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Boner Fight for June 3rd, 2020

Boner Candidate #1: WHITE PRIVILEGE ISN’T REAL CAUSE I MADE IT SO

Conservative personality Rush Limbaugh said he was “sickened” by George Floyd’s death but that he doesn’t believe white privilege exists in a conversation on “The Breakfast Club,” a popular nationally syndicated radio program. The nearly 30-minute back-and-forth, which also aired on “The Rush Limbaugh Show,” began with Limbaugh describing what happened to George Floyd — the black Minneapolis man whose death in police custody last week ignited global protests — as “senseless.” “What happened to George Floyd sickened me, and I wanted to reach out to you and tell you all this. I want to make sure you have no doubt and I’m not the only American who feels this way — the senselessness of it,” Limbaugh, 69, said on Monday’s show. Charlamagne tha God, one of the show’s co-hosts, responded with asking Limbaugh how he would then use his privilege to fight injustice. “RIP to George Floyd but that was not an isolated incident, this is a regular occurrence,” he said. “How are you going to use your privilege as a white male to combat this prejudice?” But Limbaugh replied that he “doesn’t buy into the notion of white privilege.”

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Boner Candidate #2: OH YOU THOUGHT THAT WAS A GOOD IDEA TO POST?

Two incoming Missouri college students who participated in a video that appeared to mock the killing of George Floyd have withdrawn. The students were supposed to attend the University of Missouri and Missouri State University in the fall before taking part in a video on social media in which they appear to be simulating the choking of one another. One student is heard saying “I can’t breathe.” The University of Missouri, which was rocked by racial protests in 2015, promptly began a civil rights investigation, leading one of the students to rescinded her enrollment, the Columbia Daily Tribune reports. “Given the similarity to the recent death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, the video is both shocking and disturbing,” wrote Mun Choi, president of the University of Missouri System and interim chancellor of MU, in an email to the campus community. Choi wrote that he has begun meeting with members of Legion of Black Collegians and Missouri Students Association. Black students and alumni at MU have taken to Twitter using the hashtag #BlackatMizzou to write about their negative experiences of being black on campus. “University leaders and I remain committed to combating discrimination and racism in all its forms,” Choi wrote.

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