When did bigotry and racial intolerance become acceptable political positions?

For some reason, Middle Easterners tend to scare the pants off Tea Partiers. I don't know exactly where the hate comes from, but in the eyes of Tea Party member and Republican congressional candidate Gabriela Mercer, some Middle Eastern immigrants are just out to get America. Maybe she really doesn't trust people from certain countries, or maybe she's appealing to scared Arizona voters, but either way this isn't an appropriate way to act if you want to be an elected official. Please share this video to let the voters in Arizona know whom they'd be electing.

Straight-up racism starting at [0:41] with the hyper-bigoted statement about Middle Easterners from [0:53-1:04].

For the first time in its 56-year history, Sports Illustrated will feature a transgender model on its glossy cover. 23-year-old Brazilian model Valentina Sampaio will appear in the July issue, which hits stands early next week. Sampaio wrote on Instagram that she was "excited and honored" to be part of such an iconic issue, adding: "The team at SI has created yet another groundbreaking issue by bringing together a diverse set of multitalented, beautiful women in a creative and dignified way."

A native of Fortaleza, a city in northeastern Brazil, Sampaio has been making history in the fashion world in recent years. She was already the first trans model to make the 2017 cover of Vogue Paris. Scouted while she was a young teen, she quickly made her way onto key runways in her home country. She managed to make an impression in a short time— launching her career at 18 years old—as L'Oréal Paris's first trans model. She hit another milestone last year, when she was the face of Victoria's Secret campaign, breaking barriers as the first trans woman working with the brand.

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