Arizona Professor Received A Bunch Of Threatening Emails After Fox News Segment About His Class

The Arizona State University professor vilified in a Fox News segment in January for teaching a course called “U.S. Race Theory and the Problem of Whiteness” received dozens of hateful and threatening emails after the report, according to The Arizona Republic.

The emails, some of which urged professor Lee Bebout to commit suicide, were prompted by a segment of Fox and Friends in which co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck called the courses “quite unfair and wrong,” as the words “Trouble with Schools” flashed on the screen.

“I look forward to your suicide,” reads one of some 70 emails received by Bebout following the segment, according to the Republic. Another said “I’d enjoy seeing you swing from a light pole.” “Maybe just kill yourself and get it over with,” said a third.

The Fox News segment based its portrayal of Bebout’s class on comments from an ASU student named Lauren Clark, who opposed the teaching of books on the study of race routinely taught at the university level, including Richard Delgado’s Critical Race Theory and Jane Hill’s The Everyday Language of White Racism.

Clark wasn’t a student in the class, nor did Hasselbeck sit in on the classes or interview Bebout for the segment.

Their interpretation of the class ignited white supremacist sentiment. A group called National Youth Front pasted flyers across the Tempe campus and Bebout’s neighborhood featuring pictures of the professor with the words “anti-white” emblazoned over the image. Bebout is white.

The university defended the class amid the controversy, saying it “is designed to empower students to confront the difficult and often thorny issues that surround us today and reach thoughtful conclusions rather than display gut reactions.”

Bebout has declined requests from The Huffington Post to discuss the Fox News segment and the reaction to it.

This Romantic Disney World Proposal Is A Great Start To Happily Ever After

Disney World is a hot spot for marriage proposals, and Patrick Santos and Gavin Hatch can count their engagement among the park’s most romantic.

Hatch thought he was going out for drinks with a friend at Disney’s Boardwalk in Florida, but upon his arrival, he was handed a card.

“Gavin, this very moment is the start of our new adventure together,” it read. “You always talked about being in love like in the movies, however, all of the best love stories have one thing in common. You have to go against all odds to get there.”

Hatch continued to follow clues until he was met with a spectacular dance performance to Katy Perry’s “Unconditionally” and, eventually, a proposal.

“I don’t think Gavin had a clue what was going to happen to him that night,” Santos told The Huffington Post. “I had to make up a few stories in order for all of this to be possible.”

Hatch said he was completely blown away by the proposal.

“When I was handed my first card, I knew Patrick was up to something … as we continued to walk the boardwalk and I saw more and more of my friends, I started to think that it might be a proposal, but it just didn’t hit me until I was handed the last card by my best friend,” he told HuffPost. “I will admit though, I always knew that if Patrick was the one to pop the question, it would be a big and unforgettable event, and it sure was.”

Well if that isn’t the most romantic thing ever, we don’t know what is.

How This D.C.-Area Clinic Wants To ‘De-Medicalize’ Abortion

“Abortion. Yeah, we do that.”

That’s one of the advertising slogans used by Carafem, an abortion clinic opening this week just outside of Washington, D.C. The clinic plans to approach abortion as a straightforward part of women’s health care, hoping to make the procedure a streamlined process that is easy to access.

Carafem will provide the abortion pill to women who are less than 10 weeks pregnant. Patients will be able to book appointments — offered on evenings and weekends, as well as during weekdays — through an online portal or via a 24-hour hotline manned by multilingual staff members. The clinic also promises a short procedure time of around one hour, and a lower-than-average price point of approximately $400 for an abortion.

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Image via Carafem.com

Terminating a pregnancy with the abortion pill involves two steps. Patients take the first pill, mifepristone, which stops the embryo from growing and detaches it from the uterine wall. Between 24 and 72 hours later, they take the second pill, misoprostol, which causes the uterus to contract and expel the embryo. Carafem patients will take the mifepristone pill at the clinic after undergoing tests and speaking with a doctor, then be sent home with the misoprostol pill. Staff members will follow up with each patient to ensure that the termination was successful.

Chris Purdy, the president & CEO of Carafem, told The Huffington Post that he came up with the idea for the clinic around 18 months ago, after returning from 20 years working for family planning programs in Turkey, Ethiopia and Indonesia. Purdy was shocked to find that it was still so difficult for many women in the U.S. to access abortion care. He worked with Melissa S. Grant, a former Planned Parenthood director who is now Carafem’s vice president of health services, on a model to provide early-term abortion services that reduce some of the barriers women seeking abortion commonly face, and make the experience less clinical.

“We wanted to make the experience one that was more caring and more kind,” Purdy told The Huffington Post. “Very professional, focused on the quality of care, the woman and her experience.”

Grant told HuffPost that they hope to “de-medicalize” the procedure as much as possible, providing “non-judgmental and unapologetic care.” The pair has worked to eliminate some of the intimidating sights, noises and smells of a traditional doctor’s office. Patients will speak with medical staff one-on-one in small, comfortable rooms devoid of intimidating medical equipment. As much of the testing and preliminary work as possible will be carried out in one room, rather than moving the patient from place to place within the clinic. And, while staff members are fully briefed on security and safety procedures, the abortion clinic will look no different from any other office.

“It was important for us to try to present an upgraded, almost spa-like feel,” Grant told The Washington Post.

Grant and Purdy stressed that they wanted women who visited the clinic for an abortion to be completely educated on each step of the procedure, and to feel comfortable and supported throughout. Grant emphasized the clinic’s focus on “the language that we use, the welcoming policies and procedures that we put in place, and making sure that if a woman needs additional time with a doctor, she has it.”

Ultimately, their hope is to demonstrate a new standard of care for women seeking abortions.

“There is a myth that abortion clinics are lonely and scary places,” Grant said. “That doesn’t have to be true.”

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story reported that the clinic was opening in Washington, D.C. It is located just outside of the District in Montgomery County, Maryland, but will serve the greater D.C. area.

Dogs Gather In Touching Moment At Funeral Of Woman Who Fed Hungry Animals

Dogs don’t usually gather at the funeral home in Cuernavaca Morelos, Mexico, which is why their presence was so surprising at a ceremony for Margarita Suárez earlier this month.

Suárez spent her life feeding stray animals like dogs and cats in her hometown of Merida Yucatan. After she died, her family held her funeral in a town more than 830 miles away. There, her family was joined by a pack of stray dogs.

Her daughter Patricia Urrutia shared photos of the dogs on her Facebook page, along with a description of what happened. Per a Huffington Post translation:

[M]y mother was a lover of animals, she couldn’t bump into one and not give it a little bit of food, sometimes even before [feeding] herself, when we arrived with her to the wake, out of nowhere a pack of dogs entered the room where the ceremony was being held and they settled in … with those who were there, they stayed all night like as if they were protecting her, in the morning they left and haven’t been seen anywhere, but 1 hour before taking mama away they came back and visited again like as if to say goodbye, I swear to God that it was something beautiful, marvelous.

Urrutia said her brother-in-law asked if the dogs were from the funeral home, but the people there had never seen them before, she told Mexico’s Norte Digital.

“When I was in a moment of so much pain these dogs that came, they showed me that everything was going to be okay,” she told ABC News. “Because of them we were happy. They made a sad situation an incredible one.”

Labor Leader: ‘We Will Not Stop’ Fighting For Immigration Reform

WASHINGTON — Help from the government for undocumented immigrants isn’t coming as quickly as they wanted, but union leaders and immigration activists are not giving up on President Barack Obama’s currently stalled executive action programs.

The AFL-CIO labor federation gathered about 200 people, mostly union members, in Washington on Tuesday for a three-day training on immigration advocacy. Part of that training will be focused on teaching people how to apply for Obama’s immigration executive action programs, which are currently on hold by a court order.

“If anyone asks you why we’re holding this training now, while we wait for a judge to either clear the way or put up another hurdle, tell them this progress can be stalled but it cannot be stopped,” AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said. “We’ve come this far. We’re going forward. We will not stop.”

The initial triumph over Obama’s November announcement that he would grant reprieve to more undocumented immigrants has turned into disappointment and confusion over the past six weeks, after a federal judge issued a preliminary injunction to prevent the policies from moving forward. Now, the more than 4 million undocumented immigrants who might be eligible for Obama’s reprieve programs are in a holding pattern, and advocates are doing their best to keep them from losing hope.

The Obama administration and its supporters say they are confident they will eventually win out in the courts and be able to start the programs. In November, Obama announced an expansion of the existing Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, that allows undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children to stay and work legally on a temporary basis. The executive actions would also create a similar policy for some parents called the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents program, or DAPA.

At the training led by the AFL-CIO, attendees will hear more details about DAPA and DACA and strategize about how to ensure the changes are successfully implemented if the court order is lifted.

They will also learn to encourage legal permanent residents who are eligible to apply for citizenship to do so, and how to advocate more generally for immigration reform.

Trumka encouraged the crowd to keep pushing, despite setbacks.

“Don’t let anybody tell you that we can’t do it,” he said. “We can do it.”