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Police: Woman Admits to 4-Week Racist Graffiti Spree

Police say Allison Johnson of Oklahoma spray-painted slurs, threats over a 4-week period

(Newser) - A 45-year-old Oklahoma woman is accused of going on what Fox 25 refers to as "a hate-filled crime spree" over a period of four weeks in Norman and Oklahoma City. Racist and anti-Semitic slurs, including swastikas and Nazi symbols, and threats of violence to non-white people, were spray painted... More »

She Insulted Michelle Obama. Now, a Guilty Plea

Pamela Taylor, who called ex-first lady 'ape in heels,' admits taking money from FEMA

(Newser) - "The flood was a natural disaster. Stealing from FEMA is a manmade disaster." Per a DOJ release , that's US Attorney Mike Stuart speaking on the case of Pamela Taylor, a 57-year-old from West Virginia who made headlines in 2016 for calling then-first lady Michelle Obama an "... More »

Cubs Owner Blasted for Controversial Emails on Obama, Islam

Among others sent by Joe Ricketts

(Newser) - Splinter's "Billionaire's Inbox" offers a look at how "the other half" lives, and its most recent dive is quite the eye-opener. The news outlet got its hands on what the New York Times calls "a cache of racist emails" both sent and received by Joe... More »

Police Union Compares Arrested NFL Player to 'Wild Animal'

New York union being accused of racism over Trevor Bates tweet

(Newser) - After a Detroit Lions linebacker was arrested Saturday in Queens and allegedly punched a sergeant during the encounter, a New York City police union used controversial language to describe the situation on Twitter. "Trevor Bates acted beyond that of a wild animal," reads the tweet from the Sergeants’... More »

That's Not Oprah on Georgia's 'Racist' Robocalls

'Jesus don't like ugly,' former talk show host responds

(Newser) - Oprah Winfrey shared a final message to voters with hours to go before Election Day: "Jesus don't like ugly. And we know what to do about that: Vote." The video message via Instagram came in response to what Winfrey described as "racist robocalls in my name"... More »

She Was Hired by the NYT. Then Her Old Tweets Surfaced

Newspaper sticks by Sarah Jeong over posts some say were racist

(Newser) - On Wednesday, the New York Times announced tech writer Sarah Jeong would join its editorial board. By Thursday it was running a follow-up , noting outrage over what the BBC calls "inflammatory" tweets about white people Jeong had posted between 2013 and 2015. In her posts, Jeong, born in South... More »

Roseanne Apologizes, but Loses Show Over Racist Tweet

Barr made 'Planet of the Apes' reference to Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett

(Newser) - A racist joke on Twitter has cost Roseanne Barr her show. ABC on Tuesday canceled the reboot of Roseanne amid a storm of criticism directed at its star, reports CNN . The move came after Barr apologized not once but twice on Tuesday for a jarring insult directed at former Obama... More »

Prof's Reax to Barbara Bush Death Could Threaten Tenure

Fresno State instructor Randa Jarrar called her 'amazing racist,' 'witch'

(Newser) - While the tributes continue to pour in for Barbara Bush, a Fresno State professor is taking heat for her diatribe against the former first lady. "Barbara Bush was a generous and smart and amazing racist who along with her husband, raised a war criminal," Randa Jarrar wrote to... More »

He Was in a Controversial H&M Ad. Now He's Had to Move

Family of 5-year-old Liam Mango says they had to vacate their home for 'security reasons'

(Newser) - Controversy keeps swirling around H&M and an online ad that showed a young black boy in a hoodie with the words "Coolest Monkey in the Jungle." The ad has since been removed, but the family of 5-year-old Liam Mango, the ad's model, now says they had... More »

Dove Apologizes for Ad Many Are Calling Racist

It appeared to show a black woman turning into a white woman

(Newser) - Dove is once again being called out for one of its ads. This time, the ad in question showed a black woman pulling off her brown shirt to reveal a white woman in a pale shirt, who then pulled off her shirt to reveal a non-Caucasian, but still light-skinned, woman... More »

Librarian Rejects Melania's 'Racist' Dr. Seuss Gift

'We will not be keeping the titles for our collection'

(Newser) - The illustrations of Melania Trump's favorite children's author are "steeped in racist propaganda, caricatures, and harmful stereotypes," according to an elementary school librarian who rejected a gift from the first lady. Trump sent 10 Dr. Seuss books to the Cambridgeport School in Cambridge, Mass., to mark... More »

Look in the Mirror, Boston: You Actually Are Racist

'Boston Globe' columnist defends 'SNL' star Michael Che's remarks on Beantown

(Newser) - SNL star Michael Che created a hubbub last week when, during an appearance at Boston University, he said he wasn't sorry for calling Boston the "most racist city" he's ever visited. Good for him, writes Renee Graham in the Boston Globe . She thinks he's right—the... More »

What Went Wrong During Kimmel's Tour-Bus Prank

Poking fun of tourists' names didn't go over well online

(Newser) - Jimmy Kimmel pulled a prank on a bunch of unsuspecting tourists at the Oscars Sunday night to mixed reviews. The award show host arranged for a tour bus to be brought to the Dolby Theatre, at which point the people on board were brought inside the auditorium as the audience... More »

Official Who Called First Lady an 'Ape' Gets Her Job Back

Pamela Taylor said comment led to a 'hate crime against me'

(Newser) - The head of a West Virginia nonprofit that receives both state and federal funding will get her job back a little over a month after calling Michelle Obama an "ape in heels." Following Donald Trump's election win, Pamela Taylor—then executive director of the Clay County Development... More »

Teacher Filmed Screaming at Kids. Then Came the N-Word

The Baltimore science teacher has since been fired

(Newser) - In the first 30 seconds of the video, the Baltimore teacher grabs a student by the hood of his shirt and screams at him to leave her class. Then things take a turn. The video shows the unidentified white female teacher calling her classroom of mostly black students "idiots,... More »

Reports of Racist Attacks Surge After Trump Win

But La. cops say Muslim student lied about attack

(Newser) - Police in Louisiana say a Muslim student who said she had been attacked by Donald Trump supporters hours after his election victory has admitted inventing the incident. The 18-year-old University of Louisiana student claimed she had been attacked by two white men in Trump shirts who shouted racial obscenities before... More »

Teen Kills Herself After Uploading 'Racist' Image

Phoebe Connop's Instagram photo spread further than she meant it to

(Newser) - A photo that started out as an Instagram joke meant to be shared among a few friends led a British teen to kill herself after more people saw it than she intended, the Telegraph reports. The problem with the pic taken by Phoebe Connop: She was afraid it would be... More »

Governor Leaves Lawmaker 'Bizarre,' Vulgar Voicemail

'You little son-of-a-bitch, socialist [expletive]'

(Newser) - The governor of Maine left what TPM calls a "bizarre and threatening"—not to mention foul-mouthed—voicemail for a Democratic state lawmaker he believes called him a racist. "I’ve spent my life helping black people and you little son-of-a-bitch, socialist cocksucker," Gov. Paul LePage said... More »

Trump, Clinton Trade Barbs on 'Nastiest Day'

They're calling each other bigots

(Newser) - Thursday was what Politico calls "the nastiest day of the general election battle so far," with Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump trading insults and accusations of racism. In a campaign video and speech Thursday, Clinton linked Trump to the far right and described him as a "profoundly... More »

Community Wipes Out Racist Graffiti Before Family Sees It

Dozens turned out to paint Wash. family's home

(Newser) - If the goal of whoever scrawled racist graffiti on the home and truck of Marvin Phillips on Friday night was to make the Tenino, Wash., family feel unwelcome, it backfired spectacularly: Dozens of community members got together to scrub away the graffiti—which included "KKK" and the n-word—and... More »

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