SACRAMENTO, Calif. – On a late-February morning, more than 100 high school students were joined by teachers and parents as they gathered in East Portal Park in East Sacramento. Some held signs and others chanted, "No justice, no peace," as they marched toward their destination. The last year has seen countless scenes like this play out in Sacramento and other cities as people marched by the thousands, demanding social justice and calling out racism. But on this morning, the focus of the demonstration was a new one: St. Francis High School, a prestigious all-girls private school. The February m...
On Saturday, FOX4KC reported that Olathe, Kansas school baseball coach Pete Flood has been suspended after allegedly using a racial slur on a Black team member.
"Tony Banks said his son was listening to rap music during pre-game batting practice when Flood approached him and told him to stop. That's when the racial slur was used," reported Makenzie Koch and Kaci Jones. "'My wife and I were very upset over it, and he wasn't upset. He was bothered and kind of shook by it,' Banks said. 'But we on the other hand said we need to get ahold of someone right now.' The Olathe North dad said his son is the only Black player on the team."
The report notes that the Flood used the N-word to describe the music Banks was listening to.
"We are appalled by the remarks made by the Olathe North head baseball coach and have thoroughly investigated the situation," said Olathe Public Schools in a statement. "The staff member has been placed on administrative leave and a recommendation for immediate termination has been submitted to the Board of Education. The comments made are absolutely unacceptable."
This news comes after another hate incident at the Olathe Northwest school, in which students jeered "Make America Straight Again" at LGBTQ students marching in the homecoming parade, pelted them with candy, and told them to kill themselves.
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Reacting to an interview Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) gave where he denied waving to the Jan 6th insurgents who stormed the U.S, Capitol on Jan 6th, the HuffPost did a fact check on the controversial senator who was contesting the 2020 presidential election results on that day.
On Tuesday, during an interview with the Washington Post, the Missouri Republican disputed accusations he raised a fist in support of the "Stop the Steal" rallygoers who swarmed the halls of Congress,
According to Hawley, "I don't know which of those protesters, if any of them, those demonstrators, participated in the criminal riot."
According to the HuffPost's Arthur Delaney and Ryan Reilly, Hawley's defense is "ridiculous."
"Photos and videos from that day show that many people on the east side of the Capitol were eager participants in the day's events. HuffPost, working with members of the Sedition Hunters community and the group Capitol Terrorists Exposers, endeavored to help Hawley resolve the question of whether he'd saluted rioters on Jan. 6. The conclusion? He did," they wrote.
"Most of the fighting and violence happened on the west side of the Capitol, but protesters on the east side, where Hawley raised his fist, also fought police. Roughly an hour after Hawley's appearance, at the same location, violent rioters pushed past the barricades and a massive crowd flooded toward the building's center steps, as seen in the video below. Few stayed behind," their report continued.
According to other the photos taken by the same photographer who caught Hawley's now-famous raised fist, he was like likely was saluting participants in the siege.
As the HuffPost notes, "The photo shows a man in a black hoodie yelling into a bullhorn and a woman in a red jacket resting her arms on the barricade. The picture was taken shortly before Hawley arrived on the plaza. All cool and legal. But here's the man in the hoodie in another photo, taken roughly an hour later, in roughly the same location, right after the crowd fought police to get past the barricades," before adding that a woman who also was in the crowd was later seen with "the mob on the steps."
The report goes on to note that Hawley earlier this week also said that people at the protest that turned into a riot were overwhelmingly peaceful by telling reporters, "All last summer we heard over and over it's important to distinguish between the peaceful protesters at the BLM protests and the rioters. I agreed with that then. I said that then. I think the same is true of those on January 6."
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On Saturday, the Associated Press reported on a crowd of 500 angry supporters of former President Donald Trump who showed up to a town selectman meeting in Windham, New Hampshire last week, demanding information on supposed voter fraud that happened in the district — even though they won the legislative races in this area.
"The crowd at the Monday meeting had been fired up by conservative media, which in recent weeks has seized on the town's election results for four seats in the state House as suspect," said the report. "The attention, fanned by a Donald Trump adviser who happens to be a Windham resident, has helped a routine recount spiral, ultimately engulfing the town in a false theory that the national election was stolen from Trump. It doesn't seem to matter that Republicans won all four state House seats in question."
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According to the report, the furor began after Democratic candidate Kristi St. Laurent requested a recount in a race decided by 24 votes — only for Republicans to receive 300 votes and Laurent to lose 99. "The discrepancy inspired the legislature to take up the matter. Lawmakers overwhelmingly passed a bill authorizing an audit of the town's ballot counting machines and hand tabulations. Republican Gov. Chris Sununu signed the bill and insisted that 'New Hampshire elections are safe, secure, and reliable.'" — but right-wing media raised an uproar over the previously uncounted GOP votes, suggesting with no basis they indicated widespread fraud across the state.
And this prompted Trump to weigh in, suggesting the fraud may have affected him — despite losing by 7 points. At a recent event, Trump claimed ballots were still being "found" in New Hampshire, and he released a statement praising the "great patriots of Windham" for rooting out "massive election fraud."
"Recounts are not unusual in New Hampshire, which elects 424 lawmakers every two years and allows candidates to request recounts if the difference in votes is less than 20% of the total ballots cast," noted the report. "There have been at least 15 recounts after each of the past four election cycles, with only a handful of outcomes changed."
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