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Florida Men Accused of Hurling Rock Into Black Teen's Car

'Get out of my neighborhood,' one man told Sanford teen Jermaine Jones

(Newser) - Florida teenager Jermaine Jones acknowledges that he was speeding when he drove through a gated neighborhood on his way to a friend's house Tuesday—but he says what unfolded afterward wouldn't have happened if he were white. The Black 16-year-old says two white men in the Sanford neighborhood...

University 'Incensed' After Georgia Cops Search Team Bus

Deputies seemed confident that women from historically black university had weed

(Newser) - It was April 20, and the Delaware State University women’s lacrosse team was headed home up I-95. Near Savannah, Georgia, their charter bus was pulled over by Liberty County Sheriff’s deputies. According to USA Today, the driver "was initially told he was improperly traveling in the left...

Woman Who Falsely Accused Black Teen Reaches Plea Deal

Miya Ponsetto has pleaded guilty to NYC crime

(Newser) - A woman who attacked a Black teenager in New York City after falsely accusing him of stealing her iPhone has reached a deal that will keep her out of prison—if she stays out of trouble. Under a plea deal announced Monday, Miya Ponsetto, who was seen on camera shouting...

Grey's Anatomy Driver Sues LAPD Over Gunpoint Stop

Ernest Simon Jr. alleges 'racial animus,' seeks $20M

(Newser) - A driver on the set of Grey's Anatomy was held at gunpoint for 20 minutes by Los Angeles police officers in a racially motivated incident exactly one year ago, according to a federal lawsuit demanding $20 million in damages and a jury trial. Disney employee Ernest Simon Jr. feared...

Other Teen in Mall Fight Says Cops Were Racist

'I don’t understand why they arrested him and not me,' he says of Black teen

(Newser) - One of two teenagers involved in a fight at a New Jersey mall earlier this month says he isn't white—but he agrees that it was racist for police to give him better treatment than the Black teenager he traded blows with. Video from the Bridgewater Commons Mall shows...

Video of Black Men Labeled 'Primates' on Facebook

Social media giant blamed its AI algorithm

(Newser) - Facebook users watching a video of Black men got a prompt asking if they would like to “keep seeing videos about Primates,” the New York Times reported. Facebook called the error “unacceptable.” The prompt was tweeted to Facebook by a former employee, Darci Groves, who called...

Influencer Mom's Kidnapping Claim Gets Her Charged

Couple she accused accuse her of racial profiling

(Newser) - The tables have turned on a California 'influencer mom' who recounted a terrifying brush with a kidnapping in a craft store to her Instagram following last year. Per BuzzFeed News , Katie Sorenson faces misdemeanor charges of lying to police over a purported incident at a Michael's in Petaluma...

After Incident, Amanda Gorman Tweets on 'Reality of Black Girls'

Inaugural poet, 22, says she was racially profiled by security guard who told her she looked 'suspicious'

(Newser) - At 22 years old, Amanda Gorman has already racked up accomplishments that some take a lifetime to achieve: She was named the first ever Youth Poet Laureate of Los Angeles in 2014 and the first National Youth Poet Laureate in the US in 2017, and in January she served as...

Black Teen's Accuser Retreats on Her Apology

Miya Ponsetto suggests Black teen may have stolen her phone after all

(Newser) - A white woman who wrongly accused a Black teenager of stealing her cellphone and tackled him at a New York City hotel appeared to back off her apology in a TV interview that aired Monday, suggesting without evidence that maybe he did try to steal her phone after all. "...

She Said Black Teen Took Her Phone. Now She's Arrested

Miya Ponsetto allegedly assaulted Black teen she wrongly accused of theft

(Newser) - A woman accused of attacking a Black teenager whom she falsely accused of theft in New York has been arrested across the country in California. Miya Ponsetto, 22—whom some are calling the new Amy Cooper or the "SoHo Karen"—was seized in her home state days after...

Musician Says Teen Son Was Racially Profiled, Assaulted

Woman falsely claimed he had stolen iPhone

(Newser) - Prominent jazz musician Keyon Harrold says he is "shellshocked" after a confrontation in a New York City hotel Saturday with a woman who falsely accused his 14-year-old son of stealing her iPhone. In a video shared on Instagram , the woman shouts at the Black teenager and demands that he...

Black Professor Ordered to Show ID in Her Home

Danielle Fuentes Morgan, in her home, was told to prove she's on the Santa Clara faculty

(Newser) - Black people can face harassment anywhere in America, Danielle Fuentes Morgan said, even on the campus of a peaceful Jesuit university. "I wasn't surprised," she told the Washington Pos t. "I was just hurt that it was taking place in this place that I love."...

'Karen' Incident Turns Violent in Parking Garage

William 'Hank' Beasley is accused of blocking his neighbor from entering the building

(Newser) - San Francisco—again? Only days after a "Karen" incident shook the city, another one unfolded Tuesday night. Michael Barajas, a Mexican American, captured much of it on video when a car blocked him from entering his own building's parking garage, ABC 7 News reports. A white man identified...

They Had Every Right to Use the Gym. He Didn't Think So

White CEO in Minneapolis loses office lease after video shows him calling 911 on black entrepreneurs

(Newser) - One of the perks of using an office space via WeWork in Minneapolis' MoZaic East complex is that you get to take advantage of the site's amenities, including its gym. But, per the Hill , a group of black entrepreneurs who've owned a business in the building for a...

Black Driver in Vermont Has Disturbing Encounter

2 others motorists flag down driver with New York plates, tell him to leave state, say police

(Newser) - State police in Vermont say they're investigating a black driver's disturbing run-in with two other motorists that had "racial undertones," reports the Burlington Free Press . The man told police he was driving with his 11-year-old son near their home in Hartford when two vehicles approached and...

Theater's Offer After 'Humiliating' Incident: 20K Free Tix

The AMC in Metairie, La., also fired 3 employees

(Newser) - Up to 20,000 high schoolers in New Orleans will see the new film Harriet for free after an incident in which a group of women say they were racially profiled at a local theater. NOLA reports more than a dozen members of the 504 Queens, a nonprofit for African...

They Spent $1K While Shopping. Then Came the Security Guard

Cop Daryl Jones fired after targeting black shoppers in viral video

(Newser) - A white Indiana police officer has lost two jobs—one on the force and another as a store security guard—after he was seen targeting black shoppers in a viral video. Cousins Aaron Blackwell and Durell Cunningham were filming Nov. 12 as Nordstrom Rack security guard Daryl Jones, also a...

Black Patient Arrested on Walk With IV

Shaquille Dukes says he was target of racist cops

(Newser) - A hospital patient suffering from double pneumonia went for a walk with his boyfriend and brother before all three were arrested in what they argue was an incident of racial profiling. Shaquille Dukes, a 24-year-old black male, tells CNN he was wearing a hospital gown and hooked up to an...

After Singer's Claim, Sephora to Shut All Stores Wednesday

Chain will be holding 'inclusion workshops' for workers after SZA says she was racially profiled

(Newser) - If you're wondering this Wednesday why the doors of your local Sephora are shut, it may be partly tied back to a tweet from an R&B singer. At the end of April, SZA (real name Solana Rowe) was shopping at a Sephora in Calabasas, Calif., when she says...

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...

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