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Head-Scratching Century-Old Rule Reversed in Birthplace of Jazz

School board in New Orleans lifts ban on teaching jazz

(Newser) - It's hard to imagine jazz music being banned in any US public schools, let alone schools in New Orleans, known as the birthplace of jazz. But there's actually a policy on the books in the Big Easy that prohibits students from learning about the genre or taking part...

Zoe Kravitz: I Was Rejected as Too 'Urban'

Current Catwoman says a previous Batman movie wasn't as welcoming

(Newser) - Zoe Kravitz may be the new Catwoman , but nabbing that dream movie role was a lengthy process—one that involved a rejection based on the color of her skin, the biracial actor-musician tells the Observer . A decade before her debut as Selina Kyle in Matt Reeves' The Batman, which topped...

Protester Kept Heckling Mayor Wu. Except It Wasn't Her

Protester was actually mistakenly jeering at a different Asian American woman

(Newser) - A voting rights presser on the Boston Common this week drew not only locals rallying support for get-out-the-vote efforts, but also one man who really wanted to criticize Mayor Michelle Wu. MassLive.com reports the protester, decked out in a mask and sunglasses, showed up at the Monday news conference...

Ex-Dolphins Coach Sues NFL for Racial Discrimination
Fired Dolphins
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Fired Dolphins Coach Sues NFL

Brian Flores alleges racial discrimination

(Newser) - The former head coach of the Miami Dolphins is suing the NFL after his firing last month, alleging racial discrimination. Brian Flores' termination came as a surprise to many, considering his winning record with the team this season, Deadline reports. His class-action suit claims the league, which currently has just...

'Inexcusable' Assignment at Middle School Spurs Outrage

'Blatant racism,' remarks one parent who's publicizing the Spanish homework at NY school

(Newser) - A Western New York middle school is making headlines for a Spanish homework assignment that's drawing cries of "blatant racism." CNN reports that the assignment distributed last month to sixth graders at the Williamsville Central School District's Mill Middle School, located in a suburb of Buffalo,...

Louisiana Judge Admits Using Racial Slur at Home
La. Judge Resigns
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La. Judge Resigns Over Her 'Hurtful Words'

Michelle Odinet had been caught on video saying n-word, comparing Black people to roaches

(Newser) - Update: A Louisiana judge caught on video saying the n-word has resigned. Lafayette City Court Judge Michelle Odinet had already taken an unpaid leave of absence after the clip of her using the racial slur—recorded as she watched surveillance footage of an attempted burglary outside her home—circulated online...

One NBA Legend Schools Another on COVID Meme

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar says LeBron James' Spider-Man post was 'blow to his worthy legacy'

(Newser) - LeBron James asked for advice on COVID, and he got it—though he may not have liked the answer he received from a fellow basketball great. The hubbub started on Christmas Eve, when the 36-year-old Los Angeles Lakers forward posted a cartoon on Instagram that showed a variation on the...

'Truly Shocking Language' Lands Woman in Jail

Sharna Walker of England sentenced in racially aggravated assault on bouncer

(Newser) - A British woman will spend Christmas behind bars after a racially charged attack on a nightclub bouncer. Widely shared video footage showed 25-year-old Sharna Walker of Worcester being kicked out of The Figure of Eight bar in Birmingham, England, on May 22. West Midlands Police said she upended furniture before...

Salvation Army Racism Guide Angers Some Conservatives

Some withdraw support after pamphlet advises against being 'colorblind'

(Newser) - The Salvation Army released some new literature in April about racism and not all of its donors are happy. The church and charitable organization’s new initiative comes with what it calls a “ voluntary discussion guide ” that bills itself as representative of the organization’s “desire for...

Governor Slams Tweet Offering $500 'Bounty' on Teachers

Moms for Liberty group offers reward for educators breaking state law on racism discussions

(Newser) - Last week, New Hampshire's Department of Education announced it had set up an online portal where parents could lodge discrimination complaints against teachers. Now, the state's governor is slamming a local conservative group's response to that announcement, reports the AP . New Hampshire has a new law on...

Protesters Confront 'Black Pete' at Holiday Event

Demonstrations have gone on for a decade against controversial Dutch sidekick to Santa

(Newser) - About 100 anti-racism protesters chanted "Kick out Black Pete!" on Saturday at an event where children could meet the Dutch version of Santa Claus and his controversial sidekick. The "Black Pete" character, often played by adults wearing blackface makeup, has sparked a decade of demonstrations and counterdemonstrations...

Cop Faced With 'Humiliating' KKK Note Files Complaint

Black officer Keith Pool takes action after ex-Ohio police chief's 'offensive' actions in June

(Newser) - Update: The first Black cop in a small Ohio town has filed a discrimination complaint against its police force. The charge with the state's Civil Rights Commission was filed by Keith Pool, who says officials in Sheffield Lake did nothing to keep ex-Chief Anthony Campo's racist behavior in...

Gruden's Target: His Comment 'Makes Your Head Explode'

DeMaurice Smith says coach's resignation presents an 'opportunity'

(Newser) - As an investigation of the Washington Football Team wrapped up over the summer—with a $10 million fine for workplace abuse —another was just beginning. During that initial probe, prompted by sexual harassment complaints, the NFL had received 650,000 emails from the work account of former Washington executive...

Jon Gruden Addresses Racist Remark
Jon Gruden
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Racist Remark

Jon Gruden Addresses Racist Remark

Says he's apologized to DeMaurice Smith over 2011 comment

(Newser) - Jon Gruden again said he is not a racist after his Las Vegas Raiders lost their first game since the revelation of the head coach's 2011 racial remark about players’ union leader DeMaurice Smith. Gruden apologized for his “insensitive remarks” when asked about the decade-old emails following the...

NC Teacher Calls Black Students 'My Little Monkeys'

Charter school is under fire

(Newser) - A teacher has resigned from a North Carolina charter school after telling Black students in her class that if not for the Constitution, they would be her “field slaves,” a comment that one parent said brought attention to other racist incidents at the school, the AP reports. Winterville...

Memes And Racist Messages Get Firefighters Suspended

Some mocked George Floyd

(Newser) - After several black members of the FDNY reported that some white firefighters were sharing racist memes and messages between each other, leaders say they took action. “When these memes were reported we investigated in and the suspension were the result,” FDNY spokesman Jim Long told the NY Post...

For Sex Workers in Canada, a 'Historic Moment'

Nation's oldest sex-worker group unionizes

(Newser) - The Canadian Union of Public Employees has a new group under its wings, in a big first for labor rights in the nation. Vice reports that the Toronto-based Maggie's, the nation's oldest sex-workers organization, has unionized under CUPE, the first such push by sex workers to stand up...

NFL OKs These 6 Social Justice Decals for Helmets

As well as slogans to be stenciled on end zones, to support movements against racism, police brutality

(Newser) - The sports league that once outlawed kneeling during the national anthem is now attempting to pick up more of the social justice mantle. NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy tells the New York Times that players will be able to choose from six helmet decals this season bearing one of the following...

Under Pressure From Hate Group, Sushi Chain Pulls Ad With Black Man

Russian chain said it received threats from the 'Male State' group

(Newser) - Earlier this month, a Russian sushi delivery chain released an ad featuring a Black man and three white women enjoying some sushi. After weeks of pressure from the "Male State" hate group, it pulled the ad and issued an apology for offending the "Russian people," reports the...

Coach: Black Cheerleaders Taunted With Monkey Noises

Witnesses say they left California high school game in tears

(Newser) - Cheerleaders in Riverside County, California, say they heard racist taunts and were told they were on the "wrong side of town" during a Friday night football game. Valley View High School Eagles cheerleading coach Kenya Williams tells NBC that the visiting cheerleaders were targeted during halftime of the game...

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