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A new study has linked the rise in anti-Asian online hate speech with President Donald Trump's COVID-19 rhetoric
  • The Anti-Defamation League said online hate speech aimed at Asian Americans rose last year.
  • Rhetoric from President Donald Trump and other leaders fueled the rise, a study said.
  • ADL saw an "85% increase in anti-Asian sentiment on Twitter" after Trump got COVID-19.
"The spike in physical violence against Asian-Americans across the nation was whipped up in large part by bigotry and conspiracy theories that grew online, fanned by national leaders," including Trump, the study said.

... "Although technology companies insist they have taken robust action to address users' safety and remove harmful content throughout the past year, this report finds scant difference in the number of Americans who experienced online hate and harassment," said the study released this week.

Since Trump departed office, there's been an uptick in leaders voicing concern about hate speech and violence toward Asian Americans.

On January 26, a few days after Biden took office, he issued a memo condemning hate speech against Asian Americans. Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi said he commended President Joe Biden for taking a stance against xenophobia toward Asian Americans.

"President Trump weaponized racism and xenophobia in 2020 by calling COVID-19 the 'Kung Flu Virus' and we are still witnessing increased hate speech and violence as a result," Krishnamoorthi said.
Read the full article: https://www.businessinsider.com/anti-defamation-league-study-donald-trump-anti-asian-hate-speech-2021-3

Neo-Nazi groups are using Instagram to recruit young teenagers, experts warn. Memes are being used to entice them.
  • Instagram is a fertile ground for extremist propaganda, experts told Insider.
  • Neo-Nazi groups are using the social media platform to recruit teenagers, the experts said.
  • Parents are now being advised to spot far-right messaging to protect their kids.
"My kids have had a pretty progressive upbringing," Joanna Schroeder told Insider. "So it was pretty shocking to me when I started looking over their shoulders to see that there was some really disturbing content showing up on their Instagram feeds."

Schroeder, a parenting writer from Los Angeles, was troubled by the photos and videos being recommended to her two teenage sons on Instagram. "There was alt-right and borderline Holocaust-denial stuff, memes, showing up on there," Schroeder said.

While Schroeder was shocked and appalled, the abundance of far-right content on the photo and video sharing platform is well-known to researchers.

Instagram has allowed itself to emerge as a fertile ground for extremist propaganda, experts on extremism told Insider.

"Instagram is actively pulling its predominantly young users down an extremist rabbit hole,' Imrah Ahmed, CEO of the Center for Countering Digital Hate, wrote in an email.

The rabbit hole, in some cases, leads to kids being introduced into neo-Nazi groups. So much so, in fact, that Instagram has become the primary platform for far-right groups to recruit vulnerable teenagers in recent years, several experts said.

... "The idea that white supremacists and other far-right extremists would put a premium on recruiting youth is really standard," the Anti-Defamation League Center on Extremism's vice president, Oren Segal, told Insider. What is novel, he said, is how neo-Nazi groups are skillfully utilizing Instagram's functions.

"Extremists never miss an opportunity to leverage their hateful ideas through the lens of the latest technology," Segal explained.

... The focus on visual media and the abundance of young users makes it "a great platform to push far-right propaganda which is stylized and punchy," said Hope Not Hate researcher Patrik Hermansson.

The punchiest way to garner attention from young people is through memes, Hermansson said. "Memes are easily consumable and they are funny and they're easy to share," he added. "They spread quickly and it exposes a lot of people to them."

Memes are also an effective way to cloak more sinister views under a layer of humor or irony, Hermansson said. "The humor makes them easier to swallow," he added.
Read the full article: https://www.businessinsider.com/instagram-memes-used-recruit-young-people-to-nazi-groups-experts-2021-3

Arkansas governor's new 'medical conscience objections' law could result in LGBTQ+ people being refused treatment, human rights group says
  • Gov. Hutchinson has signed a law that allows medics to refuse treatment because of moral objections.
  • It could lead to LGBTQ+ patients being discriminated against, a human rights group told AP.
  • Arkansas's governor is also facing criticism for new legislation on transgender women in sport.
Gov. Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas signed in new legislation on Friday that allows medical professionals to refuse to treat patients because of religious or moral objections, the Associated Press reported.

The new law says that doctors and healthcare institutions can object to participating in non-emergency treatments that violate their conscience, the news agency said.

It will come into effect in the late summer, according to AP.

The legislation is facing fierce opposition from human rights activists who say that LGBTQ+ individuals could be denied treatment.

Critics have said that it could lead to doctors refusing to treat transgender patients or provide grief counseling for same-sex couples, AP said. It could also lead to women being denied prescriptions for birth control , according to the news agency.

"There is no sugarcoating this: this bill is another brazen attempt to make it easier to discriminate against people and deny Arkansans the health care services they need," ACLU Arkansas's executive director Holly Dickinson said in a statement to AP.


Hutchinson is insisting that the legislation will not breach federal discrimination laws.

"I support this right of conscience so long as emergency care is exempted and conscience objection cannot be used to deny general health service to any class of people," the governor said in a statement. "Most importantly, the federal laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, sex, gender, and national origin continue to apply to the delivery of health care services."

Hutchinson is also facing backlash for signing a law on Thursday that would ban transgender women and girls from competing in sports consistent with their gender identity.

Alphonso David, the president of the LGBTQ+ advocacy group Human Rights Campaign, criticized the legislation in a statement.

"Governor Hutchinson's eagerness to sign this discriminatory legislation is an affront not just to the transgender kids it is bound to hurt but to all Arkansans who will be impacted by its consequences," David wrote.
Read the full article: https://www.businessinsider.com/arkansas-new-law-could-deny-lgbtq-people-healthcare-services-aclu-2021-3

Kansas Senate leader charged with DUI, reckless driving, evading police, and driving down the wrong side of the highway
  • Kansas State Sen. Gene Suellentrop faces multiple charges, including DUI and evading police.
  • He was arrested earlier in March after 911 callers reported him driving the wrong way down the highway.
  • The new charges were announced Friday by Shawnee County DA Mike Kagay.
Kansas State Sen. Gene Suellentrop, a Republican and the majority leader of the state Senate, is facing a list of charges, including DUI, following his arrest in Topeka earlier in March.

Five charges were filed against Sullentrop Friday, including a felony count of evading police, the DUI charge, and a misdemeanor count of reckless driving. According to The Associated Press, Sullentrop turned himself in to authorities Friday afternoon and faces a $5,000 bond.

Mike Kagay, a Republican and the Shawnee County district attorney, announced the charges Friday. Kagay in a news release said Sullentrop was the only occupant of the SUV at the time of his arrest on March 16. Police used "tactical vehicle intervention" to bring Sullentrop to a stop, he said.

... According to the initial arrest report, Sulletntrop was charged with driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, fleeing or attempting to flee from a law enforcement officer, speeding, and improperly crossing a divided highway, but a judge hours after his arrest released Sullentrop from jail and said police hadn't provided enough evidence to substantiate the charges.
Read the full article: https://www.businessinsider.com/kansas-gop-leader-charged-with-dui-and-evading-police-2021-3

Trumpism
or Trump-ism

Trumpism refers to the nontraditional political philosophy and approach espoused by Donald Trump and his supporters. The term Trumpism can also be used to directly refer to an outrageous or idiosyncratic statement made by Donald Trump.

Trump, whom many observers consider an anomaly, left the White House by saying, “We will be back in some form.” His legacy is “Trumpism” – a wave of white nationalism.


Trumpisms are Bushisms on steroids.