Read through the thread. It's highly unlikely the guy in question is a "known white supremacist." King just makes shit like this up on the fly. Also, there appears to be some issue of his photo being "whitened" at various moments by some media outlets, but I can't find real proof of that.
Now, that's both funny and pathetic. Yet, the reports on this--like the two above--seem to not really get the why behind the Monty Python reference. Frankly, that Monty Python scene is the first thing that comes to my mind when the subject of CHAZ comes up, because it's just too dead-on accurate. It's a criticism, albeit one buried in comedy.
City leaders are making a push to remove the word “chief” from job titles, calling the term offensive to indigenous people.
At a news conference Wednesday, Duluth Mayor Emily Larson implored City Council members to vote to approve the change next week “so that we have more inclusive leadership and less language that is rooted in hurt and offensive, intentional marginalization.”
The measure, slated to go before the council Monday night, would change Chief Administrative Officer Noah Schuchman’s title to city administrator and Chief Financial Officer Wayne Parson’s title to finance director.
“I think that there are other titles that we have the opportunity to use to steer away from language that may put people down based off their race or culture,” said Alicia Kozlowski, Duluth’s community relations officer and member of the Grand Portage and Fond du Lac Bands of Lake Superior Chippewa.
Kozlowski said “chief” is used as “a racial epithet, and it turns into a microaggression.” She added that the city is trying to be proactive by addressing the issue before residents ask.
Given the etymology of the word, I'm guessing "chefs" will need to be renamed as "cooks," though I guess such a term might be seen as referencing Captain Cook and his "questionable" history. Perhaps "person-in-charge-of-preparing-foods"?
Protesters in San Francisco, California, toppled a statue of Ulysses S. Grant, the 18th president of the U.S. who led the Union Army during the Civil War, among other monuments at Golden Gate Park on Friday.
The statues of St. Junipero Serra, the first saint of the Roman Catholic Church to be canonized in the U.S., and Francis Scott Key, the author of the lyrics to "The Star-Spangled Banner," were also torn down at the park on the same day.
I can grok--somewhat--the negative feelings about the latter two, though there's something to be said for understanding people in the moment, but Grant? An awful, corrupt President to be sure, yet one who actually pushed for civil rights for black Americans, one who went after the KKK, one who put both native Americans and black Americans into positions of authority.
Oakland’s mayor said five ropes found hanging from trees in a city park are nooses and racially-charged symbols of terror but a resident said they are merely exercise equipment that he put up there months ago.
Mayor Libby Schaaf said Wedesday that a hate crime investigation was under way after a social media post identified a noose at the city’s popular Lake Merritt. Police said they searched the area on Tuesday and found five ropes attached to trees.
The Police Department provided five photographs of trees, some of which showed knotted ropes and one that appeared to have a piece of plastic pipe attached to a rope, hanging from tree limbs.
They have been removed by city officials.
Victor Sengbe, who is black, told KGO-TV that the ropes were part of a rigging that he and his friends used as part of a larger swing system. He also shared video of the swing in use.
But wait, it get's worse [my boldface]:
Schaaf said officials must “start with the assumption that these are hate crimes.” However, the mayor and Nicholas Williams, the city’s director of parks recreation, also said it didn’t matter whether the ropes were meant to send a racist message.
“Intentions don’t matter when it comes to terrorizing the public,” Schaaf said. “It is incumbent on all of us to know the actual history of racial violence, of terrorism, that a noose represents and that we as a city must remove these terrorizing symbols from the public view.”
So if I'm following: 1) assume the worst 2) intentions don't matter
Here's an idea: let's apply those same two standards to law enforcement, whenever they deal with the public...
Fourteen people were killed and at least 88 others were wounded in citywide shootings over Father’s Day weekend, marking the worst weekend for gun violence this year.
A toddler and four teenagers were among those shot to death between Friday evening and Monday morning, according to data maintained by the Chicago Sun-Times. Seven other juveniles were also struck by gunfire.
The spate of shootings came just three weeks after 24 people were killed and at least 61 others were shot during Chicago’s most violent weekend in modern history.
This was the 18th reported shooting within 24 hours in the city, and the second fatal case. Early Sunday morning in Uptown, one man was killed and 11 others were injured when at least two people opened fire in the neighborhood’s busy business district.
This week a woman in Louisville, Ky. was assaulted by armed rioters. The rioters blocked her car, and after a short conversation, tore out her dreadlocks and pointed a gun at her. The woman quickly drove backwards before they could shoot, then sped off, striking one of the assailants moving towards her.
The events were thankfully captured on a city crime camera, and police arrested two of the attackers after the victim reported the incident to law enforcement. It was three days later that she was marked as the new face of “far right extremism” by NPR.
Right-wing extremists are turning cars into weapons, with reports of at least 50 vehicle-ramming incidents since protests against police violence erupted nationwide in late May.
Reading through the article, I count exactly ONE such incident that could be fairly characterized to support the thesis (assuming the info is accurate). To label this as sloppy reporting would be unfair to sloppy reporters...