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Racist Walmart Customer Is Now Only One of Those Things

Walmart asks woman from viral video not to shop there anymore

(Newser) - Walmart is attempting to identity the racist Arkansas customer seen in a viral video this week in order to ban her from shopping at its stores, BuzzFeed reports. The video was posted to Facebook on Monday by Eva Hicks, a mother of three. Hicks tells CNN she nicely asked the... More »

Cosby Breaks Silence as Trial Draws Near

Says he won't testify, suggests that racism may be at play

(Newser) - When Bill Cosby's rape trial gets underway in just under three weeks, don't expect to see the celeb himself on the stand. In a rare interview with Michael Smerconish of SiriusXM that aired Tuesday, Cosby says he doesn't expect to testify in his own defense, reports Deadline... More »

Cartoon Frog Taken Over by the Alt-Right Croaks

Creator Matt Furie gave up trying to keep Pepe out of the hands of white supremacists

(Newser) - He tried to #SavePepe but in the end, Matt Furie had to let the frog go. The Guardian reports that Furie, the cartoonist who created the amphibian character that was appropriated by the alt-right in internet memes, killed off Pepe the Frog to coincide with Free Comic Book Day on... More »

'Crude Act of Bigotry' on Campus After Black Student President Elected

Police searching for suspect in surveillance video

(Newser) - Taylor Dumpson began her first day as the first black female president of American University's Student Government Association on Monday. That same day, bananas hanging from nooses were found at three spots on campus in what the DC school's president calls a "crude and racially insensitive act... More »

Ballplayer Has Racial Slurs and Peanuts Hurled at Him

The Red Sox and Boston's mayor have apologized to Adam Jones

(Newser) - Adam Jones has received apologies from the Boston Red Sox and the mayor of Boston after the Baltimore Orioles outfielder was subjected to a barrage of racial slurs Monday night at Fenway Park, the Boston Globe reports. According to USA Today , Jones says he "was called the n-word a... More »

New Orleans Starts Taking Down 'Aberration'

Mayor says Confederate statues don't represent city

(Newser) - Workers in New Orleans began removing the first of four prominent Confederate monuments early Monday, making it the latest Southern city to sever itself from symbols viewed by many as representing racism and white supremacy. Trucks arrived to begin removing the first memorial, one that commemorates whites who tried to... More »

Machine Learning Has a Weakness: Humans

Study finds that artificial intelligence can adopt our racism, sexism

(Newser) - Artificial intelligence has come a long way in recent years, and algorithms with machine-learning applications are proving skillful at things like playing poker, lip-reading, and, unfortunately, being biased. Researchers at Princeton proved the point in an experiment involving an algorithm known as GloVe , which has learned about 840 billion words... More »

Airbnb Host Strands Guest in Storm Because She's Asian

Airbnb has banned the host permanently

(Newser) - Dyne Suh and her friends were minutes away from the cabin they'd booked on Airbnb for a weekend getaway in Big Bear, Calif., when the host abruptly canceled the reservation, leaving the group stranded in a snowstorm—and told Suh she was doing so because Suh is Asian. Suh... More »

Nivea Apologizes for 'White Is Purity' Ad

The ad was widely criticized but embraced by white supremacists

(Newser) - A German skincare company has been forced to rethink an advertising campaign following accusations of racism—again. An ad for Nivea's Invisible For Black & White deodorant with the tagline "white is purity" was posted to the company's Middle East Facebook page earlier this week, the New ... 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 »

Guy Who Killed Black Man With Sword Went to NYC to Kill: Cops

He turned himself in after one murder

(Newser) - A white US Army veteran from Baltimore bent on making a racist attack took a bus to New York, the "media capital of the world," randomly picked out a black man who was collecting bottles on the street, and killed him with a sword, police said Wednesday. James... More »

Supreme Court Makes Exception on Juror Secrecy

Ruling says deliberations can be disclosed if racial bias helped lead to conviction

(Newser) - Calling racial and ethnic bias "antithetical" to the way a US jury is supposed to work, the Supreme Court took exception Monday to the usual rule that jury deliberations be kept secret, the New York Times reports. The court's 5-3 ruling mandates that state and federal laws meant... More »

'Goodbye Racist!' Passengers Cheer as Man Booted off Flight

After rant against 'foreigners,' man escorted off plane

(Newser) - A man who reportedly harangued a Pakistani couple was escorted off a United flight Saturday evening, drawing cheers from passengers. "Goodbye racist!" a woman hollered as the man and his companion were escorted off the plane, the Washington Post reports. The incident aboard Flight 1113 from Chicago to... More »

GPS Reveals Chilling 2nd Stop by Dylann Roof

GPS data reveals he went to second church

(Newser) - GPS information from Dylann Roof's car reveals a chilling detail: He stopped at a second South Carolina church after his massacre, reports ABC affiliate WCIV . When he left Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, Roof got back on the interstate and took an exit that brought him to Branch AME... More »

Despite Milo Move, Author Won't Let Publisher Off Hook

Feminist author Roxane Gay rails on Simon & Schuster

(Newser) - People are buzzing about Simon & Schuster pulling Milo Yiannopoulos' upcoming book, Dangerous, over past pedophilia comments—but one person not giving him, or the publisher, a pass is Roxane Gay. On her Tumblr , the Bad Feminist author digs into S&S, noting that no, "they did not finally... More »

Black Players Harassed With Racist Chants at 'Hick Night'

The school has officially apologized

(Newser) - Parents say black high school basketball players were targeted with racist chants during a game in western Pennsylvania where the home team was celebrating "Hick Night," the AP reports. The parents tell the Uniontown Herald Standard that Connellsville students yelled chants including "Build that wall!" and... More »

Dairy Queen Shuts Down Franchisee After Racist Rant

Illinois location shut down, franchisee banned

(Newser) - Dairy Queen has given the boot to one of its franchisees after he allegedly unleashed a racist tirade against a customer. Deianeira Ford visited a Zion, Ill., DQ on Wednesday with her two young children and asked for a refund after her order was mixed up. Owner James Crichton gave... More »

Miami Cops Fired After Alleged 'Target Practice' Racist Jokes

They allegedly joked about using primarily black neighborhoods for target practice

(Newser) - Three new police officers were fired for making comments on a group chat about using Miami's primarily black neighborhoods for target practice, the AP reports. Officers Kevin Bergnes, Miguel Valdes, and Bruce Alcin were let go on Dec. 23, after an internal affairs investigation concluded that they violated department... More »

Teacher Resigns Over Racist Posts About Obamas

He allegedly called them 'spider monkey,' 'first chimp'

(Newser) - An Arkansas high school teacher has resigned as parents and students were planning to boycott school events in response to his references to Barack and Michelle Obama as "spider monkey" and "first chimp." The online posts attributed to Trent Bennett of Malvern High School have since been... More »

School Board Gives Trump Supporter 24 Hours to Quit

Buffalo's Carl Paladino said first lady should go live with a gorilla

(Newser) - Buffalo's school board voted 6-2 Thursday to try to get rid of a controversial ninth member—Carl Paladino, co-chair of Donald Trump's New York campaign. The board gave Paladino 24 hours to resign over what it called "unambiguously racist" and "morally repugnant" remarks about the Obamas... More »

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