During a city hall meeting debate on whether Confederate Gen. Joseph Johnston’s name should remain in a local park in Georgia, a white woman said slavery wasn’t that bad.
Mary Stevens referenced census data that shows an increased in blacks in the south. “And you see … every decade, there is an increase in free blacks in the South as opposed to in the North,” she said. “So had slavery been so bad for the freed slaves, they would have left the South.”
She said every race throughout history was subjected to slavery. “Every race throughout history has either had slaves or been slaves at one time or another,” she said.
She even claimed the Civil War was not about slavery.
“The war was not about slavery,” said Stevens. “Read Lincoln’s inaugural address that said he was fighting to keep the Union, not slavery. Georgia was named after King George II, who approved of slavery. Should we change the name of our state? America was named after Amerigo Vespucci, who took slaves on his voyages.”
Commissioner Lisa Cupid, spoke up afterward to fact-check Stevens’ claims and called them offensive.
“I was deeply offended by some of the statements that were made this morning by the previous speaker,” Cupid said. “I am not here to refute the fact that there may have been slaves other than persons who were African American, but there is numerous documentation and historical evidence that [the] chattel slavery that blacks were subject to in America was not comparable to that of any other race.”
Supreme Court timeline on Trump’s taxes gives time for Manhattan prosecutors to file charges: Former US Attorney
Former U.S. Attorney Mimi Rocah tweeted a recent report that the U.S. Supreme Court would be taking up President Donald Trump's case to keep his taxes away from investigators.
That case between Trump and Congress invokes a 1924 law that says the Ways and Means Committee has the authority to seek tax returns. Rocah mocked the president for being "so shady, so corrupt, so unlawful, that you’re willing to fight the release of your tax returns all the way to the Supreme Court."
Trump has spent 50 years trying to live up to his father — now his presidency will forever be stained: MSNBC panelist
Rev. Al Sharpton said during his MSNBC show Sunday that the legacy of impeachment will forever be a stain on President Donald Trump's presidency. While a Democratic strategist pointed to Trump's history of always falling short.
"The fact is I've known Donald Trump for 35 years," Sharpton said during a panel discussion. "Marched on him after the Central Park Five. Had other times he would try to be a Democrat, would come to our National Action Network conventions. One of the things that is core to him is that he's always fought for legitimacy. He was never looked at as a peer by the legitimate business community in New York and around the country. Now for him to be impeached, even if he's not convicted and removed, it gives him the imprimatur from here out that he's illegitimate. There will always be the asterisk on his name that schoolchildren will read. Is this the reason we're seeing 170-some-odd tweets from Mr. Trump that he is feeling at the core that his legitimacy as a president will be permanently stained?"
Conservative pens scathing op-ed with sarcastic defense of Republicans’ humiliating hypocrisy
Conservative columnist Max Boot wasn't shocked when he saw Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) proclaim he had no intention of being an independent juror during President Donald Trump's impeachment trial. The Trump antagonist penned his Sunday column dripping with sarcasm.
His fellow conservative colleague, Jennifer Rubin, similarly said that no one expected anything better from Graham. Boot extended his disdain to the entire Republican Party.