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'Biggest Scam of 2017': Phelps' Race Against a Great White

Fans didn't realize he'd be racing against computer-generated sharks, not real ones

(Newser) - It was supposed to be the event of the summer. Well, OK, an event of the summer—but Michael Phelps fans still had high hopes for the swimming champ's much-hyped race Sunday against a bunch of sharks. They didn't read the fine print, however, and People and the... More »

Cops Show Less Respect to Black Drivers

It's the first major US study of police bodycam footage

(Newser) - In a conclusion that some may not consider surprising, researchers have found that police officers are more respectful to white people than black people during traffic stops, according to a study published Monday in PNAS . Ars Technica reports the data for the first major study of US bodycam footage comes... More »

Senator Collapses During Charity Race

Thom Tillis, 56, of North Carolina was conscious when taken to hospital

(Newser) - Republican Sen. Thom Tillis of North Carolina collapsed during a Washington, DC, race Wednesday morning and was taken away by ambulance, reports the AP . Tillis, 56, was seen on the ground being administered CPR by bystanders about 15 to 20 minutes into the race, which started at 8am. Tillis at... More »

Cop Files Civil Rights Suit After Discovering He's Part Black

Cleon Brown says he faced 'straight-up racism' from other cops and city officials

(Newser) - For most of his 47 years, Michigan police sergeant Cleon Brown lived life as a white man—then a DNA test last year showed he's 18% sub-Saharan African. Now, Brown has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the city of Hastings, the New York Times reports. He tells... More »

Student Causes Stir With 'POC Only' Roommate Want-Ad

'I don't want to live with any white folks'

(Newser) - A want-ad for a new roommate spurred a passionate debate about racism, safe spaces, and what it's like to be a person of color in America this week at a small college in California. The Washington Post reports 20-year-old Pitzer College junior Karé Ureña posted on the Pitzer... More »

Black Lives Matter Demands Slavery Reparations

'We seek radical transformation, not reactionary reform'

(Newser) - A coalition of more than 60 groups, including Black Lives Matter, is demanding slavery reparations—encompassing free tuition to public universities, among other things—in its first policy platform released Monday, reports the Los Angeles Times . The platform is the result of a year’s work and touches on everything... More »

Boy Apologizes for White Privilege in Epic Poem

'I have started life on the top of the ladder'

(Newser) - A 14-year-old stood up in front of his eighth-grade class in May and delivered what is now "being celebrated as the definition of responsible self-analysis by a white American," per Fusion . In a viral video posted two weeks ago, Royce Mann of Atlanta begins his poem "White... More »

12-Year-Old Finishes Half-Marathon —by Mistake

LeeAdianez Rodriguez was only supposed to run a 5K

(Newser) - LeeAdianez Rodriguez, known as Lee to those close to her, was running late and just made it Sunday to the start of the 5K race she had signed up for in Rochester, NY, the Democrat and Chronicle reports. But at some point during her run, the 12-year-old started wondering why... More »

He's Black, She's Not, and They Were Evicted for It

Erica Flores Dunahoo shares her story

(Newser) - "Racial discrimination should be a thing of the past in Mississippi," said the head of the state's NAACP chapter, but this story suggests otherwise: The Clarion-Ledger reports that Erica Flores Dunahoo and her husband, Stanley Hoskins, were evicted from the Tupelo RV park they had rented from... More »

Alaska Has to Bring in Snow for Iditarod

7 rail cars filled with the white stuff due into Anchorage before dog-sled race

(Newser) - Seven rail cars are scheduled to pull into Alaska on Thursday, and they'll be packed with a precious commodity one wouldn't think Anchorage would need: snow for the famous Iditarod dog-sled race that begins Saturday, the Alaska Dispatch News reports. "It's no secret that warm temperatures... More »

Oregon College Creates 'Whiteness History Month'

It's been just a tad controversial

(Newser) - April is Whiteness History Month at Oregon's Portland Community College, NBC News reports. But instead of dissertations on the Tea Party, juice cleanses, and Macklemore, Whiteness History Month will attempt to "challenge the master narrative of race and racism through an exploration of the social construction of whiteness,... More »

The Oscars Snubbed Creed— and Failed to Break a 50-Year Trend

Hollywood has a 'love affair' with black history at the expense of 'black present'

(Newser) - On a day when everyone and their mother will be cataloging the biggest Oscar snubs of the year, Aisha Harris at Slate argues there's one that truly matters. "What’s really troubling is that the Academy missed out on a chance to do something it hasn’t done... More »

Woman Loses Lawsuit Over Sperm Bank's Race Mixup

She gave birth to mixed-race daughter after requesting a white donor

(Newser) - A woman who gave birth to a mixed-race daughter after accidentally receiving a sperm donation from a black man saw her lawsuit tossed out this week, the Chicago Tribune reports. Jennifer Cramblett sued Midwest Sperm Bank last year alleging a clerical error resulted in her and her partner Amanda Zinkon... More »

Insane-Sounding Ocean Race 'Round the World Has Begun

Some of the contenders in the Clipper yacht challenge have zero experience

(Newser) - A competition deemed "human will against nature" by its founder (the first person to ever sail, solo, nonstop around the world) officially kicked off today in London, with a motley assortment of mostly run-of-the-mill folks vying to win the 40,000-nautical-mile contest that will reach six continents, NBC News... More »

Michael Brown's Dad Stopped Cutting Beard Day Son Died

It's 'my strength,' he says

(Newser) - "My strength is my beard," Michael Brown Sr. tells CNN . "Every strand of hair means something." The father of Michael Brown, the black teen who was shot and killed by white officer Darren Wilson on Aug. 9, 2014, in Ferguson, Missouri, says his beard is a... More »

What Could Be America's Most Brutal Race Is Underway

Badwater Ultramarathon covers 135 miles, takes up to 48 hours to complete

(Newser) - Right now, as you sit in your air-conditioned living room or office goofing off online, there are 97 people pushing their bodies to the limit in what has been billed "the world's toughest foot race." The 135-mile slog known as the Badwater Ultramarathon kicked off yesterday in... More »

At 70, Woman Finds Out She's White

Verda Byrd says she still identifies as a 'beautiful black woman'

(Newser) - Verda Byrd is, by her own description, a "beautiful black woman" who lived the full "black experience" while growing up in Kansas, per ABC News : She was raised by adoptive black parents, dated black men, and went to black churches and clubs. But in 2013, long after her... More »

Mud Run Leaves Woman Blind in Eye, With $100K Bill

Uninsured mom faces flesh-eating bacteria, steep medical tab

(Newser) - A young mother in Texas who holds down two jobs but doesn't have health insurance is in the fight of her life—doing battle with not just the necrotizing fasciitis that has already claimed the vision in her left eye but also with her $100,000 medical bill. It... More »

Civil Servant Outruns 46 Horses on Foot

Hugh Aggleton fares well in odd British race

(Newser) - A civil servant outran nearly all the horses competing against him in a British marathon yesterday. Yes, you just read that: 30-year-old civil servant Hugh Aggleton finished the Man v. Horse Marathon in central Wales at 2 hours and 30 minutes, just 10 minutes slower than the competition's fastest... More »

Why Dolezal 'Undermines' African-Americans

Columnist: Her lie was made possible by our nation's racist past

(Newser) - As a white woman, Rachel Dolezal could have turned into an especially strong advocate for African-Americans as leader of her local NAACP, writes Tamara Winfrey Harris in the New York Times . Too bad that her "empathy evolved into impersonation," a dishonesty that "undermines the very people she... More »

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