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Right-wing ‘traditionalists’ use video of white people rioting to warn about a ‘black crime wave’

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After claims made by right-wing “traditionalists” warned that a “black crime wave” was taking the white residents of Edmonton, Canada by siege went viral, a black resident of the city debunked the claim.

“BLACK CRIME WAVE SWAMPS ‘WHITE FLIGHT’ CANADIAN CITY” read the headline on the Trad News blogspot page. The post’s writer claimed that “a one-sided race war appears to be under way in the Canadian city of Edmonton after it was announced that hundreds of charges had been laid against 34 members of a large group of Black youths responsible for hundreds of attacks on White people over the past year.”

As Edmonton resident Bashir Mohamed found, however, reports on the uptick in crime in the Alberta capital do not mention race. Further inspection of the Trad News page by Raw Story also revealed that videos used to support the racist claim appear to show the blurred-out faces of rioting white people.

“Fake news is spreading in Edmonton that there is a ‘Black Crime Wave’ targeting white people,” Mohamed tweeted on Thursday, accompanied with a screenshot of the Trad News post. “The article has been shared hundreds of times and has already elicited calls for lynchings and retribution.”

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The post “references an incident back in March where 32 young people were arrested for a series of crimes,” he continued. “The original press release by [the Edmonton Police Service] does not say race was a motivating factor. Nor does it list the race of the victims or those charged.”

Mohamed went on to note that one of the videos embedded in the post purports to show a young black person shoving and “kicking a white woman down a set of stairs,” though upon further inspection by Raw Story, the race of both the person being pushed down the stairs and the attacker is not clear.

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The second video, which is called a “youth series swarming incident,” claimed to show “a group of 30 Black youths” as they swarm “two male teens” at a train station, causing one person to be hospitalized and “two of the gang [sic] being charged with assault causing bodily harm.” The Trad News blog post admitted that “the race of the victims is unknown,” but that the gang is “clearly” comprised of black members.

Raw Story independently viewed the video and could not verify the races of the people being “swarmed” nor the people doing the “swarming,” but close inspection of the hands of the people in the video, concluded that the group Trad News characterized as a “gang” includes both black and white people.

Another still from the Edmonton Police video that contradicts’ “traditionalist” claims. Image via screengrab.

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Mohamed noted in his Twitter thread that the post, which references the “white genocide” myth, was shared widely on Facebook by groups with names like “Albertans Opposed to the [New Democratic Party] and Liberals” and “Nationalist Agenda.”

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In the comments, Mohamed wrote, people commented with references to lynching and other forms of violence against black people. One racist comment was posted by former Edmonton police detective Thomas Wilson.

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BUSTED: CNN’s panel of women defending Trump’s racism were literally the ‘Trumpettes’

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CNN aired a panel that featured “Republican women” defending President Trump’s racist tweets, but failed to mention that they were actually part of a pro-Trump group whose members the network had interviewed in the past.

This article originally appeared at Salon.

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Ben Carson is Donald Trump’s faulty human shield against accusations of racism

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Ben Carson is back in the news — after another long absence — because Donald Trump has once again been accused of racism.

This article originally appeared at Salon.

The secretary of Housing and Urban Development is the only African-American member of the president’s Cabinet, and is often trotted out to clean up after Trump makes a mess too obviously problematic for the media to ignore. While Trump has tried to spin his recent racist attacks on four progressive freshman congresswomen as a strategic maneuver meant to manipulate Democratic infighting to his advantage, Carson's re-emergence from his stupor should be a clear indication that the president’s team recognizes the damage that can be caused by his unforced errors.

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An illegal trend could be emerging after Trump let Kellyanne Conway off the hook for breaking federal law

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Federal workplaces are supposed to be free of politics, but a Trump administration appointee used a government forum Wednesday to express support for the president’s reelection.

At a conference on religious freedom hosted by the State Department, an official told the crowd of several hundred people that “hopefully he will be reelected,” referring to President Donald Trump.

It’s illegal for federal employees to engage in political activities while they are on the job.

“It’s a violation of the Hatch Act for a federal official, to say in her official capacity, to hope that the president will be reelected,” said Kathleen Clark, an expert on legal ethics at the Washington University in St. Louis.

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