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Wed Apr 28 15:25:45 PDT 2021

> hypocrisy

Murderous corrupt politicians, scammy banksters, brutal cops... go free.
Crazy drunk cop killers to get 15.
Darknet market operators get life without parole for harming no one.

Trump-Tied Group Sues Biden Admin Over Racial Discrimination In Farm
Subsidy Program

A newly-formed legal group tied to former President Donald Trump on
April 26 sued the Biden administration, seeking to block the
implementation of a farm subsidy program that overtly excludes white
America First Legal, headed by former senior Trump advisor Stephen
Miller, filed the lawsuit on Monday in the U.S. District Court for the
Northern District of Texas, Fort Worth Division, against Tom Vilsack,
Biden’s secretary of agriculture.
Tom Vilsack speaks after being nominated to be Agriculture Secretary
by President-elect Joe Biden, in Wilmington, Delaware, on Dec. 11,
The lawsuit argues that the program, enacted as part of Biden’s
pandemic stimulus package, discriminates against white farmers by
limiting financial aid to “socially disadvantaged” farmers or ranchers
based on their race.
    “The Department of Agriculture lurches America dangerously
backward, reversing the clock on American progress, and violating our
most sacred and revered principles by actively and invidiously
discriminating against American citizens solely based upon their race.
This is illegal, it is unconstitutional, it is wrong, and it must
stop,” the lawsuit (pdf) states.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) website currently defines a
“socially disadvantaged farmer or rancher” as belonging to “groups
[that] include, but are not limited to African Americans, American
Indians, Alaskan Natives, Asians, Hispanics, Pacific Islanders,
refugees, immigrants.”
The America First Legal lawsuit cites a different definition of
“socially disadvantaged” that appears on a fact sheet (pdf) by the
USDA. That fact sheet limits the definition of “socially
disadvantaged” to six races and leaves out whites.
The relevant section of the pandemic stimulus bill points neither to
the fact sheet nor to the USDA website. The act says that the
definition of the term is in the Food, Agriculture, Conservation, and
Trade Act of 1990. That act says that “the term ‘socially
disadvantaged farmer or ranchers’ means a farmer or rancher who is a
member of a socially disadvantaged group.” The act further defines a
“socially disadvantaged group” as “a group whose members have been
subjected to racial or ethnic prejudice because of their identity as
members of a group without regard to their individual qualities.”
Stephen Miller, senior advisor to the president, attends a joint press
conference with President Donald Trump and Australian Prime Minister
Scott Morrison in the East Room of the White House in Washington on
Sept. 20, 2019. (Charlotte Cuthbertson/The Epoch Times)
The legal action is the first brought by America First Legal, a
pro-Trump legal outfit modeled on the legal warfare model that the
Democrats deployed to thwart Trump’s agenda. The organization says
that its mission is to “oppose the radical left’s anti-jobs,
anti-freedom, anti-faith, anti-borders, anti-police, and anti-American
The White House and the Department of Agriculture did not immediately
return requests for comment.

"I'm Really Living The Life Over Here" - Hot Mic Catches Illinois
Profs Gloating About Social Justice Infestation In Schools Leftist Indoctrination
Camps Exposed Via Hot Mic

Mark Glennon via,

If you haven’t taken two minutes to listen to the hot mic audio first
published by West Cook News, do so.
It’s a candid display of how pleased ideologues are about how they
have captured the education establishment.
The two on the audio are Ralph Martire and Gina Harris, both
professors at Roosevelt University in Chicago, and both on the Oak
Park and River Forest High School board where the recording was made.

Ralph Martire and Gina Harris

Martire is a major figure in Illinois, with frequent media appearances
and op-ed publications. He served on Gov. JB Pritzker’s transition
Finance Committee and is executive director of the Center for Tax and
Budget Accountability, a public union advocacy shop.  He played a
major role drafting Illinois’ school funding formula.

Harris is teacher and an Illinois director of the National Education
Association – a teachers’ union, and a member of the NEA’s Black
Caucus. She’s also Human and Civil Rights Committee Chair at the
Illinois Education Association, an NEA affiliate.

    On the tape, Martire says he’s glad Harris is teaching at
Roosevelt because she fits in so well, to which she says, “I mean,
it’s all social justice. All day, every day I get to talk about all
the things I love all the time.”

    “All day every day,” responds Martire.
    “All day at the day care, all day at my night classes, all day
when I’m here. I mean, really, I’m living the life over here,” says
    “Yeah,” says Martire. “I always flip out the kids that take my
master’s class on fiscal policy and public budgets within the first
three or four classes are devoted to philosophy of social justice and
how you organize society. We don’t talk about one, you know, budgetary
item. They’re like, Oh, man. Professor Martire, this is a really weird
way to teach a budget,” [laughter].

    Harris: “Now it’s part of everything, right, what a foundation!”
    Martire: “If you don’t understand your values, you can’t allocate
resources among public priorities that are scarce, but all needed.
    Someone: “Just so you guys know, you’re out there, you’re on the
mic in the auditorium, OK?”

It’s good to hear that some grad students are “flipped out” by having
social justice philosophy the first three or four of their budget
classes, but their concerns evidently don’t matter.

Earlier this week we wrote about a poll showing that Illinoisans don’t
like political indoctrination in schools, but two-thirds admit to not

Martire has every reason to laugh at how thoroughly Americans have let
schools become instruments of political dogma. That’s no doubt why, at
the end of the tape, he said he didn’t care that he was being

Martire is actually a gracious guy when you meet him. My colleague Ted
Dabrowski and I have met him often in various debates and panels. Last
time I saw him I said, “You know, Ralph, we are actually on the same
side because we are both trying to help the little guy, it’s just that
we have different means for how to do it.” I had barely finished
before he answered, “Yes, yes, I know.”

I was thinking in terms of government policy when I said that, but
it’s more than that. We would never support replacing education with
indoctrination of any kind. No viewpoint should be taught as dogma
that cannot be questioned, which is common now for social justice and
critical race theory, from kindergarten through college.

“What a foundation,” indeed, for those who preach it.

Say It Loud: "I Am Not A Racist!"
Stuart Reges, University of Washington

When young people today watch images of police turning a firehose on
black demonstrators they can only imagine what America was like in
those days, but I don’t have to imagine it.  I lived in that America
and watching its sins displayed night after night on the evening news
deeply affected me.  That is why I have done a great deal of soul
searching ever since I have been accused of being a racist.

It started when the UW College Republicans organized an affirmative
action bake sale where they sold cookies at different prices depending
upon the customer’s race.  It was a political stunt meant to make
people angry and they succeeded.  Hundreds of protestors gathered
around their booth along with a dozen police officers.  I stopped by
and tried to have a conversation with a young protestor but it
degenerated into a situation where she loudly denounced me to a mob of
several dozen students that surrounded me.

At one point I said that I didn’t see rampant racism on campus and the
crowd burst into laughter.  A local paper called The Stranger wrote
about the incident and a local TV station included it on the evening
news.  I was surprised to find that this single incident branded me as
a racist to many students and colleagues.  After one of our students
complained, the director of my school reprimanded me for a “lack of
sensitivity to minority students.”  A student experience survey
conducted at the time generated several angry comments about me
including one that said that I am “a garbage person and should not be
teaching in this institution” and that I am, “the symbol of hate,
ignorance, racism, and white supremacy. I would not be surprised if
they were in the KKK.”

Last summer when I posted a message to a faculty mailing I was accused
of being a racist for defending police officers during our summer of
One faculty member wrote that, “What Stuart has shared is racist,
trolling behavior from a faculty member with a long history of
documented racial biases.”
In my lifetime I have seen this country make incredible progress on
the race issue, so I was confused to find myself accused of being a

Shelby Steele provided an answer.
In his book Shame he writes that in our divided society liberals
pursue “poetic truth” that “disregards the actual truth in order to
assert a larger essential truth that supports one’s ideological
position” and that poetic truths “work by moral intimidation rather
than by reason, so that even to question them is heresy.”

He goes on to write that:
    “if you want to be politically correct, if you want to be seen as
someone who is cleansed of America’s past ugliness, you will go along
with the poetic truth that racism is still a great barrier for blacks.
Conversely, embracing the literal truth—that racism is no longer a
serious barrier—will make you politically incorrect and will
stigmatize you with that ugliness.”

I know in my heart that I do not harbor ill will towards anyone based
on race and it seems clear that most Americans believe the same thing.
Overt racism has all but disappeared from modern life, especially on
college campuses, but progressives have concocted various explanations
for hidden forms of racism.

One accusation is that we have bias that we aren’t even aware of.  In
reviewing the many decisions I have made in my 35-year university
career for admissions, hiring, and grading, I can’t find even one
incident of negative racial bias.  The only examples of bias were in
the opposite direction with minority candidates treated more
favorably.  The euphemism is that they are “diversity” candidates as
in, “We can hire three faculty this year, but the dean said that we
can hire up to two more if they are diversity hires.”

Another accusation has been the claim of systemic racism, the idea
that white men built our society so that it favors them.  This idea
should not be dismissed out of hand.  I still remember when I first
visited a store for left-handed people.  I was amazed to find how much
our society has been designed to work well for right-handed people.  I
didn’t realize that can openers and desks and notebooks had all been
designed for right-handed people like me.

To take this idea seriously, though, the proponents would have to
produce examples of how the system has been tilted in favor of white
people.  Where is the equivalent of the left-handed can opener?  Many
people have taken a stab at this although there are few convincing
examples and many cases where people who make this argument have had
to retract their claims.  For example, The Smithsonian quickly
apologized for producing a poster that indicated that white culture
includes rugged individualism, the nuclear family, and the scientific

The only solid evidence for systemic racism is the fact that there are
differences in outcomes across races with whites and Asians generally
performing better.  But this argument falls apart when you consider
alternate explanations.  In my own courses I have found that course
grades are highly correlated with lecture attendance and that
mathematical background seems to be an issue for many students who

So to the extent that some minority students perform less well in my
courses, it seems most likely that this stems from factors other than
race including a weak math background and students putting in less
effort than others.

Shame is a powerful emotion, but it’s time to stand up to these
ideological bullies and to speak the truth.

It is not racist to oppose affirmative action.
It is not racist to challenge the claim of rampant racism on college campuses.
It is not racist to support the police.
It is not racist to challenge the claim of hidden bias and systemic racism.
I am not a racist and I won’t stay silent any longer.

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