Saturday News: Grifting in Greenville

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TRUMP WILL DELIVER SPEECH TONIGHT AT NC GOP CONVENTION: President Donald Trump is returning to North Carolina for one of his highest-profile appearances since leaving the White House. And he’s hyping his Saturday night speech at the NCGOP state convention in Greenville in a very Trump way. “A great honor to be speaking at the North Carolina GOP convention tomorrow night. I understand the place will be packed, all records broken!” Trump said in a statement Friday. Trump, who carried the state during both of his presidential bids, will speak at 7 p.m. at the Greenville Convention Center after a 5:30 p.m. dinner. It is a ticketed event for about 1,250 people and is sold out. “North Carolina produced a big victory for us, without a fraudulent outcome — missing ballots, illegal voting, dead people voting, and all of the other Democrat tricks,” Trump said in statement Friday.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article251898588.html

What the doctor ordered: Richard Besser (MD) on the Hannah-Jones issue

Truer words have never been spoken:

“At the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, we are committed to achieving health and racial equity by dismantling cultural racism, ” Besser wrote. “A growing body of evidence shows the role that structural racism and discrimination play in health disparities for people of color in the United States. A recent New England Journal of Medicine article – which I co-authored with Dr. David Williams, a preeminent scholar on race and health and Dr. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, former RWJF President and CEO – outlined the clear and historic pattern of disparities in the health of Black people and other minority groups as compared with White people in the United States. These findings are not the result of a singular act or policy, rather they stem from historic and systemic racist policies and structures which can be insidious or overt.”

No matter how they try to justify or rationalize the decision to deny tenure to Nikole Hannah-Jones, the practical effect is discrimination and disparate treatment. It is what it is, and not what you want it to be. The same goes for Walter Hussman, and his denial that he tried to intervene. There are e-mails detailing his intervention, FFS. More from Dr. Besser:

Friday News: Blowback

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RENOWNED BLACK FEMALE CHEMIST TURNS DOWN UNC RECRUITMENT EFFORT: "The news this week that Nikole Hannah-Jones was denied tenure was very disheartening. It does not seem in line with a school that says it is interested in diversity," wrote Professor Lisa Jones in her letter to UNC. "Although I know this decision may not reflect the view of the school's faculty, I will say that I cannot see myself accepting a position at a university where this decision stands. I appreciate all of the efforts you have put into trying to recruit me but for me this is hard to overlook." The chemistry department explained that this is going to have long-term impacts on them and others for years to come. "As you can see, this is already having a chilling effect on future hiring at UNC, particularly from under-represented groups."
https://www.rawstory.com/unc-racist-tenure-chemistry-loss/?fbclid=IwAR0vT-GM6dDjcSj2Mv7jXibKVnIgQ3zR...

Board of Education member wants to teach that America is Great

And we can thank Myers Park Pat for this jewel in the crown:

Several months ago in our discussion about standards, I made a comment from the table about the foundation of our social studies curriculum being anchored in the thought and the premise that America is a great nation.

I really think that a document or a statement underlining that fact that our teachers teaching in the public schools should be making every effort to help our students understand our history as it impacts the socioeconomics, diversity, economic development and future development of this country. It’s important that we undergird that with the idea that we live in a tremendously prosperous land.

One in five school-age children in NC go hungry, and Amy (Bannister) White knows this because she runs a food pantry:

Thursday News: Newtonian obstruction

NC SENATE COMMITTEE VOTES TO REJECT COOPER NOMINEE TO RUN DEQ: A state Senate committee voted Wednesday to reject the nomination of Dionne Delli-Gatti, Gov. Roy Cooper’s nominee to head the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality. The vote represents the first time the Senate has moved not to confirm a cabinet-level secretary since the process was created following Cooper’s victory in 2016. Sen. Paul Newton, a Cabarrus County Republican who made the motion to deny Delli-Gatti’s appointment, said his decision was tied to Delli-Gatti’s “failure to articulate” the Cooper administration’s stance on natural gas or the MVP Southgate pipeline during an April confirmation hearing. Senate Republicans did not give Delli-Gatti a chance to speak during Wednesday’s meeting. Sen. Phil Berger, the Senate leader, said he expects the full Senate to vote on Delli-Gatti’s nomination Thursday.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article251840953.html

Truly a lost cause: Bring them all down

Vance monument in Asheville is no more:

A 75-foot memorial to a Confederate leader has been removed from its perch in downtown Asheville where it stood for more than 120 years. WLOS-TV in Asheville reports that the stone obelisk was fully dismantled over the Memorial Day weekend.

The monument memorialized Confederate colonel and governor Zebulon Vance. It is one of many Confederate statues and memorials that have been torn down across the South in the last year amid protests for racial justice.

Vance wasn't just a Confederate officer, he was racist to his very core:

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