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The Navajo Nation Delegate Respond to President Trump’s “Pocahontas” Jab

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President Donald Trump invited Navajo Code Talkers to the White House Monday to honor them and celebrate Native American Heritage Month, unfortunately the honor did not come without controversy, when the president injected a nickname viewed by many as derogatory to refer to a Senator.

While speaking before the Navajo Code Talkers, Trump called out Sen. Elizabeth Warren, referring to her as “Pocahontas.”

“You were here long before any of us were here,” the president said. “Although we have a representative in Congress who they say was here a long time ago. They call her ‘Pocahontas.’”

A statement from the Navajo Nation president is urging the focus remain on the Code Talkers honored at the White House Monday, instead of a controversial remark from President Donald Trump.

“The reference to Sen. Warren as ‘Pocahontas’ is a part of an ongoing feud between the senator and President Trump over statements Warren had made to have Native American heritage during her Senate campaign,” the statement reads.

“In this day and age, all tribal nations still battle insensitive references to our people. The prejudice that Native American people face is an unfortunate historical legacy,” according to Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye.

The Navajo Nation suggested Trump’s remark Monday was an example of “cultural insensitivity” and resolved to stay out of the “ongoing feud between the senator and President Trump.”

The statement goes on to encourage the focus to remain on the Code Talkers and their contributions to defending the United States.

The Navajo Code Talkers used their language, Navajo, in coded form to help the Allied forces during World War II. The Code Talkers took part in every assault by the U.S. Marine Corps., serving in all six Marine divisions.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders defended Trump’s comments at a press briefing later in the day, stating the term “Pocahontas” is not a racial slur and the president did not intended it to be used in that way.

Deflecting from the question while defending Trump’s actions, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said, “What’s offensive is not the president’s comments, but Warren’s claim about her heritage

Trump’s comments sparked outrage across media outlets, with many condemning the president’s remarks as racist and insensitive.

When pressed on the use of the slur at a Monday press briefing, the White House later countered with the president meant no offense. .”

Donald Trump hosts an event honouring the Native American code talkers in front of a painting of  President Andrew Jackson at the White House in Washington on Monday.  (KEVIN LAMARQUE/REUTERS)

A point of contention for many viewing the ceremony was the image of Trump standing near a portrait of President Andrew Jackson, which Trump hung in the Oval Office in January. Trump admires Andrew Jackson, specifically the seventh president’s populism—often referring to him as his hero. A walk back in history: Jackson also is known for signing the Indian Removal Act of 1830, in which the Cherokee Nation was removed from its lands in what is now known as the “Trail of Tears.”

The Navajo Code Talkers are credited with creating a complex code utilizing their indigenous language to help the United States win World War II. According to a White House press release, five code talkers attended the event.

By LeNora Millen             11-28-17

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Former Congressman Harold Ford Jr. Fired by Morgan Stanley for Alleged Misconduct

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Harold Ford Jr., a former congressman, was fired by the financial services firm Morgan Stanley following allegations of misconduct, NBC confirmed on Thursday.

Morgan Stanley declined to say specifically what prompted the firing. The allegations were presented after a woman who was not employed at the firm accused Mr. Ford of acting inappropriately in a professional setting.

Mr. Ford’s termination reported by HuffPost as an exclusive has been challenged by the former Congressman as “false claims.”

Harold Ford Jr., a former congressman, was fired from his position as a managing director at the financial services firm Morgan Stanley for what the company described as behavior “inconsistent with our values.”CreditMike Groll/Associated Press

In a statement provided by his lawyer, Mr. Ford denied the sexual harassment allegations, stating in a tweet on Thursday that he will be bringing legal action against the reporter, for making false claims against him, as well as Morgan Stanley for wrongful termination.

“This simply did not happen,” Mr. Ford wrote. “I have never forcibly grabbed any woman or man in my life.” He added that socializing with members of the press was part of his job, and said that “false claims like this undermine the real silence breakers.”

Mr. Ford served five terms in Congress as a Democrat representing a Tennessee district after first being elected in 1996—serving as Congressman from 1997 to 207.

He joined Morgan Stanley as a managing director and senior client-relationship manager in 2011 as a vice chairman and senior policy adviser at Bank of America.

Amid the heightened scrutiny of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior toppling key figures in the entertainment and political arena, Mr. Ford is the latest high profiled man to lose his job in recent days for similar allegations.

Time magazine on Wednesday named the “Silence Breakers” its Person of the Year. They shared personal stories about harassment and assault and sparked the #MeToo movement.

According to Time, the #MeToo became a hashtag, a movement, a reckoning. But it began, as great social change nearly always does, with individual acts of courage.

In a tweet acknowledging his thoughts on the “Silence Breaker” quite pointed in his statement, Mr. Ford said the following in regards to news of his firing on Thursday, “This simply did not happen.  I have never forcibly grabbed any woman or man in my life.”

In another tweet, Mr. Ford spoke about his professional demeanor and his tremendous respect for the brave women speaking out “in this important national dialogue.”  Mr. Ford was pointed in stating that false claims alleged against him “undermine the real “Silence Breakers.”

Mr. Ford appeaed as a frequent guest on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” MSNBC – which is owned by NBC 4 New York’s parent company.

“We are looking into the report about Harold Ford Jr.,” a spokeswoman for MSNBC said. “During that time he won’t be a guest on MSNBC.”

LeNora Millen            12-7-17

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TV One Cancels Roland Martin’s Morning Show ‘News One Now’

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TV One is canceling Roland Martin’s morning show “News One Now,” Roland made the announcement in a tweet Wednesday.

“Fam, the sad news is true. The staff of @tvonetv #NewsnewOneNow was informed this afternoon that after four years of doing groundbreaking and award-winning work, the show will cease production at the end of the year,” Martin tweeted.

Martin, who thanked audiences for their support, said the last episode will air on Dec. 21.

Roland Martin’s morning show “NewsOne Now” was cancelled due to budget cuts according to various reports from reliable sources.

“They called a meeting on Wednesday and told the staff they were canceling the show. They’re having significant financial problems and they have to scale back,” a source said. “After four years of award-winning programming and distinguished service to our viewers as the only black daily newscast on television, the network has made the difficult decision to suspend the production of NewsOne Now as a daily morning news show. The last live show is scheduled [Dec. 21],” TV One’s interim GM, Michelle Rice wrote in a memo.

Host of “News One Now” Roland Martin speaks on stage during ColorofChange.org 10 Year Anniversary Gala. (Rob Kim/Getty Images for ColorOfChange)

The news of “NewsOne Now” cancellation shocked Martin and staffers according to sources. The network had recently expanded the morning show to two hours in September.

The memo added: “While we will continue our long-standing partnership with Roland Martin to ensure his important voice can be heard across all Urban One platforms examining issues of importance to the black community, we regret this decision adversely affects several of our valued colleagues whose positions will be eliminated with the suspension of the show.”

The network issued a statement on Twitter that read, “We are committed to providing quality news to our viewers and to our long-standing relationship with @rolandsmartin #NewsOneNow who will continue to have a voice on #TVOne.”

LeNora Millen         12-07-17

 

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President Donald Trump will recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel

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Why declaring Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is so controversial?

The final status of Jerusalem has always been one of the most difficult and sensitive questions in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. If the United States declares Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, it would be seen as prejudging that question, deciding an issue that was supposed to be left to negotiations and breaking with the international consensus on the holy city.
Recognizing Jerusalem as the capital also moves the United States one major step closer to relocating the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, which would be seen as cementing Israeli sovereignty over the city.

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