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A Department of Homeland Security official appointed by Trump was forced to resign this week, when comments were uncovered about what he truly thinks about African Americans: «it’s an indictment of America’s black community that has turned America’s major cities into slums because of laziness, drug use and sexual promiscuity.» We’re actually surprised that Trump didn’t give him a medal, or something.
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Testimony about sexual harassment (and worse) was heard this week, which might have merely led to mandatory sexual harassment training for everyone, but two Democratic women pointed out that this isn’t nearly a good enough solution.
Representative Jackie Speier and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand unveiled the Member and Employee Training and Oversight On Congress Act (or the «ME TOO Congress Act») this week. This bill would radically change how sexual harassment charges are dealt with on Capitol Hill.
The current system is shockingly inadequate. Victims are required to attend mandatory counseling (although the accused person is not), they are forced to sign non disclosure agreements so their charges will never become public, and even if they are awarded settlements, the money over $15 million total for the past decade or so comes from American taxpayers.
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