The Feed | July 7, 2020

 
Kanye West is taking some heat for accepting a federal loan meant to help keep businesses in operation during the pandemic.  According to documents, Kanye’s Yeezy LLC took a government Paycheck Protection Program loan between $2 and $5 million, and says that money helped keep 160 workers paid.  That’s great, except the brand made $1.5 billion last year, so according to critics, it seems like they could’ve done that without taking a loan from another business that might need it.  Also the fact that he and his wife Kim both claim billionaire status doesn’t make for a good look here. (These “loans” don’t have to be paid back if used in the appropriate way.)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Justin Timberlake, a proud southerner, came out in favor of removing statues in the US that celebrate confederate figures.  “There are roughly 1,848 confederate statues of in the US. More than half are in The South, and it’s not acceptable. No one should be protecting the legacies of confederate leaders and slave owners.  If we plan to move forward, these monuments must come down,” Justin said, posting a video from the American Civil Liberties Union.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

...a state that happens to be the home of many many confederate monuments. I’ve been listening closely to the ongoing debates about what to do with these statues — and I really want to take a minute to talk about this. ⠀ ⠀ When we protest racism in America, people think we are protesting America itself. Why is that the reaction? Because America was built by men who believed in and benefitted from racism. Plain and simple. ⠀ ⠀ This is when you hear “But that’s all in the past”. So let’s be clear... those men who proudly owned and abused Black people are STILL celebrated all over the country. ⠀ ⠀ There are roughly 1,848 confederate statues of in the US. More than half are in The South, and it’s not acceptable. No one should be protecting the legacies of confederate leaders and slave owners. ⠀ If we plan to move forward, these monuments must come down. But let’s remember: Removing these statues does not erase our country’s vile history of oppression — removing them is a symbol of respect for Black people in America and it’s a step towards progress and actual equality for all. ⠀ ⠀ This video is by @aclu_nationwide, which has been fighting hard to remove these statues across the country. Their Legal Director #JeffreyRobinson has been speaking on this issue for years (you can find more in the link in my bio). Please follow them and learn more about the history of the monuments in your own states and counties.

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