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‘Hatred is learned’: Austin band covers NC venue’s rebel flag in black, leaves note asking them to ‘evolve’

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Austin folk-rock band Uncle Lucius asked Confederate flag supporters to “evolve” after discovering that the divisive symbol had been placed on a stage in Charlotte, NC where they were scheduled to perform.

In a note on Facebook, band members said that they showed up at Puckett’s Farm Equipment to perform on Sunday and found a large Confederate flag hanging on the back wall of the stage.

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Drummer Josh Greco told Austin 360 that the band covered the flag with a black sheet during the performance. Before leaving, the band taped a note to the flag, which they called an “open letter to humanity.”

“To Whom It May Concern,” the letter began. “Racism exists. Racists are human… Just like you. Their ignorance is inherited and their hatred is learned… Just like yours.”

“Transcend meaningless symbols and know that we all have the capacity to evolve,” the band added. “See yourself in someone else.”

Greco explained that the letter “seemed like the right thing to do.”

“Rather than deny and avoid the elephant in the room, we decided to take the opportunity to make the best out of the situation. We are out here every night because we believe in the power of music to bring people together,” he said.

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Greco pointed out that the band focused on a “message of oneness and empathy” and that the “letter was not out of character for us.”

The drummer added that the performance was probably the last time fans would see Uncle Lucius at Puckett’s Farm Equipment.

“We covered the 5’x8′ flag with a black sheet during our set and made sure the fans in attendance got their money’s worth,” he remarked. “We will most likely play Charlotte in the future, but it will be at a different venue.”

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Genocide expert breaks down how all of the ‘warning signs’ are present in Trump’s America

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Defense research scientist and genocide expert Brynn Tannehill laid out a terrifying warning on Thursday about President Donald Trump's administration.

As the United States Senate conducted an impeachment trial for the commander-in-chief, Tannehill posted an extended Twitter thread examining the situation in America from her perspective as a researcher studying the conditions that lead to genocide.

Here is what she wrote:

I study genocide. It's been a theme in my academic endeavours for nearly 30 years. More accurately, I study the conditions in the lead up to genocide, be they cultural, social, political, economic, etc... 1/n

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Year of Rat hails easy ride for Donald Trump — but bumps for Harry and Meghan

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As the world prepares to welcome the Year of the Rat, feng shui masters predict a lucky year for Donald Trump, but warn Harry and Meghan's futures are less certain as they make a bid for freedom.

Both the US President and the Sussexes have begun 2020 with a bang.

The former is facing down an impeachment trial -- and seeking re-election in November -- while the latter are beginning a new chapter in Canada after consciously uncoupling from the gilded but pressured career of being a working British royal.

But if experts in the field of Chinese horoscopes are to be believed, it is the US president that will have the easier journey this year.

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John Roberts caused a ‘crisis of democratic legitimacy’ — it’s ‘entirely fitting’ he has to preside over his mess: columnist

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Supreme Court Justice John Roberts was blasted in The Washington Post on Thursday for his culpability in creating the dynamics that resulted in President Donald Trump -- and his impeachment.

"There is justice in John Roberts being forced to preside silently over the impeachment trial of President Trump, hour after hour, day after tedious day," Dana Milbank wrote. "Roberts’s captivity is entirely fitting: He is forced to witness, with his own eyes, the mess he and his colleagues on the Supreme Court have made of the U.S. political system. As representatives of all three branches of government attend this unhappy family reunion, the living consequences of the Roberts Court’s decisions, and their corrosive effect on democracy, are plain to see."

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