SC's Black voters say they 'can't afford to sit at home' this election
COLUMBIA, S.C. — Patrick Moses was fixing something under the hood of his car, parked in the garage of his Hopkins home in his neighborhood — a former cow pasture now dotted with single-family homes decorated for fall and Halloween — when a golf cart pulled into his driveway interrupting the quiet.In the driver’s side of the golf cart was Bernice Scott, Moses’ across-the-street neighbor, who turned off the ignition key, which had attached to it a picture of her and President Barack Obama in front of the White House, and got out.It was Tuesday, a week before Election Day, and Scott — the 75-yea...
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McDonald's hit with new lawsuit alleging racial discrimination against Black franchisees
CHICAGO — McDonald’s faces another federal lawsuit alleging that the company discriminated against Black franchisees — and this time the allegations are coming from current operators, who are seeking to make the complaint a class action.The complaint against the Chicago-based fast food giant, filed Thursday in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, names as plaintiffs two brothers who own McDonald’s franchises in Tennessee. James Byrd, a franchisee for 31 years, operates two restaurants and Darrell Byrd, a franchisee for 22 years, operates another two.Their allegations are ...
Women stunt performers are speaking out about racism and sexism in Hollywood
There’s a curious assertion on the IMDb trivia page for the 1994 movie “True Lies” that seemingly takes the action comedy’s title to heart: “Jamie Lee Curtis performed the helicopter rescue scene herself,” it reads. “At her insistence, director James Cameron agreed to let her perform this scary spectacle.”That might come as news to longtime stuntwoman Donna Keegan, who executed the stunt in question.Keegan talks about that scene in the new documentary “Stuntwomen: The Untold Hollywood Story” and it’s absolutely riveting to hear her describe her thought process as a clip from the movie plays. C...
Kyle Larson to make NASCAR return in 2021 with Hendrick Motorsports
Hendrick Motorsports announced Wednesday that it has signed NASCAR driver Kyle Larson to a multi-year deal to race its No. 5 Chevrolet car starting in 2021. Larson was reinstated by NASCAR last week following a six-month suspension for using a racial slur.“Kyle is unquestionably one of the most talented race car drivers in the world,” team owner Rick Hendrick said in a statement. “He has championship-level ability and will be a significant addition to our on-track program. More importantly, I have full confidence that he understands our expectations and will be a tremendous ambassador for our ...
The Charlotte Observer
Judge orders conservative tricksters who made robocalls targeting black voters to call back, admit election interference
A judge ordered two notorious conservative tricksters who made a barrage of robocalls to deter black voters from casting ballots to call them back — and admit interference in the presidential election.Judge Victor Marrero compared Jacob Wohl and Jack Burkman’s campaign of “electoral terror” to the darkest days of the Ku Klux Klan.He ordered the two to prove they’d made the follow-up robocalls by Thursday at 5 p.m. or face contempt of court charges.“The means defendants use to intimidate voters, though born of fear and similarly powered by hate, are not guns, torches, burning crosses, and other...
New York Daily News
How to build an anti-racist STEM lab: Tips from a scientist
CHICAGO — Environmental scientist and ecologist Bala Chaudhary is used to her published papers on microbes getting, maybe, 100 clicks.But the DePaul University assistant professor’s latest paper, “Ten simple rules for building an antiracist lab,” (co-authored with Asmeret Asefaw Berhe, a University of California at Merced professor of soil biogeochemistry) has been viewed over 13,000 times and downloaded more than 7,000 times.“Asmeret and I have been floored by the response,” Chaudhary said. “So many people have said that they used our paper to guide the first conversations that they organized...
Editorial: Final arguments reveal a clear choice in presidential race
One week out in the presidential race, and the closing arguments for one of the most momentous elections in modern history are taking their final shape.Many Americans have already made their choice, with record numbers voting early. Those still undecided should look carefully at the radically different views the two candidates represent.President Donald Trump continues to be a brazenly divisive figure, governing in chaos and campaigning in fear. He routinely paints a dark, unrecognizable picture of this country. On the most important issue of the moment, COVID-19, Trump offers what can only be...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Race proposed in memory of late editor Mohammed Taha
Dubai: Late Mohammed Taha, Editor-in-Chief of Al Adiyat magazine, the voice of horseracing in the UAE, will be honoured with a race being named after him during the 2020-2021 UAE racing season.‘Taha’ as he was popularly known, came to the UAE in the Eighties, and witnessed the growth of horseracing in the country. He passed away in April this year.Mirza Al Sayegh, Director of the Office of Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and Minister of Finance, who was closely associated with Taha for many years, has proposed to the Jebel Ali Racecourse management to run a race in h...
McDonald's asks judge to toss out racial discrimination suit filed by Black former franchisees, calling it 'illogical'
CHICAGO — McDonald’s is asking a judge to dismiss a federal lawsuit filed by more than 50 Black former franchisees who allege that racial discrimination by the fast food giant set them up to fail.Chicago-based McDonald’s, in a filing Friday in U.S. District Court for Northern Illinois, called the allegations “illogical” because the company “is only as successful as its franchisees.”The Sept. 1 complaint by the Black former franchisees alleged McDonald’s steered them to less profitable locations, with lower sales volumes and higher security costs, and excluded them from financial support and gr...
'It's a one-time shot.' Is it now or never for affirmative action in California?
When California Democrats first started working last year on a proposal to reinstate affirmative action — an effort that requires approval by ballot measure on Nov. 3 — it was months before a spring of coronavirus lockdowns and summer of racial reckoning in America.Before 2020, those supporting what would become Proposition 16 thought they had almost no chance of convincing voters they should repeal the 25-year-old law banning the consideration of race, sex, color, ethnicity or national origin in university admissions, public employment and contracting.For years, polls have shown that the majo...
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