Dan Le Batard used a portion of his Thursday show to denounce the scene at Donald Trump’s rally in North Carolina Wednesday, when the racist president stirred the racist crowd into a racist euphoria that featured chants of “send her back” directed...
Jamil SmithESPN host Dan Le Batard spoke as we all should be right now, both describing President Trump’s racist attacks as what they are and calling out his own company for its cowardice when it shows reticence to engage in politics. Take the time to watch this now.
They are, in fact, in the minority — so why do the media and Democratic leaders seem so obsessed with them?
Jamil SmithThe president’s racism is actually very unpopular. The anti-Trump vote is the single largest coalition in American politics. Yet, as @jbouie notes, they are practically invisible in recent mainstream political coverage. We see who gets the limelight.
Will Trump’s voters flee or remain loyal to a bigot?
Jamil Smith“What’s curious is just how many people have resisted seeing squarely Trump’s racism, his shrewd exploitation of animosity, hatred, and division for political advantage,” Remnick wrote, days before that rally. “Trump is hardly a man of subtle concealment.”
Jamil SmithBetween 1910 and 1997, African Americans lost about 90% of their farmland—costing hundreds of billions of dollars. As one lawyer told @lizziepresser, “If you want to understand wealth and inequality in this country, you have to understand black land loss.”
While other presidents have found ways to appeal to the resentments of white Americans with subtle and not-so-subtle appeals, none of them in modern times have done so as overtly as this one.
Jamil Smith"Trump has not only always been a racist, but anyone around him who denies it, is lying,” said the former head of Trump's Atlantic City casino. “Donald Trump makes racist comments all the time. Once you know him, he speaks his mind about race very openly.”
Court-ordered desegregation worked. But white racism made it hard to accept.
Jamil Smith“No, black kids should not have to leave their neighborhoods to attend a quality school, or sit next to white students to get a quality education. But we cannot be naïve about how this country works.” @nhannahjones, on the history of forced desegregation.
But Republicans could still use citizenship data to draw districts favoring the GOP.
Jamil SmithThis is a win only in that Trump is deciding to obey the law. But as @AriBerman noted here, he is going to try to do the exact same thing that the citizenship question was supposed to accomplish: gather data to gerrymander, all to elect more white people.
The case seemed cold when a Miami Herald investigative journalist started looking into it. Then she persuaded accusers to tell their stories.
Jamil SmithThe reporting of @jkbjournalist for @MiamiHerald put the nation's attention on the case of serial child rapist Jeffrey Epstein—and her story is epic in and of itself. Good to see her getting this kind of notice for such meaningful journalism.
While Democrats are fixated on 2020, Holder is fighting for fairer maps in 2021 and beyond.
Jamil Smith"It is not a coincidence," @EricHolder said, "that you see the greatest amount of voter suppression in those states where you see the greatest amount of gerrymandering." @AriBerman examines the former Attorney General's efforts to ensure fairer elections.
The male-dominated organization has never properly prioritized the women's game. And it probably never will.
Jamil SmithThe male-dominated FIFA has never properly prioritized the women who play its sport, and it probably never will. This World Cup is evidence. @jessicawluther argues for women’s soccer to break away and “build a better system, separate from the men’s game.”
The case of Marshae Jones, who was indicted over the death of the fetus she was carrying when she was shot, had stirred outrage across the country.
Jamil SmithMarshae Jones should never have had to go through this. She was shot and lost her pregnancy—yet her assailant got off and she was treated like a murderer because some want women to feel like criminals for wanting control of their bodies. I am still angry.
This is the perfect time to read the entirety of Freerick Douglass’s famous speech, and not merely because of the date on the calendar.
Jamil SmithThe Fourth of July encapsulates many of the lies America continues to tell itself. Amidst our jingoistic celebrations, few consider those who were forced to help build it while in bondage. Frederick Douglass would not let that stand, and neither should we.
"We didn’t come this far just to throw in the towel."
Jamil SmithTrump is going to war over this Census citizenship question because white identity politics and supremacy in a diversifying America are as much “kitchen-table” issues for his voters as tax cuts and unemployment rates. We should discuss them accordingly.
The family court judge also said the victim should have been told that pressing charges would destroy the accused’s life.
Jamil SmithThe girl was drunk. The boy filmed himself penetrating her from behind. Investigators said he later shared the phone video among friends and sent a text reading, “When your first time having sex was rape.” But then Judge James Troiano said that it wasn’t.
A ProPublica story revealing demeaning posts directed at Latina lawmakers prompted widespread revulsion. Immigration officials said such comments violate the agency’s code of conduct and promised that violators will be held accountable.
Jamil SmithCBP’s internal affairs tells @ACInvestigates and @DLind that after the bombshell ProPublica report, they’re on the case. A former agent doubts it. “When they sit there and say, ‘We’re not going to tolerate this,’ they are, I’m just going to say it, lying.”
The three-year-old group, which has roughly 9,500 members, shared derogatory comments about Latina lawmakers who plan to visit a controversial Texas detention facility on Monday, calling them “scum buckets” and “hoes.”
Jamil SmithA sick law enforcement culture stems not only from unchallenged racism of the employees themselves, but the racism demanded of them daily. If their actual job is to commit bigotry, they’ll probably spend much of their free time justifying it to themselves.
The 2020 candidate is facing a play straight out of the racist birther playbook used against Barack Obama when he ran for president.
Jamil SmithKamala Harris was born in Oakland. Her mother was Tamil Indian; her father was born in Jamaica. Birtherism is racism, full stop. You don’t need to support Harris for the Presidency. But if you are black and buying into this, you are aiding and abetting.
The California senator’s narrative instinct enabled her to frame the most powerful moment of the debate.
Jamil SmithA very good observation by @xwaldie: considering @KamalaHarris’s signature moments in the debate, perhaps her best selling point as a candidate will be that she was the best storyteller on stage, “imagining policy as embodied in actual American lives.”
Speaker Nancy Pelosi, in a stinging defeat after a show of Democratic disunity, agreed to take up a Senate border spending bill without controls that liberals had demanded.
Jamil SmithThis is an inexcusable submission by Nancy Pelosi and the moderate Democrats who apparently prodded her to accept the Senate border funding bill, which offers only the administration’s word that they won’t misuse the $4.6 billion that they’re given. Right.