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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 »

Waiter Given $1K After Sharing Racist Note Admits He Wrote It

'There is no excuse for what I did,' says Khalil Cavil

(Newser) - A $108 bill from a Texas steakhouse, showing no gratuity and the words, "We don't tip terrorist," inspired thousands to speak out against racism. But though "racism of any form is intolerable … falsely accusing someone of racism is equally disturbing," the COO of Saltgrass... More »

Racist Text Sparks Outrage on Georgia Campus

White student blames spellcheck

(Newser) - A white Georgia college student is blaming spellcheck for a racist slur she accidentally sent via text message to her new roommate. "Her insta looks pretty normal not too n-----ish," the student, identified by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution as Courtney Schaefer, texted after the two exchanged pleasantries, in a... More »

Pitcher's Racist Tweets Catch Up With Him

'They have my back,' Brewers pitcher Josh Hader says of his teammates

(Newser) - One by one, the Milwaukee Brewers filed into an auditorium at Miller Park as reliever Josh Hader offered his latest apology for years-old tweets that surfaced during the All-Star Game, the AP reports. Those racist, homophobic, social-media messages were thoughtless mistakes he made as a teenager, Hader says. He sought... More »

Police Told to Arrest Innocent Blacks: Probe

Former Florida police chief faces federal charges

(Newser) - Need to pin a crime on someone? Just pick up a black person. That was allegedly the unwritten policy of Miami-area police who have been accused of civil-rights violations, the Miami Herald reports. According to charges in federal court, former chief Raimundo Atesiano and two officers of the Biscayne Park... More »

Morning Hosts Suspended Over Racist Gestures

Telemundo disciplines pair who made slant-eye expressions after South Korea victory

(Newser) - Two morning hosts on Telemundo who thought it was hysterical to make slant-eye gestures in regard to South Korea's soccer team have been suspended. The network, owned by NBCUniversal, disciplined James Tahhan and Janice Bencosme and said it was "extremely disappointed" in their actions Wednesday morning, reports Deadline... More »

Fox News Commentator Says 'Cotton-Picking' to Black Guest

David Bossie made a racist comment while speaking to black Democratic strategist Joel Payne

(Newser) - A white Fox News paid commentator who is also an outside adviser to President Trump has found himself in hot water after a tense back-and-forth with a fellow guest on "Fox & Friends" Sunday that culminated with the use of a racist slur. "You're out of your... More »

Woman Calls Cops on Girl Selling Water

Widely shared video shows woman calling authorities on kid selling bottles without permit

(Newser) - A video being widely shared online this weekend appears to show a woman calling police in San Francisco on an 8-year-old girl for selling water without a permit. Per the Huffington Post , the woman, who appears to be white, is seen on the phone as the non-white girl's mother... More »

Supermarket Bans Black Man for Questioning Its Policy

Rory Ferreira, 26, says it was 'the scariest thing in the world'

(Newser) - A Maine man says he's pursuing legal action after an unpleasant encounter that smacks of racism, the Hill reports. Rory Ferreira, 26, says he wasn't surprised to be carded Tuesday when buying wine at a Shaw's store in Saco, Maine—but got suspicious when his wife was... More »

Dunkin' Donuts Pulls Sign That Ignited Tweetstorm

Baltimore location urged customers to report on certain employees

(Newser) - Media attention and Twitter rage have apparently inspired Dunkin' Donuts to remove a sign from a Baltimore location, the Baltimore Sun reports. Posted at the West 41st Street location, the sign urged customers to report on workers who yell in foreign languages. "If you hear any of our staff... More »

'This Is Intolerable': Air Force Fires Woman in Viral Video

Tabitha Duncan, 20, is getting booted from the Air Force

(Newser) - A Missouri woman who was booted from the Air Force for appearing in a racist Snapchat video says she "was drunk" and needs "to seek help," the Air Force Times reports. Tabitha Duncan, 20, appeared in the recent video driving along a dark road with others who... More »

Einstein's Diaries Show Disturbingly 'Clear Hallmark'

Genius's translated works exhibit xenophobic view of Chinese people

(Newser) - In a 1946 speech, Albert Einstein described racism as a "disease of white people." He apparently had it, as revealed in the genius's travel diaries, published entirely in English for the first time, per Quartz . Describing travels through China, Singapore, Japan, Palestine, and Spain between 1922 and... More »

Snapchat IMs Spark Outrage After White Driver Kills Black Man

Sherell 'Rell' Lewis was trying to clear away road debris

(Newser) - A Snapchat exchange following the road death of a black man in Louisiana is sparking outrage across social media, USA Today reports. Sherell "Rell" Lewis of Leesville pulled over on the roadway of US 171 to remove debris Tuesday, per KPLC-TV , when a 2003 Chevy struck and fatally injured... More »

Berkeley Coach: Airline Forced Me to Prove I'm Biracial Son's Mom

Cal basketball coach Lindsay Gottlieb calls out Southwest

(Newser) - Lindsay Gottlieb, coach of the University of California at Berkeley women’s basketball team, has flown with her son "approx 50 times" with no incident. So she was "appalled," as she wrote in a series of tweets to Southwest Airlines Monday, that during her most recent trip... More »

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