"Beyond Reprehensible" Email Leads To Boycott of CPI Security

By John Honovich, Published Jun 10, 2020, 08:32am EDT (Info+)

One of the largest US security integrators, CPI Security, with $100+ million annual revenue, is now facing a boycott, including the loss of NFL and NBA franchise partnerships.

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Charlotte-based non-profit Queen City Unity, led by a former CPI employee, called for the boycott, making public an email that the CEO of CPI Security sent privately to the executive director of the organization.

In this note, we examine the correspondence, Queen City Unity’s rationale for the boycott, and the impact that it has had on CPI Security.

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He was dumb for saying it at this time, he may not have been saying it from a level of objectivity, but what he said has truth in it and is also being said by black people of note. Mostly black conservatives and arguably in so many words by some black celebrities. This whole narrative is painted as purely racist and might have been, but there's greater merit to the argument it is over aggressive policing that has been building up for years and has affected everyone including white people than purely racial motives. But Gill forgot you can't go against a populist belief whether the narrative has merit or not and not have it blow back. That there is no such thing as a personal opinion, right or wrong, when you are part of a company.

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The cancel culture ruining more lives... Whatever happened to freedom of speech?

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Freedom of speech only protects you from the government. It doesn't give you the freedom to sound off like a jackass and have no repercussions. Amazing that people (especially CEO's) in 2020 still have not learned this.

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We cannot progress as a society if we cannot give a dissenting opinion without risk of losing our employment.Mob rule is not a good governance system.It only breeds conformity. That's not a good thing.

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Mob rule does not kill dissent. The dissent is still there it is simply not publicly discussed. To me BLM is part of the problem not part of the solution. I have a logical argument I can make to support my position not based at all on hate but true desire for a better outcome but there is no way this discussion can happen now. Today when anyone says we need o have a discussion about race it has conditions. The accepted position talks and everyone else must listen. The PRC would love this.

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That's not true at all. Freedom of speech plays significant roles in civil and criminal lawsuits. For example, slander and libel suits... or when someone is criminally assaulted for free speech. The 1st amendment spans much further than protecting someone from the government.

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You are confusing the US Constitution's First Amendment protection of "Freedom of Speech from government infringement" with the actual concept of "Freedom on Speech."

The former is the government's commitment to protect the latter - - it is not the SOURCE of the latter.

A common error, but an error nonetheless.

The intrinsic human right of freedom from infringement upon civil liberty, which includes the freedom of independent thought and expression thereof, does not flow from the Constitution.

The Constitutions is a guarantee against government infringement.

The freedom is an inalienable endowment due each person, regardless of government.

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"Cancel Culture" is such a funny thing that triggers so many conservatives, yet it's literally an example of free market capitalism working as intended. The market (customers) gets to decide what they buy and from whom, and every decision has a material impact on a business' revenue. If you do something that "the market" considers stupid, it will cost you. Literally the free market, something conservatives constantly bring up, yet freak out when it doesn't work in their favor...

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"Cancel Culture" is such a funny thing that triggers so many conservatives, yet it's literally an example of free market capitalism working as intended.

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nobody is arguing the structure, nor the merits of free market capitalism.

instead, the argument is about 'cancelling' people because they don't display the wokeness required by those seeking to destroy others based only on their differing opinions and viewpoints.

read Animal Farm.

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you have no idea what a strawman argument is... oh boy... but "cancel culture" is an exact consequence (not saying it's either good or bad) of free market capitalism. if a segment of a population is calling for something or someone to be "cancelled", the company will evaluate the financial outcomes of both decisions, and choose whatever is most profitable for them. Fairly simple concept.

So if a company deems that it's a better financial decision respond in accordance with a market request, so be it. If they decide it's more profitable not to give in, that's their choice. Either way, this behavior is a reaction to free market capitalism.

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The cancel culture is not free market, it's mob market.

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It literally is. Companies make decisions that will result in the most favorable financial outcome, based on market demands. Literally, the free market.

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your simplistic view of what a free market is differs from mine

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"The free market should be influenced by the ebbs and flows of the consumers; except when I disagree with the decision, then it should be dictated by my opinion". Got it...

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"The free market should be influenced by the ebbs and flows of the consumers; except when I disagree with the decision"

wrong.

I disagree only with your simplistic view of what free market actually means.

"A free market system is an economic system based solely on demand and supply, and there is little or no government regulation. In a free market system, a buyer and a seller transact freely and only when they voluntarily agree on the price of a good or service."

Moreover, most of the keyboard warrior cancel crowd are not even consumers of the products produced by those that they seek to cancel.

Your argument is not without merit however - as there is a certain 'decision-making' process whether or not to 'buy' that mimics the free market, but the fundamentals that are driving the cancel culture are simply not the same as those decisions made in a 'free market'.

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you should give a second read to what you wrote. What defines a "free market" is the lack of government regulations, not the variables that affect demand and supply (outside of gov regulations). If "demand" is lower or higher due to price, quality (or perceived quality), supply (or perceived supply) or social factors (brand, lifestyle, comments from executives, etc), then the company will adapt. If a company deems that social factors will have a negative impact on their bottom line, they will react. And this is especially true for publicly traded companies, whose sole legal responsibility is to its shareholders. Every single decision a publicly traded company makes has to be in the best interest of their shareholders. And if company "X" thinks that firing or promoting someone based on public perception will benefit the shareholders, then that's what it will do. And that is a key component of capitalism.

Instead, what you're saying is that a company should only listen and cater to your personal opinion, but if they listen to other people's opinions that you disagree with, then they are "victims of mob culture". But if they were to cater to an opinion you hold (e.g. not firing someone because they deem the backlash will have a positive net impact) you'd celebrate them for "standing up to the mob", which in turn actually means they are listening to "your mob". Do you not see the irony of your position?

This is basic business stuff. I really don't understand why you are running in circles on this.

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your entire first paragraph is right on the money (pun intended)

but then you start the 2nd paragraph by mis-characterizing what I am saying as if this is evidence that supports the 1st paragraph.

"Instead, what you're saying is that a company should only listen and cater to your personal opinion"

this comment (and others) is why I originally called your argument a straw man... as I am saying no such thing.

arguing based on the (intentional?) misconception of others' words is not a debate.

I will not engage further.

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Freedom of speech, the first amendment.

Freedom to speak on a global, historically archived social platform? Not covered. Not protected. No guarantee of censorship within or by outsiders(sound familiar lol).

if = 8 Billion people arguing 8 billion topics is going to be void and futile.

We need an ESCALATION Amendment that is applicable to any digital society that interfaces on a global platform. Escalation Transparency(ET) may phone home to our consciousness one day. Escalation transparency data, a global unfiltered metric to place our responses and emotion on a digital timeline, not a chaotic aftermath.

CPI, the weak link on the chain has broken, we all have observed your penalty and stay readily at watch.

The reality is Donald Duck vs. Daffy Duck MMA match has now been canceled. Yes a lot of thin skin and thick skulls are still clenching their overweight fists...waiting for Sifu to demonstrate the ah-hah! moment of understanding.

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Regardless of what the CPI ceo wrote/did, Jorge went to hop on the mob bandwagon not taking into consideration the employees of CPI. So after the covid, those employees now have the burden of either finding another job or working with a “elephant” in the room, having to defend the company to customers. Just because the CEO is bad, does not mean the employees are. Don’t punish the employees for the actions of the CEO.

All these organizations and customers of CPI now jumping on the virtue signaling bandwagon saying they’re not doing business anymore with CPI and switching companies. Yeah let’s see how that goes, I bet a good majority give up on switching. It’s much easier to scrape the CPI stickers off the windows and doors and call it a night.

Bojangles was pure stupid for being a big billboard for CPI, every location, CPI plastered all over their buildings. The doors, drive thru windows, etc.

I also feel like Jorge is in a way using CPI to get his organization in the news at no cost to him.

The mob mentality followed by cancel mentality, followed by virtue signaling is growing old-fast.

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Don’t punish the employees for the actions of the CEO.

So should the CEO resign? The question could be asked both in terms of ethics and practicality (i.e., would his resignation end the boycott?).

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I doubt it would. I haven't seen examples where apologizing to the mob has done anything. The best thing to do is probably to lay low and let everyone forget.

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Worked for Virginia Governor Ralph Northam.

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He’s not going to. He will probably just weather the storm. It’s a repetitive dog and pony show- someone gets but hurt, then cancel culture, virtue signaling, you know the drill.

People are nasty. Especially when they’re sitting on unemployment.

I had to delete all my social media accounts because I couldn’t stand all the negativity and just pure trash online. It was distracting and just very stressful.

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Yes, I think he should. Partly because if he really is racist (and the accusation is that this is a long term, ongoing issue,) then he needs to NOT be leading a company of any kind and, partly because he's caused such damage at this point that I don't see it turning around if he's still there as the constant reminder to staff and clients.

Maybe its time for a company name & branding change? I've seen that approach as well. They can probably retain many of their customers by the CEO resigning, change the name of the company and then re-intro themselves as "under new management". That might at least give the sales people something other than "I'm sorry and ashamed" to tell their prospective customers if confronted with the CEO's bigotry. Now they can say "yes, it was despicable and thank goodness he's out of there, the new management has strict policies etc etc etc...." Turn any negative feedback into a more hopeful and positive direction.

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Mob rule must be stopped in its tracks. What he posted was not racist. In the era of mob rule it was dumb but shall we remove people from their jobs for making non PC approved comments? It should be up to the accuser to prove that he is racist not just accusations. Give mob rule nothing otherwise they will take all.

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Again, why do you hate free market capitalism so much? I truly don’t understand why conservatives hate the free market, when it seems to be a central issue for the GOP in every election. Let the market (the people) influence the decisions of a privately held company, based on what they feel will result in the most favorable outcome...

you call it “mob culture” because you don’t agree with the decision, not because you don’t agree with the concept. Somehow the irony is lost on you.

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Although I don't agree that true hateful racism is dominant in American society, White Privilege is real (I'm white), and there are undeniable hoards of data that prove humans who happen to be born with darker skin have less opportunity than humans who happen to be born with light skin. There is a global bias that exists. I feel this is strongly perpetuated by light-skinned humans in power (from the POTUS to a CEO of a small company and every demographic in between) who don't feel it is a priority because it doesn't affect them or the people close to them. Look, it is human nature and typically sound business practice to prioritize problems that affect you personally and sideline the ones that don't. If something doesn't affect you on a day-to-day basis, you typically ignore it.

What Jorge has done is make the oppression of dark-skinned humans affect Gill personally now. This is the entire point of the protests, to have this bias affect people personally so they prioritize solving it, instead of just agreeing that it is a problem and then doing nothing. Humans of all skin pigmentations need to take responsibility and act to eradicate this bias from society.

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Except for the fact that black people need to also take responsibility and take action, just as much as white people and every shade in between, I couldn't disagree more with this guy. Like the current stock market, he is divorced from the fundamentals of reality. He must be very special for God to only open his eyes and not the millions of others who also go to church, pray, and are generally good Christians. How does that work?

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you say that 'you couldn't disagree more with this guy' - and then fail to debate any of the guys points.

Instead, you just say he is 'divorced from reality', and 'must be very special' because his viewpoint on what white privilege is differs from yours and other 'generally good christians'.

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Well said UM9! I've been in this industry for 20 years. I respectfully ask everyone to reflect on the inaction and bias that has allowed racial oppression and murder to go on for so long. I'm white and have am guilty of not expressing concerns in the past. Just a small example from our industry. In our marketing material, the suspect or intruder is frequently a person of color. The security person or property owner being protected is usually white. Obviously there are criminals from every race and ethnicity. The black criminal narrative is overplayed almost everywhere in our society. We have to come to terms with the fact that we have built a system that says, everyday, that black lives do not matter as much as white lives. This plays out in healthcare, policing, education, and almost every aspect of life.

I get and agree that looting isn't a great way to "change the narrative." However at times it seems that doing ecomic damage is the only way for racialized communites to be heard. Colin Kaepernick was vilified and run out of the NFL for taking a knee during the anthem.

Also acknowledging that it would be more courageous to post with my name disclosed. The climate right now is so polarized that writing this post is scary. I'll probably get lit up for even this post. Writing this is better than not writing it. For those here protesting the end of dissenting opinions; I encourage you to lead by example.

This is a complex issue with no simple answers. I personally have been asking myself what I'm going to do to help. We also have to acknowledge that everyone is already stressed by the pandemic. Social isolation and economic damage is almost universal and we don't know how or when the pandemic will end. Be well everyone and PLEASE, be kind.

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Good post #22 but every nationwide ad I have seen for security companies the perps are white. I can link example after example on this. It is a bit like the sitcoms of the 80s and 90s where Dad was always and idiot. Also looting is not the way to be heard. If looters were shot on site it would stop. Poor David Dorn and so many other innocents paid this price with their lives. Where is their justice?

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He should be fired immediately.

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Resign, Get Fired. This type of garbage organism should be put in the sewer with the rest of all people who agree with what that piece of garbage said.

GTFO of here with that mind thought and white privilege trash.

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You seem pretty angry. White privilege trash? Based on Chicago last weekend he may have a point.

Sometimes things leak out:

Lightfoot blasts Chicago alderman for leaking audio of contentious phone call: ‘Shame on him’ - Chicago Tribune

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I feel the irony.

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Can you imagine working for a guy like this? According to the WCNC report several employees resigned or walked out.

The best thing the company can do is fire him right away and make a public statement regarding his message and conduct. This guy is bad for business and I'm sure has created a toxic environment for employees. Will be interesting to see what happens here....

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True colors are shown when this filth let it slip out, just like the crossfit ceo and drew brees. They all quickly apologize to save the company and their careers, too late, EXPOSED.

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"Exposed" for what exactly? Supporting the idea that there should be more focus on something (black-on-black murders) that kills far more black men than Police related incidents?

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similar dynamics, bigger scale, in the end CEO quits...

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cancel that filth.

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Super helpful actually.

The ones that think are unhelpful most likely are white privileged, deny white privilege exists, think there is nothing wrong with saying "floyd-19," or still think kneeling during the anthem is about disrespecting the flag. Hope all of you get cancelled soon.

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Btw, on the fire the CEO topic, the logistical challenge is that Gill is the founder and owner of the company. As SDM explains:

“CPI came about because in high school I used to work with some buddies doing security work on the weekends,” he recalls. “I have two semesters of community college and that is the extent of my formal education. I spent time in the hotel business, as a bartender, and climbing polls on the interstate fixing lights.”

He started working in security for a friend’s business in Florida and learned the ropes, eventually opening a call center and helping grow the business. When Gill decided to move his family to Charlotte, N.C., he first started a company as a branch office from the Florida company. Eventually he sold off his part of the business and CPI was born.

If Gill was simply hired to run the business by an owner or the board, firing him would be a straightforward task and probably the easiest to deal with this. Here, they can theoretically fire him but what happens to his ownership? Does he not still run the company?

A sale of the company is an interesting possibility but it would likely be a fire sale as there are not a lot of people willing to pay a premium in the midst of coronavirus plus a boycott for racism. For example, if someone else bought CPI, could they be confident that the boycott would end? Would they be concerned that they the boycott or, at least scrutiny, would extend to the acquirer?

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Here, they can theoretically fire him but what happens to his ownership?

MCU on the Crossfit scandal mentioned above:

One big thing: The details are unclear about the full scope of what Glassman’s involvement with regards to ownership and influence within the company is going forward. If the extent of the change is simply Glassman stepping aside while still maintaining sole ownership of the company, then as the sole owner or even majority owner if he gave up some stake, he would still stand to profit considerably from the company’s future development and legally retain full control of the company at his discretion. It’s unlikely that the move would equate to real change in the eyes of the community, and multiple sources have confirmed as much.

otoh, 99% of the reporting on this so far don't mention this most material of facts.

if it ends the boycott just with his distractionary resignation alone, Gill should take note.

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A CEO is elected to head a company but doesn't necessarily own it, and vice versa. You can fire/resign a CEO and they retain ownership of the company's shares.

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To all those who think he should be fired I say this..

it is only a matter of time till something you said, on some form of media will used against you. What you say today might be fine but might be absolute heresy by tomorrow, so I look forward to the pendulum swinging even further into lunacy as the days go by.

As someone who lives and has lived in NC for over 3 decades, I can say I have witnessed the "peaceful protestors" in NC first hand, having to Pull video, repair damage, rapid deploy extra security and clean up after them. They have closed stores in NC due to the "Peaceful looters" er "protestors" with no plans to reopen them because the insurance companies wont let them. They have enjoyed special privileges for going out and doing things, that none of the other residents in NC can do.

As for Charlotte, it is known for being the most progressive city next to Durham and equally a terrible place to live and do business. It was Gill's decision , albeit the dumbest decision, to respond to a cultist who clearly looking for someone to burn at the stake. Now he has a bunch of angry cultists fueled by nothing but hate with a lot of time on there hands trying to ruin him at every step he makes or doesnt take.

Because Charlotte is so corrupt and only operates on a political spectrum... they will probaly run him out of business and anyone who stands with him. I will say the guilt hunt insanity hasn't gone away yet between banning books, movies, people and companies this past 2 weeks I am just giddy with excitement to see when I can measure my guilt by a skin tone chart, you know for the maximum irony effect for not being tan enough and being marched off to re-education camp.....

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To all those who think he should be fired I say this..

It was Gill's decision , albeit the dumbest decision, to respond to a cultist who clearly looking for someone to burn at the stake. Now he has a bunch of angry cultists fueled by nothing but hate with a lot of time on there hands trying to ruin him at every step he makes or doesnt take.

To that point, the CEO clearly made a mistake here, even if you assume that the statement was not racist.

The CEO knew this person (ex-employee/activist leader) was sending a letter petitioning for the "immediate termination of the police officers involved in last night’s incident and the plethora of previous incidents of abuse of power" yet CPI's CEO responded as he did. Did CPI's CEO really think that Queen City Unity would pivot based on his response? CPI's CEO could have simply not responded or given some form of generic unspecific corporate response.

What you say today might be fine but might be absolute heresy by tomorrow

That's not the case here. CPI's CEO said it 'today' in this context. It would be different if CPI's CEO said the same exact statement a year ago and suddenly it was brought up today.

Suppressing a genuine discussion about what steps should be taken to create a more just society would be dangerous / wrong but responding as CPI's CEO did to this specific letter opened up this situation.

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That's not the case here. CPI's CEO said it 'today' in this context. It would be different if CPI's CEO said the same exact statement a year ago and suddenly it was brought up today.

I think its something he has said before and sounds like a conditioned response he has probably said over the years in the personal company of Jorge, which is why Jorge went after him like he did, and Gill didn't realize it was the absolute worst thing to say till after he said it. But you have to own all of your mistakes no matter how you make them and he his now.

Suppressing a genuine discussion about what steps should be taken to create a more just society would be dangerous / wrong but responding as CPI's CEO did to this specific letter opened up this situation.

Wut? when did he suppress a discussion? Jorge sent him an Email, he didn't have to respond, if he had a lawyer and HR rep there they would have smacked his computer/smartphone out his hands and tell him he should know better. I don't understand what you are getting with this statement at all.

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A "more just society" is the issue?? Really?? I see a power mad cop using an approved hold on a combative suspect, yet in a ridiculous and very dangerous way that he knew could cause serious injury or death. I also see from the autopsy that Floyd was high on meth and fentanyl. I also see from Floyd's criminal record that he was a multi time felon with multiple prison stints, the last of which was for an armed robbery/home invasion where he held a gun to the abdomen of a pregnant black woman. I also see that the cop had multiple serious complaints against him, including an incident where he went full gestapo on some white kids who were playing with Nerf dart guns. I also see that Floyd and the cop had a previous history of conflict such that a personal animus was almost certainly involved.

So I see a bad cop who should have been fired long ago, coupled with a career criminal involved in crimes from minor to serious. I fail to see any evidence that this reflects on all cops, or on society as a whole, in any way, shape, or form. In fact it is maybe the most ridiculous comment you have ever made.

Consider the following commentaries on this issue that I find quite persuasive:

Candace Owens - Confession: I DO NOT support George Floyd...

Shelby Steele Tells Mark Levin Blacks Have Never Been Less Oppressed

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Another white privilege post.

You would have no idea what its like to jog down a street without being watched, or gunned down because you're black. Imagine watching modern day lynchings of similar colored skin as yourself all over the usa without much justice, to walk out of your house and wonder if you're next. Or to live in a country that still celebrates slave owners, or the confederate flag flying in your face. To not only have opportunities closed to you because of your color, but to even be judged within a 2 second look because you're black.

I have no idea how black people have shown such restraint and give huge credit to black people for it.

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“There is nothing more painful to me at this stage in my life than to walk down the street and hear footsteps... then turn around and see somebody white and feel relieved.”

Jesse Jackson

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Yup, because he himself can feel the rage that burns within, that everyday enough is enough but is powerless to make a dent. The only people who can help are white allies which won't happen.

If people could choose what race they would be reborn as, a very minimal pct. would say black. I wonder why.

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When 13% of the US population accounts for ~50% of homicides I would say this is not a police problem. Something has already gone very wrong well before they encountered the police. Why are teachers not getting hammered in the media today? Test scores across the country show very bad outcomes for young black Americans compared to whites and Asians. Where is the accountability for pure blue cities run for decades by the DNC that enjoys ~90% of the black vote? Where is the accountability for black voters that continue to have leadership issues like this latest national bad joke:

Ex-Baltimore mayor, once convicted of embezzlement, now favorite to fill seat of mayor convicted of fraud | Fox News

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Something sure has gone wrong well before they encounter the police. The moment they were shipped here to be used, raped, and murdered, hundreds of years ago, which continues today. It's not just a police problem, it's a societal problem. And its not just white people who are racists, asians are just as disgustingly as guilty. Especially chinese people. There are more racist chinese people then white people for obvious reasons.

but in the usa, Imagine living everyday under that kind of weight, and hate, and lack of not just opportunity, but hope. Many of them have lost hope and go off track for sure, more of them stay on track somehow and live and survive with all the weight. Imagine being black and going into a supermarket and going out of your way to smile, and say hello just to hope to not be perceived as a threat. No other race has to go through that. No other race has to wonder and not be surprised everyday they wake up could be their last because they are black.

Totally agree on the lack of progress for blue city/states. But thats politics, THEY ARE ALL CROOKS so I put no weight in that.

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Well Africa itself holds much of the blame for the history here:

Atlantic slave trade - Wikipedia

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So blame the pet store for who sold the animals instead of the animal owners who rape and murder them? lol.

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WOW! Just when I thought this discussion couldn't get any lower or less informed!

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There are more racist chinese people then white people for obvious reasons.

because there are more chinese people?

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Obviously.

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You can believe there are advantages to being white in the US, and know the history of discrimination and prejudice, and also be smart enough know anyone can be racist, including black people. My earliest and intense experience with racism was from black people being a "white looking" kid in a black neighborhood. But fortunately I did not let that prejudice my opinion of black people as a whole, or white people when I saw racism from their side. But I also know the allure of the victim mentality and the trap that it can lay for you if not careful. Everyone has challenges in life, different challenges and by different degrees. Some challenges are racism while others are much more significant to life and success.

YouTube and the Internet now makes it easy to find videos of white people also killed by police holds, killed by police raids at the wrong home with no knock warrants, and in those too the police force was not held accountable. So you could just as easily ask the question, why haven't white people cared more about an overly aggressive policing problem that also affects them?

Research is out there that seems to indicate the police do not target black people anymore than white people in proportion to the crimes they commit. There is also a research paper and other reports that indicate more more black officers kill black suspects that white officers.

Black Cops Are Just as Likely as White Cops to Kill Black Suspects

So can you believe racism exists and past racism still hurts the black community, but also that this and other incidents are just as likely to be more about a police policy and practice problem, and trying to make it solely about a race issue is a weak narrative that actually distracts from finding solutions to black community issues? Yes, one can. But if you fall into the false equivalency that "if you don't agree with me on X, then you must believe Y", you're in the same bias confirmation trap as any other person.

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This was the best-reasoned post in the thread.

However, I will remain Undisclosed myself, so UD Integrator #7 and his hate-fueled buddies don't come to picket my house and try and 'cancel' me for my opinions.

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Forgive me but I am going to respectfully challenge you on your choice to remain undisclosed. Letting either side scare you into hiding benefits no one. This is a professional forum and there are going to be differing opinions but these are good people here, on both sides. In this particular discussion, being undisclosed means no accountability and lessens the weight of your point of view.

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I respect your opinion.

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Today more than ever being undisclosed has value. Having a reasonable opinion of dissent will now cost you your job. The good squad is now out for blood. Look what happened to this poor victim:

ASU revokes job offer for incoming journalism dean after microaggression complaints, tweet calling some police 'good' | Fox News

The only good news here is because of her profession she is very likely to be liberal and I have no issue for those that vote for this madness being destroyed by it.

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Have to disagree.

In this environment if you present an opinion that appears to go against a certain political leaning or not in line with the "woke" mentality, you are vilified, shouted down, boycotted, considered racist, the list goes on. People are NOT free to express their opinions. Gill is a perfect example. There was nothing racist in his comment, but look at the reaction. He'd have been better off with an anonymous post, or, as suggested by others as well, to have sad nothing at all. And, this type of reaction only widens the gap.

Granted, this particular forum may be different, but in general... No, we can't have an open dialog. There's no compromise. It's either agree, or you're a racist. Yes, there are good people of both side, agree with that 100%. But, there are also bad on both sides. Currently, those 'bad' on the other side of this 'discussion' will do everything possible to ruin someone with a differing view.

I'll remain "undisclosed" as well.

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Forgive me but I am going to respectfully challenge you on your choice to remain undisclosed. Letting either side scare you into hiding benefits no one. This is a professional forum and there are going to be differing opinions but these are good people here, on both sides.

Everyone thinks they're being good, especially when they're being self-righteous.

In a culture of rising incivility, combined with many that are both sensitive and passionate about their beliefs, people are using bullying or harassing behavior and labeling it as activism. -Sue Scheff, Psychology Today

How humiliation tactics are being used and confused for activism.

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I will say the guilt hunt insanity hasn't gone away yet between banning books, movies, people and companies this past 2 weeks I am just giddy with excitement to see when I can measure my guilt by a skin tone chart...

2 weeks?

just imagine how 'giddy' you would be after four hundred years of it...

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Your point might be feasible if it all stopped 40 years ago. RIGHT?

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The WSJ published an OP in this exact topic. One day the mob will come for you....

Cancel Culture Journalism - WSJ

Then we can look at higher education where UCLA has this situation and they have clearly taken sides:

UCLA professor suspended, under police protection after threats | Fox News

And Stanford (private college) where a dean uses a fugitive cop killer as inspiration to students and of course the school has no issue with this.

Stanford dean quotes fugitive cop killer in email to students about protests | Fox News

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Cancel culture takes out another victim:

Sonya Forte Duhé was due to take over as dean of ASU's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication on July 1, but her offer was revoked on Monday after former students lodged complaints about comments they perceived as rude. Duhé was also criticized for her #BlackOutTuesday post that called some police officers good, in light of the George Floyd protests.

In a since-deleted tweet, Duhé wrote, "for the family of George Floyd, the good police officers who keep us safe, my students, faculty and staff. Praying for peace on this #BlackOutTuesday."

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The cancel culture knows no limits

CNN's Angela Rye called for statues of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson to come down Thursday on the network.

"American history is not all glorious... George Washington was a slave owner. We need to call slave owners out for what they are. Whether we think they were protecting American freedom or not, he wasn't protecting my freedoms," the network contributor said.

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This guy is going to get hammered for asking a legit question there will be no mercy

During a hearing on whether to declare racism a public health crisis, state Sen. Steve Huffman, R-Tipp City, asked if “the colored population” is hit harder by the coronavirus because perhaps they don’t wash their hands as well as other groups.

Huffman, an emergency room physician, asked a witness before the Senate Health Committee on Tuesday why COVID-19 is hitting African Americans harder than white people.

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As predicted the cancel culture got this guy:

One day after that interview, TeamHealth, a Tennessee-based company that operates several hospitals in Ohio, fired Huffman.

"Dr. Huffman's comments are wholly inconsistent with our values and commitment to creating a tolerant and diverse workplace," a company spokesman said in a statement. "TeamHealth has terminated Dr. Huffman's employment."

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Every time you say "cancel culture" (and that's a lot), an auto-responder in my head says "OK Boomer."

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You are posting a lot here, and clearly you are very angry/triggered... that being said, someone needs to remind you that "cancel culture" = capitalism. Why do you hate free market capitalism so much?

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Complete BS, Gill was completely accurate in his assessment and I support him.

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Gene, whether his facts are accurate or not is not the issue here. Now is not the time to argue statistics. The black community experiences things differently than Gill does, or I do. They are hurting and the change they are looking for is not a bad thing and needs to happen. It is going to be uncomfortable and require alot of us to rethink our core beliefs. If we are going to evolve as a society we need to experience this, and now is the time. I fully support our law enforcement but also recognize that there is a problem with the existing model. I don't pretend to have all the answers but I am willing to reexamine my view of the world. This will mean keeping hate out of the equation. It will mean less judgement and more acceptance of our differences. It will mean controlling my fear. It will mean putting my uncomfortableness aside so I can listen to a differing opinion or ideology.

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Brian, I agree with a lot of what you are saying, but there is also a problem when it is assumed automatically that someone hasn't already tried listening and tried looking at the problem objectively, and listening some more, and just happens to still have a differing opinion than the populist one. Also, black people are not monolithic and have varying views on this just as white and other non-black people do, just as white people are not monolithic in their thinking.

I can't speak for everyone, but what bothers me is the knowledge that when a narrative, no matter how well meaning, is built on weak or misconstrued facts, it hurts that narrative's greater objective (here being racial justice and equality) no matter how well meaning or intentioned. With something as important to me, my friends and family, as racial justice, it bothers me this narrative that white officers are on the hunt for people of color, when the fact and statistics seem to indicate it is not so much based on racism as aggressive policing. And if a narrative has any inaccuracies or weakness in it, it will turn more people off to that overall narrative that seeks to address the ills of racism.

To use an example, look at what happened to Al Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth" when later scientists started to point out the inaccuracies and seeming politicization of some parts of the documentary, which they felt hurt the overall cause on environmentalism with people who might otherwise have listened.

Contravening facts and inaccuracies need to be addressed right away, otherwise you'll have a bad narrative no longer driven by the strength of truth, but instead turned into a counterproductive propaganda monster.

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I think it's reasonable to say that this is a raw nerve and we have to accept that this is less about debate right now and more about listening. Differing opinions can wait, why not try to be more sensitive and empathic to their views. When a person is upset, the best way to address them is to listen to and acknowledge them. I'm not talking about any of the illegal activity like rioting, obviously that is terrible, but non violet protests should be met with at least the willingness to listen. I mean can we do that? Can we be quiet for a minute and see if there is a chance for a dialog?

Facts are such a difficult thing to quantify nowadays. The narrative in play is how they see it, again we can debate that later. Even if we find that the initial cause was flawed, if real, good change happens as a result then why argue about the facts. I know how crazy that may sound but facts aren't what they used to be and I am sure each side can argue their set of facts until each is utterly exhausted.

Let's try something different. Let's stop trying to be right and just listen. Let's find it within ourselves to get past our biases. Let's look for ways that each of us can change, even if just a little. Change is never easy.

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Brian, I understand the sincerity of what you are trying to say, but I also find the statement "Even if we find that the initial cause was flawed, if real, good change happens as a result then why argue about the facts" disturbing. It's too close to the philosophy "the ends justify the means", which has been used to justify countless amounts of wrongs that eventually backfired. Anytime you feel you can leverage or exploit emotions and perceptions for some greater good of an idea, the farther that idea gets away from truth and more easily corrupted.

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Perhaps but it seems that you are assuming the cause is flawed. If we go back and examine all of this after the fact and find that everything wasn't as it seemed I wouldn't be surprised. However the situation at hand demands action, and for me one of those actions will be to listen and try to be a better individual by applying what I have learned.

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I am very heartbroken that black leadership and the DNC/the media/late night talk shows/Hollywood/Amazon/Google/FB/Higher education is so determined to cause so much harm in the black community. Telling generations of people you cant do it because someone is holding you down is just cruel. At some point this demographic will have to look at what good has decades of blind loyalty has bough them. We have cities and states that have been rock solid blue for decades and nothing changes there. Where is the accountability. If cops are racist and bad teachers must be even worse according to the statistics Why are they not being called racists? I have listened and I firmly disagree. I want the same thing for blacks that I would want for any race. Property and peace. I stand for equal opportunity but not equal outcome. I believe BLM is counter to this. I would get fired from my company for saying such a thing today if I posted this on Linked in. So it is clear one side is allowed to talk and the other must listen. What country does this remind you of?

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"I'm listening" Dr Frazier Crane IPVM Image

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Over these last two weeks, I too have had to rethink some beliefs I have long held to be true.

I have heard from former teammates that despite apparent life success fear to walk after dark or "drive while black" due to police attention.

I attended a peaceful and moving protest - not raising my voice - but to see and hear for myself the issues raised. It was an amazing experience and one I would recommend before you raise your own voice based on your choice of media.

My own daughters have participated in vigils to support their classmates and teammates.

We are in a time of change and as security professionals, I believe we are intrinsically conservative and skeptical of change. That said, like many other societal and technological changes, I don't think we would want to go backwards.

The important thing is to have the humility to listen and learn and grow through this moment of change.

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What does going backwards mean? We cant freely express views of dissent? I agree we should not go backwards but right now clearly we are.

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A segment of our population should not live in fear based on their skin color. That is going backwards.

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All the disagrees and unhelpfuls are white privilege deniers fighting to keep their positions as they get chipped away on. Love it. Love it. Love it.

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That is not a very compelling argument. For me, I will continue to live by the golden rule and will not expose myself to the goon squad.

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UD Integrator #7 has yet to make any argument at all, except that all white people inherited all the sins of their ancestors and should be punished for same.

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We all agree that nobody should live in fear. I think there is consensus that police need to be held accountable for bad/criminal behavior.

Now contrast this with the very real threat that so many black people live with in our cities and I dont think bad cops is near the top of the list.

The no snitch policy does nothing but perpetrate violence.

For some reason (we can debate this) violence is far more common in the black community than any other. I can provide a link to DOJ if you wish.

David Dorn was let down by the system and as a result he was murdered:

Suspect accused of killing retired police captain once got 7-year prison sentence but didn’t serve one day | FOX 2

I also argue that Mr. Floyd should not have been killed by the cop in Minnesota because he too should still be in jail. 13 years in my opinion is too light for breaking into a pregnant woman's home and putting a gun to her belly:

George Floyd: From aspiring rapper to symbol of police violence against black men

At what point as we willing to take a hard and complete look at this problem?

As long as the people are going to vote in ways that assure their own destruction it will continue to happen:

Ex-Baltimore mayor, once convicted of embezzlement, now favorite to fill seat of mayor convicted of fraud | Fox News

And finally stop making heroes out of cop killers:

Stanford dean quotes fugitive cop killer in email to students about protests | Fox News

Do you find it odd that one news source is willing to expose these 100% verifiable facts and the other side wants this one voice of dissent taken off the air? Careful what you "listen" to.

Also who cares about these lives:

Chicago’s most violent day in 60 years: 18 murders in 24 hours - Chicago Sun-Times

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Brian, are you really serious here? It is people like you that are the reason why America is so screwed up now with dozens Citys on fire.

I really believe that if you were the Queen's Prime Minister during WWII instead of Winston Churchill a better part of the world would be speaking German right now.

Either lead or get out of the way.............

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Divide and conquer.

Just follow the trail who's interested in destabilizing a society.

“The press has become the greatest power within the Western countries, more powerful than the legislature, the executive and the judiciary. One would then like to ask: by what law has it been elected and to whom is it responsible?”

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An attempt to silence someone with whom you do not agree is not an argument; it is the use of force to avoid having to actually win the argument on the merits of your position.It is the very essence of fascism.

"I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it" - Evelyn Beatrice Hall

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BLM will decide what hate speech is:

Louisiana State University Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences Alyssa Johnson made the comments after the school's official Twitter responded to those calls, saying, "we are subject to constitutional limitation on our ability to take action in response to free speech." Johnson wrote, in a now-deleted tweet: "If @LSU won't take action, we as professors can. Keeping a list of names and if I see them enrolled in my course, I will drop them. It's not just free speech, it's hate speech and it's a threat to student safety. #safespace #BlackLivesMatter"

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It appears that you and #7 want to do nothing more than win your respective sides of the argument. You cherry pick the LSU example, which is clearly wrong, but are there not many more examples of constructive quotes to choose from?

This shouldn't be about proving your point. This also shouldn't be about taking pleasure in the other sides difficulty with your position. Both actions only serve to further divide everyone.

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One side is allowed to have this so called discussion. The other side is not. I am hardly cherry picking when you view black on black crime in so many of our cities and that is exactly why this guy is on the hot seat. Have I said anything here that is not backed up by facts? Is anything I have said hate speech? I desire a real dialog. I think BLM is very misguided and destructive. I favor a new approach at a much earlier age. Much smaller school class sizes in the most impacted areas. I am willing to pay increased property tax to invest in our own people. The idea is to lower negative experiences with the cops. But we must also be willing to have an honest conversation if we are going to produce the results that I am guessing we both want.

I have worked at Ravenswood Middle School school in EPA back in the 80s as an unpaid volunteer. I am not unsympathetic to this situation.

BLM will just delay the progress to this goal.

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John - How do we unsubscribe to the conversation?

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Brice,

You can click on the "Unsubscribe from this discussion link" in the email you received, as shown below:

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thanks!

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Wow, scary world we live in! Sounds like Jorge Millares aka Queen City Unity is taking pages right out of the ANTIFA playbook. There is nothing in Mr. Gill's wording that was or is racist. Individuals and groups that are on a mission, do not want to hear the truth. They make up their own truths and present them as facts to a mostly uninformed population and, generally without consequences.

Anyone with any common sense that saw the available video of what happened to George Floyd would agree that this should have never have happened and those responding officers should be tried, prosecuted, fired, and sentenced as the law allows.

However, this action taken by Mr. Jorge Millares could happen to any one of us including IPVM. All you need is one individual or a group that is bent on doing you harm and you, and your reputation, and your business can be ruined. And, what is really sad is that instead of defending the truth and facts, these companies cave-in like rats leaving a leaking ship, giving everyone the thumbs up on this type of revenge tactic.

We should all remember the following saying in all its forms:

First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a socialist.

Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a trade unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

I hope we all know that we have groups in America that literally hate America and what it stands for, or stood for, and will stop at nothing to destroy it and turn it Socialist. Do you all remember the 2009 world-wide Obama-Biden apology tour that Obama headed up? Where he basically apologized to the world for everything that America stands for. What we are seeing now in these latest riots is in part a residual of his presidency.

Personally I hope Mr. Gill gets himself a great attorney because he has a really good case for......................................

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Sounds like Jorge Millares aka Queen City Unity is taking pages right out of the ANTIFA playbook.

do you prefer the Pro Facist playbook?

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I prefer neither.

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I believe ANTIFA is pro-facist, or at least many of their methods are similar to the pre-WWII brownshirts. Fascist methods can rise from the Left or the Right in it's rationalizing suppression and control of speech, restriction of communications, and Orwellian levels of thought control. The only real difference is instead of extreme nationalistic identity, ANTIFA's Alt-Left views favor extreme demographic-identity authority.

Did you fall for trick in the name, Anti-Facist? Would you fall for a benign sounding name like Creativity Alliance, too?

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I believe ANTIFA is pro-facist...

sure you do.

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sure you do.

Yes, I do, thank you.

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It's the same playbook and these dumb asses can't even even tell you why they are splitting peoples heads open..................

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Will the goon squad go after this reporter? We all know the answer....

NBC News anchor Craig Melvin asked Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., if the GOP is "using" him as a "token" amid the response to George Floyd's death.Scott has been leading the effort in the Senate among Republican lawmakers in pursuit of police reform. However, the "Today" host questioned whether Scott's party was maximizing the only black GOP senator to its advantage.

"You have faced a fair amount of criticism, especially over the past few days, because you are the only black Republican senator," Melvin said during an interview. "Some have said that your party is using you, they’ve even thrown around the word ‘token,’ as well. Your response to that criticism?”

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The three minute mark for the non accepted view:

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I don't lean on either side of the debate but I enjoy a good discussion - when both sides aren't out to convince each other to change their mind but are making very informative points.

1) Let's not ignore the fact that he makes the statement that he believes the system is rigged (5 min mark).

2) I completely agree that role models (father figures or otherwise) make a big difference. Unfortunately, African Americans are way more likely to be raised in a single-parent household than any other race. See: Children in single-parent families by race | KIDS COUNT Data Center

3) Do people really think that people out there protesting don't think that black-on-black crime is an issue? I don't think that's the point here (at least not for me). It seems like they are just looking for some semblance of justice when a cop kills someone - whether the cop is white, black, or blue shouldn't matter.

4) I do agree with the statement Black Lives Matter - I don't think it means that other's peoples live don't matter. I also hate the fact that people associate agreement of Black Lives Matter with being anti-police - that is simply not the case (at least not for me). This cartoon I saw made a lot of sense to me (at least the top half of it): IPVM Image

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All black people should be very concerned about being lumped in with the Black Lives Matter group which has become just another synonym for the Black Panther and their burn-baby-burn movement of past decades.

Also, does anyone actually believe that if a black officer had his knee on George's neck resulting in his death...............they would have torched the nation? Or, would that just be a black-on-black crime?

All races should be very suspicious and concerned about who they let speak for them.

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Actually, you CAN blame "the system". You can place full blame for mass incarceration on the Clinton/Gore & Obama/Biden administration led by the Biden crime bill of 1998. His crime bill targeted the black community and led to two almost two decades of unfair penalties and mass incarceration of black men.

President Trump's Crime Reform was one of many things he has done for the black community. The democrats main playbook is to create a world where minorities are dependent on them so they can lock up those votes. President Trump is breaking the cycle.

Just compare the Biden Crime Bill to Trump Crime Reform. Direct from them, in their own words.

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Real News Network - Election 20230: Biden Crime Bill vs Trump Reform | Facebook

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President Trump's Crime Reform was one of many things he has done for the black community.

yes, we can all be thankful that Kushner's dad's prison sentence drove Jared to successfully push Trump to do something he had little interest in before, and even less after passage.

Father-in-law + Father-outlaw = Crime Reform

who says two wrongs can't make a right?

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At first I thought the most ridiculous part of your conspiracy theory was that he completed his sentence in 2006, which means it had absolutely nothing to do with president Trump's Crime Reform of 2018 (12 years later).

But then I just learned it was because he was convicted of 18 counts of illegal campaign contributions to Democrats, tax evasion, and witness tampering.He was also fined by the FEC for contributing to Democratic political campaigns in the names of his partnerships when he lacked authorization to do so.

Thanks for this... screen capped for posterity.

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At first I thought the most ridiculous part of your conspiracy theory was that he completed his sentence in 2006, which means it had absolutely nothing to do with president Trump's Crime Reform of 2018 (12 years later).

do some more reading:

The Senate Passed the Criminal Justice Bill. For Jared Kushner, It’s a Personal Issue and a Rare Victory.

btw, here's a little more on the "witness tampering" thing.

“Mr. Kushner pled guilty, he admitted the crimes. So what am I supposed to do as a prosecutor?” Mr. Christie said in an interview on “Firing Line With Margaret Hoover” on PBS. “If a guy hires a prostitute to seduce his brother-in-law, and videotapes it, and then sends the videotape to his sister to attempt to intimidate her from testifying before a grand jury, do I really need any more justification than that?”

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This added nothing to your point.

You're basically saying "See, the New York Times said so..."

The New York Times.

LOL.

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The New York Times.

sorry, i should have cited Facebook like you.

Facebook.

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Nice try, but you call actual video of Biden (Congress via CSPAN) and Trump (Press pool video of an actual news conference) a Facebook citation? Would it matter if the video of the words coming from their mouths were shared via NYT, Yahoo or CNN? Please explain your twisted requirements.

No matter how you try ignore the truth, it doesn't change a thing.

So far, nothing you've claimed has been credible.

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Would it matter if the video of the words coming from their mouths were shared via NYT, Yahoo or CNN? Please explain your twisted requirements.

see below for words from the mouth of kushner.

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You're basically saying "See, the New York Times said so..."

how about Kushner in the flesh, after being asked why he is doing criminal justice reform, start at 5:12.

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i know, must be a deepfake.

or, you could surprise me and say, "i guess i was wrong."

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Yet, he also stated in the clip that President Trump campaigned on the "forgotten men & women". Not sure what your point is.

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Not sure what your point is.

You know damn well what my point is.

You said,

At first I thought the most ridiculous part of your conspiracy theory was that he completed his sentence in 2006, which means it had absolutely nothing to do with president Trump's Crime Reform of 2018.

Obviously, as stated by Kushner above, his father's sentence absolutely had something "to do with" it.

Try saying something like:

"At first I thought the most ridiculous part of your conspiracy theory was that he completed his sentence in 2006, which I figured meant it had absolutely nothing to do with president Trump's Crime Reform of 2018. However, I wasn't aware of Kushner speaking directly about his motivation for pursuing the bill. Thanks for pointing it out."

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You claimed "he had little interest in" when in fact the 2016 Trump campaign promises included diverting non-violent offenders from prison and providing treatment to drug addicted and mentally ill offenders.

Do you support Biden's position on Crime over is career?

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i accept your tacit kushner capitulation.

moving on,

when in fact the 2016 Trump campaign promises included diverting non-violent offenders from prison and providing treatment to drug addicted and mentally ill offenders.

pre-election source please?

its certainly not in his "Contract with America".

nor have i found it on any campaign promise list.

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The cancel culture strikes again:

DAVIS, Calif. — A sandwich shop in Davis abruptly closed after the owner criticized Black Lives Matter as an organization and likened it as a flip side to the Ku Klux Klan.

Mr. Pickle's Sandwich Shops made the announcement on their Instagram account. They flagged the Davis shop as having made "alarming and painful statements" to his staff.

On Thursday, in an interview with ABC10, Mann said that he wishes that he did not send the letter but that he stands by his statements.

Mann's email said the store had a policy of leaving politics out of the workplace, which he said included far-right groups and groups like Black Lives Matter.

"Corporate has been notified of the alarming and painful statements made by the owner of the Davis shop to his staff. We made the decision to terminate his franchise and is now permanently closed for business. If that location ever re-opens, it will be under new ownership that upholds our corporate standards," Mr. Pickle's said on their Instagram page.

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"There's battle lines being drawn... and nobody's right if everybody's wrong"

Buffalo Springfield (1967)

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"Send lawyers guns and money"- Warren Zevon

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I am a huge Warren Zevon fan.... and was just recently discussing his greatness with Mr. Rhodes.

this clip is my all-time favorite video I've ever seen from Mr. Zevon:

"Werewolves of New Jersey":

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Zevon should sue himself for copyright infringement ;)

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53 years later and it is still relevant. Thanks for the reminder, Marty

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Where is the outrage for the loss of this gentle soul?

BALTIMORE (AP) — A long time Gospel radio announcer was fatally shot outside her home in a case Baltimore police call a “senseless” and “tragic murder.”

Tyra Womack was pronounced dead by medical personnel Wednesday night after police responded to a call about the shooting at her home in the Lauraville neighborhood of the city, news outlets reported.Womack, who also went by Tyra Phillips professionally, was an announcer on WEAA-FM’s “Gospel Grace” program for more than 30 years, and provided information on the church community during the weekly broadcast. She also was an administrative assistant at the U.S. post office, her Linkedin page shows.

The “senseless” shooting that killed her seems to have followed a neighborhood dispute, according to a statement from Baltimore Police spokeswoman Detective Nicole Monroe. She told The Baltimore Sun that investigators have identified a person of interest, but declined to provide any additional information. “It’s one of those kinds of tragedies that just makes you numb,” Carolyn Showell, an official at Womack’s church, told the Sun. “That’s the word I keep hearing, numb. You’re traumatized because she’s one of those unlikely people.”

https://twitter.com/WEAA889/status/1271124908672724994?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.fox5ny.com%2Fnews%2Fgospel-radio-host-gunned-down-in-baltimore

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UPDATE: CPI CEO Takes A Knee While Facing Massive Cancellations

A local news report says CPI Security CEO kneels in solidarity after racially insensitive email is leaked.

In addition to the kneeling, the news report interviews a variety of employees speaking out against the company's actions, e.g.:

Phelps tells WCNC Charlotte people of color make up at least 60 percent of the staff. They want to see that represented in management.

“I myself am a midlevel manager, I have questioned over the last couple of days why we don’t have anyone that’s brown or black within the executive team, in the senior management level,” she says.

Another local news report says CPI is facing massive cancellations:

A woman on Twitter who said she works for CPI said on Monday said there were more than 1,400 calls holding with eight-hour hold times. She also asked customers to “please just tone it down” because “our mental health at work is not OK right now.”

The company reported to SDM some 200,000 customers, so assuming 1,000 a day are trying to cancel, depending how long it lasts, it could become significant beyond the major moves of Bojangles and the various teams.

At the same time, Queen City Unity director is calling for CPI Security to allow customers out of their contracts:

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We are not aware of normal clauses in alarm contracts that allow subscribers to cancel because of such a situation, though certainly, the public pressure is a factor beyond the strict legality of the contract.

CPI Security CEO Apology Video

Also, CPI Security's CEO has issued an apology video, embedded below:

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Last night, a person posted saying the chat wait time was 3,042 minutes, i.e., over 2 days:

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The person said they had a technical support issue:

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CPI Security responded on Twitter saying:

We apologize for the delay. We are experiencing longer than normal wait times. Would you mind sending us a DM referencing this situation with your best contract number?

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3045 Minutes later...

Tech: CPI Security, thanks for holding, may I help you?

Caller: My mother's smoke alarm keeps beeping.

Tech: Wait, is this about residential service? Let me give you that number...

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Speak Truth

a company named Egard Watches posted a decidedly pro-LE video on their youtube site in reaction to calls to 'defund the police'.

It is at least interesting in its non-conformity to the current social justice norms for corporate messaging.

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Queen City Unity is holding a protest scheduled for tomorrow outside of CPI Security's HQ:

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They are recommending marking up CPI yard signs:

If you have a CPI yard sign go ahead and bring it with you. Feel free to add "Black Lives Matter" or simply draw a big 'X' on it with spray paint or a marker.

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i think this ex employee has more of an agenda that he is making on.

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what i am confused about, it was just a comment to a formal employee and it turns into this.

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Gill / CPI donates nearly exclusively to Republicans as this donor lookup excerpt shows:

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I am not saying this makes him racist but it's pretty clear that QCU and others view this as a signal of racism.

This was brought up on Twitter:

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The fact that a donation to the GOP could be viewed as racist is party of the crazy we are now living. Just as crazy as this:

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I always wonder when supposedly left wing allies like Jorge Millares and others like him will have the courage to start calling black people who agree in principle with what Gill said, who are conservative and some are Trump supporters, also racists.

Maybe like some Democrat politicians he doesn't think they're really black, so their voice and opinions don't count.

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Cancel culture going after a cereal box now:

In the ever-expanding Cultural Revolution spurred on by the Black Lives Matter movement, Kellogg’s cereal boxes have now been added to the list of supposedly racist symbols by a disgraced leftist former politician in the UK.

Fiona Onasanya, a former Labour Party MP who became only the second person in history to be kicked out of Parliament by their own voters using a recall petition, has called on Kellogg’s to justify why Rice Krispies is represented with “three white boys” while the Coco Pops mascot is a monkey.

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looks like 8 yrs ago if you liked the wrong tweet from the soon to be wrong person the mob comes for you now...

I cant wait till we start back up the witch trials again...

Dominos 8year old tweet

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2012...those were the days...

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Cancel culture hates breakfast.

Aunt Jemima is being rebranded with a new name and image, parent company Quaker Oats has announced, acknowledging that the face of the brand was “based on a racial stereotype.”

It was announced on Wednesday morning that the line of pancake mix, syrup, and other breakfast foods will be debut a new look as part of Quaker’s push to “to make progress toward racial equality.”

“We recognize Aunt Jemima’s origins are based on a racial stereotype," said Kristin Kroepfl, vice president and chief marketing officer of Quaker Foods North America, in a statement shared with Fox News. “As we work to make progress toward racial equality through several initiatives, we also must take a hard look at our portfolio of brands and ensure they reflect our values and meet our consumers’ expectations."

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Cancel culture strikes again:

Cornell Law School professor William A. Jacobson wrote Wednesday that there is an effort underway to boycott his classes due to his public criticism of the Black Lives Matter movement.

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Cornell Law School professor William A. Jacobson wrote Wednesday that there is an effort underway to boycott his classes...

you're a believer in the 1st amendment, right?

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Update: The protest occurred. Below is a video from local news with the speakers:

On social media, a picture that was said to be taken from inside CPI showed ~30 total people with many to half being news reporters:

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However, Queen City Union responded to that photo saying it misrepresented the actual turnout:

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the first video that shows the people speaking at the mic doesn't appear to show many more people than the 2nd video that QCU snapped back at.

Millares (whom I assume posts as QCU) kinda sounds like a douche.

he wants so badly to be taken seriously and it doesn't look like this will be the case here.

maybe I'm wrong.

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he wants so badly to be taken seriously and it doesn't look like this will be the case here.

Millares has already caused millions of dollars of damage to CPI. I don't know him so I can't assess how smart or good he is but he has clearly had a big impact over the last few weeks. Maybe CPI will work its way back but this is a heavy blow to the company and it seems like Millares is (whether you like him or not) is the main cause of this.

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"Millares has already caused millions of dollars of damage to CPI."

without question.

and of course Millares is the main cause - it was a personal email sent directly to him from Gill that he used to start beating the drum to launch the boycott of CPI.

however, whining about coverage of the lack of participation (at least in the numbers of people shown in those two videos) imo shows that his effort wasn't the catalyst of a groundswell of outrage that he was so hoping to engender.

again, maybe I am wrong.

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search for either of these hashtags:

#cancelCPI

#boycottCPI

you will find almost nothing related since 6/11ish - which was before the Queen City Unity protest that almost nobody came to.

Millares has been trying hard to be relevant in Charlotte for many years and Gill provided him what he imagined was his Golden Ticket by posting that stupid comment in his email reply.

yeah.... guess not.

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The angry mob makes assumptions:

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Oakland’s mayor said five ropes found hanging from trees in a city park are nooses and racially-charged symbols of terror but a resident said they are merely exercise equipment that he put up there months ago.

Mayor Libby Schaaf said Wedesday that a hate crime investigation was under way after a social media post identified a noose at the city’s popular Lake Merritt. Police said they searched the area on Tuesday and found five ropes attached to trees.

The Police Department provided five photographs of trees, some of which showed knotted ropes and one that appeared to have a piece of plastic pipe attached to a rope, hanging from tree limbs. They have been removed by city officials.

Victor Sengbe, who is black, told KGO-TV that the ropes were part of a rigging that he and his friends used as part of a larger swing system. He also shared video of the swing in use.

“Out of the dozen and hundreds and thousands of people that walked by, no one has thought that it looked anywhere close to a noose. Folks have used it for exercise. It was really a fun addition to the park that we tried to create,” Sengbe said.

“It’s unfortunate that a genuine gesture of just wanting to have a good time got misinterpreted into something so heinous,” he told the station.

Nooses have been associated with the lynching of black people and used as symbols to taunt or terrorize African Americans. Schaaf said officials must “start with the assumption that these are hate crimes.” However, the mayor and Nicholas Williams, the city’s director of parks recreation, also said it didn’t matter whether the ropes were meant to send a racist message. “Intentions don’t matter when it comes to terrorizing the public,” Schaaf said. “It is incumbent on all of us to know the actual history of racial violence, of terrorism, that a noose represents and that we as a city must remove these terrorizing symbols from the public view.” “The symbolism of the rope hanging in the tree is malicious regardless of intent. It’s evil, and it symbolizes hatred,” Williams said.

Police said several community members came forward during their initial investigation to say the ropes were used for exercise and a man came forward to say he put them up several months ago. The department said it is conducting a full investigation and had notified the FBI. “We remind and ask our community to be mindful when using this equipment in a recreational manner. These acts may send an unintended message,” the police statement said. “We recognize especially at this time, that any ropes on or attached to trees, limbs or other objects can be associated with hate crimes and racial violence.”

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It doesn't take a mob to jump to assumptions. Neither side of an issue is immune to false assumptions and assumed victimhood.

NYC Police Union Blasted After Accusing FiDi Shake Shack of Adding Bleach to Shakes - Eater NY

Rational thought is lacking everywhere.

Shake Shack poison claim reveals police persecution complex - Los Angeles Times

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The mob is organized:

As Juneteenth approaches, some Americans are commemorating the day by flexing the power of the dollar.

On June 19, advocates of Black Lives Matter plan to support the namesake civil rights movement by not spending money with companies that aren't aligned with the movement or have remained silent. Some efforts include boycotting celebrities and politicians who've been vocal in opposition to the movement.

'Boycott for Black Lives': People plan to stop spending in companies that don't support BLM

The comment section responds:

'Boycott for Black Lives': People plan to stop spending in companies that don't support BLM

  • 4 hours agoAnd plenty of people will support those companies. Economic boycotts do little to help the situation and are intended to either stifle free speech or to compel specific types of speech. Both are unAmerican.
  • IPVM Image4 hours agoCompanies that virtue signal their support for BLM lose paying customers.
  • IPVM Image4 hours agoI went to CVS yesterday and I will continue to do so. I will be boycotting business that bow under pressure to change their products or that support an organization that promotes division.
  • IPVM Image4 hours agoso what happens if the majority stops buying from BLM promoting companies?
  • IPVM Image4 hours agoSend me a list of companies that have not publicly cowtowed to #BLM and I will start planning to make my next purchases from those businesses.
  • IPVM Image6 hours agoUmmmm, aren't companies afraid of boycotts from people WITH money?
  • IPVM Image4 hours agoI'm doing the opposite....shopping at places that support all lives....
  • IPVM Image4 hours agoFunny, alot of people are boycotting companies that DO support BlM
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The PRC would be so proud of BLM. At least this woman doe snot bow to the mob after being fired for an opinion of dissent:

Syracuse University student Adrianna San Marco was fired from her gig as a columnist at a local paper, The Daily Orange, when she dismissed the notion of “institutional racism” in an opinion piece for a separate, conservative website.

San Marco, an outspoken conservative, stands by her column despite widespread backlash. In the piece published by LifeZette, she called institutional racism a “myth” and claimed statistics indicate that police do not target African-Americans.

The Daily Orange is an independent newspaper that does not rely on Syracuse University for funding, but the paper’s editorial content is run entirely by university students, according to its website. San Marco says the paper “is guilty of limiting dissent” and feels Syracuse University discriminates against conservative views altogether.

She says: The opinion piece I wrote for LifeZette titled, “Why Institutional Racism is a Myth,” garnered a lot of attention early on. My peers began calling me horrible names and threatening me the day after it was published and within two days of the story being released I received an email from The Daily Orange terminating me. The editor in chief felt my writing included “racist undertones” and instead of engaging with a differing political opinion decided it was best to fire me.

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Update: A letter signed by 2 CPI employes has issued a list of demands that they want to be met by this upcoming Wednesday, July 1st:

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Nearly 60% of employees are black and the demand letter was signed by two people?

IANAL - but Demand #2 seems a little 'extortion-y' to me...

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