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Vancouver newspaper issues apology after referring to black hockey player as ‘dark guy’

 

A Canadian newspaper has issued an apology for referring to a black hockey player as the “dark guy in the middle” on one of its stories.

Jordan Subban scored a goal in a preseason game for the Vancouver Canucks Tuesday night. The Vancouver Sun published an awesome photo of the moment, but it was the few words below the photo that got a lot of attention. 

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People Magazine offends with mammy tweet about Viola Davis

Yesterday was a huge night for Viola Davis. Her show “How to Get Away With Murder,” created by Thursday night dominator Shonda Rhimes, premiered and it was pretty much a huge hit.

But a tweet during the show’s premiere has offended many. Instead of praising Viola, or just commenting about the show in general, People Magazine took to its Twitter account to “mammify” Davis. 

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Reflections on Ferguson and Beyond

Pro-Palestinian protesters take part in a demonstration against the violence in the Gaza strip, in Lyon

Let’s call out the names of our fallen brothers and sisters:  Michael Brown, John Crawford, Timothy Thomas, Troy Davis, Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, Johnathan Ferrell, Emmett Till, Oscar Grant, Sean Bell, Renisha McBride, Darius Simmons, Jordan Davis, Kimani Gray, Rekia Boyd, Kendrec McDade, Timothy Russell, Malissa Williams, Everette Howard, Amadou Diallo, Orlando Barlow, Arron Campbell, Victor Steen, Steven Washington, Alonzo Ashley, Wendell Allen, Ronald Madison, James Brissette, and the list goes on.

What can I say about what is happening to our people that hasn’t already been said?  Here a few of my reflections:

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Video: Ferguson police chief apologies to family of Michael Brown

Ferguson, Missouri police chief Thomas Jackson issued a public apology on Thursday to the family of Michael Brown in a short video posted online regarding the teen’s death. 

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Tell the City of Pittsburgh to Let Leon Ford Live

10563145_835372026493355_6431841693908087996_nLeon Ford at Community Awareness Day (Photo by Haute Muslim)

On November 11, 2012, Leon Ford was pulled over by the Pittsburgh police. He promptly gave them his drivers license and registration, which confirmed who he was and his ownership of the vehicle he was driving. The police officers then decided, despite Leon giving them his identification, that he was someone else.  What happened next, according to Michael Brasfield, former assistant police chief in Seattle and former chief of police in Ft. Lauderdale, were numerous violations of police procedures:

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Feature: Why does a black butt only look good in white skin?

The following post is from The Guardian.  It was written by Yomi Adegoke.

By: Yomi Adegoke

“Big, big booty. What you got a big booty,” is how the chorus to Jennifer Lopez and Iggy Azalea’s derriere-themed ditty goes – over and over. The aptly titled “Booty” video was released last week, and in anticipation, American Vogue wrote its own ode to the more plump posterior.

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Woman beat by cop on California highway reaches settlement

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A California Highway Patrol officer who was caught on video repeatedly punching a woman on the 10 Freeway has agreed to resign.

The CHP announced that Officer Daniel Andrew was stepping down and that the agency would pay $1.5 million to settle a civil rights lawsuit brought forth by the victim, Marlene Pinnock. 

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Feature: We still lie about slavery, Here’s the truth about how the American economy and power were built on forced migration and torture

We still lie about slavery: Here's the truth about how the American economy and power were built on forced migration and torture

The following piece is from Salon. It was written by Edward E. Baptist.

By: Edward E. Baptist

Excerpted from “The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism”

1937

A beautiful late April day, seventy-two years after slavery ended in the United States. Claude Anderson parks his car on the side of Holbrook Street in Danville. On the porch of number 513, he rearranges the notepads under his arm. Releasing his breath in a rush of decision, he steps up to the door of the handmade house and knocks.

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Video: South Carolina patrolman shoots man as he reaches for license

A South Carolina trooper who shot an unarmed man for what appears to be no apparent reason was arrested Wednesday and charged with assault and battery.

Sean Groubert was fired from the Highway Patrol after the shooting incident. He now faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted for wrongfully shooting driver Levar Jones.

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America’s first black attorney general Eric Holder to announce resignation

Eric Holder Jr., the nation’s first black U.S. attorney general is set to announce his resignation Thursday.

Two sources familiar with the decision say Holder intends the leave the Justice Department as soon as his successor is confirmed.

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