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A GOP House candidate in Va. is selling anti-China face masks. Asian Americans say they incite racism. - StamfordAdvocate
Posted on Thursday August 06, 2020

It was a selfie by Virginia Del. Mark Cole that first caught Sookyung Oh's eye. Cole, R-Fredericksburg, tweeted an image showing off a bright red face mask he said he'd purchased from the congressional campaign of Del. Nick Freitas, R-Culpeper. "COVID-19, 'MADE IN CHINA," it read. Oh, who is Virginia director of the National Korean American Service & Education Consortium Action Fund, said that she and other Asian American community leaders were "shocked" to find the masks for sale as campaign merchandise. "He's literally financing his campaign with a tactic that has been shown to exacerbate anti-Asian racism," Oh said of Freitas, a libertarian-leaning Republican who is running against first-term Democratic Rep. Abigail Spanberger in central Virginia's largely rural 7th district. In an open letter issued this week, the NAKASEC Action Fund called on Freitas's campaign to stop selling the "Made in China" face masks, saying the merchandise is another example of anti-China political rhetoric that has put Asian Americans at risk of discrimination during the coronavirus pandemic. Some of the rhetoric has come from President Donald Trump, who routinely refers to the deadly virus as the "China virus" and has also outraged his critics by calling it the "Kung flu." A number of Asian American community organizers and two Asian American lawmakers from Virginia, Dels. Sam Rasoul, D-Roanoke, and Kathy Tran, D-Springfield, signed onto the statement. "Blaming China for the COVID-19 crisis in the United States has led to a sharp increase of racially motivated attacks and discrimination against people of Chinese descent and others perceived to be of Chinese descent," the statement said, citing incidents in which Asian Americans have been spit on, cursed at or assaulted. "Nick...

Ex-upstate NY mayor killed as guacamole machine explodes | Daily Mail Online
Posted on Thursday August 06, 2020

Dr Joseph Kapp, 67, a businessman and former mayor of Rensselaer, New York, was killed early Wednesday morning when a food processor being tested for making guacamole blew up.

James O’Keefe sues FBI because he can’t buy a gun - New York Daily News
Posted on Thursday August 06, 2020

It’s no prank – right-wing trickster James O’Keefe can’t buy a gun.

Nolte: White Professor Busted Posing Online as Bisexual American Indian with Corona
Posted on Thursday August 06, 2020

BethAnn McLaughlin is a middle-aged, white, woman who spent years on Twitter posing as a bi-sexual, American Indian woman.

New York AG Letitia James sues to dissolve the NRA | Daily Mail Online
Posted on Thursday August 06, 2020

New York's famously anti-Trump Attorney General Letitia James announced on Thursday that she is suing the NRA, claiming its leadership used the organization as a 'personal piggy bank'.

The party's over! Los Angeles to shut off water and power to any homes hosting big gatherings | Daily Mail Online
Posted on Thursday August 06, 2020

Starting Friday night, if the police department can verify that a party is taking place and there is evidence of repeated infringement, then the city will cut off power and water services.

Will The Owl House Have Disney's First LGBTQ+ Protagonist? | The Mary Sue
Posted on Thursday August 06, 2020

Fans of Disney's The Owl House have picked up on hints that its main character, Luz, might be queer, and honestly, it's about time.

Zoe Saldana apologises for playing Nina Simone: 'She deserved better' - BBC News
Posted on Thursday August 06, 2020

The actress says she "should never have played Nina" in the heavily criticised 2016 biopic.

LeBron James says NBA won't be 'sad' about losing Trump as a viewer | Fox News
Posted on Thursday August 06, 2020

Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James on Wednesday said he doesn't think the NBA will miss President Trump as a viewer after the president recently declared his lack of interest in the league because of players kneeling for the national anthem.

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