Tag: Social Media

Police Lieutenant Suspended for Racial Instagram Posts

By Sheryl Estrada Trudy Callahan. Credit: Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Law enforcement, school officials and even journalists have been fired or suspended for inflammatory comments on social media pertaining to race and gender, which violate many company policies. Lt. Trudy Callahan of the Jacksonville County SheriffOffice (JSO) in Florida, who was…

Curt Schilling Fired Following Anti-Transgender Remarks

Curt Schilling, an ESPN analyst and former Boston Red Sox pitcher, was fired Wednesday after posting anti-transgender comments on his Facebook page, ESPN announced. Schilling shared on his Facebook page a picture of a man wearing a blond wig and a cut up shirt leaving his chest exposed. The text…

Pro-Trump Students Mock MLK with Trump Hat Photo

By Sheryl Estrada A controversial photo on the Instagram account of “students4trump” at the University of South Florida (USF) is gaining massive attention. The university’s bust of slain civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is pictured wearing Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s signature “Make America Great Again” red…

Police Officer Appears in Racist Music Video

A St. Joseph, Missouri, police officer, Zackary Craft, has been placed on unpaid administrative leave after appearing in a racially charged music video for a song called “Before This Bomb Blows Up (Racism Goes Both Ways),” which was uploaded on YouTube, by Josh Smith (who goes by J. Smitty). Throughout…

#BlackLivesMatter Activist DeRay Mckesson in Baltimore’s Mayoral Race

By Sheryl Estrada DeRay Mckesson during an appearance on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show.” Minutes before the deadline to file for Baltimore mayoral candidacy lastWednesdaynight, popular Black rights activist DeRay Mckessonjumped into the race. Mckesson, 30, became the 13th and final candidate for the Democratic nomination in the April 26…

Racism at Elite High Schools: Social Media Exposes, Leadership Fails

Boston Latin School students Maggie Noel, 17, and Kylie Webster-Cazeau, 18,have leveraged social media to bring attention to what they describe as ahostile racial environment forBlack studentsat theprestigious exam school. On Jan. 18, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the high school seniors, who serve as leaders of the student organization…

McGraw-Hill CEO Apologizes for Textbook ‘Mistake’ on Slavery

By Sheryl Estrada The caption regarding slavery from the “Patterns of Immigration” section of McGraw-Hill Education’s “World Geography.” A Texas mother and educator used the force of social media to hold publishing giant McGraw-Hill Education accountable for misrepresentingslavery. Roni Dean-Burren of Pearland, Texas, south of Houston, received a text message…

HBO Shows How Not to Launch a Diversity Program

By Michael Nam The problems faced by the HBOAccess Writing Fellowship’s application program last week serves as a harsh lesson for companies and organizations making attempts to diversify their industries. The program itself is set up to encourage those identifying as “Asian Pacific, Sub-Continent Asian, African American, Hispanic, Native American,…