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How long are taxpayers going to help Walmart feed their workers? A $15 minimum wage would force Walmart to pay people enough to not qualify for food stamps when they work a full time job. Watch the full Aggressive Progressives episode here: https://tytnetwork.com/2017/09/07/agg... "Walmart's low-wage workers cost U.S. taxpayers an estimated $6.2 billion in public assistance including food stamps, Medicaid and subsidized housing, according to a report published to coincide with Tax Day, April 15. Americans for Tax Fairness, a coalition of 400 national and state-level progressive groups, made this estimate using data from a 2013 study by Democratic Staff of the U.S. Committee on Education and the Workforce. "The study estimated the cost to Wisconsin’s taxpayers of Walmart’s low wages and benefits, which often force workers to rely on various public assistance programs," reads the report, available in full here."*

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IMMIGRATION DEBATE

What ‘Dreamers’ Gained From DACA, and Stand to Lose

As President Trump moves to end the Obama-era program that shields young undocumented immigrants from deportation, listen to a few of the 800,000 affected by the program.

Mittwoch, 06 September 2017 10:55
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Former President Barack Obama released a statement following President Trump's decision to end DACA., saying, "to target these young people is wrong -- because they have done nothing wrong." 

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President Trump is expected to decide the fate of the immigration policy known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, threatening to overturn the Obama-era program that protects nearly 800,000 undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children. Fox News, Reuters and McClatchy all reported Thursday that Trump will end DACA, citing an unnamed senior administration official who said the U.S. will let DACA recipients remain in the U.S. for up to two years until their work permits expire. But at the White House, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders insisted the president has not yet come to a decision. Immigrant rights groups and their allies have pledged mass mobilizations in response to any move to cancel DACA. We get response from Dolores Huerta, legendary civil rights activist and co-founder of the United Farm Workers of America with Cesar Chavez, now president of the Dolores Huerta Foundation for community organizing.

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AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now!, democracynow.org, The War and Peace Report. President Trump is expected to decide the fate of the immigration policy known as DACA, which stands for Deferred Action for Childhood [Arrivals], threatening to overturn the Obama-era program that protects nearly 800,000 undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children. Fox News, Reuters, McClatchy all reported Thursday that Trump will end DACA, citing an unnamed senior administration official who said the U.S. will let DACA recipients remain in the U.S. for up to two years until their work permits expire. But at the White House, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders insisted the president has not yet come to a decision.

Immigrant rights groups and their allies have pledged mass mobilizations in response to any move to cancel DACA. Organizers of the Women’s March on Washington tweeted Thursday, "Dear @realDonaldTrump, If you end DACA, we will make your life impossible. Signed, The 5 million who marched on January 21st. #DefendDACA."

For more, we’re joined by Dolores Huerta, the legendary civil rights activist, co-founder of the United Farm Workers of America. She’s president of the Dolores Huerta Foundation for community organizing.

It’s great to have you with us, Dolores. Your response to the president’s imminent decision?

DOLORES HUERTA: Well, I think he’s breaking his word, because initially he had said that he was not going to touch DACA, that he was going to let that remain on the books, the way that President Obama, you know, was able to make that decision to allow these young people to stay in the United States, because this is the only country that they ever knew. Many of them were brought here as—or most of them or all of them were brought here as children and were raised in the United States, and many did not even know that they were not citizens. So, we are hoping that he will go back to his earlier statements that he made when he first got elected, that he was going to let DACA remain.

Yeah, these young people are innocent, basically. You know, they didn’t know that they were not here in the country legally, so to speak. And so, we hope that, you know, he will not—and, you know, to add this after that he pardoned Joe Arpaio for breaking the law and, you know, for breaking a court order and for abusive treatment of Latinos in the state of Arizona, this would just be, you know, putting more fuel on the fire, in terms of the Latino community. He has this obsession, for some reason, with the Latino community. And we hope that somehow he will just realize that—why punish these young folks, you know, who are completely innocent?

AMY GOODMAN: You know, he has a deadline, apparently, of September 5th, when 10 attorneys general will sue the Trump administration. One of the engines of this is the Texas delegation and the Texas attorney general—its major city, Houston, the fourth-largest city in the country, underwater right now. What it’s going to take to rebuild this city, the number of immigrants who live there—I believe 85,000 recipients of DACA are in the greater Houston area. Can you talk about this, in this time of this massive crisis?

DOLORES HUERTA: Yes. I think that the president’s job is really to protect, you know, the safety of all of the residents of this country, especially those that are in this imminent danger that they now have in the flooding. So, you know, we have one disaster here when it comes to the flooding in Houston. Why create another disaster for all of the young people that are under the DACA program? And they’re really a great contribution to the United States of America, because with their knowledge and—I mean, the amount of wealth, that can bring social capital, and not only that, but in future tax—tax earnings that they will bring to the country is immense. You know, it’s in the millions of dollars. So, you know, this is kind of a regression. And it’s something that’s going to hurt everybody.

AMY GOODMAN: Fitting this into a bigger picture of Donald Trump when it comes to immigration, he has said he’s willing to shut down the government over the wall on the border, has just, I think, contracted with four firms to make a prototype of that wall, willing to shut down the government over the wall that he said Mexico would pay for, now demanding that Congress pay for it. How does that fit into this picture?

DOLORES HUERTA: Well, again, this shows that he has some kind of an obsession against Latinos, against Mexico and Mexicans in particular, which doesn’t make any kind of sense, as Mexico is one of our biggest trading partners that we have in the United States. And when you treat your neighbor, the country that’s closest to you, Mexico, in that fashion, what does it say to you about being a leader of the free world? And then to threaten to shut down the government, I mean, it is absurd, I think, and ridiculous that somebody would even think that way, that he’s going to jeopardize the economic health of the whole United States of America just to keep a promise, an idiotic promise, that he made about building this wall. It’s ridiculous.

AMY GOODMAN: Dolores, there’s a new film out about you, and we’re going to talk about that with you in Part 2 of our conversation. But you are a legendary organizer, co-founder of the United Farm Workers. You have been dealing with many presidents over the years. How does President Trump compare when it comes to attitudes toward farmworkers, to people who come up over the border, and the kind of work that they provide?

DOLORES HUERTA: I think he is completely ignorant of the conditions of farmworkers. One of the pesticides that he took off of the restricted list just ended up poisoning a hundred farmworkers in Bakersfield a couple of months ago. And so he is, obviously, completely, completely out of touch with what’s going on in our agricultural fields all over the United States. And not only that, but I think all workers now are going to be suffering under the Donald Trump administration.

And one of the things that we do hope is, we do invite people to come and see the film Dolores, which is the name of the film, because it will show how farmworkers, who were the most discriminated people in the country, were able to overcome the presidency of Richard Nixon, Governor Ronald Reagan and all of these great powers, the Farm Bureau Federation, that were against the farmworkers having bathrooms in the fields, cold drinking water, relief periods, the right to organize in the state of California. And yet, with the help of the American public, who supported the boycotts that we had of the grapes and the lettuce, we were able to overcome. And I think that’s a message that we want the film to bring to people, not to give up hope.

But we know that if we collectively organize, that we can really resist. And I know, with the presidential—I mean, with the—excuse me, the congressional elections that are coming up in 2018, we hope that it will inspire people to get engaged and to register to vote, you know. And if you haven’t become a citizen yet, please do so, because if people file their citizenship papers now, they will be able to vote in 2018, because the Congress can counter many of the policies that the—Donald Trump is trying to roll back, many of the things that we won back in the—you know, in the last couple of few decades. And I think that we can really make our democracy stronger. We’ve got to—the wall that we have to build is the wall of resistance, and I believe that the Congress is one of the ways that we can build that wall of resistance. And so, we do have an opportunity in 2018, but we’ve got to start organizing for that now. And hopefully the film Dolores will inspire people to get engaged at the local level.

AMY GOODMAN: That’s legendary organizer Dolores Huerta, co-founder of the United Farm Workers, has been organizing for decades. This is Democracy Now!, democracynow.org, The War and Peace Report. I’m Amy Goodman.

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Protests are taking place across the country after Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the Trump administration was rescinding DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which gives nearly 800,000 young people permission to live and work in the United States.

Sessions called on the Department of Homeland Security to “wind down” the program. This gives Congress six months to decide the fate of immigrants currently protected by DACA.

Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, said: “President Trump’s decision to end DACA in six months is inhumane, cruel and shameful. There is no legal, ethical, or moral justification for ending DACA, which is a lawful program. President Trump manufactured this unnecessary crisis. Congress must now act immediately to pass the Dream Act without any partisan, divisive amendments to permanently protect these young people who make our country stronger every day.”

Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) responded: “President Trump is destroying the future of nearly 800,000 young men and women who were brought here by their parents and know no other country but this one. After toying with their futures and raising their hopes with talk of his ‘big heart,’ Donald Trump has shown exactly what his priorities are. He has once again sided with hate and xenophobia, putting in place a repeal that is cruel, inhumane and unjust.”

 

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Hurricane Irma, fresh on the heels of Hurricane Harvey, strengthened early Tuesday into a Category 5 storm with maximum winds of 175 miles per hour, as Florida started to prepare for its potential landfall over the weekend.
A hurricane warning has been issued for Caribbean islands including Anguilla, St. Kitts and Nevis and St. Barts. The British and United States Virgin Islands are also under a hurricane warning.
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She was 22 and home from a liberal-arts college near Kansas City, where she had majored in English and cross-cultural studies, spent a semester in Germany, worked a summer with refugees in Greece, and met and married a Guatemalan man.

It was the first full day of the Clark County Fair, and over at the concession stand Emily Reyes was reading the novel “Ulysses,” raising her head every few paragraphs to look out through the window.

Same as ever, she thought. The old oaks along the midway. Ron from the Lions Club with the ice cream tent. Marvis selling tickets in the shade of the grandstand, where the demolition derby was the biggest draw. Emily’s younger brother Cyrus was going to be in it — Cyrus, who, along with her parents and most of Clark County had voted for Donald Trump, a reality Emily was now preparing herself to face.

She was 22 and home from a liberal-arts college near Kansas City, where she had majored in English and cross-cultural studies, spent a semester in Germany, worked a summer with refugees in Greece, and met and married a Guatemalan man who would be arriving tomorrow. She kept reminding people that she was Emily Reyes and no longer Emily Phillips — “Yes, Ray-ez,” she kept saying. “It means kings in Spanish, so I’m royalty now.”

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As President Trump faces growing outrage over his response to the deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, we bring you an exclusive: an interview with the great-great-grandsons of Confederate General Stonewall Jackson. At least 1,500 symbols of the Confederacy can be found in public spaces across the country. But now a number of the monuments are coming down. Calls for the removal of the statues are even coming from the descendants of the leaders of the Confederacy. We speak with two of the great-great-grandsons of Confederate General Stonewall Jackson. Jack and Warren Christian have just written an open letter to the mayor of Richmond calling for the removal of the Stonewall Jackson statue in Richmond. They write, "Our sense of justice leads us to believe that removing the Stonewall statue and other monuments should be part of a larger project of actively mending the racial disparities that hundreds of years of white supremacy have wrought."

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AMY GOODMAN: Today, a Democracy Now! special looking at the fallout from the recent deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, where an anti-racist protester named Heather Heyer was killed when a car driven by a neo-Nazi plowed into a crowd of counterprotesters. The white supremacist charged with Heather’s murder, 20-year-old James Alex Fields Jr., was in Charlottesville for the "Unite the Right" rally, along with several thousand white supremacists, neo-Nazis and Ku Klux Klan members, opposing the planned removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee. The night before, rally organizers held a march that was reminiscent of torchlit parades in Nazi Germany, with hundreds of mostly young white men chanting "You will not replace us!" "Jews will not replace us!" and the 1930s Nazi slogan, "Blood and soil!"

Later in the show, we’ll speak to a former neo-Nazi and a North Dakota activist whose uncle marched with the white supremacists in Virginia. But first we look at the growing movement to remove Confederate statues in the wake of Charlottesville. At least 1,500 symbols of the Confederacy can be found in public spaces across the country. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, most of them were built during the early decades of Jim Crow or in reaction to the civil rights movement—not right after the Civil War. But now a number of the monuments are coming down. In Baltimore, the city, under orders from the mayor, removed all four of its Confederate statues. In Durham, North Carolina, protesters toppled a Confederate statue after a college student named Takiyah Thompson climbed up a ladder, looped a rope around the top of the Confederate Soldiers Monument. She appeared on Democracy Now! just before going to court.

TAKIYAH THOMPSON: I did this because the statue is a symbol of nationalism, and it’s a symbol of white nationalism. And the type of white nationalism I’m talking about is the type of white nationalism that is sending me death threats on Facebook. I’m talking about the type of white nationalist that, you know, has killed a woman in a protest.

AMY GOODMAN: And the calls for the removal of the statues are even coming from the descendants of the leaders of the Confederacy. Today, an exclusive interview with two of the great-great-grandsons of Confederate General Stonewall Jackson. Jack and Warren Christian have just written an open letter to the mayor of Richmond, Virginia, calling for the removal of the Stonewall Jackson statue in Richmond. They write, quote, "[O]ur sense of justice leads us to believe that removing the Stonewall statue and other monuments should be part of a larger project of actively mending the racial disparities that hundreds of years of white supremacy have wrought. We hope other descendants of Confederate generals will stand with us," they wrote.

Well, Jack Christian joins us now from western Massachusetts, where he teaches. And Warren Christian is in Raleigh, North Carolina. He works with international students at the University of North Carolina. I began by asking Jack Christian why he’s speaking out.

JACK CHRISTIAN: I think that [inaudible] wrote definitely is a product of something that we’ve been thinking about and feeling for a long while now, but was also very much catalyzed by what we saw in Charlottesville, and particularly in Durham, pulling down their Confederate monument. So that inspired Warren and I to kind of feel like this was the time to write this letter.

AMY GOODMAN: And, Warren Christian, in Baltimore, under cover of night, two nights ago, the mayor had four Confederate monuments pulled down. One of them was a monument of your great-great-grandfather, Stonewall Jackson. Your thoughts today and how you came, together with Jack, to call for the removal of not only monuments to your great-great-grandfather, but all other Confederate monuments?

WARREN CHRISTIAN: Yes. Well, this—like Jack said, this is something that we’ve felt for a long time. I think it’s very clear, if you look at the context in which the monuments were put up, they weren’t—they weren’t celebrating kind of benign war heroes. They were very clearly meant to be things that would intimidate black people and further white supremacy in the U.S.

Where I work, at UNC, there’s a prominent Confederate memorial, monument, statue right in the heart of campus. And since I’ve been at the University of North Carolina, I have wanted for that statue to be removed, and felt like speaking out about it, and now, finally, kind of got the courage to do so.

I think Jack and I, and along with our parents, it’s kind of some mixed feelings, mixed emotions, about being direct descendants of Stonewall Jackson. It’s not something that I, you know, widely share, outside of a very close group of friends. So this is really kind of a coming out, in a sort.

And also, the—I think the other thing is, in some ways, I don’t feel like it should matter too much, you know, how we feel about the statues, but I do understand that it does—it is important to some folks how we feel about it. And, for example, this statue at the University of North Carolina, when it was put up, the speaker, Julian Carr, who is a prominent local businessman, talked a lot about how the Confederate soldiers were working to save the Anglo-Saxon race. And then, really kind of disgustingly, at the end of his speech, he bragged about having the—his quotes—"pleasant duty of horsewhipping a black woman in front of a hundred federal soldiers and leaving her clothes in tatters." So I think the racist and white supremacist intent of these monuments is clear. And I think it’s past time that they’re all removed from the public squares of our country.

AMY GOODMAN: You work at the University of North Carolina?

WARREN CHRISTIAN: Yeah, so I work at the University of North Carolina, and I am somewhat disgusted walking past that statue on campus. And I can only imagine how it feels to students of color, and particularly black students, who have to walk by that on their way to class.

AMY GOODMAN: Have you—

WARREN CHRISTIAN: And I know that—yes, sorry, Amy.

AMY GOODMAN: Have you told the president of the university or other students? You said you’ve kept pretty quiet about this until now, but—

WARREN CHRISTIAN: I have, yeah.

AMY GOODMAN: —about your desires to have that monument to your great-great-grandfather removed?

WARREN CHRISTIAN: Not in a public forum, but I—you know, I’d say this is it. I’d like that statue, of course, removed. I think the University of North Carolina, there’s a lot of great people doing great work to try to recruit, retain and support students of color and black students, and having this monument on campus just completely goes against that spirit.

AMY GOODMAN: Jack, can you tell us who Stonewall Jackson was?

JACK CHRISTIAN: Yeah, it’s—I’ll do my best. It’s funny, serendipitous almost, that this summer, earlier in the summer, I had started reading the biography from a few years ago called Rebel Yell by S.C. Gwynne, that humanizes Stonewall in some new ways.

He is—he’s famous, he got his nickname, for, you know, standing in battle and not being pushed back by federal forces, if I’m not mistaken, in the first Bull Run, and other Confederate generals observed him standing like that and said he’s standing like a stone wall. So that’s where his nickname comes from. His fame, after that, is for the Valley Campaign that he waged in the western part of Virginia, in the Shenandoah Valley, where he—you know, he, with a much smaller force, was able to hold off Union forces for a long time, which had the effect of greatly extending the Civil War, in all likelihood. So that’s who he was as a soldier.

As a person, he was very complicated. He was an orphan who did well academically and graduated high in his class at VMI. He did, in his adult life, own slaves. He also was very religious. And as part of his religious calling, he taught—he taught Sunday school to enslaved peoples where he lived, in Lexington, Virginia, which was, in my understanding of it, at least controversial, if not an illegal thing to do. So, you know, this is sort of the person that we have, kind of all our lives, been thinking about, grappling with. That’s my thumbnail sketch of him.

AMY GOODMAN: Warren and Jack, I was wondering if you could both read a part of this open letter that you have written.

JACK CHRISTIAN: Sure, I’d be glad to. I’m going to read the first couple paragraphs, and Warren’s going to read the last couple paragraphs. So we write:

"Dear Mayor Levar Stoney"—that’s the mayor of Richmond—"and members of the Monument Avenue Commission,

"We are native Richmonders and also the great-great-grandsons of Stonewall Jackson. As two of the closest living relatives to Stonewall, we are writing today to ask for the removal of his statue, as well as the removal of all Confederate statues from Monument Avenue. They are overt symbols of racism and white supremacy, and the time is long overdue for them to depart from public display. Overnight,"—two nights ago now—"Baltimore has seen fit to take this action. Richmond should, too.

"In making this request, we wish to express our respect and admiration for Mayor Stoney’s leadership while also strongly disagreeing with his claim that 'removal of symbols does [nothing] for telling the actual truth [nor] changes the state and culture of racism in this country today.' In our view, the removal of the Jackson statue and others will necessarily further difficult conversations about racial justice. It will begin to tell the truth of all of us coming to our senses."

We go on in the letter to detail some of our rationale and family history. And then Warren is going to read the last few paragraphs.

WARREN CHRISTIAN: "Ongoing racial disparities in incarceration, educational attainment, police brutality, hiring practices, access to health care, and, perhaps most starkly, wealth, make it clear that these monuments do not stand somehow outside of history. Racism and white supremacy, which undoubtedly continue today, are neither natural nor inevitable. Rather, they were created in order to justify the unjustifiable, in particular slavery.

“One thing that bonds our extended family, besides our common ancestor, is that many have worked, often as clergy and as educators, for justice in their communities. While we do not purport to speak for all of Stonewall’s kin, our sense of justice leads us to believe that removing the Stonewall statue and other monuments should be part of a larger project of actively mending the racial disparities that hundreds of years of white supremacy have wrought. We hope other descendants of Confederate generals will stand with us.

"As cities all over the South are realizing now, we are not in need of added context. We are in need of a new context—one in which the statues have been taken down."

AMY GOODMAN: Those, the words of Jack and Warren Christian, the great-great-grandsons of the Confederate General Stonewall Jackson, calling for the removal of his monument in Richmond. Are you calling for the removal of his monument around the country, Jack?

JACK CHRISTIAN: We’re calling for the removal of his monument in Richmond firstly, but our argument is that all Confederate monuments and symbols should be removed from public display.

AMY GOODMAN: You take a different approach than Bertram Hayes-Davis, the great-great-grandson of the Confederate President Jefferson Davis, who talks about contextualizing monuments. He’s not against moving them, perhaps into museums, but really emphasizes this issue of contextualizing. Warren, your response to that?

WARREN CHRISTIAN: I think the context is, is that they were put up in support of this myth of the Lost Cause, that the Confederate soldiers were fighting kind of a noble fight, and that that doesn’t give the full weight to the fact that they were fighting to continue the institution of slavery. And the—

AMY GOODMAN: That’s an interesting—

WARREN CHRISTIAN: I mean, I think, so that’s—

AMY GOODMAN: That’s an interesting point you raise, is that these Confederate monuments didn’t go up right after the Civil War—

WARREN CHRISTIAN: No.

AMY GOODMAN: —but decades later, with the rise of the Klan and the introduction of Jim Crow laws.

WARREN CHRISTIAN: And that’s why I think they shouldn’t be—I don’t think any American, and especially black Americans, should be forced to pass these symbols of white supremacy on their ways to work, church, school. I don’t think that’s—I don’t think we can—I think, as part of our national healing—we’re still, very clearly, in my eyes, dealing with the effects of slavery, of Jim Crow, of segregation, of racist policies like redlining. And I think this, removing the monuments, ultimately, in my eyes, is just a small step that’s necessary for racial healing in the country, along with many other much larger steps that are necessary.

AMY GOODMAN: Speaking about a proposed Gettysburg memorial in 1869, Confederate General Robert E. Lee, quote, said, "I think it wiser ... not to keep open the sores of war, but to follow the example of those nations who endeavored to obliterate the marks of civil strife, [and] to commit to oblivion the feelings [it] engendered." So, even the Confederate general, who has I don’t know how many monuments of his likeness, of him, around the country, said there shouldn’t be Confederate monuments, Jack. And I wanted to ask if you’d end by talking about whether you have your family’s support, and, for example, your parents’.

JACK CHRISTIAN: Yeah, we have not talked directly to our parents, although we sent the letter to them. But we very much believe that we have their support and know that this works in—really in the spirit in which they brought us up, to work and to fight for justice. I’ve been—you know, this went up—this letter went up about midnight Eastern time last night, and I’ve been heartened to see others in our extended family have already reached out and said "thank you" and that they—that they appreciate, you know, what we’ve said. We certainly haven’t heard from everyone, but the response from our family—and even I’ve gotten some response from other people who have Confederates in their ancestry, that have said—they have said that they feel similarly. So, we’re very heartened by the response so far—

AMY GOODMAN: As you—

JACK CHRISTIAN: —both from our family—yeah.

AMY GOODMAN: As you watched what happened in Charlottesville, do you feel like there is a kind of new civil war in this country?

JACK CHRISTIAN: I certainly hope not. I was sickened by what we saw. I hadn’t thought about it in quite so stark of terms. But I have thought about it that—where we definitely are at a incredibly tense and stratified moment. And I think that we need to—we need to all take steps to have these conversations and to heal ourselves. So, that’s my hope.

AMY GOODMAN: I wanted to read—I wanted to read you a quote from Trump’s chief strategist, Steve Bannon, who reportedly is under fire in the White House. Who knows if that’s true? But he did an interview with Bob Kuttner of The American Prospect, the liberal magazine, and said, quote, "President Trump, by asking, 'Where does this all end'—Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln—connects with the American people about their history, culture and traditions. The race-identity politics of the left wants to say it’s all racist. Just give me more. Tear down more statues. Say the revolution is coming. I can’t get enough of it," Bannon said. Jack, your response?

JACK CHRISTIAN: I wondered if you were going to ask me about that, and I listened to this on the news on my way into the TV station this morning. I think that—I think that, ironically, part of Trump’s statement has to do—I’m choosing my words carefully—part of Trump’s statement has to do with a larger conversation that is taking place and that needs to take place, where we recognize that Thomas Jefferson and George Washington were also white supremacists and slave owners, and we think about that history. A writer on the online magazine The Root had a funny, but apt, take that I think sums it up, that said—the writer said, "Leave it to Trump to have a woke take on Thomas Jefferson." And I think there is—I think there’s some truth or some pithiness there.

AMY GOODMAN: You—

JACK CHRISTIAN: So, I—go ahead.

AMY GOODMAN: Jack and Warren, you’re both teachers?

JACK CHRISTIAN: Yes.

WARREN CHRISTIAN: Yeah.

JACK CHRISTIAN: Yeah.

AMY GOODMAN: What will you be telling your students today?

JACK CHRISTIAN: I have until September 6 to think about what I’ll tell them.

AMY GOODMAN: Well—

JACK CHRISTIAN: But—

WARREN CHRISTIAN: I’m in the fortunate—yeah.

AMY GOODMAN: Yes, and Warren?

WARREN CHRISTIAN: I’m in the fortunate position of working with international students, so it’s really great to—you know, when they come to the U.S., they very quickly, if they haven’t before they got here, realize that race is a huge issue in the U.S., but they still haven’t fully formed their decisions. So, what I try to do is always, in contextualizing what the situation surrounding race is in the U.S., is starting with slavery and segregation, and making sure they understand that history to see how it’s led us where we are today. And then—and because they don’t have so much kind of skin in the game, they’re often very receptive to those messages, in a way that working with American students and having discussions about race can be much more difficult.

AMY GOODMAN: Warren and Jack Christian, the great-great-grandsons of Confederate General Stonewall Jackson. When we come back, we’ll speak to a former neo-Nazi who co-founded the group Life After Hate.

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