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As we now know, one of the more stark revelations emerging from the recently enacted "redistricting process" is that just because the local school district has gerrymandered its voting subdistricts along ethnic lines does not mean that anyone from amongst those sheltered zones is more likely to vote.
If anything, voter turnout within most subdistricts has remained dismal at best. And while the stated purpose may have been to elect more Hispanic BOE members, so far the only such board candidate to actually get elected under this regimen is from the whitest subdistrict within the Pasadena Unified School District, Sierra Madre.
Let me ask you this. If you were an undocumented alien living in the PUSD region, would you really want to risk registering to vote in something as comparatively unimportant as a Board of Education election? Would this seem like a good trade-off to you in the Donald J. Trump era? A time when a president-elect and his racially hostile stooges rant incessantly about deporting millions of, you got it, undocumented aliens? Would you really want to take that chance?
Actual citizens of the United States do not bother to vote in Pasadena Unified School District Board of Education elections. How can those who would risk deportation and separation from their families by registering to vote in these elections be expected to take such a risk?
Unless this is some sort of an ICE funded voter honey trap, I cannot see why anyone would be advocating for such a thing. Do these people actually believe this would improve voter turnout, or elect new blood to the Board of Education? Are these folks so completely clueless that they would actually put the parents of so many of their students at risk?
The Star News article is titled "Pasadena group pushing to give voting rights to non-citizen PUSD parents" and can be accessed here (link). Here is a portion of it.
News Outlets Rethink Usage of the Term Alt-Right (New York Times link): When The Washington Post published a profile last week of Richard B. Spencer, a prominent leader of the so-called alt-right, readers were quick to respond. By Monday, the article had drawn more than 2,600 comments.
Many of them had a similar message. “Please, please stop referring to a white Christian supremacist movement as the ‘alt-right’ — a phrase that sounds like a subgenre of rock music,” one reader wrote.
Another was more pointed: “STOP CALLING THEM ‘ALT-RIGHT.’ THEY ARE RACISTS, WHITE SUPREMICISTS, NAZIS.”
With the election of Donald J. Trump — and his subsequent appointment of Stephen K. Bannon, a former chairman of the right-wing website Breitbart News, as his chief White House strategist — the term alt-right has emerged as a linguistic flash point.
Generally deployed by news organizations to describe a far-right, white nationalist movement known for its aggressive online expression, the term has attracted widespread criticism among those, particularly on the left, who say it euphemizes and legitimizes the ideologies of racism, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia and white supremacy.
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