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Left-wing radio host wants Trump fan Curt Schilling wiped from Phillies’ Wall of Fame over ‘racist’ tweets. Schilling calls host a ‘special piece of s**t.’

In our latest episode of the Cancel Culture Chronicles, we find a left-wing sports radio host apparently looking for a little attention — and greasing the skids by zeroing in on legendary pitcher Curt Schilling, who’s been making headlines of late.

What is the background?

Earlier this week, Schilling — an outspoken conservative and major supporter of President Donald Trump — claimed that AIG canceled his insurance over his “social media profile.”

The alleged insurance cancellation occurred in the wake of the U.S. Capitol riot last week, after which leftists — and the powers that be heeding their words — began vilifying and canceling conservatives at a dizzying pace. Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube pulled the plug on Trump, while Apple and Amazon took down Twitter competitor Parler.

Schilling posted a tweet hours after the riot — and it had some legs with the media: “You cowards sat on your hands, did nothing while liberal trash looted rioted and burned for Air Jordan’s and big screens, sit back, stfu, and watch folks start a confrontation for s**t that matters like rights, democracy and the end of gov’t corruption.” His tweet was still active Friday afternoon.

Wanna be startin’ somethin’?

Enter veteran sports talk radio host Mike Missanelli, a well-known figure in Philadelphia sports circles who was on the airwaves when Schilling and the Phillies were vying for a World Series title in 1993.

So Missanelli — who’s as outspoken about his left-wing politics as Schilling is about his conservative views — let the former Phillies star have it:

“In light of his tweets (racist among other things) following the seditious attack on the Capitol — re: today’s Inquirer — I call upon the Phillies and John Middleton to immediately remove Curt Schilling from their Wall of Fame,” Missanelli tweeted Thursday.

How did Schilling respond?

As you might guess, Schilling was not pleased with Missanelli’s declaration and threw down with the radio host: “You know my family, you’ve known me for almost 30 years. It takes a special piece of s**t to do and say things you know are lies. Esp given you know my wife and her battle with cancer right now. Do me a huge favor, next time we’re ftf call me a racist.”

Missanelli replied as most folks on social media do — absent any clear and present physical danger, of course: “Your family is great. I sent your WIFE best wishes (it should have read). You turned into a traitorous asshole. There. That more clear for ya?”

He added in another tweet to Schilling, “You should be ashamed of yourself for your ignorant tweet DURING an act of sedition and for supporting it in any way.”

It’s worth noting that unless Schilling posted and deleted another tweet, the one in question was posted at 11:52 p.m. Jan. 6 — after the afternoon riot was over.

How did folks react?

Commentary on the dust-up has been a mixed bag. Some back Missanelli’s wish to cancel Schilling. But others? Not so much:

  • “Let me know when that goes down, Curt. I got your back,” one user noted. “Would love to have a front row seat watching you beat the crap out of this bitter lowlife.”
  • “Mike is a scumbag Curt you know this already,” another commenter offered. “Typical looney liberal.”
  • “‘Remove all traces of people that disagree with me’ is straight from the commie playbook for a reason,” another user said.

Schilling’s wife, who is battling cancer, even got in on the war of words:

Missanelli sent the following reply: “Shonda, you know you have always had my best wishes. And I pray for your good health. Your husband tweeting what he tweeted, supporting an act of sedition, DURING the act, is disgraceful. He can’t now play the victim.”

Anything else?

Schilling’s outspokenness, particularly with regard to his conservative politics, has led to numerous controversies over the years:

  • His June 2016 blog post in the wake of the terror attack at an Orlando gay nightclub lit into gun control advocates and Muslims.
  • ESPN fired him in April 2016 for a meme he posted that mocked transgender bathroom laws.
  • And the sports network pulled him off the air in September 2015 for the rest of the baseball season over a tweet against radical Islam.

Also it’s long been opined that his politics have kept him out baseball’s Hall of Fame, but a Philadelphia sportswriter wrote that “Schilling belongs in Hall of Fame even though his views are worthy of nothing but shame.”

Just before Trump’s 2017 inauguration, Schilling said his support of the president also was keeping him out of the Hall.

“I promise you if I had said, ‘Lynch Trump,’ I would be getting in with about 90 percent of the vote this year,” Schilling told TMZ Sports, a reference to baseball writers’ politics as well as their all-powerful votes that grant entrance into Cooperstown.

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School board member who uttered ‘crack the whip’ in regard to graduation rates called on to resign

A school board member in Washington state is being called upon to resign after saying “we need to crack the whip” in regard to graduation rates.

What are the details?

Clover Park School District’s Paul Wagemann used the phrase during a Dec. 14 virtual board meeting, the Suburban Times reported.

Wagemann said he was referring to the 10% to 11% of district students who fail to graduate and that he meant the district needs to do all it can to help those students get their diplomas, the paper said.

But his opponent from the last school board election — Taniesha Lyons — said the phrase “is rooted in slavery” and demanded Wagemann’s resignation, calling him an “explicit racist” in a letter to the board.

According to Grammarist, “crack the whip” means “to push someone to work harder, to demand more work from someone or that someone work faster or longer” and makes no reference to slavery. Grammarist also said the phrase “describes the literal cracking of a whip over a horse’s head to startle him into obeying.”

Lyons also launched a petition in mid-December calling for Wagemann’s resignation. The petition has collected 190 signatures as of Tuesday.

“The Clover Park School Board cannot tell the community that they are working towards racial equity and require their staff to be culturally competent when a board member who can vote on policies that affect black and brown students within the district is a blatant racist,” she wrote in her letter to the board. “Paul maintaining his seat on the board, contradicts the Clover Park School District’s claims that racism and bigotry are not tolerated within the Clover Park School District. Paul is a considerable liability and puts the Clover Park school district at risk.”

How did district officials react?

Clover Park Education Association Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion Filma Fontanilla said in a letter to the board that she was “hurt, appalled, and disgusted” by Wagemann’s remark.

Fontanilla also wrote that after board President Marty Schafer called out Wagemann for his “crack the whip” comment, Wagemann said, “I know what it means, and I meant it.” Fontanilla added that Schafer responded by saying, “That is not a comment I am comfortable with.”

The College Fix said it asked Wagemann and Schafer for comment on the matter and that Wagemann replied that he forwarded the outlet’s request to Schafer and the district superintendent. Schafer said no action was taken against Wagemann at a special Dec. 21 board meeting as its purpose was just “an opportunity to openly discuss and seek clarification,” the College Fix added.

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He stereotypes QB’s fans as ‘people with American flags and dogs.’ Then EPSN host gets put on blast by Buffalo Bills players.

After blatantly stereotyping fans of Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen as “people with American flags and dogs,” ESPN host Domonique Foxworth got earful from a couple of Bills players.

What’s the background?

Foxworth — a former NFL cornerback — uttered his regrettable words during a chat with ESPN’s Bomani Jones a few days ago. According to Western Journal, Foxworth noted that “I am fully aware that I have biases; and my biases are not based on Josh Allen” — and then he proceeded to rip Allen’s fans.

Here’s the audio:

“It’s based on the people that are defending Josh Allen. I would be 100% lying if I said that when Josh does something dumb, a little part of me doesn’t get happy. … It’s because the people who are telling me that Josh is the Second Coming, and Josh is better than everybody are people with American flags and dogs and skull and crossbones. … If you go just take a dip into their tweet history, it’s some really concerning retweets and likes. … It’s not about Josh,” Foxworth said.

Foxworth added that “generally, I’m pro-player, and I’m looking for ways to understand a player’s position and defend a player. But in Josh’s case, it’s not about him. He is the ground on which we are fighting,” Western Journal also noted.

For context it may help to keep in mind that the Bills are one of only six NFL teams with a majority of fans who are Republicans, the outlet added, citing FiveThirtyEight.

Foxworth took a bit of a licking for his stereotype against Allen’s fans, with one commenter saying, “Damn this has to be the most f***ed up sports take I’ve ever heard. Is he insinuating that all Bills fans are racist, or am I reading into this wrong?” Another observer declared, “Get that racist douche bag Foxworth off the air. No place for his comments … Imagine if a white dude said something equally disgusting about [black NFL quarterback] Lamar Jackson? Whitey would have been fired immediately! ESPN SUCKS!”

Bills’ players aren’t happy, either

A couple of Bills’ players — safety Jordan Poyer and guard Jonathan Feliciano — also got in Foxworth’s face over his criticism of Allen’s fans.

“Hold up bruh,” Poyer tweeted. “we not jus letting this slide, yeah?! @espn this what we on now in the sports world!? @Foxworth24 we gotta do better my brother… cause this ain’t it.”

Feliciano also hit back at Foxworth:

“Are you talking about the fans that just raise over 700k for a hospital during a pandemic?” Feliciano asked the ESPN host. “Ppl do/say the corniest things to try n get ahead.”

What did Foxworth have to say?

Foxworth replied to Poyer’s tweet and said his comments about Allen’s fans were “taken out of context,” and — presumably to make peace — he even added a waving American flag to his post:

“Nobody I respect has taken this seriously, so I’ve been ignoring it,” Foxworth wrote Wednesday. “And getting taken out of context kinda comes with my job, so I haven’t been trippin. But I respect you and the ppl in your building and it bothers that y’all have spent 1 sec thinking about this disingenuous BS.”

He added, “Feel free to DM me, listen to the full podcast, or ignore this foolishness all together and get back to ballin. Best of luck to you and my new favorite QB.”

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‘If you voted for Trump, there is a racist bone in your body’: Sitcom actress Wanda Sykes hit with the facts after defaming Trump voters

Sitcom actress and stand-up comic Wanda Sykes hopped on Twitter over the weekend and accused those who voted for President Donald Trump last month of being racists.

Well, maybe Trump voters aren’t total racists, she said — but at the very least, teeny, tiny parts of them probably would give standing ovations to the Ku Klux Klan:

“Here’s the tweet. If you voted for Trump, there is a racist bone in your body,” Sykes tweeted. “It might be in your pinky toe…but it’s there. Praying for you.”

She followed that up with a tweet saying “or maybe you’re just a greedy bastard.”

What was the reaction?

The “Black-ish” cast member — who boasts over half a million Twitter followers — certainly has her fans, and a number of them jumped at the chance to give Sykes virtual fist-bumps.

But others were less than pleased, and some even offered her some facts to chew on — like the user who shot back with, “So the 19% of black males who voted for Trump, up from 13% in 2016, are racist? That’s shocking!”

Indeed, support for Trump at the polls increased among minority voters since he was first elected. He garnered 8% of the black vote in 2016 and 12% in 2020; Trump got 28% of the Latino vote in 2016 and 32% in 2020, the Wall Street Journal reported.

So it may not be the best look for Sykes to essentially call a large number of black and Latino voters “racist” because they marked their boxes for Trump. Or maybe she just forgot to do her homework.

Others had the following to say to Sykes:

  • “You’re a hypocrite and a liar,” black conservative talk show host Jesse Lee Peterson wrote. “You need to forgive yo’ mama & yo’ daddy and overcome being such a nasty woman!”
  • Another user piggybacked on Peterson’s rebuttal: “Here’s the tweet. Wanda you live and work in LaLa Land (the place of make believe) and I’m supposed to believe what you say as truth? LOL Beware the children of the lie! Jesse is right the Devil is your master! And it shows!”
  • “Whoa. I voted for Trump mainly because of what he would do to help Black Americans, and he did not disappoint,” another commenter told Sykes. “You might want to look at [President-elect Joe] Biden’s history of racist comments and actions. Being [against] school choice is racist.”
  • “News flash. I voted for Trump and I’m NOT a racist. It is YOU and your ILK that keep that racist garbage going,” another user said. “You used to be my favorite person on the old Christine shows.. sound racist to you? It’s because I’m not. Sick of this race baiting by the Dems. Stop already!”
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Head of prestigious school calls MAGA hat ‘symbol of racism and hatred’ after student wears one: ‘He will not wear it again’

The head of a prestigious private school in California called the Make America Great Again hat — the iconic symbol of President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign — a “symbol of racism and hatred” after a student wore one on campus.

And Gary Krahn — head of La Jolla Country Day School — wrote in an email to school staff that the student “will not wear it again,” KUSI-TV reported.

What are the details?

The email from Krahn to school staff that KUSI obtained primarily described a letter to parents about the coronavirus and the post-Thanksgiving schedule; the letter didn’t include a mention of the MAGA hat. But in the email introduction, the station said Krahn described the MAGA hat incident to staff:

We also had a student wear a MAGA Hat today. I have talked with that student who now understands why that hat is offensive to our community. He will not wear it again. In addition his mom said that she is embarrassed by his actions. She will fulfill her role as a parent. We will continue to grow as a community that sees and values the dignity of all people.

Krahn also appeared in a video to the “school community” that described the incident. In the clip, Krahn said “the First Amendment is very important to me. I was willing to give my life for it as I served in the Army. It is one of the most precious things that we have in this nation.” He then explained why he spoke to the student about the MAGA hat:


La Jolla Country Day’s Head of School says MAGA hats are a “symbol of racism and hatred.”

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Krahn added that the student “has every right to wear” the MAGA hat, and that Krahn “had friends give their [lives] for that right.”

“When I approached the student, I shared with him that he had that right to wear the hat,” Krahn added. “I also shared with him the impact it has on our community. That hat has a symbol of racism and hatred. … It’s a fact that in our community, there’s a belief that that’s what that hat represents. And because we’re a community of dignity — that all people have value, and that all people are vulnerable — I wanted the student to know that his decision was gonna have an impact on people. He graciously took off his hat.”

Krahn also said in the clip that “it was not a political decision to reach out to him and talk about that hat; it was a decision about dignity — the inherent value that all humans have.”

“We’re gonna continue to honor the First Amendment,” he also said. “We’re gonna continue to be a community of dignity and to realize that if our actions impact others, we have a responsibility to work on that, to improve, to grow. Our students are gonna become leaders in the community. [I] can’t think of anything more precious than to have them go out there with not only the knowledge but with the belief that all humans have value. Create the community that we dream about. That’s what La Jolla Country Day is all about.”

Citing the school’s 2020-2021 Parent/Student Handbook, KUSI said the school’s dress code does not outlaw political attire.

The station said it reached out to Krahn for comment but hadn’t heard back.

Tucker Carlson weighs in

KUSI said La Jolla County Day School “is one of the most prestigious private schools in San Diego County” with yearly tuition ranging from $28,500 for kindergartners to $37,130 for high schoolers.

In a segment about the incident on his show Wednesday night, Fox News’ Tucker Carlson — who attended La Jolla Country Day — said “it was less expensive and more tolerant when I was a little kid there … sad to hear it.”


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HS student listed as ‘Black Guy’ in basketball team yearbook photo; all other players are white and listed by name

An Indiana high school student was listed as “Black Guy” in his basketball team’s yearbook photo while the rest of the players — all of whom are white — were listed by name.

What are the details?

Superintendent Laura Hammack and Brown County High School Principal Matthew Stark issued an apology letter Monday calling the incident “a truly reprehensible error,” WRTV-TV reported.


Image source: WXIN-TV video screenshot

“We acknowledge that yearbook is the only class at this school where all assignments and homework are published for all to see,” the statement reads, according to the station. “We strive for perfection and hope any errors are minor and inconsequential. This is not an inconsequential error.”

In response, the district launched an investigation and consequences will be determined when the investigation is completed, WRTV reported, citing the superintendent and principal’s statement.

The yearbook is typically created by the yearbook class and overseen and edited by teachers, WXIN-TV reported.

“Our district has been working to advance equity and inclusion for all protected classes; however, an occasion like this evidences the need for expanded response,” the statement also says, the station noted. “We are committed to ensuring that Brown County Schools provide a welcoming, safe, inclusive, and equitable school community. We remain relentless in our pursuit of the same.”

The letter also said the district “is working collaboratively with the student’s family to find ways to rectify the situation,” WRTV said, adding that the error is a “clear violation of our nondiscrimination policy.”

Hammack addressed the issue Monday in a Facebook video saying, “This has been a really hard day for a student and for a family. And we will work hard to make sure that a student and a family who are experiencing what they’re experiencing today don’t need to experience the same feelings moving forward,” WXIN noted.

Nearly 97% of Brown County residents are white while 0.7% are black, the Kansas City Star reported, adding that Hammack said a possible solution is issuing yearbook reprint and allowing students to exchange them for free.

The superintendent also said she’s working with the yearbook publisher on a future solution, WXIN said.

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CAREN Act — which bans false, racially biased 911 calls — unanimously approved by San Francisco supervisors

San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors has approved the ban of false, racially biased calls to 911, KPIX-TV reported.

The CAREN Act — Caution Against Racial and Exploitative Non-Emergencies Act — was unanimously passed Tuesday by all 11 supervisors, the station said.

The term “Karen” has become mockingly synonymous with women — usually white women — who confront others without provocation over small issues and sometimes call 911 so police can step in and stop it. Sometimes a “Karen” adds race to the mix when contacting authorities.

“We want to make sure people don’t continue to weaponize emergency calls to law enforcement,” Supervisor Shamann Walton, who authored the measure, told KPIX. Walton began pushing the legislation in July.

What are the details?

Under the CAREN Act, calls to 911 that discriminate over someone’s race, ethnicity, national origin, place of birth, sexual orientation, gender identity or religion is banned — and targets of such calls will be allowed to sue the caller, the station said.

“Communities of color have the right to go about daily activities without being threatened by someone calling 911 on them due to someone’s racism,” Walton added, according to KPIX. “Rather than calling the police or law enforcement on your neighbor or someone who you think doesn’t look like they should be your neighbor, try talking to them and getting to know them. Let’s build relationships in our communities.”

The station spoke to early voters who supported the measure.

Nicole Didondiff told KPIX the CAREN is needed to combat 911 callers who “are using their white privilege to create trouble for someone else that isn’t based in reality.”

Jason Powers told the station that “people with privilege like myself use that to our advantage sometimes and a lot of that uncertainty that comes from not knowing people of color allows us the space to make those accusations safely — and it’s gonna take a hard check to get some of that righted. So I think it’s an interesting and potentially game changing measure.”

The board will vote on the CAREN Act again at next Tuesday’s meeting before it heads to Mayor London Breed’s desk, KPIX reported.

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Teacher to HS class: Those who say ‘Make America Great Again’ actually mean ‘make it kinda racist and sexist again’

A California public school teacher was caught on video telling his students that those who say “Make America Great Again” — the slogan from President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign — actually mean “make it kinda racist and sexist again.”

What are the details?

According to a video tweeted by Ryan Fournier, founder and chairman of Students for Trump, Patrick Casey was teaching a freshman honors English class at Oxnard Union High School last month when he told students what the “MAGA” phrase truly means.

“White men miss the old days where they could just be a white dude who walked up and grabbed women by their genitals and nobody said anything, right?” the teacher was seen saying during the video excerpt from the class. “But you can’t do that now, so that’s why there’s all these people like, ‘Make America Great Again.’ What they mean is, ‘Make it kinda racist and sexist again.’ That’s what they’re talkin’ about.”

The clip has been viewed over 300,000 times since it was posted Friday.

The College Fix said it asked Casey and Oxnard Union District Interim Superintendent Tom McCoy for comment on the matter, but the outlet said it didn’t receive a reply in time for publication.

Haven’t we seen this movie before?

Such behavior from teachers has happened more than a few times since classes have resumed around the country online:

Of course, such sentiments among teachers aren’t exactly new, either:

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Barbie has a very difficult conversation with her black doll friend about racism she experienced in video about white privilege

Mattel published a video for their Barbie franchise featuring the cartoon version of the doll having a very difficult discussion about the racist experiences of her black doll friend, Nikki.

The video was posted to the official Barbie YouTube page on Wednesday.

“There is a huge movement going on,” Barbie said.

“Millions of people across the world are standing up to fight against racism, and they’re doing this because too often and for such a long time, people have been treated unfairly, and in some cases even hurt by others, because of the color of their skin,” she explained helpfully.

Barbie encouraged Nikki to explain the racism she faced as a black doll in modern day America.

“Barbie and I had a sticker-selling contest on the beach last month. We split up and went our separate directions to see who could sell the most. While I was on the boardwalk, beach security stopped me three times. The security officer thought I was doing something bad, even though I was doing exactly the same thing that you were doing,” Nikki claimed.

“And remember when we were going to join that French honor club at school? Well, I made a perfect score on the entrance test, but when the teacher, who didn’t know me at all, gave me my results, he told me I only did well because I got lucky. He said he knew I couldn’t speak French that well!” Nikki said.

Barbie expressed shock at the story.

“What? You speak French better than all of us! Why didn’t you stay in the club to prove him wrong?” asked Barbie.

“I don’t want to constantly prove and reprove myself,” said Nikki.

Barbie goes on to give what appears to be a definition of white privilege.

“That means that white people get an advantage that they didn’t earn, and black people get a disadvantage that they don’t deserve!” said Barbie.

“When we don’t say anything, we’re just letting it continue!” said Barbie.

In their glowing article about the video, USA Today claimed the video had gone viral without noting that the Barbie YouTube page had nearly 10 million subscribers, while the video had only garnered 247,000 views. Other videos on the page, like the one entitled, “MERMAID SPARKLE SLIME!” garnered more than 625,000 views.

Comments were also turned off for the propaganda video.

Here’s the Barbie video of Nikki talking about doll racism:


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‘Don’t Tread on Me’ image considered ‘racial harassment’? Catholic school allegedly orders conservative students to nix Gadsden flag

Conservative students at a Catholic high school in California said the administration ordered them to remove the image of the Gadsden flag from a promotional video as the flag could be considered “racial harassment,” Young America’s Foundation reported.

What are the details?

The organization said it obtained an email from Chris Walter — Loyola High School’s director of student activities — to a conservative student that said “you will have to remove the Don’t Tread on Me image” and cited an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission case.

YAF said Walter claimed the EEOC ruled that displaying the Gadsden flag in the workplace “could be considered racial harassment, depending on the circumstances” — and the organization said such a claim is “blatantly false.”

More from Young America’s Foundation:

The EEOC case he is citing clearly states that “it would have been premature and inappropriate for EEOC to determine, one way or the other, the merits of the U.S. Postal Service’s argument that the Gadsden Flag and its slogan do not have any racial connotations whatsoever,” and that “EEOC’s decision simply ordered the agency – the U.S. Postal Service – to investigate the allegations. EEOC’s decision made no factual or legal determination on whether discrimination actually occurred.”

YAF said it reached out to Loyola High School but did not receive a response in time for publication.

History teachers there ought to know that the symbol on the flag was created by Christopher Gadsden — a general in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War — and gained favor among colonists who wanted independence from Great Britain.

What did the student in question have to say?

Speaking on the condition of anonymity, the student who reported the alleged incident to YAF’s Campus Bias Tip Line told the organization that the “Don’t Tread on Me” crackdown is frustrating.

“This is just a small example of the different struggles conservative students go through while in school,” the student told YAF. “Students should have the freedom to express their beliefs and values in a school environment without having to fear the repercussion that can arise.”

YAF went further and characterized the mandate to the conservative students as “bullying” in an effort to “silence speech” that isn’t in line with what the school says is acceptable.

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Uncle Ben’s rice finally has new name after old moniker and logo deemed racially insensitive

Uncle Ben’s rice finally has a new name after its old moniker and instantly recognizable logo was deemed racially insensitive amid the George Floyd rioting and a flurry of similar moves to amend the names of other products in the name of political correctness.

What are the details?

The brand now will be called Ben’s Original and no longer will use the image of a black man on its boxes, the New York Daily News reported, citing a Wednesday announcement from the product’s parent company Mars Inc.

The new logo simply reads “Ben’s Original” in blue lettering over an orange background — which are the longtime colors of the rice brand.

“We listened to our associates and our customers, and the time is right to make meaningful changes across society,” Mars Food executive Fiona Dawson said in a statement, according to the Daily News. “When you are making these changes, you are not going to please everyone. But it’s about doing the right thing, not the easy thing.”

In June, Mars Inc., announced it would change the rice’s moniker in order to stand against racial stereotypes in advertising.

The rice has been sold in the United States under the Uncle Ben’s brand since 1947.

“Racism has no place in society,” a portion of the company’s statement read in June. “We stand in solidarity with the Black community, or Associates, and our partners in the fight for social justice. We know to make the systemic change needed, it’s going to take a collective effort from all of us — individuals, communities, and organizations of all sizes around the world.”

Anything else?

Also over the summer, Quaker Oats announced that the famous Aunt Jemima brand of breakfast syrup and pancake mix — which is 130 years old — would be going away because it perpetuates racial stereotypes.

Eskimo Pie also planned on changing its name. And L’Oreal, the world’s largest cosmetic and beauty company, said it would stop using the word “whitening” on its products — and the Houston Association of Realtors decided to axe the word “master” in descriptions of bedrooms and bathrooms on real estate listings; in its place will be the term “primary.”

Also, the Court of Master Sommeliers, which “sets the global standard of excellence for beverage service within the hospitality industry,” will stop using the term “master sommelier.”

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Black Lives Matter stages ‘protest party’ in front of ‘racist’ man’s home. He pulls out a gun — and officers arrive to take him away.

Black Lives Matter supporters staged a “protest party” in front of a “racist” man’s home in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on Tuesday evening, culminating with the man holding a gun as he looked at the crowd through a window — and law enforcement arriving to take him away.

What’s the background?

A video was shared on the New Milwaukee (Peaceful protests for change) Facebook page Sept. 7 showing a white man across the street yelling at a neighbor — and appearing to utter the N-word.

“Neighborhood kids already were scared to go by this man’s house due to his Trump sign and his confederate flag in the window,” the video poster wrote. “Now these kids really don’t wanna ride their bikes in the area. People just moved in next door and have to live next to this ignorance. Police showed up and he ran in the house and peeked out the windows after calling the new neighbors the N-word.”

Milwaukee police also told TheBlaze that the man on Monday afternoon threatened to physically harm his neighbor while wielding a chainsaw. The 56-year-old suspect was arrested for disorderly conduct while armed.

So a group called “Justice Tour 2020 — Protest Parties” got involved and planned one in front of the man’s house:

And protest they did — and it was all livestreamed to Facebook on Tuesday afternoon and evening.

They set up chairs, tables, barbecue equipment, and music. They waved Black Lives Matter flags, wore Black Lives Matter shirts, and placed a large Black Lives Matter fist in front of the house. There were black people and white people protesting — and several children were in the mix, dancing and joining in the demonstration.

As night fell things got intense. Protesters aimed lights at the man’s home and called out to him on a megaphone — they called him “Pete” — and soon he was seen holding a gun through a front window.


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“Hey Pete,” a voice over the megaphone hollered. “You gonna have bigger problems, man. You gonna have bigger problems, Pete. I would advise you to think twice.”

“Aim that s**t at me!” a man in the crowd shouted. “Aim that s**t at me!”

“I don’t think you know what’s out here, buddy,” the megaphone user shouted to the man holding the gun. “I care about ya, I don’t want you to find out.”

“He’s cocking it, look, he’s cocking it,” a man in the crowd yells.

“I gotta get you a new nickname, now,” the megaphone user hollers. “Pistol Pete! In all seriousness, Pete, we are not intimidated by you in the window, good buddy. ‘Cause I don’t think you understand what’s out here man, I keep trying to tell you. That’s all I’m saying man.”

Here’s the clip. (Content warning: Language):

Soon police arrived at the residence, and as the crowd yells from the street — “you about to go to jail!” — officers led the man out of the house in handcuffs.


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The crowd erupts in cheers and chants of “F*** you, Pete!”

Police told TheBlaze that officers who were monitoring the protests were notified that the man “motioned the long gun as if he chambered a round and then pointed the gun at the crowd.” Police added to TheBlaze that they confronted the man, who appeared to be intoxicated, and he was arrested for endangering safety by use of a dangerous weapon while under influence of an intoxicant, disorderly conduct while armed, and bail jumping.

Police also told TheBlaze that criminal charges will be referred to the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office in the coming days.

Here’s more video. (Content warning: Language):

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Black sportswriter says ‘white liberals’ are the ‘actual bigots’ and ‘true racists’ — and liberalism is ‘the new KKK hood’

Sportswriter Jason Whitlock — not one to shy away from views that run counter to his left-wing colleagues — spoke to Fox News’ Tucker Carlson earlier this week about the controversy over now-former George Washington University professor Jessica Krug, who is white but made an entire career out of pretending to be black.

Whitlock didn’t hold back in his reaction to it all:

There is a business built around racial grievance. And that business is booming at such a level that white people are like, “Hey, I’m gonna adopt a whole new identity so I can benefit from being Baby Al Sharpton, Baby Jesse Jackson,” and in academia, this has been embraced, and [Krug] has been able to pull off this scam. But it’s not just her; this isn’t just an anecdote. We’ve had it with Rachel Dolezal; we’ve had it with the Shaun King guy on Twitter who is white, who has pretended to be black, who has lied and said that, “Oh, my mother slept with a black man, and she didn’t tell anybody about it.” All of these people moving into the race-bait industry and business, and it must be very profitable and lucrative because everybody wants to be “down with the cause, and y’all know that Jessica Krug is keepin’ it real, you know, yo?”

Carlson, noting his disgust with a “patronizing” Krug seen earlier in the clip speaking like she’s “illiterate,” pointed out that such a persona isn’t exactly a positive reflection of how leftists like her view the black community. Whitlock agreed — and proceeded to eviscerate the growing mob of white leftists who proudly fancy themselves as pro black and anti-racist:

I keep trying to explain it over and over and over again, and people think I’m crazy. The branding has been so strong that if you put on this label of being a liberal, there’s virtually nothing you can do negative against black people that will be seen as negative.

White liberals — I’m sorry — they’re the actual bigots. And I know that that’s gonna blow a lot of people’s minds, but liberalism to me is now the new KKK hood. Bigots used to hide under hoods; now they hide under the label of being a liberal and a progressive — and that allows you to be as bigoted as you wanna be. If you wanna call yourself an antifascist and support Black Lives Matter as a white person, that means you can go out into the streets, tear down neighborhoods, harass people, say all kinds of disrespectful stuff to white and black people, and it’s all good because allegedly you’re fighting racism. Allegedly you’re on the side of black people. And actually, if you evaluate their actions and their mindset, they actually can’t stand black people, have no respect for black people, think very little of black people, and certainly aren’t working toward our benefit.

The world is just upside down. It’s a big lie and a scam and … white people, white liberals are going out on a black person’s credit card and … charging of a bunch of things that we have to pay the bill for. They’re doing it in our name. This is crazy.

Toward the end of the interview, Whitlock added that an accounting of the results of white liberals’ actions “paints them as the true racists.”


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Breaking: Trump orders defunding of ‘un-American propaganda’ teaching white privilege and critical race theory at federal agencies

The Trump administration plans to ban training programs at government agencies that teach that the United States is inherently racist, including concepts of “white privilege” and “critical race theory.”

The announcement was made in a memorandum released late on Friday by Russell Vought, the director of the Office of Management and Budget.

“The President has directed me to ensure that Federal agencies cease and desist from using taxpayer dollars to fund these divisive, un-American propaganda training sessions,” the memo read.

“Accordingly, to that end, the Office of Management and Budget will shortly issue more detailed guidance on implementing the President’s directive,” he continued.

“In the meantime, all agencies are directed to begin to identify all contracts or other agency spending related to any training on ‘critical race theory,’ ‘white privilege,’ or any training or propaganda effort that teaches or suggests either (1) that the United States is an inherently racist or evil country or (2) that any race or ethnicity is inherently racist or evil,” the memo read. “In addition, all agencies should begin to identify all available avenues within the law to cancel any such contracts and/or to divert Federal dollars away from these un-American propaganda training sessions.”

The plan is sure to draw much criticism and ire from those on the left who have made white privilege and critical race theory an essential part of their political agenda.

Biden accused of white privilege

Trump’s Democratic presidential opponent even faced accusations of white privilege when Charlamagne Tha God, the influential black talk radio show host, hurled racial claims against the candidate in July.

“Joe Biden fumbles all the time, because Joe Biden suffers from old white male entitlement,” said the host.

“Where he can’t simply say, ‘I was wrong,’ or he can’t simply say, ‘I’m sorry,’ or he can’t simply say, ‘hey I thought this way at one time, but now I think a different way,’ instead of him admitting that some of the things that he actually did was wrong,” he concluded.

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USC communications prof booted from class for uttering Chinese word that sounds like racial slur in English

It used to be that college professors found themselves in hot water after uttering racial slurs as part of classroom discussions — you know, speech that’s part of the learning process.

Well, now it appears that if a professor utters a word in class from a foreign language that sounds like an English-language racial slur, the prof might be toast, too.

What are the details?

Don’t believe it? Well, a communications professor at the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business is now on a short-term break after saying a Chinese word during an online class that sounded like a version of a well-known racial slur in English, Campus Reform said.

Seems that Greg Patton — a professor of clinical business communication who’s an “expert in communication, interpersonal and leadership effectiveness” — was explaining the usage of a Chinese filler word for “that” and comparing it to English fillers such as “like” and “um,” the outlet reported.

And when Patton uttered the Chinese word, its pronunciation apparently sounded too close to a version of the N-word.

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How did USC respond?

USC’s Marshall School of Business confirmed to Campus Reform in a statement that Patton isn’t teaching his course at present.

“Recently, a USC faculty member during class used a Chinese word that sounds similar to a racial slur in English,” the statement noted, according to the outlet. “We acknowledge the historical, cultural, and harmful impact of racist language.”

Patton “agreed to take a short-term pause while we are reviewing to better understand the situation and to take any appropriate next steps,” the statement added, according to Campus Reform.

The outlet noted that another instructor is temporarily teaching the class.

Oh, and USC is “offering supportive measures to any student, faculty, or staff member who requests assistance” and is “committed to building a culture of respect and dignity where all members of our community can feel safe, supported, and can thrive,” Campus Reform added.

‘This is a whole new level of stupidity’

The outlet said Patton didn’t immediately reply to a request for comment, but other folks who viewed the video were quite enthusiastic about offering their two cents on the kerfuffle:

  • “This is a whole new level of stupidity,” one commenter noted.
  • “As someone who speaks Chinese, this is literally another language. No, my people did not think about how it sounded like the N-word when we created it thousands of years ago,” another commenter said.
  • “I consider myself a liberal and condemn racial discrimination. However, this professor did NOTHING WRONG!” another commenter noted. “I speak Chinese/Cantonese myself. If this professor cannot show how Chinese people utter, ’em, uh,’ then the word ‘deal’ may not be taught in places that use Cantonese. The word ‘deal’ literally sounds like the F word in Cantonese! No reasonable Cantonese-speaking person would condemn an English-speaking [person] using the word ‘deal’ if the speaker is using it in its true meaning. If USC has other motives in firing this professor, they should be clear about it! SHAME ON YOU, USC, AND ALL THOSE STUDENTS WHO CONDEMN THIS PROFESSOR!”
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Black conservative men praise President Trump, lambaste leftists who accuse him of racism in high-octane, viral video

A quartet of black conservative men praised President Donald Trump — and absolutely lambasted leftists who’ve accused him of racism — in a now-viral video interview during what appeared to be a recent Trump rally in Beverly Hills.

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What are the details?

In the video posted by interviewer Jess Weber, the men were seen jawing with leftists on the street and also gathering together to make their case.

MAGA Hulk said those who call Trump a racist “have no facts on their side.”

At one point, video caught him arguing with a leftist who accused Trump of racism, and MAGA Hulk pushed back when the man failed to offer specifics: “Nothing! You got nothing! You keep saying, ‘Oh, I heard him say this, oh, I heard him say that,’ but you have no facts, though!”

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Later he added, “They can’t answer the question because they have no facts on their side. They have no facts. They don’t do any research. They don’t … do any type of higher learning when it comes to what they believe. All they know is what the media narrative tells them to believe, and that’s all they parrot.”

Lucas The Abstract said during the group interview that “I personally believe the [Black Lives Matter] movement is fake. It has nothing to do with advancing the lives of black people.”

“They want to break up the family home,” another man in the group noted.

“Don’t tell me I’m oppressed, because I’m not oppressed,” Lucas The Abstract said. “I’m a black American. I’m a proud black American. I’m not oppressed … I’m one of the freest persons in this world.”

“As you can see, black conservatism is the new punk rock!” another man in the group declared.

“We’re the rebels!” MAGA Hulk said. “Wanna be cool? Come join our cause, baby!”

The Washington Examiner noted that while Trump won just 8% of the black vote in 2016, his 2020 campaign team has pointed to a recent Emerson poll suggesting Trump could win up to 20% of the black vote in November.

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Bishop who tweeted ‘Dear Grim Reaper, you took the #wrongtrump’ hours later preaches ‘what the world needs now is the love of God’

Bishop Talbert Swan of the Church of God in Christ got quite a bit of attention Sunday morning on the heels of the death of President Donald Trump’s younger brother Robert by tweeting, “Dear Grim Reaper, you took the #wrongtrump”:

And wouldn’t you know, just a few hours after his tweet, Swan preached a sermon for the Spring of Hope Church of God in Christ in Springfield, Massachusetts? But if you’re thinking he offered an apology for his lack of compassion toward Trump and his family, you’re thinking wrong.

What are the details?

The service got off to a prayerful start, as a woman at the pulpit asked God for a variety of blessings — and even uttered “touch those that are grieving this morning, touch those that lost loved ones this morning, in the name of Jesus.”

After reading from the first 11 verses of the Gospel of Mark’s 11th chapter, which focuses on Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem, Swan addressed his listeners: “I want to welcome those in the sanctuary, those that are streaming, friends and enemies, members and trolls — everybody.”

Swan didn’t address his tweet directly but did note the following: “I know some of y’all are getting salty with me already … the trolls are already mad with me … they’ve been calling the church all morning, leaving messages all morning, they’ve been all over our livestream. They mad, they big mad, but you know what? I found out that … when you get the devil mad like that, you must be doing something right.”

He added “for those of y’all who are salty with me, I really don’t care” and then laughed before adding, “Jimmy crack corn…” — a reference to the well-known song first performed in the 1840s by blackface minstrel groups.

Amid his teaching Swan declared that God will draw all people to him, including whites, blacks, and other ethnicities, as well as “the gay … the straight … the transgender … the asexual … the bisexual … the conservative … the liberal.”

“In this dark world, in this pandemic season, in this moment of civil unrest, what the world needs now is the love of God,” Swan added, “and the love of God only comes through the people of God, and you are the children of God, and the Lord wants to untie you from your habits and untie you from your way of thinking and untie you from the mundane things of this world and to set you free.”

He also told his listeners that “we’re too caught up in our own selfish agendas to be a part of God’s agenda.”

Here’s the livestream of the service. Swan’s sermon begins at the 57-minute mark:


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What else did Swan say?

On Monday morning, Swan spoke on Facebook Live about the reaction to his “Grim Reaper” tweet and pointed to the “hypocrisy” of these “good Christian white folks” who left hundreds of “racist” voicemails at his church Sunday and adding that they’re the “same” people who wished death on former President Barack Obama.

Of course, not every person who took issue with Swan’s tweet is white.

You might recall Damani Felder — a black Trump supporter and founder of The Right Brothers — who blasted Black Lives Matter protesters who got violent at a restaurant last month right in front of him. Well, Felder told Swan, “You’re a sorry excuse for a Bishop. Seek help.”

Conservative black activist McKayla J told Swan he’s “going to hell” and that the Bible “warned us of fake pastors” — to which Swan replied, “Do you want me to tell your mother or any of your other family members you said hi when I get there?”

Conservative black activist Bryson Gray told Swan, “Stop referring to yourself as a pastor or bishop. You are a demon.” Swan’s response? “Keep working for those butter biscuits uncle ruckus” — a reference to a black cartoon character who “worships the white race and abhors all others but predominantly blacks,” according to the Urban Dictionary.

Oh, and:

  • A black commenter sent Swan a passage from Jude 1 that talks about “Judgment on False Teachers.”
  • Another black commenter asked, “This person is a bishop?? Who ordained him please? The devil??”
  • A black man noted, “1 John 4:20 – If anyone says, ‘I love God,’ and hates his brother, he is a liar, for he who does not have love for his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen.”
  • Yet another black man told Swan, “You need to repent and seek God.”

Anything else?

In 2018, Swan warned “white women” who kneel during the national anthem to protest “rape culture” that they’re “highjacking [sic] a movement” they “took no risks for.”

Earlier that year, Swan tweeted that “if heaven is going to be full of American evangelicals, I’ll take my chances on hell.”

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Man who brutally beat Macy’s store manager in ‘unprovoked attack’ finds mercy from unlikely source — his victim

The 18-year-old man accused of beating up a Macy’s store manager in June — an incident caught on video that went viral — pleaded guilty to the charge against him Wednesday, WJRT-TV reported.

The defendant, Damire Palmer, also gave his testimony in court as part of a plea agreement, the station said.

Image source: WJRT-TV video screenshot

So after pleading guilty to assault with intent to do great bodily less than murder, Palmer told the court what led to his attack against the store manager inside Michigan’s Genesee Valley Mall, WJRT said.

Here’s the clip of the attack. (Content warning: Racial slurs from the attacker):

“I asked him a question about some clothes,” Palmer said, according to the station. “I asked him about the jacket type that I was about to get.”

Palmer said the store manager answered him, but then Palmer’s brother told him the store manager called him the N-word, WJRT reported — which Palmer admitted was a lie from his brother.

“Why would your brother do that?” the assistant prosecutor asked, the station said.

“I wouldn’t know,” Palmer replied, according to WJRT. “I honestly wouldn’t.”

Mercy extended

Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton told the station that the Macy’s store manager — who’s still dealing with the trauma of the assault — didn’t want to take the stand.

So they decided on a plea agreement — and part of it was the victim’s request to spare Palmer a permanent felony record. So Palmer’s felony charge will be dropped once he serves his sentence and be replaced with a misdemeanor charge of aggravated assault, WJRT said.

“Basically, you beat this guy so bad he was quite bloody, correct?” the assistant prosecutor asked, the station said.

Palmer replied, “Yes.”

Image source: WJRT-TV video screenshot

“And did you know that he has agreed that you should be treated as a youthful offender even though you beat on him like that?” the assistant prosecutor asked, WJRT said.

“No, I did not know that,” Palmer responded, according to the station.

“Do you understand what kind of break that man gave you?” the assistant prosecutor asked, WJRT reported, adding that Palmer replied, “Yes.”

What’s next?

Palmer’s punishment is in the hands of a circuit court judge, the station said, adding that Leyton indicated it could end up being anything from probation to 10 years behind bars.

Palmer will learn his sentence Sept. 1, WJRT said.

“Nobody’s looking to hang felonies on young men,” Leyton told the station. “I never have, and I never will. This was a bad crime though, and he has to face the consequences.”

Leyton also noted to WJRT that Palmer’s older brother could still be charged, and that his office will be reviewing Palmer’s testimony to help them make that decision.

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Judge who halted removal of Columbus statue makes it ‘crystal clear that she will not tolerate mob rule,’ attorney says

An attorney praised a judge for putting the brakes on the Philadelphia Art Commission’s plan to remove a statue of Christopher Columbus from Marconi Plaza, where heated demonstrations have taken place in favor of and against the monument in the wake of George Floyd’s death.

Attorney George Bochetto represents a group of South Philadelphia residents fighting to keep the statue in place, and he told the Philadelphia Inquirer that Judge Paula Patrick — who issued a temporary stay — made it “crystal clear that she will not tolerate mob rule or kangaroo tactics.”

Bochetto added to the paper that the judge’s stay is “not just a victory for the Columbus Statue, [but] a victory for civilized society.”

What’s the background?

In June, about 100 people — some of them carrying bats, golf clubs, sticks, and even guns — decided to protect the Columbus statue from possible vandalism given that left-wing rioters in other parts of the country beheaded, toppled, and vandalized statues and monuments in their fury over racism and Floyd’s death in Minneapolis.

The crew of folks protecting the Columbus statue attracted the attention of those against it, and things got heated between the two sides.

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney indirectly referred to the behavior of those guarding the statue as “vigilantism,” and District Attorney Larry Krasner called them “criminal bullies.”


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Afterward, the city covered the Columbus statue in plywood, the Inquirer said, and a police cruiser has been stationed near the statue to make sure things stay calm.

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In July, city officials proposed a plan to remove the statue, arguing it threatened public safety and should be relocated “in recognition of the fact that Columbus’ legacy includes the enslavement, forcible removal, and the devastation of the Indigenous people that he encountered, and that in this current moment in our country’s history, the statue can no longer be displayed on public property.”

Those in favor of keeping the statue at Marconi say it celebrates Italian American culture in a city steeped in Italian heritage. Those against it say it’s a painful reminder of atrocities against Indigenous people directed by Columbus. The statue has been at the plaza since 1976.

What now?

The statue’s removal will be paused until the judge rules on another motion to prevent moving the statue while the case is appealed, the Inquirer said, adding that attorneys said the city cut legal corners in the case and rushed the process to dismantle the statue.

The art commission voted 8-0 — with Commissioner Joe Laragione abstaining — in favor of the statue’s relocation as long as the city report every six months on progress regarding a new location for the statue accessible to the public, the paper said.

“It’s a serious piece of art, it was a gift of the Italian government in the 1800s. It needs to be stored and protected so that something can be figured out,” Commission Chair Alan Greenberger said, according to the Inquirer. “The worst thing in my view that can happen, as many of you said, is that it stays in storage and is forgotten.”

Some commissioners questioned whether removing the statue would set a precedent for taking down other pieces of public art in Philadelphia, the paper added.

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The commission’s deciding vote comes two weeks after the Philadelphia Historical Commission
also endorsed a city proposal to remove the statue on the grounds of public safety. Commissioners said that if it were allowed to remain at Broad Street and Oregon Avenue, it would continue to be a flash point for protests, making the statue itself susceptible to damage.

“As Philadelphia — and the nation — continue to reckon with the deep legacy of racism and oppression in America, it is critical that our public spaces are seen as safe, welcoming and inclusive for all people,” city spokesperson Lauren Cox told the paper. “Philadelphia’s public art must reflect the people and spirit of our city, not divide us.”

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Virginia mayor faces calls to resign over Aunt Jemima joke about Kamala Harris he posted to Facebook

The mayor of a Virginia town is facing calls for his resignation after a post on Facebook about California Sen. Kamala Harris (D) that many called racially insensitive.

The town of Luray issued a statement rejecting racism after Mayor Barry Presgraves posted, “Joe Biden has just announced Aunt Jemima as his VP pick.”

The joke was posted to the mayor’s Facebook page on Sunday, but he quickly deleted it. In the intervening time, someone snapped a screenshot and shared it on social media.

The apology

Presgraves apologized for the post, but resolutely said that he would not resign.

“I want to make this very clear to everyone with absolutely no qualifications. I understand what I posted on social media was wrong, offensive and unbecoming,” Presgraves said the day after he posted the joke.

“Hell no, I’m not resigning. The people elected me and I have a few months more to serve,” he added.

Presgraves explained that he didn’t think the phrase was racist because he had eaten Aunt Jemima pancake syrup his entire life.

“I thought it was funny,” he added. “I thought it was humorous. I had no idea people would react the way they did.”

The outrage

Community members called for Presgraves’ resignation and marched to protest his insistence on staying in office. Luray council member Leah Pence posted a statement excoriating the mayor.

“While a resignation alone will not resolve the systemic subliminal racism that plagues our community, your resignation is imperative as we work towards ending racism in our community,” Pence wrote. “You are accountable for your words and decisions as the leader of the Town of Luray and your recent actions have caused me and many citizens to lose faith and confidence in your capacity to effectively and justly serve as Mayor of the Town of Luray.”

Councilman Jerry Schiro offered similar comments but stopped short of calling for his resignation.

“All racial comments are inappropriate given the heightened sensitivity to racism in our country today,” Schiro said. “We are and should be held to a higher standard. I can assure the citizens of Luray that kind of thinking is not indicative of the council.”

Presgraves ran as an independent for the mayor’s seat in 2012.

Here’s a local news report about the furor over the Facebook post:


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Seth Rogen is taking ‘anti-racist measures,’ like actively hiring fewer white people

Hollywood actor and director Seth Rogen said that he was taking “anti-racist” measures to join the social justice movement, and one of those included singling out white people for fewer roles in his movies.

Rogen made the comments in an interview with Leah Greenblatt of Entertainment Weekly that was published on Monday.

“One of the biggest conversations of the last couple years, at least in Hollywood, has been around inclusion riders and the general efforts to bring more diversity to the movies we see, both behind and in front of the camera. As a famous white guy in the industry, what do you feel like your role in that can be?” asked Greenblatt.

“I mean personally, I think I am just actively trying to make less things starring white people,” said Rogen.

“And if I’m succeeding or I’m not, I’m very much looking to have a far more diverse group of writers and directors and actors that we generally work with, because that group is not incredibly diverse, you know?” he added.

He went on explain that this was a part of his taking “anti-racist” measures.

“So that’s how I’ve been trying to deal with it, is just to actively take as they would say, anti-racist measures to assure that some work is doing done to acknowledge that Black people are very marginalized in American society,” he explained.

“I just come here to work and make comedies!”

Rogen added earlier in the interview that he tried to stay out of American politics since he was born and raised in Canada. He said he changed his mind after coming to a realization that he couldn’t stay in the sidelines of the debate.

For a long time I think I was alleviating myself from some of the responsibility that one who is making a living off the American system should be feeling, you know? Like “I’m Canadian! I just come here to work and make comedies!”

Now it’s been too long, I’m an adult, I’m fully a part of American culture and a contributor to it. I can’t pretend that this is not my culture as well, and that this is not my problem as well. I am an American citizen and this is America and I make money in America. So I no longer feel that way.

Rogen had previously made headlines being outspoken about his liberal beliefs. In May he donated to an effort to help bail out those arrested during riots arising from protests over the death of George Floyd while in police custody.

He also sent private messages to Donald Trump Jr., who followed Rogen on Twitter at the time, to persuade his father to step down from the presidency.

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Democrat wants history classes abolished in state’s schools since they ‘lead to white privilege and a racist society’

Democratic state Rep. LaShawn K. Ford said history classes in Illinois public schools lead to “white privilege and a racist society” — and he wants them ended until the state can come up with a history curriculum that better represents the contributions of minorities and women, WLS-TV reported.

“I’m calling for the abolishment of history classes in Illinois,” Ford said at an Evanston news conference Sunday with other leaders, the station noted. “We’re concerned that current school history teachings lead to white privilege and a racist society.”

What are the details?

Ford is sponsoring House Bill 49-54 to create new teaching practices in public schools, WLS noted.

“When it comes to teaching history in Illinois, we need to end the miseducation of Illinoisans,” Ford added, according to the station. “I’m calling on the Illinois State Board of Education and local school districts to take immediate action by removing current history books and curriculum practices that unfairly communicate our history. Until a suitable alternative is developed, we should instead devote greater attention toward civics and ensuring students understand our democratic processes and how they can be involved.”

Ford’s bill would require elementary schools to teach students about the civil rights movement, WMAQ-TV reported.

“The miseducation of our children must stop,” Meleika Gardner of We Will — Women Empowering Women In Local Legislation — said in a statement, according to WLS. “It is urgent that it comes to an end as we witness our current climate become more hostile. Miseducation has fed and continues to feed systemic racism for generations. If Black History continues to be devalued and taught incorrectly, then it will call for further action.”

News conference attendees also want a history curriculum that highlights contributions by members of Jewish, LGBTQ, and other communities — and starting this school year, WMAQ reported.

Anything else?

Ford added that he’s “also alarmed that people continue to display symbols of hate, such as the recent display of the Confederate flag in Evanston.”

Last week, a woman confronted a group beachgoers for using a Confederate flag towel as they lounged on Lighthouse Beach.

According to the Chicago-Sun Times, the woman — identified as LaShandra Smith-Rayfield — shared video of herself telling the group the Confederate flag “is my swastika” and a “racist symbol of hate.”

But as Smith-Rayfield railed against the group, a person she described as a man of color intervened and defended the group’s right to use whatever towel they wanted — even if it bore the image of a Confederate flag.

The man said he served in the U.S. military “to defend this flag” and that she was the one who was out of line for harassing the group: “Just leave them alone. People like you haven’t done s**t for this country.”

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Protests erupted when police gunned down black man in North Carolina — then they released the dash cam video

Protests erupted in Roxboro, North Carolina, after police shot and killed a black man on last Friday, but some of the criticism was quelled after police released the dash cam video of the incident.

Police said that they had responded to a report of a man walking with what looked like a shotgun when they encountered David Brooks Jr., 45, near a Dollar General store.

Six minutes later, the man was dead after being shot by police. Police recovered a loaded sawed-off shotgun at the scene. No police were injured in the altercation, and none of the responding officers had body cameras.

“We want justice”

A cousin of Brooks disputed the police account in a statement
to WRAL-TV.

“He walked the road every day. He don’t bother anybody. He don’t start no trouble or nothing,” he said. “He probably had one of those guns he had on his chest. It was visible. He wouldn’t hurt nobody, though.

Tanillya Partridge, another cousin of Brooks, had a message for the police.

“You shoot my cousin in the street like a dog. We want justice,” she said. “We are not going to stop until we get justice for David Brooks because he never hurt anybody.”

Accusations of racism and other claims were leveled at the officers, often based on rumors.

“We want justice. We want honesty,” Vee Monique, a protest organizer said. “We understand that the people that are in office, that are in the police department, are in cahoots, so we might have to take this over their heads, if possible.”

Police later said that Brooks had only been shot once through the chest. They also said that Brooks had pointed the sawed off shotgun at them before they shot him.

Dash cam video released

On Wednesday, the police released the dash cam of the incident that protesters were demanding. That video can be seen here.

The video showed police attempting to talk to Brooks, who appeared to raise his gun and point at them. One shot can be seen striking Brooks before he falls to the ground.

Also on Wednesday, members of the Black Panthers marched to the spot where Brooks was killed by police. Brooks’ brother told a
WNCN reporter that he had been a “cadet” in the Black Panthers.


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Norwegian flag removed by bed and breakfast owners after too many upset folks confuse it for Confederate flag

The owners of a Michigan bed and breakfast have removed a Norwegian flag that had been hanging outside their building for two years because they said too many upset folks have confused it for a Confederate flag, the
Lansing State Journal reported.

What are the details?

Greg and Kjersten Offenbecker, owners of The Nordic Pineapple in St. Johns, told the paper it never occurred to them that people would mistake the Norwegian flag as anything else. But after receiving the latest in what Kjersten Offenbecker called “at least a dozen hateful emails” and twice as many comments last week, they took the flag down, the State Journal said.

They had been hanging Norway’s flag as a nod to Kjersten Offenbecker’s Scandinavian heritage, the paper said, adding that her grandfather was born in Norway and their bed and breakfast’s moniker is partly inspired by her family’s history.

And it wasn’t long until the first volley of confusion regarding the flag hit them.

Kjersten Offenbecker told the paper the couple was still new to the area when they were visiting a downtown shop and its owner told them a customer mentioned their bed and breakfast.

“I was so happy at first,” she recalled to the State Journal — until they were informed that the customer also thought they were flying a Confederate flag.

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“We were panicked initially because we were like, ‘Oh my Gosh. This town thinks that we’re hanging the Confederate flag,'” Kjersten Offenbecker recounted to the paper, adding that she doesn’t see the Norwegian flag as anything like the Confederate flag.

While both flags have red backgrounds and two crossing blue bars outlined in white, that’s where the similarities end. The Norwegian flag’s crossing bars create right angles while the Confederate flag’s crossing bars create an “X” — not to mention the its famous white stars within the blue bars.


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‘It bugs me as far as the stupidity of people’

“It bugs me as far as the stupidity of people,” Greg Offenbecker told the State Journal. “Even if the flag is blowing in the wind or laying limp, there are no stars on it. They look nothing alike.”

When confronted about their Norwegian flag in other instances, the paper said Kjersten Offenbecker would usually reply, “Can you look again?”

She also would explain that they’re the last people who’d fly a flag many equate with racism, as two of the Offenbecker’s children, ages 12 and 15, are black, the paper said.

But the confrontations kept coming, with people asking the couple to remove the Norwegian flag and accusing them of promoting racism, the State Journal said, adding that the latest person to get in their faces about it said they should be “ashamed.”

“How could we be so bigoted and close minded, this person wrote, and I was really hurt because I feel like we’ve done a lot to integrate into this small community and be part of St. Johns,” Kjersten Offenbecker recounted to the paper.

The flag comes down

Fed up with the anger and ignorance, the couple took down the Norwegian flag — as well as the American flag that had been next to it — last week, the State Journal said.

“I was saying leave it up, and she was pretty dead set on taking it down,” Greg Offenbecker noted to the paper. “I said, ‘If you take down one, take down both.'”

In a
July 20 post on The Nordic Pineapple’s Facebook page, the couple wrote, “We love being members of the St Johns community and are heartbroken to have had to make this decision. Given the current cultural climate and the idea that people are judging us based on the misconception of the national Norwegian flag vs. the Confederate flag, this is what is best for our family and our Inn.”

While several community members have urged them to rehang Norway’s flag, the Offenbeckers told the State Journal they won’t unless they can ensure it won’t be confused with the Confederate flag.


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