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Chicago promoter blasted online after using ‘Native’ imagery to push ‘Savages’ party

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A Chicago party promoter is being accused of racism for planning a dance party called “Savages.” The promotion flyer for the event pictures a bare-chested man wearing a Native American headdress and face paint.

The party was originally scheduled for Aug. 7 at the Metro venue in the Chicago neighborhood of Wrigleyville. But after an outpouring of criticism, the venue told the Chicago Tribune that “no events are slated for that date.”

As of Wednesday afternoon, Neverland had removed the poster from its Facebook event page and apologized for “causing offense.” The statement came after organizers were hammered online over their choice of motif for the event.

However, it is still listed on the promotional site heyevent.com, as seen below:

Original 'Savages' flyer (heyevent.com)

Original ‘Savages’ flyer (heyevent.com)

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Neverland initially defended the idea, commenting on Facebook that the “entire Neverland team is extremely racially diverse, and none of us found the theme to be offensive.”

We’ve wanted to do a tribal theme for a long time, because the music at Neverland parties is tribal house (house music with drums), and our team has wanted to recreate beautiful tribal headdresses and outfits out of respect and celebration of past cultures.

But that explanation did not sit well online, with one user, Naima Bond, mockingly posting a quiz, “Why did you choose this racist theme?” on the event’s Facebook page, and listing these possible answers:

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-My minority friends said it was ok so it became unracist
-I have a “savage” friend.
-If I don’t think it’s racist no one will think it’s racist, right?
-Because even the Mayans deserve Freedom and Democracy©

Facebook user Molly Brennan responded to the flyer like this:

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Another critic, Kenny Brodbeck, made fun of the event by linking it to a presidential candidate who is also getting roasted for racially-inflammatory comments.

“I hear Donald Trump needs a party promoter. Maybe you guys could team up?” Brodbeck wrote.

The event was posted Tuesday and by Wednesday morning, Metro had been so deluged with complaints, they posted this to Facebook:

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“Good morning, we have had a number of inquiries regarding an event on August 7, 2015. At this time Metro Chicago has not announced any events or performances for this date. More information will be made available at a later time.”

While the venue was backtracking on its announcement by Wednesday morning, Neverland owner Anthony DiFiore said he had no intention of canceling the event.

“We signed a contract and paid a deposit. The date’s on the calendar,” DiFiore told the Tribune. “I don’t see any reason why the party would be cancelled.”

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Republicans in Congress are angry about Trump’s latest racist comments — but not because they’re racist

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There can be no denying that amid the firestorm from President Donald Trump tweeting that Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), and Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) should "go back where they came from," Republicans in Congress are upset.

However, as many of them make clear in conversation with reporters, the fact that these comments were racist is not the main reason they are angry at the president. Rather, they are frustrated that his comments are hogging the news cycle, which leaves them incapable of discussing their agenda — and of criticizing the agenda of the Democratic representatives he targeted.

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George Conway declares ‘Trump is a racist president’ in brutal Washington Post column

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Prominent Republican attorney George Conway blasted President Donald Trump in an op-ed published by The Washington Post on Monday evening.

Conway explained how he avoided thinking of Trump as a racist, despite the president's actions.

"No, I thought, President Trump was boorish, dim-witted, inarticulate, incoherent, narcissistic and insensitive. He’s a pathetic bully but an equal-opportunity bully — in his uniquely crass and crude manner, he’ll attack anyone he thinks is critical of him. No matter how much I found him ultimately unfit, I gave still him the benefit of the doubt about being a racist. No matter how much I came to dislike him, I didn’t want to think that the president of the United States is a racial bigot," he explained.

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‘He’s the one who hates our country’: Rep. Rashida Tlaib rips Trump’s ‘failed presidency’

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Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) ripped President Donald Trump for his "failed presidency" during an interview on CNN following her press conference with the three other young women of color in Congress known as "The Squad."

"You’re a child of immigrants here to the United States," CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer noted. "I’m a child of immigrants here to the United States as well. And all of us can relate specifically to what’s going on, because I’m sure you’ve heard basically most of your life go back where you came from."

"As you point out, you are the first of two Muslim women to serve in the United States Congress. Why do you think President Trump specifically chose to paint the two of you as disloyal?" Blitzer asked.

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