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Cops Draw Guns on Black Teens Who Called for Help

Incident in Santa Clarita, California, under investigation

(Newser) - The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department is investigating an incident last week in which three teens, two of whom are Black, called 911 to report an attack—and ended up getting guns drawn on them by the deputies who responded. The teens were sitting at a Santa Clarita bus... More »

Museum Erupts Over Black Lives Matter

The Seattle Children's Museum is in tumult over social media posts

(Newser) - "Black Lives Matter"—until, apparently, they don't. That's what employees at the Seattle Children's Museum are complaining about after their anti-racist social media messages were edited at work, the New York Times reports. Now nine employees who went on strike out of protest have been... More »

White Police Lieutenant Cites Racism, Quits New Position

Lt. Keith Wildhaber no longer wants to lead an inclusion and diversity unit in St. Louis

(Newser) - A police lieutenant who is white, gay and recently won a $10.25 million discrimination lawsuit against his department says he no longer wants to lead its diversity and inclusion unit. The reason? Racism, he says. "The dog whispers of a gay, white guy being unable to lead Diversity... More »

Sierra Club Denounces Founder's Racist Views

Conservation group acknowledges John Muir's prejudices

(Newser) - America's oldest conservation group is owning up to its racist past and that of its founder, John Muir, the so-called "father of the national parks." Sierra Club leader Michael Brune on Wednesday acknowledged the 128-year-old organization's "substantial role in perpetuating white supremacy" through leaders such... More »

Media Disputes Biden's Claim Trump Is 'First' Racist President

'He's wrong,' HuffPost says of Biden

(Newser) - Joe Biden on Wednesday dubbed Donald Trump the nation's "first" racist president. "The way he deals with people based on the color of their skin, their national origin, where they’re from, is absolutely sickening," the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee said at a virtual town hall.... More »

Social Justice Is Coming to NFL Helmets

League will allow decals to be placed on helmets for the full season

(Newser) - The NFL is planning to allow players to have decals on the back of their helmets bearing names or initials of victims of systemic racism and police violence. The league has been in talks with individual players and their union since June about somehow honoring such victims. The initiative will... More »

Roger Stone Refers to Black Radio Host With Racial Slur

The Trump advisor was on the ' Mr. Mo'Kelly Show' in Los Angeles

(Newser) - Roger Stone went on an LA radio show Saturday and referred to his Black host with a racial slur, NBC News reports. The moment arose when host Morris W. O'Kelly was questioning the Trump confidant about his conviction last year and the president's commutation of his sentence. "... More »

Petition: Trader Joe's, Remove 'Racist' Branding

A California high school senior is demanding change at the popular American chain

(Newser) - An online petition is demanding that Trader Joe's remove "racist branding" from so-called ethnic foods like "Trader Ming's" and "Arabian Joe"—and even reconsider its store name, USA Today reports. "The grocery chain labels some of its ethnic foods with modifications of '... More »

This City Will Offer Reparations for Its Role in Slavery

Asheville, NC, makes historic move

(Newser) - In a move USA Today calls "extraordinary" and CNN refers to as "historic," the city of Asheville, North Carolina, on Tuesday voted to approve reparations for Black residents. The seven-member City Council unanimously voted for the move, with Keith Young, one of the two Black members of... More »

Here's What Tucker Carlson Has to Say About Ousted Writer

Condemns his posts, but also condemns 'the ghouls now beating their chests in triumph'

(Newser) - Tucker Carlson weighed in on his former top writer three days after he resigned over secret racist online posts . Fox News on Saturday said it "strongly condemns" Blake Neff's posts, which it referred to as "abhorrent," "horrific," "racist, misogynistic and homophobic," Mediaite... More »

Redskins: Yes, We're Changing Our Name

But new one has not been revealed

(Newser) - The Washington Redskins will indeed drop the team name, but no word yet on the replacement. The team on Monday confirmed reports in multiple outlets—including ESPN , USA Today , and Sports Business Daily —that the name was going away. It's not clear when the new one will be... More »

Alleged Culprit Behind Racist Messages Is 12 Years Old

They went to soccer star Wilfried Zaha

(Newser) - A 12-year-old boy has been arrested in the UK after allegedly sending racist messages to a British Premiere League soccer player. Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha shared the messages on Twitter Sunday ; they're difficult to look at but include multiple racist slurs and images. Zaha, 27, was born in... More »

Tech CEO Resigns After 'Appalling' Racist Outburst

Michael Lofthouse is out at Solid8 after video goes viral

(Newser) - The chief executive of a California technology company resigned after the release of a video showing him using vulgar and racist language toward an Asian family at a restaurant, the AP reports. Solid8 CEO Michael Lofthouse resigned from the San Francisco Bay Area tech startup Saturday, KPIX-TV reports. Lofthouse issued... More »

Tucker Carlson's Top Writer Gets Outed Over Secret Posts

Blake Neff resigned after his online remarks came to light

(Newser) - Tucker Carlson's top writer has quit after posting bigoted comments on an online forum known for its offensive content, CNN Business reports. The writer, Blake Neff, was using a pseudonym on AutoAdmit—a mostly unmoderated board where sexism and racism run rampant—to pepper in his share of intolerant... More »

After George Floyd Death, a Big Ask by Ford Workers

Employee letter wants company to stop making police vehicles; that doesn't look likely

(Newser) - Ford Motor Co. makes about two-thirds of America's police vehicles , so a recent ask by some of the automaker's workers in the wake of protests over the death of George Floyd, racism, and police brutality is a significant one: They want the company to consider not making and... More »

Amazon Is Pulling All Washington Redskins Merch

NFL team is reviewing its racist name

(Newser) - Amazon will stop selling Washington Redskins merchandise after the football team said it would undergo a review of its name , which is considered a racial slur, the AP reports. The Seattle-based online shopping giant informed sellers Wednesday morning that it would be pulling Redskins merchandise from its online marketplace. Other... More »

Tech CEO Apologizes for 'Appalling' Racist Rant

'This was clearly a moment where I lost control'

(Newser) - A tech company CEO has apologized for his shockingly racist rant against an Asian family in a northern California restaurant. Michael Lofthouse, founder and CEO of San Francisco cloud computing company Solid8, was captured on video saying: " Trump's gonna f--- you. You f------ need to leave! You f------... More »

Man Who Hurled Racism at Family Eating Dinner Is a CEO

Media outlets identify man as Michael Lofthouse

(Newser) - The latest white person to go viral for making racist comments in public has been identified as the founder and CEO of a San Francisco tech company. The Saturday night incident at a northern California restaurant began while an Asian family was celebrating a birthday and the man, identified by... More »

Writer Sues to Stop Removal of University of Kentucky Mural

Students protested 1934 fresco's depiction of enslaved people

(Newser) - The University of Kentucky announced last month that it will be removing a controversial 1934 mural showing scenes from the state's history. Not so fast, says writer Wendell Berry. The author is suing to keep the fresco where it is, arguing that it is owned by the public, not... More »

Black Man at Lake: 5 Men Yelled 'White Power,' Beat Me

Alleged near-lynching of black man in Indiana partially caught on video; no arrests yet made

(Newser) - The FBI is monitoring the case of a black man who says he was the victim of an attempted lynching in Indiana on July 4. Vauhxx Booker described an encounter with people who yelled "white power" in a Sunday Facebook post , which was accompanied by a video showing him... More »

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