Maya Peterson, Prep School Black Student President, Forced to Resign for Mocking White Male Students

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Maya Peterson, Prep School Black Student President, Forced to Resign for Mocking White Male Students (Credit: Instagram via Buzzfeed)

Drama unfolds at the prestigious Lawrenceville School. Maya Peterson, the first black student body president at the pricy school, was forced to resign earlier this year after a series of photographs surfaced online, showing her mocking the white male students.

In one photograph, Peterson is seen wearing a Yale University sweatshirt, L.L. Bean duck boots and holding a hockey stick, saying it’s representative of the typical “Lawrenceville boi.”  She also added hashtags like #confederate and #peakedinhighschool.

Maya Peterson told Buzzfeed the photographs were meant as a joke in response to complaints lodged by students about her senior pictures, in which she and a group of black friends were seen raising their fists in a “Black Power” salute.

Peterson said, “I understand why I hurt people’s feelings, but I didn’t become president to make sure rich white guys had more representation on campus.”

Peterson responded to a student who objected to her mocking the school’s male students saying, “Yes, I am making a mockery of the right-wing, confederate-flag hanging, openly misogynistic Lawrentians.” She added, “If that’s a large part of the school’s male population, then I think the issue is not with my bringing attention to it in a lighthearted way, but rather why no one has brought attention to it before….”

Maya Peterson seems to have gone about promoting diversity the wrong way.  Yes, there are a bunch of whiny white males running around, but it’s in poor taste to mock the very people you are there to represent. But that goes both ways. The black students are also complaining about racist incidents directed at them. What has the $53,000-a-year school done to fix those problems?

Many [black students] said they had been called racial epithets, ranging from “Negro amigo” to “n***er,” by white peers who didn’t understand “why they couldn’t say the word too.”

One student said she overheard her white male classmates call black students on an opposing basketball team “Trayvon,” after Trayvon Martin. Another pointed out a newspaper op-ed by a white student criticizing a Black History Month celebration for “descending” into a rap performance “crafted with too little, if any, subtlety.”

I guess one has to ask, is Maya Peterson the only one exhibiting bad behavior? I don’t think so. I find it very problematic that students are allegedly allowed to hang Confederate flags from their dorm windows. That’s assuming that’s true. I can’t imagine any school allowing that.

U.S. Patent Office Cancels Trademark for Washington Redskins Football Team

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U.S. Patent Office Cancels Trademark for Washington Redskins Football Team

In a landmark decision, the U.S. Patent Office has cancelled the six trademark registrations for the Washington Redskins football team, ruling that the name is “disparaging to Native Americans” and cannot be  trademarked under federal law that prohibits the protection of disparaging language.

The ruling does not mean that the team will have to change its name but it does affect whether the team and the NFL can make money from merchandising. That’s because it will limit the team’s legal options when others use the logos and the name on T shirts, sweatshirts, beer glasses and license plate holders, the Washington Post reports.

 

Jonathan Fleming Seeks $162 Million for 25-Year Wrongful Imprisonment

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Jonathan Fleming Seeks $162 Million for 25-Year-Wrongful Imprisonment

Jonathan Fleming, who was recently exonerated in a 1989 New York City murder after serving nearly 25 years in prison, filed a notice of claim outlining plans to seek $162 million from the city, his lawyer Taylor Koss said. Fleming was visiting Disney World at the time of the murder.

Fleming was convicted of fatally shooting a friend in Brooklyn in August 1989, despite telling investigators he was in Florida on vacation and had plane tickets, videos and other materials to support his claim. At the time, prosecutors suggested he could have flown back and committed the murder. A woman, who has since recanted her testimony, said she had seen him commit the crime.

The police found a hotel receipt in Fleming’s pocket that shows he made a payment five hours before the shooting, but that was never turned over to his attorney at the time. They also failed to turn over a 1989 Orlando police letter telling NYPD detectives some employees at the hotel remembered seeing Fleming. Instead, they were only too happy to have an innocent man sit in prison for nearly 25 years for a crime he didn’t commit.

 

Grantville GA Top Cop Doug Jordan Resigns Over Racist Text Messages Sent to Officers

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Grantville GA Top Cop Doug Jordan Resigns Over Racist Text Messages Sent to Officers

Grantville, Ga., police chief Doug Jordan officially resigned after he was suspended Friday on allegations of sending text messages to Grantville police officers containing the n-word.

Grantville Mayor Jim Sells told the Times-Herald, “When we approached the chief in regards to these allegations, he did not deny them and accepted some culpability. Following this revelation, he was immediately placed on suspension.”

The Times-Herald reports Councilman Johnny Cooks isn’t happy about Jordan skirting an investigation by simply resigning his position. He said the council rules were unfair because city employees could break the law and avoid an investigation by resigning. He also said the most shocking part of the case is that only one officer came forward to report Chief Jordan’s racist text messages.

Doug Jordan was suspended for a week last year after he failed to notify the city that he had traveled to Arizona to meet with Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. At the time, Jordan said, “I was very interested in how he described his ability to make people mad at him by simply enforcing the state and federal laws that he is sworn to uphold.”

Jordan added, “I told him, it’s this simple, we the people of the United States, either citizens or politicians, do not have the pleasure to pick and choose which laws we abide by. As law enforcement officials, we do not get to pick and choose which laws we enforce.”

“I plan to make a change here in Grantville. And being as tough on crime as Sheriff Arpaio is will help make the city of Grantville a safe place to live and raise a family. We are on the right track now.” Um, that’s assuming you aren’t black.

NC GOP Senate Candidate Thom Tillis Laments Decline of “Traditional Population”

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NC GOP Senate Candidate Thom Tillis Laments Decline of “Traditional Population”

North Carolina Republican Senate candidate Thom Tillis is lamenting the decline of the “traditional population.” Um, code words for “white.”

Tillis said the “traditional” voting bloc in his home state wasn’t growing as minority populations, TPM reports.

Thom Tillis noted that unlike black and Hispanic populations, which have been growing, the “traditional population of North Carolina and the United States is more or less stable.”

If that’s the case, why not try to attract more black and Hispanic voters to the Republican Party instead of alienating them?

Memphis Cotton Gin Supervisor Says Water, Microwave are for “White People Only”

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Memphis Cotton Gin Supervisor Says Water, Microwave are for “White People Only”


Antonio Harris and Marrio Mangrum have filed a federal discrimination complaint against on of their supervisors at the Atkinson Cotton Warehouse in Memphis, Tenn., who was caught on a cell phone video making racist comments about black employees.

The men allege one of their supervisors at the cotton gin longed for the days of Jim Crow, when white men could “hang” black men for drinking from the wrong water fountain, WREG reports. If this isn’t a despicable throwback to racism and slavery in America, then I don’t know what is.

Mangrum recalls his supervisor would say “you need to think like a white man.” While Harris said the supervisor “pulled his pants down in front of us and told us to kiss his white tail.”

The supervisor was heard on the cellphone recording saying “I need to put a sign here that says ‘white people only.’” Harris also alleges when he tries to use the microwave, his supervisor tells him he’s not allowed to use it because “you are  not white.”

The supervisor laments blacks and whites not being kept separate in the U.S. by segregation. On the subject of drinking their water, the supervisor said, “that’s when we hang you.”

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) working on a settlement with Atkinson Cotton Warehouse after the complaint was filed. The supervisor in question should be fired, not absent from work due to vacation.

Andrew Dupree Files Racial Discrimination Complaint Against Apple Inc.

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Andrew Dupree Files Racial Discrimination Complaint Against Apple Inc.

Andrew Dupree, 31, of Orlando, Fla., has filed a racial discrimination complaint against Apple Inc., alleging he was denied a promotion because of racism.

He alleges in the lawsuit that he took his concerns about blacks being denied opportunities for advancement to CEO Tim Cook, but was ignored and was left with no choice but to file a complaint against the company. He claims there isn’t one single black employee in a leadership role at the Orlando Apple store.

Radar Online obtained a copy of the complaint filed on December 18 with  the Florida Commission on Human Relations that detailed management’s alleged preference for white employees.

Andrew Dupree claims that a manager once told him that “black employees don’t reach management in this market,” Radar Online reports.

 Andrew Dupree Files Racial Discrimination Complaint Against Apple Inc.

Jewish Group Slams MSNBC’s Touré for “Power of Whiteness” Tweet About Holocaust Survivors

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Jewish Group Slams MSNBC’s Toure for “Power of Whiteness” Tweet About Holocaust Survivors (Credit: YouTube video)

MSNBC host Touré was slammed by a major Jewish group for suggesting Holocaust survivors benefitted from the “power of whiteness.”

The Cycle” co-host reponded to another user on Twitter who said their family survived a Nazi concentration camp during World War II and migrated tot he U.S. with nothing, yet still made it work. Toure wrote: “The power of whiteness.” Oh my. A very flippant thing to tweet and he should have known there would be some backlash.

Efraim Zuroff, director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center told the Blaze, Touré comment “absurd and smacks of intense and disgusting anti-Semitism. It’s reverse-racism basically.”

He added, “There is no question that part of the anti-Semitism that we see has its roots in the form of jealousy.This is a perfect example: “Jews made it because they’re white and Jews.””

So far, Touré has been mum on exactly what he intended to communicate with his tweet. Um, I wonder what’s up with the “Hope and Chains” name? Or the meta-racist Dat’s Racis moniker and blog? It’s funny because never once did his family’s Holocaust past ever come up. Sounds like the work of a troll who managed to whip the right wing blogosphere up in a frenzy.

 Jewish Group Slams MSNBCs Touré for Power of Whiteness Tweet About Holocaust Survivors

Miss. Judge Bill Weisenberger Allegedly Slapped, Yelled Racial Slur at Mentally Disabled Black Man

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Miss. Judge Bill Weisenberger Allegedly Slapped, Yelled Racial Slur at Mentally Disabled Black Man

Mississippi judge Bill Weisenberger allegedly slapped a mentally disabled black man, Eric Rivers, at a flea market earlier this month and shouted, “run, n*gger, run, the Clarion-Ledger reports.

Rivers’ faily filed a complaint against the Madison County Justice Court judge, who is white, accusing him of striking him at the flea market in Canton, Miss., on May 8.

William Truly, ex-Canton mayor and president of the Canton chapter of the NAACP, said, “This is 2014, not 1960, where someone could slap a young man and call out “run n*gger run.”

Tammy Westbrook, who witnessed the encounter between Judge Bill Weisenberger and Eric Rivers, told the newspaper Rivers was offering to help vendors at the flea market unload their goods when he was slapped and the slur shouted as he fled.

 

 Miss. Judge Bill Weisenberger Allegedly Slapped, Yelled Racial Slur at Mentally Disabled Black Man

NH Police Commissioner Robert Copeland Won’t Apologize for Calling Obama a ‘F*cking N*gger’

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NH Police Commissioner Robert Copeland Won’t Apologize for Calling Obama a ‘F*cking N*gger’

Robert Copeland, Wolfeboro, NH, police commissioner, refuses to resign or apologize for calling President Obama a f*cking n*gger while dining in a restaurant. He said Obama “meets and exceeds my criteria for such.” The majority of the residents want him out.

Resident Jane O’Toole said she overheard Wolfeboro Police Commissioner Robert Copeland use a racial slur in describing Obama…

She heard him say he hates turning on the television because every time he does, there’s that ‘f***ing n*****.’
‘He sort of swung around and puffed up his chest and said, “Yeah,”‘ she told the Concord Monitor. ‘And I said, “Not good, not good at all.”‘

In an email response to her, Copeland included an excerpt from an email he sent to his fellow commissioners acknowledging his remark.
He said in the excerpt, ‘I believe I did use the ‘N’ word in reference to the current occupant of the Whitehouse. For this, I do not apologize — he meets and exceeds my criteria for such.’ He also wrote: ‘While I believe the problems associated with minorities in this country are momentous, I am not phobic.’

 NH Police Commissioner Robert Copeland Wont Apologize for Calling Obama a F*cking N*gger