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America Gets Its First Site Documenting Racial Inequality

Alabama memorial honors 4.4K lynching victims

(Newser) - Elmore Bolling defied the odds against black men and built several successful businesses during the harsh era of Jim Crow segregation in the South. He had more money than a lot of whites, which his descendants believe was all it took to get him lynched in 1947. He was shot... More »

Prince Charles Stuns Writer With 'Racist' Remark

British writer Anita Sethi is outraged

(Newser) - Prince Charles has roused a Guardian reporter's ire by allegedly making a racist remark about her, People reports. Anita Sethi met Charles this week at the Commonwealth People's Forum, and when she told him she's from Manchester, he apparently said, "Well, you don't look like... More »

University Expels Frat Over 'Secret' Video

Theta Tau video is called 'racist, anti-Semitic, homophobic, ableist, and sexist'

(Newser) - Syracuse University has permanently expelled a fraternity over an offensive video that fraternity members say was intended as satire, the AP reports. The university announced the expulsion of Syracuse's Theta Tau chapter on its website Saturday. Chancellor Kent Syverud calls the Theta Tau video "racist, anti-Semitic, homophobic, ableist... More »

Gym Employees Call Police on Black Member, Guest

They thought member didn't pay

(Newser) - Employees of an LA Fitness in New Jersey wrongly accused a black member and his guest of not paying to work out and called police, prompting an apology from the company. A spokeswoman for Fitness International, parent company of LA Fitness, told the AP that three employees directly involved in... More »

Man Arrested at Starbucks Had Been Customer for 8 Years

Rashon Nelson says he feared for his life as he and longtime pal Donte Robinson were taken to jail

(Newser) - Rashon Nelson initially brushed it off when the Starbucks manager told him he couldn't use the restroom because he wasn't a paying customer, and when he and his business partner, Donte Robinson, were approached at their table and asked if they needed help. The 23-year-old entrepreneurs declined, explaining... More »

Frat Suspended After Blackface Photo Surfaces

Students dressed as gang members on multicultural weekend

(Newser) - In what critics say was just the latest example of insensitive behavior at California Polytechnic State University, fraternity members dressed up as stereotypical gang members during the college's multicultural weekend—and one student was photographed in blackface. The Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity was quickly placed on interim suspension after... More »

Simpsons' Response to Apu Controversy Not Going Over Well

The show is being widely criticized for its response to documentary

(Newser) - Last November, a documentary looked at the Indian Simpsons character Apu Nahasapeemapetilon and the way the exaggerated mannerisms of the Springfield Kwik-E-Mart owner push negative stereotypes of South Asians. On Sunday, The Simpsons responded to The Problem With Apu —and that response is not going over well. In Sunday... More »

She Spewed Racist Remarks at Cops. Now She's Going to Jail

Vicky Momberg is South Africa's first person sentenced to up to 3 years of prison time for racism

(Newser) - Vicky Momberg didn't just say the slur one time to black police officers. She said it nearly 50 times, and that rant has now earned her a three-year prison sentence, with one year suspended. The BBC calls the South African ruling a "landmark" one, as it's the... More »

National Geographic Admits Past Racist Coverage

'We had to own our story to move beyond it'

(Newser) - National Geographic has acknowledged that it covered the world through a racist lens for generations, with its magazine portrayals of bare-breasted women and naive brown-skinned tribesmen as savage, unsophisticated, and unintelligent. "We had to own our story to move beyond it," editor-in-chief Susan Goldberg tells the AP in... More »

Google Employee Claims Wrongful Firing

Tim Chevalier says he was fired for coming down on 'misogynistic' ex-engineer James Damore

(Newser) - First ex-Google engineer James Damore sued his former employer for firing him after he put out a memo saying women aren’t fit for tech jobs. Now another ex-Google worker has brought his own suit against the company after he came out hard against Damore. Tim Chevalier's complaint —... More »

NHL Fans Taunt Black Player With 'Basketball' Chant

Chicago Blackhawks boot 4 male fans for remarks to the Washington Capitals' Devante Smith-Pelly

(Newser) - NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman says the league condemns the behavior of four male fans chanting a racial taunt against a black player, and that he backs the Chicago Blackhawks for ejecting the offenders. Bettman says no one "should ever have to endure such abuse at one of our games,... More »

Racists Lie About Attacks by Black Fans During Black Panther

And they're using pictures of actual domestic violence victims to do so

(Newser) - Reason number 149,684,594 the internet should be burned to the ground: Trolls on social media are using photos of actual victims of domestic violence to make false claims that white people are being targeted in racially motivated attacks at Black Panther screenings. BuzzFeed reports one photo shared on... More »

Official: Man Shot 6 Immigrants Out of 'Racial Hatred'

Apparently random shooting spree targets African immigrants in Italy

(Newser) - An Italian gunman with extreme right-wing sympathies shot and wounded six African immigrants Saturday in Italy during a two-hour drive-by shooting spree, the AP reports. Police photos showed the shooting suspect with a neo-Nazi tattoo prominently on his forehead as he sat in custody and an Italian flag tied around... More »

Astronaut Was to Make History—Until NASA Intervened

Jeanette Epps was to be the first African American on the ISS

(Newser) - Jeanette Epps was to make history when she set foot on the International Space Station in June, as the first African-American astronaut to do so. Emphasis on "was." NASA on Thursday announced a shake-up to its crew assignments, stating Serena Auñón-Chancellor would be bumped from her... More »

Asst. Police Chief Resigns Over Racist Facebook Messages

'If black shoot them'

(Newser) - An assistant police chief in Kentucky resigned after exchanging what a county attorney calls "highly disturbing racist and threatening Facebook messages" with a Louisville police recruit, the Courier-Journal reports. A letter from county attorney Mike O'Connell to Prospect Mayor John Evans detailing the contents of the messages, sent... More »

He Was in a Controversial H&M Ad. Now He's Had to Move

Family of 5-year-old Liam Mango says they had to vacate their home for 'security reasons'

(Newser) - Controversy keeps swirling around H&M and an online ad that showed a young black boy in a hoodie with the words "Coolest Monkey in the Jungle." The ad has since been removed, but the family of 5-year-old Liam Mango, the ad's model, now says they had... More »

Trump's Ex Agrees: He's a 'Stable Genius'

Ivana Trump also says the president 'definitely is not racist'

(Newser) - Ivana Trump, former wife of the president, appeared on Good Morning Britain Monday and had good things to say about her famous ex. Two of the big quotes in circulation, via the Telegraph :
  • Racism: "I don't think Donald is racist at all," she said, addressing the latest
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Texts About Meghan Markle Create Political Storm in Britain

UKIP leader splits with girlfriend after nasty messages are published

(Newser) - The leader of a British political party is in hot water over his girlfriend's texts about Meghan Markle. Ex-girlfriend, actually. In the wake of the controversy, UK Independence Party leader Henry Bolton, 54, has split with his 25-year-old girlfriend, Jo Marney, reports the Guardian . Now the question is whether... More »

Trump: I'm the 'Least Racist Person You Have Ever Interviewed'

4 Democrats are boycotting SOTU speech

(Newser) - President Trump responded to accusations of racism Sunday in quintessentially Trumpian fashion: He boasted to reporters that he was less of a racist than anybody else. "No, no, I’m not a racist. I am the least racist person you have ever interviewed," Trump said to reporters outside... More »

New Reports of Racist, Insensitive Behavior by Trump

He reportedly referred to American intelligence analyst as 'pretty Korean lady'

(Newser) - With President Trump facing fresh allegations of racism after reportedly calling nonwhite countries "shitholes" during a meeting this week, NBC News is sharing anecdotes from lawmakers and government officials that highlight Trump's history of what could be considered culturally insensitive or outright racist behavior. In one story shared... More »

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