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Late John Lewis; honored at U.S Capitol Rotunda

Washington D.C The body of the “Conscience of Congress” John Lewis reached the U.S Capitol Rotunda on Monday. 

John LewisCivil right icon:

He fought for Civil rights and racial equality throughout his whole life. John Lewis, “the ambassador of civil rights” died on 17th July 2020 at the age of 80. The main reason for his death was pancreatic cancer. He was such a valiant lad, who kept on fighting for the racial injustice at the last stage of his cancer.

A final tribute to John Lewis in Capitol Rotunda!

His dead body was paid tribute in the U.S Capitol Rotunda for his never-ending efforts and unbiased justice. He became the first black Politician to be honored in the state in the Rotunda for his last funeral greetings. 

The former fellows of Georgia Congress member including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Democratic Presidential aspirants Joe Biden said very true words in the honor of their colleague, “John Lewis’s Legacy”. 

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, nominated John Lewis, “the conscience of Congress” who was “admired and beloved on both sides of the aisle, on both sides of the capitol”.

Vice President Pence showed respect to Lewis!

Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen showed their deep respect to the civil rights icon “John Lewis” at the Capitol Monday evening. Lewis casket was moved to the East Front Portico of the Capitol, after that having the afternoon ceremony arranged at the U.S Capitol Rotunda. The ceremony was arranged to allow the members of the Public to honor Lewis from the Plaza below the steps. 

Pence worked as a colleague of Lewis and served with him in congress. Pence was one of those lawmakers who struggled and participated with Lewis in reenactments of Bloody Sunday by crossing the Edmund Pettus Bridge together. 

Pence tweeted later on; 

“John was a great man whose personal courage and decades of serving the public changed American forever. God bless the memory of John Lewis. May his example inspire forever” 

Lewis’s coffin arrival at Capitol:

John Lewis visited the Capitol last time on Monday. Earlier in the morning on Monday, a motorcade lifting Lewis’s casket arrived and stopped at the Martin Luther King Jr. and Lincoln memorials and the newly built Black Lives Matter Plaza, before going towards the Capitol. 

Nancy Pelosi honored the civil rights icon!

Lewis lastly appeared at Black Lives Matter Plaza in June near the White House, where he had “approved the torch” described by House Speaker Nancy Pelvosi. 

Nancy Pelosi wrote on twitter; 

“We’ve bid a farewell to some of the greatest Americans in our history under the dome of the U.S Capitol. Today, Rep. John Lewis, the conscience of congress joined that pantheon of Patriots. John always worked on the side of the divine angels. Now, we know that he is with them.”

Trumps’ absence from the Tributary ceremony of John Lewis:

A thing worthy of mentioning is the absence of Donald Trump from yesterday’s ceremony. When a reporter asked Trump about that has he planned to on paying his respect to the civil rights icon, Lewis?

President Trump gave an answer to the reporter; “No, I won’t be going. No.”  

Donald Trump didn’t confess the death of John Lewis until 12 hours after it was announced. Trump tweeted later on;

 “Saddened to hear the news of civil rights hero John Lewis death. Melania and I send our prayers to him (John) and his family”

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Air India Plane Crash: Disha Patani, Shahrukh Khan, and other celebrities express their shook over the tragic incident

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An Air India Express plane crashed after skidding off the runway and breaking into two at Kozhikode Calicut International Airport. The plane was coming from Dubai when it met with the tragic accident and shocked the entire nation. 

The plane was carrying at least 190 passengers out of which 18 people died in the crash, including the two plane pilots and 30 people are under serious treatment while the other passengers are injured.

The flight number IX-344 overshot the landing runway in the rainy conditions. Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri told that the plane “went down 35 feet into the slope before breaking into two pieces.” 

According to a statement by Air India Express,

“There are 174 passengers, 10 infants, 2 pilots, 4 cabin-crew on board the aircraft. No fire reported at the time of landing and the flight’s four crew members is confirmed safe.”

B-town celebrities express their condolences:

The tragic incident that took place today on Friday around 7:45 left the masses in shock. Not only had that but Bollywood celebrities taken to their social media platforms to express their condolences and prayers on the tragedy. Take a look:

Disha Patani:

The actress wrote on Twitter, “Deeply shocked by the tragic crash landing of the #AirIndia aircraft that overshot the runway in Kozhikode. Prayers for all the passengers, pilots & crew onboard and at Calicut Airport. Terrible year this??????”

Shahrukh Khan:

The Bollywood sensation, King Khan also wrote, “My heart goes out to the passengers and crew members on board the #AirIndia flight. Deepest condolences to the bereaved families who lost their loved ones. Thoughts and prayers…”

Ajay Devgn:

Ajay Devgn wrote, “Disturbed by the #AirIndia flight tragedy. My prayers are with all the passengers and crew members’ onboard and deepest condolences to those who lost their loved ones.”

Akshay Kumar:

Expressing his condolences, Akshay Kumar wrote on Twitter, “Terrible news! Praying for the safety of all the passengers and crew onboard the #AirIndia Express flight. My deepest condolences to those who have lost their loved ones.”

Amitabh Bachchan:

The Bollywood megastar wrote, “A terrible tragedy…Air India Crash in Kerala Kozhikode airport, plane skids off the runway on landing in heavy rain…prayers..”

Sanjay Dutt:

Actor Sanjay Dutt wrote, “Deeply saddened to hear about the #AirIndia flight tragedy. Praying for all the injured ones to recover soon. My thoughts and prayers are with the families of the bereaved.”

Sidharth Malhotra:

The actor took to Twitter and wrote, “Saddened to hear about all those who lost their lives in the #AirIndia flight today. My prayers and condolences are with their families and loved ones. Hoping the injured recover soon.”

Randeep Hooda:

The Indian Actor Randeep Hooda wrote, “ Terribly shocking to hear the tragic news of Aircraft crash of the #AirIndia that overshot the runway in Kozhikode which was flying back from Dubai…Prayers for the safety of all the passengers and crew members at Calicut Airport. \

The Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi also mourned the loss of the bereaved, saying:

“Pained by the plane accident in Kozhikode. My thoughts are with those who lost their loved ones. May the injured recover at the earliest. Spoke to Kerala CM regarding the situation. Authorities are at the spot, providing all assistance to the affected.”

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A White professor declares she has been hiding her Black identity for her entire professional career

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What an intimate shock for everyone when it was revealed that Jessica A. Krug, for her entire career life, has portrayed herself as a black person. Jessica is an affiliated professor at George Washington College who has written about Africa, Latin America, the diaspora, and identification. She presented herself from Black and Latina heritage.

The Thursday article released on Medium.com revealed the true identity of Jessica A. Krug, being a White and Jewish native. She wrote that she experienced her life living as a white Jewish child in suburban Kansas City.

Another main point by Jessica

Another point was cleared on the post made by Jessica that she had no right to claim these identities of Black and Latin heritage. Jessica being a White woman has made unjustness to the Black community and has demoralized the identities and cultures of the Black.

Jessica apologized for the appropriation of Black Caribbean identity and accepted that she was unethical, anti-Black, immoral, and colonial. She is very epitome of violence, of thievery, and appropriation that non-Black people continue to use for abusing the Black people.

A student is shocked by the revelation 

It was a piece of quite shocking news for a junior student studying international affairs at George Washington named Anmol Goraya. The former student, Anmol had Jessica as her introductory history class professor in the spring session of 2019. 

At that time, the student said that Jessica used to dress up in the leopard print with huge hoop earrings & classic heels for the class. Krug has always been Anmol’s one of the favorite professors because of her energetic and colorful style to live. Anmol said that she was always curious to know more and more about her.

Goraya also talked about Jessica

Goraya exclaimed that Jessica often marked the Blacks and sometimes shared the struggles of Black champions and indigenous artists. She also lectured on topics like the role of rice in the African diaspora and the Indigenous populations in Chile. Goraya was really inspired by the professor, but it all turns out to be a great lie.

Jessica told the class that she was proud to be a Bronx native. Her speech included lots of Spanish wordings as she would rather prefer to say “plátanos” than the “plantains.” It was always quite uncertain from where she actually belonged. One student told me that her family lived in the Dominican Republic, while another student told me that she was from Puerto Rico.

Krug would also say the N-word when it was in texts the class was reading, Goraya told CNN.

The university is investigating

Crystal Nosal, a spokesperson on behalf of George Washington University told CNN that the university is looking into circumstances that have formed up after Jessica’s posting. Moreover, the university cannot further discuss their staff’s personal information. CNN also tried to reach out to Jessica herself, but they didn’t have an immediate response.  

Jessica’s case took us back to a glimpse in 2015 where Rachel Dozel who taught Africana studies at Eastern Washington University and headed her local chapter of the NAACP. She is another White woman who passed her career as a Black woman.

Headline on twitter

It became headline news on twitter as people started talking about that White woman like Jessica taking away job opportunities from the black. Everyone on twitter is protesting that non-black people are doing unjustness to the Black community.

Organizer Leslie Mac wrote in her article that she can’t undo the harm at any cost, which was caused to the black community. Jessica kept hiding her identity and she was even rewarded for her efforts.  Leslie complained that her sole objective was to get attention and access by pretending as a Black Woman.

She referred to her ancestors in one piece 

According to her staff page on George Washington University’s website, it is clearly mentioned that Jessica A. Krug in 2012 received her Ph.D. degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Jessica as a History Professor

Jessica is a history professor who takes a deep interest in ideas, cultural practices, and politics of Africa and the African Diaspora. Her main interest resides in Black transnational cultural studies and West Central Africa and maroon societies in the early modern period.

Jessica in her book Fugitive Modernities: Politics and Identity outside the State in Kisama, Angola, and the Americas, interrogated the political practices and discussions upon slavery and the violence of the slave trade in Angola. She began the book by referencing it to those who came before her, her grandparents, and her ancestors. The book is now placed as evidence that Jessica has always lied about her identity.

Jessica searched the communities of Brazil and Colombia for the use of seventeenth-century maroon (fugitive) and later ended the book by explaining the relationship between resistance, non-state politics, and colonial and post-colonial politics.

Book of Jessica named Fathers of No Nation

Another book of Jessica named Fathers of No Nation compares the relationship from the sixteenth century through the present about resistance leaders and the gendered politics of authority in the states of São Tomé, the Dominican Republic, and Jamaica.

Most recently on August 27, she wrote Essence’s Magazine named that article with “On Puerto Rico, Blackness, and Being When Nations Aren’t Enough.” The piece has been removed from the Essence’s site since she revealed her identity.

Her areas of expertise include Africa, Latin America, African American History, Early Modern World, Imperialism, and Colonialism. Prof. Krug has also written on hip hop, politics, and gender in both Angola and New York City. She is deeply interested in studying intellectual histories who never wrote about the use of embodied knowledge for both research and teaching.

Classes taught:

  • HIST 1011: World History, 1500-Present
  • HIST 3501: Topics in African History
  • HIST 3510: African History to 1880
  • HIST 3520: Africans in the Making of the Atlantic World
  • The Caribbean on the Move: The Politics of Immigration and Popular Dance in the Caribbean and Its Diasporas
  • Africa and the African Diaspora: (Trans)Nationalism and the Politics of Modernity

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Portland Protest Shooting Death: Here’s What We Know

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CNN reported – that few information and details have been skimmed out of the incident that took place in downtown Portland Saturday night.  A clash between the supporters of Donald Trump and the protestors against police resulted in a blood bathe. But the Portland Police has not disclosed any information yet about the victim who was killed in this incident.  

Police didn’t suspect anyone just after the shooting but they are inquiring anyone who has witnessed the incident or have any proof against it, soon contact them. 

Police Chief Chuck Lovell requested people not to draw out any conclusions about the incident without knowing the truth. 

What occurred in Portland, on Saturday night?

The protest was taking place against the racial injustice and police brutality since after the death of George Floyd in May. Even though there have been already 90 consecutive nights for them to protest. Whilst, the protest was ignited again the last weekend by the shooting of a person named Jacob Blake in Wisconsin. 

A “Trump 2020 Cruise Rally in Portland” started just before in nearby Clackamas, Oregon. In Clackamas, a large group of Trump supporters and cars gathered. 

Behind the Rally, cars made a long line of cars, motorcycles, and trucks and headed towards the route that appeared to include the downtown Portland area (according to the image on FB advertisement on the event). 

Portland Police knew about the Rally and struggled to keep the caravan away from the way of downtown to prevent any mishap. But one group of the vehicles was able to get into the “downtown core” as reported by Police Chief at a news conference on Sunday. 

What Happened in the Portland Shooting - The New York Times

There’s been news from Police on Twitter that there had been “some instances of violence between demonstrators and counterdemonstrators (on Saturday)”.  According to the New York Times’ videos, a fight broke out between the Trump supporters and the Protestors. 

Trumps’ supporters could be seen attacking the protestors from the trucks. A man riding in the black pickup holding a blue “Oregon for Trump” flag and an American flag could be seen firing a paintball gun at the protestors in the corner. Men in the black truck were seen releasing some type of spray on the protestors. 

Who was the victim then???

Patriot Prayer founder: Dead man in Portland was a supporter

The men who fell a victim to this violation and dispute was wearing a hat with the insignia of Patriot Prayer, a far-right group that has disputed with the protestors in the past, according to New York Times reporter Mike Baker. 

What did Trump say about the Victim?

Trump said about the dead man on twitter that “Rest in Peace”.   

What did one of the witnesses say?

Justin Dunlap, who witnessed the shooting and recorded some of the incidents on his Facebook live stream said, “He didn’t hear much lead up to it”. 

Dunlap informed CNN that “I heard like three seconds of yelling and saw a guy spray bear mace. The victim sprayed mace and launched it right into the other guy”. 

But CNN has not confirmed if the victim is the person who attempted to spray mace.   

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