*There’s been a lot talk this past week about what President Donald Trump knew about the Corona virus and when he knew it.
Recorded interviews as early as last February revealed Trump confessed in private that he realized the COVID-19 virus was more deadly than a seasonal flu. In his public statements Trump told the American people it was no worse than the seasonal flu. That was a lie.
In private Trump is recorded admitting the virus could be as dangerous to children as it had been to the elderly population. In public the president urged parents to send their children back to school without a clear plan to keep them or teachers safe from the virus.
In public Trump urged people to go back to work. He said masks should be optional even through in private he is recorded saying the virus can be passed through the air – not just by touch.
These recorded interviews told me what I already know about Donald Trump: He is a liar who will cheat his way to the top. And he will put your life in harm’s way if it will help hi m get re-election, because in his mind it’s all about him. So I didn’t learn anything new about Donald Trump by listening to those recorded interviews. Telling me he’s a liar is like telling me dogs bark, babies cry and cats meow.
But enough about Trump. Let’s talk about these so-called ‘good white people.’
These recorded interviews of Trump happened as early as February 2020. That’s seven months ago. Why did the journalist who recorded the interviews wait seven months to expose that a liar had lied again?!
That journalist is Pulitzer Prize winner Bob Woodward. He’s best known for his reporting during the Watergate break-in for The Washington Post. ‘Watergate’ was another political scandal about another lying president – Richard Nixon – who was found to have orchestrated a break-in at the Democratic National Committee headquarters in Washington’s Watergate Hotel. He resigned before he could be impeached. So Woodward knows the importance of holding politicians accountable to the people who elected them.
It turns out Woodward didn’t release information about Trump’s double-talk until now, because Woodward wanted to use it to sell his book scheduled for release within a week. Woodward, it turns out, is just as self-serving and greedy as Trump. At least 190,000 Americans are reported dead due to COVID-19 since those recordings were made seven months ago. Woodward thinks of himself as one of those good white people. In reality, he’s just as guilty as Trump for not telling Americans what he knew, when he knew it.
Former National Security Advisor John Bolton is another person who aided and abetted Trump’s behavior. Bolton was part of the game of musical chairs that is the Trump administration. He worked with the president about one year before leaving. Last fall when Congress requested that Bolton return to Capitol Hill to testify at impeachment hearings he refused. Not because he had nothing of interest to add to inquiries. Bolton saved what he knew for his now released book. In his book Bolton revealed Trump had asked Chinese President Xi Jinping to help him win his re-election campaign.
Foreign interference in an American election is illegal. I know that and so does Bolton. Still, he preferred to save that bombshell to sell books instead of telling Congress. Bolton is one of those ‘good white people’ who professes to be better than Trump. In reality he’s just as greedy and self-serving as the president.
And what about that recent Atlantic Magazine article where anonymous sources claim Trump called military service people suckers and losers for giving their lives and allegiance for (what Trump considers to be) nothing in return.
Although Trump’s track record for lying and his tendency for public shaming would lead most rational people to believe the story, these ‘good white people’ should have the guts to stand behind their claims. These people are hypocrites, hiding information when it serves them; revealing information when it’s to their benefit. We see you, white people!
It’s so-called ‘good white people’ like these who – despite Trump’s history of self-proclaimed sexual assault, his stereotypical bigotry against Black and Brown people and his shady business dealings before he was elected – turned a blind eye and elected him president anyway. It was clear Trump wasn’t fit to lead a parade, let alone a nation. Yet millions of people voted for him anyway. Now that Trump has made a disaster of the American economy, upended every political protocol, gave both middle fingers to military service people and nearly 200,000 Americans are dead due to his lack of leadership during this COVID-19 pandemic, now these same ‘good white people’ want our help to vote him out of office.
No, thanks! This is some white people ish. You made the mess. You clean it up. And when somebody tells you who they are, believe them!
Steffanie Rivers is a freelance journalist living in the Dallas-Ft. Worth metroplex. Email her at [email protected] with comments, questions or speaking inquiries. Friend her on Facebook/StefanieRivers. Follow her on Twitter @tcbstef and on [email protected]
New York Film Festival 58 Has Upped its Game
*Film at Lincoln Center (FLC) has upped its game and offers relevant films in this pandemic period at the 58th New York Film Festival (NYFF58) running until October 11.
Director of Programming Dennis Lim says, “Movies are neither made nor experienced in a vacuum, and while the works in our program predate the current moment of crisis, it’s striking to me just how many of them resonate with our unsettled present, or represent a means of transcending it.”
This year’s Main Slate showcases films from 19 different countries, including new titles from renowned auteurs. Frederick Wiseman explores behind the scenes of the Boston city government in “City Hall;” indictments of America’s racist past and present in Sam Pollard’s “MLK/FBI” and Garrett Bradley’s “Time, dealing with the crisis of Black mass incarceration in America”
Steve McQueen not only has the Opening Night selection “Lovers Rock,” but “Mangrove;” and “Red, White and Blue.” The Centerpiece is Chloé Zhao’s “Nomadland,” and Azazel Jacobs’s “French Exit” will close the festival
Also of note are “Night of the Kings,” “Tragic Jungle,” “All In: The Fight for Democracy,” “David Byrne’s American Utopia,” “Hopper/Welles,” “The Human Voice,” “The Monopoly of Violence,” “On the Rocks,” “The Inheritance,” and “Ouvertures.”
Included in the lineup also are “The Revolution Will Be Filmed,” “The Artist, the Athlete, and the Revolutionary,” “The Spook Who Sat by the Door,” “Muhammad Ali, the Greatest,” and “Meeting the Man: James Baldwin in Paris.”
The 58th New York Film Festival (NYFF58) runs until October 11.
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She the People on Trump’s Supreme Court Pick: Amy Coney Barrett: ‘She is A Detriment to Our Democracy’
SAN FRANCISCO – Today, in response to news that President Donald Trump selected Amy Coney Barrett as his nominee to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court of the United States, Aimee Allison, Founder of She the People, released the following statement:
“Today’s news is devastating. Judge Amy Coney Barrett in no way fills the immense void Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg left on our highest court. She is favored among Trump-loyal conservatives, and her judicial record makes it clear she would be solidly opposed to abortion rights and inclined, even eager, to reverse Roe v. Wade, and the Affordable Care Act.
“If confirmed, right-wing judicial activist Barrett would reshape the law and society for generations to come. She is a detriment to our democracy.
“We want a Supreme Court that is independent and fair. We need a nominee who will provide checks and balances to the other branches, in particular the executive branch. We will fight for that Court. Our nation is reeling from a global pandemic. We are fighting against state-sanctioned violence and unjust policing, which disproportionately harms Black and brown communities. Trump is incapable of picking a nominee who would provide equal justice under law, and the nomination of Coney Barrett confirms this.
“Under no circumstances should the Senate consider a replacement for Justice Ginsburg until after inauguration.The people need to decide.“
The Journal of Steffanie Rivers: Kentucky AG Is Not Fit For the Fight
The good news is the city of Louisville has agreed to pay $12 million to Breonna Taylor’s family. It’s the largest wrongful death payment ever against the Louisville Metro Police Department. Taylor’s family and loved ones deserve it! Nobody would argue that after learning about how and why she was killed. Yet, the civil case award could be bad news for the criminal case. Keep reading to understand how.
She was killed in March 2020. Kentucky’s Attorney General Daniel J. Cameron appointed himself special prosecutor back in June. Since then he claims to have been conducting a thorough investigation. Instead he stalled the case.
Ninety-nine percent of us know the story. For the one percent who don’t know here’s a recap: Louisville police lied to a judge to get approval for a no-knock warrant at Taylor’s residence. Taylor was not the target of the warrant. The person who was the target – her ex boyfriend – already had been arrested across town. But these bully, liar, killer cops showed up at Taylor’s residence anyway and broke down the door.
Police claimed they announced themselves as cops. Neighbors said they didn’t. Some of those neighbors and Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker who was at home with her, called police about the break-in. Walker shot at the people coming through the door. He’s licensed to carry a weapon and used it to legally defend himself and Taylor. Police unloaded a barrage of bullets into the apartment on the way in shooting Taylor. One of the cops stationed outside blindly shot into Taylor’s apartment. Some of his bullets were found in neighboring apartments where other innocent people could have died. Walker was arrested and charged with attempted murder of police – who didn’t announce themselves. Nobody offered Taylor medical assistance that might have saved her life. And that’s why Taylor’s family deserves the settlement money.
But there’s more to the story that makes Taylor’s murder even more egregious. Taylor’s boyfriend called her mom before he was arrested. When Taylor’s mother, Tamika Palmer, showed up at the scene she was given the runaround about where her daughter was. Police sent her to a hospital telling her Breonna was there, knowing she wasn’t. After an hour, Palmer came back to the scene and that’s when police asked her about any domestic violence issues between her Breonna and her boyfriend. They tried to get her to make a statement that could later be used to blame Walker for Breonna’s death!
Of the officers involved in Taylor’s murder and subsequent cover-up none of them has been charged with a crime. Only one of them – the one who stood outside and blindly shot into her apartment – has been fired. The others are still getting paid for the legalized genocide of Black people. We should demand the system to dish out fair punishment to bully, liar, killer cops the same as it does for everyone else.
That’s where Attorney General Cameron should have stepped in. The aforementioned details are enough evidence for charges already to have been filed. Any other attorney general with a backbone would have done so already. Dan Cameron has no backbone. He’s afraid to bring charges against police, because they helped get him elected. He thanked the Fraternal Order of Police in his acceptance speech when he was elected to the AG position last year. The FOP has Cameron in their back pocket. They own him!
For three months Cameron claimed he had been conducting a thorough investigation of Taylor’s case. It was a stall tactic. He had hoped he could take control of the investigation and never file charges against the police involved. But then George Floyd’s modern-day lynching video sparked world-wide protests and brought attention to Taylor’s case.
That’s when Cameron realized the case wouldn’t go away because all eyes are on Louisville! Even though Taylor’s family deserves the $12 million settlement, the civil case could compromise the criminal case.
Typically the criminal case is decided first. The civil case is decided later. Since the money already has been awarded the grand jury might not feel obligated to indict Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly, Det. Myles Cosgrove or now fired officer Brett Hankinson. Criminal justice is different than civil justice. We want both
Even though they are not supposed to act on emotion when it comes to the law, the grand jury might feel as if criminal indictments against police and civil justice is too much justice for one case! Also, the attorney general can sway the grand jury’s decision based on how and what evidence he presents. It doesn’t look good for criminal prosecution. I know it and people in Louisville know it. That’s why federal buildings in the city have been boarded up and are closed for business this week in anticipation of what’s to come.
Daniel Cameron is not fit for the fight we as Black people in America are engaged in against bully, liar, killer cops! He claimed to be for law and order, but when it comes to holding crooked cops accountable, he doesn’t have the guts for it. He’s not fit to be attorney general.
Steffanie Rivers is a freelance journalist living in the Dallas-Ft. Worth metroplex. Email her at [email protected] with comments, questions or speaking inquiries. Friend her on Facebook.com/StefanieRivers. Follow her on Twitter @tcbstef and on Instagram @tcbstef
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