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SC Republicans try to sneak Confederate propaganda into classrooms with memorial to black Civil War vets

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Two South Carolina Republicans want to honor black Confederate veterans with a memorial — but there’s a catch.

State Rep. Bill Chumley (R-Woodruff) and state Rep. Mike Burns (R-Taylors) have pre-filed a bill that would establish a commission to design an African-American Confederate veterans monument, reported the Spartanburg Herald-Journal.

The commission established under the bill would also be staffed and tasked with promoting historical awareness in public school classrooms.

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The lawmakers insist the bill is not aimed at restoring the Confederate flag back to the State House grounds, where it was removed after a white supremacist gunned down nine black worshipers at a historically black Charleston church.

“I think (the African-American monument) will be a real plus for South Carolina,” Chumley told the newspaper. “That period of history needs to be taught.”

The pre-filed bill argues that black Confederate veterans were still drawing pensions as recently as the 1920s, and the lawmakers say their contributions to the Civil War should be recognized.

“We came to the realization there was a lot we didn’t know about the war and their sacrifices,” Chumley said. “These people were heroes and forgotten heroes.”

The bill points out that black soldiers who fought for the Union were recognized in schools, their Confederate counterparts were not.

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However, College of Charleston history professor Adam Domby said the pensions referred to in the bill were actually paid out to enslaved workers who toiled in Confederate camps, and not soldiers fighting in defense of slavery.


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BUSTED: Trump said no one saw pandemic coming — but his own officials admitted it kept them up at night

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President Donald Trump has tried to claim that the coronavirus pandemic came out of nowhere and that his administration couldn't have possibly been better prepared for it.

However, CNN reports that past statements from his own administration's officials show that the threat of a pandemic hammering the United States was long seen as a danger that the country was not equipped to handle.

"Of course, the thing that people ask: 'What keeps you most up at night in the biodefense world?' Pandemic flu, of course," said Trump HHS Secretary Alex Azar nearly one year ago.

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Arkansas church vows to continue services: ‘Jesus died with COVID-19 so that you didn’t have to bear it’

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An Arkansas church intends to hold church services despite recommendations from state officials to limit gatherings as part of the fight against the coronavirus.

Awaken Church, in Jonesboro, vowed in a Facebook post to continue holding services in defiance of a Health Department directive banning gatherings of 10 or more, and after churches in other parts of the country were the source of community outbreaks, reported Newsweek.

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Trump’s path to re-election ‘smashed to splinters’ as his only achievement is swallowed up by the pandemic: report

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In a piece for Politico, Ben White writes that Donald Trump was going into November's election with only one achievement under his belt -- a healthy economy -- and now he has nothing left to run if he wants to be re-elected.

With all of the gains made in the stock market long gone due to the coronavirus pandemic and the collapse of oil prices, White claims that the president's campaign strategy lies in tatters.

"The fundamental pillars of Donald Trump’s presidency — a hot economy, strong job growth and a rocking stock market — are all being smashed to splinters by the ravaging coronavirus, which has shuttered much of the nation and now officially ended a streak of 113 months of job gains dating back to the end of the Great Recession a decade ago," he wrote before noting the explosion of unemployment claims -- over ten million so far -- that has the country reeling.

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