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Black Men Accused in 1949 Rape Get Pardon

The case of the Groveland Four is now seen as a blight on Florida's history

(Newser) - After a dramatic, hour-long meeting that recalled events from nearly seven decades ago, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and the state's three-member Cabinet granted posthumous pardons Friday to four African-American men, known as the Groveland Four , accused of raping a white woman in a 1949 case now seen as a... More »

Young Players Defend Black Teammate. NHL Players Notice

Washington Capitals invite youth team to NHL game after incident last month

(Newser) - A youth hockey team in Maryland who stood up for a black teammate enduring racial taunts will get a surprise reward. The Washington Capitals are providing 60 tickets to the Metro Maple Leafs to attend a game next week. The gesture follows an incident in December in which Leafs player... More »

Black Man to Hotel Guard: I'm a Guest. 'Not Anymore'

DoubleTree hotel calls the incident 'unfortunate'

(Newser) - Meet Jermaine Massey, who was apparently kicked out of a hotel for making a phone call. "Tonight I was racially profiled and discriminated against for taking a phone call in the lobby of my hotel," he writes on Instagram , per CNN . Massey, 34, has posted videos showing a... More »

Alleged Poisoner Had 'Good Strategy' to Duck Charges

Seems Yukai Yang nearly got out of the US

(Newser) - Seems Yukai Yang had a solution to his problem: Get the heck outta Dodge. The former Lehigh University student, charged with trying to poison his roommate , has been accused of trying to flee the US while authorities investigated him, ABC 7 reports. County prosecutors in Pennsylvania say the Chinese national... More »

Why Teen Wrestler's Hair Can't Be Fixed

It's probably an honest mistake, but still

(Newser) - Andrew Johnson's unkind cut might have been fixed, except for one thing: His dreadlocks were thrown out, TMZ reports. Seems the teen wrestler's dreads— sheared off by referee demand last week in New Jersey before a match—could have been reattached if school officials had kept them. It'... More »

Black Officer Suspended for Using Racial Slur

Cincinnati police look at N-word cases

(Newser) - Is this a case of equal-opportunity suspension? Two days after a white Ohio police officer was suspended for using the "N-word" on duty, a black officer got the same treatment for doing the same thing—though he did it back in September, USA Today reports. The story unfolded Wednesday... More »

White Man to Black Neighbor: 'You Don't Live Here'

Now 'Hallway Harry' has gone viral

(Newser) - America, meet "Hallway Harry." That's the online moniker for a white New Yorker who's been caught on video verbally confronting his black neighbor, the New York Times reports. "What are you doing in my building?" the man asks. "You don't live here. I'... More »

He Came Ready to Win. Then, a Ref's 'Cruel' Demand

NJ athletic officials investigating why Alan Maloney made young athlete shave off his dreadlocks

(Newser) - In 2016, Alan Maloney was accused of using a racial slur against a colleague. Now the high school wrestling referee is in hot water again, this time for forcing a young athlete to have his dreadlocks shaved right before a match. NBC News reports the incident took place Wednesday night,... More »

Bank Is Sorry After Calling Cops on Black Customer

Paul McCowns was just trying to cash his paycheck in Ohio

(Newser) - An incident at a bank near Cleveland has spawned an unfortunate hashtag: #BankingWhileBlack, reports NBC News . When Paul McCowns, who is black, showed up at Huntington Bank in the Ohio suburb of Brooklyn to cash his first check from a new job, the tellers got suspicious. After they tried calling... More »

Another NY Lawyer Caught in Racist Tirade

Anna Lushchinskaya, 40, is charged on five counts

(Newser) - What's up with New York lawyers? Months after one was caught on video spewing anti-immigrant rhetoric in a restaurant, another flung racist insults on the subway and apparently assaulted a woman of Asian descent. Anna Lushchinskaya, 40, shouted profanities at a 24-year-old Tuesday after bumping into her on the... More »

Luxury Brand Pulls 'Blackface' Products Amid Outcry

A civil rights attorney was shocked by the display

(Newser) - "I don't make a lot of public posts, but right now I'm shaking with anger." So begins a Facebook post that has stirred public indignation and pushed the luxury brand Prada to pull products from its shelves, CNN reports. Chinyere Ezie, a civil rights attorney, says... More »

'I'm Just Saying': Actor Finds Other Celebs' Anti-Gay Tweets

Nick Cannon digs up missives from Chelsea Handler and others

(Newser) - With Kevin Hart out as Oscar host over his homophobic tweets, actor/rapper Nick Cannon has a question: What about Chelsea Handler, Sarah Silverman, and Amy Schumer? TMZ reports that Cannon began Friday by tweeting something Handler posted in 2010: "This is what a f*g bird likes like when he... More »

Video Purports to Show High Schoolers Singing KKK Song

To the tune of 'Jingle Bells'...

(Newser) - Outrage has emerged around a New Hampshire high school where 11th graders are accused of singing a racist song as part of a history class project. Per NBC News , students at Dover High School were instructed to create a song about the post-Civil War Reconstruction era when they took the... More »

Racist Christmas Tree 'Ornaments' Get Cops Put on Leave

Tree 'ornaments' called 'modern-day version of a dog whistle'

(Newser) - Two Minneapolis police officers are on leave due to their ill-advised Christmas ornament choices. A photo of the Fourth Precinct's Christmas tree made headlines after being shared on social media last week; the tree was decorated with items including a Newport cigarette pack, a can of Steel Reserve malt... More »

Fan's Racist Slam of Coach Costs Him a Job

Man posted image of FSU's Willie Taggart being lynched

(Newser) - A fan of Florida State football is out of a job over a racist post he made about the team's coach. The unidentified fan superimposed the face of coach Willie Taggart onto an old photo of a black man being lynched, reports ESPN . Taggart is the school's first... More »

DA: FedEx Driver Had Every Right to Confront Racist

Timothy Warren threw a fatal punch, will face no charges

(Newser) - A FedEx driver in Portland, Oregon, will not face charges after he landed a fatal punch against a man hurling racial slurs at him, reports the Oregonian . The unusual case involves Timothy Warren, a 41-year-old black FedEx driver, and Joseph Magnuson, a 55-year-old white man. Police say Warren was driving... More »

He Asked a Student to Leave. Then Fists Started Flying

GoFundMe for Marston Riley raises $75K after he got into fight with teen

(Newser) - A high school music teacher in California was arrested Friday and charged with child abuse after he got into a physical fight with a 14-year-old student who verbally provoked him in class. USA Today has cellphone video of the incident at Maywood Academy High School, where 64-year-old Marston Riley can... 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 »

'South Park Susan' Surrenders to Police

She was caught on video harassing black sisters

(Newser) - A North Carolina woman who boasted about being "white and hot" as she harassed two black women in a parking lot surrendered to police Saturday, days after a warrant was issued for her arrest. The Brunswick County Sheriff's Department says Susan Westwood, 51, was released on bond after... More »

Trump Official Uses Phrase He Might Regret

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue was speaking in Florida

(Newser) - A top Trump official has uttered a race-laden phrase that left at least a few heads shaking, Politico reports. Speaking Saturday in Lakeland, Fla., for GOP gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said, "Leadership matters. And that is why this election is so cotton pickin' important to... More »

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