Diversity pandering at its worst.
Obama Cheers On Team USA’s “Diversity, ” Says It “Reminds The World Why America Sets The Gold Standard”…
Wow! Look how diverse that American team is … said zero people.
Why should the Navy let the fact that Milk preyed on a 16-year-old boy addicted to drugs get in the way of celebrating diversity?
Via ABC News:
The late gay rights leader Harvey Milk already has schools, streets and parks named in his honor. Soon, a U.S. Navy ship will join the list.
A Navy official said Friday that Navy Secretary Ray Mabus notified Congress earlier this month that a new fleet of replenishment oilers being built in San Diego will be named for Milk and five other civil and human rights icons.
The official spoke on the condition of anonymity because a public announcement is expected in the near future.
More than two decades before he became one of the first openly gay candidates elected to public office, Milk spent four years in the Navy, first as an enlisted man and then as an officer in San Diego.
He was serving on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors when a former political colleague assassinated him and Mayor George Moscone at City Hall in 1978.
The GLBT Historic Task Force of San Diego County and former U.S. Rep. Bob Filner wrote Mabus in 2012 to suggest Milk as a fitting subject for a ship name tribute.
The news that Mabus had granted the request first was reported Thursday by U.S. Naval Institute News.
So calling out their racism, and saying everybody matters is racist? Alrighty, now.
Via Daily Caller:
A student government leader at the University of Houston was suspended for 50 days and ordered to attend a diversity seminar after she criticized the Black Lives Matter movement online.
Shortly after the July 7 shooting in Dallas that killed five officers, Rohini Sethi went on Facebook and opined “Forget #BlackLivesMatter; more like AllLivesMatter.” The statement was later deleted, but only after numerous UH students denounced it as incredibly offensive or even hateful.
“Just for her to say, ‘forget Black Lives Matter,’ is a punch in the stomach,” student Nala Hughes told a local press outlet at the time.
Sethi serves as the vice president of UH’s student government association (SGA), and several UH students demanded her immediate removal.
Muslim transgender trisexuals outraged!
Tony Stark is hanging up his Iron Man suit, but it will be quickly donned by a new hero, a 15-year-old black girl named Riri Williams. And that’s canon.
‘Riri is a science genius who enrolls in MIT at the age of 15,’ Time, which got the scoop, reports. ‘She comes to the attention of Tony when she builds her own Iron Man suit in her dorm.’
The handover will come at the end of Marvel’s comic book event series Civil War II, and was made with TV in mind.
“One of the things that stuck with me when I was working in Chicago a couple of years ago on a TV show that didn’t end up airing was the amount of chaos and violence,” Marvel writer Michael Bendis told Time. “And this story of this brilliant, young woman whose life was marred by tragedy that could have easily ended her life—just random street violence—and went off to college was very inspiring to me. I thought that was the most modern version of a superhero or superheroine story I had ever heard. And I sat with it for awhile until I had the right character and the right place.”
Bendis is also the man behind Jessica Jones, and there's every chance the new Iron Man (Iron Woman? The superhero doesn’t yet have a new gender-appropriate name) will follow her in making the leap to the small or big screen, starved as they are for substantial leading roles for black and female actors right now.
Via Daily Caller:
The Senate called on a handful of business experts to testify Wednesday that a lack of diversity is partially to blame for a decline in business startups.
The Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship called the hearing to figure out what government should do to promote startup growth. The business experts pointed to issues like high regulatory and tax burdens for why there is a decline in startups. Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen sparked a conversation on diversity when she asserted woman entrepreneurs face tougher obstacles.
“Woman are fairing badly when trying to access capital,” 1776 Founder Donna Harris testified before the committee. “One thing we can do is have woman in the room when discussing venture funding.”
Sheehan noted woman are less likely to get loans and investments when trying to start a business. Her solution is making sure federal grants are being more fairly distributed to female entrepreneurs. She also noted the government can do more to help fund immigrant business owners. Republican Sen. Tim Scott said funds could also be diverted to help underfunded communities.
Including a course on "Islamic Culture" as part of the NSA's “cultural sensitivity” training.
Via Free Beacon:
The intelligence community held 12 seminars on diversity and inclusion last year, including “unconscious bias” training and a women’s summit that focused on “emotional intelligence.”
An employee resource group on “Islamic Culture” is also offered for employees of the National Security Agency to provide “cultural sensitivity.”
The Office of the Director of National Intelligence released its annual demographics report this month, which detailed the number of community-wide events the intelligence community held during fiscal year 2015.
One event, last September, was run by the former “Global Diversity and Talent Program Manager” for Google, Judith Williams.
Williams, who is now the “first global diversity chief” for Dropbox, talked about “Google’s journey in developing unconscious bias training” during the seminar.
“Dr. Williams was impressed by the similarities between the [intelligence community] and Google both being focused on diversity as a mission imperative,” the report said.
Unconscious bias training rests on the theory that “everyone is a little bit racist or sexist.” The training “encourages people to feel comfortable calling out and being held accountable for unconscious bias.”
It is no longer about serving your country and defending the Constitution; it has turned into the country serving you and social justice.
Staff Sgt. Patricia King said she was celebrating Friday’s news that the Pentagon will formally open the ranks to transgender troops.
A three-tour veteran of Afghanistan combat who served at Fort Carson until a recent transfer, King embraced her female identity last year as the Pentagon mulled whether a ban on transgender service would stand. King, the first openly transgender service member in the Pikes Peak region, waited out a year of wrangling by the top brass, but was allowed to stay in uniform despite policies that forbid her to serve.
“The second-worst thing you can do to a transgender soldier is to put them in limbo,” King said Friday after learning the Pentagon would reverse transgender policies as soon as July 1. “We were unable to serve openly.”
Pentagon leaders voiced a commitment to change the policy in recent months, and President Barack Obama hinted at the shift during his June 2 graduation speech at the Air Force Academy.
“We live our values when our military, like America itself, truly welcomes the talents of all people,” Obama told cadets.
During a May stop in Colorado Springs, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said leaders had made up their minds on transgender service.
“The question of principle we have settled — what matters is people’s ability to contribute to our military,” he said. “The only barriers we should erect to that principle should be when there are practical matters we can’t work through.”
The Washington Post said Pentagon officials confirmed Friday that the ban will be lifted.
The Pentagon’s decision could be overruled by Congress, but insiders say that’s unlikely.
All Hail Diversity! Canadian House Of Commons Votes 225-74 To Change ‘O Canada’ To Gender-Neutral Lyrics…
Canada is lost. Update to this previous story.
Via CTV News:
MPs sang “O Canada” using the newly changed gender-neutral lyrics after voting to adjust the national anthem, bring it closer to the version used in 1913.
The House voted 225-74 in support of a bill by terminally ill MP Mauril Bélanger that will change the line “in all thy sons command” to “in all of us command.” Bélanger was present for the vote, which will send the bill to the Senate for debate and committee study. The Senate may not deal with it until Parliament returns from its summer recess.
Changing those two words has ignited an emotional debate between those who dislike any change to the lyrics of “O Canada” and those who want to see them modernized to implicitly acknowledge women.
You join the military, the military doesn’t join you.
Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said Wednesday that pro-military activists who opposed lifting the ban on gays serving openly in the ranks are just like the bigots who fought against racial desegregation decades ago.
His remarks came at the Pentagon’s fifth annual pride celebration honoring lesbian, gay and bisexual service members, as well as transgender civilians.
Mr. Mabus said the argument against lifting the ban in 2011 is “exactly the same flawed logic as those who had earlier opposed racial integration or gender integration, claiming that policies of inclusion would erode the war fighting capabilities of the United States. That’s a suggestion that is not only an insult to the professionalism of our armed forces, but it undermines our core values as service men and women and as Americans.”
Among those who opposed removing the ban were prominent veterans in Congress and successive commandants of the Marine Corps during the debate. The worry was rooted in unit cohesion, especially among warriors who deploy in intimate surroundings for months at a time.
“Secretary Mabus‘ name rhymes with clueless,” said Elaine Donnelly, who directs the Center for Military Readiness.
Robert Maginnis, a retired Army officer, said: “There is no genetic markers for homosexual proclivities while skin color is dictated by our DNA. In recent years the homosexual lobby used political pressure and bigoted intimidation to cower the medical community into declaring their proclivities ‘normal,’ whereas forever until the last few years it was considered a disorder. Declaring such behavior ‘normal’ may work for the political cowards in Washington and Hollywood but fails the straight-face test in middle America.”
Mr. Mabus, a former Democratic governor of Mississippi, has been a strong proponent of President Obama’s military social agenda. He has ordered the words “man” and “men” to be removed from job titles. He rejected the Marine Corps’ conclusion that putting women in direct land combat units would make them less effective. He also has named warships after liberal activists.
In his speech, he told of a gay Navy corpsman he met overseas at the time of the ban’s repeal.
“‘I just want to tell you how relieved I am,’” he quoted the sailor as saying. “‘I’m gay and I just finished my third combat deployment. And the thing I was worried about the most was not being able to serve.’”
LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL, AND TRANSGENDER PRIDE MONTH, 2016
BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Since our founding, America has advanced on an unending path toward becoming a more perfect Union. This journey, led by forward-thinking individuals who have set their sights on reaching for a brighter tomorrow, has never been easy or smooth. The fight for dignity and equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people is reflected in the tireless dedication of advocates and allies who strive to forge a more inclusive society. They have spurred sweeping progress by changing hearts and minds and by demanding equal treatment — under our laws, from our courts, and in our politics. This month, we recognize all they have done to bring us to this point, and we recommit to bending the arc of our Nation toward justice.
Last year’s landmark Supreme Court decision guaranteeing marriage equality in all 50 States was a historic victory for LGBT Americans, ensuring dignity for same-sex couples and greater equality across State lines. For every partnership that was not previously recognized under the law and for every American who was denied their basic civil rights, this monumental ruling instilled newfound hope, affirming the belief that we are all more free when we are treated as equals. […]
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim June 2016 as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month. I call upon the people of the United States to eliminate prejudice everywhere it exists, and to celebrate the great diversity of the American people.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirty-first day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand sixteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and fortieth.
Massachusetts could join 17 other states and the District of Columbia in allowing transgender people to use the public restroom that matches their chosen gender, rather than their birth gender, before the summer of 2016 is over.
The Massachusetts Senate approved the Public Accommodations bill, SB 735, and sent it on to the House on May 12.
“I am deeply proud of the MA Senate for reaffirming our commitment to value and celebrate the diversity of humanity,” Massachusetts Senate President Stan Rosenberg wrote on his Facebook page.
“I’m very hopeful that this will become the law of our land as soon as possible. Every day without equal protection under the law for transgender people is another day we tolerate discrimination, and one more day is far too many,” he added.
State Department Marks The Holiest Of Holy Days On The Moonbat Calendar: “UN World Day For Cultural Diversity For Dialogue And Development”
I spent the day meditating in my safe space about my white privilege.
Via The Hill:
Vice President Joe Biden advocated for diversity in the armed forces Saturday, telling West Point graduates in a commencement address that more women and openly gay soldiers will strengthen the country’s armed forces.
“Having men and women together in the battlefield is an incredible asset, particularly when they’re asked to lead teams in parts of the world with fundamentally different expectations and norms,” Biden said, according to the Associated Press.
The first seven women who were commissioned into combat divisions graduated Saturday.
Biden also saluted class president Eugene “E.J.” Coleman for coming out as gay.
Before the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy was reversed, Biden said, “E.J. would have been discharged from the Army, and we would have lost an incredible talent,” he said. “Thanks for your courage, E.J., and I expect we’re going to hear big things from you, pal.”
How much damage can he do in 7 months?
The Senate has confirmed the long-stalled nomination of Eric Fanning to be Army secretary, making him the first openly gay leader of a U.S. military service.
The voice vote approval on Tuesday came after Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts dropped his opposition to Fanning in a dispute over Obama administration efforts to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and transfer detainees to the U.S.
Roberts said he received assurances from the administration in private discussions that the clock has run out on moving detainees to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
Fanning served as the Army secretary’s principal adviser on management and operation of the service. He was undersecretary of the Air Force from April 2013 to February 2015, and for half a year was the acting secretary of the Air Force.
The legacy of Obama will go down in history.
President Obama will reportedly mark Pride Month in June by designating part of a New York neighborhood surrounding the Stonewall Inn as the nation’s first gay rights national monument.
Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, National Park Service director Jonathan B. Jarvis and Rep. Jerrold Nadler, New York Democrat, plan a listening session to solicit community response in the Greenwich Village neighborhood in lower Manhattan next week. Mr. Obama hopes to make a final designation handing the land to the National Park Service in June.
According to a report in The Washington Post, “barring a last-minute complication” possibly related to land titles, Mr. Obama’s declaration will cover a sliver of green space known as Christopher Park, the famous drag bar (which is still in operation), and several of the narrow nearby streets where New York City gay life was centered in the late-1960s.
The White House would not confirm the report.
Mr. Nadler and Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand, New York Democrat, kicked off a campaign in September to create a national park honoring the Stonewall uprising, a series of riots by members of the gay community against a police raid at the bar in June 1969. It is considered a defining moment in the modern gay rights movement.
Sotomayor Wants More
Affirmative Action Diversity On Court, After Obama Picks Garland, A White Ivy Male…
No longer judged on your character.
Via Fox News:
Justice Sonia Sotomayor says the Supreme Court needs more diversity, amid the politically charged debate about filling a vacancy on the high court.
“I … think there is a disadvantage from having (five) Catholics, three Jews, everyone from an Ivy League school,” Sotomayor, the court’s first Latina justice, said Friday at Brooklyn Law School.
However, she did not mention by name Judge Merrick Garland, a white male with a Harvard Law School degree whom President Obama recently nominated to fill the vacancy of Justice Antonin Scalia, a conservative voice on the court. Scalia died unexpectedly in January.
She also told the audience that several of the eight justices are, like her, from New York City and that none has practiced criminal defense law outside white-collar settings. Sotomayor graduated from Yale Law School.
The Garland nomination has spark a sharp debate in Washington and across the county about whether Obama should fill the vacancy in his final months in office or the next president who takes office in January.
Obama has essentially argued he has a constitutional obligation to submit a nominee to Congress and that Garland would be a moderate in a court now split 4-4 among liberals and conservatives.
However, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has said he will not hold nomination hearings while Obama is in the White House, saying Americans should be part of the decision by electing the next president.
Some liberal groups hoped Obama, who had previously tapped Sotomayor and Justice Elena Kagan, would nominate another woman
The 63-year-old Garland is Jewish and the chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.
Sotomayor didn’t mention Garland or touch on the nomination. But in answer to diversity-related questions submitted by Brooklyn Law students, she said she felt that varied backgrounds help justices “educate each other to be better listeners and better thinkers because we understand things from experience.”