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Writer Leaves Dunham Project Due to Her 'Well-Known Racism'

Zinzi Clemmons says she goes way back with Dunham, advises women of color to avoid her

(Newser) - Lena Dunham caused a stir last week when she and Girls co-creator Jenni Konner issued a statement defending a Girls writer from allegations of sexual assault against a teen. She has since apologized , but that didn't appease one of the writers for her Lenny e-newsletter. Per Vulture , Zinzi Clemmons... More »

Kellogg's Sorry About Racially Insensitive Cereal Boxes

Why do yellow corn pops get to have fun at mall while the only brown one waxes the floor?

(Newser) - "Why is literally the only brown corn pop on the whole cereal box the janitor? This is teaching kids racism," Saladin Ahmed tweeted Tuesday. The Marvel Comics writer and fantasy author was looking at the artwork on a box of Kellogg's Corn Pops that USA Today... More »

Students Pose With Pumpkins Carved With Swastika, 'KKK'

Viral photo blasted by Pa. school district as 'reprehensible'

(Newser) - An eastern Pennsylvania school district is dealing with a second race-related incident in just over a week, investigating a Facebook photo showing current and former students posing with pumpkins carved with racist symbols. The pumpkins included one with a swastika, and another with the letters KKK. The photo shows four... More »

2 Cops Arrested in Murder of Black Man 34 Years Ago

3 others were also arrested in the Georgia cold case

(Newser) - Five white people—including two law enforcement officers—were arrested Friday in Georgia in connection with the murder of a black man 34 years ago, NBC News reports. Timothy Coggins was 23 when his body was found in a grassy area 30 miles south of downtown Atlanta in 1983. Spalding... More »

Here's What Black Model in 'Racist' Dove Ad Thinks of It

Lola Ogunyemi: Outrage is understandable, but I am not a victim

(Newser) - Lola Ogunyemi grew up being told she was pretty ... "for a dark-skinned girl." So when Dove offered her the chance to model in one of its body wash campaigns, she jumped at it. "Having the opportunity to represent my dark-skinned sisters in a global beauty brand... More »

Ditka on NFL Protests: 'No Oppression in Last 100 Years'

Former coach says protesting athletes should 'go to another country'

(Newser) - If Mike Ditka were still at the helm of an NFL team, he'd perhaps do more than bench athletes who disrespect the US flag during the national anthem, as Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has threatened to do . "I would say 'adios,'" the former coach... More »

Teen Employee Denied Shifts at Banana Republic Over 'Urban' Hair

Manager fired after incident goes viral

(Newser) - A manager at a White Plains, New York, Banana Republic has been fired after telling a black employee her braided hair was "too urban" for the store. Destiny Tompkins, 19, posted about the incident on Facebook Wednesday, explaining that after a district manager visited the store, Tompkins was called... More »

Dove Apologizes for Ad Many Are Calling Racist

It appeared to show a black woman turning into a white woman

(Newser) - Dove is once again being called out for one of its ads. This time, the ad in question showed a black woman pulling off her brown shirt to reveal a white woman in a pale shirt, who then pulled off her shirt to reveal a non-Caucasian, but still light-skinned, woman... More »

Police Chief Says Letter to Day Care Most Offensive He's Ever Seen

Letter calls on day care to fire black worker because of her skin color

(Newser) - Police are investigating an anonymous letter calling on a Pennsylvania day care center to fire a black worker because of her skin color, the AP reports. According to the Allentown Morning Call , the Bridge 2 Creative Learning Center in Whitehall Township received an envelope Tuesday containing letters addressed to the... More »

As Cam Newton Apologizes, So Does Reporter

Jourdan Rodrigue 'deeply sorry' for racist tweets

(Newser) - Having now received an apology from Cam Newton, Charlotte Observer reporter Jourdan Rodrigue has had to issue one of her own. The reporter, who covers the Carolina Panthers and was involved in what some called a sexist exchange with the quarterback during a press conference Wednesday, says she is "... More »

FBI Traces Racist Threat to Panera Bread WiFi for Arrest

John Edgar Rust allegedly threatened to kill black students at Howard University

(Newser) - The FBI has arrested a white man in his mid-20s who allegedly threatened to kill black students at Howard University two years ago, and the investigation involved a nifty bit of internet sleuthing. Agents first traced the threat posted on Reddit and 4chan to the wireless internet at a Panera... More »

Suspect Held After 'Racially Motivated' Louisiana Murders

2 black men were shot dead in separate incidents

(Newser) - Police in Louisiana suspect that a man taken into custody Saturday is the attacker who killed two black men in apparently random, possibly racially motivated murders. Police say Kenneth Gleason, 23, has been charged only with drug offenses for now because they don't have enough evidence for a murder... More »

Ohio Firefighter Says He'd Save Dogs Before Black Men

Tyler Roysdon, 20, of Franklin Township has been suspended without pay

(Newser) - A volunteer firefighter in Ohio has been suspended without pay after posting on Facebook that he would save a dog from a burning building over a black man, WHIO reports. According to Raw Story , 20-year-old Tyler Roysdon of Franklin Township added, "one dog is more important than a million... More »

Racism Banner Causes Scene at Fenway

'White people need to wake up,' say anti-racism protesters

(Newser) - A banner draped from the stands of Boston's Fenway Park was meant to spark a conversation, says one of the individuals involved in Wednesday night's stunt. In that sense, it was a success. During the fourth inning of the Red Sox game against the Oakland Athletics, three protesters... More »

Suspect in Charlottesville Beating: I Hit Victim 'One Time'

Alex Michael Ramos arrested in Georgia, to be extradited to Virginia

(Newser) - A Georgia man is in custody and set to be extradited to Virginia for his alleged role in the beating of a black man during the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville. The Daily Progress reports that 33-year-old Alex Michael Ramos turned himself in to the Monroe County Sheriff's Office... More »

Alabama Unveils a New Confederate Monument

Other states are tearing down tributes to Dixie

(Newser) - Alabama just got a new Confederate memorial, even as similar monuments have sparked protests and violence elsewhere. AL.com reports that more than 200 people attended the unveiling Sunday of a stone dedicated to "Unknown [Alabama] Soldiers" with the Confederacy at Confederate Veterans Memorial Park in Crenshaw County. "... More »

Celeb Chef Alters Restaurant Name After Disturbing Find

Tom Colicchio says he didn't know about racial beliefs of men he named it after

(Newser) - A celebrity chef has spent tens of thousands of dollars to quietly change the name of his Manhattan restaurant after he discovered its meaning had racial undertones. Per the New York Times , Tom Colicchio, the lead judge on Bravo's Top Chef, originally called his eatery in the New York... More »

New Aim for Rosa Parks' Home: Return It to US

Artist Ryan Mendoza, who brought it to Berlin, says now is the right time

(Newser) - Last year, an American artist living in Germany bought Rosa Parks' dilapidated home in Detroit and reassembled it in Berlin as an art project. Now Ryan Mendoza says it's time for the home to return to the US, per the Detroit Free Press . He cites the recent racial violence... More »

Tim Cook Memo: 'I Disagree With the President'

Apple CEO denounces 'hate and bigotry' in response to Charlottesville

(Newser) - The backlash against President Trump's inflammatory remarks on Charlottesville continues, including two White House business councils being shuttered after members started defecting. The latest voice to enter the mix: Apple CEO Tim Cook, who Wednesday sent a memo to employees decrying "hate and bigotry" in general, and Trump'... More »

White Nationalist Gains Notoriety After Virginia Violence

Christopher Cantwell was featured in Vice News video, now blocked on Facebook

(Newser) - One of the white nationalists who has gotten the most attention after last weekend's violence in Charlottesville is New Hampshire's Christopher Cantwell, thanks to his role in a Vice News documentary about the rally. But the attention isn't necessarily turning out to be a good thing for... More »

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