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Racist Tries to Run Over Black Children, Points Gun at Them

The 36-year-old man started his harassment by making racist remarks to the children at Family Dollar store in Memphis.

Shelby County Sheriff's Office

A white man who harassed then followed Black children after leaving a Family Dollar store in Memphis, Tenn., has been arrested.

Bradley Watkins, age 36, allegedly used the N-word during an argument with the minors on Saturday at the store. Watkins then trailed them in his car, holding a gun in one hand, as the kids were walking home, The Memphis Police Department (MPD) told Fox 13. The victims said he yelled, "N***er, I'll kill you," while pointing the gun.

Even after the children split up while trying to run away, he continued to chase them. A witness on the scene saw Watkins chase the victims at a high rate of speed, running them off the road.

Watkins admitted to police he and the family got into an argument while at the store, but didn't say he chased them in his car.

He was charged with two counts of aggravated assault and is expected to be arraigned in court on Monday.

The population of Memphis is 63.9 percent Black and 29.2 percent white, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

In November, London Lamar, a Black woman and newly-elected democratic state lawmaker from Memphis, said, in a now deleted Facebook video discussing results of the midterm elections:

"Tennessee's racist. Period. Period. Like, Tennessee is racist." She also added that Republican voters are uneducated.

After facing criticism from some constituents, Lamar issued an apology, saying "we want to make sure we don't over-generalize groups of people."

But she also added that race did play a role in the midterm elections. Lamar said that the many who voted Republican based their votes "on racially-charged rhetoric" that's coming from the White House.

Lamar ran uncontested in the state's House District 91 and took office in January.

The Conversation (3)
Eric07 Jan, 2019

Why is London Lamar part of this story? Looks like a case of "both siderism". You had to try and show some equivalency? Why? Let this story stand on its own, don't fall into that both sides crap.

votetocorrect08 Jan, 2019

This is a Hate Crime!

shemora@yahoo.com08 Jan, 2019

After everything this nation has gone through and is going through, why is there still some much racial hatred?

Black Student in Kansas Sues School District for Racial Discrimination

The dance team's choreographer told Camille Sturdivant that her skin was "too dark" to perform because she "clashed" with uniforms.

Camille Sturdivant and coaches Kevin Murakami and Carley Fine

Camille Sturdivant has filed a racial discrimination lawsuit against the Blue Valley School District for the abuse she was subjected to as a member of the high school dance team.

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Vermont Continues to Fail Black Legislator Racially Harassed By White Nationalist

Kiah Morris resigned from her position because of the harassment, but Vermont's attorney general said he will not file charges against the perpetrators, including Max Misch.

Kiah Morris was the only Black woman in the Vermont House of Representatives, until she resigned from her position in September, after enduring years of racially motivated harassment.

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Update: White Man Who Assaulted 11-Year-Old Black Girl is Due in Court Next Month

David Steven Bell's attorney said he wasn't motivated by anything other than defending himself, but nothing spells racist like referring to a group of Black girls as "a pack of youth who trapped and surrounded" his client.

David Steven Bell, 51, is home with his family after punching an 11-year-old Black child in the face this past weekend in an Asheville mall. He was arrested, charged with three counts of assault and released in about a 24-hour period. His court date is Feb. 5.

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Trump's Government Shutdown Closes MLK Historic Sites

Ebenezer Baptist Church and most of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park in Atlanta are closed. "I feel a bit of sadness...I didn't expect to cry over this," said Bernice King.

Tuesday was Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday and next Monday is our national celebration of the civil rights icon.

But school field trips, celebrations, families' visits to teach children about civil rights and the values of all people being created equally are being canceled due to President Trump's government shutdown.

Thousands of people who flock to Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, where Martin Luther King Jr. was pastor, and to his home, as well as the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in D.C., will be disappointed. They are all closed.

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Roku Pulls Racist 'Infowars' After Social Media Backlash

Alex Jones, founder of Infowars, has also been accused of sexual harassment. He allegedly grabbed a Black employee's backside saying: "Who wouldn't want a Black wife?"

Reuters

Six months after major social media channels such as YouTube and Twitter banned Alex Jones' Infowars, Roku, a streaming service, added a channel for the show's 24 million users. Apparently, there has been a channel for the show on Roku for years, according to Roku spokesman Eric Savitz.

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Rep. Steve King's Racism is Finally Making Republicans Uncomfortable

King has been stripped of his committee assignments, but is it too little, too late?

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U.S. Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) was stripped of his committee assignments in Congress by House Republicans on Monday evening. It seems the backlash from King's recent remarks on white supremacy and white nationalism finally caused the Republican Party to take action. But why are Republicans now outraged when King has been sharing his racist beliefs for years?

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