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New York nears settlement with local Muslim leaders over spying lawsuit

Muslim-Americans protesting NYPD surveillance. Image: Reuters


Muslim-Americans protesting NYPD surveillance. Image: Reuters

The NYC government has come to initial settlement terms with Muslims, represented by the American Civil Liberties Union, who challenged police surveillance as an unconstitutional and stigmatizing intrusion on their religious rights.

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LIFE revisits 1950s "fad" for Confederate flags

LIFE photo editor Liz Ronk and writer Eliza Berman looked through their archives, writing with clear-eyed hindsight of LIFE's Truman-era collection of Confederate flag photos.

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Peak Bill O'Reilly: “Confederate flag represents bravery,” not racist hate

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Bill O'Reilly: “You say the Confederate flag is a symbol of hate, and you believe that. For some other people who see it in a historical context, it represents bravery...You know as well as I do that it represents to some bravery in the Civil War, because the Confederates fought hard—”

“That wasn’t the confederate flag!”

“I mean you’re right historically, but in their minds, that’s what it represents. And in your mind it represents hate. And everybody should know what the two sides are believing.”

[MediaMatters via Salon]

Fox News and neo-Nazi site call racist massacre an attack on Christianity

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Most people, including the police and the FBI, are calling 21-year-old suspected terrorist Dylann Roof's message to black people ("You rape our women, and you're taking over the country. And you have to go") pure racist hatred.

But Fox News says what Roof really meant when he made that threat and then carried it out by killing nine black people in a Charleston, South Carolina church was that he hated Christians.

It was a "horrifying attack on faith," said Fox & Friends co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck. "If we aren't safe in our own churches, then where are we safe?" Her co-host Steve Doocy agreed, "Extraordinarily they called it a hate crime. And some look at it as, well, it's because it was a white guy, apparently, and a black church. But you made a great point just a moment ago about the hostility toward Christians, and it was in a church, so maybe that's what it was about." Doocy told this to was a pastor on the show who said it would be a good idea for pastors to arm themselves in church.

The level of reality distortion in this video clip from the show is extraordinary. This is one of the clearest examples I've seen that reveals Fox News' true agenda as a racist hate network.

White supremacists share Hasselbeck and Doocy's concerns. From Huffington Post:

White supremacists who convened on the neo-Nazi site Stormfront.org voiced similarly aspirational speculation, suggesting that the shooting's location might indicate anti-Christian violence. They also expressed worries that if the shooting did turn out to be an act of racism, the white nationalist movement would suffer.

Ethnic cleansing in Dominican Republic


In Sept 2013, a Dominican court ruled that 200,000+ natural-born citizens whose parents were undocumented Haitian workers were no longer entitled to citizenship, rendering them stateless and helpless before the law.

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TX schoolteacher "not a racist" because she only "almost" wants segregation [UPDATED]

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Karen Fitzgibbons [Facebook]

Karen Fitzgibbons, a teacher at Bennett Elementary School in Wolfforth, Texas, is being investigated by the Frenship Independent School District after posting racist remarks on her Facebook page.

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Supreme Court nails Abercrombie and Fitch 8-1 over discrimination policy

hijabAn Abercrombie & Fitch manager told Samantha Elauf, a Muslim woman who wore a hijab to a job interview, that her headgear made her ineligible for the job as it violated the company's “Look Policy.”

This policy, described by The New Yorker's Margaret Talbot as "a weirdly exhaustive rulebook that reads as though it had been dreamed up by a middle-school queen bee on a Ritalin bender," was so obviously unconstitutional that Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia spoke for an 8-1 majority denouncing the illegal discrimination it represents.

“This is really easy,” Justice Antonin Scalia said in announcing the decision from the bench. … "An employer may not make an applicant's religious practice, confirmed or otherwise, a factor in employment decisions."

The company, he said, at least suspected that the applicant, Samantha Elauf, wore the head scarf for religious reasons. The company’s decision not to hire her, Justice Scalia said, was motivated by a desire to avoid accommodating her religious practice. That was enough, he concluded, to allow her to sue under a federal employment discrimination law.

The dissenter was Clarence Thomas, who believes that "the company’s dress code was a neutral policy."

Talbot's article explains that Abercrombie's singularly nasty corporate culture, obsessed with an almost comical ideal of all-American teen beauty, led it repeatedly to courtroom trouble for racist and discriminatory practices.

In 2004, the company agreed to pay fifty million dollars to several thousand employees in order to settle a class-action lawsuit charging that it discriminated against African-Americans, Latinos, and Asian-Americans in both its hiring practices and its advertising. Among other things, the suit alleged that non-whites were regularly shoehorned into back-of-the-store jobs where customers wouldn’t see them as much.

[CEO Mike] Jeffries found it difficult to imagine that there might be cool kids who were not popular or, for that matter, blonde and white. The eventual result was a major downturn for the brand.

They eventually got rid of him, but it's too late.

"It's hardly white people's fault if they're better-looking" is a fitting epitaph for this doomed brand.

Google Maps promises to stop racist trolls messing with maps—but how?

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Struck by a succession of abusive scrawlings going live on its popular maps service, Google has apologized and promised to retool the service to prevent it from happening in future.

"This week, we had some problems with Google Maps, which was displaying results for certain offensive search queries," wrote Jen Fitzpatrick, a Vice President of Engineering and Product Development, explaining how Google's system slurped up the offensive terms because of how it incorporates "online discussions" of particular places. "… This surfaced inappropriate results that users likely weren’t looking for."

Earlier this week, it was found that when given offensive search terms, Google would return inappropriate locations. Queried with "nigga house," for example, Google would offer the White House.

Howard University, reported one internet user, "shows up as ‘N***er University’ on Google Maps."

The benefits of algorithmic changes will be seen soon, Fitzpatrick promised, and Google will continue to refine its software over time: "Simply put, you shouldn’t see these kinds of results in Google Maps, and we’re taking steps to make sure you don't."

Maps, like much in the Googleverse, is comprised significantly of information added by users or algorithmically incorporated into its dataset—unvetted and often dependent on community reporting when something goes awry.

Google recently shuttered another crowdsourced component of Google Maps due to repeated addition of naughty and offensive landscape features that were not, in fact, there.

Internet star Natalie Tran discusses Asian representation in the media

Natalie Tran is well known for the hilarious, absurd, and relatable observational comedy videos she releases on her YouTube channel CommunityChannel. But she recently stopped by Brown University to give a slightly more serious chat about Asians in media.

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Ijeoma Oluo: “What You Can Do Right Now About Police Brutality”

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In a new article, activist and writer Ijeoma Oluo gives advice those who are upset about the recent public examples of police brutality but feel helpless to do anything.

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Racial Bias Watch: How is the media covering the Waco biker gang shootout?

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Thanks to the #BlackLivesMatter movement, there has been a lot of discussion recently about racial bias in the media

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Drowned in the Mediterranean: Libyan refugees tell their stories

James Bridle writes: "There's huge debate in the UK about the deaths of people in the Mediterranean trying to reach Europe, but we rarely see or hear the people themselves."

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A beginner's guide to the Redpill Right

The gnostic paradox of young, tech-savvy traditionalists, who see through everything except their own conspiracy theoriesRead the rest

Oklahoma GOP wants to outlaw hoodies, unless you are part of a minstrel troupe

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Modified London police brag-sheets


These are a refreshing antidote to the Metropolitan London Police's poster campaign trumpeting their 2014 achievements.

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Undercover agent pulls gun on protesters and photographer during Oakland protest of police killings

An undercover police officer, who had been marching with anti-police demonstrators, aims his gun at protesters. REUTERS/Noah Berger


An undercover police officer, who had been marching with anti-police demonstrators, aims his gun at protesters. REUTERS/Noah Berger

Who is the man pointing a gun at a photographer in this photo from last night's protests in Oakland and Berkeley, and why is he aiming his weapon at photographers and protesters?

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Where to host history of Scandinavian right rescued from the Memory Hole?


A Boing Boing reader has gotten ahold of a controversial Norwegian magazine article documenting the history of the Scandinavian right, tracing the connections between the Third Reich collaborators and the present-day anti-immigrant movement -- it's an article that was suppressed by Norway's new far-right government, which used threats against the publisher to get it withdrawn.

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