A panhandler punched a Chinese American woman and called her a slur. Will it be considered a hate crime?
PHILADELPHIA — On July 28, Chinatown resident Jing Chen and her 12-year-old daughter were walking on 13th Street in Center City when they suddenly felt a splash.Chen said a woman who had been panhandling nearby had thrown water at them. Chen, who is eight months pregnant, reacted with annoyance, demanding to know why the woman had done that. The woman responded by calling her a “Chinese b — .” Chen told a local media affiliate she returned the remark: “You too!” Then the woman punched her in the face.Chen and her daughter fled in terror. And the assailant, alleged to be a 19-year-old Black hom...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Kemp signs Georgia 'police protections' measure into law
ATLANTA — Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp signed a controversial proposal into law on Wednesday pushed by Republicans to grant police new protections despite stiff opposition from critics who said it creates a messy tangle of legal problems.The measure, House Bill 838, was the most significant proposal left on Kemp’s desk at the close of a 40-day period to sign or nullify bills.In a statement, Kemp said he has attended the funerals of too many law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty since he was elected governor and that it was a “step forward as we work to protect those who are risking th...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Trump just attacked NASCAR and Bubba Wallace. These TV ratings prove he's wrong
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — NASCAR and politics tend to overlap.President Donald Trump attended this year’s Daytona 500 in February and served as the grand marshal for the event that opened the 2020 season. And Monday, the president offered an opinion on a recent incident involving NASCAR and driver Bubba Wallace, who is Black.Two weeks after NASCAR announced that a noose was found in the garage stall of Wallace’s No. 43 team at Talladega Superspeedway, and a subsequent FBI investigation determined that the act was not a hate crime, Trump tweeted: “Has @BubbaWallace apologized to all of those great NASC...
The Charlotte Observer
Mike Sielski: NASCAR pioneer Lenny Miller speaks about rope in Bubba Wallace's garage and Blacks' complex relationship with auto racing
It has been a stormy month for NASCAR. On June 10, the association banned displays of the Confederate flag from all its racetracks. Less than two weeks later, it reported that a noose had been found in the garage of Bubba Wallace, NASCAR’s only Black driver, at Talladega Speedway in Alabama, igniting an FBI hate-crime investigation and a controversy over whether a moving show of support for Wallace from his fellow drivers was built on a false premise.Lenny Miller watched all of these developments with a perspective that few men share. A native of Lawrenceville, N.J., who as a kid raced go-kart...
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