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SPLC warns of massive uptick in hate crimes against the Jewish community since 2016 election

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In an MSNBC discussion, Southern Poverty Law Center Intelligence Projects Director Heidi Beirich explained that hate crimes have seen a dramatic increase since the 2016 election.

“President Trump has used divisiveness as a tool since the day he announced his run for office in 2015,” she told host Ayman Mohyeldin. “What we have seen is a rise in hate crimes including against the Jewish community. But also against others, Muslims and immigrants and so on that reflect in many ways the tone of the national discourse on these issues.”

In the Jewish community in particular, however, “has been hit very hard” by the rise of anti-Semitism in the United States, the Anti-Defamation League said.

Beirich attributed the rise to two main factors: President Donald Trump making “lots of divisive statements” and the ability for hate to flourish online. People can become more radicalized online after connecting with others like them.

“You used to not be able to get access to this stuff in the mass way the modern web has allowed, and GAB, in particular, is just a cesspool of white supremacy and anti-Semitism,” she said.

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Black Georgia lawmaker accuses white man of demanding she ‘go back where she came from’ in supermarket diatribe

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On Friday evening, Erica Thomas, and African-American Democratic lawmaker in the Georgia House of Representatives, was shopping at a Publix supermarket in Mableton when a white customer came up to her and shouted at her, telling her to "go back where you came from" — words echoing President Donald Trump's recent racist attacks on four Democratic congresswomen of color.

Thomas' crime? She had too many items for the express checkout line.

Today I was verbally assaulted in the grocery store by a white man who told me I was a lazy SOB and to go back to where I came from bc I had to many items in the express lane. My husband wasn’t there to defend me because he is on Active Duty serving the country I came from USA!

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Trump offers to guarantee bail for rapper A$AP Rocky

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US President Donald Trump offered Saturday to guarantee the bail of rapper ASAP Rocky, detained in Sweden on suspicion of assault following a street brawl.

Trump tweeted that he had spoken with Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, who he said gave assurances that the singer would be treated fairly.

"Likewise, I assured him that A$AP was not a flight risk and offered to personally vouch for his bail, or an alternative," Trump wrote.

There is no system of bail in Sweden.

Trump said he and Lofven had agreed to speak again over the next 48 hours.

Fans, fellow artists and US Congress members have campaigned for the 30-year-old artist, whose real name is Rakim Mayers, to be freed since his arrest on July 3 following the fight on June 30.

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The best Civil War movie ever made finally gets its due

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On Sunday and on July 24, Turner Classic Movies and Fathom Events are presenting big-screen showings in theaters nationwide of “Glory,” in honor of the 30-year anniversary of its release. The greatest movie ever made about the American Civil War, “Glory” was the first and, with the exception of Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln,” the only film that eschewed romanticism to reveal what the war was really about.

The story is told through the eyes of one of the first regiments of African American soldiers. Almost from the time the first shots were fired at Fort Sumter, S.C., the issue of black soldiers in the Union army was hotly debated. On Jan. 1, 1863, as the country faced the third year of the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, rapidly accelerating the process of putting black men into federal blue.

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