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White Terrorist Opens Fire in Dayton, Kills 9 People in 30 Seconds

Just thirteen hours after a 19-year-old white supremacist killed 20 people at an El Paso Walmart, another 24-year-old white terrorist wearing body armor killed 9 in Dayton, Ohio at 1 a.m. Sunday morning.

Police have confirmed that suspect Connor Betts killed his sister, Megan Betts, during his attack. The timeline of events and his motives are still unknown.

Lieutenant Matt Carper describes the Ohio District as “a safe part of downtown.”

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Thousands of people were out enjoying their summer night when Betts opened fire. The victims were likely those waiting in line outside to get into Ned Peppers bar. At least 27 people were treated for injuries, though others have reported that they did not seek hospital treatment for wounds from shrapnel and glass shards.

Nikita Papillon told Los Angeles Times that she had just walked across the street from Ned Peppers when the shooting started. Papillon just made conversation with a girl who “told me she liked my outfit and thought I was cute, and I told her I liked her outfit and I thought she was cute.” Papillon saw her body on the ground minutes later.

Police say that the “very short timeline of violence” suggests Betts had no time to discriminate based on race.

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That said, six of his victims were black. Still, police are saying there is “no evidence to suggest there is a biased motive in this crime at this time.”

Betts killed 9 people, including his sister, in just 30 seconds.

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Police are continuing to investigate a motive, but have confirmed that the two rode to the bar together. Megan’s boyfriend survived the shooting and is likely a key source in understanding Betts’ motive.

The other victims were Louise Ogelsby, 27; Said Saleh, 38; Derek Fudge, 57; Logan Turner, 30; Nicholas Cumer White, 25; Thomas McNichols, 25; Beatrice Warren Curtis, 36; and Monica Brickhouse, 39.

Betts used a .223 caliber assault-style rifle plus this hundred-round magazine.

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Mayor Whaley said that “hundreds of people in the Oregon District could be dead today,” had the police not responded so quickly.

During a press conference, Trump wondered out loud, “Think of the damage he did in such a short period of time in less than a minute?” Many Americans are taking that question a step further with an answer: pass gun reform laws that would ban the sale of a weapon that could inflict so much bloodshed so quickly.

Surveillance footage shows a couple hugging one minute, and running for their lives the next.

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The couple was outside on the patio with other bar goers and you can see them hugging. Seconds later, they ran inside as you see Betts walking down the street.

At least six officers fired off a round of ammo within 30 seconds of the first gunshot, killing the shooter. They removed his rifle from underneath him and put him in handcuffs.

After the threat was neutralized, officers started asking survivors for belts to use as tourniquets.

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Survivor James Williams told The New York Times he ran over to the scene to find bodies on the ground, and offered his belt. Williams had just watched the news of the El Paso shooting that morning and thought it was “just another mass shooting that we hear about all the time, and you never think it’s going to hit home.”

Another survivor attempted CPR on a victim. “He was gurgling” she told NYT. “I looked him in the eye. I tried to talk to him. I said ‘Hang on, buddy.’” He died.

Survivor Cassandra Lopez was “trampled.”

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Lopez was heading out the back door of the bar to get some air when gunshots were fired. Everyone fell to the floor and for two minutes, she was “trampled.” Lopez told police, “We just couldn’t get up. Too many people. Shoes everywhere.”

In a press conference, Trump blames the recent mass shootings on “a mental illness problem.”

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“We’re talking to a lot of people and a lot of things are in the works and a lot of good things. And we’ve done much more than most administrations. And it is just not really talked about very much, but we’ve actually done a lot,” Trump begins his statement.

“But perhaps more has to be done. But this is also a mental illness problem if you look at both of these cases. This is mental illness. These are really people that are very, very seriously mentally ill. So a lot of things are happening. A lot of things are happening right now.”

Democratic Presidential candidate Cory Booker is calling on the Senate to pass emergency legislation.

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The common denominator between both domestic terrorists this weekend is that they were angry, young white men with access to firearms intended to fire as many bullets as possible.

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley remarked on the fourteen tornados that devastated Dayton in May, and said in a statement, “We have suffered two tragedies in Dayton this year, but one was avoidable. This same tragedy has been inflicted on our nation 250 times this year alone. When is enough, enough?”

A vigil is planned for 8 p.m. tonight.

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You can also donate to the Greater Dayton Disaster Relief Fund, which was established in the wake of the tornados that destroyed homes in the city in May. In a press conference, Mayor Whaley suggested donating to the same fund which is helping families who could never have been prepared for this kind of tragedy.

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White Professor Pretended To Be Black And Taught African-American And Latino Studies

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White Professor Pretended To Be Black And Taught African-American And Latino Studies

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As the debate around racial justice and inequality continues to rage throughout the U.S, a white woman has reignited the debate on cultural appropriation and ‘black fishing.’

The woman – a professor at George Washington University – has confessed to faking her identity as a Black woman and using that identity for financial gain with book deals and to teach African American history. She’s also accused of claiming a fabricated Latina heritage by former students.

The story is eerily similar to that of Rachel Dolezal who made similar headlines in 2015 when – as president of a local NAACP chapter – was outed as a white woman pretending to be Black.

A white woman has admitted to faking a Black identity for her entire professional career.

Social media is reacting to the news that a white professor who teaches African, Caribbean, and Latin history pretended to be a Black woman for years. The story has reignited a debate on race and identity and cultural appropriation.

Jessica Krug, who teaches at George Washington University in Washington, DC admitted in a blog post on Medium that for the better part of her adult life, “every move I’ve made, every relationship I’ve formed, has been rooted in the napalm toxic soil of lies.”

She added, “To an escalating degree over my adult life, I have eschewed my lived experience as a white Jewish child in suburban Kansas City under various assumed identities within a Blackness that I had no right to claim: first North African Blackness, then US rooted Blackness, then Caribbean rooted Bronx Blackness.”

In many New York activist circles, Krug was known by the name Jessica La Bombalera and was often seen speaking at New York public hearings on police brutality. Those who knew Krug as La Bombalera have taken to social media today to announce their upset.

“I’m dazed and still processing my emotions, but mostly, I feel betrayed, foolish and, in many ways, gaslit,” said the author Robert Jones Jr on Twitter.

She’s also accused of appropriating Latin culture in her speech and discussions.

According to students at GWU, Krug would use a lot of Spanish in her speech. For example, rather than “plantains” she would always say “plátanos.” But the exact place she was from always changed.

She once spoke about how plantains were important to her family in the Dominican Republic, but told another student she was from Puerto Rico, according to students. Still, she never would have guessed Krug was lying.

Krug admits that she financially benefited from faking a Black identity.

When writing her book Fugitive Modernities, Krug accepted financial support from Black cultural institutions such as the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. But according to her own Medium post, her career was rooted in a “toxic soil of lies.”

In her book, which was published before her recent confession, she goes on to say, “My ancestors, unknown, unnamed, who bled life into a future they had no reason to believe could or should exist. My brother, the fastest, the smartest, the most charming of us all. Those whose names I cannot say for their own safety, whether in my barrio, in Angola, or in Brazil.”

Although she points to mental health issues as affecting her, she doesn’t see them as an excuse for her actions.

In the same Medium post, Krug points out that she suffered from a traumatic childhood and has faced several mental health issues. However, she acknowledges that these are not excuses for her behavior.

“To say that I clearly have been battling some unaddressed mental health demons for my entire life, as both an adult and child, is obvious. Mental health issues likely explain why I assumed a false identity initially, as a youth, and why I continued and developed it for so long.”

“But mental health issues can never, will never, neither explain nor justify, neither condone nor excuse, that, in spite of knowing and regularly critiquing any and every non-Black person who appropriates from Black people, my false identity was crafted entirely from the fabric of Black lives,” she wrote.

The story is eerily similar to that of Rachel Dolezal – who also faked being Black for professional gain.

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Krug’s confession about her identity is similar to the case of Rachel Dolezal – a white woman from Spokane, Washington – who made headlines in 2015 when she was outed for similar lies.

When Dolezal was outed as a white woman impersonating a Black woman, she was president of the Spokane branch of the NAACP, a civil rights organization, and a a part-time African studies teacher at a local university.

Dolezal, who said she started identifying as Black around the age of five, was a graduate from Howard University, an historically Black college, which she sued in 2002 for discrimination against white people and for favouring African American students.

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ICE Is Offering A Master Class To The Public On How To Handle Weapons And Arrest Immigrants

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ICE Is Offering A Master Class To The Public On How To Handle Weapons And Arrest Immigrants

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By mid-October, there could be professionally trained armies of ordinary citizens patrolling the streets looking to arrest immigrants. And they’d be doing the dirty work of ICE – which has launched a program in Chicago specifically to help train and equip the public on the skills and knowledge needed to do it effectively.

According to ICE, the program is little more than a chance to educate and enlighten the public on the challenges the agency faces on a daily basis. They claim that their work is grossly misunderstood. Yet the description of the six-week-long program literally describes familiarizing recruits with firearms and how to make targeted arrests.

Chicago’s ICE office announced a “citizen’s academy” to teach the public on how to arrest immigrants.

The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency is launching a class for private citizens in Chicago on how to arrest undocumented immigrants.

The course, which begins on September 15 and will run one class a week for six weeks, will train non-agents in firearms, defensive training and how to make ‘targeted arrests.’ ICE plan to roll out the program to cities across the country.

The Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Chicago Citizens Academy is a six-week program modeled after similar trainings held by other law enforcement agencies. ICE will select 10 to 12 participants for the training, which is set to start in September.

Many Chicagoans have received letters inviting them to apply. During the program, according to the letter, “participants will gain insight into the many facets and responsibilities of ICE/ERO operations, and hopefully an awareness and appreciation of the issues our officers face every day in the performance of their duties.”

But immigration activists aren’t buying the story ICE wants to tell.

Several of Chicago’s elected officials have come out strongly against the program, saying there is no room for this academy in the city of Chicago.

“I think it’s outrageous that they are trying to do this in Chicago. This is a sanctuary city that we’ve fought so hard for,” said Alderwoman Rossana Rodriguez, in an interview with Fox 11.

Rodriguez read the letter and said she was concerned about the language in the letter, which reads, in part, “attendees will participate in scenario-based training and exercises conducted in a safe and positive environment, including, but not limited to defensive tactics, firearms familiarization, and targeted arrests.”

“What it sounds like to me is a vigilante academy,” Rodriguez said. “We need to be educating the community so that they don’t sign up for it. I think the city needs to speak out against this programming. This isn’t welcomed in Chicago.”

Congressman Jesús ‘Chuy’ García, wonders if the course is part of ICE’s plan to have neighbors spy on others to see if they’re undocumented and report back to the agency.

Although the program is outrageous, it’s been taking place in Los Angeles for years.

The program was just announced in Chicago last week but it has been in operation for several years in other cities across the country. In fact, Los Angeles – another sanctuary city – has had a similar academy in place since 2016. However, unlike Chicago’s program which will be run by the ERO, LA’s program is managed by ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) division.

Regardless of who is running the program, many are rightfully worried about its implications. Silky Shah, executive director of Detention Watch Network, said in a statement, “ICE is recruiting an army of ‘citizens’ to fuel its propaganda machine and forge hatred in our communities. The outcome of this program will be more terror unleashed upon immigrant communities and people of color.”

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