Watercooler 5/24/16 Open Thread: Racistnativeclimategendering

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The Racist Trees of our National Parks

Mickey Fearn, the National Park Service Deputy Director for Communications and Community Assistance, made headlines when he claimed that black people don’t visit national parks because they associate them with slaves being lynched by their masters.

New poll finds 9 in 10 Native Americans aren’t offended by Redskins name

Nine in 10 Native Americans say they are not offended by the Washington Redskins name, according to a new Washington Post poll that shows how few ordinary Indians have been persuaded by a national movement to change the football team’s moniker

Portland Public Schools Ban Educational Materials Denying Climate Change

In an effort to draw attention to the far-reaching and urgent threat of climate change, one school board is taking the fight to its libraries.On Tuesday, the board for Portland Public Schools unanimously approved a resolution to eliminate textbooks and other materials that cast doubt on the existence of climate change and mankind’s hand in its progression, the Portland Tribune reports.

One outta three ain’t bad, a? I’ll take a win any way I can get it.

PS I just COULDN’T leave this one out:

New York businesses face hefty penalties for ‘misgendering’ customers

The Gotham mayor’s Commission on Human Rights says entities that fail to address customers by their preferred gender pronouns and titles are in violation of the law and could be subject to penalties of up to $250,000.

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