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Darrell Wallace Jr. becomes first black to win NASCAR in 50 years

Darrell Wallace Jr. took the Kroger 200 on the racing circuit’s Camping World Truck Series this past Saturday making him the first African American to win the NASCAR race in 50 years.

The last time an African American won a national NASCAR series race was on December 1, 1963, when Wendell Scott became the first ever to win a race at NASCAR’s top level.

From CNN:

“We congratulate Darrell Wallace Jr. on his first national series victory, one that will be remembered as a remarkable moment in our sport’s history,” said NASCAR chairman and CEO Brian France…Scott, a Virginia native who served in the Army during World War II, raced in more than 500 races during his career — finishing in the top five 20 times, though that would be his only victory. Plus, the 20-year-old Wallace isn’t just any driver. He’s a highly touted graduate of the NASCAR Drive for Diversity, having been featured in numerous local and national publications.

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Jim Wheeler says comments about reinstating slavery out of context


Last week, a North Carolina GOP official resigned after calling blacks lazy during an interview on The Daily Show. Not to be outdone, Nevada Republican Jim Wheeler said that he’d vote to re-institute slavery if that’s what his constituents wanted him to do.

When a video of Wheeler saying this surfaced, he said his comments were being taken out of context.

From Raw Story:

“If that’s what they wanted, I’d have to hold my nose, I’d have to bite my tongue and they’d probably have to hold a gun to my head, but yeah, if that’s what the citizens of the, if that’s what the constituency wants that elected me, that’s what they elected me for,” he said. “That’s what a republic is about.”

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Jesse Jackson Jr. reports to prison early


Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. arrived at a North Carolina correctional facility to begin serving his 30 month sentence on Tuesday.

The former congressman pleaded guilty to stealing $750,000 in campaign funds, and using them for personal use. He was ordered to pay the money back in restitution in addition to his sentence.

From Chicago Tribune:

A day earlier, Jackson had tried to report to the prison near Durham, N.C. but was turned away, according to Chris McConnell, executive assistant at Butner. McConnell declined to specify why Jackson was not allowed to surrender Monday, but the ex-congressman’s appearance Monday came four days earlier than was ordered, court documents show. Burke said did not know what transpired to let Jackson enter custody today.

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Sybrina Fulton: ‘make Stand Your Ground clearer’


Trayvon Martin’s mother demanded that the Senate make changes to “Stand Your Ground” laws on Tuesday. At a Senate hearing on the controversial law, Sybrina Fulton stressed the importance of the legislation being clear as possible.

At least 22 states have some form of a Stand Your Ground law.

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Study shows that poverty damages the brain


African Americans are disproportionately affected by poverty in a number of ways. In 2012, they were twice as likely to be unemployed compared to whites.

A new study is revealing some interesting findings about the affects of poverty on the brain.

From The Atlantic:

Experiencing poverty is like knocking 13 points off your IQ as you try to navigate everything else. That’s like living, perpetually, on a missed night of sleep. That finding offered a glimpse of what poverty does to a person during a moment in time. Picture a mother trying to accomplish a single task (making dinner) while preoccupied with another (paying the rent on time). But scientists also suspect that poverty’s disadvantages – and these moments – accumulate across time. Live in poverty for years, or even generations, and its effects grow more insidious. Live in poverty as a child, and it affects you as an adult, too.

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Penn State settles Sandusky sexual abuse case with $59.7 million payout


Penn State University will pay a total of $59.7 million to 26 victims of former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.

The school also indicated that more settlements could come in the future.

Sandusky was convicted of 45 counts of child sexual abuse in June 2012.

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13-year-old boys suspended from school for playing with toy gun in front of home


Like any average 13-year-olds, Khalid Caraballo, Aidan Clark and two other boys like to play with toy guns. Now their actions have led to an extended suspension from school.

A neighbor, whose son was also playing with the three teens, didn’t like the way Khalid was pointing the gun at his peers.

She called 911, and police came to the scene. While the three boys, minus the 911 caller’s son were not charged by police, they have been suspended from school until June.

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Kanye addresses racial profiling at concert


Kanye West has responded to news that the department store Barney’s racially profiles its customers.

At a Yeezus Tour stop in Vegas, West spoke at length about a variety of things, including shopping while black.

Tying the incidents into his song “New Slaves,” the star referenced the cases of Trayon Christian and Kayla Phillips, two of the store’s customers who were stopped by police and falsely accused of fraud.

From All Hip Hop:

That’s that broke n*gga racism. Don’t touch anything in the store. Excuse me that’s that, “can I help you sir?” That’s that racial profiling out in front of Barneys and sh*t. Talking about, “did you steal that?” And it’s that rich n*gga racism, that’s come in… come in Ye please buy more, please buy more… I know you just got some money and can’t wait to spend it n*gga.

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FBI to investigate case of 13-year-old shot 7 times by police

The FBI has taken over an investigation where a 13-year-old boy was shot 7 times by police.

Andy Lopez was killed by a Northern California deputy while walking down the street with a pellet gun that looked like an assault rifle. Sheriff Steve Freitas plans to fully cooperate with federal investigators.

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Race Play: interracial couples use slavery as a means of intimacy

Interracial dating is controversial enough, but a few couples are “reclaiming” their right to date who they want by using “race play” as a form of intimacy.

The practice brings racial epithets, submission and re-enactments of slavery to the bedroom.

From Daily Kos:

Race play is being enjoyed in the privacy of bedrooms and publicly at BDSM parties, and it’s far from just black and white. It also includes “playing out” Nazi interrogations of Jews or Latino-on-black racism, and the players can be of any racial background and paired up in a number of ways (including a black man calling his black girlfriend a “n***er b***h”).

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