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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 »

Ben Carson Dismisses Obama as 'Raised White'

'He didn't grow up like I grew up,' says presidential contender

(Newser) - Ben Carson has strong words about the first black American president: "He's an 'African'-American. He was, you know, raised white," Carson tells Glenn Thrush in a Politico interview published Tuesday. "He didn't grow up like I grew up," says Carson, who was... More »

Cartoon About White Privilege Banned for Inspiring 'White Guilt'

A Virginia school district calls the educational video 'racially divisive'

(Newser) - An educational video about racial inequality has been banned by one Virginia school district after "numerous emails and phone calls" from parents calling it "racially divisive" and a "white guilt video," the Washington Post reports. The video— Structural Discrimination: The Unequal Opportunity Race —uses a... More »

Rampling: 'Racist to Whites' Comment 'Misinterpreted'

'Diversity in our industry is an important issue'

(Newser) - It turns out when British actress Charlotte Rampling said this year's Oscar controversy was " racist to whites ," what she apparently really meant was: "Diversity in our industry is an important issue that needs to be addressed." CBS News reports the actress, who is nominated for... More »

NY Town Shamed Into Replacing Offensive Seal

And the 'Daily Show' might be to thank

(Newser) - It turns out the small New York town whose official seal depicts either a "friendly wrestling match" between town founder Hugh White and a Native American or town founder Hugh White brutally choking out a Native American—depending on your point of view—will replace the seal after all,... More »

The KKK Began Wearing Hoods for an Odd Reason

You can thank Hollywood, according to a new book

(Newser) - See someone in a white robe and hood, and what do you think? Klansman, of course, but apparently they didn't always dress that way. A new book titled Hood (Object Lessons) by Alison Kinney looks at the garment's history, from torturers to medieval clerics to Red Riding Hood—... More »

Black Man Fleeing Police Seeks Refugee Status

But Canada turns down Kyle Lydell Canty

(Newser) - An African American who applied to Canada for refugee status based on his fear of police brutality got some bad news last month: He's been rejected, the Huffington Post reports. Kyle Lydell Canty made his case in October at an Immigration and Refugee Board hearing, where he said black... More »

Ad Claims 'You Just Need to Be White to Win'

Company says it was to promote self-improvement, not racism

(Newser) - A beauty company in Thailand has apologized over an ad that informed viewers: "You just need to be white to win." The ad for Seoul Secret's skin-whitening pills, called Snowz, features actress Cris Horwang. In a voiceover, the 35-year-old star explains how she uses the product to... More »

Study: GOP Attack Ads Darkened Obama's Skin

'Darkness manipulation is sufficient to activate the most negative stereotypes'

(Newser) - The GOP may have intentionally darkened President Obama's skin in ads during the 2008 presidential campaign in order to capitalize on racial biases, the Washington Post reports. According to a study published Dec. 17 in Public Opinion Quarterly, 86% of attack ads attempting to link Obama to criminal activity... More »

This Chinese Star Wars Poster Might Be a Bit Racist

It also doesn't think much of Wookiees

(Newser) - China is being accused of a little Star Wars-inspired racism this week after a Chinese poster for The Force Awakens drew the attention of social media, CNN reports. The Chinese poster very noticeably shrinks Finn—a character played by black actor John Boyega—and moves him to a less prominent... More »

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