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Celebs Launch Campaign To ‘Take responsibility’ For Racism, Ask ‘White America’ To Join

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A number of popular celebrities are saying they’re ‘taking responsibility’ for racism and hate in our country and are asking other white Americans to do the same, in a new confessional social media video and campaign launched Wednesday.

The campaign, launched with a website, “ITakeResponsibility.org,” “was created to stand up for our Black friends and family in America. Our goal is to rally the white community, to provide education and encourage action. Our mission is to ensure this takes place.”

“We cannot sit idle while systemic racism and police brutality continue throughout our country,” the website states. “Racism is personal, it is local, and every situation needs to be identified, recognized, and addressed. At the most personal levels and regardless of the circumstance, these incidents need to become teachable moments. Enough is enough.”

“This begins with white men and women taking responsibility for their personal role in eradicating racism in America — taking a stand and committing to change.” -iTakeResponsibility.org

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“Today, #ITakeResponsibility for my role in eradicating racism in America,” actress Julianne Moore wrote on Twitter Thursday with the video. “Unless white America acknowledges its privilege, systemic racism will persist. Act Now. What will you commit to? https://itakeresponsibility.org. @NAACP @itakeresponsibility #itakeresponsibility #blacklivesmatter”

The website asks users to sign a pledge committing to their supposed hateful actions from a list of statements including “turning a blind eye to racism,” “saying ‘I don’t see color’, “not educating my kids on systemic racism,” among other statements. Further, one can pledge to change their actions by ‘demanding for police accountability,’ ‘support organizations on the front lines,’ ‘donate to families affected,’ and ‘mobilize voting efforts.’

The list of dozens of celebrities that have made the pledge, includes singer Kesha, actress Debra Messing, actor Jamie Foxx, Olympian Aly Raisman.

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White House Confirms It Is Looking Into Shutting Down Oil Pipeline Amid Fuel Crisis

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The Biden administration confirmed that it is considering shutting down an oil pipeline in Michigan despite the ongoing fuel crisis in the country.

“Revoking the permits for the [Line 5] pipeline that delivers oil from western Canada across Wisconsin, the Great Lakes and Michigan and into Ontario, would please environmentalists who have urged the White House to block fossil fuel infrastructure, but it would aggravate a rift with Canada and could exacerbate a spike in energy prices that Republicans are already using as a political weapon,” Politico Pro reported. “Killing a pipeline while U.S. gasoline prices are the highest in years could be political poison for Biden, who has seen his approval rating crash in recent months.”

Fox News reporter Peter Doocy asked about the report during Monday’s press briefing, asking, “why is the administration now considering shutting down the Line 5 pipeline from Canada to Michigan?”

“So, Peter, that is inaccurate,” Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre claimed. “That is not right. So, any reporting indicating that some decision has been made, again, is not accurate. … So, again, I would — it is inaccurate what you just stated, but —”

“What’s inaccurate?” Doocy asked.

“The reporting about us wanting to shut down the Line 5,” Jean-Pierre said.

“I didn’t say ‘wanting.’  I said, is it being studied right now?  Is the administration studying the impact of shutting down the Line 5?”

“Yeah. Yes, we are. We are,” Jean-Pierre admitted.

 

The news comes as gas prices have reached their highest since 2014, when Biden was vice president, and are currently about 50% higher than they were when Biden entered office.

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