A South Carolina man was caught on video unleashing a racist tirade inside a grocery store after an employee refused to sell him alcohol.
According to the Sumter Police Department, 27-year-old John Walter Miles was shopping with his girlfriend shortly after 10 p.m. on April 9 when he became irate because the clerk refused to sell them alcohol.
Miles refused to leave the store and called an employee a racial slur, according to the police report.
He was also caught on camera saying “Black lives don’t matter” and cussing out other people in the store.
It was at this point that Miles’s girlfriend tried to get him to leave the store as he continued his racist tirade.
“Guess what — all lives f*cking matter, Black lives don’t f*cking matter!” he said.
When Miles saw he was being recorded, he looked directly into the camera and doubled down on his statements.
“‘Black Lives Matter’ is the most racist thing we’ve ever f*cking seen!” he shouted.
After reviewing footage of Miles’s public meltdown, the Sumter Police Department arrested him and charged him with aggravated breach of peace and trespassing.
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North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum vetoed a bill Wednesday that would have unfairly discriminated against trans girls that wished to compete in K-12 sports as their identified gender.
Gov. Burgum’s decision comes as similar legislation and additional bills targeting trans youth and adults move through the state legislatures of more than 30 states.
According to the Bismarck Tribune, Gov. Burgum decided to veto the bill because he believes the protocols already established by the North Dakota High School Activities Association (NDHSAA) regulating trans individuals’ participation in sports are effective.
“North Dakota has fairness in girls’ and boys’ sports in large part because of the caring and thoughtful leadership of the [NDHSAA] Board and its members,” Gov. Burgum said. “We have every confidence they will continue to ensure a level playing field for the more than 27,000 students who participate in North Dakota high school sports.”
The NDHSAA currently allows trans boys to compete in male sports leagues if they have undergone testosterone treatments and allows trans girls to compete in female sports leagues after one year of testosterone suppressant treatments. While tying trans youth participation in sports to testosterone levels remains a debated topic, the NDHSAA does provide a path to participation that doesn’t outright exclude trans girls from competing as their identified gender, which the bill Gov. Burgum vetoed would have done.
“To date there has not been a single recorded incident of a transgender girl attempting to play on a North Dakota girls’ team,” Gov. Burgum added.
Tri-State Transgender President Katrina Koesterman lauded Gov. Burgum’s decision, saying his veto “sends a loud message to other lawmakers across the country considering similar legislation: Stop the attacks on transgender youth.”
The bill still has a shot at becoming law in the state though as the North Dakota House and Senate mull whether to override Gov. Burgum’s veto. Based on the initial vote counts on the bill in each legislative body, the state House likely has enough votes to override the veto, but the margin is thinner in the state Senate. Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner told the Bismarck Tribune that the Senate would put an override to a vote if the House does the same.
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One is even a Namibian Citizen and they managed to both get on their girls’ birth certificates as parents while working with a surrogate in Namibia. Learn More about what’s going on and if moved, sign their petition. and perhaps we can help in other ways. The case has become a symbol of Namibia’s LGBTQ+ community’s struggle for equal rights
A Namibian high court denied, on April 19, travel documents to the infant twin daughters of a same-sex couple who were born in South Africa via surrogacy in March, in the latest development of a case that has caused a nationwide debate on LGBTQ+ rights in Namibia. Their petition is available to support.
Phillip Lühl, a Namibian citizen, has been in Durban, South Africa, since the birth of his and his Mexican-born husband Guillermo Delgado’s legal daughters Paula and Maya, but has been unable to bring the babies home to Windhoek where the couple lives.
The Namibian Ministry of Home Affairs has so far denied the newborn twins the documents necessary for them to travel to Namibia, demanding Lühl undergo a DNA test in order to determine parentage.
Lühl then took the Ministry to court, arguing that its request for a DNA test contravenes both Nambinian and international law, but had his petition denied. As the newspaper The Namibian reported on April 19, judge Thomas Masuku ruled that it would be “judicial overreach” to obligate the authorities to issue the travel documents to the two girls.
The twins’ South African birth certificates state both Lühl and Delgado as their parents, but neither of the men has South African citizenship. The two girls “have been rendered de-facto stateless,” as Lühl says on a public document he drafted with the main details of the case.
The couple has another son who was born in South Africa via surrogacy in 2019. While they were able to bring the child to Namibia, his application for citizenship by descent has been pending for the past two years.
Lühl and Delgado’s case has been widely debated on social media and, for many Namibians, it is a symbol of the country’s LGBTQ+ community’s struggle for equal rights.
The couple’s quest to reunite their family unfolded as Namibia prepared to celebrate its independence’s 31st anniversary on March 21, which led many to regard the protection of sexual minorities as one of the failures of the country’s institutions.
An online petition started by Lühl and Delgado demanding the authorities allow them to reunite their family has gathered over 4,800 signatures so far.
On March 25, when Lühl’s application stood the first court hearing in Windhoek, around 100 people staged a solidarity rally.
Several rights groups have come out in support of the couple, including Sister Namibia, who over the course of several days published on its Facebook page stories of other same-sex couples who’ve had similar experiences with the Namibian authorities.
Ndiilokelwa Nthengwe, advocacy and communications officer at Out-Right Namibia, a non-profit that advocates for the rights of sexual and gender minorities, told Global Voices in an email:
As an organization, [the protest] is something that’s been long overdue, as we advocate not only for the right to have a family, but for marriage equality that is inclusive of LGBTQIA+ families.
She added that the case has broader implications for Namibia:
LGTBQIA+ families who are socio-economically vulnerable often do not have adequate resources to challenge the state and its oppressive and discriminatory systems, but socially, families continue to live amongst the broader Namibian population.
Not all voices on social media showed solidarity to Lühl and Delgado. Some pointed to the Namibian law and the fact that neither surrogacy nor same-sex marriage is allowed in the country.
Some voices condemn homosexuality in and of itself, regarding it as a “Western phenomenon,” to be rejected. Others point to religious values.
At this point, the contradiction of the argument becomes apparent. On the one hand, they see homosexuality as an outgrowth of Western influence in Africa while justifying discrimination with reference to Christian values — which were imposed by European colonialists.
Nthengwe comments on this entanglement of the decolonial struggle and homophobic statements:
The fight for liberation has always been highjacked by cisgender heterosexual (black) men, and this fundamentally erased the efforts and advocacy of women and consequentially, that of the LGBTQIA+ contributions (intentionally and unabashedly). This is the colonial legacy and hang-up nobody boldly intends to address fully and honestly”, writes Ndiilokelwa Nthengwe.
It remains to be seen whether the authorities will fulfill the rights of Lühls and his family. In the meantime, the displays of solidarity by Namibians, both on social media and at the protest in Windhoek, are a testament to the aspirations of some parts of the country’s society, whose aspirations might no longer be reflected on its laws.