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'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 »

Roseanne: 'Do Not Defend Me'

She says she was 'Ambien tweeting'

(Newser) - Roseanne Barr was back on Twitter on Tuesday night, hours after she said she was quitting in the wake of the racist tweet about Valerie Jarrett that got her show canceled . She blamed her offensive tweet on the sedative Ambien. "Guys I did something unforgiveable so do not defend... More »

Roseanne Apologizes, but Loses Show Over Racist Tweet

Barr made 'Planet of the Apes' reference to Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett

(Newser) - A racist joke on Twitter has cost Roseanne Barr her show. ABC on Tuesday canceled the reboot of Roseanne amid a storm of criticism directed at its star, reports CNN . The move came after Barr apologized not once but twice on Tuesday for a jarring insult directed at former Obama... More »

Lawyer Who Ranted Against Spanish Speakers Apologizes

'What the video did not convey is the real me,' says Aaron Schlossberg

(Newser) - A lawyer whose rant against Spanish speakers in a New York City eatery went viral posted an apology online on Tuesday, saying that how he expressed himself was "unacceptable." "To the people I insulted, I apologize," Aaron Schlossberg said in a post to his Twitter and... More »

How New Yorkers Dealt With Ranting Lawyer: Mariachi Party

Protesters gathered outside Aaron Schlossberg's apartment Friday evening

(Newser) - If Aaron Schlossberg really is bothered by people speaking in different languages, he maybe got an earful Friday night. A party of sorts, complete with music and maracas, erupted outside of the Upper West Side apartment of the New York City lawyer caught on video berating restaurant workers for conversing... More »

Trouble Brewing: Starbucks Barista Writes Slur on Cup

The company was already set to close all stores on May 29 for racial-bias training

(Newser) - Another Starbucks, this time in California, is in trouble. A restaurant in La Canada Flintridge has acknowledged that a barista wrote “beaner” on a Latino customer’s two coffee orders. The customer, Pedro, didn’t notice the slur at the time, but when he brought the beverages back to... More »

Video: Barista Refuses to Serve 'Racist' Customer

He was insulting a Muslim woman

(Newser) - A California coffee shop worker refused to serve a customer who insulted a Muslim woman wearing a niqab in a confrontation recorded on video, the AP reports. The Press-Enterprise reports the clip posted online Monday was shot at a Riverside Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. It shows a man asking... More »

Former Coal Baron Vying for Senate Accused of Racist Ad

Don Blankenship spoke of Mitch McConnell's 'China family'

(Newser) - A former coal executive who served a year in prison related to a 2010 mine explosion in West Virginia that killed 29 people is now denying claims of racism as he seeks a Senate seat in the state. In a new ad , Republican Don Blankenship claims "swamp captain Mitch... More »

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 »

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