A teacher wore blackface to school and rapped on Halloween. He’s now been suspended

191104112432-suspended-teacher-blackface-rap-exlarge-169A high school teacher has been placed on administrative leave in California after he wore blackface to school on Halloween, according to the Milpitas Unified School District.

 

A high school teacher has been placed on administrative leave in California after he wore blackface to school on Halloween, according to the Milpitas Unified School District.

video posted on social media shows the teacher with his face painted black and dressed up in an apparent attempt to imitate the rapper Common.

“Opportunities limitless, possibilities senseless, what will you do? Millions of people, not enough to eat, what will we do? With AI, Microsoft technology, the future is up to you, you can do it. With AI. The future will blow your mind,” the teacher says in the video.

Milpitas High School Principal Francis Rojas and MUSD Superintendent Cheryl Jordan said in a statement that the teacher, who has not been named, was suspended and now is under investigation for the “disparaging” act.

“In a school community where we welcome learners and families from over 50 languages who represent cultures and religions throughout the world, and where our long-standing neighborhood, Sunnyhills, was established as the first city in the nation for planned integration, it hurts to know that this type of cultural insensitivity and lack of cultural awareness still hovers in the background,” reads the statement.

Because the teacher has not been identified, CNN has been unable to reach out to him for comment.

Chris Norwood, the MUSD school board president, called the teacher’s actions “inappropriate, unprofessional and insensitive,” according to an online statement.

“As an African American man, the history of Blackface reminds me of the cruelty, hatred and fear my parents and people of African Ancestry have dealt with in the past and still experience today around the world,” Norwood said.

 

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Cruz Unloads on NYT After Leaked Report Shows They Allegedly Planned to Push Trump-Racism Narrative

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Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) unloaded on the New York Times after leaked meeting transcript allegedly shows editors discussing plans to tie President Donald Trumpto racism.

Late last week, Slate published the transcript of a recorded meeting allegedly held by New York Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet where he addressed the staff about their political coverage.

Baquet acknowledged that the New York Times took the Mueller investigation from a story about “whether the Trump campaign had colluded with Russia and obstruction of justice to being a more head-on story about the president’s character.”

Now that the Mueller report came up empty relating to a conspiracy between Trump and Russia, Baquet told his staff that they needed to take their coverage in another direction, this time focusing on Trump and racial issues in the United States.

He claimed that race “is going to be a huge part of the American story” and added that he hoped their 1619 Project — a series of reports looking at the impact of slavery in the U.S. — would “teach [New York Times] readers to think a little bit more like that.”

Cruz was outraged that the New York Times was planning to tie their coverage of Trump to race before they even know what will happen. He took to Twitter to call the outlet out.

Ted Cruz

@tedcruz

There was a time when journalists covered “news.” The NYT has given up on even pretending anymore. Today, they are Pravda, a propaganda outlet by liberals, for liberals. These remarks at their “town hall” are a scandal & would be a firing offense at any real journalistic outlet. https://twitter.com/redstate/status/1163118517685825536 

RedState

@RedState

The New York Times Decides ‘Trump’s Racism’ Is The New Hotness After Russia Collusion Narrative Fails https://www.redstate.com/slee/2019/08/18/new-york-times-decides-trumps-racism-new-hotness-russia-collusion-fails/?utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_term=new-york-times-decides-trumps-racism-new-hotness-russia-collusion-fails&utm_content=0&utm_campaign=PostPromoterPro 

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Ted Cruz

@tedcruz

If you care about journalism, or the First Amendt, READ the transcript. The Editor says (in effect) “for 2 yrs, we covered ‘Russia, Russia, Russia,’ facts be damned; now we’ll scream ‘racism, racism, racism’ for 18 mos, and the rest of the media follow us.” That’s not journalism. https://twitter.com/tedcruz/status/1163134559862611969 

Ted Cruz

@tedcruz

There was a time when journalists covered “news.” The NYT has given up on even pretending anymore. Today, they are Pravda, a propaganda outlet by liberals, for liberals. These remarks at their “town hall” are a scandal & would be a firing offense at any real journalistic outlet. https://twitter.com/redstate/status/1163118517685825536 

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Ted Cruz

@tedcruz

The NYT is destroying itself w/ Trump hatred. And it’s ultimately bad for freedom of the press when “journalists” openly revel in being partisan propagandists. When our Nation is so tribalised that each side has their own “news” & “facts” and we don’t even talk to each other. https://twitter.com/tedcruz/status/1163135857320235009 

Ted Cruz

@tedcruz

If you care about journalism, or the First Amendt, READ the transcript. The Editor says (in effect) “for 2 yrs, we covered ‘Russia, Russia, Russia,’ facts be damned; now we’ll scream ‘racism, racism, racism’ for 18 mos, and the rest of the media follow us.” That’s not journalism. https://twitter.com/tedcruz/status/1163134559862611969 

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Cruz even called out the Times for their recent scandal where they changed a headline, allegedly folding to pressure from anti-Trump critics, as IJR previously reported.

Ted Cruz

@tedcruz

It’s also deeply cynical—at a time when racial tensions are raw, for the NYT to be deliberately stoking the fires of racial tension & hatred. Ironically, their approach is the obverse of their original headline (before they succumbed to the mob): “NYT Urges Racism Vs Unity.” https://twitter.com/tedcruz/status/1163137145218973696 

Ted Cruz

@tedcruz

The NYT is destroying itself w/ Trump hatred. And it’s ultimately bad for freedom of the press when “journalists” openly revel in being partisan propagandists. When our Nation is so tribalised that each side has their own “news” & “facts” and we don’t even talk to each other. https://twitter.com/tedcruz/status/1163135857320235009 

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CNBC reporter John Harwood noted that the exact quote by Baquet wasn’t “racism, racism, racism,” in an attempt to discredit Cruz’s rant. The senator called out Harwood and encouraged him to read the transcript to verify Cruz’s summary.

Ted Cruz

@tedcruz

Harwood—whose angry partisanship was so bad he got NBC fired from hosting 2016 GOP debates—reflexively defends NYT. But w/ ZERO facts, ZERO analysis: he simply asserts (w/ apologies to Orwell) “Oceania was at war with Eastasia. Oceania had always been at war with Eastasia.” 1/x https://twitter.com/johnjharwood/status/1163268187682680839 

John Harwood

@JohnJHarwood

no, that’s not what the editor said https://twitter.com/tedcruz/status/1163135857320235009 

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Ted Cruz

@tedcruz

A real “journalist” (rather than a propagandist) might analyze the transcript, see what the Editor said, have a fleeting concern w/ journalistic ethics. Not Harwood. We must defend the Old Grey Lady. My Tweets linked to actual transcript, encouraged you to read for yourself. 2/x https://twitter.com/tedcruz/status/1163406452830220288 

Ted Cruz

@tedcruz

Harwood—whose angry partisanship was so bad he got NBC fired from hosting 2016 GOP debates—reflexively defends NYT. But w/ ZERO facts, ZERO analysis: he simply asserts (w/ apologies to Orwell) “Oceania was at war with Eastasia. Oceania had always been at war with Eastasia.” 1/x https://twitter.com/johnjharwood/status/1163268187682680839 

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Cruz highlighted that the editorial team noted several times that the 1619 Project was designed to change the mindset of readers.

Ted Cruz

@tedcruz

E.g., NYT: ““One reason we all signed off on The 1619 Project [explained below] and made it so ambitious and expansive was TO TEACH OUR READERS TO THINK A LITTLE BIT MORE LIKE THAT.” Does that sound like news? Or editorial? (Remember, this was the “News” Editor.) 3/x https://twitter.com/tedcruz/status/1163407320111599617 

Ted Cruz

@tedcruz

A real “journalist” (rather than a propagandist) might analyze the transcript, see what the Editor said, have a fleeting concern w/ journalistic ethics. Not Harwood. We must defend the Old Grey Lady. My Tweets linked to actual transcript, encouraged you to read for yourself. 2/x https://twitter.com/tedcruz/status/1163406452830220288 

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Ted Cruz

@tedcruz

What is the 1619 project? In NYT’s words: “It aims to REFRAME OUR COUNTRY’S HISTORY, understanding 1619 as OUR TRUE FOUNDING, and placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of the STORY WE TELL ourselves about who we are.” 4/x https://twitter.com/tedcruz/status/1163408247145095168 

Ted Cruz

@tedcruz

E.g., NYT: ““One reason we all signed off on The 1619 Project [explained below] and made it so ambitious and expansive was TO TEACH OUR READERS TO THINK A LITTLE BIT MORE LIKE THAT.” Does that sound like news? Or editorial? (Remember, this was the “News” Editor.) 3/x https://twitter.com/tedcruz/status/1163407320111599617 

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Additionally, Cruz highlighted that Banquet specifically tied the racial narrative to future Trump coverage, especially surrounding immigration.

Ted Cruz

@tedcruz

The Editor continued: “Race in the next year…is going to be a huge part of the American story. And I mean, race in terms of not only African Americans and their relationship w/ Donald Trump, but Latinos & immigration.” So, he’s explicit that this is the political narrative. 5/x https://twitter.com/tedcruz/status/1163409199537229825 

Ted Cruz

@tedcruz

What is the 1619 project? In NYT’s words: “It aims to REFRAME OUR COUNTRY’S HISTORY, understanding 1619 as OUR TRUE FOUNDING, and placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of the STORY WE TELL ourselves about who we are.” 4/x https://twitter.com/tedcruz/status/1163408247145095168 

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Ted Cruz

@tedcruz

Now, will Harwood engage w/ the transcript, actual facts? More to the point, WILL THE NYT (AND THE MSM) COVER THIS SHAMEFUL, OPENLY MANIPULATIVE “TOWN HALL” AS AN ACTUAL NEWS STORY & report on the facts? Or will they just say “these are not the droids you’re looking for”? 6/x https://twitter.com/tedcruz/status/1163409951898972160 

Ted Cruz

@tedcruz

The Editor continued: “Race in the next year…is going to be a huge part of the American story. And I mean, race in terms of not only African Americans and their relationship w/ Donald Trump, but Latinos & immigration.” So, he’s explicit that this is the political narrative. 5/x https://twitter.com/tedcruz/status/1163409199537229825 

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Cruz’s thread on the New York Times caught the attention of many, including President Trump, who tweeted his support for the senator’s outrage.

Donald J. Trump

@realDonaldTrump

Thank you @TedCruz, I couldn’t agree more! https://twitter.com/tedcruz/status/1163137145218973696 

Ted Cruz

@tedcruz

The NYT is destroying itself w/ Trump hatred. And it’s ultimately bad for freedom of the press when “journalists” openly revel in being partisan propagandists. When our Nation is so tribalised that each side has their own “news” & “facts” and we don’t even talk to each other. https://twitter.com/tedcruz/status/1163135857320235009 

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This is not the first time the Times has been criticized by Republicans. President Trump has gone out of his way to deem the outlet the “failing New York Times” and has claimed they have “zero credibility,” though subscriptions to the Times are reportedly at a record high.

Amazon driver shot and paralyzed over Handicapped parking spot forgives shooter??!!

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ST. LOUIS (KSDK) – At 21 years old, with two jobs and a 1-year-old son, Jaylen Walker was always on the go.

But now, the motor that raises and lowers his hospital bed is about the only way he can move.

“I’ll be paralyzed for the rest of my life,” Walker said from his bed in the intensive care unit at Saint Louis University Hospital.

Instead of life in a Level 1 Trauma Center, Walker was working as a personal trainer and as an Amazon delivery driver with a plan for his future.

“I wanted to go back to school and play college basketball, play with my son just like any other father would,” he said with his family beside his bed.

Tuesday, Walker said he had just finished his Amazon shift when he stopped in a St. Charles Target parking lot to help a fellow driver.

He admitted he parked in a disabled parking spot. What happened next, he and his family can’t understand.

Prosecutors said 65-year-old Larry Thomlison confronted Walker.

Walker said Thomlison approached him and “asked me why the hell I parked in a handicapped spot and I told him, ‘I’m gonna move it,'” recalled Walker. “And he kept harassing me.”

Walker said Thomlison punched him and he fought back.

“When he pulled the gun out my eyes were just amazed. I tried to run in between two cars. He had a nice aim and hit me right in the spine,” said Walker.

Prosecutors said surveillance video shows Walker trying to run away when he was shot in the back. The bullet paralyzed him from the stomach area down.

On Wednesday, St. Charles County Prosecutor Tim Lohmar charged Thomlison with first degree assault and armed criminal action.

 

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‘Time for the Ku Klux Klan to night ride again’: An Alabama newspaper editor wants to bring back lynching

CDTW4QVIG5CMPHRRYEEJZZ6FXQIn this September 1987 photo, Ku Klux Klan members wearing traditional robes form a circle around a burning cross in Rumford, Maine. (Scott Perry/AP)

 

Two decades ago, the editor of the tiny Democrat-Reporter newspaper in Linden, Ala., was being talked about as a potential contender for the Pulitzer Prize. A congressional citation read on the floor of the House of Representatives in 1998 lauded “his truly American heroism and dedication to the truth” and called him “one of Alabama’s finest and most ethical journalists.” Glowing profiles in the New York TimesPeople magazine and the American Journalism Review highlighted his tenacious reporting and down-home Southern charm.

Now, Goodloe Sutton is back in the news again — this time because he recently called for mass lynchings and suggested that the Ku Klux Klan should return to “clean out” Washington.

“Time for the Ku Klux Klan to night ride again,” began a Feb. 14 editorial in the paper, which went on to claim that Democrats, along with some Republicans, were planning to raise taxes in Alabama. It concluded, “Seems like the Klan would be welcome to raid the gated communities up there.”

Sutton, who is also the paper’s publisher, could not immediately be reached for comment. He told the Montgomery Advertiser on Monday that he had written the editorial, which ran without a byline, and stood by it.

“If we could get the Klan to go up there and clean out D.C., we’d all been better off,” he told the paper, explaining, “We’ll get the hemp ropes out, loop them over a tall limb and hang all of them.”

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During the same conversation, Sutton argued that the KKK “didn’t kill but a few people” and “wasn’t violent until they needed to be,” the Advertiser reported on Monday. He further suggested the Klan, a white supremacist hate group, was comparable to the NAACP. Sutton also added that people could call him, write him a letter or boycott the paper if they disagreed with his views.

When the Advertiser’s Melissa Brown asked him whether it was appropriate for a newspaper publisher to suggest that Americans should be lynched, Sutton replied, “It’s not calling for the lynchings of Americans. These are socialist-communists we’re talking about. Do you know what socialism and communism is?”

The editorial — which, like the rest of the paper, was not published online — first started getting attention on Monday afternoon when two student-journalists at Auburn University posted photographs on Twitter. On Monday night, Sen. Doug Jones (D-Ala.), who prosecuted two members of the Klan for their role in the 1963 Birmingham church bombing that killed four young girls, called the editorial “disgusting” and demanded Sutton’s immediate resignation. “I have seen what happens when we stand by while people-especially those with influence- publish racist, hateful views,” he wrote.

Echoing the call for Sutton’s resignation was Rep. Terri A. Sewell (D-Ala.), who wrote, “For the millions of people of color who have been terrorized by white supremacy, this kind of ‘editorializing’ about lynching is not a joke — it is a threat.”

Doug Jones

@DougJones

OMG! What rock did this guy crawl out from under? This editorial is absolutely disgusting & he should resign -NOW!

I have seen what happens when we stand by while people-especially those with influence- publish racist, hateful views.

Words matter. Actions matter. Resign now!

Melissa Brown

@itsmelissabrown

After @ByChipBrownlee tweeted out a blurb calling for a Klan resurgence in a small Alabama newspaper, I called the editor to find out who had written it. He told me he wrote it. He also called for lynchings. https://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/story/news/2019/02/18/alabama-newspaper-ku-klux-klan-to-night-ride-again-linden-democrat-reporter-goodloe-sutton/2910436002/ … via @mgmadvertiser

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Rep. Terri A. Sewell

@RepTerriSewell

For the millions of people of color who have been terrorized by white supremacy, this kind of “editorializing” about lynching is not a joke – it is a threat. These comments are deeply offensive and inappropriate, especially in 2019. Mr. Sutton should apologize and resign.

Melissa Brown

@itsmelissabrown

After @ByChipBrownlee tweeted out a blurb calling for a Klan resurgence in a small Alabama newspaper, I called the editor to find out who had written it. He told me he wrote it. He also called for lynchings. https://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/story/news/2019/02/18/alabama-newspaper-ku-klux-klan-to-night-ride-again-linden-democrat-reporter-goodloe-sutton/2910436002/ … via @mgmadvertiser

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The criticism was a sharp contrast from 20 years ago, when Sutton was honored on the floor of Congress. “His story is a shining example of the best and the brightest which occurs in America when a single citizen has the bravery to stand alone, in the face of mounting pressure and odds, and stands up for justice and equality,” Rep. Earl F. Hilliard (D-Ala.), the first person of color to represent Alabama in Congress since Reconstruction, said in his May 1998 proclamation.

Back then, Sutton was being celebrated for his dogged investigative journalism in the southwestern Alabama city with less than 3,000 residents, which resulted in the local sheriff being sent to federal prison. He and his wife, Jean, who worked alongside him at the paper, had spent nearly four years publishing stories that showed that Marengo County Sheriff Roger Davis was siphoning off government funds, from cashing reimbursement checks that were meant to go to the sheriff’s office to buying an all-terrain vehicle for his daughter with a check from the department’s bank account.

That reporting led to an undercover investigation that put Davis and two of his seven deputies in jail, but it took a toll on “Miss Jean” and “Ole Goodloe,” as the Suttons were known in their rural community. “The stories triggered a backlash,” AJR reported. “One of the elders at the Presbyterian church Sutton attends told him to lay off the sheriff. Sutton says he began losing about $1,000 a week in advertising. And hate mail poured in.”

Talking to the Associated Press in 1998, Sutton said deputies had threatened to plant drugs in their home, and the couple and their oldest son had repeatedly been pulled over and harassed. Davis “started telling anyone who would listen that my oldest son was involved in drugs, my wife was having affairs and I was drunk all the time,” he said. He was finally vindicated in 1997, when Davis pleaded guilty to charges including extortion and soliciting bribes.

Kyle Whitmire

@WarOnDumb

20 years ago, I worked a summer at the Democrat-Reporter. I’ve written good things about Goodloe Sutton Sr. in the past, so I feel obligated, and sickened, to share the bad. I can’t explain how anyone would write anything like this, except to have gone down a really dark path.

Chip Brownlee@ByChipBrownlee

Check the date. A paper published this in 2019. Wow.

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That same year, two of Davis’s deputies, Wilmer “Sonny″ Breckenridge and Robert Pickens, were arrested along with 68 others in a massive drug bust that, at the time, was the largest in southern Alabama history. Breckenridge, AJR noted, had been the officer whose job was to visit schools and caution students about the dangers of using drugs. Both were ultimately convicted on charges that they had been abusing their positions as law enforcement officers by providing protection to drug dealers.

But by 2015, the Democrat-Reporter, like so many other small papers, was fighting for its life. Sutton had been forced to move out of the building across the street from the county courthouse where he had been based since 1965. “His office now is in a former barbecue restaurant a block away, where pieces of paper are taped to windows carrying the paper’s name,” the Advertiser reported. While the paper had more than 7,000 subscribers in 1998, circulation had fallen to roughly 3,000. Making matters worse, Jean, his managing editor and wife of 39 years, died in 2003 of complications from cancer.

“It was hard for me to go home during that time,” he told the Advertiser. “I was like a zombie for several years after I lost Jean. I didn’t know what to do.” Jean had been the one who first started digging into the rumors of corruption at the sheriff’s office, AJR reported, but since she hated to be in the spotlight, she refused to have her name appear on any of her stories and gave the credit to her editor husband instead.

The AJR profile — which showed Sutton fishing for crawfish and mentioned that Jean liked to bake chocolate chip cookies for the sheriff’s deputies — portrayed the couple as charming, small-town muckrakers. But at some point, the paper turned away from investigative journalism and began publishing more and more racist screeds. Sutton’s “racial references in headlines and stories” had upset many of his readers, the Advertiser acknowledged in 2015, noting that one front-page story about a murder described the perpetrators as “Selma black thugs.”

Asked what the headline might have said if the killers had been white, Sutton didn’t respond but appeared to wink at his interviewer.

John Carvalho

@John_P_Carvalho

This is a sad final chapter to Goodloe Sutton’s career, which had been marked by courageous reporting. At this point, someone needs to take the keys. https://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/story/news/2019/02/18/alabama-newspaper-ku-klux-klan-to-night-ride-again-linden-democrat-reporter-goodloe-sutton/2910436002/ 

Alabama newspaper editor calls for Klan return to ‘clean out D.C.’

Goodloe Sutton, the longtime editor of the Democrat-Reporter newspaper, called for lynchings in a phone call with the Montgomery Advertiser.

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When Sutton’s comments on the Klan began getting attention on Monday, longtime readers pointed out that it wasn’t the first time that the paper’s editorial page had endorsed extreme or openly racist views. In May 2015, an editorial stated that the mayor of a city “up north” had “displayed her African heritage by not enforcing civilized law.” Another, published in June of that year, called for drug dealers, kidnappers, rapists, thieves, and murderers to be hung “on the courthouse lawn where the public can watch.”

“Dope heads know how to grow marijuana but not cotton,” one August 2014 editorial read. “They don’t pay sales taxes on what they grow so this doesn’t register with the economists who compile the statistics about jobs and employment. This market is dominated by blacks.” That same month, President Barack Obama was described by the paper as a “Kenyan orphan president” who was elected because Americans thought “it would be cool to have a colored man” in the White House. Later, amid the national controversy over football players kneeling during the national anthem, the Democrat-Reporter declared, “That’s what black folks were taught to do two hundred years ago, kneel before a white man.”

Other editorials have disparaged women with crude comments about their weight: Michelle Obama was labeled “a chubby chick” by the Democrat-Reporter, while Hillary Clinton was a “little fat oinker.” In January 2017, an editorial predicting that Clinton would be sent to prison stated, “Fat women are more stupid than trim women. Hillary wasn’t trim.”

Since the editorials are run without a byline, it’s unclear which, if any, were written by Sutton. Archived editions of the Democrat-Reporter from 2012 to 2017 indicate he was responsible for overseeing editorial content, and that the paper’s two or three other staff members were in charge of tasks like layout and production. A since-deleted post on a journalism forum indicates that as recently as December, Sutton had been trying to sell the paper, which he inherited from his father in the 1980s.

To some local lawmakers, the news that the Democrat-Reporter’s publisher was wishing for the return of the most notorious hate group in American history came as no surprise.

“That kind of ignorance is the reason I don’t even subscribe to the paper,” A.J. McCampbell, a Democratic state representative, told AL.com.

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50 CENT: I gotta get rid of all the Gucci I have at home. I’m not supporting their brand anymore.

I gotta get rid of all the Gucci I have at home. I’m not supporting their brand anymore.

 

50 Cent is joining the list of rappers who say they’re no longer wearing Gucci following the luxury brand’s Blackface sweater controversy.

On Wednesday (Feb. 13), 50 posted a video on his Instagram page of himself setting a Gucci T-shirt on fire and almost burning himself in the process. At one point you can see the tee disintegrate into flames as 50 stands over a pile of old Gucci clothes that he has dumped from his closet.

“I gotta get rid of all the Gucci I have at home. I’m not supporting their brand anymore,” he wrote in the caption.

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Before his Gucci clothing bonfire, 50 Cent wrote on his IG that he was done with Gucci and is donating his wares to the needy. “Yeah I’m gonna pass on Gucci, I’m giving all mine to the homeless so the right demo can wear it,” he wrote.

50’s Gucci burning also comes after he slammed his good friend and boxing icon Floyd Mayweather, Jr., The boxing legend recently told TMZ that he doesn’t care about the boycott and that he will continue to buy from Gucci despite calls from T.I., Spike Lee and others to stop supporting the brand. In response, the Power creator went on his IG page and posted a photo of Floyd wearing the Gucci sweater in all of its Blackface glory.

For those who don’t know, Gucci was called out for their wool balaclava jumper, which closely resembles a person in Blackface. The fashion house has issued an apology for the offending item, but the damage was already done. Several rappers including T.I., Soulja Boy and Q-Tip are boycotting the fashion brand.

“@gucci As a 7 figure/yr customer & long time supporter of your brand I must say…Y’all GOT US fucked UP!!” wrote Q-Tip on his IG page. “APOLOGY NOT ACCEPTED!!!! We ain’t going for this “oops my bad I didn’t mean to be racist and disrespectful towards your people” shit!!!”

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Don’t pardon RACIST Mark Wahlberg!

2014-11-11T053519Z_145639662_GM1EABB11NZ01_RTRMADP_3_US-ENTERTAINMENTREUTERS/FILE Mark Wahlberg at the premiere of “The Gambler” in November.

 

With each new year, we welcome fresh starts and second chances. But sometimes, wiping the slate clean is not the right thing to do.

Actor Mark Wahlberg has petitioned Massachusetts for a pardon of violent racial assaults he committed as a teenager. I prosecuted Wahlberg for his actions 26 years ago when I was an assistant attorney general. Now, as a private citizen, I see no reason why that history should be erased from the public record through a pardon. While private acts of reconciliation and forgiveness can be an important part of our shared racial history, that history should never be erased.

Wahlberg made his mark in Boston long before he became famous. He first came to the attention of the attorney general’s office in 1986 when Boston was still under court order to desegregate its public school system and racial tension was high.

download (10)WHEN Kristyn Atwood was in Year Four, Mark Wahlberg and his mates pelted rocks at her and her black classmates. She’s still mad, but he wants forgiveness.

 

A VICTIM of one of Mark Wahlberg’s racially motivated attacks as a teenage delinquent in segregated Boston in the 1980s insists he shouldn’t be granted a pardon for his crimes.

Kristyn Atwood was among a group of mostly black fourth-grade students on a field trip to the beach in 1986 when Wahlberg and his white friends began hurling rocks and shouting racial epithets as they chased them down the street.

“I don’t think he should get a pardon,” Atwood, now 38 and living in Decatur, Georgia, said in an interview with The Associated Press.

“I don’t really care who he is. It doesn’t make him any exception. If you’re a racist, you’re always going to be a racist. And for him to want to erase it I just think it’s wrong,” she said.

Mary Belmonte, the white teacher who brought the students to the neighborhood beach that day, sees things differently. “I believe in forgiveness,” she said. “He was just a young kid — a punk — in the mean streets of Boston. He didn’t do it specifically because he was a bad kid. He was just a follower doing what the other kids were doing.”

c7368e3111307dc1fdc43dcfea938f8bOpinion divided … Teacher Mary Belmonte believes Wahlberg should be pardoned for his crimes, but some of her students disagree.

 

The 43-year-old former rapper, Calvin Klein model and “Boogie Nights” actor wants official forgiveness for a separate, more severe attack in 1988, in which he assaulted two Vietnamese men while trying to steal beer. That attack sent one of the men to the hospital and landed Wahlberg in prison.

Wahlberg, in a pardon application filed in November and pending before the state parole board, acknowledges he was a teenage delinquent mixed up in drugs, alcohol and the wrong crowd. He points to his ensuing successful acting career, restaurant ventures and philanthropic work with inner city youths as evidence he’s turned his life around.

“I have apologized, many times,” he told the AP in December. “The first opportunity I had to apologize was right there in court when all the dust had settled and I was getting shackled and taken away, and making sure I paid my debt to society and continue to try and do things that make up for the mistakes that I’ve made.”

Court documents in the 1986 attack identify Wahlberg among a group of white boys who harassed the school group as they were leaving Savin Hill Beach in Dorchester, a mixed but segregated Boston neighborhood that had seen racial tensions during the years the city was under court-ordered school integration.

The boys chased the black children down the street, repeatedly shouting “n—–” and hurling rocks until an ambulance driver intervened. Wahlberg was 15 at the time.

Atwood says she still bears a scar from getting hit by a rock. No one was seriously injured, but the attack left a lasting impression.

“I was really scared. My heart was beating fast. I couldn’t believe it was happening. The names. The rocks. The kids chasing,” Belmonte told the AP.

Wahlberg and two other white youths were issued a civil rights injunction: essentially a stern warning that if they committed another hate crime, they would be sent to jail.

In 1988, Wahlberg, then 16, attacked two Vietnamese men while trying to steal beer near his Dorchester home.

According to the sentencing memorandum, he confronted Thanh Lam, a Vietnamese man, as he was getting out of his car with two cases of beer. Wahlberg called Lam a “Vietnam f—— s—” and beat him over the head with a 5-foot wooden stick until Lam lost consciousness and the rod broke in two.

Documents say Wahlberg ran up to another Vietnamese man, Hoa Trinh, and asked for help hiding. After a police cruiser drove past, he punched Trinh in the eye. Later, he made crude remarks about Asians.

Wahlberg ultimately was convicted as an adult of two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, marijuana possession and criminal contempt for violating the prior civil rights injunction. He was given a three-month prison sentence, of which he served about 45 days.

Trinh declined to be interviewed by AP, and efforts to locate Lam were unsuccessful.

Judith Beals, a former state prosecutor involved in the cases, said Wahlberg’s crimes stand out because he violated the injunction with an even more violent attack on people of yet another race.

“It was a hate crime and that’s exactly what should be on his record forever,” Atwood said.

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Women’s March in Mostly White City Canceled for Being Too White

People participate in the second annual Women’s March in Los Angeles, Calif., January 20, 2018.(Patrick T. Fallon/Reuters)

 

Is no march at all better than a march with the wrong demographics?

Organizers of a Women’s March that was scheduled to take place in Eureka, Calif., on January 19 wound up calling it off over concerns that there were going to be too many white people there.

“Up to this point, the participants have been overwhelmingly white, lacking representation from several perspectives in our community,” states a post on the group’s Facebook page. “Instead of pushing forward with crucial voices absent, the organizing team will take time for more outreach.”

After the cancellation made news, the group posted a follow-up explanation.

“The organizers of the Eureka Women’s March in Humboldt County, California, are moving the focus towards an event date on March 9th, in conjunction with International Women’s Day, to ensure that the people most impacted by systems of oppression have an opportunity to participate in planning,” another post stated. “We failed to have the type of collaboration needed to be inclusive of some of the most underrepresented voices in our community, namely, women of color and people who are gender non-conforming.”

This is, in a word, stupid. For one thing, Humboldt County, where Eureka is located, is approximately 74 percent non-Hispanic white. In other words: The projected demographics of the march might have been a simple reflection of the demographics of the city where it was scheduled. It might not have been a racism issue or an inclusion issue, but a logistical one.

What’s more, I am having a hard time understanding how having no march at all is better than having a march that happens to be mostly white. If these marches do anything to fight Trump — which I’m not sure they do, but if they do, the way the organizers believe they do — wouldn’t they want to have as many of them as possible? It’s especially rich when you consider how often white women are slammed as a group because so many of them voted for Trump. People on the left have often calling these women traitors (and all other sorts of terrible names) because they chose Trump over Hillary, but when they try to do something to fight Trump, then that’s a problem, too? Give me a break.

It’s a wonderful thing to be inclusive, and I think that it is a good goal for these march organizers to focus on including as many different voices in their efforts as possible. But canceling an entire march because they didn’t get those voices (especially when the area of the event is overwhelmingly white) does absolutely nothing to further their cause. With this cancellation, the Left gained absolutely nothing — and they lost the chance to have their voices heard, simply because too many of those voices happened to be white.

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