News roundup

Conservatives say Texas social studies classes give too much credit to civil rights leaders

“To have César Chávez listed next to Ben Franklin” – as in the current standards – “is ludicrous,” wrote evangelical minister Peter Marshall, one of six experts advising the state as it develops new curriculum standards for social studies classes and textbooks. David Barton, president of Aledo-based WallBuilders, said in his review that Chávez, a Hispanic labor leader, “lacks the stature, impact and overall contributions of so many others.”

Marshall also questioned whether Thurgood Marshall, who argued the landmark case that resulted in school desegregation and was the first black U.S. Supreme Court justice, should be presented to Texas students as an important historical figure. He wrote that the late justice is “not a strong enough example” of such a figure.

NY man convicted in murder of Lateisha Green

Dwight DeLee was found guilty of first-degree manslaughter for the fatal shooting of 22-year-old Lateisha Green outside the Syracuse party in November because of anti-gay bias. He becomes just the second person in the U.S. convicted of a hate crime that involved the death of a transgender victim. […]

“We’ve spent months waiting for this day to come,” said Elliot Green, an uncle who spoke on behalf of the victim’s family. “The jury made it clear that any loss of life in this country because of transgender or anti-gay bias is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.”

Woman allegedly assaulted by NYC police officer is fired

Remember Chrissie Brodigan, the woman who was allegedly assaulted by a NYPD officer who said, “If you’re going to act like a woman I’m going to treat you like a woman”? Well, it looks like allegations of anti-Semitic comments during the incident has resulted in her getting fired.

The New York Post “revealed” a witness (very shortly after Gothamist broke the story) who claims she saw Brodigan yell at Officer Witriol, the city’s first Hasidic officer, “You f—ing Jew, you’re not even human. Jewish people think they own everything.” But Brodigan claims (as do other witnesses) that she said nothing of the sort, yet was fired from her job at Plum TV shortly thereafter. Brodigan says:

I was terminated for “equivocating” in the press. My boss [Chris Glowacki] is threatening to not offer an agreeable severance package, including health insurance, which is crucial because i have cystic fibrosis and he is aware. He’s angry that this is out in the press. I think he made a judgment based on perceived bigotry.

Bolivia Bans Wild and Domestic Animals in Traveling Circuses

Bolivian President Evo Morales has signed the world’s first law prohibiting the use of both wild and domestic animals in traveling circuses.

This is the first national law to ban the use of both domestic and wild animals in circuses. To date, Croatia, Singapore, Austria, Israel and Costa Rica have all banned wild animals in circuses. Similar bans on animal use in traveling circuses in Costa Rica, Finland and Denmark only prohibit the use of wild animals or certain species.


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