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Racist Chicago Tribune column blames ‘Democratic welfare state’ for ‘feral black boys’ with guns

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In an astonishingly racist column in Thursday’s Chicago Tribune, reporter John Kass blamed the city’s staggering murder and shooting rates on the “Democratic welfare state,” which he claims created a generation of “nihilistic feral boys, brandishing their guns in cars, waving their death sticks in rap videos, young African-American men who believe they have no future, waiting to die.”

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It is a long-established right-wing trope that providing public assistance for the needy has broken up traditional families in black America and led to single women having broods of children out of wedlock while the fathers run wild and perpetuate “black-on-black crime.”

Kass’ column argues that the real scope of Chicago’s violence problem should not be measured in homicides — although the city passed the 500 murders mark for 2016 in early September — but rather by the number of shootings.

“And by shootings I don’t mean thugs shooting off guns in the air. I mean shootings where bullets pierce human skin, destroying flesh, bones, organs and lives,” wrote Kass. “On average, 12 people are shot in Chicago every day.”

As comedian Larry Wilmore pointed out in 2015, “thug” is the word conservatives use now that they’ve realized that “ni**er” is out-of-bounds.

Furthermore, he resists calling black men “men,” but continually refers to them as “boys.” This echoes a racist means of dishonoring and dehumanizing black men — calling them, no matter their age, “boy.”

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But Kass doesn’t even attempt to cloak his disdain for the black community and what he perceives as the damage done by our country instituting a social safety net half a century ago.

“The shooters, these feral young men, aren’t an accident,” wrote Kass, using the word “feral” a second time — a word generally reserved for stray dogs, cats and other animals. “They are the direct product of the Democratic welfare state that helped destroy families. The government became the father, the fathers became irrelevant or were driven off, and black families that had withstood decades of Jim Crow segregation began to collapse. And that was generations ago.”

Kass’ argument here is essentially that black people are lazy and Democrats and liberals want to give them “free stuff” — another favorite conservative trope. African-Americans, they say, have latched on to the welfare system an alternative to work.

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“Now, there aren’t enough jobs for unskilled labor,” he moans, as if black workers are incapable of any other kind.

“There aren’t enough cops,” he complains of a police department that has been revealed to be operating above and outside the law by maintaining a “black site” where suspects of color were routinely tortured and denied their human rights and which shot and killed an 18-year-old unarmed black man this summer.

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“Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson has asked for tougher laws to keep shooters behind bars,” Kass wrote, but then blames “Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and her allies in the Black Caucus” for “dragging their feet” on passing new, harsher laws which could potentially violate human and civil rights.


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Lara Trump’s lie about Biden family business deals demolished by conservative: ‘You could look it up’

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On Fox News Thursday, ahead of the final presidential debate, President Donald Trump's daughter-in-law Lara Trump repeatedly claimed that Joe Biden was allowing his family to use his name "while he was vice president" to secure profitable business deals.

Lara Trump just murdered irony pic.twitter.com/aBSQjLUp32

— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 22, 2020

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Trump supporters linked to Steve Bannon pushing ‘fantastical rumors’ to try to ‘pizzagate’ Joe Biden: report

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NBC News on Thursday published a blockbuster report on efforts to smear former Vice President Joe Biden.

"Some of the same people who pushed a false conspiracy theory about Hillary Clinton that first emerged in 2016 are now targeting Hunter Biden, Joe Biden's son, with similar falsehoods. Their online posts are garnering astronomical numbers of shares on social media," NBC News correspondents Ben Collins and Brandy Zadrozny reported Thursday.

"The fantastical rumors, which NBC News is declining to repeat verbatim, echo specific plot points central to 'pizzagate,' a viral disinformation campaign that predates QAnon but also falsely alleges a vast conspiracy of child abuse," NBC News explained. "There is an important difference, however. The pizzagate-style rumors in 2016 were largely confined to far-right message boards like 4chan and parts of Reddit. But the Hunter Biden iteration of the same conspiracy theory took off last weekend with the help of speculation from conservative TV hosts and members of Congress. Their theorizing can be traced back to a new website that has been promoted by President Donald Trump and his surrogates."

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Pennsylvania AG warns Trump campaign poll watchers to stop videotaping voters

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On Thursday, The Daily Beast reported that the attorney general of Pennsylvania is warning Trump campaign surrogates to stop videotaping voters dropping off mail-in ballots.

"In a statement, Josh Shapiro, the Democratic state attorney general, said, 'Pennsylvania law permits poll watchers to carry out very discrete and specific duties — videotaping voters at drop boxes is not one of them,'" reported Blake Montgomery.

"The campaign has filed complaints with Philadelphia officials based on the videos, alleging fraud on the part of several voters who submitted two or three ballots, according to The New York Times," continued the report. "The Trump campaign initially said the purpose of the videotaping was to catch voters who dropped off a large number of fraudulent ballots rather than one or two, according to the Times."

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