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Flashback: New Twitter CEO Wondered Why He Should Distinguish Between White People and Racists

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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey announced on Monday that he is stepping down, effective immediately, and will be replaced by the company’s current CTO, Parag Agrawal.

Agrawal has been with the company for over a decade and has served as chief technology officer since 2017.

In a statement, Dorsey said that he’s “decided to leave Twitter because I believe the company is ready to move on from its founders,” without offering further detail, according to CNBC.

Dorsey said in an email he also shared to Twitter that he has had his eye on Agrawal as his replacement “for some time” due to the fact that Agrawal “deeply … understands the company and its needs.”

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Of course, as major news outlets pondered the future of Twitter’s stock in light of the news, conservatives had one burning question about the future of a company that has routinely been accused of glaring left-wing bias to the point of basically trying to influence the 2020 election by censoring a story about Hunter Biden’s laptop.

And I’m sure you, like many, are also wondering … is Agrawal as woke as Dorsey?

The answer, it appears, is yes. Very much so.

It didn’t take long for a very inflammatory tweet from the new Big Tech CEO to resurface which gives us an idea of just how unlikely it may be that the company is going to slam the breaks on the progressive bias anytime soon.

In 2010, Agrawal wondered aloud if he should be required to distinguish between white people and terrorists if no one was willing to distinguish between Muslims and extremists.

Sigh.

This is a statement that seems more fitting for a newly radicalized undergrad screaming outside a Ben Shapiro lecture than coming from a future CEO of one of Silicon Valley’s most formidable companies, particularly when you take into account how different the culture was in 2010.

According to the Washington Examiner, Agrawal explained in a follow-up tweet at the time that he had been quoting actor Asif Mandvi, who had supposedly made the statement as a joke on The Daily Show.

Interestingly, both Agrawal and Mandvi are Indian-born; that is, they moved to the west from a nation where religion and ethnic identity are far more inextricably linked than they are in the United States.

Currently in India, Hindu nationalists have been enacting laws that forbid Indians from converting for the sake of marriage, so as to thwart so-called “love jihad,” in which they claim Islamic extremists seek to convert otherwise unsuspecting Hindus.

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So it’s rather interesting that these two men would direct their consternation over profiling Muslims when their home country experiences plenty of Islamophobia that has nothing whatsoever to do with white people.

The unearthed tweet suggests, joke or not, that racism is somehow an exclusively white problem, and from two Indian immigrants who you would think would most certainly know it certainly isn’t. Some might call that, in fact, very racist.

All the same, joke or no, the old, unearthed tweet didn’t inspire confidence that Twitter had a woke-free future ahead:

Perhaps far more concerning than this very off-color past tweet, however, are Agrawal’s much more recent comments on the First Amendment.

He seems to think our nation’s time-honored protections for free speech are a bit, perhaps, outdated.

In 2020, Agrawal was asked in an interview for Technology Review how Twitter can balance its noble quest to “combat misinformation” with protecting free speech.

“Our role is not to be bound by the First Amendment, but our role is to serve a healthy public conversation and our moves are reflective of things that we believe lead to a healthier public conversation,” Agrawal replied. “The kinds of things that we do about this is, focus less on thinking about free speech, but thinking about how the times have changed.”

“One of the changes today that we see is speech is easy on the internet. Most people can speak. Where our role is particularly emphasized is who can be heard,” he continued.

“And so increasingly our role is moving towards how we recommend content and that sort of, is, is, a struggle that we’re working through in terms of how we make sure these recommendation systems that we’re building, how we direct people’s attention is leading to a healthy public conversation that is most participatory,” he said.

Did you catch it? Agrawal thinks that the way Twitter can balance combating misinformation and protecting free speech is by simply deciding whose free speech is more important.

In other words, all Twitter users are equal, but some are more equal than others, to very loosely paraphrase George Orwell.

So, is Twitter’s new CEO going to be just as woke as Jack Dorsey?

You tell me.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Thanks to Hot Mic, Entire World Hears Biden Curse Fox Reporter Who Nailed Him with Tough Question

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President Joe Biden called Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy a “stupid son of a b****” Monday after the reporter asked him a question about the impact of inflation on the 2022 midterms.

The White House staff was trying to usher reporters out the room when Doocy called out to Biden, “Will you take questions on inflation? Do you think inflation is a political liability in the midterms?”

Biden did not seem to be aware his mic was still on when he responded under his breath with sarcasm, “It’s a great asset.”

“What a stupid son of a b****,” the president added.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the price of consumer goods rose 7 percent in 2021, a 40-year high.

A Fox News poll released on Sunday found that 85 percent are worried about inflation, and 48 percent believe that Biden’s policies are primarily responsible for the spike.

By comparison, during former President Donald Trump’s time in office, inflation hovered at around 2 percent annually.

Inflation of course hits people where they live, and in a sense is an insidious tax on their income.

The nearly $2 trillion American Rescue Plan, passed in March 2021, extended enhanced unemployment benefits until September of last year, and upped the child “tax credit” to as high as $300 per month, per child.

Both of these policies were inflationary because they incentivized people not to go back to work, meaning employers had to raise wages to try to fill positions, leading to higher prices for consumers.

In addition, people had a lot of printed and borrowed government money to spend. More dollars chasing fewer goods and services equals inflation.

The Democratic Party appears to be in trouble heading into the midterms.

A Gallup survey released last week showed a 14-point swing in favor of Republican Party affiliation, giving the GOP its greatest advantage since 1991.

Glenn Youngkin’s victory in the Virginia governor’s race and the GOP flipping the state’s House of Delegates — a state Biden won by 10 percentage points in 2020, mind you — is just one of the places in last November’s off-year elections that signaled a challenging midterms for the Democrats.

Doocy asked a reasonable question. Biden should have answered it instead of offering an expletive in response.

Doocy appeared to take it all in stride, joking to Fox News host Jesse Watters after the incident, “Nobody has fact-checked him yet and said it’s not true.”

A red wave is forming likely to sweep many Democrats out of office in November, and their own inflationary policies will be partly to blame.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

President Joe Biden called Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy a “stupid son of a b****” Monday after the reporter asked him a question about the impact of inflation on the 2022 midterms. The White House staff was trying to usher reporters out the room when Doocy called out to Biden, “Will you take questions on inflation? Do you think inflation is a political liability in the midterms?” Biden did not seem to be aware his mic was still on when he responded under his breath with sarcasm, “It’s a great asset.” “What a stupid son of a b****,” the president added. The President of the United States just called Peter Doocy “a stupid son-of-a-bitch.” pic.twitter.com/rQQo3n1IZ7 — Townhall.com (@townhallcom) January 24, 2022 The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the price of consumer goods rose 7 percent in 2021, a 40-year high. A Fox News poll released on Sunday found that 85 percent are worried about inflation, and 48 percent believe that Biden’s policies are primarily responsible for the spike. By comparison, during former President Donald Trump’s time in office, inflation hovered at around 2 percent annually. Inflation of course hits people where they live, and in a sense is an insidious tax on their income. The nearly $2 trillion American Rescue Plan, passed in March 2021, extended enhanced unemployment benefits until September of last year, and upped the child “tax credit” to as high as $300 per month, per child. Both of these policies were inflationary because they incentivized people not to go back to work, meaning employers had to raise wages to try to fill positions, leading to higher prices for consumers. In addition, people had a lot of printed and borrowed government money to spend. More dollars chasing fewer goods and services equals inflation. The Democratic Party appears to…

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Georgia Pastor Arrested; Cops Say ‘Ministry’ Basement Was Being Used to Imprison Disabled People

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Depending on whom you ask, Curtis Keith Bankston is either a man of God with a long history of helping people, or he is someone who uses his purported religious credentials as a front for abusing the mentally and physically challenged.

Police have arrested Bankston and his wife, Sophia Simm-Bankston, after the discovery of multiple neglected people locked in an unlicensed “group home” in Griffin, Georgia, which is part of the Atlanta metropolitan area.

The 55-year-old Bankston was arrested on Jan. 13 and charged with false imprisonment after police raided the home where he and his wife operated an unlicensed adult care facility.

Simm-Bankston, 56, was arrested on Jan. 20 on the same charges in connection with the 2nd Chance Program, registered in-state in August 2020 as a nonprofit that offers room, boarding and food.

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An investigation into the group home was launched after firefighters and medical personnel responded to a patient having a seizure at the home on Valley Road on Jan. 13, WAGA-TV reported.

When they got to the location, first responders found the entrance to the basement was dead-bolted, and they had to climb through a window to reach the patient.

In the basement, they found as many as eight mentally or physically disabled people had been locked inside by the husband and wife, according to the outlet.

While the facility was registered in-state, it had been operating unlicensed under the auspices of an alleged church called the One Step of Faith 2nd Chance, where Bankston claims to be a pastor. Simm-Bankston was listed as the organization’s secretary.

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A search of the location led officials to conclude the husband and wife were in control of the disabled people’s finances, benefits and medications — with investigators claiming the couple in some cases would deny the individuals their medication and medical care.

“It is both frightening and disgusting to see the degree to which these individuals have been taken advantage of by people who were in a position of trust,” the Griffin Police Department told WAGA-TV in a statement.

For his part, Bankston denied any wrongdoing through his attorney, Dexter Wimbish.

“At no time was anybody held against their will. There was no kidnapping,” Wimbish said, as reported by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “There is no fraud here. This is simply a Christian man who was following his calling to help those who are in need. We cannot sit by and allow ministry to be attacked.”

Wimbish characterized the situation as a “zoning issue that has become criminalized,” claiming residents were fed three times each day and adding he had checks to prove many of them had conservators controlling their finances that paid money directly to Bankston’s church for room and board.

“That is poor judgment, it is unfortunate, it is likely a violation of a local ordinance,” Wimbish said of the locked entrance that blocked first responders’ initial attempt to enter the facility. “But it is not kidnapping, and it’s not false imprisonment. And that’s what the narrative is.”

At least one person backed up what Wimbish said about his client.

Curtis Carter, pastor of 1st True Faith Deliverance Church in Decatur, said he’s known Bankston for more than three decades and vouched for him.

“For me to hear the allegations against him, it disturbed my spirit because he’s worked with my church, he’s worked in my community and his character is beautiful,” Carter told the Journal-Constitution. “He’s not a so-called pastor or so-called preacher. He is a man of God.”

The Georgia Department of Human Services has placed all affected resident of the group home into suitable care and housing.

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Depending on whom you ask, Curtis Keith Bankston is either a man of God with a long history of helping people, or he is someone who uses his purported religious credentials as a front for abusing the mentally and physically challenged. Police have arrested Bankston and his wife, Sophia Simm-Bankston, after the discovery of multiple neglected people locked in an unlicensed “group home” in Griffin, Georgia, which is part of the Atlanta metropolitan area. The 55-year-old Bankston was arrested on Jan. 13 and charged with false imprisonment after police raided the home where he and his wife operated an unlicensed adult care facility. Simm-Bankston, 56, was arrested on Jan. 20 on the same charges in connection with the 2nd Chance Program, registered in-state in August 2020 as a nonprofit that offers room, boarding and food. An investigation into the group home was launched after firefighters and medical personnel responded to a patient having a seizure at the home on Valley Road on Jan. 13, WAGA-TV reported. When they got to the location, first responders found the entrance to the basement was dead-bolted, and they had to climb through a window to reach the patient. In the basement, they found as many as eight mentally or physically disabled people had been locked inside by the husband and wife, according to the outlet. Pastor Curtis Keith Bankston, 55, and his wife Sophia Simm-Bankston, 56, of Griffin, were arrested for false imprisonment after authorities found 8 people suffering from a mental or physical disability between the ages of 25 & 65 inside the basement home https://t.co/TrJ9mCDXNd — atasteofcreole (@atasteofcreole) January 23, 2022 While the facility was registered in-state, it had been operating unlicensed under the auspices of an alleged church called the One Step of Faith 2nd Chance, where Bankston claims to be…

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