MIAMI — Six Miami firefighters have been fired after someone hung a noose over a black colleague's family photo and drew lewd images on pictures of his wife, mother and kids. The terminations, handed down Wednesday, follow a police investigation into the Sept. 9 incident at a city fire station.
While at a playground at Rego Park in Queens, New York, with friends earlier this month, 15-year-old Leting Cai was confronted by two other teens, one of them saying "ch*** ch****," according to Cai.
Cai then challenged one of the teens to say it again. But the teen called for friends, and two more showed up. Now Cai was facing down five teens. When Cai turned to walk away, he was attacked, ABC7 reports.
"I feel like they really wanted me dead, I was pretty scared, I would say," said Cai.
Three of the five suspects, two 14-year-old boys and an 18-year-old girl, were arrested and charged with misdemeanor assault and harassment. Now, the NYPD hate crimes task force is investigating.
"My mother really made me realize this is not only about me. This is about the community," Cai said, "If nobody speaks up, if everybody does the same as I do usually, no change will happen.
Watch a report on the story below from ABC7:
Select members of the far right, including white nationalist Nicholas Fuentes and anti-Muslim activist Laura Loomer, have been kicked off Clubhouse, a new conversation application that has gained popularity during the coronavirus pandemic, where users can engage with each other in real time about a myriad of topics in different virtual "rooms."
On Saturday, Loomer signed up for the platform and quickly joined a room entitled: "App Store Hate Speech Double Standard: Parler vs. Clubhouse," moderated by right-wing communications flack Kris Ruby.
That particular room quickly descended into chaos, with Loomer going on an anti-Muslim tirade, which apparently violates the platform's policies. "As a Jewish woman, who was physically ejected from a moving Uber by a radical Muslim driver, on Rosh Hashanah, I value my safety, I'm pro-life, and you know I don't think I should have to be roadkill because Uber doesn't do background checks on their drivers," the onetime Florida congressional candidate said.
In November of 2017, Loomer was booted from both Uber and Lyft over posting anti-Muslim slurs aimed at drivers for both ride-sharing services. "Someone needs to create a non-Islamic form of Uber or Lyft because I never want to support another Islamic immigrant driver," Loomer tweeted at the time.
In the early hours of Sunday morning, Loomer was permanently suspended from Clubhouse over violating the platform's "violence policy." Responding to the apparent ban, Loomer wrote on Telegram: "I followed all of the rules and simply had a conversation about censorship. Less than 12 hours later, it's 7 am EST, and I'm banned from Clubhouse for what they are calling a violation of their 'violence policy.' Incredible."
"Clubhouse banned me based on accusations that I was violent even though I was only on the app for 5 hours ... Clubhouse needs to be investigated and shut down for aiding and abetting Islamic terrorists," Loomer added.
Loomer didn't return a Salon request for comment on the matter.
She isn't the first far-right figure to be booted from Clubhouse; in early March, white nationalist Nicholas Fuentes joined the app only to be permanently suspended within a few hours.
During his Clubhouse call, Fuentes, along with other members of his far-right "groyper army," mocked the killing of George Floyd and the disability of Republican Rep. Madison Cawthorn, who uses a wheelchair after being partially paralyzed in a car accident. "We can be a little racist; we can be a little sexist," Fuentes said on the call, apparently suggesting such attitudes are necessary to protect whiteness.
Clubhouse also enforced a temporary ban on right-wing hoaxer Jacob Wohl, who also faces a plethora of legal difficulties. Yet many right-wing trolls, including Capitol riot organizer Ali Alexander and far-right social media star Mike Cernovich, remain active on the application. Clubhouse did not return a Salon request for comment on this story.
As for what Clubhouse is and how it works, The New York Times offered this explanation:
A social networking app that lets people gather in audio chat rooms to discuss various topics, whether it's sports, wellness, art or why Bitcoin is headed to $87,000. Rooms are usually divided into two groups: those who are talking and those who are listening (participants can see a list of everyone who is in a conversation, and the numbers sometimes run into the thousands). Unlike Twitter, Clubhouse is a closed, hierarchical platform: A moderator oversees discussions and has the ability to let someone chime in or to kick out the unruly. In addition to the "clubs" sorted by topic, two or more users can join together and start their own chat room.
'Spineless tool' Marco Rubio faces furious backlash after urging end to federal unemployment supplements
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) was on the receiving end of furious pushback on Twitter after he tweeted out an article about himself pushing for the end of the $300 federal unemployment supplement, stating "common sense" indicates people won't flock back to their jobs if they can keep drawing on the temporary fix.
According to the Florida Republican, "If federal money on top of the basic unemployment benefit means you will make more than from an available job what does #commonsensewisdom tell you is the logical decision for people to make?' before adding, "And right now this is set to continue for another 3 months."
Critics of the senator were quick to point out that Florida's unemployment benefits are not enough to live on as they are and that the low wages paid to workers in the state are hardly better.
As one commenter put it, "Florida pays abysmally, which is why it is the low wage worker cesspool that it is. Instead of spewing pathological propaganda, why not encourage Florida businesses to pay living wages? Oh right, because you are a spineless tool. #RetireRubio"
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@marcorubio "53% of workers in the restaurant industry have considered leaving their job since the pandemic started… https://t.co/XqTySBuKlY— Kip the Turkey (@Kip the Turkey)1620996130.0
@marcorubio ...coming from a man who has only shown up for work 40% of the time since being elected...— Charley Sez... (@Charley Sez...)1620995695.0
@marcorubio Common sense tells me that business owners who rely heavily on the labor of employees to even have a bu… https://t.co/zucz9bx57v— elemsee ❷❽ (@elemsee ❷❽)1620997066.0
@marcorubio The max in FL is $275 per week plus $300 from Feds is $575 per week or $2300 before taxes. It's not alo… https://t.co/6e6H7SJ9Bk— ThatScaryGirl (@ThatScaryGirl)1620996914.0
@marcorubio “Republicans had no problem giving a $1.4 billion tax break to the Koch family worth $128 billion. But… https://t.co/AXQy5Iqv4I— John Zagata (@John Zagata)1620997192.0
@marcorubio Dude you represent FLORIDA. You know, the state with the lowest unemployment payout! Combined with the… https://t.co/HaGOPCZcGq— just another tweet (@just another tweet)1620995814.0
@marcorubio The basic unemployment benefits in your state is a little over $200. This is not the issue. The issue w… https://t.co/eShJXXULGD— Christopher Reed (@Christopher Reed)1620997134.0
@marcorubio Republican states are ending enhanced unemployment in an effort to force workers back to jobs. Meanwhi… https://t.co/2SLh2uBQDs— miss otis (@miss otis)1620997479.0
@marcorubio Such a compassionate "christian" https://t.co/Utynv0LrEc— Sandy Paws (@Sandy Paws)1620996595.0
@LouisIngenthron @marcorubio If they're not suffering, he's not happy. It's the Republican way.— Jessie Raymond (@Jessie Raymond)1620996702.0
@marcorubio Cut the crap Marco. You know wages are too low. No one who works full time should be homelessness or… https://t.co/0ZJ83jjH2N— 🗽latinasoccermom 🇵🇷🇺🇸📚 (@🗽latinasoccermom 🇵🇷🇺🇸📚)1620997283.0
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