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Teacher Apologizes After Class Picks Racist Nickname

She posted it, says she was unaware it was a slur

(Newser) - School officials are apologizing after a group of sixth-graders in Texas chose a derogatory nickname for their class. Classrooms were allowed to pick nicknames as part of a team-building exercise at Bell Manor Elementary School in Bedford, and one class wanted to be called the "Jighaboos," a name... 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 »

GMA Co-Anchor Sorry for Saying 'Colored People' on Air

Amy Robach says she meant to say 'people of color'

(Newser) - Good Morning America co-anchor Amy Robach has apologized for saying "colored people" on Monday's broadcast of the ABC program, the AP reports. During a segment on diversity in Hollywood, Robach, who was substituting for Robin Roberts, noted recent criticism for casting white actors "in what one might... More »

Just-Crowned Miss Teen USA Sorry for Racial Slurs

Texas high school senior took to Twitter at 2am Sunday to do damage control

(Newser) - Miss Teen USA 2016 was supposed to take a step in the direction of feminism and equal rights as the contest ditched the swimsuits for athletic wear . But in the wee hours following the event that crowned Miss Texas Karlie Hay, the 18-year-old high school senior took to Twitter to... More »

Tables Turn on Students Said to Be Victims of Hate Crime

3 SUNY Albany women are now being charged with assault

(Newser) - An attack against three black SUNY Albany students that they said was racially motivated has now taken a turn, NBC New s reports. Ariel Agudio, Alexis Briggs, and Asha Burwell, all 20-year-old females, say they were on a late-night city bus on Jan. 30 when they were harassed by a... More »

Smiling High-School Students Spell Out Racial Slur for Photo

Now there are calls for their expulsion

(Newser) - People are calling for the expulsion of six Arizona high-school students after a photo of them wearing shirts spelling out a racial slur went viral Friday, the Arizona Republic reports. The photo shows the girls—all white—posing with their arms around each other while wearing T-shirts with the letters... More »

Guy Calls Judge the N-Word, Gets Thrown in Jail

Adam Satterly held in contempt of court on Monday

(Newser) - A white man in Louisville, Ky., will spent time in jail for using a racial slur in a courtroom hallway, seconds after an interaction with a black judge. Adam Satterly could be heard yelling "punk ass n*****" immediately after Judge Olu Stevens revoked his bond on drug charges Monday.... More »

3-Foot N-Word Burned Into Man's Front Lawn

Vandals apparently used chemicals

(Newser) - A Florida man is fuming after finding the n-word on his front lawn. The 3-foot letters were chemically burned onto the grass, WESH reports, and Courtney Gordon says people slow down as they drive by his house to read the word. "I feel like this is a threat to... More »

Cabbie Refuses to Pick Up Black Exec, She Fights Back

Baqir Raza is ordered to pay $25K in fines

(Newser) - For Cynthia Jordan, a 57-year-old vice president at a stock transfer firm in New York, it was just another day when a taxi driver refused to let her, a black woman, ride. Except Jordan was with her two daughters on Oct. 19, 2013, and when she saw the look on... More »

Army Unit's 'Racial Thursdays' Investigated

Racial slur 'tradition' reportedly encouraged to 'build morale and camaraderie'

(Newser) - Playing "Taps" on a well-worn bugle, the emotional recitation of "A Soldier's Creed," and calling each other racial slurs one day per week: all time-honored customs in the US Army? That last practice is, at least in one platoon, according to a black staff sergeant who... More »

Can the NFL Ban the N-Word?

With dual meanings, it doesn't seem to be going anywhere

(Newser) - The NFL is trying to ban the use of the N-word entirely, but that may be a futile task in a country whose relationship to the word is constantly evolving, the Washington Post reports. Today, the word—ending with "a" rather than "er"—is used some 500,... More »

Brazil Woman Under Fire After Racial Chant at Soccer Game

She apologizes after being identified; team is banned for year

(Newser) - Some classy fans of the Brazilian soccer team Gremio got caught on video chanting "monkey" and making ape gestures at an opposing black goalie. Now a woman who was identified via social media as one of the participants has publicly apologized to the goalie, named Aranha, reports the BBC... More »

Redskins Lose Trademark Over 'Disparaging' Name

Plaintiff applauds 'victory for Native Americans and all Americans'

(Newser) - Under federal law, trademarks can't "disparage" individuals—and on those grounds, the US Patent and Trademark Office has withdrawn the Washington Redskins' trademark registration, the Washington Post reports. The office says the six trademarks that included the name "were disparaging to Native Americans at the respective times... More »

NFL Ponders New 'N-Word' Penalty

Owners will vote on how to penalize players for racial slurs

(Newser) - Trash talking on an NFL field is one thing, but the N-word? No way, says John Wooten, head of a group that promotes minority hiring in pro football. He said he expects owners to approve a new rule punishing N-word users with a 15-yard penalty on first use and ejection... More »

Dolphin Drama: Player 'Done' Over Racism, Harassment

'Hey, wassup, you half n----- piece of s---,' Richie Incognito reportedly wrote

(Newser) - The Miami Dolphins suspended guard Richie Incognito on Sunday, and now we know why. Sources tell ESPN that Incognito is being punished for a long history of harassing teammates with racial epithets. In one voicemail sent to teammate Jonathan Martin in April, which both the Dolphins and NFL have copies... More »

Krauthammer: Here's Why Redskins Should Change Name

Charles Krauthammer: You wouldn't use 'Negro,' so why Redskins?

(Newser) - Conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer weighs in today on the Washington Redskins name controversy: Yes, let's change it, he writes for the Washington Post . But he's quick to point out that he's no fan of the "language police," or "being lectured by sportscasters about ethnic... More »

After Racial Slur, Waitress Gets $10K Crowd-Funded Tip

Website has fundraiser for Tennessee teen

(Newser) - It's a rotten story with a nice ending: When a Red Lobster waitress in Nashville got no tip from a patron who instead scrawled the n-word on his bill, she posted it on Facebook. From there, the folks at the Addicting Info website got wind of it and held... More »

Redskins Name Change 'Kind of Like a Reservation'

Not everyone a fan of Rick Reilly's argument

(Newser) - Slate will never again write the word Redskins in reference to DC's football team out of sensitivity to Native Americans—but what if Native Americans aren't actually insulted by it? asks Rick Reilly at ESPN . In Reilly's telling, they're not, and his column arguing for the... More »

Jury: N-Word Never OK at Work, Even Among Blacks

African-American boss loses suit by African-American employee

(Newser) - A federal jury has rejected the argument that use of the n-word among black people can be a culturally acceptable term of love and endearment, deciding its use in the workplace is hostile and discriminatory no matter what. Jurors last week awarded $250,000 in compensatory damages to a black... More »

Slate: Why We're Ditching Use of 'Redskins'

Website joins critics boycotting NFL name

(Newser) - After today, you'll still see the occasional article about Washington's NFL team at Slate , but that article will no longer use the word "Redskins." As David Plotz explains, the site is joining those who avoid the term out of sensitivity to Native Americans. Plotz runs through... More »

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