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3 Women Charged in NYC Restaurant Melee Over COVID

Carmine's says there's no proof its hostess used a racial slur

(Newser) - Update: Three woman who were recorded allegedly attacking a NYC restaurant hostess in a September dust-up over proof of vaccination were arraigned Tuesday on charges of third-degree assault, attempted assault, and harassment. The New York Post reports Sally Rechelle Lewis, 49; Kaeita Nkeenge Rankin, 44; Tyonnie Keshay Rankin, 21, could...

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...

School Board Bans All Political Signs

Next, members will look at rewriting anti-racism policy

(Newser) - On a 4-3 vote, members of an Oregon school board decided to prohibit signs, flags, and clothing with political messages on district property. The Newberg board members didn't specify what they consider "political," but community members who spoke at the meeting brought up pride flags and Black...

Olympic Gymnast Ends Floor Routine With BLM Tribute

Luciana Alvarado of Costa Rica raised fist in the air, knelt

(Newser) - The first-ever Costa Rican gymnast to qualify for the Olympics used the end of her floor routine Sunday to make a big statement. Luciana Alvarado, 18, took a knee with one arm behind her back and the other raised in the air with a fist, NBC Olympics reports. (Watch the...

5 Held in Attempted Killing of BLM Activist

Cop says there's no indication Sasha Johnson was targeted

(Newser) - Five males, including three teenagers, have been arrested in the shooting of a Black Lives Matter activist in London. Sasha Johnson of the Taking the Initiative Party, described as Britain's first Black-led political party, has been fighting for her life in a hospital since she was shot in the...

Black Lives Matter Activist Sasha Johnson Shot in Head

UK activist is in critical condition

(Newser) - Prominent Black Lives Matter activist Sasha Johnson was shot in the head in the wee hours of Sunday near a house in London where a party was taking place. The British 27-year-old is in critical condition, the BBC reports. While the Metropolitan Police have not identified Johnson publicly, Johnson is...

Judge Allegedly Tried to Run Down BLM Protesters

Judge John M. Tyson faces charge of assault with a deadly weapon

(Newser) - A Black Lives Matter activist in North Carolina says a person who tried to hit protesters with an SUV is a judge—and she is pressing charges against him. Judge John M. Tyson, who is white, has been summoned to appear in court next month to answer to a charge...

Young Brothers Yanked From Class for Black Lives Matter Tees

Okla. superintendent says 'politics' not allowed at school; mom says Black Lives Matter isn't political

(Newser) - Two Oklahoma brothers were disciplined at school last week over their Black Lives Matter T-shirts, and their mom is pushing back. Per the New York Times , Jordan Herbert first got wind of an alleged violation of dress code policy on April 30, when her 8-year-old son, Ben, was told by...

Bad Situation Gets Worse for Hollywood Foreign Press

Former president booted over email viewed as racist, advisers flee

(Newser) - The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which puts on the Golden Globes, has expelled a former president after he shared an article that described Black Lives Matter as a "racist hate movement." Philip Berk, who served eight terms as president until 2011, shared the FrontPage Mag article —which...

'Shoot This Thing!': Alarming Posts Fill Cops' Private Group

AP finds transphobic posts about Rachel Levine

(Newser) - In a private Facebook group called the Pittsburgh Area Police Breakroom, many current and retired officers spent the year criticizing chiefs who took a knee or officers who marched with Black Lives Matter protesters, whom they called "terrorists" or "thugs." The AP reports they made transphobic posts...

Police Mishandled Protests in City After City: Reports

Departments were unprepared for such large demonstrations, review finds

(Newser) - Reviews of the police response to the protests that erupted in US cities last summer after the death of George Floyd are in, and they're scathing. In large and small cities, police were unprepared for the scope of the protests and consistently mishandled the challenge, the New York Times...

GOP Senator's Remarks on Capitol Riot Draw Cries of Racism

Ron Johnson said he wasn't scared during attack because rioters weren't BLM, antifa

(Newser) - On a radio program Thursday, Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson says he wasn't scared during the Capitol riot on Jan. 6 that left five dead, but his reasoning for why he wasn't in fear as supporters of former President Trump stormed the building has led to accusations of racism...

Iowa Journalist Arrested at BLM Protest Hears Her Fate

The case has been condemned as an attack on the freedom of the press

(Newser) - An Iowa journalist who was pepper sprayed, zip tied, and arrested at a Black Lives Matter demonstration last year has been found not guilty on charges of failure to disperse and interfering with police, CNN reports. Following the verdict, Des Moines Register reporter Andrea May Sahouri tweeted : “Acquitted,”...

Nobel Peace Prize for Black Lives Matter? Nomination Is In

Norwegian MP praises movement for inspiring fight for racial justice worldwide

(Newser) - On Saturday, in an online ceremony in Stockholm, the $100,000 Olof Palme human rights award will be bestowed upon the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation, recognizing the BLM movement for its promotion of "peaceful civil disobedience against police brutality and racial violence," organizers say, per the...

Tiff Between 2 Congresswomen Reaches Boiling Point

Dem Cori Bush has her office moved away from GOP's Marjorie Taylor Greene 'for my team's safety'

(Newser) - The backlash against new GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene continues, with a Democratic colleague now ditching her office near Greene's. "A maskless Marjorie Taylor Greene & her staff berated me in a hallway," Rep. Cori Bush, also a freshman congresswoman, posted Friday on Twitter . "She targeted...

Artist Describes 'Racist Attack' on Breonna Taylor Bust
Breonna Taylor Bust
Lasts 2 Weeks

Breonna Taylor Bust Lasts 2 Weeks

Artist Leo Carson says he'll rebuild in bronze after statue vandalized

(Newser) - A bust of Breonna Taylor has been found smashed in Oakland, Calif., a mere two weeks after its installation. The artist who created the ceramic bust, placed over a plaque reading, "Say her name: Breonna Taylor," said it was "a racist attack on the Black Lives Matter...

4 Churches Were Vandalized After DC Pro-Trump Rally

Black Lives Matter banners were torn down, burned

(Newser) - Vandalism at four downtown Washington churches after rallies in support of President Trump Saturday is exposing rifts among people of faith as the nation confronts bitter post-election political divisions. Among the damaged houses of worship were two historically Black churches where people ripped down Black Lives Matter banners, with video...

Danish Murder Case Ends With One Charge 'Missing'

Magnus and Mads Moeller are sentenced for killing their Black friend

(Newser) - A racially-charged murder case in Denmark has ended with 14-year sentences for two brothers—but some say they dodged the most fitting charge of all, the BBC reports. Magnus and Mads Moeller were found guilty of torturing and killing their Black friend, Phillip Mbuji Johansen, in a prolonged attack this...

New HBO Program 'Special, in Every Sense of the Word'

NBC's Ani Bundel reviews spoken-word adaptation of Ta-Nehisi Coates' 'Between the World and Me'

(Newser) - A new streaming special is definitely "a special, in every sense of the word. Special enough that HBO is working to make sure it reaches as wide an audience as possible." So writes cultural critic Ani Bundel for NBC News of Between the World and Me , a "...

Pope Praises NBA Players for Demanding Racial Justice

5 players met Pope Francis at the Vatican

(Newser) - Pope Francis met with NBA players at the Vatican on Monday, lauding them as “champions" and saying he supported their work on social justice. The five players—Marco Belinelli, Sterling Brown, Jonathan Isaac, Kyle Korver, and Anthony Tolliver—were joined in the delegation by three NBA players' union executives....

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