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Toy Figurine Incites Racism Claims

Mom says toy came with 'slave collar' for black figure

(Newser) - A California mother is outraged over what she claims is a racist toy her 5-year-old son received for his birthday, the Washington Post reports. Ida Lockett says she was helping her son put together a Playmobil pirate ship set when she came to instructions to put a shackle around the... More »

Man Fired Over Facebook Post About Coworker's Son

His friends made a slew of racist comments on the post

(Newser) - A white Atlanta man was fired last week after the photo of a coworker's black child he posted to social media drew a bevy of racist comments from Facebook friends, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Gerod Roth, who goes by Geris Hilton on Facebook, posted the selfie of himself and... More »

Netflix Changes 'Racist' Summary for Pocahontas

Writer pointed out sexism and stereotypes against Native Americans

(Newser) - Until recently, the Netflix description for the 1995 animated Disney film Pocahontas read like the back cover of a Harlequin novel—and was sexist and racist to boot, a Native American writer asserts, per the Guardian . The original description, seen in a screenshot Adrienne Keene posted on the Native Appropriations... More »

Woman: Cops Didn't Believe I Owned BMW, Did This to Me

Kamilah Brock gives her first on-air interview

(Newser) - There's the racial-profiling term "driving while black," but in this case, it's more like "black while driving a BMW." Kamilah Brock—who was arrested last year and thrown into a New York City mental facility—is speaking out about her "frightening eight-day '... More »

Black Couple Sues: Neighbor Made Ape Sounds at Us

They cite civil rights-era legislation to do so

(Newser) - Citing a sliver of civil rights-era legislation more commonly used as protection against discriminatory landlords, a black couple is suing their former neighbor and a north Georgia city they say failed to stop him from harassing them. Gregory and Sophia Bonds say the slurs and threats began the day they... More »

Family: Racist Camper Terrorized Us at Reunion

Now residents of Calif. community are crowdfunding to welcome them back

(Newser) - Kanisha Allen tells ABC10 that when she and other relatives, gathered at a Northern California campground on Rollins Lake for their annual family reunion, heard racist remarks from the campsite next to theirs on Saturday, they initially ignored them. "When you're African-American, you have to do that sometimes... More »

Ferguson Judge: We're Tossing Out Arrest Warrants

Judge Donald McCullin announces sweeping changes in Missouri city

(Newser) - Ferguson's new municipal judge ordered massive changes today in the city's much-criticized municipal court, a move he said is aimed at restoring confidence in the system and easing the burden on needy defendants. Changes announced by Judge Donald McCullin include withdrawing many old arrest warrants; CNN reports that... More »

Book Club: Racism Got Us Kicked Off Wine Train

Book club members say they had to do 'walk of shame' off the train in 'racist attack'

(Newser) - Members of a book club out for a ride through California wine country say they endured a "humiliating" experience Saturday when they were kicked off the Napa Valley Wine Train, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. The women from the Sistahs on the Reading Edge club—10 of them black,... More »

Lowe's Managers Agree to 'No Black Drivers,' Lose Jobs

Customer didn't want black delivery drivers to come to her home

(Newser) - Three managers at a Lowe's store in Virginia have lost their jobs after going along with a customer's request that no black drivers make deliveries to her home, a company spokesperson said today. Driver Marcus Bradley told WSET-TV he was called off an Aug. 3 delivery by a... More »

Black Activists Clash With Liberal Crowd

Black Lives Matter protesters interrupt Bernie Sanders speech

(Newser) - Liberals cussing out black protesters in Seattle? Apparently it happened: Bernie Sanders was starting a speech at Westlake Park yesterday when two female activists for Black Lives Matter snatched his microphone and demanded people's attention, the Seattle Times reports. "If you do not listen … your event will... More »

Cabbie Refuses to Pick Up Black Exec, She Fights Back

Baqir Raza is ordered to pay $25K in fines

(Newser) - For Cynthia Jordan, a 57-year-old vice president at a stock transfer firm in New York, it was just another day when a taxi driver refused to let her, a black woman, ride. Except Jordan was with her two daughters on Oct. 19, 2013, and when she saw the look on... More »

Confederate Flags Placed Near Martin Luther King Church in Atlanta

Police have video of 2 white men, aren't ruling out hate-crime charges

(Newser) - Two white men who placed Confederate flags at landmarks linked to Martin Luther King in Atlanta might face serious jail time if caught. Police have surveillance video taken from Ebenezer Baptist Church, and the police chief isn't ruling out hate-crime charges, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution . The flags were placed... More »

Texas DA Finds 'Help' for Sandra Bland Probe

And toxicology report reveals level of marijuana in her bloodstream

(Newser) - Elton Mathis won't be investigating Sandra Bland's death all alone. The Waller County district attorney has called in two lawyers to lead an "oversight committee" designed to advise the DA's probe, the Houston Chronicle reports. Whether defense attorneys Darrell Jordan and Lewis White can help figure... More »

Hulk Hogan Apologizes for Racist Rant

Says offensive language he used in audio clip 'is not who I am'

(Newser) - A tweet posted last night by Hulk Hogan seemed to portend serious news: "In the storm I release control, God and his Universe will sail me where he wants me to be, one love. HH." That news was revealed by a WWE statement issued this morning, per Sports ... More »

Lawyer: Here's Why Sandra Bland Was Really Arrested

Attorney Cannon Lambert describes what he saw in dashcam video

(Newser) - The traffic stop that led to Sandra Bland's death escalated over something fairly minor, according to the family's lawyer. Named Cannon Lambert, he tells NBC News what he saw in dashcam video of the black activist's roadside traffic stop on July 10 in Texas. Lambert says the... More »

David Brooks: Get Over the Sins of the Past, Ta-Nehisi

Calls Ta-Nehisi Coates' 'rejection of American dream' in new book 'disturbing'

(Newser) - Everyone is talking about Ta-Nehisi Coates' new book , Between the World and Me, including New York Times columnist David Brooks. In an op-ed published today, written letter-style to Coates in the same way Coates addressed his book to his 14-year-old son, Brooks acknowledges that "the last year has been... More »

In Bleak Look at Race, Coates Faces 'Hard Truths'

Coates' new book offers unsentimental take on destruction of 'black body'

(Newser) - Don't expect a sugarcoated perspective on race in America if you pick up Ta-Nehisi Coates' new book. Due out tomorrow, the senior editor for the Atlantic pens Between the World and Me as a letter to his 14-year-old son, and it's a bleak but honest take that Benjamin... More »

Paula Deen Fires Staffer Over Iffy Photo

Social media erupted after brownface Halloween image

(Newser) - Paula Deen didn't post a 2011 Halloween costume photo on her Twitter account showing her son Bobby in dark makeup as I Love Lucy character Ricky Ricardo, and the social media manager responsible for it was fired, say her spokesman. The photo from a holiday episode of one of... More »

South Carolina Senate: Take That Flag Down

State senate votes 37-3 to remove the Confederate battle flag

(Newser) - The South Carolina senate today voted overwhelmingly in favor of removing the Confederate flag from the State House grounds, the Post & Courier reports. In the wake of a racially motivated massacre that left nine black church members dead in Charleston, the Republican-controlled Senate voted 37-3 to have the battle... More »

Black Churches Are Going Up in Flames

Churches in Georgia and South Carolina are among suspected arson cases

(Newser) - "Churches are burning again in the United States, and the symbolism of that is powerful." So writes Emma Green at the Atlantic after at least five mostly black churches went up in flames over the past week following the Charleston church massacre. Investigators say the blaze that badly... More »

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