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White supremacists in Michigan convicted of training for US ‘race war’

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  • Three members of a national white supremacist group called The Base have pleaded guilty in Michigan to conspiring to train for a civil disorder.
  • The Base, which is the English translation of “Al-Qaeda,” claims to be training for a race war that would establish white rule across the U.S.
  • Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said the convictions send a message that the state “will not hesitate to prosecute those who commit crimes in the name of overthrowing our government or perpetuating racist ideologies.”
  • Multiple alleged members of the neo-Nazi group were arrested in January 2020, the same month right-wing extremists stormed the U.S. Capitol.

Three members of a national white supremacist group called The Base have pleaded guilty in Michigan to conspiring to train for a civil disorder, marking the first convictions of the felony in the state’s history.

Founded in 2018, The Base, which is the English translation of “Al-Qaeda,” is a loose, neo-Nazi organization that openly advocates for violence against the U.S. and claims to be training for a “race war” to establish white rule across the country, including Michigan’s predominantly white Upper Peninsula.

Judge tells 72-year-old man stricken with cancer he ‘should be ashamed of himself’ for his un-mowed lawn

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  • Burhan Chowdhury, a 72-year-old man who was diagnosed with cancer in his lymph nodes in 2019, received a citation for overgrown grass in August.
  • Michigan Judge Alexis Krot told Chowdhury on Monday that he “should be ashamed of himself” for not keeping up with the landscaping around his house.
  • Chowdhury’s son, 33-year-old Shibbir Chowdhury, explained to Krot that his father is sick and they had already cleaned the area around their house after receiving the citation.
  • Krot told Chowdhury, "If I could give you jail time on this I would."

Michigan Judge Alexis Krot is under fire for her overreaction to 72-year-old Burhan Chowdhury’s overgrown lawn.

During a Zoom hearing on Monday, Krot told Chowdhury, who is very ill with cancer, that he “should be ashamed of himself” for not keeping up with the landscaping around his house, according to the Washington Post.

Chinese UMich professor causes student uproar after showing movie featuring blackface actor

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World-renowned University of Michigan (UM) music professor Bright Sheng faced backlash from students after he showed his fall seminar class a movie with blackface in it.

Controversy: Sheng showed the 1965 movie “Othello” to his undergraduate music composition seminar class on Sept. 10, where actor Laurence Olivier plays the character of the titular Moorish King while in blackface.

Muslim mayor, all-Muslim city council elected in Michigan in national first

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A city in Michigan made history last week after it elected the U.S.’ first-ever all-Muslim city council led by a Muslim mayor.

Who they are: Adam Albarmaki, Amanda Jaczkowski and Khalil Refai won Hamtramck’s City Council election on Nov. 2. They will join current council members Nayeem Choudhury, Mohammed Hassan and Mohammed Alsomiri. All six individuals identify as Muslims. Amer Ghalib, who was elected mayor, is also Muslim.

‘Squid Game’-inspired Halloween light and laser show dazzles the internet

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“Red Light, Green Light”: In Garden City, Mich., a family created an elaborate “Squid Game”-inspired light show, reported Fox 2.

In the video, the K-drama’s title can be seen illuminated in white and pink lights in front of the Michigan house. The audio from the Netflix show’s “Red Light, Green Light” game can be heard playing along with the colorful laser light display.@bostickfamilylightshowSquid Game Red Light Green Light #bostickfamilylightshow #squidgame #redlightgreenlight #fyp #foryou #fypシ #foryoupage #halloween #fy #creepy

TikTok baffled at Michigan man’s unintentional ‘racist’ comment while defending Asian man from verbal harasser

A viral TikTok video shows an unidentified man defending an Asian man from a racist in Michigan, but social media users pointed out the former became unintentionally racist as well.

What happened: TikTok user @anasiniesta_08 shared a video of a man wearing a dark navy “#FightLikeAFlynn” shirt and an Asian man in a verbal altercation at a Burlington Coat Factory in Michigan over the weekend, Daily Dot reported.

Activist, Civil Rights Icon Grace Lee Boggs’ Historic Detroit Home to Become a Museum

The home of late activist couple James and Grace Lee Boggs on Detroit’s East Side is slated to become a community museum, the James and Grace Lee Boggs Foundation announced last week.

What to know: The museum is expected to open in 2023 or 2024. It will focus on the Boggs’ activism for civil rights, labor, ecology and justice movements, as well as their “influence on younger generations of activists, artists, educators, policymakers and humanitarians,” according to Detriot Metro Times.

Pastor Suggests Genital Mutilation on Asian Women Who Are ‘Bitter’ Towards White Men

A pastor in Macomb Township, Michigan is in hot water after sending a scathing email to Sarah Jeong, a journalist who made headlines in 2018 for being “racist” toward White people.

In the email sent through his church’s domain, Rev. David Muns toyed with the idea of rounding up “all the little bitter Asian women,” placing them in a lottery and cutting their clitoris “like the Muslims do.”