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We White People Need to Own This

Martin Luther King has been dead for 50 years and Donald Trump is our president. Who is responsible?

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We will be deluged by Martin Luther King articles and columns today. Some will be excellent, like the one Rev. Jesse Jackson wrote. But most will be saccharine sweet and not say what needs to be said.


Fifty years after Martin Luther King was killed, our society is still white supremacist, and President Trump is evidence of massive societal failure.

I don't care who you voted for; we white people made it and continue to make it comfortable for bigots to be public bigots, for ignorant people to be public ignoramuses and for white "leaders" to shuck and jive their way around inequality, inequities and overt bigotry in the organizations they lead.

As a group, we white people are cowards. As a group, we refuse to bear honest witness to reality: Any white person in this country has an unbelievable and insurmountable head start over everybody not white (and Christian, heterosexual and without disability). Charles Barkley is right — the average white person's inability to accomplish things in this country is their own damn fault. Mexicans, Muslims, LGBT people, anti-assault rifle people, immigrants — none of that has anything to do with the failure of white people.

It's just the opposite — companies on our Top 50 list have better stock market records than companies not on our Top 50 list. States that have sanctuary cities have higher GDP per capita, higher education levels and longer lifespans than people in red states that are against sanctuary cities. This isn't static; the economic gap between red states and blue states has grown in the last 50 years.

White people elected Donald Trump — a draft dodger and a man who cheated on his first wife with his second wife, took the Fifth Amendment 97 times in a second divorce and had unprotected sex with a Playboy playmate and a porn star as his (third) wife was holding his infant son in her arms. A man who has been sued by more people than anyone else I know of — customers, contractors, lawyers, business partners, banks — thousands and thousands of people have sued him to get what was owed to them. A man so morally bankrupt that he advocates for the death penalty for drug dealers after his history of buying full-page newspaper ads advocating for the death penalty for the Central Park five, men who have since been proven innocent.

White people elected him because he speaks directly to ignorant people's id. "It's not your fault, it's the fault of everybody else but you."

Nah, it's your fault.

And the irony is that Martin Luther King did more for ALL Americans (who were and are mostly white) than he did for Black Americans.

But white Americans successfully subverted most of the civil rights initiatives of Dr. King's time, mostly (numerically) to the detriment of poor white people. Schools are more segregated than ever, impediments to voting are more sophisticated than ever, lifespan and infant mortality is segregated, law enforcement is a national disgrace. But look at the dramatically declining statistics for Trumpland; it's stark, dire and deadly. White people voted against their own self-interests because they were bamboozled by the Mercers, Murdochs and Kochs — and abetted by utterly amoral social media companies like Twitter and Facebook.

Martin Luther King was in Memphis to help striking sanitation workers achieve humane working conditions in a city that treated them worse than animals. For most Americans, including white Americans, racism has made lives more miserable, not less.

The Conversation (15)
06 Apr, 2018
Disambiguator April 5, 2018 I hear you Luke. As I said the Democrats are nobody's savior, but for the most part in my opinion, their intentions are good. I truly believe that one of the things that's stopping them from being truly effective, is their misplaced, and futile attempt to win the affections of the declining number of "deplorables", rather than vigorously pursuing the votes of their core constituencies. That said, and to be fair, I can see WHY they do it, because let's be honest, POC have got to do a better job of consistently turning out when there's no one named Obama on the ticket. This past election is a prime example. While HRC wasn't the most exciting candidate, just the consequences of a Trump presidency alone, should have been enough to motivate an 80%+ turnout across the board for POC, which obviously it didn't. If we want the DNC to stop "hedging their bets", we as POC have to show them that we're going to hold up our end of the bargain -assuming of course that THEY additionally uphold their end to prevent republicans from disenfranchising the Black/POC vote. However, if people like Terry ever get their way, the DNC will have even MORE reason to go fishing for "deplorables-lite" votes to make up for any decline/squandering of Black support. Disambiguator April 5, 2018 @Terry - "That was a whole lot of writing for no reason" Yes, I too thought your post was poorly formulated, but I wouldn't go so far as to suggest that there was "no reason" to it at all...That's kinda harsh, don't you think? However, be that as it may, I see you STILL avoided meaningfully answering my simple question, by responding with the meaningless platitude that Blacks "hold Democrats accountable", and an obvious and dishonest straw-man characterization of my position. My simple question to you is: How exactly as it pertains to voting,should Black voters "hold Democrats responsible"? There's only three options: 1. Vote for republicans, even though they not only haven't earned Black votes, but actually run on platforms which actively antagonize Black voters, and are antithetical to their interests.. 2. Vote for third-party candidates, which amounts to voting for republicans. 3. Don't vote at all. See, it's one thing to militantly spout off about how the Democratic party isn't achieving everything that Black people want, and how Black people should just withhold their votes until they do, but it's another to actually propose a meaningful solution that takes into account the real-world consequences of any voting "strategy" which results in more republicans being elected to office. See, it's actually easy to predict the potential outcomes of Black voters"punishing" the Democratic party: Just imagine the outcome of the 2017 Obamacare repeal vote in the Senate with just a handful less Democrats. Or imagine an "Honorable" Senator Roy Moore (you know,the pedophile and serial sexual offender), from the great state of Alabama, which would have surely resulted had Black folks sat out that Senate race. Actions have consequences. So, offering my apologies for another multi-sentence response, I ask one last time, WHO WOULD YOU HAVE BLACK PEOPLE GIVE THEIR VOTES TO??? If you are actually of a serious mind on this issue, this should be an easy question for you to answer. P.S. While I happen to agree with Sir Charles on this issue, let's just say that in my opinion, and generally speaking, he's one of the last people to be taken seriously on substantive issues. eaverdugo April 5, 2018 All too true. I sat listening to a discussion on an NPR affiliated station about police conduct in the Stephon Clark killing, and afterwards arguing with people on Discuss who were upholding ugly stereotypes about African Americans and making comments like "Just follow the law and you will be fine" as if no bad laws were ever written or any African American was beyond criminal suspicion. This is where our country is now and unfortunately has always been on some level.Trump's election has simply drawn these trolls out from under their bridges, and more importantly, in the minds of some who may have appeared moderate in the past, now feel they have been given permission to air any bigoted views they may have held. So vast is their lack of understanding another perspective or so deep their cognitive dissonance, that they can see no reason why African Americans should have any reason to complain and embroil every discussion into procedural details that entirely miss the point. That point being of course that we have never dealt with the legacy of slavery, Jim Crow,lynchings, white supremacy, confederate statues, police killings and the whole panoply of continuous violence that whites in this country have perpetrated against the black race. They have passed judgement on African Americans blaming them for the poor conditions of their schools, their predominance of numbers in the prison system and the predominance in the numbers of dead men at the hands of police. As long as this disconnect persists, race relations in this country will always be stained with injustice and violence. LukeVisconti April 5, 2018 I misunderstood your first post. On me. I agree that Democrats take Black people for granted (and that’s why Hillary lost). Terry April 5, 2018 Please ! Let me seat the record Straight ! “ IAM A DEMOCRAT “ ! I do believe that the Democrats Vote has been taken for granted ! That is my opinion ! Yes Democrats are Good ! And Yes Black People are not as welcomed in The Republican Party ! I Believe That what I should have said was ; The Democrats have done a Good job ! The Inner City Schools , Housing and The Employment Rate Reflects That ! So I Apologize for Offending You . I Hope that we have Continued Success in the Inner Cities . Terry April 5, 2018 Luke , with all due respect, I’m not trolling . I only repeated what Charles Barkley said and that was , “ Black People should stop just giving the Democrats their votes “ They should make them earn it ! He went on to say that , if you take a look around the inner city neighborhoods , they haven’t changed much with failing schools , unemployment and terrible housing . I actually am a Democrat and I agree with him . I’m not a Republican. If I was a Republican “ and I’m not “ . They too haven’t done much for rural America. I honestly don’t understand why they believed Trumps rhetoric . I also don’t believe that Hillary was an option for all the reasons you stated . I do believe that Barack Obama was moving the country in the right direction , especially for young African American men . I’m not a Charles Barkley fan but I do believe the things he said about Roy Moore and the people who voted for Trump was spot on . He asked “ why “ would you vote for a Pedophille , Racist , Rapist Fool ! He said he was ashamed of the people who voted for Trump and people like Roy Moore . I actually agree with him . I’m sorry that it offends you and others . grannybunny April 5, 2018 Yes, we White people need to own up to our role in allowing the ascendancy of someone like Donald Trump and all the horrible,attendant, consequences for our Country and World. I contributed to,spoke up for and voted for other candidates. But, did I do everything I could to ensure their election and/or to counter all the false propaganda that propelled the election Nation-wide? No, I cannot honestly say that I did. I will not make that mistake again. LukeVisconti April 5, 2018 I am no fan of the Democrats. Hillary was a spectacular and serial failure - privileged, pampered and unqualified. Pelosi and Schumer are long past relevance and will be responsible for losing yet another midterm. But Terry is probably a troll. Only if you take your news from FOX and infowars does he sound logical. He’s not. It’s part of a pattern. Cultivating the bigot vote is easy. It’s like waving a shiny bauble in front of a dog. Portray Black people as out of control animals and yell “law and order”. Been working for 300 years. The hopelessly bamboozled white people in Trumpland are now loading their high capacity magazines against the “caravan” transversing Mexico (seriously, some of the BS white people buy is really foolish -like Roseanne buying the infowars conspiracy theory that Democrats are running a child prostitution ring). Doesn’t mean the Democrats should be trusted either. Terry April 5, 2018 Disambiguator . That was a whole lot of writing for no reason . What I was saying was , Hold the Democrats accountable . You are untitled to your own intererptation . But as Charles Barkley said , and that’s who I was quoting because he’s right , they should be ashamed of the poor job that they’ve done or haven’t done when inner city schools ,unemployment, awful housing etc exists. But if you see something different in those areas . I have to respect it . Disambiguator April 5, 2018 @Terry - Sorry, but your comment doesn't make any sense. In fact, it sounds like the mindless sort of thing a republican would say. Are you ACTUALLY blaming all the ills plaguing the Black community on the MODERN Democratic party? Notice I said "MODERN", because certain ridiculous republicans try to NOW pretend that there has been no change in the parties, and the bigots and racists that used to be Democrats, didn't move to, and now comprise the modern republican party. Please tell me that that wasn't what you're trying to do (blame Democrats). Secondly, saying Black folks have received "nothing in return" from the Democratic party, is a bald-faced lie. It was the Democratic party that gave us the FIRST Black President. What has the GOP given us?Clarence f'kin Thomas, and clueless Ben Carson. It's the Democratic party that's actually standing between POC, and the GOP completely undoing all of the gains that have been made thus far, and exacerbating ALL of the ills you listed above, that you appear to be absurdly attributing to Democrats. Everywhere you see racist republican legislation being challenged, guess who it's being challenged by? That's right, Democrats. So if stopping republicans from disenfranchising the Black vote isn't "receiving something in return", I don't know what is. Thirdly, and most importantly. As far as voting, just what do you propose as the alternative for Blacks that doesn't result in their being worse off than they are now? I mean, the WHOLE point of voting is to elect people that represents your interests, right? So I'd like to know what you'd propose instead, because you see, whenever I see someone proposing that Black folks stop voting for Democrats, I never get an answer to that question, or they say something stupid like "stop voting period". Have the Democrats been saviors? Absolutely not! But anybody with two eyes can see which party is actually TRYING to help Blacks/POC,and which one is antagonistic and hostile towards their interests, if not Blacks/POC themselves. So if you're sincere, I'd like to know exactly WHO you'd have Black folks give their vote to...I'll wait. Disambiguator April 5, 2018 "White people elected him because he speaks directly to ignorant people's id. "It's not your fault, it's the fault of everybody else but you."" "But look at the dramatically declining statistics for Trumpland; it's stark, dire and deadly. White people voted against their own self-interests because they were bamboozled by the Mercers, Murdochs and Kochs — and abetted by utterly amoral social media companies like Twitter and Facebook." Your statements are amazing in how they factually gets to the core of this whole shameful disgrace which began when the first European was encountered by the indigenous people on these shores; continued up through the arrival of the first Africans in chains, and which persists(albeit to a lesser degree) today: A virulent, persistent evil that resides in the souls of many of Trump's supporters, which manifests itself as racism. That said, I can't help but feeling that you are perhaps too generous in assigning simple ignorance, willful lack of self-responsibility, and gullibility as the root causes. Really. What is it that makes so many people so overtly and unabashedly evil towards groups of people whose only offense is being of another race/ethnicity? Even having arrived here sick and starving after months at sea, and after being welcomed, fed, and sheltered by the indigenous peoples, upon regaining their fortitude, their first impulse was to commit atrocities upon their gracious hosts: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/eric-kasum/columbus-day-a-bad-idea_b_742708.html The level of hatred and vileness residing in these people matched only by that displayed by members of ISIS, Boko Haram, the Hutus of the Rwandan Genocide, and of course those responsible for Holocaust.This of course sounds like hyperbole, but when you think about how a sizable number of these people reflexively support whomever (be it cops or neighborhood watchers, etc.) is responsible for unjustifiably beating or murdering a person of color, you get a window into their souls. How hateful do you have to be to vote for people whose stated goal is to take away everything that makes your pathetic, paltry, miserable existence, even minimally bearable, solely because of the satisfaction of having deprived the people who don't look like you, of those same benefits? I mean, who actively roots for the failure of a movie (Black Panther), for no other reason than the fact that the majority of the cast are POC?Think about that for a moment. I and most POC could not even imagine rooting against Titanic, Avatar, Star Wars, or ANY of the Marvel movies because the cast was predominantly, if not exclusively white. Yet, on EVERY site discussing the movie, the comment section was overrun by those spewing bile and wishes for failure. It blows my mind just thinking about it. After all that's happened; the Civil War, Civil Rights, Voting Rights, ect.,what still remains is an electorate that minus an overwhelming turnout of voters of color, seems INCAPABLE of electing intelligent, reasonable,fair-minded, compassionate leaders interested in the well-being of ALL people- Including those of color. It's only because of amazing Civil Rights organizations, agitators, and allies like you Luke, that I have any hope at all. Keep telling it like it is, and keep fighting the good fight! (Tony) Terry April 5, 2018 Charles Barkley also hit upon something so very important and critical to the Black population , “ Stop Giving The Democrats Your Vote “ If you receive nothing in return ! The Democratic Party has Everything to be Ashamed about ! Awful housing , Terrible schools , Low or No employment , Pipeline to prison , Lengthy Prison sentencing , Voter rights , Prosecutorial misconduct that can even lead to the Death penalty , Contaminated water , Inferior food , Hunger, Addiction, High pharmaceutical medication, Crime against one another and Last but not least Police Brutality and Killings. Terry April 4, 2018 For Luke and Thrasher63 . Truer words have never been spoken. Thank you both. Thrasher63 April 4, 2018 Luke once again you express such courage and integrity that continues to confront thre hypocrisy of White America like very few in America I never celebrate terms like ‘War Heroes ‘ nor dead Black Icons executed in America . There is nothing to lament today it is not the birth of MLK but his murder In America our civil rights community must mature and evolve pass this ritual of the deaths of our American Icons We cannot stay stuck on these rituals anymore
Emilio Verdugo06 Apr, 2018
All too true. I sat listening to a discussion on an NPR affiliated station about police conduct in the Stephon Clark killing, and afterwards arguing with people on Discuss who were upholding ugly stereotypes about African Americans and making comments like "Just follow the law and you will be fine" as if no bad laws were ever written or any African American was beyond criminal suspicion. This is where our country is now and unfortunately has always been on some level. Trump's election has simply drawn these trolls out from under their bridges, and more importantly, in the minds of some who may have appeared moderate in the past, now feel they have been given permission to air any bigoted views they may have held. So vast is their lack of understanding another perspective or so deep their cognitive dissonance, that they can see no reason why African Americans should have any reason to complain and embroil every discussion into procedural details that entirely miss the point. That point being of course that we have never dealt with the legacy of slavery, Jim Crow, lynchings, white supremacy, confederate statues, police killings and the whole panoply of continuous violence that whites in this country have perpetrated against the black race. They have passed judgement on African Americans blaming them for the poor conditions of their schools, their predominance of numbers in the prison system and the predominance in the numbers of dead men at the hands of police. As long as this disconnect persists, race relations in this country will always be stained with injustice and violence.
05 Apr, 2018
Please ! Let me seat the record Straight ! “ IAM A DEMOCRAT “ ! I do believe that the Democrats Vote has been taken for granted ! That is my opinion ! Yes Democrats are Good ! And Yes Black People are not as welcomed in The Republican Party ! I Believe That what I should have said was ; The Democrats have done a Good job ! The Inner City Schools , Housing and The Employment Rate Reflects That ! So I Apologize for Offending You . I Hope that we have Continued Success in the Inner Cities .
05 Apr, 2018
Luke , with all due respect, I’m not trolling . I only repeated what Charles Barkley said and that was , “ Black People should stop just giving the Democrats their votes “ They should make them earn it ! He went on to say that , if you take a look around the inner city neighborhoods , they haven’t changed much with failing schools , unemployment and terrible housing . I actually am a Democrat and I agree with him . I’m not a Republican. If I was a Republican “ and I’m not “ . They too haven’t done much for rural America. I honestly don’t understand why they believed Trumps rhetoric . I also don’t believe that Hillary was an option for all the reasons you stated . I do believe that Barack Obama was moving the country in the right direction , especially for young African American men . I’m not a Charles Barkley fan but I do believe the things he said about Roy Moore and the people who voted for Trump was spot on . He asked “ why “ would you vote for a Pedophille , Racist , Rapist Fool ! He said he was ashamed of the people who voted for Trump and people like Roy Moore . I actually agree with him . I’m sorry that it offends you and others .
grannybunny05 Apr, 2018
Yes, we White people need to own up to our role in allowing the ascendancy of someone like Donald Trump and all the horrible, attendant, consequences for our Country and World. I contributed to, spoke up for and voted for other candidates. But, did I do everything I could to ensure their election and/or to counter all the false propaganda that propelled the election Nation-wide? No, I cannot honestly say that I did. I will not make that mistake again.
05 Apr, 2018
Disambiguator . That was a whole lot of writing for no reason . What I was saying was , Hold the Democrats accountable . You are untitled to your own intererptation . But as Charles Barkley said , and that’s who I was quoting because he’s right , they should be ashamed of the poor job that they’ve done or haven’t done when inner city schools , unemployment, awful housing etc exists. But if you see something different in those areas . I have to respect it .
04 Apr, 2018
"White people elected him because he speaks directly to ignorant people's id. "It's not your fault, it's the fault of everybody else but you."" "But look at the dramatically declining statistics for Trumpland; it's stark, dire and deadly. White people voted against their own self-interests because they were bamboozled by the Mercers, Murdochs and Kochs — and abetted by utterly amoral social media companies like Twitter and Facebook." Your statements are amazing in how they factually gets to the core of this whole shameful disgrace which began when the first European was encountered by the indigenous people on these shores; continued up through the arrival of the first Africans in chains, and which persists (albeit to a lesser degree) today: A virulent, persistent evil that resides in the souls of many of Trump's supporters, which manifests itself as racism. That said, I can't help but feeling that you are perhaps too generous in assigning simple ignorance, willful lack of self-responsibility, and gullibility as the root causes. Really. What is it that makes so many people so overtly and unabashedly evil towards groups of people whose only offense is being of another race/ethnicity? Even having arrived here sick and starving after months at sea, and after being welcomed, fed, and sheltered by the indigenous peoples, upon regaining their fortitude, their first impulse was to commit atrocities upon their gracious hosts: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/eric-kasum/columbus-day-a-bad-idea_b_742708.html The level of hatred and vileness residing in these people matched only by that displayed by members of ISIS, Boko Haram, the Hutus of the Rwandan Genocide, and of course those responsible for Holocaust. This of course sounds like hyperbole, but when you think about how a sizable number of these people reflexively support whomever (be it cops or neighborhood watchers, etc.) is responsible for unjustifiably beating or murdering a person of color, you get a window into their souls. How hateful do you have to be to vote for people whose stated goal is to take away everything that makes your pathetic, paltry, miserable existence, even minimally bearable, solely because of the satisfaction of having deprived the people who don't look like you, of those same benefits? I mean, who actively roots for the failure of a movie (Black Panther), for no other reason than the fact that the majority of the cast are POC? Think about that for a moment. I and most POC could not even imagine rooting against Titanic, Avatar, Star Wars, or ANY of the Marvel movies because the cast was predominantly, if not exclusively white. Yet, on EVERY site discussing the movie, the comment section was overrun by those spewing bile and wishes for failure. It blows my mind just thinking about it. After all that's happened; the Civil War, Civil Rights, Voting Rights, ect., what still remains is an electorate that minus an overwhelming turnout of voters of color, seems INCAPABLE of electing intelligent, reasonable, fair-minded, compassionate leaders interested in the well-being of ALL people- Including those of color. It's only because of amazing Civil Rights organizations, agitators, and allies like you Luke, that I have any hope at all. Keep telling it like it is, and keep fighting the good fight! (Tony)
04 Apr, 2018
Charles Barkley also hit upon something so very important and critical to the Black population , “ Stop Giving The Democrats Your Vote “ If you receive nothing in return ! The Democratic Party has Everything to be Ashamed about ! Awful housing , Terrible schools , Low or No employment , Pipeline to prison , Lengthy Prison sentencing , Voter rights , Prosecutorial misconduct that can even lead to the Death penalty , Contaminated water , Inferior food , Hunger, Addiction, High pharmaceutical medication, Crime against one another and Last but not least Police Brutality and Killings .
04 Apr, 2018
For Liuke and Thrasher63 . Truer words have never been spoken. Thank you both.
Greg Thrasher04 Apr, 2018
Luke once again you express such courage and integrity that continues to confront thre hypocrisy of White America like very few in America I never celebrate terms like ‘War Heroes ‘ nor dead Black Icons executed in America . There is nothing to lament today it is not the birth of MLK but his murder In America our civil rights community must mature and evolve pass this ritual of the deaths of our American Icons We cannot stay stuck on these rituals anymore BLM

Students Wearing MAGA Hats Disrespect Native American Elder: Video

"I heard them saying, 'Build that wall,'" said Nathan Phillips, who is a Vietnam veteran.

Screen shot of Instagram video by Kaya Taitano

Students wearing "Make America Great Again" hats, who attend Covington Catholic High School in Park Hills, K.Y., were in Washington, D.C. on Friday for the anti-abortion March for Life rally. When they encountered Nathan Phillips, an elder with the Omaha tribe and a veteran, at the Lincoln Memorial, they mocked him.

The incident occurred as the Indigenous Peoples March was ending. Videos showing their despicable behavior went viral on social media on Saturday.

What is particularly disturbing to watch is one of the students, standing less than a foot away, trying to intimidate Phillips by staring him down with a mocking smirk on his face. Phillips was in the midst of drumming and singing a song of unity:

Kaya Taitano, who shot the video, told CNN that MAGA hat-wearing-students and four Black teens, who'd been preaching about the Bible nearby, started yelling and calling each other names. That's why Phillips started drumming and singing a song to encourage unity trying to quell the argument.

President Trump, whom the students apparently idolize, posted a tweet last week to mock Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), who plans to run for president in the 2020 election.

Trump made fun of the 1890 Wounded Knee massacre in response to a video Warren posted on Instagram.

Phillips, a Vietnam veteran who said he served between 1972 and 1976, is in tears as he explains in a video how the incident on Friday made him feel:

"I heard them saying, 'Build that wall, build that wall.' This in indigenous land. You know, we're not supposed to have walls here. We never did …"

He continued, "Before anybody else came here, we never had walls. We never had a prison. We always took care of our elders. We took care of our children. We always provided for them. We taught them right from wrong."

He said he wishes the young men who taunted him would use "that energy to make this country really great."

Robert "Bob" Rowe is the principal of Covington Catholic High School (email: browe@covcath.org).

An investigation is now taking place, and the MAGA teens could be expelled. The Diocese of Covington and the high school issued the following statement on Saturday:

"We condemn the actions of the Covington Catholic High School students towards Nathan Phillips specifically, and Native Americans in general, Jan. 18, after the March for Life, in Washington, D.C. We extend our deepest apologies to Mr. Phillips. This behavior is opposed to the Church's teachings on the dignity and respect of the human person.

"The matter is being investigated and we will take appropriate action, up to and including expulsion.

"We know this incident also has tainted the entire witness of the March for Life and express our most sincere apologies to all those who attended the March and all those who support the pro-life movement."

More than 10,000 people have signed a petition on Change.org demanding changes at the high school.

Many are saying on social media that the actions of the Covington Catholic High School students mimics how whites tried to intimidate Blacks during the civil rights movement:

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David Steven Bell, 51, is home with his family after punching an 11-year-old Black child in the face this past weekend in an Asheville mall. He was arrested, charged with three counts of assault and released in about a 24-hour period. His court date is Feb. 5.

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Tuesday was Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday and next Monday is our national celebration of the civil rights icon.

But school field trips, celebrations, families' visits to teach children about civil rights and the values of all people being created equally are being canceled due to President Trump's government shutdown.

Thousands of people who flock to Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, where Martin Luther King Jr. was pastor, and to his home, as well as the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in D.C., will be disappointed. They are all closed.

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