During a panel discussion about Colin Kaepernick’s participation in a protest on Alcatraz Island commemorating the 19-month occupation of the prison by Native American activists from 1969-1971, a Fox News host seemed a bit confused.
Host Trish Regan seemed to think that the event was a new protest of Thanksgiving rather than an event that has gone on each year for 42 years.
“For goodness sake! We’re not supposed to celebrate Thanksgiving anymore?” she exclaimed. “First it starts with kneeling during the Anthem, now you can’t have Thanksgiving. You’ve got to celebrate an ‘Unthanksgiving’ instead?”
While the event was called “Unthanksgiving Day,” it is reminiscent of a protest 45 years ago, in which 89 Native American activists and leaders occupied the island demanding that it be turned into a cultural center and school. In 1968 The United Council of the Bay Area Indian community began efforts through channels to have the island redesigned. Instead, activists went another route. “Five Sioux even landed on Alcatraz in March 1964 and tried to seize it under an 1868 treaty that allowed Indians to appropriate surplus federal land,” The History Channel wrote.
Long before the first Thanksgiving in 1621, Europeans landed in what became the San Francisco Bay Area in 1542. However, 10,000 to 20,000 years earlier, Indigenous people made their way to the area. According to the National Park’s Service, “over 10,000 indigenous people, later to be called the Ohlone (a Miwok Indian word meaning “western people”), lived in the coastal area between Point Sur and the San Francisco Bay.”
The settlers and eventually the American government took over the island and built the prison. They ultimately began sending members of the Moqui Hopi to the prison in 1895.
Kaepernick’s message was a unifying one, telling protesters that he stands with them as he fights for equality for all people.
Watch the confused Fox News host below:
Nikki Haley busted by Civil War historian after claiming the Confederate flag was once a symbol of ‘heritage’
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During an interview with talk show host Glenn Beck, Haley described how she reacted after white supremacist Dylann Roof murdered nine people at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.
"Here is this guy who comes out with this manifesto, holding the Confederate flag," she said, referring to Roof. "And [he] had just hijacked everything that people thought of. We don't have hateful people in South Carolina -- there's always the small minority, that's always going to be there -- but people saw it as service and sacrifice and heritage, but once he did that, there was no way to overcome it."
Ex-Infowars staffer exposes the twisted world of Alex Jones in a new tell-all article
Some people listen to far-right conspiracy theorist/radio host and Infowars founder Alex Jones purely for the entertainment value; many of Jones’ hardcore followers, however, take him quite seriously. Former employee Josh Owens used to be one of them. But in a tell-all article for the New York Times, the Texas-based writer explains why he changed his mind and quit what he once considered a dream job.
Owens recalls that he first went to work for Jones in 2012. The writer explains, “Jones — wanting to expand his website, Infowars, into a full-blown guerrilla news operation and hoping to scout new hires from his growing fan base — held an online contest. At 23, I was vulnerable, angry and searching for direction. So, I decided to give it a shot. Out of what Infowars said were hundreds of submissions, my video — a half-witted, conspiratorial glance at the creation and function of the Federal Reserve — made it to the final round.”
Conservative stunned Trump is allowing Giuliani to create more evidence against him
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As Rubin puts it under a headline, "Trump creates evidence faster than the House can draft impeachment articles." Rubin first notes that the President has been conducting government business on unsecured lines, writing, "President Trump in the 2016 race made one argument against Hillary Clinton more than any other: Her sloppy handling of emails using a private server disqualified her from holding office. Someone that negligent with U.S. security could not be trusted."