Monthly Archives: July 2020

“Man. Woman. Camera. Person. TV.”: Noam Chomsky Responds to Trump Bragging He Aced a Dementia Test

Democracy Now!

Jul 24, 2020

Is the United States being run by a madman? “What can you say about a person who, before speaking before an adoring crowd, raises his eyes to heaven and calls himself the chosen one?” says Noam Chomsky, responding to President Trump’s boast that he aced a mental acuity test.

Joe: ‘Donald Trump Will Lead To The End Of The Party Of Abraham Lincoln’ | Morning Joe | MSNBC

MSNBC

Jul 31, 2020

Joe addresses GOP leaders whose ‘window is closing’ to abandon their support for President Trump and salvage the Republican party. Aired on 07/31/2020.

Jake Tapper: How on Earth can Congress adjourn for the weekend?

CNN

Jul 31, 2020

The House and Senate have adjourned for the weekend without coming to an agreement on a new economic stimulus package despite the looming deadline for unemployment benefits that many have relied on during the coronavirus pandemic. CNN’s Manu Raju discusses with Jake Tapper.

The Most Fiery Exchanges from AG Barr’s Capitol Hill Testimony | NowThis

NowThis News

Jul 30, 2020

Attorney General Barr testified before the House Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill Tuesday — here are the most fiery exchanges.

In US news and current events today, these AG Barr testimony highlights and Attorney General Barr testimony compilation are a frightening glimpse into the mind of a man who believes a President should be king. the Attorney General William Barr testifies before the House Judiciary Committee is a scary reminder of what’s at stake in the upcoming election.

Florida School District Releases ‘Apocalyptic’ Reopening Promo | NowThis

NowThis News

Jul 31, 2020
Watch the school reopening promo many are calling ‘sad’ and ‘dystopian.’

In US news and current events today, this COVID 19 school reopen video from Florida is a grim example of what COVID school reopening will look like, described by many as sad, apocalyptic, and dystopian. The coronavirus school reopening is a complex issue with no clear answers, largely because we didn’t actually try to figure it out. Now, with the COVID-19 school reopen imminent, many fear it’s too late to come up with a sensible COVID 19 school reopening plan for the schools and education of America.

COVID-19: Reopening U.S. universities

CGTN America

Jul 31, 2020

With the new academic year slated to begin in a couple of weeks, universities across the U.S. are preparing for the fall semester in the face of a highly-contagious disease. In the state of Arizona, all three public universities are expected to bring students back with a mix of in-person instruction and online classes, even as the state reports a rising number of deaths and confirmed coronavirus cases.

Top U.S. & World Headlines — July 31, 2020

Democracy Now!

Jul 31, 2020

The American Scholar: The Problem in the Classroom

Any true reckoning with racism must include our schools

By Jon Hale | July 30, 2020

As I have watched our nation reassess, these past few months, which monuments are worthy of public veneration and how we contend with the legacy of the Confederate flag, I have become convinced that the more urgent problem we face is how to implement lasting structural change in a country plagued by racism and racial inequality. Having spent many years working in education, I am also convinced that one place we must focus our attention is our public schools.

The schoolhouse became a particularly contentious space after the Civil War, when the nation grappled with Reconstruction. In the South, schools were the battleground from which to propagate the mythology of the Lost Cause, the narrative that enslaved persons were treated kindly and that the Confederacy’s principal reason for war was the noble defense of states’ rights—not the preservation of slavery. It was determined throughout the South, with implicit support from across the nation, that policies behind enslavement, segregation, and institutional racism, which shaped the daily lives of Americans since the founding of the nation, would not be taught. Textbooks were carefully monitored and teachers were trained to maintain the false narrative.

Lewis Guion was one such defender of the Lost Cause. Having served as a captain for a Louisiana division of the Confederate Army, Guion had a keen interest in promoting his interpretation of the “War Between the States.” After his service to the Confederacy, Guion chaired the history committee that reviewed every textbook for the state of Louisiana, taking his new duties as seriously as his ones on the battlefield. His criticisms were exact and damning. When one textbook made a single reference to Booker T. Washington, at the time a widely respected Black educator from Alabama, Guion took great offense. “Any publisher,” Guion reported to the Louisiana Board of Education in 1909, “that has so little business sense, or is so unsupportive of the southern people, should be taught to take his educational wares elsewhere.” After reviewing a composition and rhetoric textbook that included a favorable passage on Abraham Lincoln, Guion declared: “It is very evident that a determined effort is being made to place before southern children Lincoln as a hero. If Lincoln was right and to be admired to the exclusion of Jefferson Davis, then the Confederate soldiers were all wrong and traitors. Is this Board prepared to have the children so taught?”

The school board agreed, and textbook publishers fell into line, steering clear of anything “controversial” that would turn off potential consumers in the South—a major market, since the number of public schools grew after the war. Guion and the legion of Confederate gatekeepers wielded significant influence over public schools—a system that in the South, ironically, was founded by African Americans. Whereas southern states had explicitly forbidden the education of enslaved persons as a mechanism to maintain the system of slavery, during the brief period of Reconstruction, newly elected Black representatives rightly viewed education as the pathway to liberation and freedom. Some of the first legislative acts constructed a public school system for all children, even as Confederate defenders became invested in controlling those schools to preserve their own power.

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Suppressed: The Fight To Vote (Surprise Showing) – BRAVE NEW FILMS

Brave New Films

31 Jul 2030

Join us in watching Suppressed: The Fight To Vote today before our premiere for Suppressed 2020: The Fight To Vote. RSVP for the event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/61815…

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