Charles M. Blow is on target as usual.
Olympic silver medalist Feyisa Lilesa cannot safely return to Ethiopia because of his brave protest against his government's brutal oppression of the Oromo people. I have an Oromo friend who has been sending me firsthand reports of the government violence. It is sickening. If Lilesa wants to come to America, we should welcome him.
Our friend Ernest Hopkins comments:
Wow, as if his disingenuous speech to the 'African American' community wasn't enough, now we see his staff, priming the pump for the racists. It's pretty bad.
Gee, how can you resist a pitch like this: Your schools are crap, you live in squalor, you have no jobs and your kids are in prison! Let's be honest: this is not really aimed at black folks. No one with more dignity than Stepin Fetchit would buy that. Since he is so ignorant, someone should sit him down and tell him about Black Wall Street. About generations of struggle. About everyone from Nat Turner to Clementa Pinckney. About Madam C.J. Walker, Charles Drew, George Washington Carver, and Katherine Johnson. About the self-educated ex slave who became the most powerful speaker in our history. About the courage and discipline that sustained a bus boycott 60 years ago for more than a year despite threats and bombings. Tell him what Barack Obama has had to overcome to function as president. Tell him about Oak Bluffs. If he didn't treat African Americans like exotica, if he actually met with and listened to them, he might have picked up some of this stuff.
Nico Hines and the Daily Beast put gay Olympians from oppressive countries at risk, and took a full day before taking the exploitive article down. I agree with Cyd Ziegler and Amina Fonua.
My column this week looks at the odd alliance between the religious right and the utterly heathenish Trump.
Our friend Pepe Julian Onziema, one of those arrested, has tweeted:
Do not be fooled. The arrests last night at #prideuganda2016 event were not based on security scare, but pure homophobia and transphobia.— TheNilote (@Opimva) August 5, 2016
Our friend, British human rights activist Peter Tatchell, talks about the personal price he has paid for his decades of activism.
One more reminder that we are not done. This is just a temporary hold, not a ruling on the merits. But we have so much work left to do.