Sarasota Student Makes Racist Prom Proposal!

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Riverview High School says it is investigating.

SARASOTA COUNTY — A Riverview High student is under fire after using a racist sign to ask his girlfriend to the school’s prom.

The sign, reading “If I was black, I’d be picking cotton, but I’m white, so I’m picking u 4 prom,” made the rounds on Twitter Sunday night. The proposal was conducted by 18-year-old student Noah Crowley, the district confirmed. Riverview students found the image on the female student’s Snapchat, with a caption of two heart-eye emojis, implying that she was excited about the request. The Herald-Tribune did not identify Crowley until confirming that he is an adult.

By Monday morning, various Twitter posts had already received hundreds of retweets and favorites. One student tweeted out the image with the comment: “He seems to not know about America’s history. Racism is a problem. Definitely should not be allowed to go to the prom!!”

School district spokeswoman Tracey Beeker confirmed Monday morning that Crowley attended Riverview and the sign was under investigation by the school district. She said administrators have been speaking to the student and his parents on the phone since Sunday evening.

A robocall was sent to Riverview parents Monday morning, administrators said.

″[The post] was racial in nature and administration became aware of it last night,” said Riverview acting principal Kathy Wilks in a call to parents Monday morning. “Many who saw the post are understandably upset with its contents as well as the subsequent commentary to the post. Riverview High School absolutely does not condone or support the message conveyed in this post.”

She added: “We are focused on ensuring that Riverview High School provides a safe and secure environment for all of our students and that all students feel welcome and understand the value that they all bring to our school community. Our guidance counselors and administrators are available for any student who wish to speak to someone regarding the issue. Riverview High School has a wonderful student population and we know our school will use this incident as an opportunity to have productive conversations about respect for one another.”

Riverview senior Anton Kernohan, who has been involved in planning gun control protests at the school, said everyone he had talked with at the school was “disgusted” with the sign.

“But I think it is actually important that this issue occurred on some level,” he said Monday. “It shows that racism is still alive and well in our society, and it shows that racism is still alive in my generation and it is something that we as the youth will have to continue to fight against.”

Trevor Harvey, president of the Sarasota chapter of the NAACP, encouraged Sarasota school administrators to issue a district-wide response making it clear that the sign was inappropriate.

“A strong statement needs to be made to their student body that this type of behavior will not be tolerated on any of our campuses throughout the school district, and, if so, there are going to be severe consequences,” Harvey said. “When we see so many heightened race relations throughout our country, our district has to take a proactive standpoint to make sure that that stuff doesn’t spill off into our schools.”

The event comes on the heels of two black men being arrested at a Starbucks store in Philadelphia after they were denied access to the bathroom because they had not purchased anything. After they sat in the store waiting for a friend, a Starbucks employee called the police.

The incident led Starbucks to announce that they would close more than 8,000 stores on May 29 for anti-bias training. Harvey encouraged Sarasota County schools to do something similar.

“We are hoping the district takes our recommendation and brings groups in like us to help facilitate and have these open dialogues on just education and awareness on how these kinds of things impact everybody,” Harvey said. “It impacts everybody, not just blacks and Hispanics and Asians, it impacts all, and we need to sit down and deal with it.”

Beeker said the district is talking with local and national civic organizations to determine the best opportunities for “creating a conversation about racial relations.”

The district released a statement Monday afternoon noting that they do not “support or condone” the post’s message.

“Although this message is one student’s opinion, we take the matter of racial relations and school safety seriously, and we look forward to working with our students and these outside groups to have a meaningful and informative dialogue and expanded curriculum related to this important national topic,” the statement reads.

The district is still deciding whether any disciplinary action will be taken against the student, she added.

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It’s True – Uranus Really Does Stink

If you were ever to stand on the surface of Uranus and take a deep breath, you would get the distinctive pong of rotten eggs (and no oxygen of course).

“If an unfortunate human were ever to descend through Uranus’s clouds, they would be met with very unpleasant and odiferous conditions ,” says Patrick Irwin, professor of planetary physics at the University of Oxford, UK.

“[But] suffocation and exposure in the negative 200 degrees Celsius atmosphere made of mostly hydrogen, helium, and methane would take its toll long before the smell.”

This is an image of the planet Uranus taken by the spacecraft Voyager 2 in 1986. (Credit: NASA)

Scientists have long debated about the possible presence of sulphur in the atmosphere of Uranus, but despite decades of research and the visit of the Voyager 2 spacecraft in the late 1980s, it’s never been known for sure.

However, a team of astronomers led by Irwin has now found that hydrogen sulphide definitely does permeate the upper atmosphere of Uranus, according to sensitive spectroscopic observations with the Gemini North telescope on Hawaii’s Maunakea.

Irwin and his team used infrared light images capture by the scope’s Near-Infrared Integral Field Spectrometer, which sampled reflected sunlight from a region just over the main visible cloud layer in Uranus’ atmosphere.

“While the lines we were trying to detect were just barely there, we were able to detect them unambiguously thanks to the sensitivity of NIFS on Gemini, combined with the exquisite conditions on Maunakea,” said Irwin in a statement.

“Although we knew these lines would be at the edge of detection, I decided to have a crack at looking for them in the Gemini data we had acquired.”

Scientists have long known that some sort of noxious fumes fill the clouds of Uranus, but the question of whether it was hydrogen sulphide or ammonia making the stink was up for debate. The fact that it’s the former means that Uranus contrasts sharply with the gas giant planets closer to the Sun, Jupiter and Saturn. The bulk of their cloud cover is made up of ammonia ice.

“During our Solar System’s formation the balance between nitrogen and sulphur (and hence ammonia and Uranus’s newly-detected hydrogen sulphide) was determined by the temperature and location of planet’s formation,” said Leigh Fletcher, a member of the research team from the University of Leicester in the UK.

Because it’s highly likely that the Solar System’s gas giants migrated from where they first formed, this finding is invaluable in helping establish where Uranus was born and how it evolved.

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Joy Reid Blames Bizarre ‘Hack’ For Homophobic Posts — And Now They’re Gone!

MSNBC’s Joy Reid claimed on Monday that homophobic content from her old blog was “fabricated” by outside sources and added to the site after she shut it down, with all the content mysteriously disappearing from internet archives.

Mediaite reported last December that Reid had posted a series of anti-gay articles on her blog, the Reid Report, and Reid offered an apology via Facebook shortly thereafter, taking full responsibility for them.

This note is my apology to all who are disappointed by the content of blogs I wrote a decade ago, for which my choice of words and tone have legitimately been criticized. As a writer, I pride myself on a facility with language — an economy of words or at least some wisdom in the selection. However, that clearly has not always been the case.

But Twitter user @Jamie_Maz recently unearthed several more of the posts, and each one appeared to be worse than the last.

Thread – 1/x Joy Reid’s homophobic blog posts were far worse than 1st reported. They also had nothing to do with Republican hypocrisy on gay marriage. Joy also opposed gay marriage at the time. She gleefully accused people of being gay and posted a number of questionable things. pic.twitter.com/ZloivXczTS — Not a bot (@Jamie_Maz) April 18, 2018

2/x Top 5 “totally not gay celebrities of the year”. Using your media platform to out people you think is gay to get clicks has nothing to do with Republicans hypocrisy on gay marriage. pic.twitter.com/0B921itHkj — Not a bot (@Jamie_Maz) April 18, 2018

3/x Joy writes that @karlrove is known as Miss Piggy in Washington DC’s gay circles. Claims he is a leader of the gay Republican mafia. Joy re-posted this “reidblog classics” at the end of the year for her readers’ enjoyment. pic.twitter.com/mFTvApK0VX — Not a bot (@Jamie_Maz) April 18, 2018

But then @Jamie_Maz noticed something even more disturbing: the links to the blog were disappearing from the internet archive site The Wayback Machine.

7/x in the last few months the site was removed from the Wayback Machine on Internet Archive at the request of whoever controls the blog, from what I understand. These screenshots were taken before it came downhttps://t.co/5bxkkYLGR6 pic.twitter.com/TFk2vv48Xk — Not a bot (@Jamie_Maz) April 18, 2018

Wow, the @internetarchive is removing documentation of @JoyAnnReid‘s homophobic slurs and insults. https://t.co/4CFH2QfRfN pic.twitter.com/S0dQj2zfaU — Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) April 24, 2018

Reid provided an updated statement to Mediaite, saying, “Now that the site has been compromised I can state unequivocally that it does not represent the original entries. I hope that whoever corrupted the site recognizes the pain they have caused, not just to me, but to my family and communities that I care deeply about: LGBTQ, immigrants, people of color and other marginalized groups.”

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Murder suspect claims Morgan Freeman had sex with granddaughter!!

Morgan Freeman’s step-granddaughter told her would-be killer boyfriend the famed actor had a sexual relationship with her, lawyers disclosed Friday.

The seamy, years-old allegation surfaced during the Manhattan trial of Lamar Davenport who’s accused of butchering his girlfriend E’Dena Hines in 2015.

“E’Dena Hines disclosed to Lamar Davenport and others that her grandfather engaged in a sexually inappropriate relationship with her,” Davenport’s lawyer Annie Costanzo told the court, reading a stipulation agreement signed off on by the prosecution.

It was not immediately clear why the disclosure might be relevant to the case.

Freeman, 80, has been dogged by the claim since 2009 when The National Enquirer reported that the Oscar-winning actor carried on a years-long sexual relationship with Hines.

Lamar Davenport appears in Manhattan Supreme Court on April 6. (JEFFERSON SIEGEL/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS)

Three years later, gossip sites reported that the pair were actually planning to wed.

But both Freeman and Hines shot down the rumors.

“The recent reports of any pending marriage or romantic relationship of me to anyone are defamatory fabrications from the tabloid media designed to sell papers,” Morgan said in a statement.

Hines, then 27, said the claims were bogus but painful.

Actor Morgan Freeman and granddaughter E’Dena Hines arrive to the 62nd Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in this 2005 file photo. (KEVIN WINTER/GETTY IMAGES)

“These stories about me and my grandfather are not only untrue, they are also hurtful to me and my family,” she said at the time.

Freeman’s manager did not immediately return a request for comment. Hines was the daughter of a woman adopted by Freeman and his first wife, Jeannette Adair Bradshaw.

Prosecutors say Davenport, 33, stabbed his girlfriend roughly 25 times in a drug-fueled attack outside the victim’s W. 162nd St. building.

Davenport’s lawyers are mounting an insanity defense, claiming he was in the throes of a PCP-induced psychosis at the time of the murder.

Deena Adair, the mother of murder victim E’Dena Hines, walks in Manhattan Supreme Court on Friday. (JEFFERSON SIEGEL/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS)

“My opinion was that he lacked substantial capacity to appreciate the wrongfulness of his actions and know the nature and consequences of his conduct,” defense expert Jeremy Colley testified Friday.

“Mr. Davenport did not possess the intent to kill Ms. Hines.”

Defense lawyers said both Davenport and Hines were high on the night of the murders.

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California Gender Bill May Ban the Sale of Bibles!

Democrats in the alt-left state of California have passed a bill in the Assembly that would ban the sale of books that express Christian beliefs about sexual morality, quite possibly extending to printed texts such as the Bible.

No surprise there, after all this is the same party that once tried to abolish God from their official political platform … three times.

Assembly Bill 2943, which passed by a vote of 50-18, seeks to eliminate the “sale or lease of goods or services to any consumer” that promote “sexual orientation change efforts with an individual.”

Those efforts are subsequently defined as “efforts to change behaviors or gender expressions, or to eliminate or reduce sexual or romantic attractions or feelings toward individuals of the same sex.”

The Bible instills sex as an act meant for marriage between a man and a woman. In other words, its teachings seek to ‘reduce sexual attractions towards individuals of the same sex.’

Even the Los Angeles Times has raised the possibility that such a bill could lead to a ban on Bibles.

“One key part of the debate centers on whether Assembly Bill 2943 would stretch beyond businesses that charge for these programs and extend to printed documents,” they wrote, “even Bibles.”

Randy Thomasson, president of SaveCalifornia.com, seems to think it’s possible.

“A church bookstore selling the Bible, of course, selling a book about marriage or sexual purity or overcoming homosexuality or overcoming trans-sexuality,” he explained. “You could see a member of the public or even a member of the state government coming and saying, ‘Hey, that’s illegal.’”

Assemblywoman Susan Eggman, a Democrat who voted in favor of the measure, focused her attention on the gay conversion therapy aspect, already banned by mental health professionals on those under age 18 in California.

She scoffed at Christians concerned about this blatant affront to free speech saying, “But you can still try to pray the gay away, if you like.”

Just not with the guidance of a Bible apparently.

This extreme bill will now head to the State Senate.

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Alabama Cop RIPS OFF Innocent Black Woman’s CLOTHES . . . STRANGLES HER . . . Inside Waffle House!! (VIDEO)

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MTO News obtained exclusive footage – and The Waffle House and the Mobile Alabama police department have a LOT of explaining to do. Last night a Black woman was allegedly RACIALLY PROFILED inside of Waffle House . . . and she ended up being BRUTALIZED, HUMILIATED, and possibly SEXUALLY ASSAULTED by the Mobile police.

MTO News confirmed that the incident took place inside of a Waffle House in the Alabama area.

The victim, Chekesia Clemons, and her friend were attempting to dine at the Waffle House – when they felt RACIALLY HARASSED by the staff there. The women began arguing with one of the waitresses – and the waitress CALLED THE POLICE on Chekesia.

In just a few minutes a group of officers showed up, and instead of trying to figure out WHAT happened – they immediately ATTACKED Chekesia, who was arguing with their waitress “Goldie.”

The officer immediately then began PHYSICALLY ASSAULTING Chekesia. And as he was trying to “arrest” her – he is seem PHYSICALLY ripping off her clothes, and then strangling her.

At no point did Chekesia appear to be a physical THREAT to the officers.

Here is what happened:

At approximately 2:15am myself and my friend Chikesia Clemonsenter the Waffle house and proceeded to dine in for food .. I then told this white Caucasian woman my order and ask could I have plastic utensils.. She then told me that it would be .50 cent . Lol I told her that I had just eaten there the night before and they didn’t charge me .50 cent and so on ..Shortly after and me my friend continued with our conversation and our rude ass waitress “Goldie” decided to put her two cents in on our conversation that had nothing to do ever th her .. I then read her rights and then canceled my order and walked out .. However my friend stayed behind to get a understanding while I waited outside only to have the cops called on her and to be treated this way .. After tonight I’m done with mobile police period ..I understand the priorities of them doing their job but tonight wasn’t it ..They made and me and friend feel unsafe and not welcome to the city of Saraland

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Syracuse University permanently expels Theta Tau over ‘Extremely Racist’ video!!

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The Syracuse University chapter of Theta Tau was suspended Wednesday morning after the university confirmed it was involved in the creation of online videos showing fraternity members engaging in behaviors that were “extremely racist, anti-Semitic, homophobic, sexist, and hostile to people with disabilities,” Chancellor Kent Syverud said in a campus-wide email.

In recordings obtained by The Daily Orange showing the videos, which were filmed in Theta Tau’s house, a person forces another person to his knees and asks him to repeat an “oath” including racial slurs.

“I solemnly swear to always have hatred in my heart for n*ggers, sp*cs and most importantly the f*ckin’ k*kes,” the person on his knees repeats.

The videos were posted in a secret Facebook group called “Tau of Theta Tau” by a user named David Yankowy III, the recordings show. Yankowy was listed as a member of Theta Tau on the SU fraternity chapter’s website before the site was made inaccessible Wednesday afternoon. Yankowy, who is listed in SU’s directory as a senior in the College of Engineering and Computer Science, did not respond to a request for comment on Wednesday.

Several videos filmed in the house were uploaded in the secret Facebook group. In one recording, a person, using anti-Semitic language, yells at two other people.

“You f*ckin’ k*kes, get in the f*ckin’ showers,” he says, and the two people run out of the room as others laugh.

In another recording, a person sits down in a rolling chair and a different person yells, “He’s drooling out of his mouth because he’s retarded in a wheelchair.”

At one point, one person tells others to “… Get together and (talk) about their significant others while drinking different wines and talking in gay girly accents.”

The following recording is one of several obtained by The Daily Orange. The D.O. could not publish every video as it could not confirm that each video was posted on the “Tau of Theta Tau” page.

“I am appalled and shaken by this and deeply concerned for all members of our community,” Syverud said in the email.

The chancellor said that, upon confirming Theta Tau’s involvement in the videos, the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities immediately suspended the fraternity.

SU’s Department of Public Safety has launched an investigation into the incident to identify individuals and to take additional legal and disciplinary action, Syverud said.

Theta Tau is a professional engineering fraternity at 1105 Harrison St. The fraternity’s national office did not respond to a request for comment on Wednesday. Alexander Fox, who was listed on the SU chapter’s website as the fraternity’s regent, also did not respond to a request for comment on Wednesday. Fox was listed as an administrator or moderator in the secret Facebook group.

I am appalled and shaken by this and deeply concerned for all members of our community.

Kent Syverud, Syracuse University Chancellor

 

A protest erupted on campus Wednesday evening as students demanded that the university release the videos. Protesters gathered outside Syverud’s house, which is across the street from Theta Tau. Some students on Twitter started posting the hashtag “#WheresTheVideoSU.”

“We are not (Theta Tau),” said Liam McMonagle, a protest organizer and sophomore broadcast and digital journalism major. “They are not us. And they do not represent this community.”

Tayla Myree, a sophomore studying political science and history, spoke and chanted in a megaphone as she held up a sign that read, “Apathy is complicity.” She said most of the students protesting were people of color, despite SU having a predominantly white population.

Zach Hammond, a senior mechanical engineering major who was listed as a member of Theta Tau on the fraternity’s website, said “there were certainly some things I disapproved of, but I certainly didn’t realize that bad of things were being said. It’s just disgusting.”

Hammond’s name was mentioned in the video published by The D.O. on Wednesday night. Hammond said he was not at the event shown in the recordings and was rarely active in the chapter.

Several other students who were listed as members of Theta Tau on the fraternity’s website did not respond to requests for comment.

Syverud, during a forum at Hendricks Chapel on Wednesday afternoon organized after his campus-wide email, said he watched “parts of the videos from Theta Tau.”

“The thing I have been asked most frequently is, ‘I’d like to see them myself.’ I don’t particularly want to be the person who disseminates those videos for complicated reasons, but I’m sure that will happen,” Syverud said. “I want to say that I am shaken and deeply disturbed by what is on them, as I would hope anyone in the community would be.”

In his email, Syverud said SU is committed to “fostering a community where all our students feel welcome and are treated with dignity and respect. This behavior is unacceptable and contradicts our moral standards.”

Student Association President James Franco said Wednesday afternoon the fraternity’s conduct was antithetical to his personal values and the values of the university.

“I think we also, too, should have an audit of Greek life on campus to re-evaluate its impact on the campus community and its value,” Franco said.

041818_MollyGibbs_APE_11Student Association President James Franco (center) spoke during the public forum Wednesday night at Hendricks Chapel. MOLLY GIBBS | ASST. PHOTO EDITOR

During a public forum at Hendricks Chapel on Wednesday night, which lasted more than three hours, students demanded action from SU in response to the videos. More than 400 students packed into the chapel.

“The one thing I want to say … is that there are faculty members that have you guys’ backs in ways that you all have no clue,” said Biko Gray, an assistant professor of religion. “So, I just really want to tell you if you all want me to be (in) a strategizing session, let a n*gga know.”

Charity Luster, vice president of SU’s chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers, said she hopes the suspension of Theta Tau does not just spark a conversation about videos, but sparks a conversation about how people of color and underrepresented people are treated at SU.

In response to Theta Tau’s suspension, Hendricks Chapel Dean Brian Konkol held an event at 2:30 p.m. in Hendricks for “thoughtful, constructive dialogue about our campus community,” acknowledging the “troubling and disturbing conduct that has come to light,” he added in an email.

DPS has assembled detectives from its investigative team and is in the process of interviewing students who are believed to be involved in the videos, Department of Public Safety Chief Bobby Maldonado said during the afternoon event at Hendricks.

Maldonado added that DPS is working with the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities and the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs to determine possible Code of Student Conduct violations.

“We also work in partnership with the Syracuse Police Department, and we’ve been in contact with them as well,” Maldonado said. “At this point in time, (SPD) has deferred to us while we review the code of conduct violations.”

Maldonado said members of the campus community “should all be concerned” about the fraternity’s “offensive comments.”

N_Meeting_Department of Public Safety Chief Bobby Maldonado addressed the SU community at the Wednesday afternoon meeting in Hendricks Chapel. KAI NGUYEN | PHOTO EDITOR

Theta Tau is the fourth fraternity suspended from SU during the 2017-18 academic year. SU announced the Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity’s suspension last week after a months-long investigation into hazing. SU suspended Alpha Epsilon Pi in February for conduct that threatened the safety of a student participating in the new member process. The SU chapter of Delta Tau Delta was suspended in fall 2017 for conduct violations that included hazing.

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