In an attempt to criticize President Barack Obama, Mike Huckabee, the former governor of Arkansas, instead offended Native Americans by connecting them with jihadists during a speech Tuesday when he announced his candidacy for president. Huckabee is the latest in a growing chorus of Republican candidates vying for the presidency, but not the first to fall into disrepute with Native Americans.Read it here.
Speaking at the National Prayer Breakfast President Barack Obama counseled Americans to remember that Christians have been equally guilty of genocidal atrocities.
What is now known as "spectacular lynching" involved the ceremonial torture, murder--and yes, burning alive--of black Americans by whites. Like ISIS's use of digital media to circulate images of the torturous death of Muadh al Kasasbeh by fire, the spectacular lynchings of the black body were shared via postcards and other media. Will White America ever be willing to fully own its historic ISIS-like behavior against African-Americans and other people of color, and how such violence created the present, where neighborhoods are hyper-segregated, there exists a huge wage and income gap along the color line, and by almost every measure, black and brown Americans have significantly diminished life chances relative to white people? [Chauncey DeVega]There have even been reports that the Islamic State is recruiting in Indian Country.
South Dakota's legislature has passed laws that shield the cleric lobby from lawsuits.