GOP Rep. Matt Rosendale says the efforts to remove Confederate statues from the Capitol are ‘animated’ by critical race theory ‘concepts’

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Rep. Matt Rosendale.

  • Rep. Matt Rosendale criticized the effort to remove Confederate statues from the Capitol complex.
  • Rosendale alleged that backers of the legislation are “animated” by critical race theory “concepts.”
  • The House on Tuesday passed legislation to take out the statues in a 285-120 vote.
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GOP Rep. Matt Rosendale of Montana on Tuesday blasted legislation that would remove Confederate statues from public display in the Capitol, decrying the effort as rooted in the “concepts” of critical race theory.

Rosendale, a freshman congressman who was one of 14 Republicans who voted against the formation of a federal holiday for Juneteenth, described the removal of certain statues as “attacks on American history.”

“The South lost, and our Union is strong today, and the great victory of our constitutional government in the Civil War over slavery and secession should be celebrated,” he said in a statement. “Unfortunately, Democrats, animated by the Critical Race Theory concepts of structural racism, microaggressions, and a United States based solely on white supremacy, have chosen to remove statues that underscore the failures of our pre-1861 Constitution. Make no mistake, those who won the West and George Washington are next.”

The congressman noted that last year, the National Archives published a report “concluding that the Capitol Rotunda was an example of structural racism, a building that ‘lauds wealthy White men in the nation’s founding while marginalizing BIPOC [Black, Indigenous, and people of color], women, and other communities.'”

He added: “Loyalty to the United States involves recognition of its history, bad and good, and the Left’s iconoclasm over the previous two years, aided and abetted by the Democratic party, is unwarranted and unwise.”

Despite Rosendale’s opposition, the bill on Tuesday easily passed the House in a 285-120 vote, with 218 Democrats and 67 Republicans backing the legislation.

The fate of the measure in the Senate is uncertain.

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Critical race theorists have examined how America’s history of racism continue to reverberate through laws and policies that exist today.

For months, Republicans have systematically targeted the discipline, alleging that its teachings divide Americans.

The politicization of critical race theory has set off a national debate over race and free speech, only a year after protests driven by the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis galvanized millions to demand action against anti-Black racism in the United States.

The House bill that passed on Tuesday would remove a bust of Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger B. Taney, who wrote the majority opinion in the 1857 Dred Scott decision, which said that Black people couldn’t be citizens. It would be replaced with a bust of Thurgood Marshall, the legendary civil rights attorney who became the first Black Supreme Court justice in United States history.

Last year, a similar measure also passed the House, but stalled in the Republican-led Senate.

Democrats now control the Senate, but since chamber is split 50-50, the party still needs to reach the 60-vote threshold to advance the bill and avoid a legislative filibuster.

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Police in multiple US cities are reportedly preparing for and anticipating white supremacist rallies this weekend

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Police officers on October 27, 2020 in Washington, DC.

  • Police forces are aware of and preparing for white supremacist rallies happening this weekend.
  • Organizers have largely kept secret rally locations, but New York and Chicago are among the cities expected to see them.
  • Several counterprotests have been planned to mobilize against the message of the white pride rally attendees.
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Police forces across the country are reportedly preparing for white supremacist rallies planned for this weekend.

White supremacist groups are organizing the rallies over encrypted messaging app Telegram, Newsweek first reported. There are also public event pages on Facebook suggesting there will be several rallies on Sunday, April 11.

“Patriots all over this nation are peacefully marching to raise awareness for whites being victims of massive interracial crime and also persecution by the government,” one Facebook event page reads.

“This is happening in every majority white nation on earth. Time to make a stand. Please join your brothers and sisters in this amazing event,” the event description continues.

Organizers have, for the most part, not disclosed the locations planned for these rallies. But Newsweek and local news outlets reported that police have identified numerous cities where the white supremacist rallies are expected. Among them are New York, Fort Worth, and Chicago.

The Facebook event page encourages people to organize a rally in their own city.

It’s unclear how many people these planned rallies will attract.

But officials who are aware of planned rallies this weekend in their cities are taking steps to prepare, news outlets reported.

Huntington Beach police in California, for example, are aware of an event to “unify White people against white hate” circulating on social media and planned for this Sunday.

Interim Police Chief Julian Harvey told the San Bernardino Sun that the police are preparing for large crowds in case the rally attracts a lot of people.

“Like any demonstration in the city, we are preparing and will continue to prepare until the day,” he said. “We do have a plan to ensure public safety – not just the safety of the participants and the attendees, but also residents, businesses and motorists.”

The Asheville Police Department in North Carolina told Newsweek its officers have been briefed on the “call for action around the country” coming from white supremacists. The department is tracking any action, Newsweek reported.

In response to the planned rallies, counterprotesters have also begun to organize.

The local Black Lives Matter chapter in Huntington Beach, for example, is assembling for a counterprotest a few hours ahead of the planned white supremacist rally, the San Bernardino Sun reported.

And in Albuquerque, New Mexico, counterprotesters are encouraging residents to “rally against white supremacy in all its forms.”

“On Sunday, April 11th – local Proud Boys and White Supremacists are planning on hosting a ‘White Lives Matter’ Event on the Albuquerque Civic Plaza alongside a national day of actions by far-right extremists across the United States – we refuse to let them bring their violence to our beautifully diverse city because white supremacy has no place here,” a Facebook event page for the counterprotest reads.

“Please wear your masks, bring creative signs, water, plan on being loud, and bring your friends – we have safety in numbers,” the page says.

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Domestic terror in the US is ‘more dangerous’ now than after the Oklahoma City bombing, Biden AG nominee says

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Attorney general nominee Merrick Garland.

  • Judge Merrick Garland, Joe Biden’s attorney general nominee, began his confirmation hearing Monday.
  • Garland said domestic terrorism is “more dangerous” than its previous peak in the 1990s.
  • The January 6 insurrection made the climate worse than the deadly OKC bombing, Garland said.
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President Joe Biden’s nominee for attorney general sounded the alarm Monday on the domestic terrorism threat facing the United States.

“I certainly agree that we are facing a more dangerous period than we did in Oklahoma City at that time,” Judge Merrick Garland, the nominee, told the Senate Judiciary Committee.

The 1996 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah federal office building killed 168 people, including children. An investigation found that the bombing’s conspirators were radicalized by white nationalist propaganda in the aftermath of the deadly FBI raids at Waco and Ruby Ridge in the early ’90s.

Garland was a principal associate deputy attorney general at the time, and led the Department of Justice’s prosecution of the bomber.

Garland attributed today’s heightened threat to the January 6 Capitol siege.

The judge said the Capitol insurrection is “not necessarily a one-off,” and that the forces behind it stretch far back into American history.

“There is a line from Oklahoma City and another … to the original battles of the Justice Department against the Ku Klux Klan,” Garland said.

If confirmed, Garland said he is committed to pursuing the ongoing investigations against the insurrectionists and getting the Department of Justice the resources necessary for the broader inquiry into the riots.

“If confirmed, I will supervise the prosecution of white supremacists and others who stormed the Capitol on January 6, a heinous attack that sought to disrupt a cornerstone of our democracy,” Garland said.

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One in 10 Americans say they believe the Capitol siege was justified in some way, according to a new Insider poll

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Capitol Police stand guard outside of Congress as pro-Trump rioters challenging the election results storm the building.

  • A new Insider poll found that a vast majority of the American public believes the Capitol Siege was uncalled for, with 66% saying it was “completely unjustified.”
  • However, 11% of nearly 1,060 respondents, polled online between January 13 and January 14, said they could justify it in some way.
  • Of them, almost 6% said the deadly insurrection was “completely justified,” while 5.6% said it was “somewhat justified.”
  • Respondents who think the president’s allegations of voter fraud are credible were much more likely to justify the assault. 
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A significant majority of the American public says the deadly attempted coup on Capitol Hill last week was not justified, but roughly 11% of respondents they can justify it in some way, according to a new Insider poll.

Conducted with SurveyMonkey Audience, the poll was conducted online between January 13 and January 14 among 1,059 respondents, with a margin of error of 3%.

We asked: “Do you think the storming of the US Capitol was justified or unjustified?”

  • 5.7% said it was “completely justified.”
  • 5.6% said it was “somewhat justified.”
  • 11% said it was “neither justified nor unjustified.”
  • 7% said it was “somewhat unjustified.”
  • 65% said it was “completely unjustified.”
  • The rest, around 5%, said they “don’t know.”

The results mirror widespread condemnations of the attack from public officials, but also reveal a sizable minority of Americans who sympathize with the insurrectionists.

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Subsequent questions unearthed at least some plausible contributing reasons for a respondent to be able to justify the attack, which is being investigated by federal law enforcement and has led to a significant number of charges for those involved.

Specifically, respondents were asked “President Trump has made a number of allegations about the voting process in the 2020 election. Do you think his accusations are credible?” Among those respondents who assign the spurious allegations high credibility, close to 20% think the storming of the capitol was completely justified, and another 8% somewhat agree. 

Once considered to be reserved for developing countries, political sectarianism is on the rise in the US along with the threat of violent right-wing and white supremacist groups.

SurveyMonkey Audience polls from a national sample balanced by census data of age and gender. Respondents are incentivized to complete surveys through charitable contributions. Generally speaking, digital polling tends to skew toward people with access to the internet. SurveyMonkey Audience doesn’t try to weight its sample based on race or income. Polling data collected 1,059 respondents January 13-14, 2021. All polls carried approximately a 3 percentage point margin of error individually.

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Prosecutors are looking to modify Kyle Rittenhouse’s bail conditions after the Kenosha shooter flashed white power signs and was spotted out with Proud Boys

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Kyle Rittenhouse sits while listening during an extradition hearing in Lake County court Friday, Oct. 30, 2020, in Waukegan, Ill. Rittenhouse is accused of killing two protesters days after Jacob Blake was shot by police in Kenosha, Wis.

  • Kenosha County prosecutors filed a motion Wednesday seeking to modify Kyle Rittenhouse’s bail conditions.
  • The move comes after Rittenhouse, 18, was spotted at a bar after posting $2 million bail in November.
  • According to prosecutors, Rittenhouse was fraternizing with members of the Proud Boys and flashed a white power hand sign.
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Kyle Rittenhouse may not have broken the conditions of his bail when he was spotted at a bar with his mother, but that’s just the problem, according to prosecutors who are seeking to modify the conditions of his release.

After posting $2 million bail in November, Rittenhouse, 18, was seen drinking at a bar in Wisconsin, where it is legal to drink in the company of one’s parents. That, police said, was not a crime.

But Kenosha County prosecutors on Wednesday said Rittenhouse – charged with killing two people at a Black Lives Matter protest in Kenosha last August – wasn’t just there with mom, but with members of the far-right Proud Boys, an extremist group that has engaged in street violence against anti-racist activists, Milwaukee television station TMJ4 reported.

Footage taken from security cameras at Pudgy’s Bar also appears to show Rittenhouse flashing the “okay” hand sign favored by white supremacists.

That, also, is not a violation of Rittenhouse’s bail conditions. But it should be, prosecutors argue.

In a motion obtained by TMJ4, the Kenosha County District Attorney’s Office asks that Rittenhouse be prohibited from drinking alcohol (they say he had three beers at Pudgy’s); prohibited from public displays of “white power” signs; and prohibited from having any contact with members of white supremacist organizations.

Rittenhouse is due to appear in court on March 10, with jury selection beginning March 29.

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Ben & Jerry’s partnered with Colin Kaepernick to unveil a vegan ice cream that ‘amplifies calls to defund and abolish the police’

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Ben & Jerry and Colin Kaepernick’s Change the Whirled flavor.

  • Ben & Jerry’s has teamed up with civil rights activist and athlete Colin Kaepernick to unveil a new vegan ice cream flavor that will be available next year.
  • The Change the Whirled flavor “celebrates Kaepernick’s courageous work to confront systematic oppression and to stop police violence against Black and Brown people,” according to the ice cream maker.
  • Ben & Jerry’s has a history of being vocal on racial, political, and social justice issues in the US.
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Ben & Jerry’s has teamed up with activist and athlete Colin Kaepernick to unveil a new ice cream flavor, Change the Whirled.

According to Ben & Jerry’s, the flavor “celebrates Kaepernick’s courageous work to confront systematic oppression and to stop police violence against Black and Brown people.”

Like Kaepernick, Change the Whirled is vegan, and has a caramel sunflower butter ice cream base with fudge bits and graham cracker and chocolate cookie swirls. The ice cream will be available early next year, and all of Kaepernick’s proceeds will go to the Know Your Rights Camp, a Kaepernick-founded organization with the goal of “advancing the liberation and well-being of Black and Brown communities,” according to its website.

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“Ben & Jerry’s commitment to challenging the anti-Black roots of policing in the United States demonstrates a material concern for the well-being of Black and Brown communities,”  Kaepernick said in a statement. “My hope is that this partnership will amplify calls to defund and abolish the police and to invest in futures that can make us safer, healthier, and truly free.”

The ice cream will be sold in the US and parts of Europe for between $4.99 to $5.49.

The ice cream giant’s history of championing causes

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Cohen and Greenfield announce a new flavor, Justice Remix’d, during a press conference in 2019

This isn’t the first flavor Ben & Jerry’s has released with a cause. In 2019, the ice cream maker – which calls itself an “aspiring social justice company” – unveiled its Justice ReMix’d flavor with the goal of bringing attention to criminal justice reform and racial inequality in the US, according to Ben & Jerry’s website

Read more: How Ben & Jerry’s embrace of social issues set it apart from the competition, boosted its marketing, and helped it build a positive workplace culture

Ben & Jerry’s has also used other avenues besides themed ice cream flavors to express its views on social and racial issues across the country.

In September, the ice cream maker and Vox Media launched the “Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America” podcast that takes a deeper look at racism and white supremacy throughout US history. And following the death of George Floyd, Ben & Jerry’s published a statement that was lauded by Twitter users for its length and details.

Last year, Ben & Jerry’s also publicly supported H.R. 40 which, if passed, could create the Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African-Americans.

“Ben & Jerry’s is proud to diversify our flavor portfolio by honoring Kaepernick with a full-time flavor,” Ben & Jerry’s CEO Matthew McCarthy said in a statement. “We deeply respect how Colin uses his voice to protest racism, white supremacy, and police violence through the belief that ‘love is at the root of our resistance.'”

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