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White Guard Charged With Killing Black Motel Guest

Christopher Straight is charged with first-degree manslaughter

(Newser) - A white Oklahoma security guard has been arrested in the killing a black motel guest who had argued with the manager, NBC News reports. The guard, 53-year-old Christopher Straight, was charged June 6 with first-degree manslaughter for the death of Carlos Carson that day. "Based on our investigation, we...

Mike Pence Declines to Use That Phrase

The vice president explains his position to an ABC affiliate

(Newser) - In the debate over saying "black lives matter," Mike Pence just took center stage—by declining to say it twice in the same interview. "Well, Brian, let me just say that what happened to George Floyd was a tragedy," Pence told 6ABC Action News anchor Brian...

Boy Nabs Record Deal With Song Inspired by George Floyd

'This is what God's called me to do,' says Keedron Bryant, 12

(Newser) - Staring into a camera, Keedron Bryant opened his mouth and his heart. Out poured "I Just Wanna Live," a powerful song about life as a young black man in America that has been shared by figures including Janet Jackson and Barack Obama. It's about to be even...

155 Years Ago Came the Message: &#39;All Slaves Are Free&#39;
The Original Juneteenth
Order Resurfaces

The Original Juneteenth Order Resurfaces

National Archives locates the 1865 document

(Newser) - Today is Juneteenth, and this year marks 155 years to the day since 2,000 Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas, bringing news that slavery had been abolished some two years earlier. There hadn't been enough Union troops in Texas to enforce the Emancipation Proclamation before that point, according...

America's 'Painful' Times Inspire One CEO to Take Action

Reed Hastings and wife Patty Quillin donate $120M

(Newser) - The top guy at Netflix and his wife just made a major donation to black colleges and say they hope others will do the same, NBC News reports. Company CEO Reed Hastings and Patty Quillin said Wednesday they're giving $120 million to two historically black colleges and the United...

Cops Release Video of Rayshard Brooks Killing
Cops Release Video of
Rayshard Brooks Killing
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Cops Release Video of Rayshard Brooks Killing

Police officer Garrett Rolfe is seen shooting the father of 4

(Newser) - Now the world can see how Rayshard Brooks' life came to an end. Atlanta police released the video—two body cams ( here and here ), dashcam , surveillance —after a Saturday press conference, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. "It does appear in the video that [Brooks] is fleeing from...

Walmart, CVS End 'Out of Step' Practice

Drugstore chains will no longer lock up beauty products for people of color

(Newser) - Companies and brands are now making extra efforts to get rid of discriminatory policies after the killing of George Floyd , and drugstore chains are following in Walmart's footsteps in terms of one merchandise segment. Earlier this week, the retailer announced it would be taking hair and beauty products made...

Georgia&#39;s Election: &#39;Some Sneaky Trick&#39;?
Georgia Election:
'Some Sneaky Trick'?
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Georgia Election: 'Some Sneaky Trick'?

Republicans and Democrats duel over who to blame

(Newser) - Democrats and black activists are saying Georgia's botched primary election was no mistake—it was by design, and someone needs to pay. "There's always some sneaky trick that's played," Democratic activist Bobby Fuse, 68, tells CNN . "This time, they had a whole bunch of...

Mourners Line Up for Floyd as Protest Kindles in DC
It's Protest Day
Around the World

It's Protest Day Around the World

In North Carolina, Washington, and cities worldwide, George Floyd's death is the issue

(Newser) - Tens of thousands of protesters streamed into the nation’s capital and other major cities Saturday in another huge mobilization against police brutality while George Floyd was remembered in his North Carolina hometown by mourners who waited hours for a glimpse of his golden coffin, the AP reports. Military vehicles...

Brees Makes Statement 'to President Trump'

The NFL quarterback explains his evolving views on Instagram

(Newser) - Drew Brees and President Trump locked horns online Friday over the issue of NFL players who take a knee to protest police brutality, USA Today reports. With Brees apologizing—not once , but twice —for saying those who take a knee disrespect the US flag, Trump criticized Brees on Twitter...

Zuckerberg: It's Time I Take a Fresh Look at Things

Facebook's CEO says he'll review company policies

(Newser) - Mark Zuckerberg says Facebook will reconsider its content policies after a backlash erupted in the company and spilled over in the media, CNN reports. "I know many of you think we should have labeled the President's posts in some way last week," he wrote on Facebook about...

Ferguson, Mo., Has Never Had a Black Mayor. Until Now

Ella Jones also makes history as first female mayor

(Newser) - Six years after protests swept through Ferguson, Mo., in response to the killing of black teenager Michael Brown by a white police officer, the city is celebrating a step forward. Ella Jones, the first black woman elected to the City Council in 2015, was elected mayor on Tuesday, becoming the...

Charged Minn. Cop Used 'Overkill' Tactics at Nightclub

'He would mace everyone' on 'African American nights,' former owner says

(Newser) - A white Minneapolis police officer and the black man he's charged with killing both worked as security guards at the same Latin nightclub as recently as last year, but its former owner says she’s not sure if they knew each other, the AP reports. What she is certain...

Pentagon Takes 'Rare Step' After Latest Protests

And Minnesota's governor calls in more National Guard

(Newser) - Minnesota's governor is "fully mobilizing" the National Guard to quell violence that has erupted in Minneapolis and to some extent in St. Paul, USA Today reports. Numbers vary, but CBS Minnesota notes that up to 13,000 soldiers and airmen might be serving in Minnesota and CNN reports...

Mayor: Let's Charge the 'I Can't Breathe' Cop

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey weighed in after protesters hit the streets

(Newser) - The mayor of Minneapolis called Wednesday for criminal charges to be filed against the white police officer seen on video kneeling on the neck of a handcuffed black man during an arrest, even after the man said he couldn't breathe and stopped moving, the AP reports. Based on the...

Biden: I Was Too 'Cavalier' With Remarks on Black Voters

'If you have a problem figuring out whether you're for me or Trump, then you ain't black'

(Newser) - Joe Biden made inadvertent headlines during an interview that aired Friday with Charlamagne tha God, co-host of the nationally syndicated radio show The Breakfast Club. The exchange came near the end of the interview , when the African-American host asked Biden to make a return visit because we've "got...

Armed Activists Take Black Lawmaker to Work

Rep. Sarah Anthony says she 'was pleased to receive the type of support'

(Newser) - Talk about an escort: Armed black activists walked a black lawmaker to work Wednesday in Michigan, the Guardian reports. Rep. Sarah Anthony (D-Lansing) was accompanied by six people—some of them armed, one Hispanic—on her trip to the state Capitol building. "Being a black and brown female Democrat...

Blacks Push Back Over COVID-19
Blacks Push Back
Over COVID-19

Blacks Push Back Over COVID-19

A growing chorus pressures the government to blunt the devastation on blacks

(Newser) - As a clearer picture emerges of COVID-19’s decidedly deadly toll on black Americans, leaders are demanding a reckoning of the systemic policies they say have made many blacks far more vulnerable to the virus—including inequity in access to health care and economic opportunity, the AP reports. A growing...

Coronavirus Is Hitting One Community Particularly Hard

Death rates are up disproportionately for African-Americans

(Newser) - As researchers scramble to get a firmer handle on the coronavirus toll, one aspect of the illness is coming into focus: It's hitting black communities around the nation disproportionately hard. A stew of medical and sociological factors appears to be at play, and there's a growing call for...

Target Ad About Black-Owned Business Spurs 1-Star Reviews

Honey Spot commercial for Target becomes flashpoint in conversation about race

(Newser) - Another TV commercial is the subject of unintended controversy, but this one has nothing do with exercise bikes . Instead, the Target commercial features the African-American owner of the Honey Pot, which sells feminine hygiene products, as she talks about her business and its potential to inspire. Coverage:
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