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Texas man charged with hate crime after filming ‘Knockout’ attack denied bail

A Texas man charged with a hate crime after filming himself attacking a 79-year-old man has been denied bail. U.S. Magistrate Judge Frances Stacy deemed Conrad Barrett, 27, a flight risk and danger to the community. Barrett, who is white, faces federal hate crimes for the attack. 

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White man films self playing ‘Knockout,’ charged with hate crime

A Texas man who filmed himself knocking out a 79-year-old black man has been charged with one count of violating the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act. Conrad Alvin Barrett, 27, appeared in court today for the crime, believed to be a “Knockout” assault. Knockout is a violent game in which the […]

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Performance gap widens between Chicago’s black and white students, wealth and class a factor

Newly released data shows that the performance gap between Chicago’s black and white students continues to widen. The performance gap is tied to socioeconomic income, with wealthier classmates outperforming poorer students.

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Open Letter to ‘Affluenza’ supporters: ‘Please Excuse Davontaye, he suffers from ‘Povertenza’

In response to a judge’s verdict that a 16-year-old teen who killed four people while driving drunk suffered from “Affluenza,” author J.A.M. has presented an alternative point of view. Ethan Couch was sentenced to 10 years probation due to suffering from “Affluenza,” meaning that since his family is so rich, he was “unable to know right […]

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Rare black Santa maintains longevity at Los Angeles mall

For 10 holiday seasons Langston Patterson has claimed his throne as Santa Claus at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza during Christmas time. The mall located in the predominantly black part of the city, is one of the few in the country that features a black Santa.

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High School holds ‘Charity Minstrel Show’ to raise awareness about racism, tolerance

A high school in Chicago is seeking to raise awareness and tolerance about race in a very interesting way. West Chicago High School’s Glee Club will hold a “Charity Minstrel Show” on Dec. 21. 

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Atlanta Braves stadium moves to more white, affluent neighborhood

In an effort to be closer to the team’s fan base, the Atlanta Braves is moving its stadium. The stadium will be in the midst of more developing restaurants and other amenities, but the move leaves the predominantly black neighborhood that the stadium has called home in bad economic shape.

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Teacher reprimanded for telling students that Santa is White

A New Mexico high school teacher has been disciplined after telling a black student that Santa Claus is white. Officials at Rio Rancho High School declined to comment on how the teacher was reprimanded, but simply stated that he had been.

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Black man attacked, called gay slurs by Jewish men while walking home

A black New York fashion student says he was attacked by a group of men who shouted anti-gay slurs at him while walking home after a night of partying. 22-year-old Taj Patterson was headed home to Fort Greene around 4:30 a.m. on Dec. 1 when more than a dozen Orthodox Jewish men assaulted him on […]

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Guest Post: #BBUM and the subtle signs of racism at University of Michigan- Ann Arbor

A few weeks ago, students at the University of Michigan- Ann Arbor took to Twitter to spark dialogue about diversity, racial tolerance and discrimination on the campus. A dynamic conversation about what it means to be black at a predominantly white school emerged from the tweets, which included photos, experiences and sentiments from the university’s […]

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