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JOHN LEWIS: A CIVIL RIGHTS REPRESENTATIVE AND LONGTIME LAWMAKER WERE HONOURED AT THE US CAPITOL, AND THE PUBLIC SAID THEIR GOODBYES ONE LAST TIME.

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JOHN LEWIS- A CIVIL RIGHTS ICON: 

An American politician, who was also a leader of civil rights, John Robert Lewis (February 21, 1940- July 17, 2020) provided his services at the United States House of Representatives from 1987 to the day of his death. He also served as a chairman for 3 years from 1963 to 1966, of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee.

Lewis had done much great work as a civil-rights leader and was the only one left of the ‘Big-six’ leaders who arranged the March on Washington. He also took steps to improve racial discrimination, which is still to this date a very big problem in the United States. 

He was a part of very big events, one of which was the protest for African-Americans to have complete rights to vote. This was one of the biggest protests and was led by Lewis himself. He along with some civilians got attacked by the Alabama police in order to stop them from protesting.

John was born in Troy, Alabama. He was a bright boy from a very young age and wanted to bring some change in the community. As he turned six, Lewis started noticing a lot of racism around him. He worked hard to make up his mark in the community so that he has enough power to change things and demolish problems like racism and segregation.

JOHN LEWIS’ DIES AT THE AGE OF 80:

The civil rights activist, John Lewis, who was a very courageous and tenacious leader and served the community for a very long time, died at the age of 80 on July 17, 2020. 

JOHN LEWIS’ DIES AT THE AGE OF 80

Reportedly, he had been suffering from pancreatic cancer for a long time now and lost his six-month battle with pancreatic cancer and died in Atlanta, Georgia at the age of 80. He was given a tribute by the government and the public, later on.

A FINAL TRIBUTE TO JOHN LEWIS: 

John Lewis was given tribute one last time on Tuesday by the government and the public was also given some time to pay respects and say their final goodbyes to the civil-rights leader before he was buried in Georgia.

According to the news, Lewis will be brought to Georgia’s Capitol hall, for services and will be taken to Atlanta on Thursday for his funeral. 

After the services at Georgia’s Capitol hall, his coffin will be taken to the East Front Portico, from around 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. for public viewing, so the people can pay respects to him one last time.

RETA COSBY- THE FIRST PERSON TO PAY THEIR RESPECTS TO JOHN LEWIS:

RETA COSBY

A civilian, Reta Cosby, who is a 68-year old woman, came all the way from Upper Marlboro, Maryland to pay her respects to the late leader, Lewis. She was the first one in the line of the people who had been waiting there for long to pay their respects. 

Reta told the news reporter that she was very fond of John Lewis, who was one of the prominent figures to have taken a step against racism, so his death made her very sad and she was sure that she would do anything to say last goodbyes to her beloved leader. She left early in the morning in super hot weather and got a chance to see Lewis’ coffin at around 6.30 pm in the evening.

She further said that only a few people get a chance to meet these amazing personalities who had been working for such great causes and she made her way to East Front Portico, just to get that chance.

Due to the current situation of the Coronavirus, safety measures were taken and the people were only allowed to go to the bottom steps to say their final goodbyes. As Lewis was well-loved by the public, a large number of people came to see him for one last time. People of all ages and races came to pay their respects.

BIRMINGHAM NATIVE, TERRANCE JONES SAID:

Terrance Jones, 37, said that he met the great John Lewis some time ago in Atlanta, and meeting him was the best experience of his life. He further said that ‘Lewis’ personality was so charming and his views about everything were super innovative’.

Many other public figures like Joyce Robinson-Paul, Anise Jenkins, and Emma P. Ward also paid their respects to Lewis and acknowledged him for the amazing work he had done. 

Robinson-Paul said:

Paul stated that ‘Lewis had gone too early and if he had more time, he could’ve done so much more for us. Robinson also stated that Lewis was so influential that he could have gotten us a statehood’.

BLACK LAWMAKERS ARE CALLING ON CONGRESS TO HONOUR LEWIS’ LEGACY:

The black lawmakers are doing their utmost to continue Lewis’ work that he has left in between. They called on Congress to honor Lewis’ legacy which would help them to keep his ‘Voting Rights Act, 1965’ alive. 

The former chairman of Congressional Black Caucus, Cedric Richmond said that, in order to talk about this issue, we should rule out a two-party system. He further said this should be set up to negotiate to honor Lewis’ legacy, seriously.

HONOUR LEWIS’ LEGACY

The rights of minorities to vote were given under the rule of Lewis. The Act is now to be named after Lewis and the officials will add more ways to stop the violation of minorities’ rights to vote.

REP. MARCIA FUDGE, THE OHIO DEMOCRAT STATED:

The head of the subcommittee of elections, Marcia Fudge called out Lewis’ supporters saying that they need to shut up and back off and abide by the rules they are going to set for the people. She also said that she cannot support and nurture the idea that was given by a person like John Lewis.

Macia is currently holding a meeting to talk about the rights of the people to vote and what territories of the U.S. should have voting rights.

The democrats of the U.S. have made the right to vote a major priority, and are working actively to expand the voting rights all over the U.S.

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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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