Tony Lepore, the “Dancing Cop” of Providence, Rhode Island, was fired last week, after he organized a protest against a Dunkin Donuts worker who wrote “#blacklivesmatter” on a police officer’s cup. On Tuesday, the Associated Press reports, he was fired again—well, “disinvited”—from his new gig, in East Providence.
Rachel Dolezal has resigned from her position as president of Spokane’s NAACP chapter. “Please know I will never stop fighting for human rights and will do everything in my power to help and assist, whether it means stepping up or stepping down, because this is not about me,” she wrote in a Facebook statement. “It’s about justice. This is not me quitting; this is a continuum.”
Of all the questions raised by the saga of Rachel Dolezal, the white woman who posed as black in order to move up the ranks of the Spokane NAACP, perhaps the most important one is this: Did anyone, you know, ever ask her if she was black? The answer to that is yes—and Rachel did not handle it very well.
On Saturday, the NAACP called on prosecutors to upgrade the charges from misdemeanors to felonies in the San Jose State University racial hazing case. "This is not simple hazing or bullying," Reverend Jethroe Moore II said in a statement. "This is obviously racially based terrorism targeted at their African-American roommate."
Ben Jealous, the president and CEO of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, announced on Sunday that he will resign by the end of the year. Jealous, who has been the NAACP's president since 2008, said he will teach at a university and plans to spend more time with his family.
In 1997, Duane Buck was convicted of shooting and killing two people, including his former girlfriend, in Houston, Texas. A jury sentenced him to death. Among the factors that influenced their decision: testimony from a psychologist who said that black people like Buck are more violent and dangerous than other people.
New York mayor Mike Bloomberg's crusade to ban large-sized sugary drinks has some surprising new foes: the NAACP and the Hispanic Federation, two large nonprofits ostensibly dedicated to advancing the rights of minorities. In this case, they are advancing the interests of their own corporate backers at the expense of the people they are supposed to serve.
Mitt Romney should pick a trollface mask for vice president. It'll turn Reddit into a bad-art Möbius strip, and it'll give his campaign an identity it's lacked. Yesterday, he spoke to the NAACP national convention, stood firm on an issue, elicited boos and, hours later, embraced the boos in another speech. If the campaign were a message board, he might as well have closed with a Cam'ron-inspired "u mad?"
When President Obama spoke out in favor of same-sex marriage, some worried what effect this would have among his black supporters — particularly in terms of the traditionally conservative black church. But a recent poll showed a significant increase in support for marriage equality within the black community: 54 percent in favor, up from 41 percent last year.
On the internet, "u mad, bro?" (and its earlier cousin "you mad?") is a classic meme deployed to maximize the rage-inducing effects of trolling. In real life—where people are somewhat less familiar with the trollface oeuvre—it can be taken a little differently.
So, as it turns out, there are things a person can do that are so offensive it gets him kicked out of the Tea Party movement. One of those things, as Tea Party Express leader and scholar of Islam Mark Williams recently learned, is to write a fake letter from NAACP President Benjamin Jealous to President Abraham Lincoln that reads, in part: