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Later Slator! AT&T Fires President Aaron Slator Over Racially Offensive Texts

April 29th, 2015 - By Kimberly Gedeon
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AT&T confirmed on Tuesday that it has fired company president Aaron Slator, who is currently immersed in a $100 million racial discrimination case, The Huffington Post reports.

Slator, head of the company’s content and advertising department, allegedly used his work phone to send out racially insensitive images. According to International Business Times, one of the photos found on Slator’s phone featured an African child dancing with the caption, “It’s Friday N*****s.” The AT&T president reportedly referred to the meme as an “oldie but a goodie.”

The photos were found by an assistant who was instructed to transfer Slator’s phone data into a new device.

A lawsuit was filed against Slator by Knoyme King, a 50-year-old Black female employee. “Slator harbors obvious and deep-seated racial animus toward African Americans,” the lawsuit said. “Slator’s decisions regarding hiring, firing, promotions and raises are infected by his racism.”

King, who spent 30 years building her career at AT&T, asserts that she was hindered because the company favored less-qualified, “non-African-American” employees.

According to the lawsuit, AT&T turned a blind eye to discriminatory practices within the company:

“The appropriate reaction – the morally responsible and legally required one – would have been for AT&T to take steps to remedy this past, and to prevent future, racism by its top television content executive,…

“AT&T did not do this. Instead, AT&T’s engaged in an illegal cover-up, to ensure that its racism remained hidden-even at the expense of long-term, loyal African American employees.”

In response, AT&T kicked Slator off his presidential pedestal, saying, “There is no place for demeaning behavior within AT&T, and we regret the action was not taken earlier.”

King’s lawyer, Louis Miller, said this case is more than just one image and one executive. It’s a problem that permeates the telecommunications giant as a whole: “These images and issues were reported a year and a half ago, and the company swept them under the rug,” he said.

AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson, board member Joyce Roche, and other executives are also named as defendants in the suit.

Eenie, Meenie, Miney, Mo: Racist Nursery Rhymes You Didn’t Know You Were Learning

October 29th, 2014 - By Meg Butler
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It’s almost easy to forget just how racist America used to be — until you hear the origins of most of your favorite nursery rhymes. Now that we’ve stopped teaching kids catchy racist tunes, do you keep singing the cleaned-up version?

Comfy Much? Madonna Calls Her Son N-word On Instagram & Then Gets Mad At Critics!

January 19th, 2014 - By Drenna Armstrong
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Late Friday night, the pop icon known as Madonna was feeling proud of her 13-year-old son Rocco and his MMA-style workout so she posted a picture of him on Instagram.  Many parents are proud of their kids, right? Right. But the problem with her picture was the caption:

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If you’re having trouble seeing it, the caption reads: “No one messes with Dirty Soap. Mama said knock you out! #dis[n-word]

Her comments section immediately blew up, both with people criticizing her use of the word as well as people defending her use of the word.  Well, it all seemed to annoy Madonna so she took down the original picture but put it back up with a new caption that said:

“Ok let me start this again. #get off my dick haters!”

Hmm. So people who are criticizing you for using what many consider a racial slur are now your haters? That’s an interesting way of seeing things.

But of course, as all things go when celebrities find themselves in major hot water, she then took that picture down too and  according to Hip Hop Wired, she apologized for it all on Saturday:

“I am sorry if I offended anyone with my use of the N-word on Instagram. It was not meant as a racial slur…I am not a racist. There’s no way to defend the use of the word. It was all about intention…It was used as a term of endearment toward my son who is white.  I appreciate that it’s a provocative word and I apologize if it gave people the wrong impression. Forgive me.”

Be clear: Madonna is not apologizing for using the word, she’s apologizing to anyone who may have been offended by her using the word. This is obviously something  she says on a regular basis under the guise of it being a “term of endearment.”

Madonna is also the mother of two black children and many immediately questioned how she speaks around them.

Here’s thing: If you’re going to say something, stand by it. There’s no way Madonna didn’t know that her posting that word would start this type of uproar.  If you’re bold enough to use it, then be bold enough to stick by it and keep it up.  Apologies are unnecessary when they’re empty and not truly sincere.

What do you think? Is Madonna wrong for using the n-word or is it okay for everybody to use it freely?

Don Lemon Questions If “Thug” Is A Racist Term & Says Don’t Act Like A Thug If You Don’t Want To Be Treated Like One!

January 12th, 2014 - By Drenna Armstrong
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Let’s be honest: There are few things Don Lemon says nowadays that don’t make us side eye him.  He can utter the exact same words you’ve said on the same topic and somehow, he will be hated for it. But, it hasn’t stopped him and this time, he’s continuing his coverage on the Nebraska toddler who has been called a “thug baby” by much of the world.

On Friday night, Lemon decided to tackle it from a different angle, this time asking if the term “thug” was racist. He specifically questioned if it was a racist because it was used to describe the innocent two year old child.  He pointed out that while many in the hip-hop community have used to the word in their music, it is not relegated to that genre and went to on to show that every ethnicity and class type has used the term at one point or another.

Lemon added that while he isn’t sure if the Omaha police posted the video with a racist mindset but if they did:

“Why not take the outrage you have behind that and use the energy for good to actually stop a detrimental cycle of any name? Why take ownership of thuggery? There’s nothing flattering or enticing about being a thug. And why get mad that someone calls you the very same name you call yourself? If you don’t want to treated like a thug or considered one, then don’t act like one. That’s the message that parents should be sending to their children.”

What do you think about Don Lemon’s comments?

Public Relations Exec Justine Sacco Apologizes For Racist AIDS Tweet…After Being Fired

December 22nd, 2013 - By Drenna Armstrong
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Don’t you hate it when people only apologize for something because they got caught and not because they’re actually really sorry. That sounds like the case with now former public relations executive Justine Sacco.

Sacco had been “living the life” in New York City as the Communications Director for InterActiv Corp (IAC). On Friday, right before she took off to South Africa, she tweeted the following:

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This caused one of the biggest social uproars I’ve seen in some time.  At the time, IAC did not openly say they fired her when they released their statement about how inappropriate the joke was, but you knew it was coming (and it officially did on Friday). The big joke was that Sacco was on a flight and had no idea what was happening to her life.  On Twitter, the top trending topic on Friday night was #HasJustineLandedYet.

Once she finally landed in South Africa, she found out that not only had she been let go from IAC. but she’d also made it to national news and everyone was talking about her…in a not so good way.

But now Justine Sacco is speaking out and has released the following statement, according to ABC News:

“Words cannot express how sorry I am, and how necessary it is for me to apologize to the people of South Africa, who I have offended due to a needless and careless tweet,” Sacco said in the statement. “There is an AIDS crisis taking place in this country, that we read about in America, but do not live with or face on a continuous basis. Unfortunately, it is terribly easy to be cavalier about an epidemic that one has never witnessed firsthand.

“For being insensitive to this crisis — which does not discriminate by race, gender or sexual orientation, but which terrifies us all uniformly — and to the millions of people living with the virus, I am ashamed…”

She went on to admit that her father is South African and she cherishes her time there when she visits.

Yeah, okay lady.  You tweeted something foul, you got caught, you lost your job and now you’re apologetic because your “joke” blew up in the worst way.

When will people learn?

Nelson Mandela’s Eldest Daughter Fed Up With The Media, Calls Them Racist

July 1st, 2013 - By Kimberly Gedeon
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Nelson Mandela surrounded by celebs, including Will Smith, at a 2008 birthday concert in London. Credit: Daniel Deme / WENN

Nelson Mandela surrounded by celebs, including Will Smith, at a 2008 birthday concert in London. Credit: Daniel Deme / WENN

With a chaotic media frenzy crowding the hospital that houses former South African President Nelson Mandela, his oldest daughter Makaziwe is fed up. She simply wants the media, who are anxious to snap newsworthy photos and grab juicy interviews, to leave her ailing father in peace, reports the Huffington Post.

“Vultures” is what she called the foreign media in a South African interview. Makaziwe looked down on them for invading the privacy of her revolutionary anti-apartheid leader father.

“They are standing right there in the aisle,” she told the interviewer. “You cannot even enter [the] hospital and you can’t even go out of the hospital because they are making themselves such a nuisance.”

Makaziwe adds that if people truly care about Mandela, then they should respect him. She went so far as to refer to the media as “racist.” She notes that the media didn’t react so intensely for the death of Margaret Thatcher—a former White British prime minister. “I don’t know how people come here and violate everything,” she said in International Business Times. “When Margaret Thatcher was sick in [the] hospital, I didn’t see this kind of media frenzy where people crossed boundaries.”

She likened the media to the animal world — lurkers who wait for the lion to devour the buffalo, “waiting there for the last of the carcass,” The Week added.

While President Barack Obama was traveling to South Africa yesterday, he and the First Lady met with members of Mandela’s family. In accordance with their wishes, he didn’t visit Mandela in the hospital.

“I expressed my hope that Madiba draws peace and comfort from the time that he is spending with loved ones, and also expressed my heartfelt support for the entire family as they work through this difficult time. I also reaffirmed the profound impact that his legacy has had in building a free South Africa, and in inspiring people around the world – including me,” said the President in a statement.

On the condition of her father, Makaziwe says that “it doesn’t look good, I’m not going to lie,” in the interview. This is contrary to Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s recent statement about Mandela showing improvement. But, according to Makaziwe, “when you touch him, he responds and I think for us, as his progeny, as long as [Mandela] is still responding…I think that gives us hope.”

Even as Mandela clings to life, the family drama continues, with his grandson Mandla (who’s also the chief of the Mvezo area in the Eastern Cape Province) fighting to have the bodies of three of Mandela’s deceased children moved. The family dispute was prompted by Mandela’s request to be buried next to them, reports the Los Angeles Times.

Bye Y’all! Food Network Fires Paula Deen

June 21st, 2013 - By Brande Victorian
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We wondered if this day would come and it looks like it is finally here. According to Talking Points’ National Affairs Reporter Hunter Walker, Paula Deen has been given the axe following the eruption of her racial scandal earlier this week. Walker broke the news on Twitter, saying:


TMZ just followed that tweet up with their own report confirming the same, as did the Talking Points site. This news comes after her video apology which was apparently too little and too late.

Earlier this week, the National Enquirer blew the lid off of a $1.2 million lawsuit alleging the chef had used the n-word numerous times, habitually made racial jokes, and treated her black workers as slaves. Initially the Food Network said they would monitor the situation, but now they’ve decided to take action and fire southern favorite from their station. Good move!

Check out her irrelevant (second) apology below.

50 Shades Of Black: Celebrities Struggling With Race Relations

April 17th, 2013 - By Meg Butler
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Black people have come a long way. But not everyone is helping out with the progress. Some black celebrities take their roles as role models seriously. But these celebrities may single-handedly roll race relations back a couple of years.
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Tia Norfleet

Tia Norfleet made her mark in black history by becoming the first black race car driver. But then she made us all look bad when she was kicked out of NASCAR for lying about her identity to cover up a few drug and theft charges and faking her NASCAR racing license.

Tia also had a criminal past she tried to apologize for, saying:

“People make mistakes in their life and move forward and make a better way. I think things that I’ve done, people make mistakes, as a child, as a teen, and basically, it’s things that you may not be proud of but you move forward and you help others. And they may be in the same situation and you can relate and they can relate to you, and you help them as much as possible.”

But we still feel bad for all of the little black girls who looked up to Tia before they found out that she was a criminal and a liar.

‘Shut That Ni–er Baby Up!’: Man Arrested After Slapping A Crying Baby In The Face

February 16th, 2013 - By Drenna Armstrong
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A crying baby on a flight en route to Atlanta caused a man to lose his mind and ultimately, find himself the focus of an FBI investigation.

Joe Rickey Hundley of Idaho was charged with assaulting a minor after he slapped a two year old baby who wouldn’t stop crying.

According to CNN, the baby began crying because of the change in altitude as the plane was preparing to descent to Atlanta-Hartsfield Airport.  Jessica Bennett, the child’s mother, said she began trying to soothe him but was unsuccessful.

At that point, Hundley, who was seated next to her, turned to her and said, “Shut that n***er baby up,” according to the FBI agent’s filed affidavit.

When that didn’t immediately happened, Hundley took an open hand and slapped the baby right in the face.  Of course, the baby started crying even louder.  As a result, the baby suffered a scratch under his right eye.

Many passengers were able to tell the story to the FBI agent once the plane landed.

Delta Airlines released a statement saying they were fully cooperating with authorities and apologized to passengers for the inconvenience.

Hundley isn’t answering any questions; instead, he referred questions to his lawyer who, as of Friday, had not returned CNN’s phone calls.

Lord, Lord, LORD, hold my mule while I run this race! I assume Miss Bennett must either have been in shock or she was more professional about it than anyone else I know would have ever been.  I’ve literally thought about this all night and I am pretty sure that had this been me, this would have had a slightly different ending.

I’m pretty sure I would have made a quick phone call to make sure someone could come pick my baby from the airport. Then, I’d have spoken to the flight attendant to make sure my baby got to said person meeting us at the airport. At that point, I would have beat the you-know-what out of that old man for laying hands on my child. See, someone would have to pick my kid up because clearly we both would have been hauled off to jail. I just don’t see how it’s possible that I would not have laid hands on the man.

Here’s the thing: there’s not one person who likes being on a flight with a crying baby. But hey, things happen and you have to deal with it.  This man was mad because the plane was landing and the baby’s ears were popping and it hurt.  Not only did he hit the baby but he called him a “n***er baby.”  Being old and annoyed doesn’t mean you get a pass for being a crazy racist.

I’m still floored.

I need to know: How do you think you would have reacted? Let’s talk.

Oh No They Didn’t! Super Bowl Ads Try To Profit From Controversy

January 30th, 2013 - By C. Cleveland
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A still from Kate Upton's Super Bowl ad for Carl's Jr.

A still from Kate Upton’s Super Bowl ad for Carl’s Jr.

The Super Bowl is more than a football game. During commercial breaks and on YouTube, companies are playing a Super Bowl of their own, competing to capture the world’s attention without embarrassing themselves. Any Real Housewives Of Atlanta fan can tell you how difficult that game is to master.

First possession of 2013 goes to Volkswagen. If you haven’t seen their ad featuring a proud Minnesotan talking like he works weekend shifts at the Jerk Pit, you clearly don’t work in a cubicle. Catch up, so you can engage in one of America’s favorite pastimes, a round of “Is That Racist?”

Does it matter that 100 Jamaicans are okay with the ad? Would it make it better if White Jamaicans existed? Do they exist? (FYI, they’re 3.2 percent of the country’s population. Yes, I Google’d and YouTube’d it. I was intrigued.) None of this really means anything. Some people find the commercial offensive. They may or may not be Jamaican.

Volkswagen knows their happy little commercial has a little edge to it. Edgy enough to talk to 100 Jamaicans. And make a back up ad. But standing out this time of year sometimes requires taking a little more risk. Success is determined by a simple premise: If the controversy outshines the product, you lose.

When the controversy puts an ad at the top of the news hour across the country, and the world collectively says, “Oh, that’s not so bad.” Companies like Volkswagen win. Bonus points if a few people say, “I love this ad” or “That’s a nice car he was driving.”

Here are a few attempts from Super Bowls past where companies have pushed the envelope to varying degrees, with varying levels of success. Is it a touchdown, or did they fumble the advertising budget?