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California City Keeps Name of Confederate General

Fort Bragg officials debated for a year

(Newser) - After George Floyd’s murder in 2020, a commission of citizens of Fort Bragg, Calif., examined whether they should change the name of the city named after a Confederate general. That won't be happening, for now at least, the Guardian reports. The city of 7,000 was named after...

Black Buyer, Realtor Sue Over Incident at Michigan Home

Police say a White neighbor called to report a break-in

(Newser) - Update: A Black real estate agent and the clients he was showing a Wyoming, Michigan, home to have filed a federal lawsuit against the city after being held at gunpoint, detained, and handcuffed during the August showing. Police were called by a neighbor who suspected a Black squatter who had...

Trump Tweet Set Off Mad Scramble Among Aides
Trump Tweet Set Off Mad
Scramble Among Aides
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Trump Tweet Set Off Mad Scramble Among Aides

Retweet of 'white power' video caused a ruckus, but he had left for golf course

(Newser) - President Trump set off a firestorm Sunday morning when he retweeted a video (watch it here , but note language) of a Trump supporter shouting "white power" to counterprotesters in a Florida retirement community. The tweet came down about three hours later, and the White House said Trump hadn't...

Trump Wades Into Race Debate With Tweeted Videos

They show assaults by black men on white victims, and he asks, 'Where are the protesters?'

(Newser) - President Trump retweeted a pair of videos Tuesday showing assaults by African American men on white victims. "Looks what's going on here," he wrote on one, which shows an assault on an employee inside a Macy's store in Flint, Mich., per Yahoo News . "Where are...

Trump Defends Choice of Date for Rally
Trump Defends Choice
of Date for Rally
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Trump Defends Choice of Date for Rally

Juneteenth event will be a 'celebration,' he says

(Newser) - President Trump resumes his political rallies next week, with Tulsa the first city on the list. The selection continues to generate controversy because the rally takes place on June 19, and Juneteenth is the annual celebration of the end of slavery. Given the current tensions on race over the George...

Joe Biden: 'I Regret It, and I'm Sorry'

The presidential candidate issues a rare apology

(Newser) - Former Vice President Joe Biden on Saturday apologized for recent comments about working with segregationist senators in his early days in the US Senate, saying he understands now his remarks could have been offensive to some, the AP reports. "Was I wrong a few weeks ago?" Biden asked a...

Rich People See Homeless Couple Move In Next Door

And they're a little surprised

(Newser) - A couple that spent nearly 10 years living on the streets is now residing in a wealthy neighborhood—and some residents are a little unnerved, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. It all began when Terrence McGrath, a Bay Area real estate developer, read a column about Greg Dunston and Marie...

CVS Manager Calls Cops Over Black Woman's Use of Coupon

The chain has apologized over incident in Chicago

(Newser) - It's another story with a familiar theme : CVS has apologized after a manager in Chicago called the police over a black woman's coupon. The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Camilla Hudson was trying to use a manufacturer's coupon at checkout, and the manager on duty apparently concluded that...

Black Man's Death in Police Custody Ruled a Homicide

Keeven Robinson's death has been ruled a homicide

(Newser) - A black Louisiana man's death while in the custody of multiple white police officers has been ruled a homicide. The Times-Picayune reports that the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office had Keeven Robinson in custody after he allegedly led them on a car chase last week. The parish coroner announced...

National Geographic Admits Past Racist Coverage

'We had to own our story to move beyond it'

(Newser) - National Geographic has acknowledged that it covered the world through a racist lens for generations, with its magazine portrayals of bare-breasted women and naive brown-skinned tribesmen as savage, unsophisticated, and unintelligent. "We had to own our story to move beyond it," editor-in-chief Susan Goldberg tells the AP in...

College Student Doesn't Want to 'Live With Any White Folks'
Student Causes Stir With
'POC Only' Roommate Want-Ad

Student Causes Stir With 'POC Only' Roommate Want-Ad

'I don't want to live with any white folks'

(Newser) - A want-ad for a new roommate spurred a passionate debate about racism, safe spaces, and what it's like to be a person of color in America this week at a small college in California. The Washington Post reports 20-year-old Pitzer College junior Karé Ureña posted on the Pitzer...

Hillary Regrets 'Superpredator' Remark Made in 1996

'I shouldn't have used those words,' she now says

(Newser) - When Black Lives Matter activist Ashley Williams confronted Hillary Clinton on her record on race and crime at a private fundraiser in Charleston, SC, on Wednesday, Williams wanted one thing in particular from the presidential contender: an explanation why two decades ago, she referred to some at-risk youth as "...

You Didn't Mishear: Obama Used the N-Word

In Marc Maron podcast about race relations and gun control

(Newser) - America is not yet "cured" of racism, President Obama said during a podcast interview released today, and he used the N-word to make his point. "It's not just a matter of it not being polite to say n----- in public. That's not the measure of whether...

Why Dolezal 'Undermines' African-Americans
Why Dolezal 'Undermines' African-Americans

Why Dolezal 'Undermines' African-Americans

Columnist: Her lie was made possible by our nation's racist past

(Newser) - As a white woman, Rachel Dolezal could have turned into an especially strong advocate for African-Americans as leader of her local NAACP, writes Tamara Winfrey Harris in the New York Times . Too bad that her "empathy evolved into impersonation," a dishonesty that "undermines the very people she...

Rachel Dolezal Didn't Try to Pass as Black at Black College

But NAACP official looks much different now, says former student

(Newser) - Rachel Dolezal may be a white woman passing herself off as a black woman , but Jezebel reports that she made no such effort while attending a predominately black college. “She had straight, blonde hair,” a former student at Howard University tells the website. “She didn’t look...

BBQ Restaurant Takes Heat for 'White Appreciation Day'

Hispanic owners catching flak, say it started as a joke

(Newser) - The new owners of a barbecue restaurant in Milliken, Colorado, are getting a little more publicity than they bargained for, thanks to a "White Appreciation Day" stunt that began as a joke and is now a reality. The owners of Rubbin Buttz BBQ are Hispanic, and they tell KUSA-TV...

Starbucks Stops Writing 'Race Together' on Cups

Widely mocked campaign moves to new phase

(Newser) - Starbucks customers can now get their frappuccinos without a side order of race relations discussion. The company says the "Race Together" campaign, in which baristas were encouraged to stimulate discussion by writing the phrase "Race Together" on coffee cups , has moved on to a different phase, NPR reports....

Starbucks VP Flees Twitter After #RaceTogether Fail

But Corey duBrowa is back online now after 'cascade of negativity'

(Newser) - After Starbucks announced its #RaceTogether campaign on Monday, many online users aimed their racial concerns toward the Twitter account of Corey duBrowa , the company's senior VP for communications. But the heat proved too much for duBrowa to handle: By Monday night, his Twitter account was deleted, CNN Money reports....

Starbucks Wants Baristas to Talk About Race With You

It's part of a new initiative by CEO Howard Schultz

(Newser) - Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz is on another mission : race relations. Under a new company initiative, baristas are being encouraged to write the phrase "Race Together" on customers' cups in the hope of starting a conversation about race, reports Fortune . "It is so vitally important to the country,"...

Ferguson Judge Behind Fines Scheme Owes $170K

Ronald Brockmeyer, 70, is also accused of fixing tickets

(Newser) - A Ferguson, Missouri judge first got in hot water when the Justice Dept. accused him of fixing traffic tickets and unfairly punishing residents over unpaid fees. But 70-year-old Ronald Brockmeyer has another problem: more than $170,000 in outstanding taxes, the Guardian reports. According to tax liens filed by the...

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