June 20, 2018

Review Category : People

U.S. State Dept. hosts 'Family Travel Hacks' Facebook Live as if that's a totally fine thing to do right now

U.S. State Dept. hosts 'Family Travel Hacks' Facebook Live as if that's a totally fine thing to do right nowIn times of crisis, one would hope the U.S. Department of State would know how to respond accordingly. Sadly, not this time. On Tuesday, rather than showing any compassion for the nearly 2,000 children who have been separated from their parents at the border due to the Trump administration's "zero-tolerance" immigration policy, the State Department decided to hold a fun Facebook Live. The almost 50-minute-long "Family Travel Hacks" Q&A encouraged people to ask about "applying for U.S. passports for kids, document requirements, and tips to make sure your vacation this summer goes smoothly." Though, predictably, many used the opportunity to share their upset at the fact that families are being separated at the border. SEE ALSO: 7 activist groups supporting families at the border that need your help right now Below, you can watch the full video, where two white representatives of the State Department — Carl and Kim, who work in Passport Services — happily talk about traveling families like it's no big deal.  Both Carl and Kim go on to joyously explain they're each parents who have had great experiences with obtaining passports for their children — something I'm sure can't be said by the parents of the distraught children who are currently being held in detention centers.  They even thought it wise to hold up their children's passport photos in admiration SEVERAL TIMES. Here are just some of the many comments from angry and appalled people watching the live stream, wondering how the U.S. State Department could be so upbeat and tone deaf at a time like this. Needless to say, people were NOT pleased with the timing of this Facebook Live.  If you too, are tired of the lack of action being taken to to help families at the border, check out our guide on how to help. WATCH: Kim Kardashian is in, but these people were uninvited from the White House


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School honouring Confederate general renamed Barack Obama Elementary

School honouring Confederate general renamed Barack Obama ElementaryAn elementary school in Richmond, Virginia has changed its name from that of a Confederate-era general to the nations first black president, Barack Obama. The Richmond Public School Board voted six to one to change the name of J.E.B. Stuart Elementary School, named after a Civil War general who fought to keep slavery in the American South, to Barack Obama Elementary School. Approximately 95 per cent of the school's students identify as African-American and the name was chosen from seven finalists, which included options to honour civil rights activists Barbara Jones, Henry Marsh, and Oliver Hill.


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