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A Planned KKK Rally Has Dayton, Ohio On Edge

May 24, 2019, 4:38 PM UTC

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On Point

A planned KKK rally has Dayton, Ohio on edgeAccording to an agreement with the city, the Indiana-based affiliate of the KKK, the Honorable Sacred Knights, will hold a rally from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow at Dayton’s Courthouse Square. While they may not number more than twenty, they do have permission to wear masks and carry legal weapons. It appears that they will be outnumbered by counter-protesters, including New Black Panther Party for Self-Defense and Antifa groups, which has made “The atmosphere at the rally will be contentious,” Cathy Gardner, CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater Dayton, said in a statement. “The threat for potential danger will be high… We know the best option is to stay as far away as possible from Courthouse Square.” Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is prohibiting service members who work there from being anywhere near the rally. “This hate group that is coming in from outside our community want to incite problems in our community and we want to stop that from happening,” Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley told Ohio’s Fox45 on Thursday. Newsweek

Philadelphia District Attorney wants Meek Mill to get a new trial
The legally beleaguered rapper is finally getting a break after the Philadelphia D.A.’s office issued new documents in favor of giving Mill getting a new trial with a new, unbiased judge. Judge Genece Brinkley,has been accused multiple times of discriminating against Mill, who sentenced the rapper to prison for a “technical violation” of his probation. His original incarceration in state prison ended in April 2018.  Meek’s lawyer, Jordan Siev, said in a statement that this action “marks the first time the DA has publicly outlined in writing that it supports Judge Brinkley’s recusal based on her ‘appearance of partiality’ and ‘public perception of unfairness and bias.”

Sometimes other things happen on Capitol Hill
Rapper T.I. and radio host Charlamagne tha God were among the bold-faced names who attended a Congressional Black Caucus meeting on “opportunity zones,” this week.  Opportunity zones are an under-discussed part of last year’s tax overhaul bill that’s designed to spur investment in low-income communities; Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) hosted the forum which invited participants from numerous industries.  “Spent my day with a few good men, discussing quite a few good things,” Charlamgane posted on Instagram. David Gross, the late Nipsey Hussle’s business partner was there representing as well.
Washington Post

Allegations of racism levelled at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston
The alleged incident came after students from a Dorchester charter school visited the museum. The principal of the Helen Y. Davis Leadership Academy complained that one museum employee told students “no food, no drink, and no watermelon,” and a separate visitor told one female student that she should pay attention so she could avoid ending up as a stripper. When asked about the allegations, Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh told reporters,“We can’t have institutions in our city, in our state, in our country, being disrespectful like that. It’s just uncalled for.” Allegedly.
Boston Globe

On Background

I wonder if a more diverse workforce could have seen this coming
Most AI assistants have voices that sound like young women, and are often used to do helpful things, like check traffic and weather, track lists and tasks, and play music or tell jokes. They’re also programmed to be polite and laugh off any abuse or inappropriate requests. Accommodating! A new  United Nations report finds that this gendered presentation reinforces harmful stereotypes that women are “docile, eager-to-please helpers without any agency, always on hand to help their masters.” While a “Black Mirror”-tinged world where AI assistants don’t take any crap from anyone sounds appealing somehow, a better solution might be to make AI bots with genderless voices and personalities. The report also found that women are 25% less likely to have basic digital skills than men and are only a fourth as likely to know how to program computers.
MIT Technology Review

Reclaiming a nearly lost language
Long before Europeans arrived in North America, the Ye Iswa lived along the banks of the Catawba River, along what would now be the border between North and South Carolina. Their name means "people of the river." The tribe is now known as Catawba, but their language, from which their original name is derived, is nearly lost. The last fluent speaker died in 1964.  DeLesslin "Roo" George-Warren, a young member of the tribe has been given a grant to launch the Catawba Language Project, and hopes to use modern technology to bring the language back. "I'm creating a learning app for the language and bringing Catawba words into material culture for the tribe," he told NBC. But he also hopes the project will address an immediate emergency, the epidemic of suicide in Native communities. "Study after study has found that in Native communities, having a sense of culture is one of the best preventions of suicide."
NBC News

The time that Isamu Noguchi visited a Japanese internment camp to be helpful and was then forced to stay
INoguchi was already a well-known and highly sought-after sculptor and designer, working on large scale public projects like one in NYC’s Rockefeller Center, and sculpting portraits of the Hollywood elite. But when a Bureau of Indian Affairs official suggested the Los Angeles born artist set up an art center at the newly constructed Poston War Relocation Center, he agreed. It was only after he arrived that he realized that he too, was under suspicion, and the authorities would not let him leave. A fascinating profile of a profoundly optimistic and resilient spirt, who thrived despite the deep and bitter racism of his time. A must read. .
New Yorker

Aidan Taylor assisted in the preparation of today's summaries.


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