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Barr BS: Crime More Dangerous to Black People Than Systemic Racism in Police Departments

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*Attorney General William Barr clashed with black congressional Democrats over whether systemic racism exists in U.S. police forces.

Barr, who testified Tuesday to the Democratic-led House Judiciary Committee, acknowledged that black Americans’ concerns about police “are legitimate” but said it’s “an oversimplification to treat the problem as rooted in some deep-seated racism generally infecting our police departments.”

Black-on-black crime, Barr said, is more of a threat to young African American men than police misconduct.

“The leading cause of death for young black males is homicide. Every year approximately 7,500 black Americans are victims of homicide, and the vast majority of them — around 90 percent — are killed by other blacks, mainly by gunfire. Each of those lives matter,” he said in his opening statement.

“Although the death of George Floyd — an unarmed black man — at the hands of the police was a shocking event, the fact is that such events are fortunately quite rare. According to statistics compiled by the Washington Post, the number of unarmed black men killed by police so far this year is 8. The number of unarmed white men killed by police over the same time period is 11. Some unarmed suspects, moreover, were physically attacking officers or threatening others at the time they were shot. And the overall number of police shootings has been decreasing. Nevertheless, every instance of excessive force is unacceptable and must be addressed, as is happening now in Minneapolis,” he said.

A Washington Post database of police shootings shows there have been 488 police shootings in the U.S. so far in 2020. Of those, at least 23 people have been unarmed — 11 whites, 8 blacks, 3 Hispanics and 1 person of Asian decent. People who have died at the hands of police, but were not shot, such as Floyd, are not included in the database.

Floyd died May 25 after a Minneapolis police officer kneeled on his neck for nearly nine minutes as Floyd said he could not breathe. All four police officers involved in the death were fired and charged in the death. In another high-profile case, Breonna Taylor, an unarmed black woman, was shot and killed when Louisville police officers were executing a no-knock search warrant at her home on March 13. Taylor is included in the database of police shootings. One of the three officers involved in Taylor’s death has been fired.

Both deaths set off protests, some of which have turned violent, against police brutality and racial injustice.

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Attorney General William Barr arrives to testify before a panel of the Senate Appropriations Committee Wednesday.

Although more people who have been shot and killed by police in 2020 are white, black Americans are shot at a disproportionate rate. The U.S. population is 13 percent black and 76 percent white, according to U.S. Census data.

“I don’t agree that that there’s systemic racism in police departments, generally, in the country,” Barr told Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas, in response to her question about whether the Justice Department sought to end what she described as systemic racism in law enforcement and institutional racism.

Jackson Lee was one of several black Democrats on the committee who questioned Barr’s assessment of systemic racism in police departments. It was the first opportunity Congress has had in more than a year to question Barr, who last testified on Capitol Hill in May 2019 to answer questions about special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.

“I would hope that the DOJ would focus on systemic institutional racism because there is good policing. … That’s what we need you to join us on, Mr. Attorney General and to recognize that institutional racism does exist and until we accept that we will not finish our job,” Jackson Lee said.

Rep. Karen Bass of California said there is “zero tolerance” for black men accused of committing crimes while white men who commit mass shootings are “calmly arrested.”

“The laws were made equal. They are certainly not applied equally,” she said. “We do have systemic problems in our law enforcement system, our criminal justice system on every level.”

Rep. Cedric Richmond of Louisiana said Barr lacking any people of color among the senior staff members he brought with him to the hearing is a form of systematic racism.

“When you all came here and brought your top staff, you brought no black people. That, sir, is systematic racism,” Richmond said.

“I would just suggest, that actions speak louder than words,” he said. “You really should keep the name of the Honorable John Lewis out of the Department of Justice’s mouth.”

Lewis, a civil rights leader and Democratic congressman from Georgia, died July 17 from pancreatic cancer. Barr said at the beginning of the hearing that he wanted to pay his respects on behalf of the U.S. Department of Justice.

(Edited by Allison Elyse Gualtieri.)



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‘Bridezillas’ Exclusive Clip: Symoan HATES the Wedding Dresses! [WATCH]

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*Bridezillas” returns to WE tv this week and we have an exclusive clip of the shenanigans set to go down in the episode!

In our excluaive clip, bridesmaid Symoan hates all of her dresses one day before the wedding! What is she going to do now? And what happens when the elder women in her life side-eye the designer? Watch the moment go down via the YouTube clip above.

Here’s more about the new season of “Bridezillas” from the press release:

“Bridezillas” returns to WE tv this fall spotlighting ‘normal’ women who have turned into ‘Bridezillas,’ all in the name of planning the ‘perfect’ wedding. The fan favorite phenomenon, which was filmed prior to quarantine, returns for season 13 on Thursday, September 24 at 10:00 pm ET/PT, with the addition of Emmy Award and NAACP Image Award winner Loni Love as the new voice of its signature series. This season, Bridezillas bust budgets and battle bridesmaids to slay on their perfect day. These strong, sassy brides will stop at nothing to have the wedding of their dreams!

Elsewhere in this week’s episode, Hot Mess Express Symoan’s wedding morning meltdown mode puts the whole day in jeopardy. Nigerian Queen Evelyn demands perfection for her two weddings, but she has to face off with a venue owner who might be a bigger diva than she is. 

Don’t miss the madness unfold when “Bridezillas” airs Thursday at 10/9c on WE tv.

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Naomi Campbell Stuns on Vogue Cover, Talks Racism and Mentoring Black Models

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*Naomi Campbell opens up in the November issue of Vogue about racism in the fashion industry and how she’s mentoring the next generation of Black models.

“Now you understand the strength of my family,” Campbell told the publication while accompanied by her mom and aunts in London. “You understand where I come from.”

The 50-year-old iconic supermodel stuns in a white Dior Haute Couture gown on the Vogue cover. Inside the issue, she slams the British media, calls out her country for not doing more to address racism and shares details about her personal life amid the ongoing COVID pandemic. 

“I was quite happy to be on my own. I know how to cook. I know how to clean. It’s actually good to get to really know every nook and cranny of your home. I mean, I have to be really honest,” Campbell tells the publication. 

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“I stopped smoking during quarantine, but a friend of mine killed himself, and it really affected me. I called my guy in Israel – he’s great for sugar and cigarettes and addiction stuff – and we’re going to do a session. He told me to just get through this week first,” she added.

Campbell also addresses systemic racism in the issue, particularly in her native England. 

“There were a few things that I would do when I was younger that I was told were bad for my race,” she told Vogue. “Now the things I do are not just for me anymore. I think more of my culture and my race, as opposed to thinking about just me.”

And when it comes to the “angry Black woman” stereotype, Campbell admits “I am quite over it.”

“Is it now that we have permission to speak? Well, I have always spoken,” she said.

Campbell also shares with the fashion magazine that she’s writing her autobiography.

“I had this old-school way of looking at it as having to put pen to paper,” she said. “But I had a lovely lunch last year with Clarence Avant. I asked him, ‘Clarence, How do you do it? How do you start writing?’ And he told me, ‘Just start from anywhere. Don’t start from the beginning.’ So it is going to happen!”

You can read her full Vogue feature here.

Vogue’s November issue is available on newsstands nationwide on Oct. 27.

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Trump Fires Shots at NBC News Correspondent Kristen Welker Ahead of Presidential Debate

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*The final 2020 presidential debate will go down Thursday, October 22 (9 pm ET) at Belmont University in Nashville, TN, and Trump has already fired shots at Kristen Welker, the moderator of the event. 

Trump claims Welker is crazy and biased in favour of Biden, calling her “terrible and unfair” in a tweet on Saturday. 

“She’s always been terrible & unfair, just like most of the Fake News reporters, but I’ll still play the game. The people know! How’s Steve Scully doing?” Trump tweeted along with a retweet from son Donald Trump Jr., linking Welker and her family to prominent Democrats.

According to Fox News,Welker’s family has donated tens of thousands of dollars to Democrats over the years. In 2012, the veteran journalist and her family spent Christmas at the White House with the Obamas. 

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Trump’s comment about Steve Scully is in reference to when then C-SPAN journalist was suspended for allegedly lying about his Twitter account being hacked. The incident occurred before he was set to moderate the Oct. 15 debate between Trump and Biden. The event was ultimately canceled.

Welker briefly deactivated her Twitter account after Scully claimed he had been hacked, according to the report. 

Earlier this year, Welker, an NBC News White House correspondent, was tapped to serve as the new weekend co-anchor of the “Today” program.

Welker started her career at the network as a “Today” intern more than 20 years ago and now she replaced Sheinelle Jones as weekend co-anchor with fellow NBC News White House correspondent Peter Alexander.

“To have come here as an intern for the Today show, to shoot that reel… I looked so serious,” Welker said after watching an old clip of herself reading the news for her demo reel at age 21. “To be terrified like that and then to come and sit at this desk, to sit next to my friend Peter Alexander every Saturday, it is the honor of a lifetime.”

Welker will be the first Black woman to moderate the presidential debate.

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