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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 »

You Didn't Mishear: Obama Used the N-Word

In Marc Maron podcast about race relations and gun control

(Newser) - America is not yet "cured" of racism, President Obama said during a podcast interview released today, and he used the N-word to make his point. "It's not just a matter of it not being polite to say n----- in public. That's not the measure of whether... More »

Dylann Roof's Purported Manifesto Surfaces Online

'I have no choice,' it reads

(Newser) - Internet sleuths appear to have found a white supremacist website created by accused Charleston shooter Dylann Roof, along with what amounts to a manifesto. Gawker credits two Twitter users, here and here , for the scoop, and outlets including the New York Times have now picked up on the story. The... More »

Call Charleston Shooting What It Is: Terrorism

A Vox writer says it's offensive to do otherwise

(Newser) - If Dylann Roof is guilty of the massacre at a black church in Charleston, is the white 21-year-old a terrorist? Absolutely, argues Max Fisher at Vox . In fact, he makes the case that to avoid the terrorism label is offensive. This is about way more than semantics, writes Fisher, who... More »

In 'Unprecedented' Move, Reddit Bans 5 Subreddits

The most popular of the 5 forums targeted the obese

(Newser) - Reddit, the so-called front page of the Internet, is starting to ban some of its own forums after years of being known as the content aggregator where anything goes (well, except for child porn and nude celebrity pics). But Reddit is reporting this week that it has removed five of... More »

Parents Stunned by Middle School 'Ghetto Awards'

Texas teacher apparently gave them to students

(Newser) - Coming home with an award from school is one thing—bringing home a "ghetto classroom award" signed by your teacher is quite another. "Tears just started falling out of my eyes," Texas resident Debra Jose tells CBS DFW of her grandson's dubious honor. "I was... More »

Louis CK on SNL: Finally, Too Much?

The comic actor makes light of child molestation, racism

(Newser) - Louis CK gave a predictably polite, sensitive monologue yesterday on the closing night of SNL's 40th season—making light of racism, child molestation, and the Israel-Palestine conflict. "Child molesters are very tenacious people," CNN quotes him as saying. "From their point of view, it must be... More »

Town Elects Black Female Mayor, Officials Quit

Tyrus Byrd makes history in Parma, Missouri

(Newser) - Shhh: You might hear a pin drop in the city hall of Parma, Missouri, where top officials and police officers quit after a black woman was elected mayor for the first time, KFVS reports via the Huffington Post . Former city clerk Tyrus Byrd was sworn in as mayor last week,... More »

Racist Graffiti Shuts Connecticut College Down

President calls for one-day hiatus to address 'ignorance and hatred'

(Newser) - There are no classes today at New London's Connecticut College, but it's not for a holiday or snow day. Instead, events to eliminate what President Katherine Bergeron calls "this ignorance and hatred" have been planned after racist graffiti was found scrawled in bathroom stalls yesterday at the... More »

Why We Don't Ask 'What's Wrong With White People'

Chloe Angyal: Stop excusing white racism

(Newser) - In his apology for a University of Oklahoma frat's racist chant , expelled student Parker Rice said the incident "likely was fueled by alcohol." Such a statement is a perfect example of how white people's wrongdoings "are routinely defended with excuses of inebriation, misspeaking, and unintentional... More »

Time to Admit: 'Hands Up, Don't Shoot' Is a Lie

Jonathan Capehart: Michael Brown wasn't killed while surrendering

(Newser) - It's time for "hands up, don't shoot" to go away, because it was "built on a lie," writes liberal columnist Jonathan Capehart in the Washington Post . Capehart was among those voicing outrage about another black man's death at the hands of police in the... More »

Frat Behind Racist Chant to Sue OU

Okahoma's SAE hires the lawyer who defended Timothy McVeigh

(Newser) - The fraternity whose racist chant brought national scorn and ridicule to the University of Oklahoma plans to sue the university. The newly hired attorney for Sigma Alpha Epsilon tells KFOR that the school unfairly damaged the reputations of all SAE members when it shut down the frat house after the... More »

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