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The use of a bomb like this is monstrous.

It is used without the authorization of congress, much less the people of the U.S.A.

It is done while an investigation of possible criminal action by Donald Trump, his campaign and his administration is taking place.

We must pay attention.

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“I’m Muslim and I trust you. Do you trust me enough for a hug?”

I don’t know why people always blame all the muslims for crime. How can u believe that person is 100% muslim? Islam never teaches to kill innocent people. If  a muslim kills innocent people, then he is not a muslim. ONE DIRTY FISH CAN MAKE WHOLE RIVER DIRTY! I wish all the problems of the world were solved this way, respecting other ways of living and trusting each other. My congratulations to that brave man.

Regarding General Lee

However conflicted and agonized General Robert E. Lee might have been regarding his choice, or how honorable his prior service might have been, there should be no empathy, sympathy, or esteem, or any shred of honor, for an officer who deserted the U.S. Army to fight against the United States in the cause of preserving an economy based on the ownership of humans. Unlike other, earlier, slave holders such as Washington and Jefferson, Lee made a conscious choice to go to war against the United States to perpetuate a massively scaled system of human trafficking. The proposition that he should continue to be honored in public places in the 21st Century is preposterous.

Sure, keep those statues. Keep them so that we can learn from history. Teach about them during Black History Month. Keep them in a pantheon of murderers and traitors, alongside the church bombers, and those who buried Schwerner, Goodman and Chaney in an earthen dam. Maybe the Rosenbergs, too! But do not keep them in places of honor, such as town squares, parks, courthouse entrances, and so on. Put them in a Hall of Shame if they are too culturally precious to melt down. Incidentally, I have visited Holocaust memorials in DC, Germany, and Czech Republic, and I do not recall seeing any heroic statues of Eichmann, Goering, Hitler, et al, there or anywhere else. Nor was there any Fort Rommel in Germany.

It seems the Civil War is not over and that is why issues like this one endure. Black voter suppression across the country, and especially in the South, continues the war. So does breaking up birthday parties in Black neighborhoods with parades of Confederate battle-flag-waving white supremacists in pickup trucks. Stop-and-frisk (which migrated to the North, as did the descendants of slaves and slave-owners) provides an effective racially-based suppression tool.  If you have seen the documentary movie 13, then you know how for-profit prisons fit the pattern of war against racial minorities and African-Americans in particular. These strategies, as well as white supremacist rallies in Virginia (and elsewhere), including vehicular mass assault upon those who disagree, provide evidence that the General Lee minions are alive and well and continue the Civil War as terrorists. Statues honoring the champions of human enslavement, located in prominent squares, parks and building entries, do not further any wholesome or decent purpose, even if a clever (wink, wink) plaque is appended to instruct observers that it is not really there to honor, but to remind. Thank you, but we have enough reminders in the news every day.