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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 »

Racist Walmart Customer Is Now Only One of Those Things

Walmart asks woman from viral video not to shop there anymore

(Newser) - Walmart is attempting to identity the racist Arkansas customer seen in a viral video this week in order to ban her from shopping at its stores, BuzzFeed reports. The video was posted to Facebook on Monday by Eva Hicks, a mother of three. Hicks tells CNN she nicely asked the... More »

Cosby Breaks Silence as Trial Draws Near

Says he won't testify, suggests that racism may be at play

(Newser) - When Bill Cosby's rape trial gets underway in just under three weeks, don't expect to see the celeb himself on the stand. In a rare interview with Michael Smerconish of SiriusXM that aired Tuesday, Cosby says he doesn't expect to testify in his own defense, reports Deadline... More »

Cartoon Frog Taken Over by the Alt-Right Croaks

Creator Matt Furie gave up trying to keep Pepe out of the hands of white supremacists

(Newser) - He tried to #SavePepe but in the end, Matt Furie had to let the frog go. The Guardian reports that Furie, the cartoonist who created the amphibian character that was appropriated by the alt-right in internet memes, killed off Pepe the Frog to coincide with Free Comic Book Day on... More »

'Crude Act of Bigotry' on Campus After Black Student President Elected

Police searching for suspect in surveillance video

(Newser) - Taylor Dumpson began her first day as the first black female president of American University's Student Government Association on Monday. That same day, bananas hanging from nooses were found at three spots on campus in what the DC school's president calls a "crude and racially insensitive act... More »

Ballplayer Has Racial Slurs and Peanuts Hurled at Him

The Red Sox and Boston's mayor have apologized to Adam Jones

(Newser) - Adam Jones has received apologies from the Boston Red Sox and the mayor of Boston after the Baltimore Orioles outfielder was subjected to a barrage of racial slurs Monday night at Fenway Park, the Boston Globe reports. According to USA Today , Jones says he "was called the n-word a... More »

New Orleans Starts Taking Down 'Aberration'

Mayor says Confederate statues don't represent city

(Newser) - Workers in New Orleans began removing the first of four prominent Confederate monuments early Monday, making it the latest Southern city to sever itself from symbols viewed by many as representing racism and white supremacy. Trucks arrived to begin removing the first memorial, one that commemorates whites who tried to... More »

Machine Learning Has a Weakness: Humans

Study finds that artificial intelligence can adopt our racism, sexism

(Newser) - Artificial intelligence has come a long way in recent years, and algorithms with machine-learning applications are proving skillful at things like playing poker, lip-reading, and, unfortunately, being biased. Researchers at Princeton proved the point in an experiment involving an algorithm known as GloVe , which has learned about 840 billion words... More »

Airbnb Host Strands Guest in Storm Because She's Asian

Airbnb has banned the host permanently

(Newser) - Dyne Suh and her friends were minutes away from the cabin they'd booked on Airbnb for a weekend getaway in Big Bear, Calif., when the host abruptly canceled the reservation, leaving the group stranded in a snowstorm—and told Suh she was doing so because Suh is Asian. Suh... More »

Nivea Apologizes for 'White Is Purity' Ad

The ad was widely criticized but embraced by white supremacists

(Newser) - A German skincare company has been forced to rethink an advertising campaign following accusations of racism—again. An ad for Nivea's Invisible For Black & White deodorant with the tagline "white is purity" was posted to the company's Middle East Facebook page earlier this week, the New ... More »

Look in the Mirror, Boston: You Actually Are Racist

'Boston Globe' columnist defends 'SNL' star Michael Che's remarks on Beantown

(Newser) - SNL star Michael Che created a hubbub last week when, during an appearance at Boston University, he said he wasn't sorry for calling Boston the "most racist city" he's ever visited. Good for him, writes Renee Graham in the Boston Globe . She thinks he's right—the... More »

Guy Who Killed Black Man With Sword Went to NYC to Kill: Cops

He turned himself in after one murder

(Newser) - A white US Army veteran from Baltimore bent on making a racist attack took a bus to New York, the "media capital of the world," randomly picked out a black man who was collecting bottles on the street, and killed him with a sword, police said Wednesday. James... More »

Supreme Court Makes Exception on Juror Secrecy

Ruling says deliberations can be disclosed if racial bias helped lead to conviction

(Newser) - Calling racial and ethnic bias "antithetical" to the way a US jury is supposed to work, the Supreme Court took exception Monday to the usual rule that jury deliberations be kept secret, the New York Times reports. The court's 5-3 ruling mandates that state and federal laws meant... More »

'Goodbye Racist!' Passengers Cheer as Man Booted off Flight

After rant against 'foreigners,' man escorted off plane

(Newser) - A man who reportedly harangued a Pakistani couple was escorted off a United flight Saturday evening, drawing cheers from passengers. "Goodbye racist!" a woman hollered as the man and his companion were escorted off the plane, the Washington Post reports. The incident aboard Flight 1113 from Chicago to... More »

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