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Jason Johnson on Puerto Rico: ‘This Is What White Nationalism Looks Like as Policy’


During Saturday’s “AM Joy” on MSNBC, The Root politics editor Jason Johnson said President Donald Trump’s response to Hurricane Maria’s damage to Puerto Rico was “what white nationalism looks like as policy.” He explained, “When you have a policy, when you have a belief that only white people are true Americans, Puerto Ricans are Americans — Donald Trump doesn’t care about that. Therefore he is attacking people and distracting from the fact that a response there to fellow American citizens has not been adequate.” Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent

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‘Star Trek Discovery’ to Debut TV Show’s First Openly Gay Character


The third episode of Star Trek: Discovery, airing Sunday, will make franchise history as actor Anthony Rapp will portray Lieutenant Stamets, the first openly gay Trek TV series character.

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Dr. Kelli Ward: Jeff Flake an ‘Open Borders Amnesty Globalist,’ Prefers ‘Global Community to Putting America First’


Former Arizona state senator Dr. Kelli Ward said Sen. Jeff Flake’s globalist bent is “unacceptable for America,” in an interview Saturday with Breitbart News Daily SiriusXM hosts Raheem Kassam and Stephen K. Bannon.

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America’s Team Again: Dez Bryant Announces the Cowboys Will Stand for the Anthem on Sunday, and for the Rest of the Season


Goodbye interlocked arms, farewell raised fists, and see you later bended knee. The Dallas Cowboys will have no further use for those things because, starting Sunday, the Cowboys will simply stand during the anthem for the rest of the season.

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True Colors: Colin Kaepernick’s Foundation Donates $25,000 to Group Named After Convicted Cop-Killer Assata Shakur


Colin Kaepernick has had a lot to say about the police: he’s called them murderers without proof, he wore “pig socks,” which depicted cops as pigs, and he’s compared cops to slave catchers. Now, it appears, he’s put his money where his mouth is.

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Justice Neil Gorsuch Speaks About Free Speech at Trump Hotel, Protesters Take Shots Ahead of New SCOTUS Term


Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch spoke about the importance of the First Amendment and free speech at a luncheon hosted by the Fund for American Studies at the Trump International Hotel in D.C. on Thursday while a handful of protesters took shots at him and President Donald Trump outside the venue.

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World View: Steve Bannon and Henry Kissinger Form Project to Sound Alarm on China


Contents: Steve Bannon and Henry Kissinger form project to sound alarm on China; Taiwan’s prime minister says that Taiwan is an ‘independent sovereign state’

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SAD! President Trump Falsely Claims His Endorsement Helped Luther Strange at Alabama Polls

President Donald Trump hugs U.S. Senate candidate Luther Strange during a campaign rally, Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, in Huntsville, Ala. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
President Trump apparently missed the lesson delivered to him by Alabama Republican voters on Tuesday when they decisively picked grassroots conservative champion Roy Moore over establishment-backed and Trump-endorsed Luther Strange in the primary runoff election.

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After Charlottesville, Spotify begins removing neo-Nazi and white … – Washington Post

Spotify began removing neo-Nazi and white supremacist music from its service following the Aug. 12 violence in Charlottesville.

In addition to Spotifys actions, Steven Wiegand of New Jersey, who ran white supremacist music store Micetrap Distribution for more than two decades, announced he was shutting it down after finding himself unable to pretend he wasnt peddling hate, Philly.com reported.

And Minneapolis lawyer Aaron Davis lost his job after his hobby operating a neo-Nazi music labelcame to light.

Until then, most people probably didnt know such entertainment if thats what it can be called existed. Nobody knows the exact number of neo-Nazi/white nationalist bands here and abroad.

At least 37 of them streamed on Spotify until recently.

In fact, the genre has been around for decades, relegated for years to certain sympathetic rock clubs and underground mailing lists until the Internet changed all that.

The origins of white supremacist and neo-Nazi music can most easily be traced to the rise of punk music in 1970s Britain.

Many of punks practitioners, such as Sid Vicious of the Sex Pistols and Ron Asheton of the Stooges, adorned their clothes with Nazi iconography.

But it was meant as provocation, not endorsement. Punk bands generally preached against racism and fascism.

But white nationalists led by Eddy Morrison of the Britains far-right National Front saw an opportunity in 1976. As Morrison wrote on his blog Memoirs of a Street Soldier: A life in White Nationalism:

At first I was bewildered when I saw some of our once clean cut members wearing safety pins and dressing in ex-charity shop clothes. However, I could also see that Punk was becoming a powerful weapon for anyone who could turn it politically. The reds were already attempting to do this with their newly formed Rock Against Racism, and many teenagers went to their concerts, not because they were anti-racist but simply to hear the music.

This couldnt be allowed to continue. We either had to condemn Punk or use it. I chose the latter option and started a spoof fanzine called Punk Front which featured a NF logo with safety pin in it. To my great surprise, Punk Front was a huge success and soon, especially in Leeds, NF members and supporters were going to the biggest Punk Club around the infamous F Club. I started to regularly go to the club and NF Punks were recruiting other punks.

As Nazi punk music began to spread globally, it prompted a backlash. American punk band Dead Kennedys released a song in 1980 titled, Nazi Punks F Off. Art for it featured a black swastika against a red background, with a large black slash through it, like a no parking sign.

Theyear after that songs release, modern neo-Nazi rock began whenKen McLellan formed Brutal Attack. If any band represents modern hate music, its this one, which the Anti-Defamation League called one of the oldest hate bands in continuous existence, according to Spin.

Its racist messages were unvarnished. Considerthese lyrics from Aryan Child:

Child awake now for your lands been robbed & sold, By men of high finance, the truth you must be told. What your ancestors fought for, sacrifice untold, Has all been stolen by bankers of the Jewish fold.

Thats one of the bands lighter and less offensive tunes.Many of the other lyrics cant be published in the The Washington Post.

Disseminating these songs along with ones like Rock Against Islam by Kill, Baby, Kill! and Six Million More by the Bully Boys wasnt easy. As Spin reported, most record stores wouldnt carry them. Any that did risked being protested by anti-hate advocacy groups.

Fans and sympathizers generally found them through mailing lists, white supremacist publications, underground shows and even music festivals.

Because stores wouldnt carry us, selling records used to be laborious, McLellan told Spin. We relied on mail order. We relied on concerts.

With the Internet, these bands suddenly had a free platform for sharing their music. Long before teenagers were downloading Destinys Child and Train songs off Napster, white supremacist groups had Internet radio stations blasting racist vitriol around the clock.

The way that movement has sold music has always been ahead of the curve in some ways, Aaron Flanagan, director of research for the Center for New Community, an anti-racist group based in Chicago, told the Southern Poverty Law Center.

These bands saw the Internet as a place where recruitment was possible, and theyve long known that music was a main avenue for their message as it related to connecting people to a community that could solidify them within that movement.

Eventually, they began peddling their music through mainstream online providers like iTunes and Amazon, whichdidnt catch on to what they were selling for years.

The scary thing about iTunes is that it places in this forum, that companies like Apple are brilliant at, creating a marketplace that pushes these cultural products closer to the consumer and facilitates the purchasing of them in ways that are so intuitive, Flanagan said.

The main goal of the music, according toJeff Schoep, manager of white nationalist record label NSM88 Records, is to spread a message.

Were far more interested in spreading our point of view, Schoeptold Spin. If people can hear communist sympathizers like Rage Against the Machine on iTunes, then they should have the right to hear music that celebrates white culture. The Beastie Boys and other Jewish artists might support banning ideas, but we dont. We support the American way.

The Internet allowed them to do just that and it worked. It made at least some of these bands feel like their beliefs were becoming common.

Being sold in mainstream places shows that white power isnt so taboo anymore, McLellan told Spin about selling his music on the Internet. Attitudes are changing.

The music has also been terribly, terribly important in bringing young kids into this movement, Mark Potok, who edits Intelligence Report, toldthe New York Times. Ive talked to many people who have come out of this movement. To a man and to a woman, they say it was the music, more than any other influence, that brought them to the movement in the first place.

In Germany, neo-Nazi music has been a pervasive problem, as NPRs Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson wrote in 2013.

Daniel Koehler, of the Institute for the Study of Radical Movements, told NPR that the music is not just a recruitment tool, but also a very important tool for financing infrastructure, networks; and to buy guns and to buy explosives.

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Jason Johnson on Puerto Rico: ‘This Is What White Nationalism Looks Like as Policy’

During Saturday’s “AM Joy” on MSNBC, The Root politics editor Jason Johnson said President Donald Trump’s response to Hurricane Maria’s damage to Puerto Rico was “what white nationalism looks like as policy.” He explained, “When you have a policy, when you have a belief that only white people are true Americans, Puerto Ricans are Americans — Donald Trump doesn’t care about that. Therefore he is attacking people and distracting from the fact that a response there to fellow American citizens has not been adequate.” Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent

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‘Star Trek Discovery’ to Debut TV Show’s First Openly Gay Character

The third episode of Star Trek: Discovery, airing Sunday, will make franchise history as actor Anthony Rapp will portray Lieutenant Stamets, the first openly gay Trek TV series character.

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Dr. Kelli Ward: Jeff Flake an ‘Open Borders Amnesty Globalist,’ Prefers ‘Global Community to Putting America First’

Former Arizona state senator Dr. Kelli Ward said Sen. Jeff Flake’s globalist bent is “unacceptable for America,” in an interview Saturday with Breitbart News Daily SiriusXM hosts Raheem Kassam and Stephen K. Bannon.

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America’s Team Again: Dez Bryant Announces the Cowboys Will Stand for the Anthem on Sunday, and for the Rest of the Season

Goodbye interlocked arms, farewell raised fists, and see you later bended knee. The Dallas Cowboys will have no further use for those things because, starting Sunday, the Cowboys will simply stand during the anthem for the rest of the season.

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True Colors: Colin Kaepernick’s Foundation Donates $25,000 to Group Named After Convicted Cop-Killer Assata Shakur

Colin Kaepernick has had a lot to say about the police: he’s called them murderers without proof, he wore “pig socks,” which depicted cops as pigs, and he’s compared cops to slave catchers. Now, it appears, he’s put his money where his mouth is.

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Justice Neil Gorsuch Speaks About Free Speech at Trump Hotel, Protesters Take Shots Ahead of New SCOTUS Term

Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch spoke about the importance of the First Amendment and free speech at a luncheon hosted by the Fund for American Studies at the Trump International Hotel in D.C. on Thursday while a handful of protesters took shots at him and President Donald Trump outside the venue.

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World View: Steve Bannon and Henry Kissinger Form Project to Sound Alarm on China

Contents: Steve Bannon and Henry Kissinger form project to sound alarm on China; Taiwan’s prime minister says that Taiwan is an ‘independent sovereign state’

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SAD! President Trump Falsely Claims His Endorsement Helped Luther Strange at Alabama Polls

President Trump apparently missed the lesson delivered to him by Alabama Republican voters on Tuesday when they decisively picked grassroots conservative champion Roy Moore over establishment-backed and Trump-endorsed Luther Strange in the primary runoff election.

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After Charlottesville, Spotify begins removing neo-Nazi and white … – Washington Post

Spotify began removing neo-Nazi and white supremacist music from its service following the Aug. 12 violence in Charlottesville. In addition to Spotifys actions, Steven Wiegand of New Jersey, who ran white supremacist music store Micetrap Distribution for more than two decades, announced he was shutting it down after finding himself unable to pretend he wasnt peddling hate, Philly.com reported. And Minneapolis lawyer Aaron Davis lost his job after his hobby operating a neo-Nazi music labelcame to light. Until then, most people probably didnt know such entertainment if thats what it can be called existed. Nobody knows the exact number of neo-Nazi/white nationalist bands here and abroad. At least 37 of them streamed on Spotify until recently. In fact, the genre has been around for decades, relegated for years to certain sympathetic rock clubs and underground mailing lists until the Internet changed all that. The origins of white supremacist and neo-Nazi music can most easily be traced to the rise of punk music in 1970s Britain. Many of punks practitioners, such as Sid Vicious of the Sex Pistols and Ron Asheton of the Stooges, adorned their clothes with Nazi iconography. But it was meant as provocation, not endorsement. Punk bands generally preached against racism and fascism. But white nationalists led by Eddy Morrison of the Britains far-right National Front saw an opportunity in 1976. As Morrison wrote on his blog Memoirs of a Street Soldier: A life in White Nationalism: At first I was bewildered when I saw some of our once clean cut members wearing safety pins and dressing in ex-charity shop clothes. However, I could also see that Punk was becoming a powerful weapon for anyone who could turn it politically. The reds were already attempting to do this with their newly formed Rock Against Racism, and many teenagers went to their concerts, not because they were anti-racist but simply to hear the music. This couldnt be allowed to continue. We either had to condemn Punk or use it. I chose the latter option and started a spoof fanzine called Punk Front which featured a NF logo with safety pin in it. To my great surprise, Punk Front was a huge success and soon, especially in Leeds, NF members and supporters were going to the biggest Punk Club around the infamous F Club. I started to regularly go to the club and NF Punks were recruiting other punks. As Nazi punk music began to spread globally, it prompted a backlash. American punk band Dead Kennedys released a song in 1980 titled, Nazi Punks F Off. Art for it featured a black swastika against a red background, with a large black slash through it, like a no parking sign. Theyear after that songs release, modern neo-Nazi rock began whenKen McLellan formed Brutal Attack. If any band represents modern hate music, its this one, which the Anti-Defamation League called one of the oldest hate bands in continuous existence, according to Spin. Its racist messages were unvarnished. Considerthese lyrics from Aryan Child: Child awake now for your lands been robbed & sold, By men of high finance, the truth you must be told. What your ancestors fought for, sacrifice untold, Has all been stolen by bankers of the Jewish fold. Thats one of the bands lighter and less offensive tunes.Many of the other lyrics cant be published in the The Washington Post. Disseminating these songs along with ones like Rock Against Islam by Kill, Baby, Kill! and Six Million More by the Bully Boys wasnt easy. As Spin reported, most record stores wouldnt carry them. Any that did risked being protested by anti-hate advocacy groups. Fans and sympathizers generally found them through mailing lists, white supremacist publications, underground shows and even music festivals. Because stores wouldnt carry us, selling records used to be laborious, McLellan told Spin. We relied on mail order. We relied on concerts. With the Internet, these bands suddenly had a free platform for sharing their music. Long before teenagers were downloading Destinys Child and Train songs off Napster, white supremacist groups had Internet radio stations blasting racist vitriol around the clock. The way that movement has sold music has always been ahead of the curve in some ways, Aaron Flanagan, director of research for the Center for New Community, an anti-racist group based in Chicago, told the Southern Poverty Law Center. These bands saw the Internet as a place where recruitment was possible, and theyve long known that music was a main avenue for their message as it related to connecting people to a community that could solidify them within that movement. Eventually, they began peddling their music through mainstream online providers like iTunes and Amazon, whichdidnt catch on to what they were selling for years. The scary thing about iTunes is that it places in this forum, that companies like Apple are brilliant at, creating a marketplace that pushes these cultural products closer to the consumer and facilitates the purchasing of them in ways that are so intuitive, Flanagan said. The main goal of the music, according toJeff Schoep, manager of white nationalist record label NSM88 Records, is to spread a message. Were far more interested in spreading our point of view, Schoeptold Spin. If people can hear communist sympathizers like Rage Against the Machine on iTunes, then they should have the right to hear music that celebrates white culture. The Beastie Boys and other Jewish artists might support banning ideas, but we dont. We support the American way. The Internet allowed them to do just that and it worked. It made at least some of these bands feel like their beliefs were becoming common. Being sold in mainstream places shows that white power isnt so taboo anymore, McLellan told Spin about selling his music on the Internet. Attitudes are changing. The music has also been terribly, terribly important in bringing young kids into this movement, Mark Potok, who edits Intelligence Report, toldthe New York Times. Ive talked to many people who have come out of this movement. To a man and to a woman, they say it was the music, more than any other influence, that brought them to the movement in the first place. In Germany, neo-Nazi music has been a pervasive problem, as NPRs Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson wrote in 2013. Daniel Koehler, of the Institute for the Study of Radical Movements, told NPR that the music is not just a recruitment tool, but also a very important tool for financing infrastructure, networks; and to buy guns and to buy explosives. More from Morning Mix James Clapper questions Trumps fitness, worries about his access to nuclear codes A Texas cop needed to fund his political campaign. So he took a side gig with drug cartels, feds say. Melania Trump thanks Chelsea Clinton for defending Barron Trump after website bashes his clothes

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