- Created on 09 September 2013
A Florida State University (FSU) student accused of posting a racist video on her social media networks is claiming she was hacked.
In the 6-second video clip, first posted to Amanda Thurston's Vine account, a camera pans around a group of students at a bazaar at the college. It features a caption reading, "Welcome to FAMU...I mean FSU. #monkeyseverywhere." FAMU (Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University ) is a historically Black college.
The video spread to her Twitter and Facebook accounts, which were all deactivated.
Speaking with the Tallahassee Democrat last Friday, Thurston said someone broke into her social media accounts and posted the video. She also claimed to have filed a report with the FSU Police Department over the alleged hacking.
Though no suspects have been apprehended, assistant FSU chief Maj. Jim Russell confirmed Thurston's report and "we have started investigating an unlawful access to a computer case."
According to Russell, the possible hacking would constitute a second-degree felony. The department is also reaching out to the social media networks to locate where the hack may have originated.
"We're working backward from that," Russell said.
In the meantime, FSU officials released a statement on the incident last Thursday:
Late yesterday evening (9/4/2013) an inappropriate social media message regarding students at Florida State University and Florida A & M University was brought to the attention of the University. Florida State has zero tolerance for "racist speech," no matter which medium is used to communicate the message.
Florida State University is proud to be a diverse community with a longstanding tradition of respect for the dignity and worth of each person. We expect each member of our community to embrace the values of civility and ethical conduct and demonstrate respect for others and ourselves.
If Thurston's allegation is true, "then that person would be facing some serious charges," Russell added.
- Created on 06 September 2013
A young girl has switched schools after she was told that she would not be allowed to sport her hairstyle of choice.
According to 7-year-old Tiana Parker and father Terrence Parker, Deborah Brown Community School in Tulsa, Oklahoma gave Tiana a hard time and sent her home for sporting dreadlocks. School officials told Terrence that her hairstyle did not look "presentable," according to local outlet KOKI-TV.
"She's always presentable. I take pride in my kids looking nice," Terrence, who is a barber, to the outlet.
However, the school felt that Tiana's hairstyle could "distract from the respectful and serious atmosphere it strives for," according to KOKI-TV. A representative of the school told The Huffington Post over e-mail that, "The parent of the student in question elected to choose a forbidden hairstyle which is detailed in the school policy. The parent was asked to change the hairstyle, however on Friday, August 30th, the parent choose to dis-enroll her child from our program."
Indeed, the charter school's dress code specifically says "hairstyles such as dreadlocks, afros, mohawks, and other faddish styles are unacceptable."
Commentors have been speaking out against the policy on the school's Facebook page, as some accuse it of being racist. A post from the school yesterday –- which is unrelated to the incident –- has amassed over 275 comments related to Tiana.
"They can have a weave. ie, white people hair styles. Meaning, your child must go through painful and expensive hair alterations....rather than natural options...like an afro or dreads. Disgusting," wrote commentor Rosemary Michelle Malign.
This is not the first time a school has come under fire for banning certain hairstyles. In June an Ohio school received criticism for banning students from wearing "afro-puffs and small twisted braids." Amid a public outcry, however, the school ultimately apologized and revoked the policy.
This post has been updated to include a statement from Deborah Brown Community School.
- Created on 05 September 2013
In less than 24 hours, a new app tactfully titled Ghetto Tracker--a service seeking to help people identify safe areas in unfamiliar cities--has already garnered enough backlash to prompt an immediate name change to Good Part of Town.
However, the PR move may not do much to alter the public's reception of the app, which critics are slamming as a racist, classist app for helping the rich to avoid the poor.
The app functions by allowing locals to rate the safety
- Created on 05 September 2013
Terrance Parker said Deborah Brown Community School officials "hassled" him about Tiana's dreadlocks, until he was told his daughter could no longer attend classes. She didn't look "presentable, Parker said he was told.
"She's always presentable. I take pride in my kids looking nice," said Parker.
However, the school told Fox 23 that Parker knew that it had very strict dress-code rules–especially when it comes to hair. NewsOne reviewed the school's dress code and it clearly states on page 13 that "hairstyles such as dreadlocks, afros, mohawks, and other faddish styles are unacceptable." Deborah Brown school officials feel the hairstyle could cause distractions, a statement that surprises Parker.
"She went to the school last year and didn't have any problems," he said.
When a Fox 23 reporter asked little Tiana why she was removed from...