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Kanye addresses racial profiling at concert

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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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P. Diddy sparks racial tension with instagram photo

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P. Diddy is stirring up a bit of racial controversy after posting a photo of  white women bowing down to a black queen. Early Saturday morning, the star’s Instagram comment section erupted with cheers for the image, but also some very hateful racist remarks and sentiments came to light.

Diddy posted the photo with the caption, “As it should be!!!! #Blackisbeautiful

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Today in Post-Race History: The Halloween Press Release

Halloween is this week. Which is to say that on Thursday and the days following, black people will have their annual opportunity to remind white people who listen that blackface is offensive #neverforget. Last year, my Halloween community service included a checklist that white people could use to determine whether their chosen costume would offend people of color. This year, I had intended to compile a list of acceptable white people costumes, but started to get bored with the idea after coming up with adoptive parent of Asian and/or black orphans, Barney’s customer, racist, colonizer, and member of the Obama cabinet as viable costumes. So instead, I thought I’d take some time and speak for white folks. Below, you will find an easily adaptable statement that should be used if and when a white  person of note, Dutch clown, and/or fraternity finds themselves in trouble once those Halloween party photos are instagrammed. It can also be read as a translation for any statement the offending parties will make in the wake of their racist faux pas.

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4th NYC shopper comes forward, accuses Macy’s & NYPD or racial profiling

Art Palmer is the fourth man to come forward and say that he was unfairly racially profiled while shopping at a New York Macy’s.

Both Macy’s & Barney’s have been under fire since last week after 19-year-old Trayon Christian announced his lawsuit against Barney’s after being arrested for making a purchase at the chain.

From New York Post:

 “I felt very much humiliated and embarrassed because a crowd was watching me as they were going through my items,” Art Palmer, a fitness consultant and gym teacher from Crown Heights, said in a press conference outside the flagship store at 34th Street and Seventh Avenue. Palmer, who said he’s “older than the officers who stopped me” in April, was joined Sunday by civil-rights lawyer Norman Siegel and state Sen. Eric Adams.

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Jay Z responds to protest urging him to severe ties with Barney’s

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In light of two African American shoppers’ claims of racial discrimination by Barney’s & the NYPD, critics have been urging Jay Z to cancel his multi-million dollar arrangement with the department store.

The rapper and entrepreneur has been quiet on the matter, but has now finally released a statement.

From Life & Times

This collaboration lives in a place of giving and is about the Foundation. I am not making a dime from this collection; I do not stand to make millions, as falsely reported. I need to make that fact crystal clear. The Shawn Carter Foundation is the beneficiary and the foundation is receiving 25% of all sales from the collaboration, 10% of all sales generated in the store on November 20th and an additional donation from Barneys. This money is going to help individuals facing socio-economic hardships to help further their education at institutions of higher learning. My idea was born out of creativity and charity… not profit.

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HORRIBLE: White people dress as George Zimmerman, Trayvon Martin for Halloween

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In case you missed it, there’s a photo going viral that takes Blackface to an entirely new level. 

As much as we would like to believe that our eyes are playing tricks on us, they’re not.

In the above photo, two Caucasian men and one white woman are portraying a very familiar incident.

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Actor files lawsuit against Macy’s, NYPD for racial discrimination

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It looks like Barney’s isn’t the only department store who is suspicious of its black shoppers. The New York Post is reporting that a lawsuit has been filed against the NYPD and Macy’s.

The complaint comes from actor Robert Brown, who says that he was arrested after making a purchase at a Sunglass Hut inside the store.

According to the lawsuit, Brown was confronted by police, questioned for an hour, and then released.

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Who are the three largest mental health providers? Jails.

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Cook County Jail in Illinois, Los Angeles County Corrections Facility and Rikers Island in New York are the three main providers from which most of the nation receives mental health treatment.

USA Today analyzed the Community Mental Health Act, the last peace of legislation signed by President John F. Kennedy. The act was “aimed to build mental health centers accessible to all Americans so that those with mental illnesses could be treated while working and living at home, rather than being kept in neglectful and often abusive state institutions…”

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