The “Human Rights Commissioner” in Palo Alto, California has deleted his Twitter account after fierce backlash from a post in which he defended a woman who berated a man in a Starbucks for wearing a MAGA hat.
In an official statement about the incident, Steven D. Lee said:
The most impactful step we can take to ensure an inclusive America is to resist the policies and actions of the current administration that are exclusionary, dangerous, and contrary to our country’s founding values. This is resistance that, after three years, requires endurance. It is resistance that calls for us to speak up even when our voice is raw from years of calling out. But most importantly, it is a resistance that demands empathy – the same empathy missing from the policies and actions we resist.
He then went on to quote former first lady Michelle Obama’s famous “when they go low, we go high,” comment, which conservatives know is never the case.
This week in Palo Alto, one of our neighbors, beloved by many in our community for her progressive activism, myself included, allowed herself to be pulled down into that muck when she encountered a man wearing a MAGA hat at a Palo Alto Starbucks and chased him out of the store.
Let me be clear. The MAGA hat at its best represents a distorted and inaccurate view of America, its history, and it [sic] place in the world, and, at its worst, is a symbol of hate and everything that is wrong with America today.
He finished with some references to the peaceful resistance of Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. The statement was not exactly a repudiation of the woman – Rebecca Mankey’s – actions. For this, Lee was excoriated online, leading to the deletion of his Twitter account. He does not appear to have an active Facebook account anymore, either.
Mankey yelled at the man – identified as Victor – during the incident, repeatedly telling him that “it is not okay to hate brown people,” and attempted to whip up a mob against him. Eventually, she chased him out of the store.
“This woman comes over, and she says ‘Is that a Trump hat?’ I said, ‘I think it is, yes,'” Victor said. He said Mankey then turned to the rest of the Starbucks customers and said, “Hey, everybody. Come over here. Let’s get this guy! He’s a hater! I’m calling him out! He hates brown people. He’s a Nazi.”
After running her mouth online, Mankey was fired from her job at a music store.
“Anybody in Palo Alto know this freak? He was sitting in Starbucks. I think he lives in Palo Alto. He will never forget me and will think seriously about wearing that hat in my town ever again,” she said on Facebook. “If you see him in this hat please confront him. You do not want to be the person who didn’t speak up as we slipped into fascism.”
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Judge Dismisses Transgender Woman’s “Discrimination” Lawsuit Against Miss USA Pageant
Miss USA remains a pageant for biological females only.
Last Thursday a federal judge dismissed a transgender woman’s lawsuit that accused the Miss USA pageant of discrimination.
Anita Noelle Green is a biological male who claimed that “she” had a right to participate in the pageant’s competitions, but US District Judge Michael W. Mosman found that the law is not on “her” side.
Judge Mosman ruled that Miss United States of America LLC, a private corporation, cannot be forced to violate its mission of promoting “natural-born” females.
“I view it as an association that cannot under the Constitution be required to allow plaintiff to participate in what defendant says is a contradiction of that message,” he said.
Green competed in the 2018 Miss Montana pageant and won the 2019 Miss Earth Elite Oregon competition—but Miss USA denied “her” application. Green’s lawyer attempted to argue that the Miss USA corporation is predominately a commercial business that’s granted “minimal protection,” not a First Amendment-protected “expressive association.”
Judge Mosman, however, disagreed and found the pageant corporation to be a predominately expressive association, meaning that it is engaged in expressive activity and promotes a message.
In related news, Big League Politics recently covered Sen. Rand Paul’s confrontation with transgender HHS nominee Rachel Levine about “her” unwillingness to say that minors shouldn’t be bypassing their parents and making their own decisions about transitioning:
At Thursday’s Senate confirmation hearings, Sen. Rand Paul confronted Rachel Levine, a transgender doctor and Biden’s Assistant HHS Secretary nominee, asking if “she” supports minors overriding their parents on transitioning to the opposite sex.
Levine’s response was as follows: “Senator, transgender medicine is a very complex and nuanced field, and if confirmed to the position of Assistant Secretary of Health, I would certainly be pleased to come to your office and talk with you and your staff about the standards of care…”
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