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Black father opposing CRT says ‘the biggest threat when I was growing up were from people that looked like me’

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By Jenny Goldsberry

After a Black father openly opposed critical race theory during an Illinois school board meeting, he appeared on The Ingraham Angle Tuesday to discuss it further. During the Ingraham Angle Ty Smith, called critical race theory an ideology that “teaches kids how to hate each other.” He told hoar Laura Ingraham he was the only Black person at the meeting.

Ingraham congratulated Smith for speaking out against what she calls the “critical race theory hoax.”

“I don’t care if anybody wants to agree with me or not, I lived this stuff,” Smith said.

He said that during the school meeting, he scoffed at the idea that white people kept him from succeeding in life.

Smith has two medical degrees and did not grow up with a father or a mother in the house.

“And to get myself through school like I did, there was no system there that they claim that was there, I’m sorry, I’m just calling it like it is,” he said, disputing what he says is a losing victim mentality based on CRT.

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Instead, Smith said “the hard red pill to swallow” is that individuals get in the way of progressing themselves. “The biggest threat to me when I was growing up was somebody that looked exactly like me,” Smith said. “I never had no threat from any white police officer or any white person whatsoever.”

But he didn’t deny that a discriminatory system ever existed. “Now, back in the day, slave days and pre-Civil Rights Movement, I get that,” he said. “But in today’s world? Absolutely not. All they’re doing is keep on handing folks walkers.”

You can follow Jenny Goldsberry on Twitter @jennyjournalism.

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NY Lawmakers want to tax tech giants to get $500M to fund unemployment benefits for illegal migrants

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New York lawmakers are debating over a proposed Democratic initiative that would pave the way for a multibillion-dollar fund designed to provide unemployment benefits for illegal immigrants. Spearheaded by state Senator Jessica Ramos, a Queens Democrat, the proposal has ignited passionate discussions within the Senate Finance Committee, where it currently awaits further deliberation.

The Center Square reports the proposal would utilize a $500 million trust fund earmarked specifically to offer jobless benefits for individuals who find themselves ineligible for traditional unemployment payments and other public assistance programs. To finance this ambitious endeavor, proponents of the plan are advocating for the imposition of a novel tax targeting tech behemoths like Google and Amazon. This tax, aimed at digital advertising revenue, is projected to generate hundreds of millions of dollars to sustain the fund.

Ramos has alluded to her belief that migrants are a fundamental contribution to the state’s economy. Despite their authorization to work, payment of taxes, and active involvement in the labor force, undocumented immigrants face a glaring disparity—they are excluded from accessing vital safety nets like unemployment benefits if they lose their jobs.

In a social media post, Ramos cited the expiration of federal unemployment insurance for freelancers and the depletion of the Excluded Workers Fund. She argues vehemently for a safety net aligned with the evolving dynamics of the labor market, one that extends support to all workers, regardless of their immigration status.

The proposed fund, aptly named the Unemployment Bridge Program, outlines comprehensive eligibility criteria encompassing a spectrum of marginalized workers—from undocumented migrants to freelancers and individuals recently released from incarceration or immigrant detention. By establishing clear guidelines and procedures, the program endeavors to streamline the application process, ensuring equitable access to unemployment benefits for those in need.

The initiative comes in the wake of prolonged deliberations regarding jobless benefits for undocumented immigrants and nontraditional workers in New York. Amid the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, the state previously allocated $2.1 billion to the Excluded Workers Fund, offering a lifeline to those excluded from conventional unemployment benefits.

Gov. Kathy Hochul’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2025 underscores a commitment to supporting asylum seekers, with significant allocations directed towards housing and legal assistance. The proposal has met with opposition from Republicans, who argue for prioritizing legal residents and taxpayers in the allocation of state resources. Senate Minority Leader Rob Ortt contends that limited resources should be reserved exclusively for those who have contributed to the state’s tax base.

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