The dark racial sentiment in Trump’s NBA and NFL criticism

Washington (CNN)In the last 24 hours, President Donald Trump has criticized NFL players who refuse to stand for the national anthem and NBA superstar Steph Curry for expressing ambivalence about whether or not to attend the traditional White House celebration for champions in professional sports.

“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. He is fired. He’s fired!” Trump said to considerable applause from the overwhelmingly white crowd. “Total disrespect of our heritage, a total disrespect of everything that we stand for. Everything that we stand for.”
Then, on Saturday morning, Trump tweeted this about Curry: “Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team. Stephen Curry is hesitating, therefore invitation is withdrawn!”
    He followed it up with two more tweets — both focused, again, on the NFL. “If a player wants the privilege of making millions of dollars in the NFL, or other leagues, he or she should not be allowed to disrespect our Great American Flag (or Country) and should stand for the National Anthem. If not, YOU’RE FIRED. Find something else to do!”
    On one level, this is classic Trump. He feels as though he is being disrespected — whether by NFL players not standing for the national anthem or by Curry saying if it was up to him, the Golden State Warriors would not visit the White House. (The Warriors, in a statement Saturday afternoon, said they would come to Washington and do events to promote diversity and inclusiveness rather than meet with Trump.)
    They hit him, so he hit back.
    But, there’s something far more pernicious here. Both the NFL and the NBA are sports in which the vast majority of the players are black and the vast majority of owners are white. In the NFL, there are 0 black owners of the 32 teams. In the NBA, Michael Jordan is the lone black owner of a team.
    Consider that in the context of what Trump said both Friday night and Saturday.
    In Alabama, Trump called the players who refuse to stand for the anthem “sons of bitches” and insisted that any owner worth his or her salt should fire them immediately.
    That got a lot of attention — and rightly so. But it’s what Trump said next that’s really telling. “Total disrespect of our heritage, a total disrespect of everything that we stand for,” he said — adding for emphasis: “Everything that we stand for.”
    Notice the use of “our heritage” and “we” in those two sentences above.
    But wait, there’s more. In both his Curry tweet and his two NFL tweets, Trump expressed frustration that these lucky athletes felt the need to be ungrateful.
    Trump noted the “great honor” of going to the White House and the “privilege of making millions of dollars in the NFL.” You should just be thankful for what you have and not be making any trouble, Trump is telling these players.
    Here’s the thing: Even if we lived in a color-blind society, that would be a dangerous sentiment. After all, freedom of expression is right there in the First Amendment. And our brave soldiers didn’t fight and die so that everyone stood during the national anthem. They fought so people could have the right to make a choice about whether or not they wanted to stand. That’s the whole damn point of the First Amendment.
    The thing is: We don’t live in a color-blind society. Slavery sits at the founding roots of America. The goal of racial equality remains a goal, not an achievement. To pretend otherwise is to willfully blind yourself to hundreds years of history.
    Even more context darkens the picture for Trump. He played at racially coded language throughout his presidential campaign. He also displayed a stunningly simplistic view of the black community.
    “You’re living in poverty, your schools are no good, you have no jobs, 58% of your youth is unemployed — what the hell do you have to lose?” Trump said of African-Americans in a speech to a largely white audience in Michigan during the campaign. When NBA star Dwyane Wade’s cousin was shot in Chicago, Trump tweeted: “Dwayne Wade’s cousin was just shot and killed walking her baby in Chicago. Just what I have been saying. African-Americans will VOTE TRUMP!”” He took an inordinate amount of time to condemn former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke. And so on.
    As President, Trump has done little too ease concerns about his racial views — and, in fact, has heightened them. His handling of the Charlottesville, Virginia, protests — in which white supremacists and neo-Nazis marched in protest of the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee — was particularly alarming.
    Even as the protests turned violent — one woman was killed — Trump claimed that there were violent factions “on many sides” to be blamed. Days later, he doubled down on that false premise; “I watched those very closely, much more closely than you people watched it,” Trump said. “And you have — you had a group on one side that was bad, and you had a group on the other side that was also very violent, and nobody wants to say that, but I’ll say it right now.”
    Although his administration tried desperately to move on from his remarks, it was made clear recently that Trump meant exactly what he said. The day after meeting at the White House with South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott — the lone black Republican in the Senate — Trump was quick to note that he had been right in his initial comments after Charlottesville.
    “I think especially in light of the advent of Antifa, if you look at what’s going on there, you have some pretty bad dudes on the other side also, and essentially that’s what I said,” Trump told reporters.
    And now, this.
    I’ve long believed that Trump is simply saying whatever comes to mind, that there is no broader strategy to his comments. But it’s impossible to conclude that after Charlottesville, Trump is totally ignorant of the racial context in which his remarks on the NFL and NBA land. No one is that oblivious.
    When, given all the water under the bridge — both in terms of our country’s history and the more narrow history of Trump’s campaign — you make comments about how the athletes in predominantly black pro sports leagues should just be happy with what they have and not complain, you aren’t doing it by accident. You really believe it.
    Play football or basketball so we can be entertained, Trump seems to be telling these athletes. No one wants to hear your lack of gratitude for what you’ve been given.
    There’s so many things wrong with that view.
    First of all, no one gave these players anything. They worked for it.
    Second, just because you are a professional athlete doesn’t mean you don’t get to be a citizen, too. We don’t tell accountants, for example, that they can’t express their opinions on politics and the culture more broadly, right? So why should we be in the business of telling professional athletes? And would Trump feel the same way if the majority of those protesting the anthem were white?
    Trump defenders will note that Trump didn’t name names — other than Curry — when he blasted professional athletes. That “we” are adding color to it, not him.
    But that doesn’t fly. As I noted above, both the NFL and NBA are majority black. And those refusing to stand during the national anthem are, with one exception, also all black.
    Trump knows this. He is an avid consumer of TV and culture. Which means that he is purposely playing at and with racial animus here. That is a dark thing to do as the leader of the United States. And something he deserves to be condemned for.

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    Jared and Ivanka used private email addresses for White House business, and we wish we could forward them spam

    "No, it's 'Eric-underscore-Is-underscore-Stupid at gmail dot com,' not dashes."
    Image: AP/REX/Shutterstock

    Oooooooooooh, the irony.

    As it turns out, President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner have been conducting White House business on their own private email accounts.

    Politico broke the scoop on Jared’s email on Sunday, noting that the address was created in December — you know, just a month or so after Big Papa Trump rode a wave of controversy over Hillary Clinton’s private email server to an electoral victory — while the incoming administration’s transition was underway and was “part of a larger pattern of Trump administration aides using personal email accounts for government business.”

    Congressional Dems are sure as hell interested, that’s for sure.

    Then Newsweek shared news of Ivanka’s email shenanigans on Monday, just one day later, citing information uncovered by the nonpartisan American Oversight via some Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. 

    In response the family has bent over backwards to try to play the “THIS IS NOT A PROBLEM” card. Kushner’s attorney told Politico that “fewer than 100 emails” coming from Jared’s personal account were mostly “news articles or political commentary,” and sometimes people sent him an email first and, ya know, he was just replying, so it’s fine!

    With regard to Ivanka, the White House told Newsweek Ivanka sent an email on February 28, 2017, before she was officially a federal employee so she should be in the clear even though she was sitting in on White House meetings and greeting foreign dignitaries alongside her father for months beforehand. 

    Poor attempts at syntax gymnastics aside, this White House has a growing reputation for using apps and other means of deleting communications that should be covered by the Presidential Records Act

    But I can’t help but get hung up on one thing: What the hell are their private email addresses

    Politico called the setup a “private family domain” which makes it sound not too much unlike Clinton’s “” server. So it’s possible it’s something very benign like “” or “”

    But we’re living in a brave new world. Who’s to say they didn’t set up an email through a third party? Mike Pence once made waves for using an AOL address while governor of Indiana and we know Jared isn’t altogether too thorough in his approach to formality. 

    If we’re being honest, I feel like if Bing had emails, Jared would have chosen that. And one would assume they’re still hanging on to those “” and “” addresses for later use.

    But Gmail or Outlook are both plausible ways to go. And, while based on the docs released thus far, we know Ivanka went the single first name route, how about Jared? What would it be like to receive an email from “” or “” with the subject line, “SOMEONE TELL ERIC TO SHUT UP”?

    We know from Politico that Steve Bannon and Reince Priebus were among those who Jared emailed with from the account so it’s probably safe to say addresses like “” and “” didn’t make the cut. 

    There are an endless number of possibilities, each more fascinating than the last. And until we find out the full answer, I’m going to hold out hope it’s the most pure, unfiltered Jared possible, like “” or “” 

    UPDATE: Sept. 25 5:34 p.m. PT:

    According to a New York Times report published Monday afternoon, Jared and Ivanka aren’t alone. White House officials say Steve Bannon, the administration’s former chief strategist, and Reince Priebus, the former chief of staff, used private email accounts from time to time. Other familiar faces in the White House, including Gary Cohn and Stephen Miller, also reportedly sent or received emails on personal accounts. 

    This makes at least six top advisers to break government email protocol.

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    6 Yoga Poses That Will Make You Sweat Way Harder Than Sprinting On The Treadmill

    If you’ve ever been to a boot camp workout or tried a challenging HIIT circuit on your own, you know just how sweaty you can get when you challenge your body with these fast-paced exercises. But many people forget that a simple, and even slow yoga flow can make you perspire like nobody’s damn business. As a yoga instructor, I love seeing the shocked look on people’s faces when I tell them there are many yoga poses that make you sweat way more than a lengthy treadmill sesh ever will.

    Personally, I love breaking a nice sweat before chilling out in savasana. But if you’re low-key pissed about purposefully drenching yourself in your own bodily fluids, perhaps you should remember that sweating during a workout is actually a good thing.

    When you’re working hard and pushing your body, it can get overheated from the challenge. Sweat is just your body’s way of responding to that challenge by keeping your core temperature at a safe and steady level.

    So, while you may be grossed out to see visible sweat stains left behind on your yoga mat after you finish your flow, just remember that that is physical proof of how hard you’re working to strengthen and better your body.

    Here are six yoga poses that are sure to make you sweat more than sprints and SoulCycle combined.

    1. Downward Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana)

    Downward dog is a pose that is consistently returned to throughout a yoga practice. It may seem simple to some, but with a few tweaks, it can become one of the most challenging, sweat-infused asanas out there.

    The key to breaking a sweat in this bad boy is really engaging your legs, arms, and core, and pushing into the mat with your widespread finger tips while nudging your heels as close as they can get to the ground.

    You can even add some movement here by flowing back and forth from a plank pose to down dog — if you’re up to the challenge, that is.

    2. Boat Pose (Navasana)

    Boat pose is no joke. Your legs will be shaking, your abs will be burning, and your entire core will practically be begging for mercy.

    And hey, you’ll even be channeling those literal boat vibes, if you think about your dripping perspiration as a body of water (too far?).

    3. Four-Limbed Staff Pose (Chaturanga Dandasana)

    Make sure you keep your elbows as close to your body as possible in this yogi-style push-up, and try not to let your chest drop toward the floor.

    For an extra sweaty staff pose, try to raise your body back up without touching the ground, and sneak a couple more push-ups in there.

    Side plank is a powerful arm and wrist strengthener. Its myriad of variations will make you so sweaty, you might wonder if you accidentally signed up for hot yoga against your will.

    Try out the classic, stacked-legs side plank first, and then transition to attempting to lift one leg for a serious core challenge.

    5. Chair Pose (Utkatasana)

    Utkatasana can sculpt your booty like no other type of squat you’ve ever tried in your life. I know my students hate me when I cue chair pose, but love me in the long run when they see all those #GluteGains.

    As you sit deeper into your imaginary chair, and raise your chest higher, the pose will become more challenging and the sweat will be .

    6. Handstand (Adho Mukha Vrksasana)

    Practicing inversions like handstand, for even just a couple of minutes, will give your upper body a serious jolt of energy.

    I know it’s easy to be intimidated by this asana, but remember there are many variations that use the support of a wall to help you build up the strength to nail a handstand with ease.

    But with hard work comes all the sweaty vibes, so be sure to save your shower for your yoga flow.

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    Dean And Kristina Reunited After ‘Bachelor In Paradise’ & Fans Won’t Be Happy

    OMG. How is this still happening? How is “news” still news? It’s been over a week since the show’s finale/reunion episode aired and I’m at a loss for words as I sit here with an update on some of the show’s contestants that will hopefully answer this question for once and for all: Did Dean and Kristina get back together?

    As we all know, Dean and Kristina had a rough go of it while in paradise; thanks to Dean’s textbook f*ckboy mannerisms and his inability to commit fully to either Kristina or D-Lo (a saga that continued all the way through the damn reunion), the fan-favorite-bachelor-turned-most-hated-guy-in-paradise didn’t end up in a relationship. Indeed, during the reunion episode, it seemed as if both D-Lo and Kristina were through with Dean’s “flip-flopping” and both had decided to move on.

    That may have changed recently, though. According to Wells Adams’ Instagram story and a quote from Danielle L., it looks like Dean and Kristina might be on again.

    The pair showed up at a radio studio for some fun and games alongside fellow  Nation members Luke Pell, James Taylor, Danielle Maltby, and Christen Whitney and, while their connection may seem platonic from the videos on Wells’ story, Dean’s gaze is pretty noticeably fixed on the gorgeous, smart bachelorette (I mean, why wouldn’t it be?).


    While Dean’s loving stare may mean nothing major, Danielle L.’s comments earlier this week on Ben and Ashley I.’s iHeartRadio podcast, , make it seem like there might be something more to his relationship with Kristina. Danielle told Ben and Ashley, “From what I know, he’s trying to work things out with Kristina.” She continued by saying, “I’m trying to be respectful and keep my distance.”

    As for D-Lo’s relationship with Dean, she’s definitely done with the player’s games. She followed up her comments on Dean and Kristina’s romance with comments about her own relationship with the bachelor; she told Ben and Ashley I.,

    I haven’t talked to [Dean] in a while. I’ve said my peace. He’ll text me here and there to see how I’m doing but there’s no romantic relationship. For me, after watching the show and the things he said, I don’t see how or why I would want to continue a relationship with him.

    She seems over the drama of , though, and doesn’t seem to be holding any grudges against Dean or Kristina. She explained on “Almost Famous,”

    I don’t hold anything against Dean. I think I am disappointed with the way he handled things but I don’t hold anything against Kristina. A guy just liked two girls and it caused a lot of drama on and I just want to move forward.

    That’s nice, but not sure over it just yet. WE WERE ROOTING FOR YOU, DEAN. WE WERE ALL ROOTING FOR YOU.

    Danielle’s comments on the podcast do come as a bit of a surprise, though, since just recently she uploaded a pic of herself and Dean kissing to her Instagram page with a heartfelt and emotional caption about her connection with Dean.

    Indeed, part of the caption reads,

    It’s heartbreaking and disappointing to see how my relationship was depicted as something only surface level. Dean and I’s connection was so much deeper. Call us kindred spirits or free souls…our outlook on life and love was similar (or so I thought). Which is why we continued a relationship after the show.

    Clearly, though, that relationship is long over and Dean has (maybe?) flip-flopped… again.

    Of course, whether or not Kristina and Dean are back together is really only their business (despite their having signed multiple contracts that force them to display their relationship for all to see), and if they are, then we wish them the best of luck, especially since Dean is headed to Las Vegas this weekend for the iHeartRadio Music Festival.

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    Reports: Multiple People Shot At A Tennessee Church

    UPDATE, 4:28 p.m. ET: We now know more about the shooting — who was shot, what their conditions are, and even the faintest descriptions of the shooter himself (below):

    News outlets are reporting that at least one person has died. Additionally, the shooter appears to have accidentally shot himself during the altercation, though he too is being treated currently for his wounds.

    So scary.

    According to reports from Fox News and others, multiple people were reportedly shot at a Tennessee church on Sunday afternoon.

    Not much is known at this time, but the shooting apparently occurred at Burnette Chapel Church in Antioch, Tennessee just after noon on Sunday, according to police.

    Nashville police told the media that at least one person was taken into custody on Sunday in relation to the shooting.

    We don’t yet know how many people were shot, though. We’ll provide updates as they become available.

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    Older, out, and infinitely proud: a look inside a lifesaving LGBTQ senior home.

    As a transgender woman, 65-year-old Eva Skye knows firsthand that living her truth means living in danger too. Three years ago, the only home she had was at a single room occupancy housing facility, or SRO, for those living in poverty. There, she often chose to trek up several flights of stairs to her fifth floor room instead of taking the elevator out of fear she’d be trapped and assaulted by other residents.

    When I talk to Skye, her brightness fills the room with color. She’s rocking a hot pink top, flashy blue fingernails, and a rainbow bracelet wrapped around her left wrist. “I’m a 65-year-old trans-queer punk mom,” she explains in a gentle voice, brushing back hair dyed the color of rosé wine.

    Eva Skye. Photo by Robbie Couch/Upworthy.

    It’s amazing what a difference a few years can make. Skye’s quality of life has improved dramatically since 2014, when she moved out of the SRO and into Town Hall Apartments on Chicago’s north side, one of the country’s few LGBTQ-inclusive affordable housing centers for seniors.

    But not every LGBTQ senior is that lucky.

    Pushed back into the closet

    In contrast to young Americans — a demographic coming out as LGBTQ earlier in life and in larger numbers — data and discouraging anecdotal evidence suggest LGBTQ seniors are retreating into the same closets they once escaped years prior to avoid discrimination today — whether it be at the hands of their peers, as in Skye’s case, or at the hands of a senior care industry that carelessly erases them.

    An alarming 2010 study discovered just 22% of LGBTQ seniors felt comfortable being “out” to health care workers. Many respondents had been harassed or refused basic services because they were LGBTQ; some, incredibly, reported being told that they were being “prayed over” or that they’d “go to hell” because of who they loved or how they identified. Instead of facing these abuses, many LGBTQ seniors said it was easier to simply blend in — even if it meant becoming invisible.

    Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images.

    Elderly LGBTQ people are far more likely to live alone and far less likely to have adult children they can rely on as they age compared with their straight, cisgender peers. There’s a greater chance they’ll end up in nursing homes, where this type of discrimination can take place. Staff members at such care centers often don’t even believe they have LGBTQ residents — not because that’s actually the case but because residents often choose not to come out in such uncertain conditions.

    A safe place to grow old

    Walking through Town Hall’s cafeteria during lunch, the nurturing, jubilant atmosphere feels worlds apart from the findings of that 2010 study.

    The cafeteria in the Center on Addison. Photo by Robbie Couch/Upworthy.

    Through the Chicago Housing Authority’s Property Rental Assistance Program, Town Hall has been providing studio and one-bedroom apartments to low-income seniors — most of whom identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer — for over three years.

    “Seniors, as they get older, tend to want to go back into the closet,” confirms Todd Williams, senior services manager at the Center on Addison, which provides many programs to Town Hall residents. “They suffer from isolation, and they feel as though they can’t necessarily be themselves in their own communities.”

    Eugene Robbins, another Town Hall resident, understands that struggle well. Before moving in three years ago, he’d been living in a housing project a few miles away where being gay and black had its challenges to say the least.

    As a proud man of color born in Selma, Alabama — where, he recalls, white supremacists threw bricks through his family’s home windows — he avoids trudging through too much past heartache. But Robbins acknowledges the stains discrimination has left on his life: “As the old saying goes, when your back is against the wall, you’d be surprised at what you can do,” he reflects on his time in the housing project.

    “I’m happy here,” he says of Town Hall. “I feel good here.”

    Eugene Robbins (left) and Marti Smith (right). Photos by Robbie Couch/Upworthy.

    At Town Hall, residents gush about their improved lives as if the apartments were their grandchildren’s straight-A report cards. Skye says living in her top-floor studio apartment, with Lake Michigan just beyond view, makes her feel like Alice in Wonderland. Marti Smith, a 72-year-old “card-carrying lesbian,” considers herself “extremely lucky” to have landed there and credits Town Hall and its programs with saving her life.

    Smith survived throat cancer in the late 1990s. It wasn’t just a health setback, it was a financial one too. The cancer’s many lingering effects were considered pre-existing conditions and — long before Obamacare — deemed her uninsurable. Smith racked up credit card debt to pay for the necessary care.

    The apartments’ affordable rates, along with a bevy of center services that help residents manage external costs, are invaluable. Smith has used almost every program offered through the center, she says — free of charge, of course. Residents with ailments like Parkinson’s disease and juvenile diabetes — even 30-year AIDS survivors — have benefited greatly from the Center on Addison, Smith notes. “There’s no way that I could ever pay back what I have gotten,” she says.

    Books line the wall at the Center on Addison. Photo by Robbie Couch/Upworthy.

    The building’s refurbished hallways, where rainbow flags and smiling faces welcome you around most corners, makes Town Hall feel like a queer oasis, safe from the systemic challenges waiting outside. The Center on Addison, which operates on the building’s first floor, offers innovative programs and experiences to residents, from those more focused on socializing and well-being — like yoga, trips to the theater, and genealogy classes — to less fun (but certainly just as critical) services — such as help managing health care benefits and job readiness workshops. Programs at the center are open to LGBTQ nonresidents who live in the Chicago area too.

    Scaling success beyond Chicago

    Outside groups have toured Town Hall and the Center on Addison in hopes of replicating its success elsewhere, Williams says. Locally, the apartments have become astoundingly popular among seniors hoping for a coveted studio or one-bedroom: “We no longer have a waiting list,” he notes. “The waiting list was so long, we actually couldn’t [continue it].”

    That’s the sobering punch that complements touring Town Hall: There’s overwhelming demand for more places just like it and nowhere near enough facilities to accommodate. Queer seniors, with their unique needs, are more likely to live in poverty; in Chicago alone, roughly 10,000 LGBTQ seniors could potentially benefit from affordable, queer-inclusive housing. With its 80 apartment units, Town Hall simply isn’t enough.

    Town Hall’s outdoor terrace overlooks Chicago’s Lake View neighborhood. Photo by Robbie Couch/Upworthy.

    Fortunately, more doors are opening for people like Skye, helping queer seniors close the closet doors for good. Along with Town Hall, facilities in cities like Philadelphia, Minneapolis, and San Francisco are blazing trails for the often overlooked demographic within the LGBTQ community; New York City is in the midst of building its first two queer-inclusive centers as well — one in Brooklyn, one in the Bronx.

    “Pandora’s box has been opened,” Skye says of her new take on life after moving into Town Hall. “Look out world, here I am.”

    If only every LGBTQ senior could say the same.

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    Europeans need not apply: evidence mounts of discrimination in UK

    Government investigates evidence EU nationals are blocked from jobs and from renting or buying homes

    The government equalities office is to examine growing evidence that EU nationals in the UK are being illegally prevented from renting or buying properties, getting jobs and booking holidays.

    Nick Gibb, the equalities minister, said he was responding after Labour and the EU citizens rights campaign group the3million sent him a dossier of more than two dozen examples of job, housing and other adverts, many of which invite applications only from those with UK or Irish citizenship.

    In a parliamentary answer, Gibb told MPs that he office is aware of, and is looking into reports of rising discrimination against EU nationals looking for work in the UK or buying property and services after Brexit.

    Campaigners repeatedly found job adverts that clearly specify that those applying must have British passports. Examples collected include an advert for a graduate sales executive in Bristol specifying German language skills but restricting the job to full UK passport holders. An advert for a Solihull-based research job with an international management consultancy specified that the candidate must have the right to stay and work permanently in the UK, and a valid UK passport. Another job recovering hire cars from France and Spain and delivering them back to Britain was restricted to UK passport holders only.

    Other examples collected by Labour and the3million included:

    • Rental properties advertised for UK citizens only or outlining different terms for EU nationals.
    • Travel agencies declining to take bookings from non-British or non-Irish citizens and cancelling the holidays already booked by EU nationals from other countries.
    • A law firm advising that employment contracts incorporate clauses that specify that the loss of right to work will result in immediate dismissal.

    However, a number of the companies included in the dossier mostly little-known firms or agencies said their ads were either old, made in error or posted with a typo when contacted by the Guardian. Two said their original advertisements involved administrative or clerical errors and had been reposted with clearer wording.

    The Guardian spoke with a number of EU nationals who recalled recent instances of discrimination. Natasha, a 42-year-old Polish teaching assistant who asked for her surname to remain private, said she was completely blindsided when a education recruitment agency asked her for proof of permission to work in the UK.

    I was completely taken aback and thought it must be incompetence but their response was very confused saying I need a permanent residency document or a work permit, neither of which you need, said Natasha, who has been in the UK for six years and entitled to work under EU law.

    It freaked me out. At the time I needed work.

    She added that she and her friends are also afraid to move from rented accommodation because landlords dont know if they will make them secure tenants after March 2019.

    Labour MP for Sheffield Central, Paul Blomfield, who forwarded the examples to ministers, said he was deeply concerned that EU nationals were experiencing discrimination within the service industry and within the labour market.

    The junior shadow Brexit minister said: I am sure that you would agree these reports are a cause for alarm, reflecting uncertainty across the business sector and discrimination experienced by EU nationals. The lack of detail forthcoming from the government is contributing to this climate of uncertainty and confusion.

    A Commons written answer by Gibb, slipped out on Saturday, responded by saying that Britain had some of the strongest anti-discrimination laws in the world and pledging to ensure that these rights were protected.

    The government equalities office is aware of, and is looking into, the reports of discrimination against non-UK EU nationals seeking employment which [have been] forwarded to the secretary of state for exiting the EU, it said.

    The GEO sponsors the Equality and Human Rights Commission, which has powers to enforce the Equality Act 2010 in cases where it suspects unlawful discrimination in employment may have occurred.

    The Department for Education confirmed it was looking at the dossier of evidence supplied to it but denied that the investigation constituted any form of official review or inquiry.

    Blomfield responded to the announcement of the review saying: This investigation into these extremely worrying cases is welcome, but it must lead to action. The government needs to be clear that discrimination will not be tolerated.

    A 41-year-old German woman who arrived in the UK in 1998, who preferred to remain anonymous, said she was refused a test drive at a car dealership in Stockport because her driving licence was European and due to Brexit no longer valid.

    She said: I felt angry, upset and singled out. My other half (British) got very annoyed and verbal. My other half tweeted outrage and they replied to him and said to get in touch with head office.

    Another woman in Edinburgh, 48, who arrived in the UK from Greece 25 years ago, said she was told she needed a British passport to apply to finance furniture.

    I was committed to make a big purchase and I had to break it, she said. In the end I paid for 1,500 worth of goods and the rest of the kitchen units were bought by my joiner. I was denied a financial service by an EU company operating in the UK due to my EU passport. This does not feel right. I think some people are using Brexit as an excuse to bully us.

    A spokesperson for the3Million campaign group said the dossier was only the tip of the iceberg: Discrimination is subtle and often hard to prove. The examples we have seen in job adverts are only the tip of the iceberg.

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    ‘The S-word’: how young Americans fell in love with socialism

    Young Americans blame capitalism for crises in housing, healthcare and falling wages. Once demonised, the word socialism is back as a new political movement takes root

    At 18, Olivia Katbi was answering the phones and emails in a Republican state senators office in Ohio. Then the legislator threw his weight behind a particularly contentious anti-abortion law. I realised that the party Im working for is evil. After that I identified as a Democrat but I wasnt really happy with their policies either, said Katbi, now 25.

    Back then, she couldnt articulate her reservations about President Barack Obama. There were the drone strikes, and the limitations of his healthcare reforms. But mostly it was a frustrating sense he wasnt serving her interests so much as those of a monied elite. So in the 2012 presidential election, Katbi voted for Jill Stein, the Green party candidate. But that didnt change the world.

    It was only last year, when Bernie Sanders made his run under the banner of democratic socialism, that it all started to fall into place.

    My politics were to the left of the Democratic party but I didnt realise there was an entire ideology, an entire movement that was there. It had never occurred to me, said Katbi. Bernie was my introduction to the concept of democratic socialism. Its not like I associated it with the cold war. It was a new concept to me completely. That was the case for a lot of millennials, which is why the movement has grown so much.

    Katbi, who works at an organization helping to settle immigrants and refugees in Portland, Oregon, became socialist curious. She joined the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), a rapidly growing big-tent movement that has drawn in former communists and fired up millennials. The DSA is now the largest socialist organization in the US as surging membership, which has quadrupled since the election to around 25,000, has breathed new life into a once dormant group. New branches have sprung up, from Montana to Texas and New York. Earlier this month, hundreds of delegates gathered in Chicago for the only DSA convention in years to attract attention.

    Part of its membership veers toward Scandavian-style social democracy of universal healthcare and welfare nets. Others embrace more traditional socialism of large-scale public ownership. But the label has been taken up by other millennials who do not identify with any particular political institution. They come at it through protest movements such as Occupy and Black Lives Matter, fueled by frustration at the Democratic partys failure to take seriously the deepening disillusionment with capitalism, income inequality and the corporate capture of the US government.

    With that has come debate not only about pay, housing and proposals for universal basic income, but a reappraisal of the role of the government in peoples lives in favor of greater state intervention.

    According to recent polling, a majority of Americans adults under the age of 30 now reject capitalism, although that does not translate into automatic support for socialism. For Katbi, though, the path is clear. Six months after the election, she is leaving Sanders behind. I really dont like saying that Bernie was my gateway to socialism, just because I feel like Im more left than him now, and I also think theres a very bizarre cult of personality around Bernie, she said.

    Ask what socialism is, and Katbi looks to the campaign by the Labour party leader, Jeremy Corbyn, in this years British election.

    I really liked Labours succinct tagline: for the many, not the few. Thats a great summary of what socialism is. Its democratic control of the society we live in. That includes universal healthcare. Universal education. Public housing. Public control of energy resources. State ownership of banks. Thats what I understand socialism to be when I heard Bernie Sanders introduce it, she said.

    Jeremy Corbyn addresses the crowd at Glastonbury Festival. Photograph: David Levene for the Guardian

    Labours manifesto caught the attention of young leftwing activists in the US because, in contrast to Hillary Clintons presidential campaign platform, it laid out a clear set of ideas they could identify with. Some in the DSA are also finding common cause with Momentum, the leftwing British grassroots organisation formed in 2015 to back Corbyn which in turn has drawn inspiration from Syriza in Greece and Podemos in Spain.

    The people Im friends with who dont identify as socialist are definitely supportive of certain socialist policies, like single-payer healthcare, said Katbi. Everyone has student loan debt and everyones rents are exorbitant and everyones paying like $300-a-month premiums for Obamacare. Its common sense for people my age.

    The alarm created at the prospect of millions of people losing their coverage while millions more see their health insurance premiums surge has pushed the new breed of democratic socialists to embrace universal healthcare as the gateway issue to bring large numbers of Americans, including a lot of Trump voters, around to the idea that government regulation can work for them.

    Americans who came of age during the cold war saw socialism being characterized as the close cousin of Soviet communism, and state-run healthcare as a first step to the gulags. There are still those attempting to keep the old scare stories alive.

    It was the old cold war warriors who helped detoxify socialism for younger Americans when the Tea Party and Fox News painted Obama a president who recapitalised the banks without saving the homes of families in foreclosure as a socialist for his relatively modest changes to the healthcare system.

    Then came Sanders.

    With the Bernie phenomenon, suddenly youre able to utter the S-word in public, said Nick Caleb, 35, a long time leftwing activist who joined the DSA shortly after the election, as membership of its Portland branch surged.

    Bernie Sanders supporters hold a sign in Los Angeles during the 2016 election campaign. Photograph: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images

    Caleb said that even before Sanders ran, the Occupy Wall Street movement had prompted a scrutiny of capitalism. Occupy Wall Street happened and there was a broader debate about what capitalism was, and we started to highlight the pieces of it that were most awful. So there was an articulation of what capitalism was, and then it meant someone had to define what socialism means, and we sort of left that space open, he said.

    At the heart of the ideas flooding into that space is a debate about the role of the state after decades of conservatives painting government as oppressive and a burden keeping good Americans down.

    The campaign over healthcare, the anger sparked by the rapaciousness of big banks bailed out by the taxpayer, and a belief that only the state has the strength to reverse deepening inequality is breathing new life into the old idea that the government is there to control capitalism, rather than capitalism controlling the government.

    If that takes hold among a wider group of millennials, it will represent a seismic shift in the way many Americans think about the pre-eminent role of the state and capitalism in their lives.

    To an older generation of leftwing activists, that sounds a lot like the New Deal President Franklin Roosevelts bold attempt to remake the American economic system and rein in the forces of capitalism in response to the Great Depression of the 1930s. The Works Progress Administration, which provided jobs to millions made unemployed by economic collapse, was at one time the single largest employer in the country. A raft of legislation addressed pay, working conditions and housing. Roosevelt also introduced banking regulation that stayed in place until the 1990s. Roosevelt saw the reforms as laying the foundations for the kind of social democratic society the US helped build in western Europe after the second world war.

    Young people who say that theyre socialists, or look favourably on socialism, theyre thinking about a kind of New Deal government or democracy against markets, said Frances Fox Piven, coauthor of a widely debated radical plan in the 1960s to alleviate poverty and create a basic income, and more recently the target of a vilification campaign by Fox News.

    What the New Deal represented was government efforts to regulate an unbridled capitalism and to supplement the distribution of income under markets with government programs.

    Piven, a City University of New York professor, sees a shift in thinking among some younger Americans reflecting a time before politicians conflated democracy with the free market and government with private business.

    The New Deal is the clearest and boldest period in the wake of real collapse in capitalist markets. You could just call it economic democracy, she said. What they got right was the imperative of regulating the economy. That development was cut short by the second world war and the urgency with which the government turned to big business to cooperate in the war effort and gave a lot of licence to big business. It stopped the New Deal in its tracks.

    After that came the red scare, McCarthyism and the rise of global corporations. Still, President Lyndon B Johnson built on the New Deals legacy in the 1960s with his war on poverty and great society programs expanding welfare, greatly reducing the number of people living in poverty, and establishing Medicaid and Medicare Americas system of public health insurance for the very poor and the elderly.

    Then came Reagan revolution and the Democrats embrace of neoliberalism.

    The New Deal still lingers in the American consciousness. Not so the once bouyant Socialist Party of America, long faded from popular memory. A century ago, socialists were routinely elected to public office in the US and the partys presidential candidate drew close to a million votes in the 1912 and 1920 elections.

    There are few socialists elected to public office in the US today. The most prominent is Kshama Sawant of the Socialist Alternative party, who won a seat on Seattles city council in 2013 and drove through an increase in the citys minimum wage to $15 an hour. She was re-elected two years ago promising a tax on the rich in a state with no income tax. In July, the city council unanimously passed a 2.25% city tax on people earning more than $250,000 a year, although there will be no windfall from the Amazon and Microsoft billionaires who live outside its boundaries.

    Protesters demonstrate during Occupy Wall Street. Photograph: KeystoneUSA-ZUMA / Rex Features

    Sawant has few illusions about why the measure passed. She describes the Democratic party majority on the council as beholden to corporate interests whose hand was forced by the popular mood. Sawant also suspects that other council members are counting on the courts to strike down the new tax. But that the vote happened at all is evidence of the political shift under way.

    Sawant is a Marxist who wants to see industry taken into public ownership or worker cooperatives. But she recognises that theres a long way to go before Americans are ready for that. Still, she sees opportunity in what she calls an amazing change in the consciousness of America.

    We are in a fundamentally new period. The Occupy movement really took people by surprise. They realized there was something different going on here. The younger generation of America was not going to be another docile generation waiting for their little piece of the American dream, partly because that little piece of the American dream wasnt going to come to them because of the crisis capitalism is in, she said.

    I, for one, am elated, actually elated, at the starting point where people are angry at corporate politics, angry at neo-liberalism, angry at austerity. This is a massive cauldron and this is historic.

    One challenge for the new breed of social democrats and socialists is to find the vehicle to electoral success. In the UK, the Labour party is the official opposition, with socialist antecedents Corbyn is attempting to revive. Todays American socialists are split on whether to revive a New Deal-style Democratic party or forge a new organisation. The DSA has for now decided against becoming a political party.

    A recently elected member of Chicago city council, Carlos Ramirez-Rosa, argued that the Democratic party offered a path to single-payer healthcare and $15-an-hour minimum wage because so many people vote for it as a default. But Caleb is sceptical. He thought for a short while that the Democrats might learn the lessons of Sanders campaign and Clintons defeat to back away from neoliberalism.

    I was somewhat hopeful after the election that the Democrats would get the memo but its obvious the partys not going to change. Theyll make minor concessions but theyre tied to Silicon Valley. They had a chance to make an abrupt change and they havent done it, he said. They cant think of anything but a market solution with tax credits and things like that. The Democratic party couldnt even reconstitute a platform like the New Deal.

    Piven, meanwhile, said the two party system smothered real debate about the issues most people care about. She said protest movements such as Occupy and Black Lives Matter as well as the Womens March after Trumps inauguration and the mass protests over the Muslim ban forced issues on to the political agenda.

    One of the bigger obstacles to broadening support for real socialism in America may not be so much specific policies although there will be a lot of people doubtful about the DSAs proposals to abolish police forces and prisons so much as perceptions of who is now a socialist.

    I want to dispel the reputation of socialism that its a bunch of white men talking about theory, said Katbi. People are hesitant to join because theyre like, is it a bunch of Bernie bros? The implication is its a bunch of white men yelling about Marx. Its not.

    The brocialist label has given added impetus to a drive for more diversity. In DSA weve been very intentional about building a movement that is diverse, said Katbi. Amplifying the voices of women and people of color and people who have previously been oppressed. Everything we do, we do it with that in mind.

    That has created its own tensions amid debate about how much focus should be put on class. Every day you see debates around what should be emphasized, said Caleb. Is it a class discussion? Is it an identity discussion?

    Attempts to paint millennials as beholden to identity politics is more than unfair given the Clinton campaigns assumption that young women like Katbi would automatically vote for a female presidential candidate who claimed she was going to blast through the glass ceiling. Instead, Katbis support went to an old white man on the basis of his ideas.

    Still, Piven sees lessons in the legacy of the civil rights movement. Theres a certain amount of discrediting of the identity politics developments that have seemed to dominate the left over the last few decades, but maybe these developments were in a way necessary, she said. How could there have been a black civil rights movement without identity politics? Blacks were so disparaged, so dehumanized by American political culture that you had to first have a black is beautiful cultural and intellectual and political current. I think the same thing is true of the womens movement. But if we stay just with identity politics then we cant grapple with the class forces that are producing the system of stratification and oppression in the United States.

    That means winning over the large numbers of low-income working people who voted for Trump, a task complicated by the sense that the left is dominated by identity politics.

    We wont be able to build a mass movement for any of the social democratic reforms, let alone for a fundamental shift toward socialism, if we dont create an opening for those many people who voted for Trump, said Sawant. It is extremely important for the left in America to build movements that accomplish a dual task. One is never compromise on the question of oppression but at the same time reaching the vast majority of working people on a class basis.

    Sawant is not alone in thinking that the entry point is healthcare. She points to packed town hall meetings Sanders has had in West Virginia since the election.

    Who are these people? White people who have been beaten down with entrenched intergenerational poverty and who are desperately looking for a solution. Sanders reached out to them by talking about healthcare, living wages, the need to tax Wall Street and billionaires who have wrought such havoc on their lives. I didnt see any resistance from those people. I didnt see anybody saying it was black people or gay people who are responsible for their misery, she said.

    It would be a fatal mistake not to recognise that there is a whole mass of white working-class people in America who can be won over.

    Katbi recognises thats a task made even more challenging by Americans famed individualism. Theres a lot of polarisation. I know of people my age who are ardent Trump supporters who are very about individualism, about libertarianism, to an extent. But I think when you really start to think about these things, its clear thats just selfishness and socialism is about the collective good versus hoarding it all for yourself, she said.

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    Harvard pulls Chelsea Manning’s visiting fellow title, but maintains speaking invitation amid backlash

    The dean of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government has announced that the school has scrapped a plan to make convicted WikiLeaks leaker Chelsea Manning a visiting fellow, but still plans to have her speak at its vaunted Kennedy School.

    Douglas W. Elmendorf stressed that Manning is still invited to talk with students and then host a forum where she would be asked “hard questions” about her story. He said the school never had any intention to honor her or endorse “any of her words or deeds.”

    “I apologize to her and to the many concerned people from whom I have heard … for not recognizing upfront the full implications of our original invitation,” he wrote.

    ” … we are withdrawing the invitation to her to serve as a Visiting Fellow—and the perceived honor that it implies to some people—while maintaining the invitation for her to spend a day at the Kennedy School and speak in the Forum,” Elmendorf wrote. 

    Manning was released May 17 from a military prison in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, after serving seven years of a 35-year sentence that former President Barack Obama commuted in his final days in office. Obama said in January he felt justice had been served.

    Manning, a 29-year-old transgender woman, formerly known as Bradley Manning, told ABC’s “Good Morning America” in a recent interview that she was prompted to give the 700,000 military and State Department documents to WikiLeaks because of the human toll of the “death, destruction and mayhem” she saw as an Army intelligence analyst in Iraq.

    The school’s announcement was met with swift backlash.

    CIA Director Mike Pompeo scrapped his appearance Thursday at Harvard over the school’s decision to make Manning a visiting fellow.

    Pompeo called Manning an “American traitor.” He said he agreed with military and intelligence officials who believe Manning’s leak endangered the lives of CIA personnel.

    Pompeo was scheduled to appear at the Kennedy School to discuss allegations of Russian involvement in last year’s presidential election, the nuclear standoff with North Korea and other global security concerns.

    Earlier, former CIA Acting Director Michael Morell resigned his position as a senior fellow.

    Morell, a former CIA deputy director who twice served as acting director, announced his resignation from Harvard’s Belfer Center was a result of Manning’s appointment, saying he couldn’t be part of an organization “that honors a convicted felon and leaker of classified information.”

    “Senior leaders in our military have stated publicly that the leaks by Ms. Manning put the lives of U.S. soldiers at risk,” Morell said. “I have an obligation in my conscience — and I believe to the country — to stand against any efforts to justify leaks of sensitive national security information.”

    Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the 2012 GOP presidential nominee, holds law and business degrees from Harvard. He reacted to Morell’s resignation by tweeting, “Well done, Mike. And abject shame on Harvard.”

    Manning reacted to Morell’s resignation with a one-word tweet: “good.”

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    Gin for breakfast? Alcoholic yoghurt raises eyebrows – BBC News

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    Forget a dash of tonic with lemon and lime – gin has been spiriting its way into our mealtimes, with supermarkets now selling gin-flavoured foods, from yoghurt to fish. So does gin belong in the pantry as well as the pub?

    Tubs of gin-flavoured yoghurt – containing 0.25% alcohol – went on sale in Sainsbury’s this summer, which says more gin foods are on their way.

    Meanwhile, gin-infused salmon, gin-flavoured popcorn and sweets, gin and tonic ice cream and gin sauces are stocking supermarket shelves across the UK.

    Gin’s resurgence in liquid form has been dubbed a “Ginaissance“, with sales of the spirit surpassing £1bn last year and micro-distilleries opening across the UK.

    Mother’s ruin

    “Sure, there’s an element of gimmickry, but why not?” says cocktail expert and writer Ben Reed, who has 20 years’ bartending experience.

    It is an “obvious step” for chefs to use gin, he says, adding it can enhance flavours in foods.

    “By choosing gins with the appropriate botanical additions you can add complex combinations,” he says.

    Gin’s trendy reputation is now a far cry from the spirit’s age-old nickname as “Mother’s ruin” – a favourite vice drink of the poor, and thought to bring on a miscarriage if consumed while in a hot bath.

    Supermarkets are confident people will tuck into gin-flavoured food as gin’s rise continues.

    Nicola Bramley, a food development chef at Sainsbury’s, says the supermarket’s premium gin sales are rising 25% year-on-year, and insists the trend “isn’t limited to your glass of G&T”.

    “There’s plenty more to come,” she says, adding that the retailer has plans to introduce a smoked salmon paté with a gin & tonic glaze.

    Gin, like other spirits such as vodka, has a neutral flavour but gets its character from botanicals used to flavour it – the taste we think of as “gin” comes from juniper, which tastes like pine.

    Miles Beale, chief executive of the Wine and Spirits Trade Association (WSTA) says our love of gin means flavoured food is “selling like hot cakes”.

    He says the “quintessentially British” drink is supporting a wider industry, with gin-themed gifts and gin-flavoured foods. “It is fantastic to see,” he adds.

    Gin and… popcorn? Some snacks on sale

    • Rachel’s gin and lemon yoghurt with 0.5% organic gin (Sainsbury’s, £2)
    • Gin-infused Scottish smoked salmon (Waitrose, £7.99)
    • Gin and tonic “alcoholic popcorn” (£4.99, Etsy)
    • Jude’s gin and tonic ice cream (£1.85, Ocado)
    • Gin mini-bottle advent calendar (£99.95, online retailers)

    It is now commonplace to see flavoured gins from seaweed to tea – but some think using the spirit in snacks is a step too far.

    “Gin with yoghurt or gin-flavoured crisps don’t seem like natural bedfellows to me,” says Barney Desmazery, a chef and BBC Good Food magazine’s editor-at-large.

    He says food manufacturers are jumping on gin’s resurgence to make their products seem more enticing, rather than matching the right flavours.

    “It’s without doubt got a place in the kitchen,” Barney says, instead suggesting gin fans experiment with homemade treats, such as a gin and tonic cake.

    He recommends the spirit’s alcoholic flavour be “used sensitively”.

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    And Nick King, a spirits teacher at the Wine and Spirit Education Trust, says “you’d have to be some kind of god-like taster” to detect gin flavours in many of these foods.

    “They’re not necessarily very strongly flavoured – not least because if it’s in the yoghurt aisle and it’s notably alcoholic, there might be confusion at the till,” he says.

    He says alcohol-flavoured food is nothing new.

    “You’ve had rum and raisin ice cream for donkeys years, liquor chocolates – and of course my mother’s legendary brandy butter.”

    But he admits the products tap into a booming gin market – mainly comprising people in their 20s and 30s – who like anything quirky.

    “As an idea, it makes perfect sense in cashing in on and appealing to those people,” he says. “We’re looking at a generation that’s much more interested in flavour and interesting and exciting things.”

    He adds: “Gin will be around when our grandchildren are talking about it, but whether gin ice cream will be is another thing altogether.”

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