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Early cheer

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Maximilian sunflowers (Helianthus maximiliani) normally reach their floral peak here from September through October. Even so, I occasionally see some flowering a month or two earlier, and that was the case on July 21st at Shoreline Dr. and Burnet Rd. I saw early Maximilians there last year, too, on July 31st.


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In the past year I’ve reported various attempts by the federal government and other institutions to flout the 1964 Civil Rights Act by flagrantly discriminating according to race. A few days ago another incident came to my attention. Nicole Levitt, a family law attorney representing domestic violence victims in Philadelphia, had been working for a group called Women Against Abuse, one of the largest anti-domestic-violence nonprofits in the United States. The Washington Free Beacon reports that as part of 2020’s moral panic

[the group] brought in several diversity consultants to conduct a racial-equity audit. The goal of the audit, Women Against Abuse told staffers, was to become “a fully inclusive, multicultural, and antiracist institution.”

By November 2020, the organization, which is ostensibly devoted to “serving all survivors,” was offering to pay “BIPOC” employees more than their white counterparts and discouraging black abuse victims from calling the police. Its employees were also at war with each other, bickering over whether Jews are a persecuted minority group and whether there is such a thing as a non-racist white person.

On that last matter, the group’s leaders asked all their white employees to sign a statement confirming that “all white people are racist and that I am not the exception.”

Nicole Levitt has understandably filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in which she accuses Women Against Abuse of creating a racially hostile work environment. For more details you can read Aaron Sibarium’s July 22nd article in the Washington Free Beacon. You can also watch a four-minute video in which Nicole Levitt talks about the many abuses that took place at the ironically named Women Against Abuse.


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Written by Steve Schwartzman

July 25, 2022 at 4:31 AM

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