Thursday, May 10, 2018

But I Thought Racism Is 'Over' ...


I'm not planning to make this a regular feature -- this is sadly a full-time job and others are already on it. But it seemed like these stories kept popping up this week, so I finally took a look to see if I was somehow misremembering and big surprise, I wasn't ...
The Washington Post: Nordstrom Rack calls cops on 3 black teens shopping for prom, wrongly accuses them of stealing 
The Washington Post: A black woman was tackled by officers at an Alabama Waffle House ... for cursing?
The New York Times: A woman said she saw burglars. They were just black Airbnb guests.
The New York Times: He paid for his Mentos -- then an officer pulled a gun on him 
The New York Times: A white man in South Carolina sought a hit man to kill his black neighbor, hang the body from a tree and leave a “flaming cross” on the neighbor’s lawn 
The Hill: Black Obama White House staffer has cops called on him while moving into new home
The Root: A black Yale student who took a nap in a dorm common room had the cops called on her by a white classmate #NappingWhileBlack
The Root: Pizza Inn denies black man's coupon but accepts same coupon from white friend #CouponingWhileBlack 
The Root: Toronto restaurant forced to pay $10,000 to black diner after making him prepay for his meal #DiningWhileBlack 
 KMEL: Woman calls cops on black family at Oakland's Lake Merritt for barbecuing 
CNN: A mom on a college tour called the cops on two Native American teens because they made her 'nervous'
NJ(dot)com: L.A. Fitness fires 3 workers after black men get kicked out of N.J. gym 
And as one of the woman involved in the Airbnb incident pointed out, "over 700 people that look just like me did not walk away alive from a situation like this last year."

At the very least, let's win the House and Senate and get the essence of the Voter Rights Act reinstated stat. It seems like it's only going to get worse before it gets better.

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