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Cops: Man Made Woman Watch Roots to Confront Her 'Racism'

Robert Noye allegedly threatened the woman in his home in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

(Newser) - An Iowa man was arrested Monday after being accused of employing an unusual attempt to school a woman on prejudice and discrimination. The Gazette reports that 52-year-old Robert Lee Noye is facing charges of first-degree harassment and false imprisonment after he allegedly forced a woman at his Cedar Rapids home... More »

Professor's 'OK Boomer' Comparison Blows Up

University of Oklahoma denounces Peter Gade's comments in class

(Newser) - A University of Oklahoma journalism professor is in hot water after using the n-word in class—and claiming that the phrase "OK boomer" is comparable to the racial slur. Peter Gade , who has been on the school's faculty since 1998, is director of graduate studies at the Gaylord... More »

CEO Who Called Uber Driver the N-Word Booted From His Own Company

Hans Berglund, 71, says his life has been ruined by the incident

(Newser) - The CEO of an Arizona-based organic fertilizer company has been booted from his own business after hurling the n-word at an Uber driver. Hans Berglund, 71, who is also the founder of Agroplasma, hailed a ride Jan. 31 and got in the front seat of the car that responded—apparently... More »

Gasps as Man Hurls Racist Comment During Meeting on Racism

'Why didn’t you stay in Mexico?' man asks fellow parent

(Newser) - A school meeting focusing on diversity, inclusion, unity, and equity did a 180 Monday morning when one parent asked another, "Why didn't you stay in Mexico?" The meeting was held to address what parents see as ongoing racism at Michigan's Saline Area Schools, particularly after an incident... More »

Terry Crews Takes Bended Knee: 'I Apologize'

The 'America's Got Talent' host tells Gabrielle Union he should have supported her

(Newser) - Terry Crews didn't quite have Gabrielle Union's back regarding her allegations of racism on set at America's Got Talent—and now he's sorry, NBC News reports. "I want you to know it was never my intention to invalidate your experience—but that is what I... More »

A TSA Agent Had to Check Her Hair. Then: 'Giddyup!'

Native American woman Tara Houska says she was humiliated at being treated like an animal

(Newser) - A Native American woman who went through security at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport says she was humiliated by a TSA agent who yanked her long braids and treated her like "a horse." CNN reports Tara Houska, an environmental and indigenous rights activist, was flying into Minnesota Monday from... More »

Uproar in South Korea Over US Envoy's Mustache

Some say it's a symbol of colonial rule; Harry Harris says no

(Newser) - Harry Harris has some hair on his upper lip, a fact now at the center of what "might just be the most bizarre criticism of a US ambassador in recent memory," per CNN . The US envoy to South Korea, who grew a mustache as he transitioned from naval... More »

'Brutal' Tabloids, an Early Scoop Impetus for Royals' Shocker?

Plus Harry's pathway to US citizenship, an 'angry' queen, and how Meghan Markle could pay the bills

(Newser) - Oprah Winfrey has a lot of pull—in Hollywood, in the media, maybe even in politics —but the talk show host, media exec, and philanthropist says she didn't have anything to do with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle deciding to ditch the UK and migrate across the pond,... More »

Cops: Man Burnt His Own SUV With Racist Intent

Matthew Bittner, 38, is up on charges including first-degree arson

(Newser) - A minority person touches something, and that's it—torch it? Connecticut police say that's what happened in the case of a volunteer firefighter whose SUV was found gutted by flames, the Connecticut Post reports. Police say Matthew Bittner, 38, didn't want his vehicle back after it had... More »

Cops: Woman Deliberately Ran Over Teen Girl

Iowa's Nancy Franklin accused of racist attack

(Newser) - A Des Moines woman was charged with attempted murder after she told police she intentionally ran over a 14-year-old girl because she believed the teenager was Mexican, authorities said Friday. Natalia Miranda suffered a concussion and severe bruising in the attack but is expected to make a full recovery, per... More »

Camila Cabello: Racist Posts a Result of Ignorance, Not Hate

Singer apologizes for recently unearthed Tumblr account

(Newser) - Today, Camila Cabello is a popular 22-year-old Cuban-American singer, perhaps currently best known for her award-winning duet with Shawn Mendes, "Señorita." A few years ago, however, she was allegedly a teenager who made racist jokes on a Tumblr account unearthed this week in this Twitter thread . The... More »

Utah Jazz Hits Fan With Lifetime Ban, Gets Sued

Fan says he shouldn't have been banned after incident involving Russell Westbrook

(Newser) - A Utah Jazz fan that was hit with a lifetime ban from the basketball team is now suing the team as well as Russell Westbrook, the NBA player involved in the incident that got the fan banned. It all started back in March when Westbrook's then-team, the Oklahoma City... More »

Prof With 'Stunningly Ignorant' Views Gets to Keep Job

First Amendment protects Eric Rasmusen, says Indiana University

(Newser) - The dean of the business school Eric Rasmusen teaches at calls his views "reprehensible"; Indiana University Provost Lauren Robel says they're "stunningly ignorant." But despite posts on his private social media accounts Robel deems "racist, sexist, and homophobic," Rasmusen won't lose his job... More »

Teen's Craigslist Slave Ad Results in Hate Crime Charges

Boy in Naperville, Illinois, posted photo of black classmate

(Newser) - A white teenager in Illinois is facing serious legal trouble after posting an offensive ad on Craigslist involving a black classmate. The 14-year-old boy took a photo of the other 14-year-old while they were sitting at a lunch table together and put it up on the site under the listing... More »

White Girl Accused of Plotting 'Horrific' Attack

But Georgia police say they arrested her in time

(Newser) - Georgia police have arrested a 16-year-old girl for allegedly planning to attack and murder people in a mostly black church—with knives, no less, ABC News reports. The girl, who is white and remains unidentified, has been charged with criminal attempt to commit murder. Her alleged target: Bethel African Methodist... More »

Syracuse Shuts Down Social Activities at All Fraternities

A reported racial slur prompted the move

(Newser) - An African American student at Syracuse University reported being called a racial slur over the weekend, prompting the college to suspend a fraternity Sunday and shut down social activities for all other fraternities for the rest of the semester pending an investigation, the AP reports. The student told officials the... More »

Some Disney+ Content Has Unusual Warning

'Outdated cultural depictions' label appears on older films

(Newser) - The problematic Native American characters in Peter Pan. The racist crows in Dumbo. The stereotypical "Siamese Cat Song" in Lady and the Tramp. How, exactly, to deal with all of that—and more—in 2019, when nearly the entire history of Disney, including the not-so-great parts, is now streaming... More »

She Sought to Combat Hate, Only to Become a Target

Auschwitz survivor Liliana Segre under police protection following death threats

(Newser) - An Italian senator for life and Holocaust survivor asked Parliament to establish a badly needed committee to fight hate. What followed might just prove her point. Liliana Segre, now under police protection, has been receiving some 200 hateful and anti-Semitic messages per day since Parliament passed her motion to establish... More »

He Took Control of Neo-Nazi Group, Died Months Later

Black activist James Stern was 55

(Newser) - Earlier this year James Stern, a black California pastor and activist, "outsmarted" a neo-Nazi group, became its director and president , and ultimately planned to "destroy it." But Stern died before that happened, CNN reports. Stern's attorney and a friend say the 55-year-old died at home, where... More »

Teacher's Halloween Get-Up Gets Him Put on Leave

Unidentified instructor raps while in blackface in class at California high school

(Newser) - A California high school teacher is on administrative leave following the "inappropriate, unprofessional, and insensitive" decision to wear blackface for Halloween. A student posted a video to Twitter on Friday showing the Milpitas High School teacher in blackface at the front of a classroom while dressed as rapper Common,... More »

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