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Student Punished for Making Monkey Sounds at Black Protester

Fraternity kicks him out, and university has launched an investigation

(Newser) - There will be consequences for the University of Mississippi student accused of taunting a Black student who was participating in a pro-Palestinian protest by mimicking a monkey or ape last week. The Phi Delta Theta fraternity says the man seen making monkey-like noises on video of the incident was previously...

Amid 'Racist Jeers' at Protest, One Pol Offers a High-Five

White Ole Miss counterprotester appears to make monkey noises; Rep. Mike Collins weighs in

(Newser) - Israel-Hamas war demonstrations at the University of Mississippi turned ugly this week when one counterprotester appeared to make monkey noises and gestures at a Black student in a raucous gathering that was endorsed by a far-right congressman from Georgia. "Ole Miss taking care of business," Republican US Rep....

Job Seekers Get Callbacks Based on Their Names

A new 'Discrimination Report Card' is out, and white-sounding names seem to get more callbacks

(Newser) - In 2004, a study found that job applicants with stereotypically white-sounding names got callbacks for interviews 50% more than applicants with Black-sounding names. Now, scientists have rebooted that research, and while the results are better than they were two decades ago, they show that racial bias still appears to come...

At NCAA Tourney, 'Racial Hate Crimes,' Says Utah Coach

Lynne Roberts says her team had to change hotels after incidents in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

(Newser) - Utah's women's basketball team had a more miserable experience at this year's NCAA Tournament than just their second-round loss to Gonzaga. "We had several instances of some kind of racial hate crimes towards our program," coach Lynne Roberts tells the Salt Lake Tribune . The team...

At Suggestion She'll Perform at Olympics, She's Bombarded

French-Malian singer Aya Nakamura accused by France's far right of butchering the language

(Newser) - Aya Nakamura is "the most listened-to French artist in the world," according to the organizing committee of the Paris Olympics, so it makes sense that she might perform at the opening ceremony in July. There's been much speculation that she will. Local media reported Nakamura had discussed...

6 Teens Charged Over 'Vile' Group Chat

It allegedly included a mock slave auction of other middle-schoolers

(Newser) - Six teenagers in Massachusetts are facing charges after allegedly participating in "a hateful, racist online chat" that included a mock slave auction of two other students. In the early hours of Feb. 9, the eighth-graders in the Springfield suburb of Southwick joined a group on Snapchat, where they allegedly...

Lawmaker Hit for Backing Racist Conspiracy Theory

Michigan State Rep. Josh Schriver, who tweeted about great replacement theory, loses staff

(Newser) - A Republican state lawmaker in Michigan lost his committee assignment and staff Monday, days after posting an image of a racist ideology on social media, per the AP . House Speaker Joe Tate, a Democrat who's Black, said he won't allow the House to be a forum for "...

Boston Mayor Apologizes to Black Men Wrongly Accused of 1989 Murder
Boston Mayor Delivers
'Long Overdue' Apology
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Boston Mayor Delivers 'Long Overdue' Apology

Mayor, police commissioner apologize to Black men wrongly accused of 1989 Stuart murder

(Newser) - Boston Mayor Michelle Wu delivered what she said was a "long overdue" apology Wednesday to two Black men who were wrongly accused of murdering a pregnant white woman in 1989. Boston police targeted the city's Black community and wrongly linked Alan Swanson and Willie Bennett to the killing...

Morgan Names Royals Who Made Alleged Racist Comments

Book says King Charles, Kate Middleton made remark on skin color of Harry, Meghan's unborn son

(Newser) - More than two years ago, Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle, made reference during an interview with Oprah Winfrey about "concerns and conversations" with the royal family about how dark the skin of their then-unborn son Archie would be when he emerged, fueling plenty of rumors about who...

Young Black Gymnast Watches Everyone Get a Medal but Her
Video of Snubbed Black
Gymnast Spurs Outcry, Apology
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Video of Snubbed Black Gymnast Spurs Outcry, Apology

Ireland's sports ministry says girl at competition was 'badly let down' by being passed over

(Newser) - A video showing a young Black gymnast being passed over for a medal while her white counterparts all receive one is now making the rounds, prompting an apology from Gymnastics Ireland and support from one of the biggest names in the sport. The BBC reports that the clip now circulating...

High School Coach Resigns Over Team's 'Nazi' Play Call

Tim McFarland of Ohio's Brooklyn High School steps down after players' antisemitic jabs

(Newser) - An Ohio high school football coach resigned Monday after his team used racist and antisemitic language to call plays during a game last week. Brooklyn High School coach Tim McFarland and his players repeatedly used the word "Nazi" as a play call in a game against Beachwood High School....

NFL Player Slams Racist Messages: 'This Is Sick'

Minnesota Vikings RB Alexander Mattison was hit with 'disgusting' comments after loss to Eagles

(Newser) - The Minnesota Vikings didn't have a great game Thursday against the Philadelphia Eagles, losing to the East Coast team 34-28, but the night proved even worse for Vikings running back Alexander Mattison, a Black player who says he received a series of racist messages and other disturbing comments after...

Florida Gunman Kills 3 in 'Racially Motivated' Shooting

Authorities in Jacksonville says white shooter 'hated Black people'

(Newser) - (Updated throughout with new details.) A masked white man carrying at least one weapon bearing a swastika fatally shot three Black people inside a Florida store Saturday in an attack with a clear motive of racial hatred, officials said. The shooting in a Dollar General store in a predominately...

American Medical Association: This Health Metric Is Racist
AMA: BMI Metric Has
Caused 'Historical Harm'
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AMA: BMI Metric Has Caused 'Historical Harm'

American Medical Association says body mass index as a tool is not only inaccurate, but racist

(Newser) - There's long been pushback on using body mass index, or BMI, as a health gauge. Critics say the metric—which claims to measure body fat simply by carrying out a calculation involving one's height and weight—might assign the same BMI to a person who has a lot...

SPLC Says Moms for Liberty Is an Extremist Group

Center blasts 'so-called parental rights activists' in annual report

(Newser) - The Southern Poverty Law Center has designated Moms for Liberty as an "anti-government extremist group," along with multiple other organizations that bill themselves as "parents' rights" groups. The SPLC, which tracks hate and extremist groups nationwide, says it used long-standing criteria to designate the groups as extremist...

AI Is Newest Tool in Helping Athletes Block Racist Abuse

Companies offer filtering technology as offensive content proliferates on social media

(Newser) - Social media allows athletes to reach out to fans and market themselves. But it's also where racism is "visual, permanently intrusive, and 24/7" as anonymous people troll players with "barely any accountability," the AP reports. It's all too much for some Black athletes, who are...

Spain Arrests 7 After Black Soccer Star Racially Abused

There was an outpouring of support after Vinicius Junior was racially abused during Valencia match

(Newser) - Spanish police took action Tuesday after the latest case of abuse against Vinícius Júnior, arresting seven people accused of racially insulting the Real Madrid player. Spanish soccer officials also acted, fining Valencia $48,500 and closing part of the team's stadium for the next five games, the...

Remaining Dem: Colleagues' Expulsion Was Racist

Members who faced vote warn of 'march to fascism' and 'the silencing of democracy'

(Newser) - Tennessee Rep. Gloria Johnson may have survived expulsion from the state House for joining an unauthorized protest for gun reform on the House floor, but she's not celebrating. "We need to make sure that we stomp out this march to fascism," the Knoxville Democrat said after the...

Guy Got $137M in Tesla Racism Case. It's Now $3.2M

Tesla payout to former worker slashed by $134M

(Newser) - A year and a half after Tesla was ordered to pay $137 million to a former contract employee who alleged racist abuse at a company factory in California, the award has been slashed—by a whopping 98%, Bloomberg reports. Tesla challenged the original amount, and a judge said the original...

James Bond Novels Are About to See a Tweak

Ian Fleming's books on 007 are being reissued, with a lot fewer racial references

(Newser) - First Roald Dahl's books went under the editing pen ; now, Ian Fleming's. This April, all of Fleming's novels featuring his most famous character, James Bond, will be reissued to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the series' first book, Casino Royale. But the text will be somewhat different...

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