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A Dear Abby Answer on Names Sparks Outrage

Padma Lakshmi calls column 'deeply racist'

(Newser) - The "Dear Abby" advice column has been appearing in newspapers since 1956—and after a recent response to a question about "foreign names," critics accused it of being stuck in that year. Columnist Jeanne Phillips was accused of racism after telling a reader he was right to... More »

Woman in Golf Cart Calls Cops on Black Dad at Game

Gerald Jones says he was instructing his son

(Newser) - We've had "Cornerstone Caroline," "Pool Patrol Paula," and "BBQ Becky." Now: "Golfcart Gail." That's the nickname given by Ginger Williams to a woman she says was at her son's soccer game in Ponte Vedra, Fla., this weekend, harassing a... More »

Pageant Co-Founder Accused of Making Racist Remarks

4 Mrs. America contestants want an apology from David Marmel

(Newser) - Four contestants in this year's Mrs. America pageant want CEO and co-founder David Marmel to apologize for racially charged comments he allegedly made at a party before the competition. The women say Marmel, who is white, joined a table with four black contestants and told them "black women... More »

White Woman Falsely Accuses Black Child of Groping Her

New York City resident Teresa Klein later apologized

(Newser) - "I was just sexually assaulted by a child." So claimed a white woman outside a Brooklyn deli Wednesday as cell-phone cameras rolled and the accused black boy, who's about 9, burst into tears. Teresa Klein, 53, made the accusation in a 911 call, saying the child "... More »

Soccer Club's Racist Fans to Get All-Expenses-Paid Trip

Racist Chelsea supporters can choose a ban or Auschwitz

(Newser) - Hurling racial slurs at a Chelsea soccer match could mean an all-expenses-paid jaunt to Poland. It's not exactly a dreamy getaway: After years of issuing bans to racist fans, the English Premier League team is offering to send them instead to the Nazi death camp Auschwitz for a history... More »

300K Immigrants From 4 Nations Get a Judge's Reprieve

Judge Edward Chen blocks DOJ's TPS move, citing evidence of racism toward 'non-white aliens'

(Newser) - The Department of Justice is condemning a judge's ruling that blocks the Trump administration from ending protections for 300,000 immigrants living and working in the United States. A federal judge in San Francisco issued a temporary injunction Wednesday that bars the administration from ending a program that allowed... More »

Texas Superintendent in Hot Water Over Black QB Quip

Lynn Redden says he thought it was a private message

(Newser) - An East Texas school superintendent who wrote "You can't count on a black quarterback" on a Facebook post publicizing a Houston Chronicle article says he thought he was replying to a private message. Lynn Redden is superintendent of the Onalaska Independent School District in the Piney Woods, about... More »

School's 'Safe Space for White Students' Sparks Backlash

The University of Maryland in Baltimore rethinks the offer

(Newser) - The University of Maryland is in damage-control mode after its counseling center offered "a safe space for White students" to discuss racial issues, CBS Baltimore reports. Called White Awake, the group said it was designed "to promote anti-racism" and "help White students become more culturally competent."... More »

White Guy Pulls Gun on Black Students Waiting for Friend

They were waiting for friend to let them into his apartment building

(Newser) - As four black Florida A&M University students waited outside for a friend to let them into his apartment building for a party, a white man confronted them—and ultimately pulled a gun on them in an incident Tallahassee police and the university are now investigating. Video of a portion... More »

Artist Who Drew Serena Cartoon: 'World's Gone Crazy'

Mark Knight says controversial drawing 'had nothing to do with race'

(Newser) - The Australian cartoonist widely condemned for drawing what critics say is a racist caricature of Serena Williams says the world has "gone crazy." Herald Sun cartoonist Mark Knight told an interviewer Monday that his cartoon was an accurate representation of Williams' meltdown during her US Open loss to... More »

Mollie Would Have Found Reaction to Her Murder 'Racist': Dad

Rob Tibbetts writes a column for the 'Des Moines Register'

(Newser) - Ever since Mollie Tibbetts was found dead, her father Rob has been asking people to stop using her murder—of which an immigrant is accused—to push political agendas. This weekend in the Des Moines Register , he made that request again, because many have been ignoring it. "They have... More »

Florida Gov's Race Just Hit New Racist Low

Anti-Gillum robocall backed by white supremacist group features jungle music, talk of mud huts

(Newser) - Ron DeSantis swears he meant nothing racist by his "monkey this up" comment, but a new robocall in the Florida gubernatorial race definitely did: Set to the background of jungle music and screeching monkeys, the New York Times reports that the minute-long audio clip begins with a man saying,... More »

National Review Writer Describes Racist Attacks on His Multiracial Family

David French was first attacked from the left, now the right

(Newser) - David French, a veteran, evangelical Christian, and senior writer at the conservative National Review, is a white man with a black daughter, a little girl he and his wife adopted from Ethiopia in 2010. When they first adopted her, they faced attacks from some on the left who claimed, among... More »

Michigan Democrat Sorry for Racist Remarks About Rival

She told people not to vote for the 'ching-chong'

(Newser) - "Those are not ... the kind of comments I would usually make," a Michigan state lawmaker said Thursday, apologizing for racist remarks she was overheard making about an Asian-American rival. State Rep. Bettie Cook Scott, who faced state Rep. Stephanie Chang and four other candidates in the Democratic primary... More »

Mo. GOP Denounces 'Vile' Remarks of Primary Winner

Steve West, known for bigotry and conspiracy theories, won nomination for state House seat

(Newser) - He calls himself Jack Justice, has a YouTube channel in which he puts on a wig and fake beard and spouts conspiracy theories, and said last year on a radio show: "Hitler was right about what was taking place in Germany. And who was behind it." Steve West... More »

Akron Public Schools Weighs In on LeBron James' Intelligence

'He's a bright guy, end of story,' spokesman says

(Newser) - "Anyone that's done what LeBron James has done for the past decade to 15 years for our children to prepare them to flourish in life has to be an intelligent person." With that, Akron Public Schools spokesman Mark Williamson joined first lady Melania Trump in praising a... More »

After Husband's Tweet, Melania Has Kind Words for LeBron

The first lady extends an olive branch to LeBron James

(Newser) - Melania Trump issued a statement in support of LeBron James just hours after her husband attacked the basketball phenom in a scathing tweet Saturday, CNN reports. "It looks like LeBron James is working to do good things on behalf of our next generation and just as she always has,... 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 »

Cops Called on Student Eating Lunch: 'All I Did Was Be Black'

Someone called Smith College cops to check on Oumou Kanoute

(Newser) - A Massachusetts college president is apologizing after campus police were called to investigate an undergraduate black student quietly eating her lunch in a common room. Smith College President Kathleen McCartney says in a letter Thursday the college is hiring a "third-party investigator" to review the incident and that every... More »

Black Man Makes Accusation at Sean Spicer Book Signing

Alex Lombard speaks up at Rhode Island event

(Newser) - A black man yelled at former White House press secretary Sean Spicer in a bookstore and accused Spicer of calling him a racial slur when they were students at a prep school decades ago, the AP reports. Spicer was "taken aback" by the man's "outrageous claim" and... More »

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