Georgia High School Band Spells Out Racial Slur During Performance
The students involved said it was meant to be a joke.
Brookwood High School in Snellville, Georgia's marching band, whose instrument covers spell out their mascot "Broncos," rearranged them to spell a racial slur that once again shocked fans and had band directors under the microscope.
On Friday, some of the band members arranged the instrument covers to spell out a derogatory term for African-Americans, "c--n." Letters went to parents apologizing for the incident.
In his letter, Principal Bo Ford described the action as "hurtful, disrespectful and disappointing." Ford went on to say that the display was a "completely unacceptable, racial term."
An investigation into the incident found that three seniors planned and executed the stunt. An additional student, who carried one of the letters spelling out the racial slur, appears to have agreed to go along with it "at the last minute," Ford said.
Two other students did not plan the prank, but provided false information to administrators.
"In our interviews, the students — two of whom are African-American, one of whom is Asian, and one of whom is Hispanic — indicated that this was intended as a joke, one that they thought would be funny," Ford said in the letter. "However, they acknowledged that they knew this racist term was not acceptable."
Michelle Muñoz Montes, the mother of the student who wore the letter "C," was not amused.
"I am severely disappointed with him, all of them," Montes told WSB-TV. "With everything that is going on right now in our nation and the state, with the election itself."
She continued, "I don't know where he got it from, or where they got it from or why they thought it would be really funny. It's harmful, hateful, and very regretful. Let's make it a teachable moment and grow from it."
Marlyn Tillman, a Gwinnett County parent and founder of Gwinnett SToPP, a nonprofit advocacy group, said the incident shows there's "a need for conversations about race."
"What propelled this?" Tillman told The Atlanta-Journal Constitution. "What lack of self-worth must these students have to do this?"
Penny Poole, president of the Gwinnett NAACP chapter said: "What happened here is a microcosm of what's going on nationally. These kids created a hostile environment and for [the students] to be so bold and brazen and unashamed is telling. They need to really know it won't be tolerated."
The six students involved will be disciplined with punishments "commensurate with their involvement in this incident," Ford said.
White, male and anti-transgender is no way to run a lingerie company.
Jan Singer, CEO of Victoria's Secret lingerie division, is resigning from her position as the sales for the lingerie company continue to plummet. And shares of L Brands, its parent company, are also on the decline as it faces backlash from its white, male chief marketing officer's diversity fail.
The white editorial team claim judgement on a Black woman's body.
For the second year in a row, GQ Magazine has selected a woman for its annual Man of the Year issue. Last year's cover featured Israeli-actress, Gal Gadot. The cover was light and cute. It could've been an advertisement for "The Women's March." This year, tennis-legend Serena Williams, won the "honor." Only her cover isn't a celebration of her athletic prowess and excellence. It's outright racist.
Not only was he clearly identifiable, but officers on the scene knew Jemel Roberson. A civil rights lawsuit has been filed against "Officer John Doe" and Midloathian Village.
Jemel Roberson, age 26, shot and killed on Sunday by a white cop in a Chicago suburb, was wearing a hat that said "SECURITY" on it, clearly identifying himself as an ally to the police.
Officers circled his body in video footage, after telling the unnamed officer, who is a four-year veteran of the force, that Roberson was "one of us."
A Midlothian officer used excessive force when he killed an on-duty armed guard while responding to a shots fired call at a bar in Robbins, IL, a lawsuit was filed against the cop and village. “Other officers knew him and screamed out he's one of us," says witness.#JemelRoberson pic.twitter.com/RySvFK7kYw
— Tia A. Ewing (@TIA_EWING) November 13, 2018
The medical examiner in Cook County ruled Roberson's death a homicide by multiple gunshot wounds.
Beatrice Roberson, Jemel's mother, retained attorney Gregory Kulis who filed a civil rights lawsuit against "Officer John Doe" and the Village of Midloathian on Monday claiming the officer's actions were "intentional, willful and wanton" and that the shooting was "unprovoked," "unjustified" and "unreasonable."
"Jemel was trying to save people's lives," said Kulis. "He was working security. A shooting had just taken place inside the establishment. So he was doing his job and holding onto somebody until somebody arrived. And a police officer, it's our feeling didn't make the proper assessment and fired and killed Jemel."
Midloathian police expressed "heartfelt condolences" in a statement to the family.
Sherriff's office spokeswoman Sophia Ansari said the man shot by police, "turned out to be a guy working security for the bar."
Roberson was the father of a nine-month-old son with Avontea Boose, and was planning on getting an apartment for his family with his earnings from the job, according to Rev. Marvin Hunter, who also said Roberson was a promising keyboard player at several churches including his, and "an upstanding man."
Hunter is the great uncle of Laquan McDonald who was also killed by police in Chicago in 2014.
A vigil held outside Manny's on Monday was wrought with expressions of frustration, grief, and demands for action:
"Why? Why did you kill him?" Roberson's cousin, Candace Ousley asked. "It doesn't make sense. The police officer just saw a black man. I believe if he was indeed white, he'd be alive."
Another man at the vigil said, "This was not reckless policing, this was homicidal policing. They saw a black man with a gun. If he did not have a gun, his black skin made him a weapon.
"As a community, we demand respectful engagement. We want the police to treat our people with just a certain amount of dignity and respect. They patrol the Black community like some . . . Gestapo being judge, jury and executioner."
Another vigil attendee, Harvey Alderman Keith Price, called on State's Attorney Kim Foxx to open an investigation into the shooting.
"This could have been my son. This could have been any one of our sons," Price said. "So Kim Foxx, do the right thing, open up a full out investigation. That's what you got elected for."
Lane Tech College Prep, where Roberson graduated from, tweeted a remembrance of Roberson:
It is with great sadness that we inform you of the tragic passing of 2010 Lane Tech graduate and Lane Tech Basketball alumn, Jemel Roberson. We pass along our deepest condolences to the friends and family of Jemel. Jemel had a big smile and a bigger heart. You will be missed. pic.twitter.com/gpdrI6qQtc
— Lane Tech Basketball (@LaneTechHoops) November 12, 2018
Jemel Roberson Remembered By Friends www.youtube.com
A routine trip to Costco turned into a case of racial profiling.
Barbara and Bahri Wallace loved to shop at Costco. And this trip to the megastore should have been like every other trip. However, while the couple were shopping at the Costco in Anne Arundel County in Maryland in May, the husband and wife reported they were being watched by management.
"It's incredible that a president would travel to France for this significant anniversary — and then remain in his hotel room watching TV," David Frum said on Twitter.
Light, steady rain resulted in President Trump cancelling plans to attend a commemoration in France on Saturday to honor U.S. soldiers killed during World War I.
United States Postal Service claims it was not aware of any ballots being mishandled.
Miami-Dade County, Fla., election officials claimed that all of the votes for the area had been counted. But according to an anonymous tip, that appears to be untrue.
Identity Evropa leader, whose group believes in returning people of color back to native homelands, posts tour photos. Meanwhile, Trump calls Black reporter's white nationalism question "racist."
Patrick Casey, leader of alt-right white nationalist group, Identity Evropa, and Charlottesville marcher, posted a visit to the White House on social media this week:
Evropa has landed at the White House! pic.twitter.com/nlExBhNP4V
— Patrick Casey (@PatrickCaseyIE) November 7, 2018
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Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee and others come to the defense of April Ryan, Abby Phillip and Yamiche Alcindor.
This week, President Trump reserved vitriol-filled comments for Black journalists Abby Phillip and April Ryan from CNN, and Yamiche Alcindor from PBS Newshour, who were just trying to do their jobs. Trump was slammed on Twitter for his overt appeal to racists by disrespecting the women.