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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?"

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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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VIDEO: White Customer Attacks Black McDonald's Employee, She Fights Him Off

The racist has been identified, arrested, ordered to stay away from the fast food restaurant and the Black woman, and may have other warrants.

For the new year, somebody got a #WhileBlack lesson. A white male customer at McDonald's in St. Petersburg, Fla., violently grabbed and pulled a Black female employee over the counter, and met her fist.

A video has gone viral with more than 1 million views and counting of this woman defending herself against a white man on Dec. 31 after 9 p.m., who felt entitled enough to attack her. It has spurred social media into action with calls for a lawsuit, and protection of her job.

The man has been identified, and arrested. Daniel Willis Taylor, 40, of Clearwater, was arrested and charged with two counts of battery and has been ordered to stay away from the McDonald's and the employee. He is on a $1,000 bond, remains at Pinellas County Jail and is provisional for extradition for possible other warrants.

In the video, the man said to the manager, after he assaulted the employee, "I want her a** fired right now."

The Black woman, who practically boxed her way out of the altercation shouted, "No, you're fixing to go to jail!"

She asked why the police weren't being called.

He says, "I was just asking you a f***ing question, b***h."

Activist, Tariq Nasheed, posted the questions we all want answers to:

The manager appears to initially replace the Black woman at the counter to take the man's order after the attack, as opposed to asking him to leave. The police were eventually called.

DiversityInc reached out to St. Petersburg PD for comment, but has yet to receive a response.

Back in November, a white man was arrested for threatening Somali-American teens at a Minnesota McDonald's with a gun, and police weren't called right away initially.

Related Story: Man Who Pulled Gun on Black Muslim Teens in McDonald's Arrested

McDonald's, who clearly has had a long-time ad campaign featuring Black people in commercials patronizing and working in their restaurants, with hip-hop music as background, is following a trend reported by Advertising Age of catering to Blacks to influence consumption on larger scales.

Earlier this year, the McDonald's Chief Marketing Officer Neil Golden echoed that idea saying their most popular campaigns over the last few decades were "remarkably insightful to African-American consumers, yet still have a high relevance for the general audience."

Steve Easterbrook is the president and CEO of McDonald's. Easterbrook leads a predominantly white corporate executive leadership team with only one Black man. McDonald's has never participated in the DiversityInc Top 50 Companies competition.

This is a developing story.

Reader Question: Do you think this woman had a right to protect herself?

White Men Hurled Racial Slurs and a Shopping Cart at a Black Woman

The suspects were arrested Thursday night and charged with a hate crime for the #ShoppingWhileBlack incident at Walmart.

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At a Walmart in West Monroe, La., two white men, Dylan Reynolds, 22, and Michael Walters, 24, followed a Black female shopper to her car.

When she was approached, she quickly threw her groceries in her car, as the men shouted racial slurs, including the n-word. As she drove away, they ran after her, hurling more slurs and even a shopping cart at her car.

Walmart surveillance cameras caught the two men on tape in the store, and after a police call out for information about the suspects, social media quickly identified the men, including the getaway car, a gray Dodge Ram 2500 pickup truck that was seen on Reynolds' Facebook page.

On Thursday night, the two men were apprehended after a two-week manhunt for them, and booked into Ouachita Correctional Center. Bond is set at $20,000 for each man. The hate crime charge, if deemed a felony, is punishable by up to five years in prison.

Because she slowed for "speed bumps" in the parking lot, one of the men was able to strike her car with the shopping cart, causing over $1,000 in damages.

Walmart has yet to comment on the safety issue at their store.

Crimes that fall under Louisiana's hate crime law include: battery; aggravated battery; second degree battery; simple or aggravated criminal damage to property.

The account of the incident by police was on the arrest warrant:
"On 11/29/2018 the West Monroe Police Department was dispatched to Walmart (1025 Glenwood Drive West Monroe, LA) in reference to a disturbance/property damage call for service. Upon arrival, it was learned a black female victim was terrorized while exiting the store in the parking lot area of the business for no apparent reason. While the victim was leaving the store and attempting to load her purchased items in her vehicle, she was confronted by two white males. While in the parking lot the victim was yelled at and called a "n- - - - -". The female rushed the items in her vehicle and tried to escape the two white males while they were yelling racial slurs at her. As the victim fled the scene in her vehicle, one of the two white males chased after her on foot while pushing an empty shopping cart. The male violently crashed the shopping cart into the rear end area of the victim's vehicle as she slowed for "speed bumps" in the parking lot near the front entrance area of the business. That aggravated damage to the victim's vehicle not only caused her over one thousand dollars in damages to her vehicle but put her safety at risk while driving away from the two aggressors as well. After the damages were performed, both males got into a dark gray Dodge Ram 2500 pickup truck and fled the area at a high rate of speed."

Price Match Patty: White Woman Tells Latinx Women They're on Welfare

The Children's Place may not be so welcoming if you're Black or Brown.

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Miriam and Carlita Alejandro, Latinx sisters, shopping at The Children's Place in Camp Hill, Pa., got harassed by a nosey store clerk when they ask to price match clothes. A sales associate said the women were angry because they're on welfare.

Miriam said she was there to help a family who had lost everything in a fire by purchasing clothes for a child. Ms. Rhonda, the store clerk who was helping the ladies, said they may have to wait for the price check because the store was busy.

Miriam wrote on her Facebook page that she responded to Ms. Rhonda: "'Lancaster never gives us any issues or said such a thing, but okay.' Then Price Match Patty aka Genie who was never in our conversation started getting smart saying that we (my sister & I) 'were mad because we were on welfare.'"

Ms. Rhonda didn't know what to do when the Alejandro sisters reported what the nosey store employee said, but she attempted to chastise her. Miriam started recording to document the experience they had.




Price Match Patty has been fired, according to a company statement provided on Monday. Carlita Alejandro posted on Facebook that the company called and offered gift cards and reward points to continue spending her money at the retailer.

Because that's the way to handle your company's screw up-- buy off the people your employees have offended?

Alejandro wrote, "I will NEVER feel safe nor welcomed shopping their stores again!!"

The Children's Place has a history of discrimination. In 2000, they lost a lawsuit concerning profiling customers and had to provide anti-discrimination training in all stores in Massachusetts and hire a consultant to look at their policies.

Unrelated to the incident, two executives left the company this week (Pamela Wallack and Anurup Pruthi), "to pursue other opportunities" — the only minority and the only female in the C-Suite (other than the female CEO). The Children's Place Inc. has never participated in DiversityInc's Top 50 Companies for Diversity competition.

CEO and president Jane Elfers said, "As we approach the last phase of our major systems implementations, the opportunity exists for significant efficiencies across the organization, and today we are announcing a more streamlined senior leadership structure."

Price Match Patty has not been fully identified yet, but some commenters on social media say she's married to a Black man, like Key Fob Kelly in St. Louis. That wouldn't excuse her behavior anyway.

Others say they have been profiled at that same store by Price Match Patty and others before:

Racist to Latina Voter: 'Trump's Deporting Your Illegal Cousins Today'

Janet Sabriu teaches hater a lesson with recording him: "It's not okay, racists." He apologizes to her after backlash.

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A white man screamed racist hateful speech out of his car window at Janet Sabriu, a citizen and Houston voter on her way to the polls.

Alongside Sabriu on the road in the Spring Branch neighborhood, the white man criticized Sabriu's driving and yelled, "That's not how we drive in America. Trump's deporting your illegal cousins, today, b----."

Sabriu asked Geirer if he was going to vote, to which he responded, "Learn English… it's my country."

The Latina, who has been a Houston resident for 9 years and is a U.S. citizen, pulled out her cellphone to record the racist rant, which occurred on Thursday. She posted it on Facebook, where she goes by the name Janet Espejel, and it has gone viral with over 3.7 million views.

Sabriu said of her recording the incident, "That's the best lesson you can show somebody."

"It's not okay, racists. It's not okay [to allow] bullying," she told the television station. "We have to stop all this hate, and the only way is respecting everybody; every human being."



He continued to hurl insults at her, "You need a gay friend to help you with your makeup and clothes... Ugly tacky, sticky, skanky bit*h."

Sabriu said she wanted an apology and of defending against racists, she told KHOU, "Speak up. Don't be afraid. That's the only way that we can stop all this hate is just showing and exposing the people because I think the majority (are) good people that don't want this to continue."

While social media quickly identified the racist as Charles Geirer, by Saturday, he was using an alias, Kevin, to apologize to Sabriu, as he started receiving death threats.

He back tracked his vulgar name calling and his racist comments and traded them for an apology stating he suffers from bipolar disorder, and that he reacted poorly in his car that day. He also said he never would've yelled if he knew Sabriu's two-year-old daughter was in the backseat of her car. Of his disorder, he said "it's very real" and "not an excuse."

"All I want to say to her is, 'Miss, I'm so sorry, I hope you can understand more, and I wish you nothing more than love and happiness for your family,' " he told KTRK News.

Houston police tweeted that they were aware of the incident and investigating:

Reader Question: Would you record a racist or bigoted rant if you witnessed it, or experienced it yourself?

White Women Get Black Reporter Fired for Sharing Article on White Privilege

Twitter users put Lisa Benson Cooper's story back on the map by condemning the news station.

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Lisa Benson Cooper, a Black TV reporter, was fired from her job for making her white female colleagues feel uncomfortable about their privilege.

Ruby Hamad, author of The Guardian article, "How white women use strategic tears to silence women of colour," heard that Cooper was suspended, then fired, for sharing the article on Facebook. As a result, Hamad has ignited backlash against the Kansas City television news station and it's picking up steam on social media.

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Broadcasters Make Racist Slant-eye Gestures after South Korea Beats Germany in World Cup, Advancing Mexico's Team

Social media justice results in apologies from the hosts and Telemundo indefinitely suspends the duo.

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James Tahhan and Janice Bencosme, co-presenters of Telemundo's morning show "Un Nuevo Día," used their fingers to make slant-eye gestures after South Korea's win over Germany in the World Cup on Wednesday. The win helped advance Mexico in the World Cup, and racism was the way these Telemundo hosts celebrated.

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