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Newspaper Calls Obama the 'N-Word' in Headline

WestView News did it ironically, but people still mad

(Newser) - A New York City community newspaper is taking heat today for running the headline "The N***er in the White House," but without the asterisks—with a column that's pro-Obama, the Daily News reports. James Collier's ironically headlined piece in the WestView News attacks what he calls... More »

Dutch Court: Yes, Blackface Holiday Character Is Offensive

Amsterdam must rethink traditional 'Black Pete'

(Newser) - The US might still have the occasional case of a white person donning blackface with exactly the results you'd expect, but the Netherlands takes it to a whole other level. Or it least it has prior to today's ruling out of Amsterdam: A city court declared that the... More »

Black Worker: I Was Fired Over 'Racist' Paint Names

Ex-Benjamin Moore employee is suing the company

(Newser) - A former worker at Benjamin Moore paints says he got fired after complaining about "racially insulting" paint-color names like "Clinton Brown" and "Tucker Chocolate"—and he's suing the company for it, the Daily Caller reports. Clinton Tucker, a black 34-year-old who identifies in the suit... More »

Sterling Sued Over Yet More Alleged Racism

Alleged ex: He slammed my marriage to a black man

(Newser) - Ready for more incredibly offensive comments attributed to Donald Sterling? A new lawsuit, brought by yet another alleged lover, offers up quite a few. Maiko Maya King says the two dated between 2005 and 2011 and she later worked for him, at which point she faced "a steady stream... More »

V. Stiviano Allegedly Beaten by Racists in New York

Bouncer says she was in the middle of a fight

(Newser) - A pair of white men shouting racial slurs assaulted former Donald Sterling paramour V. Stiviano outside a New York City hotel last night, Stiviano's lawyer tells Radar . "They were about 5'7" and they knew exactly who she was. They began to hit her and called her the... More »

Mark Cuban Apologizes to Trayvon Martin's Family

Mavericks owner under fire for racially charged comments

(Newser) - Here's a sign that your disquisition on race didn't go very well: You wind up apologizing to Trayvon Martin's family. That's the position Mark Cuban found himself in yesterday, after a perhaps-too-candid talk at Inc. magazine 's GrowCo conference the day prior. Asked about the... More »

Holder: Forget 'Hateful Rants,' Real Racism Lurks Quietly

Cites disparities in sentencing, voting, education as far more damaging

(Newser) - Eric Holder dismissed the likes of Donald Sterling and Cliven Bundy and their very public brouhahas, and focused on "policies that disenfranchise specific groups" as "more pernicious than hateful rants." His commencement speech yesterday at Baltimore's Morgan State University marked his most pointed commentary on race... More »

Students' 'Siouxper Drunk' T-Shirts Spark Ire

North Dakota group wears shirts with beer-drinking logo

(Newser) - University of North Dakota students are taking heat—not least from their school's president—after photos showed 10 of them in T-shirts reading, "Siouxper Drunk." The shirts were apparently for a spring festival this weekend, and they show an image that looks a lot like the university'... More »

North Korea Defends Its Awful Obama Comments

US calls comments in state media 'particularly ugly'

(Newser) - Pyongyang isn't exactly losing sleep over the torrent of racist insults it hurled at President Obama—instead, it calls the comments "a proper reaction to him who malignantly insulted and slandered the dignified" North Korea. The offensive language was attributed in state media to officials and a worker,... More »

Sterling: I'm Not Racist, I Was Set Up

He asks for forgiveness in CNN interview

(Newser) - "I'm not a racist, I made a terrible, terrible mistake," LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling told CNN 's Anderson Cooper in his first public comments since the controversy over his racist remarks erupted. "When I listen to that tape, I don't even know how... More »

Michael Jordan: 'I Considered Myself a Racist'

He was 'against all white people,' he says in new biography

(Newser) - Soon after the death of Michael Jordan's great-grandfather, who had been a cook at a whites-only hunting club, a schoolmate of Jordan's called him the n-word. "So I threw a soda at her," Jordan reveals in Michael Jordan: The Life, a biography by Roland Lazenby released... More »

Abdul-Jabbar: 'More Whites Believe in Ghosts Than Racism'

NBA great says racism is alive and well

(Newser) - Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar spent more than a day or two in the NBA, and today he dives right into its racism problem, telling ABC that though the problem is widespread, "more whites believe in ghosts than they do in racism." Yet it's "still part... More »

Woman in Sterling Controversy: 'He's Not a Racist'

V. Stiviano defends him to Barbara Walters

(Newser) - Well, not everybody thinks LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling is a racist: V. Stiviano, the woman who started this whole mess by recording her private conversations with him, offered up some decent words about him last night to Barbara Walters of ABC News :
  • On racism: "I think Mr. Sterling
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Boston Bruins, Mayor Blast Racist Tweets Against Rival

Montreal's PK Subban, who is black, beats them in OT

(Newser) - The Boston Bruins and Mayor Marty Walsh are condemning racist slurs about PK Subban that hit social media after the Montreal defenseman scored the game-winning goal last night against Boston in double-overtime. Bruins President Cam Neely issued a statement calling the tweets "racist" and "classless." He said... More »

Surprise: Racist Claims Hit Sterling's Wife, Too

Court papers also say she pretended to be a health inspector

(Newser) - Donald Sterling, court documents suggest, isn't the only racist in the family. A Sterling tenant said in a 2009 deposition that wife Rochelle Sterling called him a "black m—-f—-" when he asked if she'd reduce the rent, the Los Angeles Times reports. "Inflammatory remarks... More »

Jon Stewart: Racists Clearly Unsure What Racism Is

They know it's bad, but that's about it, says 'Daily Show' host

(Newser) - Thanks to the Donald Sterling brouhaha , the Cliven Bundy brouhaha , and the Supreme Court's upholding of the Michigan affirmative action ban , Jon Stewart spent quite a bit of time talking about racism on the Daily Show last night. Re: Sterling, whose comments were of course made to his mixed-race... More »

Amid Sterling Brouhaha, Even His Daughter Bashes Him

As does son-in-law; NBA commissioner to announce punishment today

(Newser) - Not even Donald Sterling's own daughter or son-in-law is on his side. Both have made statements to TMZ : Joanna Sterling Miller calls her father's alleged racist comments "cruel and insensitive," and her husband Eric Miller—who also happens to work for Sterling's LA Clippers as... More »

NAACP: We Can 'Forgive' Donald Sterling

But only if 'those words don't reflect his heart'

(Newser) - The NAACP is still willing to work with Los Angeles Clippers' owner Donald Sterling despite his alleged racist remarks, ABC News reports. Having denied him a lifetime achievement award over his comments (see here and here ), the organization held a press conference today where NAACP Los Angeles President Leon... More »

We Should Have Been Enraged at Sterling Years Ago

Clippers owner 'made millions off racist housing policies,' writes Kevin B Blackistone

(Newser) - Everyone from NBA colleagues to the NAACP to President Obama is outraged over Donald Sterling's alleged racist comments —but this is a man who made the millions that allowed him to buy the LA Clippers in the first place through decades of racist rental policies, writes Kevin B... More »

NAACP Dumps Donald Sterling From Awards

As a fuller picture of Clippers owner's history emerges

(Newser) - Amid the firestorm over Donald Sterling's alleged racist comments , the NAACP has perhaps unsurprisingly backed off its decision to give the LA Clippers' owner a lifetime achievement award next month, USA Today reports. But Sterling has in fact received an NAACP award in the past, Deadspin notes, despite... More »

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