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Racist Vitriol Aimed at Black Players in European Soccer Championship Game

The English Football Association issued a statement and said: “We will do all we can to support the players affected while urging the toughest punishments possible for anyone responsible.  We will continue to do everything we can to stamp discrimination out of the game, but we implore government to act quickly and bring in the appropriate legislation, so this abuse has real life consequences.”

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Header from a Louisburg player in the first game of the 2015 NJCAA D1 National Championship - Photo by Kenny Webster via Unsplash

Bukayo Sako, 19, Marcus Rashford,23, and Jadon Sancho,21, three Black players for England’s national soccer team all missed penalty kicks in the Euro championship game on July 11th against Italy at London England’s Wembley Stadium, and were subjected to racist attacks online.

Twitter removed 1,000 posts and “permanently suspended a number of accounts.”  Facebook added that it deleted “vile comments” from Instagram which it owns.

England was defeated 3-2 by Italy.

The English Football Association issued a statement and said: “We will do all we can to support the players affected while urging the toughest punishments possible for anyone responsible.  We will continue to do everything we can to stamp discrimination out of the game, but we implore government to act quickly and bring in the appropriate legislation, so this abuse has real life consequences.”

Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted “This England team deserve to be lauded as heroes, not racially abused on social media.  Those responsible for this appalling abuse should be ashamed of themselves.”

Johnson and others had been asked to condemn fans who booed players for taking a knee before kick-off.

The English team tweeted: “We’re disgusted that some of our squad—who have given everything for the shirt this summer—have been subjected to discriminatory abuse online . . ..  We stand with our players.”

Prince William, president of England’s Football (soccer) Association tweeted he was “sickened by the racist abuse. . .  It must stop now and all those involved should be held accountable.”

Rashford has spoken out in the past about the racist abuse he has received from soccer fans and tweeted in response to the racist abuse, the defacing of a mural of him in his hometown of Manchester, England, and the positive responses he received on July 12th : “I’ve grown into a sport where I expect to read things written about myself.  I can take critique of my performance all day long, my penalty was not good enough, it should have gone in but I will never apologise for who I am and where I came from.”

Earlier this year Rashford said the racist abuse he receives from soccer fans is “humanity and social media at its worst.”

Musa Okwonga, an English soccer writer tweeted from the game as soon as the abuse started:  “Hate is a strong word.  But the racists relying on Black English footballers to bring them glory as if they were their servants, then turning on them as soon as they fell short of their dreams, have my deepest contempt.”

London’s Metropolitan Police is investigating the attacks on Instagram and Twitter.

NPR, CNN and The Wall Street Journal were sources for this story.

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De La Fuente Runs for Mayor

De La Fuente said he “will not tolerate homeless encampments where violence and drug abuse are rampant.” These encroachers are disrespecting our neighborhoods, our schools, our businesses, our residents, taking over our parks and defacing our city. He said the residents and businesses in our low-income flatland neighborhoods have been disproportionately affected by these encampments, and they deserve better. In collaboration with the county, we will serve our homeless residents who need it most, but not at the expense of other residents and businesses in our city.”

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Photo Caption: Ignacio De La Fuente

By Paul Cobb and news services

Ignacio De La Fuente, the former President of the Oakland City Council for 11 years, says he will run for mayor to rescue the city from its deep troubles.

He said he is returning to political leadership after a 10-year absence. Claiming that he is “sick and tired of what’s happening to our city,” and he can’t just stand by and witness “the city that I love become a place where people are afraid to walk the streets, to take their children to parks, to go out to dinner with their families or to park their cars on the street. I cannot let our city continue [to] be a place where seniors are assaulted and robbed in broad daylight, a place where illegal side-shows are constant throughout the city and a place where children are being shot and killed! ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! Oakland is not a dumping ground, and it is time to take action!”

He, along with the support of his former council colleague Nate Miley, who is now serving as an Alameda County Supervisor, and who is sponsoring a fundraiser for De La Fuente, has boldly declared that he will “do whatever it takes to increase the number of police officers, but I will give them the resources that they need to help them do their job, but above all, I will provide them the back up and political support that they need and deserve to perform their job for our residents and for our businesses.”

He said he “will not tolerate homeless encampments where violence and drug abuse are rampant.” These encroachers are disrespecting our neighborhoods, our schools, our businesses, our residents, taking over our parks and defacing our city. De La Fuente said the residents and businesses in our low-income flatland neighborhoods have been disproportionately affected by these encampments, and they deserve better. In collaboration with the county, we will serve our homeless residents who need it most, but not at the expense of other residents and businesses in our city.”

He wants to change the focus and emphasis of how the city spends its infrastructure money on what is truly needed by “repairing potholes, taking back and beautifying our parks, fixing our sewers and providing robust programming for our recreation centers and libraries to enrich the lives of our kids and seniors.”

In a characteristic fearless, colorful style that he achieved a no-nonsense reputation De La Fuente announced “The job of mayor is not for the faint of heart! Oakland is a great city that needs a mayor with the political backbone and experience to make the tough decisions to get this city back on track!

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Oakland Post: Week of June 22 – 28, 2022

The printed Weekly Edition of the Oakland Post for the week of June 22 – 28, 2022

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Sheriff’s Deputies Skate with Marin City Youth

Sgt. Scotto and Deputy Gasparini, two officers from the Marin County Probation Department, came to interact with the youths and help them learn to skate and play basketball. Sharika Gregory, who hosted the event, really appreciates how Scotto and Gasparini interacted with the kids and said that it made a great difference.

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Top: Scotto lifting Aria, 7, so she can make her basketball shot. Middle: Sgt. Scotto and Dep. Gasparini of the Marin County Probation Department. Bottom: Scotto playing limbo. (Photos by Godfrey Lee)
Top: Scotto lifting Aria, 7, so she can make her basketball shot. Middle: Sgt. Scotto and Dep. Gasparini of the Marin County Probation Department. Bottom: Scotto playing limbo. (Photos by Godfrey Lee)

By Godfrey Lee

The Father’s Day Skating event on Sunday, June 12, at the Golden Gate Village’s Basketball Court in Marin City was a successful event that contributed positively to the relationship between the Marin County Sheriff’s Department and the Marin City community and helped some of the children get to know the officers.

Sgt. Scotto and Deputy Gasparini, two officers from the Marin County Probation Department, came to interact with the youths and help them learn to skate and play basketball. Sharika Gregory, who hosted the event, really appreciates how Scotto and Gasparini interacted with the kids and said that it made a great difference.

During the event, Scotto helped lift Aria, a 7-year-old girl, so she could make a basketball shot into the basket. Later Scotto played limbo with the children and tried his best to go under the rope.

The community generously contributed to the skating event. The Corte Madera Safeway and Costco donated the food. The Costco in Novato gave the skates. The Target in Marin City and the Marin County Probation Department also gave skates and gift cards.

Rev. Stephanie Ryder and the Redwood Presbyterian Church in Larkspur, also donated money to help to buy more skates for the events.

Gregory said that this was a very wholesome event for the community and will continue to host similar events in the future.

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