Morning Sip (10/27/2017) 🔥☕️

It’s Friday, people! President Trump doesn’t seem to have a clue about the policy specifics of his plan to address the national opioid crisis. Well, that’s what one can draw from Vann Newkirk’s quick and dirty analysis over at The Atlantic. Not only is the ‘plan’ thin on details, where’s the money!?

After pledge protest, Clemson’s student senate impeached the SGA VP (yep, he’s black). For all the grandstanding conservatives do about how liberals are corroding free speech on campus, it seems odd that there’s been very little outrage on this, so far. The senate, for their part, denied that his impeachment had anything to do with his protest. 😒😒😒😒😒😒

Chicago’s predominantly black and poor areas pay 20% more than wealthier, whiter areas for the same amount of water. That’s the takeaway from Chicago Tribune’s solid investigative reporting on the matter. Given the basic trendline on any number of indicators that show evidence of racial inequality, this is really calling water wet.

Read Tara Tutson and Jared Loggins’ thoughtful reflection on Myesha Johnson and the countless black women who are often discredited as witnesses. Here’s an excerpt from the piece:

Even before Trump, the idea of black women as credible witnesses of the worst in our country is a sentiment that hardly finds traction in moments where their voices come forth. Rachel Jeantel, the girlfriend of Trayvon Martin, spent days on the witness stand in 2012 having her credibility and intelligence challenged by defense attorneys who refused to believe her account of her slain boyfriend as profoundly gentle and human, and thus incapable of the crime he was being put on trial for. In a moment that equally expressed this disdain, Diamond Reynolds, girlfriend of the slain Philando Castile, said she recorded footage of his shooting to “make sure if I died in front of my daughter that people would know the truth.” The injustice of these moments is that credibility regularly depends on one’s proximity to power. That the likes of Jeantel, Reynolds, and now Johnson found themselves contesting their pain so publicly in the face of power is what is so devastating about white supremacy. Black women often face humiliation and ridicule in order to be believed. This is perhaps what Malcolm X had in mind when he offered us the now-popular expression that black women are the most “unprotected” in the country.

Check out MacArthur Genius Fellow Nikole Hannah-Jones’ interview with Vox on school segregation and the possibilities of undoing the system that created it.

ESPN has run a damn good piece on how the NFL muddled its response to anthem protests in recent weeks. Now allow us to just pull out the oh my god did he fucking say that line of the piece:

“We can’t have the inmates running the prison,” [Houston Texans owner Bob] McNair said….

This comes as Colin Kaepernick gears up for a collusion case against the league. We are all rooting for you! 🔥🔥🔥

Mark Halperin….is trash. CNN reports that 5 women have come forward accusing him of sexual assault. These men seem to want absolution without reckoning. Bless their hearts.