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NAACP President accuses Claudine Gay’s critics of ‘advancing a white supremacist agenda’

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NAACP president Derrick Johnson wrote on his X account that attacks against Harvard University president Claudine Gay “are nothing more than political theatrics advancing a White supremacist agenda.”

“Enough is enough,” he wrote on X. “Harvard President Claudine Gay is a distinguished scholar and professor with decades of service in higher education. The recent attacks on her leadership are nothing more than political theatrics advancing a White supremacist agenda.”

Gay has faced a wave of backlash over her remarks at a December 5th congressional hearing about antisemitism on college campuses after Harvard experienced severe anti-semitism on campus. During her testimony, Gay declined to unequivocally state whether calls for the genocide of Jewish people violate the University’s policies on bullying and harassment. When asked whether calling for the genocide of Jews would violate the university’s code of conduct she simply replied it “depends on the context of the situation.”

Representative Elise Stefanik also pressed Gay over chants of “intifada” at student protests. Gay said the calls for violence do not violate the university’s code of conduct and claimed that the university has a strong commitment to free speech and ideological diversity.

 

 

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Michigan asks residents to house migrants, enroll children in school and help adults find employment

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Michigan is asking its residents to help with the mess its leadership created and house migrants in their own homes. The state Department of Labor and Economic Development said volunteers who participate must commit for at least 90 days as part of the refugee support program.

In addition to opening up their homes, sponsors are expected to support newly arrived refugees by greeting them at the airport, securing and preparing initial housing, enrolling children in school and helping adults find employment.

“Programs like the Welcome Corps advance the Office of Global Michigan’s mission to make Michigan the home for opportunity for our immigrant, refugee and ethnic communities,” said Poppy Hernandez, Global Michigan Director and Michigan’s Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer. “Expanded refugee resettlement pathways empower more Michiganders to support our state’s growing refugee population and build a more welcoming and inclusive Michigan for all.”

The migrants will come from Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua and Venezuela, all points of origin where many have been hoping to apply for asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Fox News reports “cities like New York and Chicago have also dealt with issues related to migrants committing crimes, as well as pushback from residents who have voiced anger and concern over the influx. Migrant shelters in those cities have largely been full, forcing officials to come up with ways to safely house the migrants.”

Last year, Massachusetts officials asked residents to open their doors as migrant shelters were full at the time. “Most importantly, if you have an extra room or suite in your home, please consider hosting a family. Housing and shelter is our most pressing need and become a sponsor family,” said Massachusetts Lt. Governor Kim Driscoll.

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