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Former NBA Star Kwame Brown Defends Rittenhouse, Says People Paid to Push ‘Racist S**t’

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Former NBA superstar Kwame Brown, who is Black, defended the acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse in a video. “Looked like self-defense to me,” said Brown during an almost 30 minute live video Brown filmed on social media.

Rittenhouse was acquitted of all charges last week, and it was determined that the teenager acted in self-defense when he killed two individuals and shot a third after they were attacking him during a riot in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Multiple celebrities have publicly commented against Rittenhouse, saying the boy walked free because he was white. TV host Sunny Hostin said Rittenhouse “wouldn’t be alive now” if he was black.

Brown, however, the former first overall pick in the NBA draft, does not buy into the race blame game. “That to me, in my opinion, looked to me to be self-defense. The court found it to be self-defense” Brown told his fans.

Addressing race specifically, Brown added, “a bunch of people are getting paid to push this racist sh*t. That’s all it is.” Brown added that the entire Rittenhouse case was politicized by people who make a lot of money, even promoting racism, at the expense of the teenager.

Brown even felt sorry for the fact that the young boy went to prison at all. “The only bad thing is that he had to sit in jail for so long because they made something political that shouldn’t have been political.”

“If you’re gonna give the boy a gun charge, give him the damn gun charge or let the boy out. I’m sure a 17-year-old walking around with a shotgun would have been a misdemeanor which would have been probation. He could have been home eating fruit loops, or whatever the hell he eat.”

Brown continued “But instead of that, we want to tie it into something Black, we want to tie it into something bigger so we can have people come out and march and get checks off of little teenager’s back.”

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Multiple states launch lawsuit against Biden’s student-loan forgiveness plan

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Breaking Thursday, the states of Nebraska, Missouri, Arkansas, Kansas, Iowa, and South Carolina joined together to file a lawsuit against President Biden’s administration in order to stop the student loan-forgiveness program from taking effect.

“In addition to being economically unwise and downright unfair, the Biden Administration’s Mass Debt Cancellation is yet another example in a long line of unlawful regulatory actions,” argued the plaintiffs in their filing.

The attorneys general spearheading the legal challenge also submit that “no statute permits President Biden to unilaterally relieve millions of individuals from their obligation to pay loans they voluntarily assumed.”

Biden, however, has argued that he is able to unilaterally cancel student debt to mitigate the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Specifically, writes National Review, a Department of Education memo released by his administration asserts that the HEROES Act,  which passed in 2003 and allows the secretary of education to provide student-debt relief “in connection with a war or other military operation or national emergency,” provides the legal basis for the cancellation.

But, National Review notes that the plaintiffs point out that Biden declared in a recent 60 Minutes interview that “the pandemic is over.”

The legal brief also adds:

“The [HEROES] Act requires ED [Education Department] to tailor any waiver or modification as necessary to address the actual financial harm suffered by a borrower due to the relevant military operation or emergency… This relief comes to every borrower regardless of whether her income rose or fell during the pandemic or whether she is in a better position today as to her student loans than before the pandemic.”

Moreover, they argue that the HEROES Act was designed to allow the secretary to provide relief in individual cases with proper justification.

The first lawsuit against Biden’s executive order came Tuesday from the Pacific Legal Foundation:

“The administration has created new problems for borrowers in at least six states that tax loan cancellation as income. People like Plaintiff Frank Garrison will actually be worse off because of the cancellation. Indeed, Mr. Garrison will face immediate tax liability from the state of Indiana because of the automatic cancellation of a portion of his debt,” wrote PLF in their own brief.

The state-led lawsuit was filed in a federal district court in Missouri, and asks that the court “temporarily restrain and preliminarily and permanently enjoin implementation and enforcement of the Mass Debt Cancellation,” and declare that it “violates the separation of powers established by the U.S. Constitution,” as well as the Administrative Procedure Act.

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