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'It's Comical,' Woman Says of Outcome of KKK Flag Incident

Detectives reportedly brought new curtains to the neighbor, who won't be charged

(Newser) - It was "horrible conduct," not criminal, and a prosecutor in Michigan is encouraging the state legislature to consider changing the law so that it would be considered criminal in the future. Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy on Tuesday announced that her office was unable to charge a Grosse...

Official: Russia 'Wants to Watch Us Tear Ourselves Apart'

Kremlin is stoking racial tensions as part of bid to sow discord in election year

(Newser) - Russia is urging violence by white supremacist and black extremist groups with the goal to sow discord in the US, multiple intelligence officials tell the New York Times . The effort to inflame racial tensions is part of a larger bid to influence the presidential election—and, some say, to promote...

Mom: Teen Brutally Attacked for Supporting Police

Police say black assailants targeted white victim

(Newser) - An Alabama mother says her son is fighting for his life because he expressed pro-police comments online. Sylacauga High School student Brian Ogle, 17, suffered a fractured skull and brain trauma after he was beaten by multiple people Friday night after a football game. Brandi Allen calls what happens to...

Harvard Students Won't Call Faculty 'Master' Anymore

Association with slavery leads faculty to seek a new name for the '21st century'

(Newser) - House "masters"—the faculty member attached to each of Harvard's undergrad residences—will soon be no more after a unanimous vote by the 12 people who currently hold the title, the Harvard Crimson reports. Harvard College Dean Rakesh Khurana made the announcement at Tuesday's monthly meeting...

Student Protesters Occupy Occidental's Admin Building

Another diversity-related protest is making headlines

(Newser) - The latest higher education campus to see protests over racial issues: California's Occidental College, where whites make up 50.6% of the student body and minority students say the campus climate is inhospitable. Students have been protesting over diversity issues, with a list of demands including more programming and...

Another College Official Resigns Over Racial Issues

Dean at Claremont McKenna College steps down

(Newser) - Another college official has resigned in the wake of racial tension, this time in California. Mary Spellman, dean of students at Claremont McKenna College, stepped down Thursday, after sending an email that sparked an uproar last month, the Los Angeles Times reports. But the larger brouhaha started in April, when...

Mizzou Student Arrested After Online Threats Were Made

'[I'll] shoot every black person I see.'

(Newser) - Racial tensions remain high at the University of Missouri in a week rife with strife , and campus police brought in Hunter M. Park, 19, early Wednesday on suspicion of making a terror threat on Yik Yak and other social media the night before, the Columbia Daily Tribune reports. An MUPD...

AG Nominee Forced to 'Sit in Back of the Bus': Senator

Dick Durbin compares Loretta Lynch to Rosa Parks in delayed confirmation

(Newser) - Loretta Lynch is on the Senate back burner, waiting for confirmation as the new attorney general since her November nomination—first due to stalling over the president's immigration order, now over a human-trafficking bill, notes the Washington Post —and Sen. Dick Durbin isn't happy with the delay....

Autopsy of Hanged Teen Offers Few Answers

Lennon Lacy's family insists he didn't kill himself

(Newser) - Lennon Lacy's autopsy report is out, but it does little to quell the sinister mystery surrounding the North Carolina teen's death. Lennon, 17, died from suffocation as a result of hanging, it says, adding that the dark abrasion circling his neck and the buckle mark under his ear...

Trayvon Martin Case Spurs Chicago 'Hate Crime'

Teen beat white because of anger over case: cops

(Newser) - A black teenager in suburban Chicago told police that he beat up a white youth during a robbery because he was angry about the Trayvon Martin case, according to the state attorney's office. Alton Hayes, 18, has been charged with a hate crime, as well as aggravated battery and...

Nivea Sorry for Ad Urging Black Guy to 'Re-Civilize'

Parent company says ad inappropriate, offensive

(Newser) - Hey African-American men, does your afro make you feel ... like a savage? Because Nivea for Men seems to be betting that it does. The company is under fire for a new ad bearing the slogan “Re-Civilize Yourself” over an image of a black man holding the head of his...

Court: Call to Shoot Obama Is Free Speech

Court clears Walter Bagdasarian for exhorting people to 'shoot the [racial slur]'

(Newser) - The First Amendment protects even racists calling for the president’s assassination, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today, overturning the conviction of Walter Bagdasarian. Bagdasarian was convicted of threatening to kill a presidential candidate two weeks ahead of the 2008 election for an online rant in which he...

Zuma Scrambles to Defuse Racial Tensions

S. Africa leader warns against violence after killing

(Newser) - South African President Jacob Zuma appealed for calm yesterday as growing racial tensions in South Africa sparked fears of violence in the wake of the killing of white supremacist Eugene Terreblanche. Zuma called the murder a "terrible deed" and urged South Africans not to fall prey to "agent...

Wal-Mart Announcement Tells 'All Blacks' to Leave

Company apologizes for 'appalling' incident

(Newser) - A New Jersey Wal-Mart is checking security footage to find out who used the PA system to order "all black people" to leave the Washington Township store. Over a dozen black customers were in the store when a male voice said: "Attention Wal-Mart customers, all black people must...

James O'Keefe Has History of 'Racial Resentment'

New photo puts him at white nationalists forum in 2006

(Newser) - Now that James O'Keefe is a fixture in the news and his past is coming under increased scrutiny, Max Blumenthal wonders why his supporters aren't bothered by a background of stunts "shot through with racial resentment." His piece in Salon picks up on a report by the anti-racism...

Threat to Kill Blacks Rattles Ohio College

Black students leave college after scrawled massacre threat found

(Newser) - A technical college in southern Ohio is on high alert after a threat to kill black students on Feb. 2 was found scrawled on a bathroom wall. Hocking College has stepped up security and offered to relocate students too scared to stay in the dorm where the threat was found....

Prof. Gates, Cop Crowley Have Another Round
 Prof. Gates, Cop Crowley 
 Have Another Round 

Prof. Gates, Cop Crowley Have Another Round

Pair at center of racial incident spotted at Cambridge bar

(Newser) - The black college professor and the white cop at the center of a racial firestorm this summer, and who later famously had beers on the White House, were spotted last night having a round at a bar in Cambridge, Mass. Henry Louis Gates and Sgt. James Crowley chatted over suds...

GOP 'Riding a Wave of Racism'
 GOP 'Riding a Wave of Racism' 

GOP 'Riding a Wave of Racism'

Racially charged attacks on Obama show scourge of racism is still with us

(Newser) - Racism is alive and well in today's America and the Republican Party is feeding off it, Bob Herbert writes in the New York Times. Nobody should need Jimmy Carter—who wasn't above pandering to racists himself in his 1976 presidential campaign—to point out the racist undertones behind many of...

Obama Backlash Isn't About Race
 Obama Backlash 
 Isn't About Race 

Obama Backlash Isn't About Race

The real, centuries-old conflict is between urban elites and small towners

(Newser) - It's a mistake to see the growing backlash against President Obama through the prism of race, David Brooks writes in the New York Times. The anti-Obama movement springs not from racism, but from the long American tradition of popular distrust of the urban elite, argues Brooks. He notes mostly white...

Drudge's Play of Bus Beating Draws Critics

(Newser) - A fight on a school bus in Illinois is generating lots of attention across the country. A videotape of the incident shows black teens beating a white classmate while some onlookers cheer, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Police are investigating but have backed off an initial statement that the attack...

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