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‘American SHE DEVIL’: Twitter conservatives rage after Michelle Obama talks about racism

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Michelle Obama spoke over the weekend to a group of black college graduates about her experience as the first black First Lady – and Twitter conservatives predictably howled in rage.

Many commenters compared her commencement address at Tuskegee College to one also given Saturday by actor Denzel Washington at the historically black Dillard University — which conservatives praised for its focus on God, hard work, and gratitude.

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Conservatives were furious that Obama shared personal anecdotes about the racist double standard she had encountered as the wife of the nation’s first black president, with many suggesting that she was the real racist for mentioning the topic.

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Many commenters expressed resentment that the president and his family took many trips during their time in the White House.

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Some tweets used weird analogies, bizarre logic, or profane name-calling to make their points.

Others offered to send the First Lady to places perceived to be black or made violent threats against her.

Watch the speech posted online by Se Smith:


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Central Park incident just one more example of white women using their status to terrorize black men: NYT’s Charles Blow

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Amy Cooper is just the latest example of white women using their privilege and femininity to terrorize black men, according to a new column from Charles Blow.

The New York Times columnist explains that a video recording of an incident involving Cooper, an investment manager, and Christian Cooper, a science editor, has a long and shameful historical precedent.

"This racial street theater against black people is an endemic, primal feature of the Republic," Blow write. "Specifically, I am enraged by white women weaponizing racial anxiety, using their white femininity to activate systems of white terror against black men. This has long been a power white women realized they had and that they exerted."

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New Zealand epidemiologist: ‘We look at Trump’s behavior and we’re horrified’

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To learn how New Zealand has largely eliminated COVID-19, we continue our extended interview with Michael Baker, an epidemiologist who is a member of the New Zealand Ministry of Health’s Technical Advisory Group and advising the government on its response to the COVID-19 pandemic. He describes how the country’s response compares to the government actions in the United States and worldwide.

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.

AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now!, democracynow.org, The Quarantine Report. I’m Amy Goodman, with Juan González, as we bring you Part 2 of our discussion of New Zealand.

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Trump White House hammered for covering up their own economic projections as jobs vanish

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The Trump White House has decided against releasing midyear economic projections this summer, breaking precedent at a time when unemployment is expected to top 20 percent.

The Washington Post reports that the administration is not releasing updated economic projections that "would almost certainly codify an administration assessment that the coronavirus pandemic has led to a severe economic downturn" with massive job losses that have topped 36 million in just two months.

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