Hate crimes spike after Brexit


The month after the Brexit vote, recorded racist verbal and physical assault rose -- and even arson -- by 41% in the UK. Read the rest

Police arrest more people for marijuana use than for all violent crimes combined

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Forty five years after Richard Nixon launched the war on drugs as a way to persecute black people, little has changed, according to a new ACLU/Human Rights Watch report.

The ACLU/Human Rights Watch report shows that arrests for drug possession continue to make up a significant chunk of modern-day police work.

"Around the country, police make more arrests for drug possession than for any other crime," the report finds, citing FBI data. "More than one of every nine arrests by state law enforcement is for drug possession, amounting to more than 1.25 million arrests each year."

In fact, police make more arrests for marijuana possession alone than for all violent crimes combined.

The report finds that the laws are enforced unequally, too. Over their lifetimes, black and white Americans use illicit drugs at similar rates, according to federal data. But black adults were more than two-and-a-half times as likely to be arrested for drug possession.

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Commercial Finance Association pays Rudy Giuliani to offer his thoughts on Mexicans in the kitchens of New York

The Commercial Finance Association, a financial services group, hired former New York mayor and noted windbag Rudy Giuliani to do a speech for them. During this speech, Giuliani made racist remarks about "Mexicans in the kitchens at the Waldorf." Afterward, the Commercial Finance Association issued a groveling apology.

The association's CEO wrote in an email sent to attendees that Giuliani "presented unscripted personal opinions which were independent of CFA’s political position or core values."

“While we, the event organizers, made every attempt to direct Mr. Giuliani’s remarks ahead of time to focus on leadership, for which he is renowned and has authored a book, there is always the possibility of such a surprise at a live event,” Bob Trojan wrote.

It's a small data point, but a serious one. They didn't believe that he was really a racist sack of shit, because TV, the internet, the papers—none of that's real, is it? So Wall Street paid him a fantastic amount of money to rant about Mexicans, thereby buying and eating the sack of shit. Read the rest

Glenn Reynolds apologizes for saying drivers surrounded during street protest should "Run Them Down"


Glenn Reynolds, blogger, USA Today contributor and law professor, had an answer for drivers who found themselves surrounded during protests in Charlotte over the police killing of a black person: "Run Them Down." It was not a very good answer: he was temporarily suspended from Twitter, got in hot water with his editors at USA Today, and his university made clear they considered it an embarassment to the faculty. And so apologies are born.

'I didn’t live up to my own standards, and I didn’t meet USA TODAY’s standards. For that I apologize.' ... Those words can easily be taken to advocate drivers going out of their way to run down protesters. I meant no such thing, and I'm sorry it seemed I did. What I meant is that drivers who feel their lives are in danger from a violent mob should not stop their vehicles.

The value of a Tennessee higher education reaffirmed! Read the rest

Glenn "Instapundit" Reynolds suspended from Twitter after suggesting motorists run down protestors


"Run them down" seems to be the tweet that got another prominent right-wing personality turfed out of Twitter. Motoring Tip: it's the police that get to kill without consequence, not you. Even if it makes you angry to see black people rioting, and super-angry when they're in the way of a real American's car. Yes, even then!

As is always the case with these things, it's not clear if the ban is permanent, whether it was for that specific tweet or for other reasons Twitter won't disclose, whether Reynolds thought he was being funny, or exactly how sustained the footstamping will be from white supremacists.

(Apart from the predictable, if plainly stupid belief that it's OK to run over "thugs", they're saying that "run them down" means something other than "hit people with your car". For them, the tragedy of speechcropping on Twitter is that Twitter gets to decide what it means.)

UPDATE: Reynolds is back. His account was suspended until he agreed to delete the Tweet, he reports:

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Trump, David Duke agree on the need for police to stop and frisk more black people


Trump's outreach efforts to the black community are dissolving almost as soon as they began, melted under his loud insistence that black people should be stopped and frisked more often by police.

As Mr. King, the retired boxing promoter, sought to explain how society unfairly categorizes African-Americans, he referred to a “dancing and sliding and gliding nigger,” before quickly correcting himself. “I mean Negro,” he said as Mr. Trump looked on a few feet behind him, grinning.

Mr. Trump described his enthusiasm for stop-and-frisk during a town hall-style discussion, also in Cleveland Heights, after a voter pressed him on how he would reduce violence in black communities. “One of the things I’d do,” he said, “is I would do stop-and-frisk. I think you have to. We did it in New York, it worked incredibly well and you have to be proactive.”

The largely white audience erupted into applause.

In reality, violent crime is lower than it ever has been. But so is the visibility of black people—and the injustices to which they are subjected. Naturally, Trump has friends in low places when it comes to doubling down on racist policing.

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Machine-learning model fed web content makes racist and sexist associations


Human biases exposed by Implicit Association Tests can be replicated in machine learning using GloVe word embedding, according to a new study where GloVe was trained on "a corpus of text from the Web." Read the rest

Republican party more or less doomed to Trumpism, white supremacy, self-loathing


The Republican Party spent decades telling its base to hate and mistrust the mainstream media. But now conservative outlets are lurching to the far right, taking the base with it and leaving the party and its brand of conservatism stranded in political no-mans land.

As [former George W. Bush speechwriter David] Frum predicted and we’ve witnessed over the years, there is not much the Republican Congressional leadership can do to satisfy these folks in the right wing media because their ratings rely on fomenting anger and threats to “blow shit up!” I suspect this is precisely why Paul Ryan resisted taking on the role of House Speaker after John Boehner was ejected from his leadership position. He knows that he is now the target and this won’t end well.

Four years ago, I wrote "this is American conservatism's immune system going into anaphylactic shock. Fun to watch, while it lasts!"

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Maine Gov. LePaige: people of color are the enemy


Paul LePage, the Republican governor of Maine, told reporters that people of color are the enemy in his state. Read the rest

Leslie Jones hack investigated by federal agents

Leslie Jones [Reuters]

The Apple iCloud account of comedian and actor Leslie Jones was recently hacked, with nude photographs posted concurrently with racist threat messages. The incident is being investigated by federal agents with the Department of Homeland Security, according to reports. Read the rest

Hijab-wearing Muslim woman racially profiled as 'terrorist' sues Chicago police

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A young Muslim woman is suing Chicago police who decided she was a "lone wolf" terrorist because she wore a hijab, or headscarf, and was walking briskly out of a city subway station on the Fourth of July last year while wearing a backpack.

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Important man's African-American colleague wins Olympic medal


At the Olympic games in Rio, The Mercury News reports that top U.S. swimmer "Michael Phelps shares historic night with African-American."

The subject of The Mercury News's unspecific racial disinterest is in fact Stanford junior Simone Manuel, who not only has a name and is neither Phelps' sister or wife, but is the gold medal winner in the 100-meter freestyle event.

The Mercury News later apologized for its "insensitve headline." Read the rest

Muslim-American woman kicked out of Family Dollar store for wearing hijab and niqab


Sarah Safi of Gary, Indiana was kicked out of a Family Dollar store by an assistant store manager who cited the woman's traditional Muslim dress, a niqab and hijab, as being threatening. Ms. Safi, 32, recorded part of the manager's tirade on video.

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2 Muslim women kicked off American Airlines flight in Miami

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Two Muslim-American women were kicked off an American Airlines flight this week, basically for flying while Muslim.

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British Muslim detained for reading a book about Syria while on a plane

Faizah Shaheen, via her Twitter profile.

A British woman of Muslim descent was detained and questioned by police under terror laws after a flight crew member noticed she was reading a book about Syrian art while flying to Turkey.

The Thomson Airways attendant reported her for “suspicious behavior,” which amounted to reading a book.

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Miss Teen USA to keep crown despite use of racial slurs


Miss Teen USA is shrugging off its champion's repeated use of a racial slur on Twitter, disclaiming it as having occurred years before Texan teen Karlie Hay's participation in the tournament.

Hay, crowned Saturday in Vegas, will continue to receive support for "her continued growth," the organization told People Magazine.

The Miss USA Pageant was recently acquired by WME/IMG after the company cut a deal with the pageant's co-owner Donald Trump last year, Variety reports.

In an Instagram post, Hay implied that the racist language was a result of her "personal struggles."

"I admit that I have used language publicly in the past which I am not proud of and that there is no excuse for," Hay captioned a group photo of herself with the other Miss Teen USA contestants.

"Through hard work, education and thanks in large part to the sisterhood that I have come to know through pageants, I am proud to say that I am today a better person."

If the old timey spelling of the word (contra "nigga") deprives her of the worthless-anyway excuse that it's merely the reclaimed vernacular of youngsters of all races, it seemed not to matter much to the organization, though it did say the slur "in no way reflects the values of the Miss Universe Organization."

Here are the values of the Miss Universe Organization, reflected in the finalists' stage:

Via @XLNB, who anticipates the excuses:

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Culturally insensitive 1979 TV commercial for Faygo's Redpop, starring Jamie Farr of M*A*S*H


Almost 40 years later and we're still treating indigenous peoples like this. (r/ObscureMedia, thanks UPSO!)

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