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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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Virginia mayor faces calls to resign after claiming Joe Biden had picked Aunt Jemima for VP

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On Monday, WTOP reported that Barry Presgraves, the mayor of Luray, Virginia, faces calls to resign following his post on social media that "Joe Biden has just announced Aunt Jemima as his VP pick."

"Mayor Barry Presgraves has been in office since 2008, but earlier announced he would not seek reelection in 2020. A lifelong town resident, he had previously served on the town council," reported Neal Augenstein. "A screenshot, purportedly from Presgraves’ personal Facebook page, was shared with WTOP but was not online Monday."

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MSNBC’s ‘demotion’ of ‘feckless’ Chuck Todd celebrated: ‘Hurray! More Nicolle, less Chuck’

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MSNBC host Chuck Todd was moved to an earlier timeslot where his show, "Meet the Press Daily," will likely earn lower ratings. Meanwhile, Nicolle Wallace seems to have been promoted to a two-hour timeslot leading into primetime.

Wallace, who has extensive experience in Washington, previously served in George W. Bush's White House until abandoning the GOP as the era of Trump came to power.

Todd has made several missteps where he's been unwilling to press GOP leaders who lie openly and obviously on camera.

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George Conway blasts ‘blundering cheat’ Trump in new op-ed: ‘His name should live in infamy’

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Prominent conservative attorney George T. Conway III has written yet another Washington Post op-ed blasting President Donald Trump.

"If there’s one thing we know about President Trump, it’s that he lies and he cheats. Endlessly," Conway wrote. "And shamelessly. But still, mostly, incompetently."

"So it should have come as no surprise that Trump finally went where no U.S. president had ever gone before. In a tweet last week, he actually suggested that the country 'Delay the Election.' That trial balloon was a brazen effort to see if he can defraud his way into four more years in the White House," he explained. "And why not try? After all, Trump has managed to swindle his way through life, on matters large and small, essential and trivial."

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