Nikki Haley says the Confederate flag represented ‘service’ and ‘sacrifice’ until racist shooter Dylann Roof ‘hijacked’ it | "We don't have hateful people in South Carolina...people saw it as service, and sacrifice, and heritage," Haley said of how people viewed the flag.

Nikki Haley says the Confederate flag represented ‘service’ and ‘sacrifice’ until racist shooter Dylann Roof ‘hijacked’ it

Nikki Haley says the Confederate flag represented ‘service’ and ‘sacrifice’ until racist shooter Dylann Roof ‘hijacked’ it

Nikki Haley says the Confederate flag represented ‘service’ and ‘sacrifice’ until racist shooter Dylann Roof ‘hijacked’ it

Nikki Haley says the Confederate flag represented ‘service’ and ‘sacrifice’ until racist shooter Dylann Roof ‘hijacked’ it

Nikki Haley says the Confederate flag represented ‘service’ and ‘sacrifice’ until racist shooter Dylann Roof ‘hijacked’ it

Nikki Haley says the Confederate flag represented ‘service’ and ‘sacrifice’ until racist shooter Dylann Roof ‘hijacked’ it
Nikki Haley says the Confederate flag represented ‘service’ and ‘sacrifice’ until racist shooter Dylann Roof ‘hijacked’ it
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  • In an interview with Blaze TV’s Glenn Beck, former US Ambassador to the UN and South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley said white supremacist gunman Dylann Roof “hijacked” the meaning of the Confederate flag.
  • On June 17, 2015 Roof opened fire in a Wednesday night Bible study at the Emanuel African Methodist Church in Charleston, South Carolina, killing nine people and injuring three others.
  • Haley said that Roof, who published a racist manifesto invoking the Confederate flag, “hijacked everything that people thought of” about the flag’s meaning, saying, “people saw it as service, and sacrifice, and heritage.”
  • Since the 19th century, the confederate flag has represented the confederacy’s fight in the United States’ Civil War to preserve the institution of slavery of African-Americans.
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In an interview with Blaze TV’s Glenn Beck, former US Ambassador to the UN and South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley said white supremacist gunman Dylann Roof “hijacked” the meaning of the Confederate flag and made it about hate rather than heritage and sacrifice.

On June 17, 2015 Roof opened fire during a Wednesday night Bible study at the Emanuel African Methodist Church in Charleston, South Carolina, killing nine people and injuring three others. Authorities found that Roof also wrote a white supremacist manifesto heavily invoking the Confederate flag and other Confederate symbols.

Roof was convicted and sentenced to death over the shooting, which was prosecuted as a hate crime, in January of 2017.

In the days after the shooting, Haley was applauded across the country and around the world for her decision to lead a push to officially remove the Confederate flag from the grounds of South Carolina’s state capitol.

But in the interview, a clip of which was first posted to Twitter by Media Matters for America’s Jason Campbell, Haley offered a different interpretation of how she believes South Carolinians perceived the confederate flag before the shooting.

“South Carolina fell her to her knees when this happened, this is one of the oldest African-American churches. And these twelve people were amazing people, they loved their church, loved their families, loved their communities,” Haley said of the victims and survivors of the shooting.

“And here is this guy who comes out with his manifesto and his confederate flag who had just hijacked everything that people thought of,” Haley added. “And we don’t have hateful people in South Carolina. There’s a small minority that’s going to be there, but people saw it as service, and sacrifice, and heritage. But once he did that there was no way to overcome it.”

While Haley seemed to be characterizing what she saw as the views of South Carolinians and not necessarily her own personal beliefs, her description of what the flag stood in the eyes of her constituents for sparked anger and disbelief across the Internet. The notion that the Confederate flag represents “service” and “sacrifice” stands starkly at odds with what the Confederate Army fought for in the first place, which was the ability for Southern states to continue owning African-Americans as slaves.

In the interview, Haley also chastised the media for wanting to, in her words, make the shooting “about racism.”

“The national media came in droves, they wanted to define what happened, they wanted to make it about racism, they wanted to make it about gun control, they wanted to make it about the death penalty, and I pushed off the national media and and said, there will be a time in place to talk about this but it is not now,” she said.

Soon after the clip of Haley’s remarks began circulating around Twitter on Friday afternoon, Haley took to the site to defend her comments, retweeting other accounts who defended her and said her remarks were taken out of context.

Haley, who served as US Ambassador to the United Nations until last fall, recently published a memoir detailing her time in the Trump administration.

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Goldman could reportedly settle for less than $2 billion following multiple probes over Malaysian investment fund — and that’s lower than expected

Goldman could reportedly settle for less than $2 billion following multiple probes over Malaysian investment fund — and that’s lower than expected

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  • Goldman Sachs could settle for under $2 billion to resolve US probes into the bank’s involvement with 1MDB, a Malaysian investment fund surrounded by scandals, Bloomberg reported.
  • The sum – which could be between $1.5 billion and $2 billion – is far less than analysts expected, according to Bloomberg.
  • The bank has been subject to probes by the Justice Department and other federal agencies over its role in raising capital for the now-insolvent fund.
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Goldman Sachs could pay under $2 billion to settle the US investigations into its role in the 1MDB scandal, according to a report from Bloomberg.

The Justice Department and other federal agencies are considering a fine between $1.5 billion and $2 billion, far less than some analysts expected the bank to pay, Bloomberg found. Analysts from Citi wrote earlier this year that the fines could reach as high as $9 billion.

A settlement could be announced as early as next month, but the final details of the deal could change, Bloomberg reported.

US regulators have been investigating the Wall Street bank’s role in raising capital for the now-insolvent Malaysian investment fund between 2012 and 2013.

Attorney General William Barr is overseeing the case and most of the settlement is expected to be given to the Justice Department, according to Bloomberg.

Goldman is also working with Malaysian regulators to settle separate probes around the scandal. The country has publicly stated it wants the bank to pay as much as $7.5 billion, but according to Bloomberg, privately the discussions are pegging the figure between $2 billion and $3 billion.

1MDB came under intense scrutiny around 2015 over allegations of corruption, embezzlement, and bribery.

TikTok’s chief is heading to Washington to defend the video-sharing platform against censorship and privacy concerns as lawsuits and investigations pile up

TikTok’s chief is heading to Washington to defend the video-sharing platform against censorship and privacy concerns as lawsuits and investigations pile up

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The head of TikTok is reportedly planning a trip to Washington, D.C., next week to meet with a slew of lawmakers who have harshly criticized the app over its purported ties to the Chinese government that have led to concerns over censorship and privacy.

This appears to be the first visit that the TikTok chief, Alex Zhu, has made to Capitol Hill on behalf of the viral video-sharing platform, the Washington Post reported Thursday. TikTok has become an oft-discussed target among those in the US government, who recently opened a national security investigation and have questioned how close the relationship is between the platform and its China-based parent company, ByteDance.

The Post reports that Zhu will meet with Republican Sens. Josh Hawley, Tom Cotton, and Marco Rubio, all of whom have been outspoken advocates for an investigation into the platform. James Arnold, a spokesman for Cotton, told Business Insider that Zhu and the Arkansas senator wouldn’t be meeting next week, but said that they “did meet on a staff level this week.”

Just last month, TikTok was asked to testify at a Congressional hearing on tech companies’ relationship with China, but the company declined to send anyone. Hawley, who organized the hearing, was quick to voice his disapproval at the “empty seat treatment.”

Sen. Chuck Schumer, a Democrat from New York, is notably absent from the list of lawmakers scheduled to meet with the TikTok head. Schumer helped spearhead calls by officials to investigate the platform. Schumer’s office did not respond to Business Insider’s request for comment by time of publication.

Increasing scrutiny over ties to China

TikTok has been downloaded more than 1.5 billion times globally, an indicator of its rapid rise as a platform – especially loved by teens – for creating and sharing short videos and launching the latest viral memes across the internet.

But since the app came to the United States in August 2018, TikTok has faced increasing scrutiny over ties to its parent company, a $75 billion company based out of China called ByteDance. TikTok has consistently defended itself by asserting that none of its moderators are based in China, and that no “foreign government” asks the platform to censor content.

TikTok has faced allegations it censors “culturally problematic” and political content that could be seen as offensive to the Chinese government, according to former employees’ reports to the Washington Post and documents obtained by The Guardian and the German blog Netzpolitik. When pro-democracy protests broke out in Hong Kong earlier this year, TikTok was curiously devoid of any hints of unrest, and videos instead documented a prettier picture.

More recently, an American teen named Feroza Aziz had her account suspended after she went viral for using her videos, disguised as makeup tutorials, to speak about China’s treatment of Muslims. TikTok has since issued an apology, but blamed the removal of her anti-China videos from TikTok on “a human moderation error.”

Additionally, others have raised concerns that the ties between China and TikTok puts the privacy of users’ data at risk. A class-action lawsuit was recently filed in California by a college student who alleges that her private information and unpublished content was accessed by TikTok without her permission and stored on servers in China.

TikTok is also expected to meet with Sen. Marsha Blackburn next week over concerns about children’s data and privacy on the app, as Axios reported earlier this week. TikTok settled another lawsuit this week related to children’s privacy, paying out $1.1 million related to allegations that the app collected the information of children under 13 without their parents’ consent.

A polyamorous 20-year-old is in a relationship with 4 men while pregnant with her first child. She says it’s working.

A polyamorous 20-year-old is in a relationship with 4 men while pregnant with her first child. She says it’s working.

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Like many expecting mothers, Tory Ojeda is excited for the birth of her baby girl – but she has a bit more help along the way than most .

The 20-year-old Jacksonville, Florida native is in a polyamorous relationship with four men. Ojeda told Barcroft Media that while the baby is biologically one of her partner’s, the five of them plan on raising her together as a family.

“But as far as I guess, socially goes, we’re all raising the baby together, so everyone’s dad,” Ojeda told Barcroft Media. “We’re all very, very excited to be raising a baby together.”

Though Ojeda said she’s received criticism from family members and friends about the unique nature of her relationships in the past, the five of them currently live together and have been dating for several years.

According to one of Ojeda’s partners, Christopher, the pregnancy has actually helped his once-hesitant family accept the polyamorous nature of their family.

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The five all live together in their Jacksonville, Florida home

Ojeda met her first partner Marc in junior high school, and the two began dating when they were in high school.

She became polyamorous after falling in love with her friend of several years, Travis, only a few months after beginning her relationship with Marc, according to Barcroft Media.

Later, Ojeda began dating her friends Ethan and Christopher. After taking a vacation together earlier this year, Ojeda found out that she was pregnant with their daughter. While Marc is the biological father, Ojeda said they plan on raising their daughter as a big family collectively.

Currently, the five all live together and take turns sleeping with Ojeda in her bed to ensure everyone gets equal quality time.

The polyamorous structure of the relationship doesn’t come without jealousy

As with many different kinds of relationships, jealousy can be a problem from time to time – especially in regards to splitting time evenly with Ojeda.

Unlike some polyamorous situations in which all partners have romantic relationships with one another, Tory’s partners are only dating her and not each other.

Despite the jealousy issues, Tory’s partners keep a positive outlook on the dynamic and try to have a healthy approach to dealing with any conflicts that arise. They even told Barcroft Media the open polyamorous nature of their relationships helps curb some of the tension.

Ojeda is currently seven months pregnant and is due to give birth in two months.

More people are starting to consider polyamory and non-monogomany in the US

While Ojeda’s family structure may seem unconventional, recent studies reveal that plenty of people are actually considering non-monogamy.

New research presented at The Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality found that 20% of people have been in a polyamorous relationship, and most people have at least fantisized about being in an non-monogamous relationship at least once.

While many do not act on their fantasies, 70% of those who have reported feeling very satisfied with their experience and said it exceeded their expectations.

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