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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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Natural curly hair: please don’t touch

So..I’ve been natural for about three years now and the journey has been filled with challenges. I can’t say that I will never go back to the creamy crack, but I don’t see it in my future. I’m quite satisfied with the way that I can style my hair in it’s natural state, and to my surprise, it’s more manageable. Now that I’ve prefaced my love for my hair, time to get down to business in terms of a particular issue that I’ve been encountering lately.

Even before I went natural, people have always wanted to touch my hair. My college roommate from Booneville, Missouri. The lady at the gas station in Hammond, Indiana. Even the little Indian lady who I sat next to for two hours on a flight to Baltimore. When I receive the “can I touch your hair question,” I’m usually very polite. Most of the time it’s from white people and I understand the curiosity. It’s important to note that these folks, the polite people who ask, is not the reason why I’m writing about this.

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College fakes diversity by photoshopping black head onto white body?

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In 2000, Diallo Shabazz sued the University of Wisconsin-Madison for photo-shopping him into their marketing materials. In his suit, Shabazz did not ask for money, but for “budgetary money” to actually make the campus more diverse.

Now, another example of doctored diversity has surfaced. This time at the University of Alabama.

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Al Sharpton’s National Action Network seeks to meet with Barney’s CEO amid racial profiling allegations

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NEW YORK — NEW YORK (AP) — A civil rights group said Thursday it was seeking a meeting with the CEO of Barneys New York in the wake of racial profiling claims by two shoppers at the high-end department store.

The Brooklyn chapter of the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network said the group also plans to picket Barneys if the alleged pattern of racial profiling does not stop, its president, Kirsten John Foy, said in a statement.

Two black shoppers this week accused Barneys of detaining them after they made expensive purchases at the store in Manhattan. One of them has filed a discrimination lawsuit against Barneys, the city and its police department.

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2 soldiers shot at Tennessee naval base

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A gunman who opened fire at a Millington, Tn. naval base is in custody after shooting the entrance of the armory Thursday.

Two soldiers were wounded before the gunman was subdued and disarmed.

The two guardmen are being treated for non-life threatening wounds and are expected to be released soon.

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