Trump Calls Immigrants “Not People” And “Animals”
Donald Trump continued his racist rhetoric against undocumented Latinx immigrants during an immigration roundtable yesterday, saying, “We have people coming into the country, or trying to come in— and we’re stopping a lot of them—but we’re taking people out of the country. You wouldn’t believe how bad these people are. These aren’t people. These are animals.” Trump has a history of racist language against Latinx immigrants—he’s called them “animals” going back to 2015, and memorably called Mexican immigrants “rapists” and “murderers” while campaigning for president. Many are comparing Trump’s dehumanization of Latinx immigrants to the dehumanization of Jewish people before the Holocaust, black people during slavery, and the Tutsi during the Rwandan genocide. Read more at the Washington Post.
Trump Administration Prepares To Hold Immigrant Children On Military Bases
Continuing Trump’s dehumanization of Latinx immigrants, the Trump administration is reportedly preparing to hold immigrant children on military bases. The bases would be used to house children under 18 after the government has separated them from their parents, as well as for children under 18 who arrived at the border alone. The bases are prepared to hold 10,571 children. Read more at the Washington Post.
We Need To Talk About Anti-Mom Bias In The Workplace
In an opinion piece, Katherine Goldstein argues that along with the #MeToo movement’s goal of eradicating sexual harassment at work, we need a revolution against anti-mom bias at work. She details many cases of women who were fired or passed over for promotions after getting pregnant or becoming parents. “[It’s] noteworthy to me that we’ve never had a high-profile case or national discussion about discrimination against mothers, one that begins to raise in the collective consciousness the notion that this kind of discrimination is wrong and truly harmful. Were there ever to be an Anita Hill-style hearing, complete with egregious details, I believe it would be a game changer,” she writes. Read more at the New York Times.
Ireland’s Abortion Referendum Draws Nearer
In eight days, Ireland will hold a referendum on abortion, which is currently illegal in that country. A new poll shows that the the lead for abortion rights is narrowing: currently, 44% would vote to repeal the amendment that gives fetuses equal rights as pregnant women, and 32% would vote against it (with 17% undecided, 5% saying they won’t vote, and 2% refusing to answer). When the same poll was asked three weeks earlier, 47% were in favor of repeal and 28% against. Read more at Reuters.
Michigan State University Awards $500 million To Larry Nassar Victims
Michigan State University has awarded $500 million to the over 150 women who gymnastics sports physician Larry Nassar sexually assaulted over a 20-year period. Several of the victims said that they were disappointed that MSU had not also instigated institutional reforms to prevent something similar from happening again. Read more atthe Lansing State Journal.
Poet Joseph Massey’s History Of Abuse
The Outline published a longform piece detailing acclaimed poet Joseph Massey’s history of abuse, interviewing 13 people who experienced or witnessed Massey’s abuse, which included physical assault, verbal abuse, psychological abuse, and online harassment. Read more at the Outline.
Jared Leto Accused Of Preying On Young Women
Yesterday, Dylan Sprouse and James Gunn accused Jared Leto of preying on much younger women, including underage girls. “Yo @JaredLeto now that you’ve slid into the dm’s of every female model aged 18-25, what would you say your success rate is?” Sprouse tweeted. Gunn responded, “He starts at 18 on the Internet?” NYLON notes that this isn’t the first time Gunn has accused Leto of statutory rape. Read more at NYLON.
Michaela Coel Gets “Mistaken” For Flight Attendant
Chewing Gum creator and star Michaela Coel tweeted that a (racist) woman asked her to clean up a mess and increase the flight temperature on her recent Virgin Atlantic flight, despite the fact that Coel was in her seat wearing a black hoodie, not in the aisle wearing the red Virgin Atlantic flight attendant uniform. Coel indicated it wasn’t the first time this has happened, either. Read more at the Root.
White Woman Calls Security On Black Man With Baby
Black father Donald Sherman was stopped by a security officer while on a walk with his baby in a local park after a white woman reported “a suspicious man walking the bike path with a baby.” Sherman described the interaction with the officer as “pleasant,” but it could easily have gone badly. Sherman’s wrote a Facebook post about the incident, writing, “This is exactly why we have to talk about white privilege and why black lives matter. Because at any point doing any thing anywhere my safety and my child’s safety could be in jeopardy because of some well intentioned complaint.” Read more at the Root.
And Finally, Some Good News
Issa Rae, Sarah Silverman and Kate McKinnon appear with several extra limbs on the cover of GQ’s Comedy Issue—it’s a reference to that time Vanity Fair accidentally gave Reese Witherspoon an extra leg and Oprah an extra hand while photoshopping a cover earlier this year. Read more at GQ.
top photo: Protesters at a DACA rally in San Francisco, via Wikimedia Commons
Published May 17, 2018
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