We continue our COVID CHRONICLES with the Brilliant Dr. Vernon Coleman:
We continue our COVID CHRONICLES with the Brilliant Dr. Vernon Coleman:
Greenberg, longtime director of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, took Biden to task for sponsoring a bill that would limit the power of courts to order school desegregation with busing. It was a move that followed the wishes of many of Biden’s white constituents in Delaware.
The bill “heaves a brick through the window of school integration,” said Greenberg, one of the lawyers who had won the Brown v. Board of Education case that ended legal school segregation 21 years earlier. And according to Greenberg, Biden was the man with his hand on the brick.
Biden’s role in fighting student busing more than four decades ago has received renewed attention after the 76-year-old presidential candidate touted his ability to compromise with segregationists during his long Senate career. Biden said he disagreed strongly with these Southerners’ views but needed to work with them to get things done. Biden’s comments set off a firestorm among his political rivals and some political analysts, who described his language as offensive and anachronistic.
But political experts and education policy researchers say Biden, a supporter of civil rights in other arenas, did not simply compromise with segregationists — he also led the charge on an issue that kept black students away from the classrooms of white students. His legislative work against school integration advanced a more palatable version of the “separate but equal” doctrine and undermined the nation’s short-lived effort at educational equality, legislative and education history experts say.
“Biden, who I think has been good overall on civil rights, was a leader on anti-busing,” Rucker Johnson, author of the book “Children of the Dream: Why School Integration Works,” said. “A leader on giving America the language to oppose it despite it being the most effective means of school integration at that time.”
That, of course, is not how Biden sees it.
On Saturday, Biden defended his work with segregationist senators in an interview with the Rev. Al Sharpton on MSNBC: “You got to deal with what’s in front of you and what was in front of you was a bunch of racists and we had to defeat them.”
After this article was originally published, Biden’s national press secretary, Jamal Brown, emailed a statement saying that Biden was never opposed to integration, and in fact supported the concept. But he said Biden opposed Delaware’s busing methods, and included statements from black activists in Delaware who also opposed busing.
In March, Biden’s spokesman, Bill Russo, said the former vice president believes he was right to oppose busing.
“He never thought busing was the best way to integrate schools in Delaware — a position which most people now agree with,” Russo told The Washington Post in March. “As he said during those many years of debate, busing would not achieve equal opportunity. And it didn’t.”
In 1975, Biden was representing a state where one of the first major urban school desegregation plans had been ordered by a court. Many white parents in the Wilmington area were angry. In response, Biden sponsored not just the bill limiting courts’ power but also an amendment to an appropriations bill that barred the federal government from withholding funding from schools that remained effectively segregated.
The amendment went beyond the busing issue, affecting school systems that effectively separated students by race whether or not they used busing. Co-sponsors included segregationist Sens. Jesse Helms, R-N.C., and Strom Thurmond, R-S.C. The amendment passed the Senate on a 50-43 vote, including majorities of both Democrats and Republicans. (Biden was not alone among northern Democrats who supported it — in that group, 14 supported the amendment and 26 opposed it, according to the Congressional Quarterly.)
When Biden rose to defend the amendment, he said that the “assignment of schools and/or classes because of a person’s race … is a counterproductive concept that is causing more harm to equal education than any benefit.”
Biden’s anti-integration efforts didn’t end in 1975. Two years later, he co-authored a bill that barred federal courts from ordering busing plans unless courts found evidence of discriminatory intent. That legislation failed.
A 1977 report on school desegregation by the Civil Rights Commission, a federal agency, described Biden’s activities as stymieing school integration.
Federal data analyzed by Johnson and other researchers shows that busing succeeded in narrowing racial achievement gaps before frontal assaults and legislative maneuvers by Biden and othersrendered it easier for districts under court order to be released from integration demands. America’s school integration efforts lasted, all told, no more than 15 years, Johnson said.
Johnson has reviewed data on more than 10,000 students from this period, who were studied for decades afterward. He found that black adults who spent the most time in integrated schools attained more education, completed college, maintained better health and earned higher incomes than peers who spent less time or no time in integrated schools. All of this happened without any reduction in white student grades or outcomes, the data shows. And white adults who attended integrated schools reported better understanding of issues affecting nonwhite Americans.
“Integration is a social good which also happens to make for high-quality education,” said Johnson, an economist and professor of public policy at the University of California, Berkeley. “It is also the one thing that has worked but the one thing most people don’t want to talk about and many people fight if we even try.”
Biden was particularly effective in fighting integration because he did not use the overtly racist language of the segregationists, who warned of race mixing and black inferiority, Johnson said. Instead, Biden, along with other centrists and liberals, talked about “forced busing,” “local control” and “parents’ rights.”
At the time, Biden said the solution was not busing but creating better schools everywhere, something the country has failed to accomplish.
That idea has shown up all over the country in recent years, in school assignment fights from Brooklyn to Birmingham. It is dressed up but essentially an argument for separate but equal schools, Johnson said.
Apart from the busing issue, Biden developed a legislative history in other areas key to black Americans over his decades in the Senate. It includes support for fair housing, employment and voting rights, as well as credit and lending equality and opposition to the apartheidin South Africa.
Former Rep. Lee Hamilton, D-Ind., described Biden as an inclusive, energetic supporter of civil rights — and said the busing issue was an exception.
“He disappointed, if you would, mainstream progressive Democrats, including me, and yet I considered him an ally in most fights and was always glad to have him on my side,” Hamilton said.
But to critics, Biden’s cozy familiarity with deal-making among white men does not pair well with the often uncomfortable, sometimes disruptive, work of creating equality.
“Is this the model of politics and government that he’s operating in today?” said Brenda Carter, director of the Reflective Democracy Campaign, which aims to change the demographics of political power.
These critics want to know whether Biden would be an ally in this fight for equality. While children of color comprise the majority of students in public K-12 classrooms, most attend low-quality, highly segregated schools.
“For those of us who didn’t have any power and had no seat at the bargaining table, this is part of the reason we are so deeply in need of bodacious, radical reforms today,” said LaTosha Brown, co-founder of Black Voters Matter, which advocates for expanded voting access.
Biden’s use of “not segregationists but avowed racists as a reference point for how you work across the aisle,” she said, “begs the question of literally who is he trying to appeal to.” source
From nytimes.com From Sept. 18, 1975
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I do not believe that.
The Labor Department announced that the week ending April 11 saw an astonishing 5.25 million new jobless claims. In just four weeks, virtually all of the job creation since the Great Recession has been wiped out, and there have been over 20 million new unemployment claims in the month of April alone. That means the coronavirus pandemic already has more than doubled the job losses of the financial crisis.
While some people are capable of working from home, or have the savings that will allow them to wait out the worst of the crisis, many don’t have the financial resources to go without a paycheck. Others don’t have any reason to think they’ll be working again in the near future.
However, while many industries have been dealt a crushing blow, a handful of lucky ones are actually experiencing an explosion in demand. These businesses are working hard to hire thousands of new people to keep up with the surge in demand and help service customers in these gloomy times. In fact, many are even increasing wages and/or benefits by a significant amount.
Whether you’re looking for a part-time stop-gap job to make ends meet or trying to find a new full-time job that might last beyond the crisis, know that there are industries in great shape. Here’s a closer look at the industries that are not only bucking the trend of higher unemployment — they are hiring faster than ever before.
Contact tracing is of crucial importance when fighting a pandemic. The careful work of interviewing people so that you can find each and every person they might have come into contact with is essential to limiting the spread of diseases like COVID-19, and that means government agencies at various levels are scrambling to hire people for this life-saving work.
One such government organization would be the New Mexico Department of Health, which has posted a call for applicants to become contact tracers. The state’s currently looking to hire 200 to 250 people as they begin moving into the next phase of their coronavirus response.
Government services aren’t stopping because of the pandemic, and some have bigger needs than ever before. That means there are new jobs in the public sector for those interested.
Partners in Health
Public health nonprofit Partners in Health isn’t intending to leave all the work of contact tracing to the CDC. It’s announced plans to deploy almost 1,000 people to help meet the need.
For those with a newfound interest in public health as a result of this crisis, you could get your start by signing on as a public health fieldworker with the Centers for Disease Control. The important work of vigorous contact tracing is going to be a necessary step to reopening the country, and the CDC will need a lot more staffers to carefully track cases to prevent new outbreaks. source
As U.S. unemployment, the hottest job of the year could be a lifesaver: contact tracing. Containing the as the economy gradually reopens has created an urgent need for hundreds of thousands of people trained to identify infected individuals and track down anyone and everyone they could have exposed to the virus.
“I do think that it’s a fantastic job for people who have been furloughed, and it’s something that people can be trained to do,” said Roger Shapiro, a professor of medicine at the Harvard School of Public Health. “It takes some training, but it’s not impossible to train almost anybody with reasonable social skills, who can work off a script, begin a conversation with people, convey a few key messages and collect data,” he said.
Meanwhile, a paper from the Brookings Institution argues that contact-tracing apps could threaten privacy and “serve as vehicles for abuse and disinformation, while providing a false sense of security to justify reopening local and national economies well before it is safe to do so.” Read rest of article HERE
Why Contact Tracing should scare you and how to avoid it
You may have heard the latest catch phrase in the COVID-19 draconian measures that are being pushed on us “for our own good”: Contact Tracing. Here is why it is bad, and what you can do to stop it.
On the outset, it doesn’t seem like a bad idea. Contact Tracing is finding out who a person has been in contact with once they have been confirmed to have COVID-19. In the old days, this was simply a question and answer session after you have been tested positive.
But not today.
Apple and Google have announced a partnership to tackle a more proactive approach to Contact Tracing. Yes, the brains behind Android phones and iPhones have said that they will use your phone’s gps data to determine if you have come into contact with someone that has tested positive for COVID-19. Let that sink in.
Everyone that has been labeled “paranoid” has often said that our cell phones are being used to track us. And it seems this was confirmed when CNN ran a piece about how cell phone data was used to see how Spring Breakers in Florida traveled and possible spread the coronavirus.
In the guise of keeping you safe from COVID-19, your cell phone will now be used to not only track your movement, but also to track who you come into contact with.
I doubt this technology will simply disappear once the pandemic is over. Governments and law enforcement will now be able to easily squash dissent. No longer does someone need to “rat out” their contacts. Their phone will have already done that.
More and more reports are coming out that show the entire COVID-19 pandemic was overblown and all the “lockdown” measures that were taken to stop it were un-necessary.
At the time of writing this article less then 1,000 people under the age of 50 have died from COVID-19 (out of 50,000 total US deaths). In comparison, 3,000 people under 50 have died this year from the regular old flu.
The L.A. Times is reporting that antibody tests have shown that between 221,000 and 440,000 people in L.A. County have Coronavirus antibodies and have never tested positive for COVID-19. Considering L.A. County has a confirmed count of 16,000 cases and 700 deaths, if the 221,000 number of actual cases is to be correct, that means the actual mortality rate is around 0.25%
A recent interview with Swedish Epidemiologist Professor Johan Giesecke, one of the world’s most senior epidemiologists, advisor to the Swedish Government, the first Chief Scientist of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, and an advisor to the director-general of the World Health Organization claims that lockdowns do not work, and are actually bad.
He also points out that COVID-19 is about as bad as a rough flu season. There is even more evidence of this when you take into account that The US government has revised its projected COVID-19 deaths down to about 60k. Meanwhile, the 2017-2018 flu season saw 80k US deaths. Read rest of article HERE
And if the sources above do not have you alarmed, then this piece from realclearpolitics.com should.
Number of Covid Deaths in America is Inflated
The latest Centers for Disease Control data show that the COVID-19 fatality rate is 0.26% — four times higher than the worst rate for the seasonal flu over the past decade. That is dramatically lower than the World Health Organization’s estimate of 3.4% and Dr. Anthony Fauci’s initial guess of about 2%.
When the CDC projected 1.7 million deaths back in March, it used an estimated death rate of 0.8%. Imperial College’s estimate of 2.2 million deaths assumed a rate of 0.9%. The fear generated by the projections drives the public policy debate. The Washington Post headline, “As deaths mount, Trump tries to convince Americans it’s safe to inch back to normal,” were part of a steady diet of such fare. When Georgia opened up over a month ago, the Post warned: “Georgia leads the race to become America’s No. 1 Death Destination.”
“The case definition is very simplistic,” Dr. Ngozi Ezike, director of Illinois Department of Public Health, explains. “It means, at the time of death, it was a COVID positive diagnosis. That means, that if you were in hospice and had already been given a few weeks to live, and then you also were found to have COVID, that would be counted as a COVID death. It means, technically even if you died of [a] clear alternative cause, but you had COVID at the same time, it’s still listed as a COVID death.”
Medical examiners from Colorado to Michigan use the same definition. In Macomb and Oakland counties in Michigan, where most of the deaths in that state occurred, medical examiners classify any death as a coronavirus death when the postmortem test is positive. Even people who died in suicides and automobile accidents meet that definition.
Such expansive definitions are not due to rogue public health officials. The rules direct them to do this. “If someone dies with COVID-19, we are counting that as a COVID-19 death,” White House coronavirus response coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx recently noted.
Beyond including people with the virus who clearly didn’t die from it, the numbers are inflated by counting people who don’t even have the virus. New York has classified many cases as coronavirus deaths even when postmortem tests have been negative. The diagnosis can be based on symptoms, even though the symptoms are often similar to those of the seasonal flu.
The Centers for Disease Control guidance explicitly acknowledges the uncertainty that doctors can face when identifying the cause of death. When coronavirus cases are “suspected,” the agency counsels doctors that “it is acceptable to report COVID-19 on a death certificate.” This advice has produced a predictable inflation in the numbers. When New York City’s death toll rose above 10,000 on April 21, the New York Times reported that the city included “3,700 additional people who were presumed to have died of the coronavirus but had never tested positive” – more than a 50% increase in the number of cases.
Nor can this be explained by false-negative results in the tests. For the five most commonly used tests, the least reliable test still scored a 96% accuracy rate in laboratory settings. Some doctors report feeling pressure from hospitals to list deaths as being due to the coronavirus, even when the doctors don’t believe that is the case “to make it look a little bit worse than it is.” That is pressure they say they never previously faced in reporting deaths from the seasonal flu.
There are financial incentives that might make a difference for hospitals and doctors. The CARES Act adds a 20% premium for COVID-19 Medicare patients. Birx and others are also concerned that the CDC’s “antiquated” accounting system is double-counting cases and inflating mortality and case counts “by as much as 25%.” When all these anomalies are added up, it becomes apparent that we simply don’t have an accurate death toll from this new coronavirus. But it seems clear that the correct rate is just a little worse than the rate for the 2017-2018 flu.
Meanwhile, the Washington Post, New York Times, and others claim that we are undercounting the true number of deaths. They reach that conclusion by showing that the total number of deaths from all causes is about 30% greater than we would typically expect from March through early May. They then conclude that the excess is due to deaths not being accurately labeled as due to the coronavirus.
But these are not normal times. Many people with heart problems aren’t going to the hospital for fear of the virus. Delaying cancer surgeries and other serious medical treatments for months has real impacts on life expectancies. The stress of the situation is almost certainly increasing suicides and other illnesses. Which is not to minimize the threat: Even if the true death toll is now closer to 50,000 than 100,000, this pandemic is a big deal. But we need some perspective. During the 2017-18 flu season, 61,000 Americans died from the flu.
Public health officials need to face a lot of serious questions about how they counted Coronavirus deaths. We don’t have all the answers yet, but it’s clear the inflated numbers have helped mislead people into a state of alarmism. source
Brethren, do you actually think that what is transpiring in America in 2020 is just happenstance? May I remind you of Event 201 which took place in October of 2019?
America has been played by the Elite Leftists which include Bill Gates, Tony Fauci, Obama and Deep State.
I also believe that the horrific riots with burning and looting and murder was planned by Deep State. Please notice that the cities in which the riots are taking place are ALL governed by the Left.
Both Covid 19 and the horrifying riots of ANTIFA and BLM are weapons against the Trump Administration. George Soros, who funds the riots, believes that Covid 19 and the Murderous riots in the streets will ensure a Democrat victory in November.
Only God knows what will happen in the upcoming presidential elections. But I believe that there are many millions of Americans who are so disgusted with what is happening today; and on Election Day they will voice their disgust by voting Republican.
I pray for God’s will to be done. The party which will prevail in November is whomever God has allowed.