U.S. official: China most interested in gumming up the 2020 election

It was only a matter of time before the White House tried to create another narrative about election interference.

Reuters has the details.

China has taken the most active role among countries seeking to interfere in the US election and has the biggest program to influence domestic politics, the US national security adviser, Robert O’Brien, said on Friday, without providing any details.

“We know the Chinese have taken the most active role,” O’Brien told reporters at a briefing.

He said China had “the most massive program to influence the United States politically” followed by Iran and then Russia.

So, who’s propag…uh, narrative should we believe? The Democrats telling us that Russia is working to assist Donald Trump’s re-election effort, or the Republicans telling us China is working to undermine him?

The real evil of pretending to be black

When Rachel Dolezal was outed in 2015 for being a white woman pretending for years that she was black, my first reaction was ‘she meant to do it.’

One does not pretend to be black just for the hell of it.

Now, along comes Jessica Krug, another apparently white woman who for years has passed herself off as black.

Krug outed herself a few days ago, explaining that her years of lies perhaps can be linked to “unaddressed mental health demons” she’s fought over her lifetime.

My first reaction when I read her story: ‘Her fraud was deliberate.’

One does not pretend to be black just for the hell of it.

The Guardian reminds us these two women are not alone in lying.

Last year a British theatre director called Anthony Ekundayo Lennon, whose parents and grandparents were white, was accused of “passing” as black and collecting grants and funds meant for people of colour.

Was it not enough for these people to understand the brutality of slavery and the systematic racism that has outlived it? Was it not enough for these people to know that efforts to eradicate racism, one step at a time, must be built on integrity? Was it not enough for these people to know in damaging themselves they also were damaging others?

There’s nothing wrong with being black.

There’s something very, very wrong with pretending to be black and supporting blacks when you benefit from your deceit.

The evidence we have today suggests the people who faked their blackness gained from their lies. They advanced their careers at the expense of men and women who ARE black. They took honors, positions, financial awards and more from men and women who ARE black. They were respected by men and women who ARE black.

The real evil here is not lying about being black. It’s profiting from it.

Their careers might be toast, but their evil is not.

11 students booted for remainder of term from Northeastern U for partying

Please correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe this is the first instance of a university suspending students this year for ignoring coronavirus rules.

The Boston Globe reports 11 Northeastern University students have been booted from campus. And they won’t get their money back.

The students were caught at the Westin Hotel, which is being used as a temporary dormitory this semester, on Wednesday night without masks and not social distancing, according to university spokeswoman Renata Nyul.

The dismissed students will not be allowed to take courses from home this semester but will be permitted to return in the spring, Nyul said. They were part of a special one-semester program for freshmen that was prepaid and cost $36,500. That money will not be refunded.