Michael Jordan, Denny Hamlin starting NASCAR team. Their first driver: Bubba Wallace.
Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan and NASCAR driver Denny Hamlin are starting a single-car racing team that will feature Bubba Wallace as the driver for the 2021 Cup season.Jordan’s publicist, Estee Portnoy, announced the partnership in a tweet Monday night. Jordan Brand has been a sponsor of Hamlin’s race team and Hamlin is a longtime Hornets season-ticket holder.Wallace is the only black driver on NASCAR’s top circuit. He previously drove for Richard Petty Motorsports.“Growing up in North Carolina, my parents would take my brothers, sisters and me to races, and I’ve been a NASCAR fan my...
The Charlotte Observer
EDITORIAL – Race for a vaccine
EDITORIAL – Race for a vaccine(The Philippine Star) – September 22, 2020 – 12:00amFrom the start of the coronavirus pandemic, the battle cry was healing as one. The message applies not only to just one city or country, but to the entire world. Just one COVID-19 hotspot on the planet can put the rest at risk.With healing as one in mind, the World Health Organization is mobilizing governments and the private sector for a coordinated rollout of vaccines for coronavirus disease 2019. There’s a gap, however, between best intentions and action. Warnings have been aired against “vaccine nationalism” ...
With in-person campaigning limited, Kamala Harris rallies Black NC voters virtually
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Black voters historically make up a huge voting bloc for the Democratic Party, and the Biden campaign is working to further motivate the key demographic even as it limits in-person events due to the coronavirus pandemicWith voting underway in North Carolina, U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, the Democratic vice presidential nominee, along with the Congressional Black Caucus PAC, hosted a virtual rally focused on the state Friday night. The event commemorated Friday’s inaugural National Black Voter Day, a day created by the National Urban League, BET, and many civil rights organization...
The Charlotte Observer
Lions' Matthew Stafford pens powerful essay on why he won't 'stick to football'
DETROIT — Matthew Stafford penned a powerful essay for The Players’ Tribune website Friday in which he detailed racist behavior he experienced while with some of his teammates this spring and urged everyone to continue fighting against racial injustice.Stafford said his proudest day as a Detroit Lion came in August when the team called off practice to demonstrate against the Jacob Blake shooting.Blake was shot at least seven times by Kenosha, Wis., police, and the Lions’ protest sparked other demonstrations across the sports world, with some games in the NBA, NHL and Major League Baseball bein...
Detroit Free Press
Martin Schram: A race to save our democracy
At last! Like a poli-sci superhero rushing in to save America’s imperiled democracy from an Election Day doomsday, the quiet-spoken former U.S. intelligence chief and conservative Indiana senator Dan Coats just gifted us with the presidential leadership we so desperately needed.Coats not only shattered the shameful silence of fellow Republicans who are afraid to oppose President Donald Trump’s words and deeds, but he did it loudly and boldly using only the power of printed words. At mid-morning Thursday, The New York Times soundlessly slipped onto its website a warning-call commentary by Coats...
Tribune News Service
Chicago's history of systemic racism blamed for nearly 9-year life expectancy gap between Black and white residents, according to new report
CHICAGO — In a report released Thursday, Chicago health officials starkly stated the cause of a growing life expectancy gap between Black and white residents: decades of segregation and systemic racism.The report, titled Healthy Chicago 2025, detailed how Black residents die, on average, nearly nine years earlier than white residents. Chronic disease is the largest contributor, according to the document, with the city’s endemic gun violence as the second leading reason for the disparity.The report follows two previous Healthy Chicago analyses of health outcomes for Chicagoans. Previous reports...
More than 1,000 reports of anti-Asian racism in California since March, data show
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Stop AAPI Hate Reporting Center received 1,116 reports of anti-Asian discrimination in California between March and July this year, according to a Thursday report.As of Aug. 5, 2,583 incidents of anti-Asian discrimination nationwide have been self-reported to the Stop AAPI Hate Reporting Center since March. More than 40% of those reports are from California, the report found, with 174 of those reports coming from California youths between the ages of 12 and 20.The Stop AAPI Hate Reporting Center was formed in March by the Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council, Chin...
The Sacramento Bee
Barr pushes 'sedition' charges against racial justice protesters
Attorney General Bill Barr reportedly wants to charge racial justice protesters with sedition, a harsh move that would dramatically raise the stakes in the Trump administration’s crackdown on dissent.Barr ordered federal prosecutors on a recent conference call to consider charging demonstrators with trying to overthrow the government, not just attacking law enforcement officers or damaging federal buildings, the Wall Street Journal reported.The move would be a legal tough sell because sedition requires showing that protesters specifically plotted to overthrow the U.S. government as opposed to ...
New York Daily News
49ers investigating racist messages fan sent to Cardinals safety Budda Baker
The San Francisco 49ers are denouncing a series of racist messages sent from an apparent fan of the team to Cardinals safety Budda Baker during Sunday’s game.The Niners announced Tuesday that they are investigating the situation to identify the fan, who will be banned from all team games and events.Baker tweeted a screenshot of the message Monday afternoon, saying “Im all good with opposing fans talking trash. But This right here man… All you can do is pray for ppl like this.”The messages used racial slurs and invoked slave imagery.“Incidents like this demonstrate how much work remains to be d...
The Mercury News
Jim Souhan: NFL displays anti-racism slogans, but still has a long way to go
MINNEAPOLIS — As the Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers played football in an empty stadium during a pandemic on Sunday, artificial crowd noise droned, sometimes drowning out the voices of players and coaches on the field. It sounded something like locusts.In the strangest, saddest edition of their rivalry, the Packers won 43-34 as the Vikings defense observed social distancing norms, frequently staying at least six feet away from Aaron Rodgers and his receivers.What you noticed most, sitting in a massive press box and staring at acres of empty purple seats, was the silence of the horns.O...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)