A beauty pageant contestant who was crowned Miss Michigan has had her title revoked over "offensive" tweets she previously posted regarding hijabs and the black community.On Friday 19 July, Kathy Zhu tweeted that the Miss World America (MWA) organisation had been in contact with her to inform her of their decision to strip her of her title."It has been brought to the attention of Miss World America (MWA) that your social media accounts contain offensive, insensitive and inappropriate content," the email read in a screenshot posted on the 20-year-old's Twitter account.The organisation stated the removal of Zhu's title would be enforced "effective immediately", adding that the Republican supporter must remove any reference to herself being a MWA participant on all social media platforms.Zhu tweeted that the reason for the removal of her title was due to tweets she had shared in the past concerning her "refusal to try on a hijab" and "black on black gun violence".> View this post on Instagram> > Vote RED!! MAGA midterms2018> > A post shared by Kathy Zhu (@katzhux) on Nov 3, 2018 at 7:55pm PDTThe tweets in question have reportedly since been deleted.According to screenshots of the now-deleted tweets obtained by the Orlando Sentinel, Zhu had encountered and taken umbrage at a "'try a hijab on' booth" at her university campus."So you're telling me that it's now just a fashion accessory and not a religious thing? Or are you just trying to get women used to being oppressed under Islam?" one of the tweets read.In the second tweet posted by Zhu, the University of Michigan student wrote: "Did you know that the majority of black deaths are caused by other blacks? Fix problems within your own community first before blaming others."Following the removal of her Miss Michigan title, Zhu shared a video on her Twitter and Instagram accounts in which she thanked her followers for supporting her."This is so much bigger than pageantry. This is about an organisation discriminating against people with different opinions," the Donald Trump supporter said.The Independent has contacted Kathy Zhu and Miss World America for comment.
THOMASVILLE, Ga. (WCTV) -- A packed community forum hosted by Thomasville Police led to passionate discussion on gun violence, Thursday night. For nearly three hours, police, homeowners, parents, and even victims shared issues and solutions to recent crime. One Thomasville mother begged the community to help stop the violence, after her son was shot in last week's shooting. "If I wouldn't have been home, my son wouldn't just be in the hospital. He would be dead," said Nikita Wade. She says she found her son brutally shot outside her home on Crystal Street. "I was standing in the middle of my kitchen like, where is my baby? Next, I hear boom, boom," said Wade. Her son is still fighting for his
Philadelphia is going to be dangerously hot this weekend, with temperatures expected to hover around 100 degrees but feel even worse. One possible silver lining: safer streets. Recent research shows there's a strong correlation between weather and gun violence. Cold days tend to mean less gun violence. Hot days tend to bring more, to a point. In Philadelphia, the gap between those poles was significant between 2015-2018, according to crime data crunched by AH Datalytics, a New Orleans-based data analysis company. Days below 50 degrees averaged 2.6 shootings, while days that hit at least 85 degrees averaged 4.4 shootings, the research showed. The caveat, said founder Jeff Asher, is when the
In one survey of 1,200 African Americans and Latinos, 80 percent of African Americans and 54 percent of Latinos agreed that gun violence was an “extremely serious problem,” even more so than police misconduct or mass incarceration. Finally, while urban violence disproportionately affects poor racial minorities, the general public also pays for violence via higher taxes, increased insurance premiums, diminished economic activity, and lower property values. Massachusetts may have the lowest gun death rate in the nation, but Boston still saw a rash of 17 shootings in five days over the Fourth of July weekend. Unlike other forms of gun violence, there is plenty of research and data on urban crime.
Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar is one of nearly two dozen Democrats running for president. She says one of the way she's trying to distinguish herself from the crowded field is through humor.
Senator Amy Klobuchar, 2020 Democratic candidate for president, talks with Rachel Maddow about the danger of Donald Trump's use of hate and division to rally his base and distract from the shortcomings of his policies and governing.July 19, 2019