Wednesday Open Thread | 10 African Americans named Rhodes scholars, most ever

10 African Americans named Rhodes scholars, most ever

By Gene Johnson | AP November 19

FILE – In this Monday, Aug. 14, 2017, file photo, Cadet Simone Askew, of Fairfax, Va., who has been selected first captain of the U.S. Military Academy Corps of Cadets for the upcoming academic year, answers questions during a news conference, in West Point, NY. Askew earned another prestigious honor Sunday, Nov. 19, when she was one of 32 Americans awarded Rhodes scholarships to study at Oxford University in England. (Richard Drew, File/Associated Press)

The latest group of U.S. Rhodes scholars includes 10 African Americans — the most ever in a single Rhodes class — as well as a transgender man and four students from colleges that had never had received the honor before.

The Rhodes Trust on Sunday announced the 32 men and women chosen for post-graduate studies at Oxford University in England. Among them: the first black woman to lead the Corps of Cadets at West Point; a wrestler at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who’s helping develop a prosthetic knee for use in the developing world; and a Portland, Oregon, man who has studied gaps in his hometown’s “sanctuary city” policy protecting immigrants in the country illegally from deportation.

The 10 African Americans in the class include Simone Askew, of Fairfax, Virginia, who made headlines in August when she became the first black woman to serve as first captain of the 4,400-member Corps of Cadets at the U.S. Military Academy — the highest position in the cadet chain of command at West Point. Askew, a senior, is majoring in international history, focused her undergraduate thesis on the use of rape as a tool of genocide and plans to study evidence-based social intervention at Oxford.


Harvard College senior Tania N. Fabo, of Saugus, Massachusetts, created and codirected the first Black Health Matters Conference at the university. An immigrant who was born in Germany to Cameroonian parents, she plans to research oncology at Oxford.


Samantha M. Mack, the first winner from the University of Alaska Anchorage, is an Aleut woman who was born in a remote village before her parents brought her to Anchorage for better educational opportunities. She studies political theory from an indigenous and feminist perspective.

Thamara V. Jean, of Brooklyn, New York, completed her senior thesis at Hunter College of the City University of New York on the Black Lives Matter movement. Jean is a child of Haitian immigrants, according to Debbie Raskin, a spokeswoman for Hunter College.

And JaVaughn T. “J.T.” Flowers, who graduated this year from Yale University with a degree in political science, helped start an organization at Yale that provides mentors, tutors and summer stipends to make sure low-income students receive the same academic opportunities as others.

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51 Responses to Wednesday Open Thread | 10 African Americans named Rhodes scholars, most ever

  1. rikyrah says:

    Ezra Klein‏Verified account
    31m31 minutes ago
    “The bill also includes tax cuts so large that they would trigger across-the-board spending cuts — including billions for Medicare. The last time Medicare was hit with cuts like this, patients lost access to critical services like chemotherapy treatment.”

  2. rikyrah says:

    Over half of public comments to FCC on net neutrality appear fake: study
    NOVEMBER 29, 2017 / 10:03 AM

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – More than half of the 21.7 million public comments submitted to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission about net neutrality this year used temporary or duplicate email addresses and appeared to include false or misleading information, the Pew Research Center said on Wednesday.

    FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, a Republican appointed by President Donald Trump, proposed in April to scrap the 2015 landmark net neutrality rules, moving to give broadband service providers sweeping power over what content consumers can access.

    Pai has said the action would remove heavy-handed internet regulations. Critics have said it would let internet service providers give preferential treatment to some sites and apps and allow them to favor their own digital content.

    From April 27 to Aug. 30 the public was able to submit comments to the FCC on the topic electronically. Of those, 57 percent used either duplicate email addresses or temporary email addresses, while many individual names appeared thousands of times in the submissions, Pew said.

  3. rikyrah says:

    Former Massey Energy chief executive officer Don Blankenship (R) plans to run for U.S. Senate seat held by Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), WCHS reports.

    Blankenship served a one-year sentence in prison for “conspiring to willfully violate mine safety standards.”

    Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship to run for U.S. Senate

  4. rikyrah says:

    GOP refuses to learn the lessons of Kansas’ failed tax experiment
    11/29/17 10:46 AM
    By Steve Benen

    Shortly after the 2012 elections, with Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback’s (R) radical economic experiment already underway, then-Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said of his former colleague’s plan, “This is exactly the sort of thing we want to do here, in Washington, but can’t, at least for now.”

    At the time, McConnell’s ambitions were largely irrelevant. Barack Obama was in the White House, a Democratic majority controlled the Senate, and there was simply no way Democrats would consider “the sort of thing” Brownback created in Kansas.

    But five years later, McConnell and his GOP allies have all the power they need to impose a Kansas-style experiment on the nation. Many who saw Kansas’ failures first hand have some advice to Republican policymakers: Stop.

    The Kansas City Star published a piece over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend from Steve Rose, who described himself as a “Bob Dole Republican,” and who lamented the fact that Kansas’ failed tax plan and the current GOP tax plan “are twins.”

    Republicans at the federal level are claiming, just like Brownback did, that there will not be a resulting massive deficit if taxes are slashed. Most independent, non-partisan researchers predict a $1.5 trillion deficit will be the result of the tax cuts that have been proposed.

    Blinded Republicans claim these huge tax cuts for businesses and the wealthy will stimulate the economy enough that overall revenue will grow, not shrink. Revenue growth is supposed to trickle down to the middle-class taxpayers.

    Sound familiar? That is exactly what was sold to Kansans, who saw their state’s budget hemorrhage. Nothing trickled down except cuts in services for the middle class.

  5. rikyrah says:

    President Obama did everything to try and warn us about Trump and to try and warn the press to do their job.

    — meta (@metaquest) November 29, 2017

  6. rikyrah says:

    This is who they are:

    “April Ryan, the White House correspondent for American Urban Radio Networks and a CNN contributor, told the Post she was not invited for the first time in 20 years covering the White House.”— NAACP (@NAACP) November 29, 2017

  7. rikyrah says:

    For the last two months, @EWagmeister and I have been reporting on a story about serious sexual harassment allegations against Lauer. There were multiple victims.— Ramin Setoodeh (@RaminSetoodeh) November 29, 2017

  8. rikyrah says:

    This is the “first complaint about his behaviour in the over 20 years he’s been at NBC News” but “we were also presented with reason to believe this may not have been an isolated incident”. Well if that doesn’t sound like you’re covering your ass… #MattLauer— Elaine L. (@LaineyGossip) November 29, 2017

  9. rikyrah says:


    Now that Matt Lauer’s gone, the Today show should just be four hours of Kathie Lee and Hoda drinking wine— Lisa Ryan (@lisarya) November 29, 2017

  10. rikyrah says:

    Paul Krugman‏Verified account
    1h1 hour ago
    And another. Some people may recall Lauer’s hosting of a 2016 “debate” in which he harassed Clinton nonstop over emails while letting Trump skate on everything. But sexism had nothing to do with media behavior last year, oh no

  11. rikyrah says:

    Trump’s alternate reality includes lingering birther beliefs
    11/29/17 08:00 AM
    By Steve Benen


    President Trump has expressed certainty that the special-counsel probe into his campaign’s possible collusion with Russia will be finished by the end of the year, complete with an exoneration from Robert S. Mueller III, according to several friends who have spoken with him in recent days.

    Trump has dismissed his historically low approval ratings as “fake” and boasted about what he calls the unprecedented achievements of his presidency, even while chatting behind the scenes, saying no president since Harry Truman has accomplished as much at this point.

    Trump also has occasionally questioned whether the “Access Hollywood” video of him crowing about assaulting women was doctored or inauthentic, asking confidants whether they think the sexual braggart on tape sounds like him, according to two people who have heard him make the comments.

    A separate New York Times piece this morning noted that people close to the president concede “he continues to privately harbor a handful of conspiracy theories that have no grounding in fact,” including questions about Barack Obama’s birth certificate, which Trump apparently brought up in a recent meeting with a U.S. senator.

    The article added, “Mr. Trump’s journeys into the realm of manufactured facts have been frequent enough that his own staff has sought to nudge friendly lawmakers to ask questions of Mr. Trump in meetings that will steer him toward safer terrain.”

    In other words, the president’s strained relationship with reality is so problematic, White House aides have to take deliberate steps to accommodate his embrace of wild-eyed nonsense.

  12. rikyrah says:

    Where is the muthaphuckin’ Governor of Puerto Rico? Why is he not in front of the cameras about the island?

    PR braces for economically harmful new tax in Republican bill
    Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz of San Juan, Puerto Rico, talks with Rachel Maddow about Puerto Ricans putting their lives back together despite the botched storm response, and the damage the new Republican tax will do to the Puerto Rican economy.

  13. rikyrah says:

    List of Trump campaign Russia contacts continues to grow
    Rachel Maddow presents an ongoing tally of the Russians who are reported to have had contact with various members of the Donald Trump campaign ahead of the election, a list that is still growing as new interactions come to light.

  14. rikyrah says:

    Facing widespread protest GOP pushes tax bill in party-line vote
    Rachel Maddow reports on protests around the United States against the Republican tax bill and shares video of the Senate committee vote that passed along party lines as protesters were dragged from the room and and arrested.

  15. rikyrah says:

    Dolt45 deleted it, but the internets last forever, muthaphucka.

    So now tha Matt Lauer is gone when will the Fake News practitioners at NBC be terminating the contract of Phil Griffin? And will they terminate low ratings Joe Scarborough based on the “unsolved mystery” that took place in Florida years ago? Investigate!

    Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 29, 2017

  16. rikyrah says:

    Nobody can tell me that this isn’t all deliberate.
    Absolutely, completely deliberate.
    They are trying to kill these American Citizens.

    San Juan mayor: GOP tax bill would be worse for Puerto Rico than hurricanes
    BY OLIVIA BEAVERS – 11/29/17 09:55 AM EST

    San Juan mayor on GOP tax bill: “This would be a much more devastating blow to our economy than Irma and Maria put together.”

    — Maddow Blog (@MaddowBlog) November 29, 2017

    San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz on Tuesday said the tax legislation Republicans are pushing in Congress will have worse consequences for Puerto Rico than the hurricanes that hit the island earlier this year.

    “This would be a much more devastating blow to our economy than Irma and Maria put together,” Cruz said on “The Rachel Maddow Show.”

    Cruz noted that the tax proposal includes a 20 percent excise tax on goods imported from Puerto Rico to the mainland United States. That provision, she said, would destroy the island’s economy.

    “[Our economy] is crippled already, this would obliterate it,” she said.

    The San Juan Mayor accused President Trump’s administration of failing to protect the island state from the possibility of a humanitarian crisis enfolding, while claiming that GOP lawmakers’ have repeatedly pledged they will fix the language in the bill but have failed to do so.

    “The Republican Congress has promised we’re going change the language, we’re going to change the language. But nothing happens. And that hurts the credibility of the Trump administration — if they have any credibility at all at this point — in terms of the Puerto Rican humanitarian crisis,” she continued.

  17. rikyrah says:

    Pedophiles=good Christians


    Alabama GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore said Friday that he is refusing to debate his Democratic opponent Doug Jones because of Jones’s stance on transgender rights.

    In an interview with Sean Hannity on iHeartRadio, Moore said that Jones’s “very liberal” stance on transgender issues was behind the decision to skip a debate.

    “We’ve refused to debate them because of their very liberal stance on transgenderism and transgenderism in the military and in bathrooms. They are desperate,” Moore told Hannity.

  18. rikyrah says:

    You Can’t Wrestle With Stupid
    by Martin Longman November 28, 2017

    Sometimes, you see or hear a person say something so dense that it seems like it could suck all the sentience in the universe into its black hole of stupidity. This is one of those times.

    The irony of an ABC reporter (whose parent company Disney has profited nearly half a billion dollars on the movie “Pocahontas”) inferring that the name is “offensive” is truly staggering to me.

    — Eric Trump (@EricTrump) November 28, 2017

    In Eric Trump’s universe, stupid and evil play the same role as matter and anti-matter in ours. We need to find the portal that allows this kind of nonsense to seep into our world, and we need to destroy that portal. Perhaps it is located in a darkened Trump Tower closet where the only sound is the hum of a repurposed hotel spam server.

    Surely, multitudes will explain all the ways in which Eric Trump’s tweet misses the mark, but I consider that job beneath me. I obviously don’t assume that no one needs to be edified on these points, but there’s a certain minimal level of honest thought I require before I’ll deign to try to communicate with someone or change them in their opinion.

  19. rikyrah says:

    Remember the new Russian sanctions Trump was forced to sign under a veto override threat from Congress?

    Funny story.

    He’s three weeks late starting them and just eliminated the State Department office responsible for coordinating them.

    Trump works directly and only for Russia.

    — Patrick S. Tomlinson (@stealthygeek) November 28, 2017

  20. rikyrah says:

    NEW: Conservative pressure on Sessions grows

    — The Hill (@thehill) November 29, 2017

  21. rikyrah says:

    The Republican Party’s big tax reform package is nothing less than a massive scandal. So where is the outrage?

    — The New Republic (@newrepublic) November 29, 2017

  22. rikyrah says:

    Seeing all these men being called on the carpet puts the 2016 election in a slightly different perspective. Go back and look at the interviews with them and Hillary,..makes you go Hmmmmmm 😒😒

  23. rikyrah says:

    Tee hee hee

    ‘Megyn Kelly Today’ on Track to Deliver NBC’s Worst Sweeps Ratings Since 2000

    While the month isn’t over yet, Kelly is on track to deliver historically low numbers for the critical November sweeps period. In fact, if things stay where they are, Kelly will log the lowest sweeps numbers of any period since NBC’s “Today” franchise first claimed the 9 a.m. hour in 2000. And we’re not just talking about the advertiser-coveted 25-54 demographic or total viewers — we’re talking about both the key demo and overall audience members. The dismal ratings appraisal even holds up when looking at adults 18-49.

  24. rikyrah says:

    Uh huh
    Uh huh

    Ann Curry & Katie Couric told us about Matt Lauer directly & obliquely for years so NBC cannot pretend this is new info.— Mikki Kendall (@Karnythia) November 29, 2017

  25. rikyrah says:

    I think someone had Bill O’Reilly – $32 million dollar proof against Lauer, because of the swiftness that he was shown the door.

  26. rikyrah says:

    NBC News said Wednesday that it has fired Matt Lauer over “inappropriate sexual behavior,” making the “Today” show star the latest high-profile man to become embroiled in workplace harassment allegations.

    In a staff memo, NBC News Chairman Andrew Lack said the network received “a detailed” complaint about Lauer Monday night. “It represented, after serious review, a clear violation of our company’s standards. As a result, we’ve decided to terminate his employment.”

    Lack added: “While it is the first complaint about his behavior in the over twenty years he’s been at NBC News, we were also presented with reason to believe this may not have been an isolated incident.”

    Lauer, 59, joined “Today” in 1994 as its news anchor. He became co-host of the morning program with Katie Couric in 1997 after Bryant Gumbel stepped down.

    His current co-host, Savannah Guthrie, read Lack’s statement on the air on Wednesday’s program.

  27. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    “A national survey found that there are 1.4 Mexicans of African descent.”

    In the following video Anahi and other Black Mexicans “love the fact that Afro-Mexicans are being acknowledge” through surveys like this and her children will “know who they are since the beginning. They know that there is a culture that is Afro-Mexican so they won’t feel different.”

    “Mexican Nationality: Afro-Mexicans in Los Angeles -BlackMexicans”

  28. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone 😄😄😄

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