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7th Graders' Trip to Boston Museum Takes a Racist Turn

Boston's Museum of Fine Arts accused of racial profiling

(Newser) - The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston admits it has some work to do after a middle school teacher complained that her students—who she notes are "all black and brown"—were racially profiled and mistreated by other visitors. Marvelyne Lamy of Davis Leadership Academy in nearby Dorchester... More »

BBC Host Fired for 'Unthinking Gag' About Baby Archie

Danny Baker tweeted pic that showed new royal baby as a chimpanzee

(Newser) - While the world gobbled up news about the new royal baby this week, a BBC broadcaster had another way of heralding the arrival of Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor—and he's since been fired for it. The BBC reports that after the announcement of Archie's birth, Danny Baker, host of... More »

Cubs Investigating 'Repulsive' Gesture Fan Flashed on Air

Fan appeared to make white power sign behind black commentator Doug Glanville

(Newser) - A Chicago Cubs fan at the game Tuesday night against the Miami Marlins could be banned from Wrigley Field for life if the home team ever catches up to him. While fans are often caught on camera at MLB games waving and making various gestures, one in particular has raised... More »

Student's 'Promposal' Gets Him in Hot Water

High schooler holds up racist sign in Facebook photo

(Newser) - An Ohio student's "promposal" is getting him nationwide attention for all the wrong reasons, Fox News reports. The unidentified high school student was seen in a Facebook photo with a girl and holding the sign, "If I was black I'd be picking cotton. But I'm... More »

Harley-Davidson Workers: 'This Stuff Has to Stop'

Employees say they've had enough of racist harassment

(Newser) - Minority employees at Harley-Davidson's plant in Kansas City have been subjected to years of harassment and discrimination—including having swastikas and nooses posted in the plant, frequent racial epithets and at least one assault, several employees said at a news conference organized by the NAACP-Kansas City on Friday. "... More »

Yankees Drop 'God Bless America' Version Over Racism Claims

Kate Smith sang 'That's Why Darkies Were Born'

(Newser) - The New York Yankees have suspended the use of Kate Smith's recording of "God Bless America" during the seventh-inning stretch while they investigate an allegation of racism against the singer. There are conflicting claims about Smith's 1939 song "That's Why Darkies Were Born," the... More »

Police: Woman Admits to 4-Week Racist Graffiti Spree

Police say Allison Johnson of Oklahoma spray-painted slurs, threats over a 4-week period

(Newser) - A 45-year-old Oklahoma woman is accused of going on what Fox 25 refers to as "a hate-filled crime spree" over a period of four weeks in Norman and Oklahoma City. Racist and anti-Semitic slurs, including swastikas and Nazi symbols, and threats of violence to non-white people, were spray painted... More »

Belgium: Sorry for What We Did to Mixed-Race Babies

Prime Minister Charles Michel issues an apology

(Newser) - The Belgian government has apologized for the country's role in kidnapping thousands of mixed-race babies from their African mothers during colonial times, the AP reports. Thousands of children in what are now the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, and Burundi were taken away and raised in Belgium in Catholic-run... More »

Racist Symbol Used in New Zealand Shows Up in Tennessee

Hashtag-like symbol painted near burned building at the Highlander Center

(Newser) - You may not be familiar with the Highlander Education and Research Center, but you certainly know the names attached to it: The prominent social justice organization hosted the likes of Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks decades ago; on Friday, its main office was completely burned in a fire... More »

Reporters Urged to Use 2 Words They Often Avoid

The Associated Press Stylebook takes a stand on 'racism'

(Newser) - Reporters often avoid two words, but that era may be ending. This after the Associated Press Stylebook, a style manual used by many US journalists, gave them the official go-ahead to use "racist" and "racism," Poynter reports. "Do not use racially charged or similar terms as... More »

Liam Neeson: 'I Was Wrong'

The actor issues a statement of apology over his February interview

(Newser) - Liam Neeson issued a fairly detailed apology Friday for how he reacted to a friend's rape decades ago—by roaming the streets with a stick hoping to fight what he called "some black bastard," the Guardian reports. In his statement, Neeson said he regrets his "unacceptable... More »

Police Chief Says She Was Forced Out by Racist Officers

Tonya Chapman was Virginia's first black female police chief

(Newser) - The first black woman to lead a police force in Virginia history has resigned after three years—but she says it wasn't her decision. Tonya Chapman says she was forced out by racist officers in the Portsmouth Police Department who resisted her efforts to change a culture of "... More »

Steve King Finds New Way to Offend

The Iowa Republican favorably compares flood victims in his home state

(Newser) - Rack up another racially tinged remark for Steve King. The Iowa representative Thursday compared Iowa flood victims to Hurricane Katrina victims in New Orleans in 2005—and the Iowans come out a little better in his eyes, CNN reports. "Here's what FEMA tells me. We go to a... More »

Charlottesville Shuts Down Schools After Racist Threat

Teen is arrested after online post about plans for a high school shooting

(Newser) - Charlottesville, Virginia, site of the 2017 white nationalist rally that left a counter-protester dead , is now dealing with another high-profile racial issue. The city school district closed all schools Thursday and Friday after an online threat emerged against black and Latino students, reports the Daily Progress . After a post on... More »

John Wayne's Son Defends Dad Over Shocking Interview

Wayne managed to denigrate millions of people in one conversation

(Newser) - John Wayne's son is crying foul over a call to have his father's name removed from a California airport, CNN reports. Ethan Wayne appeared on Smerconish Saturday after an old Playboy interview re-emerged with the iconic actor—who put down blacks, gays, and Native Americans in the same... More »

Poster of Muslim Rep Sparks Anger, Injury, and a Resignation

The rage flowed at West Virginia's Capitol

(Newser) - Things got ugly Friday at the West Virginia Capitol over a poster linking a newly elected Muslim congresswoman to 9/11, the Washington Post reports. Displayed as part of "WVGOP Day," the poster shows Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota under an image of the burning Twin Towers along with... More »

Va. First Lady's Mansion Tour Leaves Some 'Deeply Offended'

Pam Northam handed cotton to African-American students on tour

(Newser) - Another Northam fumble has emerged, with a Virginia DOE rep citing a new "racially insensitive" incident—but this time it doesn't involve Ralph Northam . The Washington Post reports it's the governor's wife, Pam Northam, who's under fire following a tour of the governor's mansion.... More »

Editor Backs KKK, Gives His Job to a Black Woman

Goodloe Sutton is apparently trying to sell his newspaper

(Newser) - Last week, he wanted the Ku Klux Klan to "night ride again." Friday, he gave up his job to a black woman. Welcome to the strange month of Goodloe Sutton, who will retain ownership of the Democrat-Reporter of Linden, Alabama, but apparently gave editorial control to employee Elecia... More »

She Insulted Michelle Obama. Now, a Guilty Plea

Pamela Taylor, who called ex-first lady 'ape in heels,' admits taking money from FEMA

(Newser) - "The flood was a natural disaster. Stealing from FEMA is a manmade disaster." Per a DOJ release , that's US Attorney Mike Stuart speaking on the case of Pamela Taylor, a 57-year-old from West Virginia who made headlines in 2016 for calling then-first lady Michelle Obama an "... More »

Michelle Rodriguez Wades Into Neeson Fray, Is Quickly Sorry

His 'Widows' co-star admits she made a 'terrible historical comparison' while defending him

(Newser) - Type "Liam Neeson, apologize" into Google and an entirely different name pops up this week. That's because Michelle Rodriguez now has her own "sorry" to offer after defending him for racist comments he'd made. First Neeson confessed during an interview that he'd once looked for... More »

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