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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 »

Frat Had Sung Racist Chant for Years

Board of trustees apologizes for 'horrible cancer'

(Newser) - The racist chant that has gotten the University of Oklahoma's Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity bounced from campus is nothing new: The board of trustees for the exiled chapter released a statement last night acknowledging that "a horrible cancer entered into the OU chapter of SAE three to four... More »

OU Expels 2 Students Over Racist Chant

University president moves quickly to boot them out

(Newser) - Two University of Oklahoma students accused of leading the racist chant that emerged on video this week now aren't just homeless, they're school-less. University President David Boren announced today that the two unidentified students have been expelled, reports KOCO.com . "I have emphasized that there is zero... More »

Now Frat's Elderly 'House Mom' Has Video Problem

Meanwhile, OU loses a football recruit due to Sigma Alpha Epsilon video

(Newser) - More unfortunate news is streaming out of the now-shuttered Sigma Alpha Epsilon house at the University of Oklahoma. The Oklahoma Daily has uncovered a Vine video from 2013 that appears to show SAE's house mom, Beauton Gilbow, laughing and repeatedly saying the N-word. CBS News describes her as "... More »

University of Oklahoma Frat Closed Over Racist Chant

Video appears to show people in formal wear, on bus, chanting

(Newser) - Sigma Alpha Epsilon's creed is "The True Gentleman." The University of Oklahoma's chapter of the fraternity has now been closed after its members were allegedly caught being the very opposite. A nine-second video rife with racist slurs—including a reference to lynching and students chanting "... More »

Portland Woman Wants $100K for Bad V-Day Service

Having made reservations for 2, she tried to dine alone on Valentine's Day

(Newser) - Was it bad service, bad timing, or blatant racism? Either way, Kathleen Hampton, a self-described small-business owner, is suing Enzo's Caffe Italiano in Portland, Ore., for $100,000 for the way she was treated on Valentine's Day, reports the Oregonian . Having made reservations for two, but arriving alone... More »

2 Racist Jokes Cited in Ferguson Investigation

Justice Department will release findings about bias this week

(Newser) - The Justice Department is expected to release a report this week that will accuse Ferguson police of bias against black residents . Among the details trickling out in advance is the discovery of two racist jokes in emails written by Ferguson cops and municipal court officials, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch... More »

Soccer Fans Face Prison Over Racist Subway Antics

Authorities in Paris, London looking for Chelsea supporters

(Newser) - A group of British soccer fans happily chanting "we're racist" on the Paris subway and preventing a black man from boarding their train might be in for a world of trouble now that video of their antics has gone viral. The Guardian , which first obtained the footage, reports... More »

South's History of 'Racial Terror': 700 Newly Found Lynchings

Equal Justice Initiative documents 3,959 'racial terror lynchings' over 73 years

(Newser) - Lest we forget: The Equal Justice Initiative today released a report that documents 3,959 "racial terror lynchings" throughout 12 Southern states over the 1877 to 1950 period. That's "at least 700 more lynchings of black people in these states than previously reported," reports the EJI... More »

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