During a basketball game Monday at Warrensburg High School in Missouri, White students turned their backs during the introduction of Center High School players, who are predominantly Black. One person in the crowd was seen holding a Trump campaign sign. The incident was recorded and quickly went viral.The Warrensburg R-VI School District took to Facebook to address the incident. “Members of our student body acted inappropriately and were insensitive toward our opponents,” read the post. “The Warrensburg R-VI School District does not condone these actions and apologizes to anyone who was offended by the actions of these students. We will do everything we can to keep incidents like this from happening again.” Warrensburg Superintendent Scott Patrick says those involved would face “consequences.” Read more
California College Professor In Hiding After Criticizing Trump
A professor at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa has received tons of negative backlash after making remarks about the 2016 presidential election during one of her classes. Olga Perez Stable Cox went on a rant saying that President-elect Donald Trump’s win has caused division in America. “Our nation is divided. We have been assaulted. It is an act of terrorism,” said Cox. “One of the most frightening things for me and most people in my life is that the people creating the assault are among us.” She was unknowingly recorded by one of her students and the video was later posted to Facebook. Once the footage circulated around social media, Cox received hundreds of threatening emails and phone calls, prompting her to go into hiding. The Young Republicans group on campus created a petition and filed a complaint to fire Cox. Read more.
House Speaker Names First Black Chief Of Staff
Jonathan Burks hit a major milestone for African-Americans in politics on Wednesday when House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) announced Burks’ appointment as his chief of staff. Burks, the first Black person to take on the role, will replace David Hoppe. “Race has never been an issue in any of the jobs that I’ve ever held,” said Burks. “I’ve succeeded or failed, and thankfully mostly succeeded, and race has just never been anything that’s been discussed or been at issue in those jobs.” In his new position, Burks will be tasked with conceptualizing major proposals that could be placed into law. Out of the three decades the chief of staff role has been in existence, not one house speaker has ever selected an African-American person to take on the role. Read more.
President Obama Bans States From Defunding Planned Parenthood
On Wednesday, the Obama administration enacted a rule that would ban states from defunding Planned Parenthood for political motives. Over the last five years, 24 Republicans fought to lower the amount of public funding Planned Parenthood received because some of the locations were performing abortions. Under the new rule, which was initially unveiled by the Department of Health and Human Services in September, states will not be able to deny federal funds from Planned Parenthood. “President Obama has cemented his legacy as a champion for women’s health,” President of Planned Parenthood Cecile Richards said in a statement. “This rule protects birth control, cancer screenings, STI testing and treatment, and other health care for millions of people.” Planned Parenthood receives $70 million each year in subsidized preventative health care funding under Richard Nixon’s Title X program. However, the future of the program looks uncertain under a Trump presidency. Read more.
Lack Of Diversity On High-Fashion Magazine Covers Still Remains An Issue
Although the Vogue covers that featured First Lady Michelle Obama, actress Lupita Nyong’o and songstress Rihanna seemed like steps in the right direction for diversity in high-fashion magazines, a new report shows the numbers still remain stagnant. According to an annual report released by The Fashion Spot, only 29 percent of cover models were women of color in 2016. Out of 678 magazine covers, 196 women were non-White. The number of models of color who have graced the covers of magazines increased by 6.2 percent from last year. Despite the bump, there still remains a major racial representation disparity. The report also assessed gender, age, and size in relation to magazine covers. Read more.