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New NAACP president: Action against American Airlines my No. 1 priority

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The new leader of the 108-year-old National Association for the Advancement of Colored People was on CSPAN’s “News Makers Program Sunday,” laying out his program for the nation’s top civil rights organization.

At the top of his list of activist projects is the Oct. 24 National Travel Advisory he issued against American Airlines, said Derrick Johnson, the president and CEO of NAACP.

The advisory cited four incidents involving black passengers and American Airlines:

  1. An African-American man was required to relinquish his purchased seats aboard a flight from Washington, D.C. to Raleigh-Durham, merely because he responded to disrespectful and discriminatory comments directed toward him by two unruly white passengers;
  2. Despite having previously booked first-class tickets for herself and a traveling companion, an African-American woman’s seating assignment was switched to the coach section at the ticket counter, while her white companion remained assigned to a first-class seat;
  3. On a flight bound for New York from Miami, the pilot directed that an African-American woman be removed from the flight when she complained to the gate agent about having her seating assignment changed without her consent; and
  4. An African-American woman and her infant child were removed from a flight from Atlanta to New York City when the woman, incidentally a Harvard Law School student, asked that her stroller be retrieved from checked baggage before she would disembark.

The chairman and CEO of American Airlines W. Douglas Parker wrote to his employees in response to the advisory: “We were disappointed to learn of a travel advisory issued by the NAACP regarding American Airlines. The mission statement of the NAACP states that it ‘seeks to remove all barriers of racial discrimination.’ That’s a mission that the people of American Airlines endorse and facilitate every day – we do not and will not tolerate discrimination of any kind.”

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Parker also told his workers: “We have reached out to the NAACP and are eager to meet with them to listen to their issues and concerns.”

American Airlines flight attendant serving beverages. (American Airlines photo)

Johnson said the NAACP is also supporting the lawsuit by William J. Barber, filed in December, after the former president of the North Carolina NAACP was removed from an American Airlines flight.

American Airlines officials referred to Barber’s removal from 2016 American Eagle flight, as a case of “disruptive passenger. “The flight had to return to the gate and was 40 minutes late due to the disruption.

Barber, who is known for his leadership and organizing against North Carolina Republicans, said he was removed from the flight because he is black. “To be born two days after the March on Washington and still have to deal with this kind of racism and discrimination, it’s troubling.”

American Airlines spokesman Matt Miller said in a 2016 statement that the airline would not discuss Barber’s account because it involves a lawsuit. But he said the airline does not tolerate discrimination of any kind and we are committed to providing a positive travel experience for all of our customers.

Johnson said he will marshal the economic power of black Americans to effect justice.

“Our goal is to equip our members with information necessary, so they can exercise what we call Dollar Discipline,” he said.

“If you look at the current political landscape after last year’s election, we have seen a heightened lack of sensitivities toward race and diversity for the African-American community that has brought a lot of concern to us as an organization,” he said.

Associated Press reporter Jess Holland asked Johnson: “Dollar Discipline sounds like another way to say boycott?”

Johnson said it is not a boycott.  “We should practice with our resources a way in which we can enforce a value system that respects our existence.”

 

Kari Donovan is an ex-Community Organizer who writes about Voter Engagement, Cultural Marxism and Campaigns. She has been a grassroots volunteer with the GOP, on and off for 18 years. She homeschools 3 great kids. Kari loves Photojournalism and Citizen Journalism. Twitter: happit1776

 

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YIKES: WHO Breaks With APA on Gender Dysphoria, No Longer Mental Disorder

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The World Health Organization (WHO) has dropped a mental health disorder from it’s official list of diseases, breaking with the American Psychiatric Association (APA).

“In its revised International Classification of Diseases, released Monday, the WHO removed transgender identity as a mental health disorder and added gaming disorder to the list,” according to a report by The Week. “Recategorizing transgender as a sexual health condition is aimed at cutting stigma and improving quality of care, says the WHO.”

It is the WHO’s first revision to its list of diseases in 28 years.

Transgenderism is considered a mental disorder by the APA. It is officially named “gender dysphoria.”

“Gender dysphoria involves a conflict between a person’s physical or assigned gender and the gender with which he/she/they identify,” says the APA. “People with gender dysphoria may often experience significant distress and/or problems functioning associated with this conflict between the way they feel and think of themselves (referred to as experienced or expressed gender) and their physical or assigned gender.”

But dropping a disease from the official list to avoid “stigma” makes little sense. Many recognized mental health disorders have stigmas attached to them. In response, the diseases are treated, not “de-stigmatized.”

The transgender suicide rate is extremely high compared to that of the population at large. More than 40% of transgender people will attempt suicide at some point, according to a UCLA report. The rate among the rest of the population is about 4%.

Now, with the World Health Organization’s complicity, the political left is trying to pass off a 36% higher suicide rate among transgender people as the result of a societal “stigma” instead of a mental health problem. The stigma is clearly not the problem, evidenced by the fact that the suicide rate before and after “transitioning” is exactly the same, according to the same UCLA study.

The political left is making a clear effort to propagandize the public instead of telling the simple truth about transgenderism.

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RIP PEPE: EU Votes ‘Yes’ on Meme Ban

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In a devastating blow to those who enjoy internet freedom, a group of leftist government bureaucrats have effectively banned memes from Europe.

“Article 13 (a.k.a. censorship machines) will make platforms responsible for monitoring user behavior to stop copyright infringements, but basically means only huge platforms will have the resources to let users comment or share content,” according to The Next Web. “People opposed to the proposal worry that this could lead to broader censorship, threatening free speech via parody, satire, and even protest videos.”

Since memes are usually made from copyrighted images, the European Union has essentially outlawed them.

The meme magicians responded exactly the way one would expect.

“EU voted to pass [Article 13] and ban memes…it is time – Meme War 3 has begun,” said an anonymous Twitter user.

“EU is voting to ban Memes through censorship machines. #LOL,” said Narek Panossian, attaching two memes to his tweet.

Even Yahoo UK savored some of the absurd, using a caption photo with a popular meme:

Not all European lawmakers are on board, though.

“[The Copyright Directive is] on the verge of causing irreparable damage to our fundamental rights and freedoms, our economy and competitiveness, our education and research, our innovation and competition, our creativity and our culture,” wrote Julia Reda, a German politician and Member of the European Parliament on her websiteAccording to Reda’s site, “over 80 signatories representing human and digital rights organisations, media freedom organisations, publishers, journalists, libraries, scientific and research institutions, educational institutions including universities, creator representatives, consumers, software developers, start-ups, technology businesses and Internet service providers.”

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Flashback: Mitt Romney Loves L. Ron Hubbard

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A U.S. Senate Candidate from Utah revealed a curious fact on the presidential campaign trail in 2012.

“Actually, the one by L. Ron Hubbard,” Mitt Romney responded when asked about his favorite novel. “I’m not in favor of his religion by any means but he wrote a book called ‘Battlefield Earth’ that was a very fun science fiction book.”

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Hubbard was the founder the of the Church of Scientology. He holds the Guinness World Record for most published works by one author. Much of his fictional writing, including “Battlefield Earth,” influenced the doctrines of Scientology. In fact, the book was rendered into a horrible movie in which John Travolta, perhaps the most famous Scientologist, played the lead role.

Some themes from Scientology run parallel with “Battlefield Earth.”

For example, one group in the book uses electroshock therapy in order to maintain control. Hubbard frequently claimed that psychiatrists were wrong for labelling electroshock therapy ineffective, and claimed in Scientology that they did so in order to maintain control.

One supporting character in the book is described as having been shaped by the views of his mother. His mother was a member of a resistance group, referred to as a “church,” and much like the Church of Scientology, it opposed psychiatry.

Romney is a member of the Church of Latter Day Saints, better known as Mormons.

 

 

 

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