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Straight pride fliers removed from college campus

Straight pride fliers removed from college campus

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Leaders with the Student Government Association at Youngstown State University said they decided to act quickly this week when posters showed up on campus promoting “Straight Pride” week next month.

The posters contained profanity, which our station has blurred for viewers. The posters promote the event as a way of not showing the differences between students.

Campus leaders said while they believe the posters were meant more as satire, especially since no names were associated with them, they determined the flyers went too far with their message.

“When you are talking about minority activism, it is very easy that if you are in the majority to say ‘well, this sort of activism is not necessary. This sort of zeal in your activism is over the top.’ For minorities who experience discrimination, that is not the case,” Student Government Vice President Jacob Schriner-Biggs said.

After consulting with the Vice President of Student Life, it was decided to take the posters down, not necessarily because of its topic but because of the coarse language.

“We have to be careful with the whole free speech issue. But then if you actually read through it, it seemed like it went way further than a free speech issue. There were swear words and took it a little further than the average free speech should go,” Student Government President Michael Slavens said.

Once students received permission to remove the flyers, they were all down within a matter of hours. If those behind the posters can be identified, any disciplinary action will ultimately be up to university administrators.

The Student Government Association Executive Committee released a statement on the fliers, which said in part:

It has been brought to the attention of several SGA Executive Board members that “Straight Pride” posters have been hung across campus, seemingly in response to LGBTQIA efforts to promote diversity and foster a culture of acceptance on campus. Though SGA respects the free speech of all YSU students, these postings were not authorized, contained vulgar language, and, unfortunately, miss the point of minority activism.

Minneapolis School District Now Needs Permission To Suspend Black, Hispanic Students

Minneapolis School District Now Needs Permission To Suspend Black, Hispanic Students

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The Minneapolis public school system announced a major new district-wide policy for disciplining students: any suspension of a non-white student requires the district superintendent’s approval.

The MPS has been stung by reports that students of color are 10 times more likely to receive a suspension than white students. The Minneapolis school system has an enrollment of over 32,000 students. Seventy percent are non-white.

School superintendent Bernadeia Johnson, a black woman, maintains that she wants to “disrupt” the current suspension trends.

Superintendent Johnson says that her new policy is aimed at forcing local school administrators to deeply “probe” the reasons for issuing a suspension before that punishment is handed out.

Johnson claims that suspensions meted out to minority students were all too often based on behavior that would not have led to a suspension for a white student.

So, starting on Monday, November 10, every suspension of a black, Hispanic or American Indian student that does not involve violent behavior will be reviewed by Johnson’s office before being approved.

“Changing the trajectory for our students of color is a moral and ethical imperative, and our actions must be drastically different to achieve our goal of closing the achievement gap by 2020,” Johnson said in a November 7 statement announcing the policy change.

This policy is coupled with a reduced police presence in the city’s schools.

The policy is also part of a settlement with the U.S. Department of Education for the district’s lopsided suspension rate.

The changes come after a review of suspensions made during the 2012-13 school year found a jump in suspensions for student in grades K through 4 even in the midst of questions that were already being asked by the federal government.

This and previous suspension rates brought an investigation by civil rights investigators from the Department of Education in 2013. The federal probe reviewed the records of 11 district schools.

Like in almost all U.S. cities, Minneapolis has a problem with its minority student graduation rate. But in 2013 overall graduation rates rose to 79 percent over the previous year’s 72 percent. Early this year, the city issued statistics showing that 85 percent of white students graduated in 2013. Only 56 percent of black students and 58 percent of Hispanic students graduated in 2013.

Minneapolis is still doing better than some major Midwestern metropolises. Chicago, for instance, recently celebrated a 17-point rise in graduation rates for 2013 but that still left the city’s graduation rate at only 65.4 percent (up from a mere 58.3 percent for the 2011-2012 school year).

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Another Employee Alleges Chase Bank Surveyed Staff’s Gay Loyalty

Another Employee Alleges Chase Bank Surveyed Staff’s Gay Loyalty

Another Employee Alleges Chase Bank Surveyed Staff's Gay Loyalty
Another Employee Alleges Chase Bank Surveyed Staff’s Gay Loyalty

A second source has confirmed that JP Morgan Chase has askedeach of its employees whether they are “an ally of the LGBT community,” which employees have taken as a veiled threat.

Each year JP Morgan Chase sends its employees a survey asking questions related to management and other non-controversial issues. A longtime Chase employee told Professor Robert George of Princeton that the survey this year included the following questions for the first time:

Are you:

1) A person with disabilities;

2) A person with children with disabilities;

3) A person with a spouse/domestic partner with disabilities;

4) A member of the LGBT community.

5) An ally of the LGBT community, but not personally identifying as LGBT.

Chase BankThis employee was alarmed to receive the final question. If he answered no, he feared, he would be opened up to criticism that may affect his employment. Only a few months ago Brendan Eich was hounded out of the CEO role at Mozilla for not supporting LGBT marriage.

The employee told Professor George he fears for his job:

This survey wasn’t anonymous. You had to enter your employee ID. With the way things are going and the fact that LGBT rights are being viewed as pretty much tantamount to the civil rights movement of the mid 50s to late 60s, not selecting that option is essentially saying “I’m not an ally of civil rights;” which is a vague way to say “I’m a bigot.” The worry among many of us is that those who didn’t select that poorly placed, irrelevant option will be placed on the “you can fire these people first” list.

After posting the item on the law blog Mirror of Justice, Professor George received skeptical emails and Facebook postings, so he came back to Mirror of Justice with a second source.

This source told him, “I just wanted to confirm the Chase employee survey. It did have the last two options about being an LBGT ally. I have worked for Chase for [a number of] years and was blown away by this question. I have no idea what they were thinking when they asked that. If this is posted, please spare my identity.”

Breitbart News contacted the media relations office of JP Morgan Chase, and spokesman Loretta Russo said, “We do not comment on internal surveys.”

Student Reporter Kicked Out of Meeting on White Privilege… for Being White

Student Reporter Kicked Out of Meeting on White Privilege… for Being White

4983506_sAt the recent White Privilege Conference held in Madison, Wisconsin, a student reporter tried to attend one of the meetings so he could further understand the curriculum for the conference.

After entering the room, he was asked to leave by an organizer.

The reporter, who was working for Progressive Today, said the organizer told him he was kicked out because he was white.

“Because I was white they would feel unsafe?” the reporter asked as he was led out of the workshop.

“Exactly. Exactly,” the organizer said.

“And it’s not because you’ve done anything. You seem like a perfectly fine person, but it’s because of experiences they’ve had with others.”

Here are some of the statements made by instructors and attendees that were recorded in the video above.

“In our nation… white people do not experience racism. White people can experience discrimination, but not racism.” -white ally

“The longer you are in the Tea Party, the more racist you become.” -Leonard Zeskind

“If you are privileged you are white.” -young student

While Attorney General Eric Holder bemoans pernicious closet racism as being a big problem in America…

And while Michelle Obama asks for young children to monitor their parent’s speech habits, lest they say something insensitive…

Stories of clear and overt racism against whites go unreported.

Sadly, racism has been distorted in such a way that it is virtually unrecognizable in this country any longer.

When you actually point out that real racism exists, like how blacks have targeted whites in “knock out game” exhibitions, you’re labeled a racist.

If you oppose a policy that is unjust and unconstitutional like Obamacare, you’re a racist.

But when a white reporter isn’t allowed to attend a workshop for fear of making black attendees uncomfortable, it isn’t racist…?

Racism is surely alive and well, but it’s not being solely (or even mostly) perpetuated by white Republicans.

Instead, left-leaning progressives are using racism to manipulate minorities and keep race divisions alive.

They regularly drum up mislabeled “racism” stories to stir up hatred for whites in order to help solidify their party base. And they use the media to create this false narrative that rich, white, conservative men are racist, when that simply isn’t true.

When a white person can’t celebrate their ethnic heritage… but an entire month of the calendar year is set aside to celebrate black history… it’s easy to see the double standards.

Kansas anti-gay bill openly legalizes discrimination

Kansas anti-gay bill openly legalizes discrimination

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An anti-gay bill passed by the Kansas House of Reps last week would basically legalize discrimination against gays and lesbians. While Russia’s law is ‘preventative’, this one is quite ‘aggressive’, says expert on international law Alexander Mercouris.

The Republican-controlled Kansas House voted 72-49 on Wednesday to approve the bill that gives legal protection to businesses and individuals that refuse service to same-sex couples and individuals for religious reasons.

The controversial bill has triggered an angry public reaction with protests staged in several cities across the nation.

The bill has been criticized by the state Senate, amid fears it goes beyond simply protecting religious beliefs.

RT: As a legal expert, what do you make of this bill? Are there fears of it being about more than just protecting religious beliefs? In effect, is it blatant discrimination?

Alexander Mercouris: It is entirely discrimination – that is exactly what it is. This intended law legalizes discrimination by religious people against people who are involved in civil, or gay, marriages or partnerships, so it is in fact precisely about discrimination. It legalizes it. And it does so quite deliberately and openly.

RT: Is there is a human rights issue here?

AM: There is a human rights issue here. If you look at the European Convention on Human Rights, one of the fundamental principles of the convention, and of human rights law generally, is that there should be no discrimination in the way that law is administered. This is a law that actually legislates for discrimination, so it is completely contrary to human rights, as they are properly understood.

RT: This bill – it’s obviously not law yet, and is not likely to become law so we understand – but supporters of it are saying that they are preserving religious values. Is this a sign of a rise in conservative traditional values that we’re seeing, not just in the West, but elsewhere around the world?

AM: This has been much talked about and there may be some truth to it. In the US there has always been a strong religious conservative constituency, very strong in states like Kansas, Utah, which has laws not quite like this, but similar sort of laws. I’m not sure to what extent it’s true to say that this is becoming more prevalent, but if you want to find evidence for that, one can see it. In India, the Supreme Court recently said that homosexuality is illegal. And that came as a surprise to many people.

RT: And what about the comparison between what we see in Kansas and what we’ve seen recently in Russia, with the law banning the promotion of homosexual propaganda amongst minors? We’ve heard plenty of media criticism about what’s been going on in Russia, but not much on what’s being talked about Kansas.

AM: Well, there’s been very little about what’s being talked about in Kansas, or about fact that there are other laws in American states that actually prohibit propaganda about homosexuality to minors in schools.

Can I just say something about the Russian law? It’s very widely misunderstood – it is a law that regulates information that is provided mainly in the mass media which might be harmful to their development, and which might encourage them to develop non-traditional sexual orientation or relationships. It’s nothing like as explicit as these American laws are and certainly bears little comparison to the one proposed in Kansas.

The one in Kansas permits an activity that is universally considered discriminatory and illegal. The one in Russia prevents information which the lawmakers there think might be harmful to children. The American law is aggressive, the Russian law is preventative. They’re very different. And the American law is much more serious.

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