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Mississippi Senate Candidate Says Black People Should Stop 'Begging for Federal Government Scraps'

Eddie S. Glaude Jr. questioned Chris McDaniel on how he would appeal to Blacks, and he gave a racist answer.

Mississippi Republican Senate candidate Chris McDaniel let his racism show in a live broadcast of MSNBC's "Morning Joe." McDaniel perpetuated the stereotype that Blacks depend most on the federal government.


He participated in a panel discussion at the University of Mississippi in Oxford on Friday for a segment of the show. Eddie S. Glaude Jr., chairman of the African-American Studies Department at Princeton University, was also a panelist and questioned the candidate's commitment to the Black community.

Glaude said McDaniel has supported the Confederate emblem on the state flag, has said hip-hop music contributes to gun violence, and has publicly praised Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

He asked McDaniel, about seven minutes into the segment, "How do you convince Black folks in this state that you're not a danger to them?"

McDaniel went on to say his viewpoints on hip-hop and violence originated from a "study from Berkeley," he said. "Berkeley is not exactly a conservative institution."

He said that the majority of Mississippians voted to keep the state flag, and flags "are subject to different interpretations."

Mississippi continues to have the Confederate battle flag as part of its flag.

Glaude again asked McDaniel what he would say to Black residents, which comprise 38 percent of the state, to get their support.

He responded: "I'm going to ask them, after 100 years of relying on big government to save you, where are you today?

"After 100 years of begging for federal government scraps, where are you today?"

The audience began to loudly boo in response to his remarks.

McDaniel then tried to clean up what he said.

"I mean the state of Mississippi," he commented. "I'm talking about the state of Mississippi. We've been dead last for 100 years. And what happens is, if we keep dependent on that economic model, we're always going to stay last."

Mississippi is one of the most racist states in the nation. And racism has been costly to the state — It has the lowest GDP per capita of any state in the country.

It's also the third most dependent state on federal dollars.

In regard to McDaniel's statement about Black people relying on the government, research has found that white people are the biggest beneficiaries of the government safety net. According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, white people made up the largest share — at 52 percent — of people lifted from poverty by safety-net programs, while Black people made up less than a quarter of that share.

McDaniel is running for Senate in the state's special election on Nov. 6 against appointed Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, former U.S. Rep. Mike Espy and military veteran Democrat Tobey Bartee.

The Conversation (4)
Michele18 Sep, 2018

very ill-informed; my dear!

Don18 Sep, 2018

Can you please stop blowing out of proportion what people say. This was a reach, even for you DiversityInc. Anybody who saw this segment knows he meant the state of Mississippi not just the black communities.

#fakenews

votetocount18 Sep, 2018
McDaniel's is a hardcore racist and no black should support him!

Using Undocumented Immigrants for ​Labor is the Norm at Trump's Golf Club

"We are tired of the abuse, the insults, the way he talks about us when he knows that we are here helping him make money," said a woman working at Trump National Golf Club.

As President Trump sends troops to the U.S.-Mexico border to "defend" (white) America against the caravans of Brown people and bar some from asylum in the U.S., the history of hiring undocumented workers at his properties in New Jersey and Florida continues to come to light.

Trump has a problem with undocumented immigrants seeking asylum, but not when they are hired to wash his clothes or make his bed.

Victorina Morales, an undocumented immigrant from Guatemala, reportedly crossed the border in 1999 and has worked at the at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J, since 2013, The New York Times reported Thursday.

According to a spokesperson for his business organization, she would be one of tens of thousands of people to be employed by Trump, and would be terminated if she was undocumented. Sandra Diaz, 46, from Costa Rica was another.

Both Morales and Diaz, during their stints, washed the Trump family's clothes in a special detergent, made beds and dusted.

"There are many people without papers," said Ms. Diaz, who said she witnessed several people being hired whom she knew to be undocumented.

Morales was initially pleased with her job because she was paid and tipped well, often times by Trump. But her sentiments changed when he ran for president.

"I'm tired of being humiliated and treated like a stupid person," she said in Spanish during a brief interview. "We're just immigrants who don't have papers."

During his campaign in 2016, when he referred to Mexicans as rapists and criminals, he promised to mandate E-Verify, a federal tool to verify employment eligibility, and requested $23 million in his 2019 budget proposal to expand the program for nationwide use. He also bragged when a new Trump hotel opened in Washington, "We didn't have one illegal immigrant on the job."

"The president has been half-serious about stopping illegal immigration by not taking away the jobs magnet," said Roy Beck, president of NumbersUSA, a group pushing to reduce immigration. Beck said Trump has "let us down in his promise to help American workers" because he hasn't "put his shoulder behind a mandatory E-Verify bill."

Trump signed a "Buy American, Hire American" executive order in 2017 restricting visas, but his Mar-a-Lago golf club also has a history of applying for H-2B visas for hundreds of immigrant workers. The H-2B visa is for "temporary non-agricultural workers."

Morales reports being driven to work by staff to hide the fact that she couldn't legally drive, and that after she presented fake papers for work, she was given another set of fake papers by the Trump Organization to keep her employed there.

Morales had a front row seat on the job to Trump meetings as she was cleaning his villa, even when potential cabinet members were interviewed and when he met with the White House chief of staff.

But that didn't come without experiencing verbal abuse from Trump's staff.

Her attorney Anibal Romero said in a statement Thursday that his clients were called racial epithets and threatened with deportation by a supervisor that ironically, "had employed them despite knowing their undocumented status and even provided them with forged documents."

"We are tired of the abuse, the insults, the way he talks about us when he knows that we are here helping him make money," she told the NY Times. "We sweat it out to attend to his every need and have to put up with his humiliation."

Reader Question: Do we need any more proof that he's a liar about everything?

Viral Video Sparks Debate on Racial Disparities in How Police Use Force

A video of a white man yelling at a white cop, without physical consequences, has more than 1 million views.

Botham Jean, Jemel Roberson and Emantic Bradford Jr. were all minding their own business, not mouthing off, and they were shot dead by police. Sandra Bland questioned an officer and wound up dead in a jail cell.

So when a video of an unidentified white man spewing expletives at an officer, throwing his license at the officer, and threatening to kill the officer, without any physical consequences, started circulating on Twitter, it went viral with more than 1 million views this week.

People of color on Twitter commented that had it been them in the video, they would've had bullets in the chest by the time the truck passed:

There are studies that well document how Blacks have been treated differently by police. In the case traffic stops, whites were 57 percent more likely to be spoken to with respectful language, whereas Black drivers were 61 percent more likely to experience an exchange that was the least respectful. Officers language with the least respect included calling people, "dude, bro, boss, man, brotha, sista or chief".

FBI data found that U.S. police kill Black people at disproportionate rates: Black people accounted for 31 percent of police killing victims in 2012, even though they made up just 13 percent of the U.S. population. And 62.7 percent of unarmed people killed by police are Black.

Yet racists, and some conservatives believe the treatment is deserved because Blacks did something wrong.

For example, in Orlando's International Airport in August, a white male Trump supporter tackled to the ground by police for being a disruptive passenger knew his privilege, when he said, "You're being rough with me. You're f***ing treating me like a Black person."

Reader Question: How does the video of the white man berating the white officer make you feel?

New Jersey Teacher Fired After Saying the N-Word and Having a Meltdown

Vincent Serpico told the students that he wouldn't get in trouble for the tirade "because nobody cares."

Vincent Serpico, a teacher who taught at Piscataway High School since 2009, heard music on a boom box in a boys' bathroom. He deemed the lyrics "offensive" and ended up going off on special education students citing the song by yelling the the N-word and profanities. He has been fired.

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Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.), the only Black Republican in the Senate, opposed President Trump's nomination of Thomas Farr to become a federal judge, on Thursday, ending his chances of confirmation. Trump's choice — an attorney who has supported voter suppression targeting Blacks — caused Scott to defy the leader of his party's wishes.

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Holocaust Scholar at Columbia Frightened by Swastikas Spray-Painted on Her Office

The anti-Semitism, on the rise since Trump was elected, continues.

Elizabeth Midlarsky, a Jewish professor who teaches and researches the Holocaust at Columbia Teachers College, experienced first-hand the resurgence of anti-Semitic crimes across the country since President Trump took office.

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Update: Former Police Chief Gets 3 Years in Prison for Framing Black Men

A Black man who was unjustly convicted because of Raimundo Atesiano's actions was deported back to Haiti.

UPDATE: Nov. 28, 2018

Raimundo Atesiano was sentenced to three years in prison for a conspiracy in his department to frame Black people. The former Biscayne Park police chief was allowed him to remain free for two weeks before surrendering to care for his mother, who is dying of leukemia, according to the Miami Herald.

"When I took the job, I was not prepared," Atesiano told a federal judge. "I made some very, very bad decisions."

ORIGINAL STORY

As racial disparities continue to plague the criminal justice system, a former police chief in Florida admitted to purposely sending Black men to prison. Former Biscayne Park Police Chief Raimundo Atesiano acknowledged at his plea hearing in Miami federal court that he told his cops in 2013 to frame three Black residents, one of which was a 16-year-old, for a series of unsolved home and vehicle burglaries in order get a 100 percent clearance on the department's property crimes record.

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Trevor Noah Sounds Off About Another Black Hero Killed By Police

"The Second Amendment was not made for Black folks," said Noah.

Jemel Roberson, a Black hero shot dead by police, was laid to rest last weekend as was Emantic Bradford Jr., an innocent Black 21-year-old male mistakenly identified as a mass shooter in an Alabama mall and also shot dead by police.

"How does this shit keep happening?" Trevor Noah, host of "The Daily Show," asked after discussing the incident.

"The cops are called into a situation. They see a Black person. And then immediately they shoot."

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