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Understanding Multiracial Whiteness And Trump Supporters

15 hours 6 min ago
Copyright 2021 NPR. To see more, visit LULU GARCIA-NAVARRO, HOST: The chairman of the hate group The Proud Boys identifies as Afro-Cuban. One of the organizers of the pro-Trump extremist group Stop the Steal is Black and Arab. Christina Beltran is a professor of social and cultural analysis at New York University. And she uses the term multiracial whiteness to explain why some groups who are disdained by white supremacists embrace white power movements. And she joins us now to explain. Welcome to the program. CRISTINA BELTRAN: Great. Thank you so much for having me. GARCIA-NAVARRO: So what do you mean by multiracial whiteness? BELTRAN: So there's been a whole lot of people thinking and theorizing about white supremacy. And all of these scholars share a view that I share, that whiteness is not the same thing as white people and that whiteness is actually better understood as a political project that has emerged historically, and that is dynamic and that is always changing. And so

As Israelis Flock To UAE, They See A New Precedent: Peace Deals Without Giving Ground

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Israelis are visiting Dubai in the tens of thousands. Where in the past, they could only arrive as undercover spies, competitive athletes or foreign passport holders, now they are loud and proud, running into the arms of their new Middle Eastern friend, the oil-rich United Arab Emirates. Since December, they have window-shopped among elaborate displays of gilded wedding garments, skied down the indoor slope at Dubai's Mall of the Emirates and boasted of their meetings with Emirati businessmen. "We Israelis are very noisy, and they understand us ... Here I feel good!" bellowed tour guide Lihi Ziv, wearing a sequined shirt and a blue scarf around her strawberry-red hair, seeing no reason to maintain a low profile as she wandered Dubai's gold market last month. "We are wanted," said elementary school teacher Ilanit Zighelboim, as she toured the nearby spice market with friends. Israel and the United Arab Emirates have promoted their U.S.-brokered deal for diplomatic relations as an

Two arrested in kidnapping of two Greece children

Sat, 01/23/2021 - 11:43pm
Greece Police have announced two arrests in connection with the abduction of two children from a home on English Road a week ago. The brother and sister, 5-year-old Dimitri Cash Jr. and 3-year-old Shekeria Cash, were later located safe by authorities in Alabama. On Saturday, police said that they have charged 29 year old Dimitri Cash, who is the boy’s father. He is being held at the Monroe County jail. Also, police have arrested 32 year old Kimara Pluviose. She is being held in Alabama. When police found the two children last week, they were hidden in the back seat of a car after officers followed up on some leads and stopped the vehicle. The woman driving the car was taken into custody. The two children are being returned to their foster home in Greece. Both Pluviose and Cash are being held on charges of 2nd degree kidnapping, 1st degree burglary and 2nd degree robbery. Other details have not been released yet.

Arizona Republicans Censure Party Leaders At Odds With Trump

Sat, 01/23/2021 - 10:22pm
Arizona Republicans passed resolutions on Saturday to censure three of the state's most prominent party leaders who have found themselves at odds with former President Donald Trump: Gov. Doug Ducey, former Sen. Jeff Flake and Cindy McCain, widow of late longtime Sen. John McCain. The sweeping — yet essentially symbolic — rebuke took place during a meeting to figure out how to move forward after the state flipped blue in November, narrowly giving its 11 electoral votes to now-President Biden. McCain and Flake, both of whom endorsed Biden for president, were censured for their outspoken opposition to Trump and for their support of globalist interests, according to state GOP members. In condemning Ducey, the party cited the governor's decision to enact emergency orders during the coronavirus pandemic that the committee said are unconstitutional and "restrict personal liberties." Much of the meeting, held indoors at Dream City Church in Phoenix, was largely a pep rally for state

Facebook Oversight Board Co-Chair On Determining The Future Of Trump's Accounts

Sat, 01/23/2021 - 9:06pm
An independent oversight board for Facebook is now determining if Donald Trump will be allowed to return to the company's social media platforms after Facebook indefinitely suspended Trump's accounts following the Jan. 6 insurrection. Facebook referred the decision to the board on Thursday, which Facebook says can make binding decisions that not even CEO Mark Zuckerberg can overturn. Currently, the board consists of 20 members, co-chair Jamal Greene told NPR's All Things Considered , who will break into panels to determine whether the suspension was appropriate and consistent with the company's policies and values. Greene is also a law professor at Columbia Law School. "We draw on both the company's own terms of service, which they refer to as their community standards, and whether they were properly applied, but also Facebook has what are called values," Greene tells NPR. "Voice is one of those values. Safety is one of those values. Dignity is one of those values. And we are also

Lawmakers React As Trump Senate Impeachment Trial Gets Timetable

Sat, 01/23/2021 - 7:38pm
As the Senate prepares to try former President Donald Trump and potentially bar him from again holding office, some Republican lawmakers criticized the idea of trying an out-of-office president, while Democrats worried about distracting from President Biden's agenda. The single article of impeachment against Trump for inciting the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol is slated to be sent to the Senate Monday. His trial is scheduled to begin the week of Feb. 8 with the full Senate required to meet six days a week until the trial is complete. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., thanked Democrats for agreeing to a delayed start, which will give Trump's defense team time to prepare. The House impeached Trump on Jan. 13 and the trial could have started immediately after that. "Republicans set out to ensure the Senate's next steps will respect former President Trump's rights and due process, the institution of the Senate, and the office of the presidency. That goal has been achieved

Biden Is Catholic. He Also Supports Abortion Rights. Here's What That Could Mean

Sat, 01/23/2021 - 4:53pm
Joe Biden is only the second Catholic president of the United States. He's also a supporter of abortion rights — a position at odds with official teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. For some Catholic activists, like Marjorie Dannenfelser, Biden's high-profile example of a Catholic who supports abortion rights is troubling. "It's a negative example of a deep and important moral issue that is being debated in this country," she said. For some, a challenge; for others, an opportunity Dannenfelser is president of the Susan B. Anthony List, a group that works to elect national politicians who are opposed to abortion rights and to advocate for laws limiting abortion. She's particularly concerned about Biden's embrace of a broader push among Democrats to repeal the Hyde Amendment , which prohibits federal funding for most abortions. He took that position in 2019, while running for the Democratic presidential nomination, after decades of supporting the amendment . "The church itself has

Former OSHA Head Talks Biden's Executive Order On Workplace Safety

Sat, 01/23/2021 - 4:53pm
MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: And finally, today, you might have noticed that Mexican directors have recently enjoyed much success at the Academy Awards. Alfonso Cuaron won Oscars for directing "Gravity" in 2014 and again in 2019 for "Roma." (SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING) ALFONSO CUARON: Muchas gracias, Mexico. Muchas gracias. Gracias, gracias. MARTIN: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu won in 2015 for directing "Birdman." (SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING) ALEJANDRO GONZALEZ INARRITU: (Speaking Spanish). Thank you very much. (CHEERING) MARTIN: The next year, he won best director again for "The Revenant," and Guillermo del Toro won for directing "The Shape Of Water" in 2018. Now the tres amigos may welcome uno mas, up-and-coming filmmaker Fernando Frias de la Parra. His film, "I'm No Longer Here," is Mexico's Academy Award entry for best international feature film. NPR's Mandalit del Barco has this report. (SOUNDBITE OF DRUM BEAT) MANDALIT DEL BARCO, BYLINE: Fernando Frias set his film "I'm No

Facebook Oversight Board Co-Chair On Future Of Trump's Account

Sat, 01/23/2021 - 4:53pm
MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: And finally, today, you might have noticed that Mexican directors have recently enjoyed much success at the Academy Awards. Alfonso Cuaron won Oscars for directing "Gravity" in 2014 and again in 2019 for "Roma." (SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING) ALFONSO CUARON: Muchas gracias, Mexico. Muchas gracias. Gracias, gracias. MARTIN: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu won in 2015 for directing "Birdman." (SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING) ALEJANDRO GONZALEZ INARRITU: (Speaking Spanish). Thank you very much. (CHEERING) MARTIN: The next year, he won best director again for "The Revenant," and Guillermo del Toro won for directing "The Shape Of Water" in 2018. Now the tres amigos may welcome uno mas, up-and-coming filmmaker Fernando Frias de la Parra. His film, "I'm No Longer Here," is Mexico's Academy Award entry for best international feature film. NPR's Mandalit del Barco has this report. (SOUNDBITE OF DRUM BEAT) MANDALIT DEL BARCO, BYLINE: Fernando Frias set his film "I'm No

Dolores Huerta Reacts To Cesar Chavez Bust In Biden's Oval Office

Sat, 01/23/2021 - 4:53pm
MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: And finally, today, you might have noticed that Mexican directors have recently enjoyed much success at the Academy Awards. Alfonso Cuaron won Oscars for directing "Gravity" in 2014 and again in 2019 for "Roma." (SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING) ALFONSO CUARON: Muchas gracias, Mexico. Muchas gracias. Gracias, gracias. MARTIN: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu won in 2015 for directing "Birdman." (SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING) ALEJANDRO GONZALEZ INARRITU: (Speaking Spanish). Thank you very much. (CHEERING) MARTIN: The next year, he won best director again for "The Revenant," and Guillermo del Toro won for directing "The Shape Of Water" in 2018. Now the tres amigos may welcome uno mas, up-and-coming filmmaker Fernando Frias de la Parra. His film, "I'm No Longer Here," is Mexico's Academy Award entry for best international feature film. NPR's Mandalit del Barco has this report. (SOUNDBITE OF DRUM BEAT) MANDALIT DEL BARCO, BYLINE: Fernando Frias set his film "I'm No

Monroe County reports 315 new cases of COVID-19, and no new deaths

Sat, 01/23/2021 - 3:50pm
Monroe County on Saturday reported 315 new cases of COVID-19. There were no new deaths. The 7-day rolling average of new cases is 349 new cases per day. The 7-day rolling average positivity rate for Monroe County is 5.5%. The infection rate for the Finger Lakes region has dropped to 5.78%. That is the 6 th highest in the state. 703 people in the Finger Lakes Region are hospitalized, 150 of them are in ICU. The percentage of total hospital beds available in the Finger Lakes region on a 7-day rolling average is 33%. The percentage of ICU Beds available in the Finger Lakes region on a 7-day rolling average is 22%. The Finger Lakes and Long Island still have the highest percentage of COVID-19 patients who are hospitalized. Here is the age breakdown of the latest Monroe County COVID-19 cases:

Fauci Relishes A 'Hallelujah' Moment

Sat, 01/23/2021 - 2:54pm
Dr. Anthony Fauci says letting the science speak on the pandemic got him "into a little bit of trouble" during the Trump administration. President Donald Trump had called the nation's top infectious disease expert part of a group of "idiots" and a "disaster" and suggested that he might fire Fauci after the election, which Trump ended up losing. So, Fauci, President Biden's chief medical adviser on COVID-19, says he rejoiced when the new president declared that "science and truth" would guide the nation's policies on the pandemic. "I said, 'Hallelujah,' you know?" Fauci told NPR's Mary Louise Kelly on Friday. "That's a very liberating feeling, where people don't have to be worried about when you're saying something that you're going to get pushback from your own team," he says. "There never will be pushback on scientific data. The president himself has told us that he wants nothing but the truth based on science and good evidence." Fauci, 80, who was appointed director of the National

Cuomo announces effort to strengthen fairness and equity in vaccine distribution

Sat, 01/23/2021 - 2:52pm
Governor Andrew Cuomo says the state is expanding its deployment of community vaccination kits to strengthen fairness and equity in the distribution process for COVID-19 vaccines. The governor made the announcement in Brooklyn on Saturday, noting that the state recently piloted the deployment kits to several senior housing developments in New York City. The kits are being deployed to pop-up locations around the state including Mt. Olivet Baptist Church on Adams St. in Rochester. That church’s website notes that there is a limited supply of COVID-19 vaccine being distributed on Monday, January 25, by appointment only. The distribution is in partnership with Monroe County. The community vaccination kits being distributed by the state include items such as vials, syringes, room dividers, PPE, cleaning supplies and workstation equipment. Cuomo told a gathering in Brooklyn on Saturday that it is crucial the federal government helps make sure that there is a focus on helping Black and brown

Who Wants To Be A Billionaire? $1 Billion Winning Lottery Ticket Sold In Michigan

Sat, 01/23/2021 - 1:48pm
It's the kind of purchase many shoppers make on impulse. Eggs, milk, yogurt and — why not? — a lottery ticket. With just six numbers drawn Friday night — 4, 26, 42, 50, 60 and the Mega Ball of 24 — a ticket sold at a Michigan grocery store made somebody one of the richest people in the country. "Someone in Michigan woke up to life-changing news this morning, and Kroger Michigan congratulates the newest Michigan multimillionaire," Rachel Hurst, a regional spokeswoman for the grocery chain, told The Associated Press. Only one person in the entire country picked all the winning numbers for the Mega Millions jackpot. So unlike in other big drawings, they won't have to split the prize. The odds of winning were 1 in 302.5 million. It's the third-largest lotto jackpot in U.S. history. The winner — who purchased the ticket at a Kroger grocery store in the Detroit suburb of Novi — has a choice of whether to split that up into 30 annual installments or to take an upfront cash payment of $776.6

Protests Swell Across Russia Calling For The Release Of Kremlin Critic Alexei Navalny

Sat, 01/23/2021 - 11:53am
Updated at 4:00 p.m. ET Tens of thousands of Russians took to the streets in protest on Saturday to demand the release of jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny, braving the threat of mass arrests in what were some of the largest demonstrations against the Kremlin in years. From the port city of Vladivostok in the east to the capital of Moscow seven time zones away in the west, protesters swept across the country in open defiance of warnings from Russian authorities that the demonstrations have been deemed illegal. In Moscow, protesters gathered in Pushkin Square for what appeared to be the largest of the day's protests. They were met by police trucks and city buses filled with riot officers, who blared messages from a public-address system warning them that the protest was unlawful. In all, Navalny supporters said that protests were planned across 90 cities, including the Siberian city of Yakutsk, where temperatures plunged to minus 60 Fahrenheit. Police and protesters clashed in

Veteran Broadcaster Larry King Dies At 87

Sat, 01/23/2021 - 9:00am
With his trademark suspenders and deep baritone voice Larry King spoke with presidents, world leaders, celebrities, authors, scientists, comedians, athletes — everyone. The Peabody Award-winning broadcaster died Saturday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was 87. The death of the famed interviewer was announced on King's Twitter feed in a posting from his production studio , Ora Media. No cause of death was provided, but King had recently been hospitalized with COVID-19. "For 63 years and across the platforms of radio, television and digital media, Larry's many thousands of interviews, awards, and global acclaim stand as a testament to his unique and lasting talent as a broadcaster," the statement read. "Additionally, while it was his name appearing in the shows' titles, Larry always viewed his interview subjects as the true star of his programs, and himself as merely an unbiased conduit between the guest and audience." It's a philosophy that King himself spoke about in

Opinion: Joe Biden's Lifetime Of Experience

Sat, 01/23/2021 - 8:46am
A year ago, who would have thought 78-year-old Joe Biden would be sworn in this week as president? He had just finished fourth in the Iowa caucuses. He would soon finish fifth in the New Hampshire primary. He was derided as old, out-of-touch, an elderly, silvery centrist who said screwball things, as when he told a crowd, "Folks, I can tell you I've known eight presidents, three of them intimately." He'd run for president twice before and didn't come close. He served two terms as Barack Obama's vice president, but after Biden didn't run again in 2016, was widely thought to be past his expiration date in public office. During the 2020 primary debates, a fellow Democrat seemed to question Joe Biden's mental clarity onstage, when he asked him sharply, "Are you forgetting what you said two minutes ago?" Another candidate criticized him pointedly and personally for opposing the 1970s policy of busing children to speed school desegregation. That opponent, Kamala Harris, is now vice president

What Trump's Declassified Asia Strategy May Mean For U.S.-China Relations Under Biden

Sat, 01/23/2021 - 8:01am
Eight days before the Trump administration departed, it declassified a key document that it said "provided overarching strategic guidance" to its approach toward Asia, a region it dubbed the Indo-Pacific. The 10-page, lightly redacted report, in use across the government since 2018, seeks to explain the challenges the U.S. faces from a rising and more assertive China, spells out vital U.S. interests in the region, and lays out a plan for both mobilizing and helping key allies in achieving U.S. aims. The document states that the U.S. should maintain "diplomatic, military and economic preeminence" in the region while "preventing China from establishing new, illiberal spheres of influence." It also envisions a Korean Peninsula "free of nuclear, chemical, cyber and biological weapons" and expresses commitment to "accelerate India's rise" so that the two countries can "cooperate" to "preserve maritime security and counter Chinese influence." The paper elucidates the motivations behind some

Parents With Disabilities Face Extra Hurdles With Kids' Remote Schooling

Sat, 01/23/2021 - 7:54am
The Americans with Disabilities Act says schools have to help not just students but parents with disabilities, too, like making sure deaf or blind parents can communicate during parent-teacher conferences. But what happens when kids are learning at home? That's uncharted territory. Rosabella Manzanares, a first grader at Betsy Ross Elementary in Forest Park, Ill., has a spelling test. Like so many kids around the country, she's taking the test at home, sharing a Zoom screen with a class full of other boisterous 6-year-olds. Rosabella's teacher relies on parents to grade simple assignments like this. But while Rosabella can hear the spelling words, her mother can not. Chantelly Manzanares uses American Sign Language, or ASL, which is different than English. It's a visual language. It has its own grammar. It uses different sentence structure. Rosabella and her siblings grew up using ASL. But while they've become fluent in English, Manzanares is not. She can grade this spelling test,

New York City's Vaccine Outreach Aims To Dispel Mistrust Among Communities Of Color

Sat, 01/23/2021 - 7:54am
SCOTT SIMON, HOST: Larry King has died. He was 87. And in a career that spanned 60 years, Larry King interviewed just about everybody. Reporter Jeff Lunden has this appreciation. JEFF LUNDEN, BYLINE: With his trademark suspenders and his deep baritone voice tinged with a Brooklyn accent, Larry King spoke with presidents... (SOUNDBITE OF TV SHOW, "LARRY KING LIVE") LARRY KING: George Bush is our honored guest for the full hour - next on "Larry King Live." LUNDEN: ...World leaders... (SOUNDBITE OF TV SHOW, "LARRY KING LIVE") KING: Muammar Gaddafi, the leader of the nation of Libya. LUNDEN: ...Celebrities... (SOUNDBITE OF TV SHOW, "LARRY KING LIVE") KING: The brilliant Barbra Streisand. LUNDEN: ...Authors, scientists, comedians, athletes, and on and on and on. (SOUNDBITE OF PODCAST, "THE TURNAROUND") KING: I'm always engrossed in the guests. LUNDEN: Larry King spoke with Jesse Thorn on "The Turnaround" podcast in 2017. (SOUNDBITE OF PODCAST, "THE TURNAROUND") KING: I'm always listening to