Starbucks Nixes Handwritten “Race Together” Notes on Cups

Starbucks Nixes Handwritten "Race Together" Notes on Cups

Starbucks Nixes Handwritten “Race Together” Notes on Cups (Photo Credit: Starbucks)

Starbucks Race Together

RETREAT? Starbucks has nixed writing “Race Together” on cups, saying that was only meant for  a week. The “Race Together” campaign has been maligned on social media.

The handwritten notes were part of Starbucks’ initiative for employees and customers to start a conversation about race in America.

Starbucks chairman Jim Olson said phasing out the handwritten notes was part of the plan from the start. He said the changes were not in response to public mockery of the concept.

Austin Lawyer Adam Reposa Claims Responsibility for “White People” Stickers

Austin Lawyer Adam Reposa Claims Responsibility for "White People" Stickers

Austin Lawyer Adam Reposa Claims Responsibility for “White People” Stickers (Photo Credit: Video Screengrab)

Adam Reposa

The mystery has been solved. Austin lawyer Adam Reposa said he put up the “exclusively for white people” stickers on several business as a way of protesting the increasing gentrification in the college town:

An attorney in Austin, Texas appears to claim responsibility for targeting local businesses with stickers saying there were “exclusively for white people,” KXAN-TV reported.

“Why I did it is pretty obvious,” a shirtless Adam Reposa says in a video posted online. “Because it would be obvious that even though people know the real problem — and the real problem is that people without money are getting f*cked. They’re getting pushed out, and pretty quick. This area of town is turning into whites only.”
The stickers were first spotted on five businesses on the city’s east side, bearing the message, “Maximum of 5 colored customers, colored [back of house] staff accepted” and a copy of the city’s logo.

They were quickly condemned by both local officials and state Rep. Dawnna Dukes (D), who called the stickers a “tasteless” joke. In the video, Reposa suggests that he intended to provoke this type of response.

“I knew I could just bait all of y’all into being as stupid as you are,” he says. “Just allowing the issue to be framed in the most simple way — ‘Oh, he said an offensive term. Let’s not worry about the actual condition of the way things are, let’s worry about an offensive term.’”

Watch Adam Reposa appear to claim responsiblity for “white people” stickers:

Slain Civil Rights Activist Viola Gregg Liuzzo Gets Posthumous Degree

Slain Civil Rights Activist Viola Gregg Liuzzo Gets Posthumous Degree

Slain Civil Rights Activist Viola Gregg Liuzzo Gets Posthumous Degree (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Viola Gregg Liuzzo

Slain civil rights activist Viola Gregg Liuzzo will get a posthumous honorary doctor of laws degree from Wayne State University on April 10.

Liuzzo was fatally shot by Ku Klux Klansmen while shuttling demonstrators after the 1965 Selma march for voting rights.

Liuzzo will be the recipient of the first posthumous honorary degree awarded by Wayne State in the university’s 145-year-history.

Viola Gregg Liuzzo’s five children have been invited to the ceremony. Her husband, Anthony Liuzzo Sr. died in 1978.

Taraji P. Henson Enrolls Son at HBCU After He Was Racially Profiled at USC

Taraji P. Henson Enrolls Son at HBCU After He Was Racially Profiled at USC

Taraji P. Henson Enrolls Son at HBCU After He Was Racially Profiled at USC (Photo Credit: Empire via Facebook)

Taraji P. Henson’s son racially profiled

“Empire” star Taraji P. Henson’s 20-year-old son was racially profiled on the campus of the University of Southern California. Her solution was to enroll him in a Historically Black College or University (HBCU).

In the February/March issue of Uptown magazine, Henson said, “My child has been racially profiled.” “He was in Glendale, California, and did exactly everything the cops told him to do, including letting them illegally search his car. It was bogus because they didn’t give him the ticket for what he was pulled over for.”

Taraji P. Henson added, “Then he’s at University of Southern California, the school that I was going to transfer him to, when police stopped him for having his hands in his pockets. So guess where he’s going? Howard University. I’m not paying $50K so I can’t sleep at night wondering is this the night my son is getting racially profiled on campus.”

Read more at Uptown Magazine.

Mayoral Candidate Bill Helton Under Fire for “Pollyester Kotton” Blackface Character

Mayoral Candidate Bill Helton Under Fire for "Pollyester Kotton" Blackface Character

Mayoral Candidate Bill Helton Under Fire for “Pollyester Kotton” Blackface Character

Bill Helton in blackface as Pollyester Kotton

Bill Helton, a white mayoral candidate for Elk City, is under fire after several YouTube videos surfaced of him dressed as a black woman.

In the video, Helton, who is also an Elk City commissioner, is seen dresssed as a black woman called, “Pollyester Kotton.”

Helton, who is also a hair stylist, told KFOR that “the character came about from one of my clients, who was African-American, from Texas.”

He told KFOR that he has raised money for people in need through appearances at numerous community events while dressed as Pollyester Kotton.

Bill Helton said, “Anyone that’s offended, I would sit down and talk to them. Because my heart is, I would never do that and want to help whoever I can help.”

He added, “I don’t see myself as being racist, I’ve got great, great friends who are African American.”

Austin Lawmakers Outraged Over “Exclusively for White People” Stickers

exclusively for white people Austin Lawmakers Outraged Over "Exclusively for White People" Stickers

Austin Lawmakers Outraged Over “Exclusively for White People” Stickers

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Texas Lawmakers and Austin Mayor Steve Adler are outraged after “exclusively for white people” stickers were found on several businesses.

The text under the “exclusively for white people” caption reads:

–Maximum of 5 colored customers
–Colored BOH staff accepted
–Sponsored by the City of Austin
–Contemporary Partition and Restoration Program

Mayor Adler condemned the “white people only” stickers as “an appallling and offensive display of ignorance in our city.”

The stickers are possibly a failed satirical attempt to raise awareness about gentrification in Austin and not racially-motivated.

Watch the video here:

Body of Missing Mississippi Man, Otis James Byrd, Found “Hanging from Tree”

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Body of Missing Mississippi Man Otis James Byrd Found “Hanging from Tree” (Photo Credit: Clairborne County Sheriff’s Office)

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The body of missing Mississippi man, Otis James Byrd, was found “hanging from a tree,” Clairborne County Sheriff Marvin Lucas confirmed.

Byrd, 54, went missing since March 2 in Claiborne County. His body was found on Thursday near his home. He was last seen by a friend who dropped him off at the Vicksburg’s Riverwalk Casino, which is located approximately 30 miles north of where his body was found.

Mississippi News Now reports:

The NAACP has now sent an email requesting the US Department of Justice “join the current investigation of the suspicious hanging death of Mr. Otis Byrd.”

54-year-old Otis James Byrd was last seen when a friend dropped him off at Vicksburg’s Riverwalk Casino ten days ago.

They hadn’t heard from him since then.

Investigators haven’t ruled out if the death was a suicide or a murder but given the history of racial violence in the area, there is always the threat of it being a racially-motivated crime. Otis James Byrd had a criminal record. He was sentenced in 1980 for the murder of Lucille Trimm, a white woman. Court records show he robbed her of $101. He was paroled on Nov. 2, 2006. Byrd was on probation at the time of his death.

Scandinavian MS Vice Principal Joe DiFilippo: “I Just Don’t Like the Black Kids”

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Scandinavian MS Vice Principal Joe DiFilippo: “I Just Don’t Like the Black Kids” (Photo Credit: ABC 30 Video Screengrab)

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A California middle school vice principal, Joe DiFilippo, was heard in a video posted on YouTube on Friday, saying, “I just don’t like the black kids,”the Fresno Bee.

DiFilippo, who works at Scandinavian Middle School in Fresno, was suspended after a student recorded the remarks outside the cafeteria, school district spokesman Jed Chernabaeff said.

On the video, a student, who was off camera, asked, “Who at this school do you not like?” Another student suggested, “Me. All of us, all of us.” After a brief pause, Joe DiFilippo said, “I just don’t like the black kids.”

On the video, a student off camera asks, “Who at this school do you not like?” Another student chimes in, suggesting, “Me. All of us, all of us.”

After a brief pause DiFilippo responds, “I just don’t like the black kids.” The video clip ends shortly after his comments. He was placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation.

Ben Carson Operative Jim Dornan Deletes Tweets Calling Obama ‘Dipshit,’ Among Others

jim dornan Ben Carson Operative Deletes Tweet Calling Obama "the Dipshit in WH"

Ben Carson Operative Deletes Tweet Calling Obama “the Dipshit in WH”

Jim Dornan

Presidential wannabe Dr. Ben Carson is facing some fallout over inflammatory and racist tweets by his operative, Jim Dornan.

Here’s more from Buzzfeed on Jim Dornan’s tweets:

One tweet from Dornan referred to McConnell shoving his fist up Obama’s butt. One tweet calls Ferguson protestors “thugs.” Another calls Obama a “dipshit.” One tweet calls Debbie Wasserman-Schultz a “pathetic excuse for a human being.” Two tweets call Chris Matthews and the Huffington Post “aholes.” Another tweet at Obama tells him to “bend over bitch.”

This comes after Ben Carson apologized for saying prison explains being gay is a choice, as people identifying as straight come out of prison as identifying as gay.

“Runnin N*gger” Targets Sold at South Dakota Gun Show

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“Runnin N*gger” Targets Sold at South Dakota Gun Show (Photo Credit: KSFY Video Screengrab)

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A South Dakota vendor was banned from a South Dakota gun show after selling racist “runnin n*gger” targets.

The targets, which was being sold for 10 cents each, featured a caricature of a black man with the caption, “Official RUNNIN NIGGER Target” across the top.

KSFY reports Bob Campbell, the gun show’s manager said he was “disgusted” by the flyers and assured reporters that they were snuck into the event without their knowledge. He said organizers examine all merchandise before they are allowed to be sold at the gun show.

The vendor was asked by a reporter from KSFY why he decided to use those targets. He said, “Why aren’t they there?” “You know, there are some black people, and then there are some Negroes.”