- Created on 04 December 2013
A black community college instructor in Minneapolis claims she was formally reprimanded over a discussion on racism in one of her classes.
Shannon Gibney, an English faculty member at Minneapolis Community and Technical College, told MCTC student newspaper City College News in a video interview that three white students filed a complaint against her with the school after a discussion on structural racism in one of her communications classes.
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- Created on 03 December 2013
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Jawon Johnson (pictured), a Maryland teenager spent four days in jail in a case of mistaken identity last month, CBS Baltimore reports.
"I never thought I would be sitting in jail, especially for something I knew for sure I didn't do," Johnson said.
The West Virginia State University student claims he was pulled over on Nov. 23rd in Havre de Grace, Md., for making an illegal U-turn.
But the routine traffic stop ended with officers handcuffing and transporting him to a nearby detention center on a federal warrant.
Johnson repeatedly told them he wasn't their guy. "I told them the picture wasn't me," he said. "They continued and insisted [that it was] in fact...me."
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- Created on 03 December 2013
(CNN) – As the Republican National Committee has been working to expand its outreach to African-Americans, it now finds itself playing defense after a well-intentioned but unpolished tweet honoring the legacy of Rosa Parks seemed to ignite some backlash.
The RNC on Sunday, commemorating the day Parks was arrested in 1955, sent out a tweet to recognize the civil rights activist.
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- Created on 02 December 2013
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Author James McBride, the man behind the bestselling memoir, "The Color of Water," recently won the National Book Award for "The Good Lord Bird." It's a novel about a pre-teen slave who joins abolitionist John Brown in his raid on Harper's Ferry.
McBride spoke with Roland Martin on NewsOne Now about his win. He also weighed in on complaints by some people about the current wave of slavery films, including "Django: Unchained" and "12 Years a Slave."
"I think people who say that really don't understand what slavery was," said McBride. Slaves weren't just victims, and to dismiss such films is to ignore the complexity of relationships between blacks and whites under slavery, he explained. "You couldn't always tell a slave what to do — pick up that bag or go feed the chickens — the slave might do it, or he might drop a little poison down and poison 2 or 3 of [the chickens] because he was mad at you," he continued.
"You're not just talking about someone who was told to do by the white man. A lot of slaves just bided their time. They always had their eyes on freedom," McBride insisted. "You're not just taking about slavery. You're talking about history."
"The web of relationships was very complicated, and that's what the new level of slavery discourse, in terms entertainment, needs to look into," he concluded.
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