Can Melinda French Gates Revive The Lagging Women’s Movement?

Suddenly, women and girls seem to be invisible.

Women are no longer the top priority even at the Women’s Sports Foundation, which is championing the rights of biological males who identify as female or trans women to participate in women’s sports. This despite science that clearly shows trans males have an unfair advantage over girls and women.

State legislatures are making it impossible for women to obtain abortions that are legal under the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision, Roe v. Wade.

Millions of women are struggling in the aftermath of the pandemic, when they disproportionately lost jobs and now face pressure to return to work despite the lack of affordable child care.

So it is more than encouraging that Melinda French Gates, co-chair of the Gates Foundation, is championing a new $2.1 billion initiative to “to advance women’s economic empowerment, strengthen women and girls’ health and family planning, and accelerate women’s leadership.”

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The Most Courageous Politician in the U.S.?

Mobbing occurs when bullies gang up to drive out an individual who is perceived to have a weakness or to silence that person by inflicting psychological pain.

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This is what happened to U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, R-SC, after he delivered a thoughtful and respectful response to Democratic President Joe Biden’s address to the nation on Wednesday.

Mobbing is a scurrilous form of harassment that, in this case, was clearly intended to discredit Scott’s speech by attacking his racial identity.

Scott is the lone GOP African American in the U.S. Senate.

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Liberal progressive “thinkers” seem to find it acceptable to use a racist slur to refer to an African American politician simply because he has a different vision for how to address racial problems that have resisted resolution in America for many decades.

After Scott’s speech, a hashtag began trending on Twitter – #UncleTim. This refers to the term “Uncle Tom” and was intended to portray Scott as a black man who is excessively subservient to white people. Scott was ridiculed in thousands of tweets for 11 hours until Twitter finally shut it down.

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Feminist Badass Actress in Star Wars Banished For Not Being One With ‘The Force’

Gina Carano, who plays a feminist badass warrior in the Star Wars franchise, The Mandalorian, which is showing on Disney+, has been fired for supposedly “abhorrent” social media posts.

Lucasfilm and Disney+ have permanently banned Gina Carano to the dark side, and she also was dropped by talent agency UTA.

Variety reports a representative from Lucasfilm, owned by George Lucas, said Carano’s “social media posts denigrating people based on their cultural and religious identities are abhorrent and unacceptable.”

Upon inspection, her posts reflect fairly mainstream conservative thought with a hint of satire and hyperbole.

“In time, the suffering of your people will persuade you to see our point of view.” – George Lucas, Star Wars: The Phantom Menace.

The final straw, apparently, was a post questioning what many see as the on-going cancel-culture vilification of conservative speech.

Carano said the precursor to the Holocaust was a campaign by the German government to make average Germans hate Jews. She said neighbors beat Jews before the Nazis rounded them up. “How is that any different from hating someone for their political views?” she asked.

This question may seem naïve but is it a ‘you are now doomed to wander the galaxy forever without shoes” kind of offense?

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Civil Unrest In The Context Of The Pandemic

What is really causing civil unrest in America? 

No intelligent person of any race is defending the cruel death of George Floyd at the hands of police for passing a $20 forged bill. The police officer who allegedly is responsible for Floyd’s death was swiftly arrested, charged with murder, and placed behind bars. His cohorts are not far behind him. The system worked as it should.

Race discrimination still exists but any objective barometer shows the problem is far less severe today.

There have been tremendous advances in policing since the 1960s when the U.S. Congress passed the nation’s major anti-discrimination laws. The last vestiges of the era of Jim Crow are gone. Race discrimination is no longer legal. Where it persists, legal avenues exist to address it. Continue reading “Civil Unrest In The Context Of The Pandemic”