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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 »

George HW, George W. Respond to Charlottesville

'America must always reject racial bigotry, anti-Semitism, and hatred in all forms'

(Newser) - Two former Republican presidents are coming out strong against racism following the Charlottesville violence. "America must always reject racial bigotry, anti-Semitism, and hatred in all forms," say George HW Bush and George W. Bush in a statement released Wednesday. "As we pray for Charlottesville, we are reminded... More »

Fallon Blasts Trump on Charlottesville: 'Shameful'

Late-night host said seeing white supremacists made him 'sick to my stomach'

(Newser) - Jimmy Fallon once caught a lot of flak for mussing Donald Trump's hair, but now that Trump actually is president, Fallon is getting a lot more serious, Mashable reports. On Monday's Tonight Show, Fallon addressed the violence in Charlottesville, Va., leading to the deaths of Heather Heyer and... More »

Procter & Gamble Ad Addresses Racism Head-On

And doesn't mention a single P&G product

(Newser) - It's a simple message: Beware of racism in the United States. But Procter & Gamble took a calculated risk with its ad that features black mothers speaking to children about racial bias through the decades, reports the AP . The company says it knew there might be a backlash and... More »

Anti-Immigration Group on Pic of Empty Bus Seats: 'Terrifying'

Members of the group thought the seats were women in burqas

(Newser) - One Facebook user says—as per the Washington Post —it's proof "the meanest are also the stupidest": a photo of six empty bus seats mistaken by a Norwegian anti-immigrant group for women in burqas. Johan Slattavik, who calls himself "Norway's worst web troll," says... More »

Airbnb Host Who Stranded Guest for Racist Reason Is Punished

Tami Barker ordered to pay $5K, among other things

(Newser) - The (former) Airbnb host who canceled a guest's stay at her cabin in Big Bear, California, for racist reasons has been penalized. Tami Barker, who told would-be guest Dyne Suh "one word: Asian" when she canceled her stay at the last minute , must pay $5,000 in damages... More »

Petition: No More Free Tickets for Chicago Theater Critic

Hedy Weiss accused of racism

(Newser) - A prominent Chicago theater critic is under fire for publishing a review of Steppenwolf's production of Pass Over that many are calling racist. In fact, a petition signed by more than 3,000 people so far calls for Hedy Weiss of the Sun-Times to stop being invited to shows—... More »

Dr. Seuss Museum Opens, With Some Controversy

Some want to know why Springfield, Mass., museum doesn't have his WWII-era work

(Newser) - From the squiggly, pink handrails outside the entrance to the front hall decorated with scenes from "And to Think That I Saw it on Mulberry Street"—a real street just blocks away—the new Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum says, "You're off to great places!... More »

Harvard Yanks Acceptance Letters After Student Posts

Incoming freshmen can no longer attend after online comments

(Newser) - At least 10 students lost their spots at Harvard before the first day of class after they exchanged offensive messages in a private Facebook group, the Harvard Crimson reports. College officials told the incoming freshmen they were no longer welcome after getting wind of the messages and memes in a... More »

Black Church Gets Happy Surprise From Former 'Terrible Racist'

Mystery donor apologizes and sends $2,000 check

(Newser) - A self-confessed former "terrible racist" surprised a Greenville, SC, pastor with a plea for forgiveness—and a fat donation. Rev. Michael Sullivan tells WSPA he was floored when he read the letter signed by "Anonymous Donor." The missive dated May 13 (which can be seen in its... More »

LeBron Responds to Racist Vandalism

'Being black in America is tough'

(Newser) - "No matter how much money you have, no matter how famous you are ... being black in America is tough," LeBron James said Wednesday in his first public comments since his Los Angeles home was vandalized with a racial slur . The Cleveland Cavaliers star told reporters his family was... More »

Sportswriter Out of Job After Tweet About Indy 500 Champ

Japanese driver's victory made him 'very uncomfortable,' wrote Terry Frei

(Newser) - The Denver Post has parted ways with a prize-winning sportswriter who tweeted that he was dismayed a driver from Japan won the the Indy 500. "Nothing specifically personal, but I am very uncomfortable with a Japanese driver winning the Indianapolis 500 during Memorial Day weekend," Terry Frei tweeted... More »

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