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Another Hate Hoax: LGBT Activist Accused of Burning Down Own Home

Police said the alleged perpetrator was unhappy about the lack of attention given to a local gay pride parade.

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A transgender man and LGBT activist in Michigan stands accused of burning down his own home in yet another hate crime hoax.

“When the home of Nikki Joly burned down in 2017, killing five pets, the FBI investigated it as a hate crime,” said The Detroit News.

Joly was a gay rights icon in what is described as the “conservative town” of Jackson, Michigan.

“In the prior six months, he helped open the city’s first gay community center, organized the first gay festival and, after 18 years of failed attempts, helped lead a bruising battle for an ordinance that prohibits discrimination against gays,” the paper said. “For his efforts, a local paper named him the Citizen of the Year.”

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Upon close examination of the “crime scene,” authorities determined that the fire was intentionally set, and soon thereafter arrested Joly. The motive for the arson was not money. Joly did not own the home. Insurance would not have been paid out to him.

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In searching for a motive, two coworkers of Joly’s at the St. Johns United Church of Christ (yes, the transgender man and LGBT activist worked in a church, where the town’s gay pride center is located) offered some insight.

“The church officials, Barbara Shelton and Bobby James, when asked by police about a possible motive for the fire, said Joly was disappointed the Jackson Pride Parade and Festival, held five days before the blaze, hadn’t received more attention or protests,” the paper said.

The paper noted that Shelton disputed the police’s characterization of her comments.

Joly reportedly declined to comment.


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City of Denver Unanimously Votes to Rename Columbus Park “La Raza Park”

There might come a time when nothing in the US is named after Christopher Columbus.

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The Denver City Council unanimously voted to rename Columbus Park last week Monday, and now it will be named “La Raza Park.”

“La raza” is Spanish for “the race,” which has connotations with Latino identity politics. A Denver Post article tells us that the phrase “viva la raza” (long live the race) was the “rallying cry of the Chicano movement in the 1960s and ’70s.” The Chicano Movement encouraged Mexican ethnic and cultural solidarity with a particular emphasis on their indigenous heritage. The movement, however, rejected assimilation and thus the term “Mexican-American,” essentially branding themselves as the Hispanic version of the Black Power movement.

Councilwoman Amanda Sandoval claims that the unanimous vote was an act of officially naming a park that has “always” been unofficially called by its new name. “La raza is a word of unity and about celebrating community,” she said without a hint of irony.

The reason for officially renaming the park is about what you’d expect, namely because Christopher Columbus is irredeemably associated with colonialism and genocide and is thus not fit to be honored in any way, shape, or form.

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Arturo Gonzalez, a retired professor, said that “Mexican Chicanos and Indigenous peoples have suffered genocide over the last 500 years. We live with that trauma. We continue to live with that trauma.”

Renaming parks, buildings, and schools that were previously named after so-called “problematic” or “white supremacist” historical figures is nothing new, of course, but the practice has accelerated over the past several months due to the hysteria following the George Floyd riots.

Big League Politics has covered many instances of this phenomenon. One of the most recent instances included a San Francisco school district renaming Abraham Lincoln High School because black lives apparently “didn’t matter” to him:

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