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The ISD Editorial Board criticizes Trump for holding his presidential nomination on Ax Handle Saturday. 

First, President Donald Trump planned on having a rally on Juneteenth in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Only after facing massive backlash did he move the rally date.

Now, Trump plans on accepting his Republican presidential nomination on the 60th anniversary of "Ax Handle Saturday" in Jacksonville, Florida.

Ax Handle Saturday was a racially motivated attack that took place in Hemming Park in Jacksonville, Florida, on Aug. 27, 1960. A group of white men attacked a group of young Black men who were engaging in sit-in protests opposing racial segregation. The protesters were beaten with wooden handles that had not yet had metal ax heads attached.

This then led to over 200 white rioters armed with baseball bats and ax handles chasing and beating the Black residents in the city. The police even stood by, only until members of a Black street gang called “The Boomerangs” attempted to protect those being attacked. The police joined in beating the Black protesters with their night sticks.

It is clear what Trump’s intentions are by accepting his nomination on the anniversary of such a sad day in the civil rights movement. With his continued disregard toward the Black community he continues to promote the idea of white supremacy and to oppress people of color across the country. 

Just as Trump’s photo op outside of St. John’s Church, the location and date of him accepting his nomination is an ego boost for him. Accepting his nomination is to show the people of the United States that he is, in his mind, superior. Accepting his nomination is to show he is a powerful president — and he can do what he wants.

And we are letting him. 

Not only is Trump disgracing Ax Handle Saturday, but because he is having the event in person with no mask requirement and no social distancing regulation, he is adding new cases to the recent spikes of COVID-19.

Originally, Trump wanted to have the event in Charlotte, North Carolina. However, after Gov. Roy Cooper refused to allow Trump to lift social distancing rules to increase turnout, it was decided to have the convention in Florida.

Having the event in person with no regulations or guidelines to help prevent COVID-19 spread promotes the idea that Americans no longer need to worry about the virus. And that is far from the truth. 

The U.S. has more cases than any other country and spikes have continued to climb. It is unreasonable and irresponsible to have a convention at this time, considering the number of people who could potentially spread COVID-19 and continue to increase the number of cases.

The anniversary of Ax Handle Saturday should be a day of remembrance and sorrow. Not a day for a politician who has proven to care very little for the Black community to promote his bigoted ideals and increase the spread of the virus.

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Steve Gregg

If Trump disrespected black communities, he would shoot black people, even their children, destroy their grocery and drug stores, smash their shop windows and loot their shops, and burn down their neighborhoods. You know, like Black Lives Matter does.

Steve Gregg

Black Lives Matter (BLM) activist, Seattle, 2017:

"White people, give your f***ing money, your f***ing house, your f***ing property, we need it f***ing all."

“And we need to start killing people. First off, we need to start killing the White House. The White House must die. The White House, your f***ing White House, your f***ing Presidents, they must go! F**k the White House.”

“Pay the f**k up, pay the f**k up. It ain’t just your f***ing time, its your f***ing money, and now your f***ing life is devoted to social change,”

That's the raw voice of Black Lives Matter, the voice that the liberal media refuses to show you. That's what the lefty editors of the Daily support, what the liberals on campus support.

Brian Mcdonough

Forget about racist Trump. The following passages of racist Catt are from this Iowa State page from racist Iowa State Center for racist Catt: "This Government is menaced with great danger, and that danger cannot be averted by the triumph of the part of protection, nor by that of free trade, nor by the triumph of single tax or of free silver. That danger lies in the votes possessed by the males in the SLUMS of the cities, and the ignorant FOREIGN votes." "Every ship load of FOREIGNERS brings them nearer to their object." "There is but one way to avert the danger--cut off the vote of the SLUMS and give to women." "Cut it off at the bottom, the vote of the SLUMS. "Granting the vote to woman and cutting of the vote of the SLUMS, if it could not be otherwise controlled, would result at once in good." There's more racism from Catt. How is that possible? Ponder thrice, if your stomach can tolerate it, another evil Iowa State page from racist Iowa State Center for racist Catt: But there's more. How is that possible? Well, this is racist Iowa State Catt. In "Woman Suffrage by Federal Constitutional Amendment," racist Iowa State Catt wrote at page 77: ""in nine other states the number of white women exceeds the total negro population. Woman suffrage would so vastly increase the white vote that it would GUARANTEE WHITE SUPREMACY if it otherwise stood in danger of overthrow.” Racist Iowa State Catt did not want simply to "strengthen" white supremacy. Racist Iowa State Catt wanted to "guarantee" white supremacy. If you think that Catt's racism could not get any worse, she boldly declares this racist 'call to action' in the same text: "If the South really wants white supremacy, it will urge the enfranchisement of women.” Catt should be cast out of ISU: her racist name removed from everywhere. The Center for this racist should removed from Iowa State and given to Steve King as its new Director. It could be called the "State of IowaSteve King & Carrie Catt Center To Encourage Racist Politics And Culture." Iowa State students: don't be "chumps" about racist Iowa State Catt. You know what Mister Little of Omaha said about "chumps." The only thing worse than being their chump - is being your own chump. Action and change are verbs - not nouns. They have no past tense and no future tense - only the present tense. Only now...

Steve Gregg

You are like some crazy homeless guy shouting at people in the street. Put your rants about Catt in the articles about Catt. Your blanketing of all the articles of the Daily with your crazy screeds marks you as a lunatic.

And learn about paragraphs. They’ve been around for a thousand years and really work well in focusing your thought. You’re just dumping a truckload of words here like manure.

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