinoe has the perfect answer for Trump’s claim America can’t be criticized
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“I can tell you this, you can’t talk that way about our country. Not when I am the president,” Trump threatened.
Soccer superstar Megan Rapinoe was asked about her take on patriotism during an interview with CNN's Van Jones that aired Saturday evening.
"I think I’m super patriotic. I do consider myself extremely patriotic," Rapinoe said.
"I think, like, we love in America to talk about, you know, how good we are, and how like we want to save the world, and always intervening in places because they’re not doing it right. Meanwhile, at home, we’re not even doing that oftentimes for our own people," she explained.