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‘Preposterous’ and ‘insulting’: Black NC Lt. Gov. slams Dems’ opposition to Georgia election law

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In a fervent testimony before a House Judiciary subcommittee, North Carolina Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson (R) expressed pride in Black Americans’ advancements, while condemning Democrats’ opposition to Georgia’s new election laws as “preposterous” and “insulting,” Fox News reported on Thursday.

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At a Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties hearing on voter discrimination, Robinson, the first Black person to hold his office, concentrated on the Georgia law’s identification requirements for both in-person and absentee voting, which Democrats have been calling racist and restrictive.

“Am I to believe that Black Americans, who have overcome the atrocities of slavery, who were victorious in the civil rights movement, and now sit in the highest levels of this government, cannot figure out how to get a free ID to secure their votes? That they need to be coddled by politicians because they don’t think we can figure out how to make our voices heard? Are you kidding me?” the North Carolina Republican said. “The notion that Black people must be protected from a free ID to secure the vote is not just insane, it is insulting.”

Robinson later charged that Democrats’ motivation behind their ongoing voting rights endeavors “doesn’t have anything to do with justice. This has everything to do with power.”

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Citing a recent event where Vice President Kamala Harris visited the Woolworth counter in Greensboro, North Carolina to commemorate the 1960 sit-in protesting segregation, the lieutenant governor said that while Harris was there, Clarence Henderson–who took part in the sit-in–was not invited. Henderson, according to the Fox News report, was an outspoken supporter of former President Donald Trump.

“The goal of some individuals in government is not to hear the voices of Black Americans at all. It’s to hear the voices that fit their narratives and ultimately help keep power with one group,” Robinson said.

Robinson labeled Democrats’ wide-ranging election reform bill H.R. 1—also known as the For The People Act—as “despicable” and accused them of attempting to use it “to keep one party in power and ensure they stay there indefinitely.”

You can follow Douglas Braff on Twitter @DouglasPBraff.

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Boston Celtics Player Legally Changing Name to ‘Enes Kanter Freedom’ to Celebrate U.S. Citizenship

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Boston Celtics center Enes Kanter is celebrating becoming a U.S. citizen in an incredible way. The 29-year-old athlete from Turkey is having his citizenship oath ceremony Monday, and will legally change his name to Enes Kanter Freedom.

Kanter is an outspoken human rights advocate who had his Turkish passport revoked in 2017 after he criticized Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Mediaite reports “he has also criticized NBA stars Michael Jordan and LeBron James for not doing enough to help the Black community and not speaking out against exploitative labor practices in China respectively.”

Celtics head coach Ime Udoka told the Boston Globe the team is “all for” the player’s name change. Kanter’s manager says the player will complete his legal name change to have Kanter become his middle name and Freedom be his new last name at Monday’s ceremony.

“We congratulated him as a group for getting his American citizenship last week,” Udoka said. “That’s who Enes is, we’re proud of him. Enes is who he is. He’s passionate about his stances and the name change; you look at [Ron] Artest [who changed his name to Metta Sandiford-Artest in the middle of the COVID-19 outbreak] and guys that have done it in the past. It’s something he wants to express and we’re all for it.”

Kanter has already changed his official Twitter account to Enes Kanter FREEDOM with his new last name in all caps. Freedom made waves when he tweeted the following on November 18: Money over Morals for the ‘King’. Sad & disgusting how these athletes pretend they care about social justice. They really do ‘shut up & dribble’ when Big Boss [inserted Chinese flag] says so. Did you educate yourself about the slave labor that made your shoes or is that not part of your research?”

The tweet included photos of basketball shoes he wore painted with human rights depictions and phrases such as “hey still researching and getting educated?” as well as “I am informed and educated on the situation.”

The statement is with regard to his criticism of LeBron James’ partnership with Nike. “Nike remains one of the NBA’s biggest sponsors as both organizations feed off their partnerships with China” reports Mediaite. Kanter Freedom also made an offer to take Michael Jordan and Nike co-founder Phil Knight to China in order for the men to “visit these slave labor camps and you can see it with your own eyes.”

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