Confederate Monument Erected In Small Town of Alabama

Sunday a new confederate monument was erected at the privately owned Confederate Veterans Memorial Park in Brantley, Alabama.

According to multiple reports around 200 people attended in confederate garb and members of the Alt-rights militia group “the Three Percenters” attended to provide security.

Although this unveiling comes shortly after the violence in Charlottesville, owner David Coggins told the Associated Press the unveiling was planned over nine months ago.

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President Trump Signs A Memo Barring Transgender Individuals From Serving In The Military

Friday President Trump signed a memo barring transgender individuals from serving in the military. Trump first announced the policy change through twitter last month.

The policy changes includes a ban on transgender individuals from joining or serving in the military openly and a ban on the use of Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security resources being used on gender reassignment surgery unless necessary to save the life of an individual who has already started gender reassignment surgery.

All transgender individuals who are currently enlisted would have to be provisionally retained by the defense secretary prior to March 23, 2018 to remain in service. All individuals that retained will subjected to a culture where transgender individuals are perceived unfit to serve in the military and “would serve under a vague and shifting stand of whether, at any given time, their presence is deemed consistent with military effectiveness, lethality and budget constraints,” according to a memo released by Palm Center that clarifies some of the misunderstanding in Trumps initial memo.

This new policy would likely force individuals to lie to fight for their country.

The order has a delayed implication and will not go into effect until March 23, 2018. Currently this is a temporary ban on transgender individuals joining the armed service and has been since July when Defense Secretary James Mattis asked for the ban so the department could review the impact transgender individuals have on military service.

This delayed implication allows secretaries to decide how to transition from current policy to a ban.

Since Trump annouced the ban last month, two law suits have been filed in federal court challenging the directive.

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Migos’ Quavo Wants To Rewrite The National Anthem To “Unify All Races”

A Change.org petition to get Migos member Quavo featured on the national anthem came to fruition two months ago and recently has gain attention.

“It’s the current year, 2017, and I think the nation should get with the times and feature Quavo on the National Anthem. He’s a feature on everything else, so why not,” Sean Gray the petition’s creator wrote.

Quavo intially took to twitter to respond to the petition.

TMZ recently caught up with Quavo to get a deeper insight on the situation.

“There’s a lot going behind the national anthem,” Quavo told TMZ. “I would love to do it, but I wanna do a 2017 national anthem for both people and all races. Something that’s representing now. Something that representing the modern day national anthem.”


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When Kaepernick’s anthem protest started to pick up last year, a forgotten verse in the national anthem came to light. The Star-Spangled Banner was written during the war of 1812. During the war of 1812, Britain offered either refugee or enlistment into her majesty’s forces to any person who wanted to emigrate to the British Empire. During the course of the war over 4,000 slaves found freedom upon British ships. About 2,500 of those freed slaves and their families were relocated to Nova Scotia and New Brunswick during and after the war.

One of the forgotten lines in the national anthem is a direct response to Britain’s efforts.

“No refuge could save the hireling and slave From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave, And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.” the Star Spangled Banner reads. 

“The one (national anthem) we have now is really outdated and don’t really talk about everybody,” Junior Jaylon Brown said. “Its not A-historical but its not inclusive and its like blatantly lying to a majority of American history. So I would like a new one.”

While some people would like to see a new anthem, others are skeptical about moving away from tradition.

“It seems like a ludicrous premise,” Assistant Professor of Political Science Miles Armaly said. “We would have an individual from a particular time period be featured on the national anthem. Are we gonna update it every 15 years or so?”

While some think this gesture would be a positive step towards a more inclusive society, some argue that changing the national anthem could open up a plethora of problems for Colin Kaepernick and supporters of his protest and for race relations in America in general.

“A certain group of people would not believe that to be inclusive,” Armaly said. “It would make it (Kaepernick protest) worst, because if he stood up there would be a whole other issue.”

Currently the petition has over 8,000 signatures and is less than 2,000 away from its goal of 10,000.

The petition can be signed here.

While the remake or feature isn’t set in stone, there are some spoof videos to keep us entertained for the time being.

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Browns TE Seth DeValve Becomes First White Player To Kneel For The National Anthem

On Monday night, Browns TE Seth DeValve kneeled alongside other Browns players to become the first white person to kneel in solidarity with black teammates during nation anthem in a protest to the racial inequalities and police brutality in America.

Chair of the Ole Miss African American Studies Program, Dr. Charles Ross saw the gesture as a nice step in the right direction.

“I think its absolutely beneficial,” Dr. Ross said. “I think one of the things that has been articulated by (Michael) Bennett is that it would be great if white players joined the protest too so its not simply looked upon as black players having an issue with the overall race climate in America.”

“You’d like to see this maybe go a step further and figure out someway in which Colin Kaepernick will be offered and opportunity to play in the National Football league,” Dr. Ross continued, “because what he did last year….. he wasn’t on the wrong side of this issue. He was on the right side of this issue.”

 

In an interview with Cleveland.com, DeValve explained his reasoning for joining the protest.

“The United States is the greatest country in the world,” DeValve said. “It is because it provides opportunities to its citizens that no other country does. The issue is that it doesn’t provide equal opportunity to everybody. And I wanted to support my African-American teammates today who wanted to take a knee. We wanted to draw attention to the fact that there’s things in this country that still need to change.”

“I think its good (That DeValve kneeled) because it shows that white people are at least considering what black people are saying and vice versa,” Ole Miss senior David Biggs said.

Colin Kaepernick began a national uproar last year when he began to kneel for the national anthem in protest of police brutality and racial oppression following the tragic deaths of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling by police officers.

“I think a person has his rights and his privileges,” Ole Miss staff member Richard Brown said. “You take that away and you go back to dictatorship and slavery.

“I think its great to have this conversation,” David Biggs said. “When you have conversation I think the best ideas win.”

While people are less likely to argue Kaepernick’s cause for protesting, people often argue that his protest itself is disrespectful to the American flag.

Ex-Mississippi state narcotics agent and Professor of Legal Studies Stephen Mallory shared a similar ideology.

“He certainly has the right to protest,” Mallory said. “There’s things wrong. I just don’t know if that’s the appropriate way to change it. The most effective way to change this country is to vote.”

“A lot of people have fought and died under that flag to give us the freedom to do just what hes doing.” Mallory said. “Too many people have given too much. That’s our flag. That’s our anthem. That’s everybody’s flag that lives in this country. The national anthem doesn’t stand for racism. It doesn’t stand for evil. It stands for good. They need to speak out against Nazis and neo-Nazi and white supremacist.”

Dr. Charles Ross offered an opinion more favorable to Kaepernick’s protest.

“The national anthem in the country has a tradition in which individuals are supposed to take their hats off and place their right hands over their hearts,” Dr. Ross said. “To lift the flag and pay homage to the history of the United States and the wars that its been in and its ability to become the kind of nation that it is. Supposedly all of that encompasses that citizens are kind of on equal footing within that history in context. Of course that’s not the way America has functioned in its history.”

“We are a country of diversity,” Dr. Ross said. “We are a county of difference and maybe our traditions can be tweaked along those same lines. They’re kneeling as a way to facilitate a uniqueness that their experience is different as an African American.”

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Bill Cosby Hires A New Defense Team And Gets His Sexual Assault Retrial Postponed Till The Spring

Monday Bill Cosby announced he had hired a new legal team.

His new defense team is lead by Thomas Mesereau, the notorious mop top lawyer who gained fame for defending Michael Jackson in 2005 in his child molestation case which lead to Jackson’s acquittal of all charges. It also consist of former federal prosecutor Kathleen Bliss and Philadelphia litigator Sam Silver.

The new legal teams first appearance was at a pre-trail hearing Tuesday where they asked for Cosby’s second sexual assault trial to be postponed till sometime between March 15 and April 1.

Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas Judge Steven O’Neill said the move will give Cosby’s new defense team enough time to prepare.

His original defense team consisted of Brian McMonagle and Angela Agrusa, who withdrew from the case but were present for the hearing.

Cosby’s first trial ended in a hung jury in June after jurors deliberated for over 50 hours.

Cosby is charged with aggravated indecent assault against Andrea Constand who is a former Temple University Administrator. The incident allegedly took place in 2004 at Cosby Philadelphia-area home.

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Cavs Trade Kyrie Irving To Celtics For Isaiah Thomas In A Blockbuster Trade


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Cavs traded Kyrie Irving to the Celtics Monday for Isaiah Thomas, forward Jae Crowder, center Ante Zizic and a 2018 first-round draft pick.

Kyrie Irving has played his whole career in Cleveland but earlier this summer asked Owner Dan Gilbert for a trade to escape Lebron James’ shadow.

The teams squared off against each other in last year’s Eastern Conference finals and will meet each other again in the season opener on Oct. 17.

The Celtics took to twitter to announce the news.

 

 

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Trump Considering A Pardon For Ex-Sheriff Joe Arpaio

On August 14 in a interview to Fox News, President Trump stated he was considering a pardon for Ex-Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

“I am seriously considering a pardon for Sheriff Arpaio,” the president said Sunday. “He has done a lot in the fight against illegal immigration. He’s a great American patriot and I hate to see what has happened to him.”

Arpaio was convicted of criminal content for willfully defying a court order to stop targeting Latino drivers in 2011. Arpaio was convicted in jury-less hearing and his attorneys are attempting to appeal the case arguing that a jury would not reach the same verdict.

The president has not issued a pardon as of Tuesday morning but is planning to attend a rally in Arizona Tuesday night.

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University Of Texas Removes Confederate Statues Early Monday Morning

University of Texas removed confederate statues of Robert E. Lee, Albert Sidney Johnston and John Reagan early Monday morning.

“Last week, the horrific displays of hatred at the University of Virginia and in Charlottesville shocked and saddened the nation. These events make it clear, now more than ever, that Confederate monuments have become symbols of modern white supremacy and neo-Nazism,” University president Gregory Fenves said in a memo to the University of Texas community Sunday. 

This removal is the latest in a string of universities and cities around the country that have attempted to stop the glorification of a dark time in American history.  Baltimore removed confederate statues last week and Duke University removed a Lee Statue from its campus on Saturday.

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Houston Man Charged With Attempting To Destroy A Confederate Statue In Herman Park

According to federal prosecutors a Houston man has been charged with attempting to maliciously damage or destroy property receiving federal financial assistance.

The suspect was spotted Saturday night in near the statue and was caught with two boxes with duct tape and wires and with a bottle containing a liquid made up of compounds used as explosives.

On Monday law enforcement agencies searched the home of the suspect.

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Baltimore Removes Four Confederate Monuments Overnight

After a unanimous city council vote Monday to remove the monuments immediately, Baltimore removed four confederate monuments Tuesday overnight.

This comes after a white nationalist protest against the removal of a confederate monument in Charlottesville, VA turned violent over the weekend leaving at least 3 dead.

According to the Baltimore Sun, the statues removed were the Confederate Soldiers and Sailors Monument on Mount Royal Avenue, the Confederate Women’s Monument on West University Parkway, the Roger B. Taney Monument at Mount Vernon Place and Robert E. Lee and Thomas. J. “Stonewall” Jackson Monument at Wyman Park Dell.

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