PHILADELPHIA — A week after thousands of Philadelphians flooded the streets in June in a massive protest over George Floyd’s death, Adriana Adelé led a free outdoor yoga class at Logan Circle for the city’s Black community. Dozens showed up for the session, which was part of Spirits Up!, a six-day wellness series that focused on healing for protesters and people who had experienced racial traumas.“During my class, on one side you could see the Art Museum, and on the other side you could see City Hall,” said Adelé, an instructor at Three Queens Yoga in Queen Village and Maha Yoga in Center City...
Moms for Liberty, a right-wing group that is organizing against the teaching of critical race theory in schools, is now leveling objections to the teaching of the entire civil rights movement.
As flagged by Judd Legum on Twitter, Moms for Liberty filed a complaint with the Tennessee Department of Education asking it to remove several books from the elementary school curriculum, including Frances Ruffin's book "Martin Luther King Jr. and the March on Washington" and "Ruby Bridges Goes to School: My True Story" by Ruby Bridges.
In the filing, the group objected to the Ruffin book for showing "photographs of white firemen blasting Black children to the point of 'bruising their bodies and ripping off their clothes'" and of showing segregated drinking fountains.
These photographs, according to Moms for Liberty, imposed extreme emotional hardships on students despite being historically accurate.
"Some children are seeing counselors to overcome the emotional trauma inflicted upon them by what they learned in Tennessee public education," the group claims. "Targeting elementary age children with daily lessons on fighting past injusticies as if they were occurring in present day violates Tennessee law and will sow the seeds of racial strife."
The Tennessean reports that the Department of Education rejected the group's complaint on the basis that the books were used to teach lessons during the previous school year and not the current year.
"The department is only authorized to investigate allegations that have occurred during the 2021‐ 2022 school year and subsequent school years," the Tennessean explains.
Even though the DOE rejected this particular complaint, it's likely that the group will file it again if these books are used to teach students in the current school year.
Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) revealed on Monday that she had contacted Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) after insulting her in a racist rant.
In an Instagram video, Boebert explained what happened when she called Omar to apologize for suggesting that the Muslim lawmaker could have been a terrorist when she saw her in a Capitol elevator.
"I wanted to let her know directly that I had reflected on my previous remarks," Boebert said in the video. "As a strong Christian woman who values faith deeply, I never want anything I saw to offend someone's religion. So I told her that."
Boebert noted that she had apologized on Twitter "to anyone in the Muslim community I offended."
"She said that she still wanted a public apology because what I had done wasn't good enough!" the lawmaker complained. "So I reiterated to her what I had just said. She kept asking for a public apology so I told Ilhan Omar that she should make a public apology to the American people for her anti-American, anti-Semitic, anti-police rhetoric."
Boebert added: "And then Rep. Omar hung up on me, rejecting an apology and hanging up on someone is part of cancel culture 101 and a pillar of the Democrat [sic] Party."
The Colorado Republican went on to say she would never sympathize with a terrorist.
"Unfortunately, Ilhan can't say the same thing," she opined. "And our country is worse off for it."
In a statement, Omar said that she ended the call because it became "unproductive."
"I believe in engaging with those we disagree with respectfully, but not when that disagreement is rooted in outright bigotry and hate," Omar remarked.
Watch the videoo below.
'Put it in full context': Jen Psaki shoots down Fox News reporter Peter Doocy after his false attack on Biden
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki kicked the week off with a Monday briefing and wasted no time correcting Fox News’ Peter Doocy, who had used a wholly out-of-context question to falsely attack President Joe Biden.
“Before Joe Biden was president he said the COVID travel restrictions on foreign countries were ‘hysterical,’ ‘xenophobia’ and ‘fear mongering.’ So what changed?” Doocy demanded.
“Well, I would say first to put in full context, Peter, what the President was critical of was the way that the former President put out, I believe, a xenophobic tweet, and had and how he, what he called the coronavirus, and who he directed it at. The President has not been critical of travel restrictions. We have put those in place ourselves. We put them in place ourselves in the spring, but no he does not believe – he believes we should follow the advice of health and medical experts. That’s exactly what he did, and putting in place these restrictions over the weekend.”
In fact, as Politifact noted in March of 2020, “Biden has not directly said that the restrictions were xenophobic.”
“Around the time the Trump administration announced the travel restriction, Biden said that Trump had a ‘record of hysteria, xenophobia, and fear-mongering,'” Politifact added. He did not call travel restrictions “hysterical,” “xenophobia,” or “fear mongering.”
Here’s that Biden tweet from Feb. 2020:
We are in the midst of a crisis with the coronavirus. We need to lead the way with science \u2014 not Donald Trump\u2019s record of hysteria, xenophobia, and fear-mongering. He is the worst possible person to lead our country through a global health emergency.— Joe Biden (@Joe Biden) 1580594460
Politifact added that “Biden used the phrase ‘xenophobic’ in reply to a Trump tweet about limiting entry to travelers from China and in which Trump described the coronavirus as the ‘Chinese virus.'”
WH Press Sec. Psaki responds to Fox News\u2019 Peter Doocy\u2019s bad-faith question about travel restrictions:\n\n\u201cWhat the president was critical of was the way that the former president put out, I believe, a xenophobic tweet, and what he called the coronavirus and who he directed it at.\u201dpic.twitter.com/O86c8GuaEg— The Recount (@The Recount) 1638210892