May 29, 2019

*Left’s War on History Comes for George Washington:

They finally came for George Washington. The perpetual war on history now has the father of our country in its sights as the San Francisco Board of Education considers removing a mural of Washington from a local school. If the board succeeds in politicizing Washington, whose legacy was once so secured and uniting that his home at Mount Vernon was considered neutral ground during the Civil War, then we have clearly crossed the Rubicon of social division. Critics of the mural point out that, in addition to Washington, it also depicts slaves and Native Americans—and one of the Native Americans appears to be dead.

They have called the artwork offensive, and the school board says it “traumatizes students” and “glorifies slavery, genocide, colonization, manifest destiny, white supremacy, oppression, etc.,” according to The Wall Street Journal. But the original intent of the mural was actually the exact opposite. It was painted in 1936 by artist Victor Arnautoff, a man of the left in his own time who, according to historian Fergus M. Bordewich, wanted to depict Washington in a less glamorized way by including images of disturbing realities. Bordewich explained:

[Arnautoff] included those images not to glorify Washington, but rather to provoke a nuanced evaluation of his legacy. The scene with the dead Native American, for instance, calls attention to the price of ‘manifest destiny.’ Arnautoff’s murals also portray the slaves with humanity and the several live Indians as vigorous and manly. Those who condemn the murals have misunderstood it, seeing only what they sought to find. They’ve also got their history seriously wrong. Washington did own slaves—124 men, women and children—and oversaw many more who belonged to his wife’s family. But by his later years he had evolved into a proto-abolitionist, a remarkable ethical journey for a man of his time, place, and class. No matter to the modern iconoclasts. It’s too much to expect one to think about what one is rushing to destroy. Obliterate now and ask questions, well, never.

*Workers Making Apple iPhones Start at $3.15 Per Hour–in China:

The workers who assemble Apple iPhones make a starting wage of $3.15 per hour in the People’s Republic of China. “Apple has said the starting pay for workers at the world’s biggest iPhone factory, in Zhengzhou, China, is about $3.15 an hour,” The Times reported in a story published two weeks ago. That $3.15 per hour is less than half the U.S. minimum wage of $7.25 per hour.

That means a teenager working part-time serving Big Macs at a McDonald’s in the American Midwest earns a far bigger hourly wage than a Chinese adult hired full-time to build iPhones in the People’s Republic. A 2018 Congressional Research Service report on the U.S.-China trade relationship summarized Apple’s supply chain and its production of the iPhone. “According to Apple Corporation, it used over 200 corporate suppliers with nearly 900 facilities located around the world,” said CRS. “The top five largest country sources of these facilities in 2017 were China (358), Japan (137), the United States (64), Taiwan (55) and South Korea (34).”

“Apple iPhones are mainly assembled in China by Taiwanesecompanies (Foxconn and Pegatron) using a number of intermediate goods imported from abroad (or in many cases, intermediates made by foreign firms in China),” said CRS.

 *IG: FBI Attorney Stole $257.99 of Cosmetics, Habitually Shoplifted for 2 Years – But, Wasn’t Prosecuted:

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) attorney habitually shoplifted, admitted to the crimes, but was never prosecuted, a Department of Justice (DOJ) Inspector General’s report published Monday finds. According to the report, the FBI attorney was arrested early last year for shoplifting $257.99 of cosmetics, which she hid in her purse, from the MCB Quantico Exchange: “The OIG substantiated and the FBI attorney admitted to placing numerous cosmetic items, valued at $257.99 and belonging to the MCB Quantico Exchange, into her purse without the intention to pay for them and did not pay for them before leaving the store.”

The female FBI lawyer also confessed that she had continued shoplifting at Quantico and other retail outlets over the next two years, the OIG report states: “The FBI attorney further admitted that between February 2016 and her arrest in February 2018 she had shoplifted at the MCB Quantico Exchange one to two additional times, and at other private retailers in the area on two to three occasions.” Nonetheless, “all charges were dismissed,” the report reveals.

 *Lamar Odom Says He Used Fake Penis to Pass Olympic Drug Test:

Former NBA star Lamar Odom reveals in a new memoir that he used a prosthetic penis to pass a drug test and get onto the 2004 U.S. men’s Olympic basketball team. People Magazinereports that after Odom was told he earned a spot on the squad, he learned a drug tester was coming to his house in a few days to collect urine. “There was absolutely no way I was going to pass. I’d been smoking weed every day that summer.”

“Panic set in,” he wrote. He googled methods to beat a drug screening. “After an exhaustive search we ordered a giant, rubber, black c— to arrive the next day,” he wrote. The day of the test, he had his trainer pee into the “reservoir” concealed in the fake testicles and then squeezed out the urine under the watchful eye of the screener. He passed the test and made the team.

 *Why Religious Movies like ‘Breakthrough’ are Attracting

In the movie “Breakthrough,” a Midwestern Christian mother, played with uncanny realism by Chrissy Metz of NBC’s prime-time hit “This is Us,” relentlessly prods doctors to save her son, even after they’ve given up hope. She mobilizes her St. Louiscommunity to pray, putting her faith in God — and science. And when her son rises from the dead, even the doctors agree it’s a miracle. The success of this film, which became the country’s No. 2 movie in the first two days of its Easter week release, represents a breakthrough indeed: of faith-based films moving from the niche to mainstream.

For starters, this Disney/20th Century Fox offering is a star vehicle, complete with hip co-producers NBA superstar Stephen Curry and bestselling relationship author DeVon Franklin. Based on the true story of John Smith, a basketball-loving 14-year-old from St. Louis who fell through an iced-over lake in 2015 and returned to life after 45 minutes without a pulse, “Breakthrough” has so far earned $37 million at the domestic box office and $46 million worldwide — more than three times its $14 million budget. It continues to hold strong at No. 8 in the country in its fifth week of release, and even cynical critics have given it a 64% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. As The New York Times declared, “You don’t have to believe in divine intervention to be moved by this story.”

Faith and film have met before. From epics like “The 10 Commandments” and “Ben-Hur” during Hollywood’s Golden Age to 1970s comedies “Heaven Can Wait” and “Oh, God!” (with George Burns as the deity), filmmakers have long mined the spiritual for material. And recent decades have seen an explosion of faith-based films made by Christians for fellow believers.

 *Study: 75 American Colleges Offer Black-Only Graduation Ceremonies:

A study by the National Association of Scholars revealed that at least 75 American colleges have black-only graduation ceremonies and 43 percent of surveyed colleges offer segregated residential halls. The organization refers to this as “neo-segregation.” According to a study by the National Association of Scholars, graduation ceremonies at American universities are becoming increasingly segregated.

What we found was that neo-segregation is widespread if not pervasive. About 46 percent (80 colleges out of 173 surveyed) segregate student orientation programs; 43 percent (75 colleges out of the total) offer segregated residential arrangements; and 72 percent (125 colleges out of the total) segregate graduation ceremonies. Though these arrangements are ostensibly voluntary, students can’t easily opt out. We tracked numerous indicators of neo-segregation, from “Diversity Fly-Ins,” (68 percent of the total) where colleges offer minority students an expense-paid segregated preview of the experience that awaits them should they enroll, to segregated alumni groups.

In 2017, the news reported that Harvard would host a separate graduation ceremony for its black students for the first time. “We really wanted an opportunity to give voice to the voiceless at Harvard,” an organizer of that ceremony told the Associated Press. “So many students identify with the African diaspora but don’t necessarily feel welcome as part of the larger community, and they don’t feel like their stories are being shared.”


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