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Penn State Alum Slams Player's 'Disgusting' Dreads in Letter

Jonathan Sutherland's football coach quickly comes to his defense

(Newser) - After a Penn State alum sent a letter to a Nittany Lions football player criticizing his dreadlocks, the football coach has come out with a strong response. Jonathan Sutherland on Tuesday tweeted an image of the letter he received from Dave Peterson, which said, among other things, that he and... More »

Reporter Who Covered Fundraising Star? Out of a Job

Aaron Calvin is 'no longer' with the Des Moines Register, editor writes

(Newser) - A Des Moines Register reporter who exposed a viral star's old, racist tweets—but who turned out to have ugly tweets of his own—will need to find a new job, KCCI reports. Details are unclear, but the paper's editor writes that he is "no longer with... More »

'Thoroughbred White Girl' Gets Sweet Deal in Court

Lauren Cutshaw, 34, avoids jail in DUI charge

(Newser) - A North Carolina woman who called herself a "very clean, thoroughbred, white girl" during a DUI arrest has gotten what she asked for—no jail time, Metro reports. Turns out Lauren Cutshaw, 34, pleaded guilty last month to misdemeanor DUI in what Inside Edition calls "a sweet deal.... More »

Dropped SNL Comic Jokes About His Firing

Shane Gillis says he's 'been reading every one of my death threats in an Asian accent'

(Newser) - Shane Gillis performed an 11-minute set at a New York City comedy club Wednesday night, his first public appearance since he was ousted from the new cast of Saturday Night Live over racist slurs he used in the past. And the comedian didn't avoid the subject on stage, reports... More »

Justin Trudeau's Racism Scandal Just Got Worse

Video emerges of a 3rd instance of the Canadian prime minister darkening his skin

(Newser) - Justin Trudeau's trouble is only getting worse. Canada's Global News is out with video showing the prime minister in blackface—the third example to emerge in the last day of Trudeau darkening his skin as part of a costume. Trudeau apologized Wednesday when the first two old images... More »

Trudeau 'Really Sorry' About Old Party Photo

Picture emerges of Canada's prime minister in brownface

(Newser) - Nearly 20 years ago, Justin Trudeau wore brownface at a party—and now it's back to haunt him. In the midst of a reelection campaign, Canada's prime minister responded to a photo in Time of him wearing brownface at a 2001 party. Trudeau said he wore the costume... More »

Shane Gillis No Longer Invited to Join SNL

Comedian's cast invitation rescinded after controversial videos surface

(Newser) - Saturday Night Live has rescinded its invitation to a cast member who posted a video last year in which he used a racial slur for Chinese people and derided Asians trying to learn English. A show representative said Monday that the language Shane Gillis used was "offensive, hurtful and... More »

After Fans Protest, a YouTube Star Nixes a Big Donation

'PewDiePie,' accused in the past of racism, anti-Semitism, was going to give $50K to the ADL

(Newser) - YouTube star Felix Kjellberg, better known as "PewDiePie," seemed to want to rehab his image after people accused him of putting up racist and anti-Semitic content on his channel. And so the 29-year-old Swede vowed earlier this week to donate $50,000 to the Anti-Defamation League, an anti-hate... More »

Old Navy Is Accused of 'Whitewashing' for Queer Eye

Workers say staff of color were pushed aside

(Newser) - Old Navy workers of color say the store "whitewashed" its staff before Queer Eye showed up for filming, NBC News reports. Monae Alvarado, who works at an Old Navy location in Philadelphia, says she and other employees stayed "overnight" to prep for the Netflix show. "My job... More »

Anchor: Sorry I Said Black Co-Host Looked Like Gorilla

Morning segment on Oklahoma City's KOCO-TV turns inappropriate

(Newser) - Things got awkward during a morning show segment on Oklahoma City's KOCO-TV Thursday as co-hosts Alex Housden and Jason Hackett chatted about a gorilla at the Oklahoma City Zoo. "Kind of looks like you," Housden said jokingly to Hackett at the end of the segment. "He... More »

Trump Allies Post Reporters' Old, Racist Tweets

Conservative consultant Arthur Schwartz is among the top players

(Newser) - Reporters who have posted anything racist, even years ago, watch out—there could be a target on your back. That's the takeaway of a New York Times article about a loosely connected group of conservatives gunning for media organizations that seem opposed to President Trump. Among the players is... More »

Black Government Worker's Office 'Targeted' in Attack

Betsy DeVos has called for an investigation

(Newser) - A black employee's office at the US Department of Education has been vandalized in what looks like a racially motivated attack, NBC News reports. The employee hasn't been identified, but her school desegregation poster was damaged and African figurines disfigured. "She had some dolls in her office... More »

Question About Diversity at Town Forum Spurs Racist Answer

City Council candidate Jean Cramer told Mich. crowd: 'Keep Marysville a white community'

(Newser) - Three City Council seats are up for grabs in Marysville, Mich., and five people are vying for them—though it's unclear how well one contender will do after a racist remark she made at a Thursday night forum. The Times Herald reports the event ran smoothly at first, with... More »

'Walk of Shame' Triggers Probe by Texas Rangers

Donald Neely was tied to police horses and paraded down the street

(Newser) - Two mounted cops who led a black man by rope won't be the subject of a criminal investigation—but his family is still crying foul over the incident, ABC News reports. The white Texas officers arrested Donald Neely, 43, on criminal trespass charges, tied a rope to his handcuffs,... More »

Tucker Carlson's Job Looks Safe Amid New Controversy

Fox host made controversial comments on white supremacy before leaving for vacation

(Newser) - Fox News' Tucker Carlson is once again in the hot seat over controversial comments, and Carlson is now on vacation until Aug. 19 as critics ramp up calls for an advertiser boycott. The latest flap is Carlson's assertion, in the wake of the El Paso mass shooting , that white... More »

Dems Are Not Happy With NYT's Trump Headline

'Unbelievable' was one response to banner after weekend mass shootings

(Newser) - There are plenty of armchair headline writers on any given day, but more than a few raised concerns Monday about one in particular in the New York Times . USA Today notes disbelief and anger, especially from high-profile Democrats, was a prominent response to the way the Gray Lady chose to... More »

Manifesto Linked to Texas Shooter: 'Send Them Back'

Purported words of Patrick Crusius emerge in media reports

(Newser) - About 20 minutes before the shooting started at an El Paso Walmart, a rambling screed was posted to an online message board saying the massacre was in response to an "invasion" of Hispanics coming across the southern border, the AP reports. Titled "The Inconvenient Truth," it railed... More »

School Hair Guidelines Spark Ferocious Debate

Many say Narvie Harris Elementary focused unfairly on black hairstyles

(Newser) - A Georgia elementary school is in the spotlight after putting up a poster showing "appropriate" and "inappropriate" hairstyles—all for black students, CNN reports. An image of the poster appeared on Facebook and sparked about 2,000 comments about dress codes, hair, and the possible racism of focusing... More »

Reagan's Daughter Addresses His Racist Words

Future president's comments were recorded in a call with Nixon

(Newser) - Ronald Reagan's daughter says there's no defense for the newly revealed racist comments he made in 1971. Patti Davis doesn't recognize the person who said those things, she says, and she wouldn't have believed he had if his words hadn't been recorded on tape . But... More »

TSA Officers on Leave Over Noose at Airport

Racist display was seen in restricted area of Miami International Airport

(Newser) - Two TSA officers are on leave after a racist display featuring toy gorillas and a noose was discovered at Miami International Airport. The display (see it here ) was discovered July 21 in a baggage-screening area not accessible to the public, per CNN . A TSA employee tells the outlet that... More »

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