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Twitter engineers replacing racially loaded tech terms like 'master,' 'slave' 

 

For Regynald Augustin, a Black programmer at Twitter, the impetus for change arrived in an email last year with the phrase "automatic slave rekick."

The words were just part of an engineering discussion about restarting a secondary process, but they prompted Augustin to start trying to change Twitter's use of words with racist connections. Augustin was used to seeing the term "slave" in technical contexts. "But with 'rekick' -- I was madder than I ever thought I'd be in the workplace," he said.

First on his own and then joining forces with another engineer, Kevin Oliver, he helped spearhead an effort to replace terms like "master," "slave," "whitelist" and "blacklist" with words that didn't hearken back to oppressive parts of United States history and culture. He recounted his thoughts at the time: "This has to stop. This isn't cool. We have to change this now."

CNET

Delaware city removes whipping post once used to punish Black people from public plaza

Dr. Benjamin S. Carson Sr. Statues of George Washington and other heroes are being razed. We should be celebrating them.

‘Mad Men’ Adding Disclaimer to Episode Containing Depiction of Blackface

How can we have a conversation about race when we don't talk about it?

Silencing 'Song of the South': Why Disney's most racist film remains a cultural flash point

Tags: Art Deletion, Deletion, Education, Exclusivity, Film, History, Knowledge, Opinion, Politics, Priorities, Propoganda, Safety, Sensitivity, TV, Waste, Words

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02-Jul-2020


Boston Considering Removing Statue Of Lincoln Standing Over Freed Black Man 

 

Boston's mayor is considering the fate of a public statue depicting former President Abraham Lincoln standing before a freed Black man after a petition called for its removal.

The statue in the city's Park Square is a replica of the Emancipation Memorial in Washington and depicts Lincoln with one hand raised above a kneeling man with broken shackles on his wrists.

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The statue is meant to show Lincoln freeing the man from slavery, but a petition against the statue says it "instead represents us still beneath someone else."

Boston Considering Removing Statue Of Lincoln Standing Over Freed Black Man

Why Removing Blackface Episodes Is ‘Just Trying to Band-Aid Over History’

Tags: Americans, Art Deletion, Education, Govt, Leaders, Politics, Racial Tension

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01-Jul-2020


Woman Yells 'You Live Off White People' in Racist Rant at BLM Protesters 

 

A woman in Pennsylvania shouted racist abuse at Black Lives Matter protesters on Sunday and told them, "You live off white people."

As the protesters in Watsontown chanted "No justice, no peace," the white woman shouted "trash" and "fuck you, we're going to give you no peace."

A protester can be heard off camera shouting "We love you" as the woman says "b****, f****** b****." She shouts at the protesters, "You live off of white people" and they again reply with "We love you," to which she responds: "you f****** communists" and "fuck off, keep your HIV over there."

Newsweek

Employee of a Miami restaurant quit after he says one of its owners jokingly referred to blackened chicken wings menu item as 'I Can't Breathe'

University of North Carolina Wilmington professor behind 'vile' racist and sexist tweets to retire

Univ. of Wisconsin students want Lincoln statue removed: Sure, he was 'anti-slavery,' but he wasn't 'pro-Black'

White man charged with pointing gun at Black homeowner

Former Everlane Employees Are Calling For A Boycott After Speaking Out About Workplace Racism

Restaurant Co-Owner Cites Husband’s Mental Health After He Refuses Black Customer in ‘I Can’t Breathe’ Shirt

YouTuber Liza Koshy apologizes after backlash for videos mocking Japanese accent

YouTube Has Suspended Monetization On Shane Dawson's Channels After He Apologized For

Morphe has removed Shane Dawson's makeup range from its online store after he was accused of sexualizing Willow Smith as a minor and wearing blackface

Tags: $, Apology, Art Deletion, Business, Charge, Education, Employment, Environment, Fear, Guns, Hate, Insensitivity, Protest, Quit, Racial Tension, Racism, Restaurant, Sexism, Social Media, Termination, Threat, Video, Women In Charge

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30-Jun-2020


California Abandons Equality under the Law 

 

Here are some unexpected developments: In Mississippi, Republicans have decided to excise the Confederate flag; in California, Democrats have decided to legalize racial discrimination.

Who had that on their 2020 bingo card?

In 1996, California voters by a substantial margin enacted a constitutional amendment reading: “The state shall not discriminate against, or grant preferential treatment to, any individual or group, on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity or national origin in the operation of public employment, public education, or public contracting.” The Democrat-run state legislature has just voted to repeal that amendment.

California had a long struggle with race-based admissions practices in its public universities, most famously with the Bakke case, in which the Supreme Court upheld race-based policies. The 1996 amendment was an attempt to sort that out in the most straightforward fashion, by insisting that the state take no notice of race at all in its policies. That was, for some generations, the great aspiration of most good-hearted Americans, who took it to be the dream of the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous speech.

California Democrats such as Assemblyman Todd Gloria insist that eliminating rules against racial discrimination are necessary to “advance true racial and gender equity in this state.” That is, of course, nonsense. It is, in fact, self-refuting nonsense — the fact that the ethnic makeup of California’s state universities does not reflect the ethnic makeup of the state is not an indictment of colorblind university policies but an indictment of the state’s K–12 education system and other institutions. Racial preferences do not create equality — they camouflage inequality.

National Review

Tags: Disruption, Education, Environment, Exclusivity, History, Hypocrisy, Judgment, Policy, Politics, Privilege, Racial Tension, Racism, Reckless, Threat

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29-Jun-2020


Right Wing Pastors Claim “Homosexuality” Worse Than Slavery 

 

A pair of controversial right-wing Evangelical pastors have come under fire after stating that homosexuality is a worse sin than slavery. Scott Lively and Tennessee Pastor Richard May made the inflammatory statement on Lively’s Breaking News Bible Study program.

Out

Taxpayer funded Catholic schools given secret edict to ban kids who don’t conform to gender norms

A sex worker was stabbed 11 times and killed by a client. Her family wouldn’t collect her body from the morgue because she’s trans

Tags: Children, Crime, Death, Education, Hate, Homophobia, Hypocrisy, Interview, Investigation, LGBTQ, Parental Burden, Policy, Politics, Radio, Religion, Sex, Sin, Trans, Violence, World

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26-Jun-2020


White couple blocks Mexican American from entering his building, called him 'criminal' 

 

A white couple blocked a young Mexican American man from entering the San Francisco apartment complex where he lives in, saying "they would not let a criminal into their complex as they needed to protect it."

Michael Barajas, a UC-Berkeley graduate and a community educator for a biopharmaceutical company, tried to park his car in the apartment complex's garage Tuesday night when the driver in front of him refused to pull forward.

Barajas, 28, told NBC's Bay Area affiliate KNTV that the situation kept escalating and turned dramatic when the white man in the car got aggressive, which prompted him to start recording.

NBC News

White Men Light Black Teenage Girl’s Face on Fire in Wisconsin

Kansas State players speak out after offensive George Floyd tweet made by student leader of white nationalist group

Whole Foods workers sent home for wearing Black Lives Matter masks

White man called police on Black and Hispanic men at marina

Indian restaurant vandalized with 'White power' and Trump 2020' gets donations, support

Tags: Charity, Education, Environment, Etiquette, Food, Hate, Home, Hostility, Injury, Neighbor, Racial Tension, Racism, Restaurant, Safety, Shop, Sports, Supremacy, Vandalism, Violence, Youth

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26-Jun-2020


Erin Condren Apologizes for Planning Unsanctioned Grad March During Pandemic and amid BLM Protests 

 

LifePlanner creator Erin Condren has apologized after she came under fire for helping to organize a graduation march for high school students amid the Black Lives Matter protests that also went against social distancing guidelines.

After Mira Costa High School announced they were calling off their traditional graduation ceremony this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, members in the upscale Manhattan Beach community began thinking of alternative events to allow students to celebrate together, Easy Reader News reported.

Condren — the founder of the massively popular planner notebook company, Erin Condren Designs — said one of their ideas included providing hula hoops for all 687 seniors at a local beach.

People

Jenna Marbles Apologizes for Racist and Offensive Videos, Quits YouTube

Tags: Apology, Celebration, Education, Environment, Etiquette, Interference, Priorities, Racial Tension, Representation, Social Media, Video, Youth

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25-Jun-2020


'Gone With the Wind' Returns to HBO Max, With Context 

 

Over two weeks after HBO Max initially removed the 1939 Southern war epic Gone With the Wind from its service, the film has returned, with additional context and a disclaimer attached.

Now, before the film plays on the service, it is preceded by a video from TCM host and University of Chicago cinema and media studies professor Jacqueline Stewart, who tells viewers, "You're about to see one of the most enduringly popular films" of all time, but warns "the film has been repeatedly protested, dating back to the announcement of its production" due to its romantic depiction of the antebellum South and stereotypical Black characters.

The film, 1940's best picture winner at the Oscars, also is now accompanied by "extras" including videos titled "Gone With the Wind: A Complicated Legacy" and "Hattie McDaniel: What a Character!" as well as Stewart's introduction as its own video.

In her introduction, Stewart adds, "Watching Gone With the Wind can be uncomfortable, even painful. Still it's important that classic Hollywood films are available to us in their original form for viewing and discussion." Watching such films can prompt viewers to reflect on their values, Hollywood history and what pop culture says about a previous era, she suggests.

Hollywood Reporter

Tags: Art, Cultural, Education, Film, Film Trivia, History, Preservation, Race, Racial Tension, TV

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24-Jun-2020


‘Days of Our Lives’ star Melissa Reeves under fire for anti-Black Lives Matter stance 

 

“Days of Our Lives” actress Melissa Reeves is catching heat from her co-stars and the long-running soap’s fans for coming out against the Black Lives Matter movement.

Earlier this week it was revealed that Reeves — who has played Jennifer Horton on the NBC sudser on and off for the past three decades — “liked” several anti-BLM posts from right-wing activist Candace Owens on Instagram.

We all have our own opinions and views! That’s what make the USA the land of the free and home of the brave! ????????????????

— Donna Wyche Abshure (@DonnaKayAbshure) June 23, 2020

Reeves’ “Days” cousin, Linsey Godfrey, wasted little time responding. After one Twitter user defended Reeves’ right to express her opinion, Godfrey countered, “Nah there is no difference of opinion on racism, homophobia, transphobia and xenophobia.”

NY Post

Jenny Slate Exits ‘Big Mouth’: ‘Black Characters Should Be Played by Black People’

Terry Crews Says Brooklyn Nine-Nine Trashed 4 New Episodes Amid Protests

Following backlash, Chelsea Handler apologizes for posting controversial Louis Farrakhan video clip

‘Scrubs’ Episodes Featuring Blackface Removed From Hulu

Black staffers, athletes leave Liberty University after Jerry Falwell Jr. tweet

Mohamed Hadid Says He Has to Demolish His $50 Million Mega-Mansion Because of “Racism”

Tags: Apology, Backlash, Blackface, Celebrity, Court, Education, Employment, Home, Opinion, Racial Tension, Religion, Resignation, Social Media, Termination, TV

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24-Jun-2020


What Danny Masterson Said About Rape Allegations and His Firing In 2017 

 

That '70s Show star Danny Masterson was charged with three counts of rape by force this week, but it isn't the first time his name has been associated with the alleged sexual assaults. Claims surfaced against Masterson all the way back in 2017, though this is the first time charges have been formally filed.

Newsweek

Leah Remini Calls ‘Bullshit’ on the LAPD and Danny Masterson

Chris D’Elia Denies Allegations of Sexually Harassing Teenagers

Bucks County School Bus Driver Accused of Raping 2 Teen Boys, Including Foster Child

Man jailed for child abuse after cop’s school talk prompts girl to come forward and reveal sex assault

At Least 3,000 Children Were Victims of Sex Abuse in French Catholic Church

Tags: Arrest, Celebrity, Children, Church, Education, Employment, Minors, Police, Rape, Religion, Sex, Sexual Harassment, Travel, Violence, Woman's Rights

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18-Jun-2020


New book helps kids become anti-racists as protesters across the world continue to call for equality 
 

Author Ibram X. Kendi says parents should start talking to their kids about racism and injustice as early as possible. He gives "CBS This Morning" a look inside his new book, "Antiracist Baby." Jericka Duncan reports.

CBS News

Tags: Books, Children, Education, Parental Burden, Racism, Video

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18-Jun-2020


Kristen Bell Slammed for New Children's Book That Encourages Colorblind Racism 

 

Kristen Bell has been slammed for writing a children’s book that promotes being colorblind instead of recognizing actual people of different races and ethnicities.

In a video posted by the Associated Press, the actress and author said, “The world loves debate, I do, and debate talks about differences. It’s layering difference upon difference upon difference, ‘I think this’, ‘no, you should think this’, it’s just constantly pointing out divisive narratives.”

She continued, “Our kids are absorbing all of that and maybe we needed a bit of a road map to show them that it’s actually great to start with similarities first.”

Complex

Tags: Backlash, Book, Children, Criticism, Cultural, Education, Neglect, Parental Burden

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14-Jun-2020


University of Central Florida launches probe of professor who said 'white Americans are under siege' and black people would not experience systemic racism if they 'behaved liked Asian Americans' 

 

A professor from the University of Central Florida is under investigation after he claimed 'white Americans and white culture were under siege' while making several racist stereotypes about black people in the country.

The announcement from UCF came just a day after the associate psychology professor, Charles Negy, took to Twitter to offer his comments surrounding the mythological 'black privilege.'

He said in a Wednesday tweet: 'If African Americans as a group, had the same behavioral profile as Asian Americans (on average, performing the best academically, having the highest income, committing the lowest crime, etc.), would we still be proclaiming 'systematic racism' exists?'

Daily Mail

Tags: Education, Opinion

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05-Jun-2020


Men, Porn Isn't Ruining Your Sex Life 

 

So why does porn continue to take the blame for our sexual woes? Because while that above scenario doesn’t reflect the way our country treats science, and science education, it is a pretty good description of how we handle sex. In many parts of the country, sex education is completely absent; where it does exist, it’s often abstinence-only or abstinence-plus?—?giving some time to condoms and contraceptives but relying heavily on shame-based messaging.

Even in the best-case scenario, American sex education focuses almost exclusively on what can go wrong during sex, rather than on how to make it go right: Thanks to taboos around adolescent sexuality, pleasure is a dirty word in sex education targeting those under 18. Given this environment, it’s not shocking that young (and not so young) people might turn to porn for some lessons in sexual pleasure; yet somehow it is porn alone that manages to take the blame for imbuing us all with an unhealthy attitude toward sex.

MEL Magazine

Tags: Awareness, Education, Environment, Parental Responsibility, Sex, Talk

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20-May-2020


Principal apologizes after 'very religious' school assigns 'hardcore porn' homework to 11- to 14-year-old students 

 

A British school principal is sorry after teachers assigned a very controversial homework assignment — including subject matter such as "transgender pornography" and the definition of "hardcore porn."

The students impacted ranged in age from 11 to 14 years, according to Hull Live.

What are the details?

Archbishop Sentamu Academy in Hull, England, assigned the homework to pupils in Personal, Social, and Health Education class requiring they define terms such as "transvestite," hardcore porn," and more.

The outlet notes that other portions of the assignment included research on subject such as "pornography, soft pornography, hardcore pornography, and transsexual pornography, as well as female genital mutilation, wet dreams, trafficking, male circumcision, breast ironing, and more."

The Blaze

Tags: Backlash, Children, Education, Employment, Parental Burden, Porn, Religion, Sex, Weird, World

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20-May-2020




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