Remember the name Al Woolum. The Navy veteran and grandfather just showed white people, particularly military veterans, how they can show their support for the growing number of men and women around the country who are kneeling during the national anthem as a form of protest against police violence.
Woolum, who is white, heard how the girl’s volleyball team at DeSoto High-School had chosen to kneel before a game. Inspired by the gesture, he wore a Black Lives Matter t-shirt and showed up to the next game to join in their protest.
He described his decision in an interview, saying:
The decision they made to kneel at their last game, they caught a lot of flak for that. I saw that on the news. I looked when their next game was, and I came to support them to let them know somebody in the white community cares.
The gesture was picked up by journalist Shaun King, who tweeted about it:
The news spread quickly, with people offering their support of Woolum’s kind and supportive gesture.
At least one person even said he should run for Congress:
A 1959 artist-built mid century house that was nearly torn down for its land as it is 4,300 square feet sitting on 1.5 acres along a creek. While I work in healthcare, I have always had an affinity for architecture and design so this was a nice outlet for that.
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(Image credit: Submitted by George)
I also love collecting vintage pieces and mixing high and low so it isn't obvious what is what, but has an understated luxury. Good design can be found anywhere and it's the thrill of the hunt and how you pull it all together.
The Government Digital Service has decided to provide free tampons and sanitary towels to women workers as part of an attempt to make it a more female-friendly employer.
Details of the new scheme were revealed to delegates at the Women into Leadership conference – hosted by CSW’s parent company Dods and the FDA union – in London.
During a session on digital engagement at the event, Zara Farrar, head of the GDS women’s group, said staff now have free tampons and sanitary towels due to a combination of “months of [presenting] business cases” and “just saying the word tampon enough times to senior men”.
Unconscious bias training, which has already been given to senior staff, is now being rolled out across the organisation, and GDS is trying to ensure that job descriptions are written in a way which will appeal to women. Another development is having mixed-gender interview panels.
Farrar also told delegates how the problems within GDS reflect a wider issue in society, where technology is still promoted as being something for boys rather than girls.
Despite growing numbers of women in work, the proportion employed in tech and digital is small – with women accounting for just one in seven IT professionals, according to Farrar. This is partially due to a lack of interest, with women “taught at a really early age that tech is for boys and it’s not for us”.
But women need to get involved and become part of the “conversation” when it comes to technology, to ensure they are not “excluded” from the advantages it offers, she told delegates.
There seems to be a running theme in the Drumpf Presidential campaign. No, I’m not talking about the sexism (though there’s plenty of that), or the racism (ditto). I’m talking about the incessant, almost compulsive fat-shaming. He just can’t seem to help himself. It seems that Donald Drumpf is the one with a weight problem, and last night’s debate showed just how deep it goes.
It all started when Hillary Clinton brought up Miss Universe 1996, Alicia Machado in order to illustrate Drumpf’s sexism in all its glory. Back when Machado won the title, Drumpf owned the Miss Universe pageant (he does love them ladies who parade around in swimsuits and say very little), and he reportedly referred to her as “Miss Piggy,” among other things. According to The Slot, Drumpf called into Fox and Friends this morning, and when they asked him about whether Hillary got “under his skin” at all during the debate, he cited her bringing up Machado as the only time that was the case, saying:
She was the winner and she gained a massive amount of weight and it was a real problem. We had a real problem—Not only that, her attitude. And we had a real problem with her. So Hillary went back into the years, and she found this this was years ago, and found the girl and talked about her like she was Mother Teresa, and it wasn’t quite that way, but that’s okay.
So…he didn’t deny calling her names because she was fat, he’s just saying that it was her fault that he did it because she was fat, and that’s a “real problem.” Oh, I see now.
As Clinton made the link between what he said about Machado and his general callousness and sexism toward women, Drumpf attempted to defend himself by deflecting from Machado…and focusing on another instance of sexist fat-shaming toward a woman who “deserves it.” In a separate article, The Slot reported on Drumpf bringing up making similar comments to Rosie O’Donnell, saying, “Rosie O’Donnell, I said very tough things to her and I think everyone would agree that she deserves it and nobody feels sorry for her.” Of course, he clarified that O’Donnell is “Someone who has been very vicious to me.”
Because we are children, and call people names when they don’t support us. Because not supporting someone’s ideas or rhetoric is “vicious,” while commenting on someone’s appearance is totally fair game. Especially when that person is a woman.
Of course, it’s not necessarily just women that are targeted by Drumpf’s fat-shaming. As reported by The Washington Post, when asked about cyber security he (after continually referring to something as “the cyber”) responded to questions regarding the hack of the Democratic National Committee, he said, “I mean, it could be Russia, but it could also be China. It could also be lots of other people. It also could be somebody sitting on their bed that weighs 400 pounds, okay?”
Did you see that! It wasn’t specifically about a woman! That particular bit of fat-shaming wasn’t sexist! He said “someone!” Which could be anyone!
Then again, as he talks about how good his youngest son is at computers (“He’s 10 years old. He has computers. He is so good with these computers. It’s unbelievable. The security aspect of cyber is very tough and maybe it’s hardly doable.”), one can imagine that Drumpf doesn’t necessarily picture a woman when he pictures a hacker, because he doesn’t actually believe women are smart enough for such things. So…it’s still sexist, just in a roundabout way.
At least he’s true to form.
Oh, and by the way, one of the other things he called Alicia Machado other than Miss Piggy? Miss Housekeeping. Because she’s Latina.
So, if you’re an undecided voter, and showcasing his rampant racism and sexism doesn’t convince you to do everything in your power to ensure Drumpf doesn’t become President, maybe the fact that his most frequent insults no matter what the person’s gender consist of fat jokes will. After all, there are plenty of fat people in the United States. And you, along with Machado, who recently became an American citizen, will be able to stop this man who seems to see fat people as the lowest of the low from winning the White House come November.
But seriously, though. The sexism and racism should’ve already helped you decide. Seriously.
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1. If a woman is doing anything, she is doing it wrong. 1a. If a woman and a man are engaged in the same activity, the man’s efforts must be viewed in a positive light. 2. It is the right and duty of every man to correct any woman who is doing anything. 3. Don’t frown like that dear, you’ll get lines.
“There has been no real commitment to reparations and to truth and reconciliation for people of African descent.”
A United Nations working group of experts has said recent killings of Black people by police officers are reminiscent of 19th and 20th century lynchings, months after a visit to the United States, in which they called for the distribution of reparations.
“Contemporary police killings and the trauma that they create are reminiscent of the past racial terror of lynching,” said the report by the U.N. Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent.
Police killings of Black people has become a major talking point in American society over the last couple years, after coverage of multiplehigh profile cases. This year alone, 195 Black people were killed by police at a rate of 4.88 kills per million people. That makes a Black person more than twice as likely to be killed by police than a white or Hispanic/Latino person and only just behind a Native American.
The U.N. working group said these were problems intrinsically linked to U.S. history.
“In particular, the legacy of colonial history, enslavement, racial subordination and segregation, racial terrorism and racial inequality in the United States remains a serious challenge, as there has been no real commitment to reparations and to truth and reconciliation for people of African descent,” the working group said in a statement from a trip to the United States in January “In particular, the legacy of colonial history, enslavement, racial subordination and segregation, racial terrorism and racial inequality in the United States remains a serious challenge, as there has been no real commitment to reparations and to truth and reconciliation for people of African descent.. “Impunity for State violence has resulted in the current human rights crisis and must be addressed as a matter of urgency.”
But with a history so steeped in racial violence, the group said it would take much more than recognizing the effect of state violence. The group railed against the country’s treatment of people of African descent, saying its history was that of a “legacy of enslavement, racial subordination and segregation, racial terrorism, and racial inequality.”
The group’s statement said that white supremacy is still present in the American population and called for reparations to be issued to members of the Black community.
“There has been no real commitment to reparations and to truth and reconciliation for people of African descent. Despite substantial changes since the end of the enforcement of Jim Crow and the fight for civil rights, ideology ensuring the domination of one group over another, continues to negatively impact the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of African Americans today.”