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Congressional Candidate Erects Super-Racist Campaign Billboard

Rick Tyler says he's inspired by Donald Trump

(Newser) - A Polk County, Tenn., restaurant owner running for a congressional seat is outraging neighbors and the internet with an exceptionally racist campaign billboard, WTVC reports. “I am so enraged I can barely express myself without copious amounts of profanity," Amy Hines Woody captioned her photo of the billboard... More »

FBI Conclusion on Black Teen's Hanging Death: Suicide, Not Hate Crime

One pathologist had suggested it was physically impossible for teen to hang himself

(Newser) - When 17-year-old Lennon Lacy's body was found hanging from a belt on a swing set in a predominantly white trailer park on Aug. 29, 2014, the morning before he was set to debut as a junior linebacker on his football team in the tiny town of Bladenboro, NC, local... More »

First Elected Official Quits GOP Over 'Bigot' Trump

David Johnson compares Trump's campaign to that of Hitler

(Newser) - The first elected official to leave the GOP over its presumptive nominee compares Donald Trump's campaign to the rise of Adolf Hitler and says he won't stand idly by anymore. Iowa state Sen. David Johnson, 65, who has served in the Iowa Legislature for 18 years, changed his... More »

Trump Says Comments on 'Mexican' Judge Were 'Misconstrued'

But he doesn't apologize

(Newser) - Donald Trump issued a statement Tuesday in which he blames the media for his "misconstrued" comments on Judge Gonzalo Curiel, whose Mexican heritage Trump says make him unfit to preside over the Trump University case. The Charlotte Observer calls it a "non-apology," and Politico characterizes it as... More »

Ryan: Trump's Judge Remark Is 'Textbook' Racism

But he'll still vote for Trump over Clinton

(Newser) - Only Paul Ryan knows for sure if Paul Ryan regrets saying he'll endorse Donald Trump for president, but the House speaker is being somewhat more frank about his thoughts on other Trump matters—specifically, the presumptive GOP nominee's remarks on Gonzalo Curiel, the Indiana-born federal judge Trump's... More »

Trump's 'African-American' Is 'Not a Supporter'

Gregory Cheadle not offended by Trump's remarks, but doesn't know if he'll vote for him

(Newser) - Donald Trump lauded a man he called "my African-American" at a California rally on Friday, and that man, Gregory Cheadle, came out almost immediately to say he hadn't been bothered by the reference and was even "happy" about it. Yet that doesn't mean the Republican, who'... More »

Detergent Company's Racist Ad Raises a Ruckus

And it's a direct ripoff of another racist ad from nearly a decade ago

(Newser) - What could possibly be offensive about an advertisement for something as mundane as laundry detergent? Plenty, it turns out—at least when it comes to this commercial for a Chinese cleaner that has earned it the label of "most racist ad of 2016" from BuzzFeed , which adds viewing it... More »

Well-Known White Nationalist Listed as Trump Delegate

The campaign blames a 'database error'

(Newser) - Donald Trump was revealed to have named "one of the country's most prominent white nationalists" as one of his delegates in California on Monday, Mother Jones reports. William Johnson is the leader of the American Freedom Party, which "represents the political interests of White Americans." According... More »

Sinn Fein Leader: N-Word Tweet Was Meant to Be 'Ironic'

Gerry Adams posted offending tweet after watching 'Django Unchained'

(Newser) - Gerry Adams caught a viewing of Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained on Sunday and was perhaps a little too enthusiastic in sharing his thoughts on it. The leader of Ireland's Sinn Fein party posted in a now-deleted tweet: "Watching Django Unchained - A Ballymurphy [N-word]!" Cue the... More »

New Woes for San Fran PD: Offensive Texts To, From Ex-Cop

CNN has docs showing racist, homophobic texts to and from James Lai

(Newser) - An ex-San Francisco cop described by his attorney as "well loved on his beat" is at the center of a text-messaging scandal over offensive texts sent to and from his personal phone, per documents obtained by CNN . The texts, exchanged in 2014 and 2015 between Jason Lai and friends... More »

UK Guy Jailed After Asking Muslim Woman to 'Explain Brussels'

He's held 'on suspicion of inciting racial hatred'

(Newser) - A partner at a PR agency specializing in social media landed in jail after tweeting about an encounter on a London street following the Brussels attacks. "I confronted a Muslim women [sic] yesterday in croydon," Matthew Doyle wrote Wednesday in a since-deleted tweet. "I asked her to... More »

University Rules on Prof Who Used N-Word in Class

University of Kansas gives Andrea Quenette a pass

(Newser) - A four-month investigation into a University of Kansas professor who used a racial slur in class has concluded the word was used in an educational context and not intended to be racist, the AP reports. Assistant communication studies professor Andrea Quenette has been on paid leave since November, when a... More »

The 10 States That Send the Worst Tweets

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(Newser) - Twitter, in the words of Chris Matyszczyk at CNET , gives us a place "upon which to emit every milliliter of our inner bile." But which states are responsible for the "nastiest, most racist, and most sexist" tweets? A study from Abodo , an apartment-hunting website, analyzed 12 million... More »

Casting of Nina Simone Movie Reveals an Ugly Truth

Good intentions don't mask inherent racism: Ta-Nehisi Coates

(Newser) - Zoe Saldana has been cast to play singer and rights activist Nina Simone in an upcoming biopic, a decision that has caused all kinds of controversy because, as Ta-Nehisi Coates writes in the Atlantic , the African-American actress does not share the "dark skin, broad nose, and full lips" of... More »

Cops: Students Fill Chapel With Racist Graffiti, 'Trump'

Northwestern students accused of hate crime

(Newser) - Two Northwestern University freshmen were arrested Saturday for allegedly spray-painting offensive graffiti in the school chapel—including racist and homophobic messages and the word "Trump," NBC Chicago reports. Anthony Morales, 19, and Matthew Kafker, 18, took a tongue-lashing from Judge Peggy Chiampas when they appeared at a bond... More »

Real 'Catalyst' of Trump's Rise? It's Obama

Slate's Jamelle Bouie explores the fears of white America

(Newser) - How to explain the rise of Donald Trump? Analysts on the left and right cite socioeconomic problems revolving around race that go back decades, writes Jamelle Bouie at Slate . And given that Trump leads "a movement of almost exclusively disaffected whites" and does especially well in areas where "... More »

Joe’s Crab Shack Used Lynch Mob Photo as Table Decor

Company apologizes, but diners think problem exists elsewhere

(Newser) - A Joe's Crab Shack in Minnesota apparently thought a lynching was fair game to joke about on its table decor. Two diners noticed a photo embedded inside a table at a Roseville location Wednesday night that appeared to show a black person being hanged while white people watched, USA ... More »

Slavery Connection Likely Dooms Harvard Law's Shield

Commission says it doesn't 'represent the values' of the school

(Newser) - In all likelihood, Harvard Law School's 80-year-old crest will soon be history due to its connection to a slaveholding family. The Guardian reports a 12-member commission of faculty and students officially recommending doing away with the shield on Friday. “We believe that if the law school is to... More »

Oscars Kid Unfazed by Asian Joke, Mom Not So Much

'This was not OK and should never have happened'

(Newser) - Little Estie Kung has never seen Chris Rock's work (not even Madagascar) and doesn't quite understand the ins and outs of child labor. So when the 8-year-old child actor and chef (she's competed on FYI's Man vs. Child: Chef Showdown) became the center of a controversy... More »

Model Quits; Manager Says Industry Favors Whites

Ajak Deng is out

(Newser) - Ajak Deng—whom Vice calls "one of Australia's most successful model exports" since her modeling debut in 2008—abruptly quit Tuesday, likely because of racism. "I am happy to announce that I am officially done with the fashion industry, I will be moving back to Australia In... More »

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