Systemic racism

TN White Man Uses Racial Slurs and Violence Toward Black Children

In January 2019 a Tennessee white man yelled racial slurs and attempted to run over black children after getting into an argument with the family inside a store.

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TX White Man Shoots at Black Family, killing 7-Year-Old

In December 2018 a white Texas man fired into the car of a black family five, shooting two people and killing a 7-year-old girl.

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TX Black Woman with History of Mental Illness Died in Jail

In December 2018 a Texas black woman with a history of mental illness died jail waiting on her family to pay a $300 bail order.

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OR Family's Black Santa Decoration Vandalized

In December 2018 an Oregon family's black Santa inflatable decoration was vandalized.

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First Black Head Coach of a University Football Team Faces Racist Violent Imagery after Loss

In November 2018 a racist meme began circulating after a Florida football team’s loss; the meme suggested that the head coach should be lynched for his performance as coach this season.

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Exploring the Kyriarchy: Socially Liberal but Fiscally Conservative

The 'socially liberal but fiscally conservative' position is a part of the kyriarchy. Equality requires investment.

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FL Officers Kill Black Psychiatric Patient

In November 2018 Florida police officers shot and killed a black psychiatric patient inside the hospital.

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White Nationalist Stickers Found at a NC University

In November 2018 stickers for a white nationalist organization, which has been labeled a hate group by the SPLC, were found on the campus of a North Carolina university.

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CA Man Tried to Run Over Two Jewish Men Near a Synagogue

In November 2018 a man tried to run over two Jewish men near a California synagogue before yelling anti-Semitic remarks.

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TX Library Calls Police on Black Graduate Student

A black Texas graduate student was asked to leave a public library by both the library manager and the police.

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TN Black Female Officer Faced Retaliation after Alleging Rape by Another Officer

In November 2018 a black female police officer in Tennessee filed a lawsuit alleging racial and gender discrimination against the department for which she works.

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IL Officer Shot and Killed a Black Man who had Detained an Active Shooter

In November 2018 an Illinois police officer shot and killed a black man who had detained an active shooter.

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Exploring the Kyriarchy: Political Violence, Threats, and Harassment

To continue to perfect our union, and protect this radical freedom experiment that is our nation, we must not only condemn hate, but expand protections and freedoms for each way our citizens exist.

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NY Teacher Makes Racial Comment About Student’s Appearance

In October 2018, a New York teacher told an art student that “all African-Americans have big noses,” after the teacher drew a caricature of the student.

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Parents and Students Concerned About Unaddressed Racism in TN High School

In October 2018 students and parents at a Tennessee high school are reporting concerns of racial harassment that appears to be unaddressed.

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WI High School Called Police on a Student For Reacting to Racial Slurs

In September 2018 a Wisconsin high school called police on a black student who stood up for herself after experiencing unaddressed racism.

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MO Hospital Files Charges Against a Woman who was Attacked by Their Guard

In October 2018 a Missouri hospital filed charges against a black woman who was beaten by one of their security guards in July.

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Exploring the Kyriarchy: Hate Speech and Dog Whistles

Language affects perception. Dog whistles are an attempt to hide bigotry.

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KS Officer Detained a Man Moving into His Own Home

In August 2018 a Kansas officer detained a black man as he was moving into his new home.

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GA Teachers Tie Up and Threaten Pre-School Students

In September 2018, Georgia pre-school teachers tied up and threatened black students.

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New FL Policy Will Keep Inmates Far From Family

In September 2018 Florida state prisons announced a new plan to incarcerate inmates in counties away from their home counties.

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FL Republican Donor Defends Racist Tweet

In September 2018 a major Republican donor in Florida used a racial slur on Twitter and later defended the tweet as not racist.

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FL Former Police Chief Pleads Guilty to Framing Black People

In September 2018 a Florida former police chief pled guilty to framing black residents for burglaries to increase his department’s clearance rate.

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GA Official Seeks to Close a Majority of Polling Places in a Majority Black County

In August 2018 officials in a majority black county in Georgia called for the closure of a majority of polling places in the county weeks before midterm elections.

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LA Mayoral Candidate Received Racially Charged Threat

A mayoral candidate in Louisiana received an anonymous message with threatening imagery, a racial slur, and a demand that he “get out of the race.”

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Black AL Pastor Found Racial Vandalism on His Property

In August 2018 a black Alabama pastor found racial slurs on his vehicle.

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Chicago Police Baited Low Income Black Residents to Theft Charges

In August 2018 Chicago police participated in a sting using a bait truck filled with expensive shoes in a low income predominately black neighborhood.

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Exploring the Kyriarchy: Authoritarianism

Authoritarianism is antithetical to democracy and the United States Constitution, and it has no place in American government.

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UT Man Arrested for Threatening to Kill Hispanic Men

In July 2018 a Utah man allegedly threatened to kill and bury two men he believed to be undocumented immigrants.

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CA White Man Uses Racial Slur, Throws a Chair at a Black Woman

In July 2018, a white California man went on a racist rant and threw a chair at a black woman.

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CA 92-Year-Old Hispanic Man Beaten, Told to "Go Back to Your Own Country"

A 92-year-old CA Hispanic man was beaten with a brick and told to return to his country.

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CA Woman Uses Hate Speech Toward Latino Man

A white woman in California used hate speech toward a Latino man and his mother, calling them animals.

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Exploring the Kyriarchy: Pride is a Protest

For the forty ninth anniversary of the Stonewall Inn Riots, we're exploring why Pride is a protest, and why it still must be.

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WA Man Shouts Hate Speech at a Black Man

In June 2018 white man in Washington shouted racial slurs at a black man, saying “I run this country — you guys are dead.”

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MI Education Department Proposes Removing References To Gay Rights, Roe v. Wade, and the KKK

In June 2018, the Michigan Department of Education proposed changes to social studies standards, which would erase gay rights, Roe v. Wade, and the KKK.

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Exploring the Kyriarchy: Dehumanization

Dehumanization is the root of violence and injustice in the United States.

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Documenting the Kyriarchy: Modern Day Slavery

In June of 2018 slavery exists in the United States.

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Black Legislator in OH Subjected to Racial Bias at the Statehouse

Reporting in June 2018 revealed that a black legislator in Ohio had been stopped multiple times while attempting to enter the statehouse, her workplace, including once being told that she doesn’t “look like a legislator.”

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SD Lawmaker Said Businesses Should be Allowed to Discriminate Based on Race

In June 2018 a lawmaker in South Dakota said that business owners should be allowed “to turn away people of color,” while defending the rights of a bakery to refuse to make a cake for a same-sex wedding.

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VA Police Officer Shot and Killed Unarmed Black Man

In May 2018 a police officer in Virginia shot and killed an unarmed, possibly mentally ill, black man.

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Exploring the Kyriarchy: The Criminalization of Race and Use of Force

White women use white men (i.e. police officers) to enact their white supremacy.

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CA Police Follow Black Man to See Who Was in His Car

In May 2018 a police officer in California followed a black man for ten minutes to see who was in his car.

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GA Republican Campaign Bus Calls Immigrants Criminals

In May 2018 a Republican candidate for governor in Georgia toured the state in a bus declaring undocumented immigrants to be “murderers, rapists, kidnappers, child molestors, and other criminals.”

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Exploring the Kyriarchy: Marginalized People and Income Inequality

Income inequality is a key form of marginalization within the kyriarchy: every marginalized group is affected.

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Research Shows Race Is a Bigger Factor than Class in Wealth Gaps

Research published in March 2018 found large wealth gaps between white and black men.

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Hate Speech in MO Directed Toward 7 Year Old Girl

In March 2018 a Missouri family found a black barbie doll with hate speech in the mailbox; it appears to have been intended for the seven year old girl who lives in the home.

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Exploring the Kyriarchy: Our Violent Culture

America's violent culture is more pervasive than mental illness or video games. We're having the wrong discussion.

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AR Black Police Officers File Discrimination Suit

In March 2018 four black police officers in Arkansas filed a lawsuit claiming that their police department and chief of police engaged in racist discrimination including retaliation for their complaints.

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A NC Black Female Student Was Disciplined for Dress Code Violation

In March 2018 a North Carolina high school assistant principal disciplined a black female student at the end of the school day, refusing to allow her to ride the bus home because one shoulder was revealed.

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FL Teacher Used Racial Slurs in Class

In March 2018 a Florida teacher was suspended for using racial slurs and telling students not to date black boys.

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HUD Removes Citizen Protections from New Mission Statement

A March 2018 memo reveals that the US Department of Housing and Urban Development is removing sustainability, consumer protection, and anti-discrimination from its mission statement.

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New Report Finds that Racial Justice Gains Have Stalled or Reversed

A report released in February 2018, the 50th anniversary of the Kerner Commission, found that gains on poverty and racial justice have been stalled or reversed.

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US State Department Removes Human Rights Language from Annual Report

February 2018 reporting reveals that officials at the State Department have been ordered to cut language regarding women’s reproductive rights, as well as racial and sexual discrimination, from a soon-to-be-released annual report.

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New Report Shows that Anti-Semitism Increased in 2017

A February 2018 report released by the Anti-Defamation League revealed a nearly 60% increase in anti-semitic incidents in the previous year.

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US President's Budget Deprioritizes Poverty

US President’s budget, released in February 2018, calls for cuts of 14 percent to the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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Exploring the Kyriarchy: The Marginalization of Black Neighborhoods

For Black History Month, we explore the marginalization of black neighborhoods.

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National Pundit Criticizes Black Athletes as Unintelligent

In January 2018 a national political pundit suggested that black athletes that criticize the US president are unintelligent.

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Hate Speech at a NJ High School

In February 2018 social media posts involving students at the same NJ high school included racist imagery and language.

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NY Teacher Directed to Stop Teaching Harlem Renaissance

In February 2018, which is Black History Month, a New York high school principal directed a teacher to stop teaching a lesson on the Harlem Renaissance.

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MI Sheriff Accused of Racism, Sexism, and Ableism in Lawsuit

In February 2018 a Michigan sheriff was accused in a lawsuit of racism, sexism, and ableism.

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Two Black Men in MO Exonerated After New Video Released

In February 2018 two black men in Missouri were exonerated after police released surveillance video showing, six months later, that they were the victims instead of the perpetrators in a robbery.

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National Radio Host Advocated White Supremacy

In January 2018 a nationally syndicated radio host argued that white people in the United States are experiencing a “cultural genocide.”

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Church, Schools, and Homes in MT Hit with Anti-Semitic and Anti-LGBTQ Vandalism

In January and February 2018 a Montana church was vandalized with anti-semitic and anti-gay imagery and pamphlets. Homes and schools in the area were also recently vandalized.

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MS Black Woman Indicted for Murder After Losing Infant at Birth

In January 2018 a Mississippi black woman was indicted for second-degree murder after her infant died.

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FL Politician Ran a Race Baiting Ad

In January 2018 a Florida politician released a racist ad depicting the stalking and murder of a white woman by an undocumented immigrant.

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White NY Teacher Walked on Black Students in Lesson on Slavery

In January 2018 a white middle school teacher in New York walked on the backs of black students to teach a lesson on slavery.

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MO School Board Candidate Has Racist Posts on Social Media

In January 2018 a school board candidate in Missouri posted racist and anti-immigrant language on social media. Her past social media posts reveal a history of racism, transphobia, and Islamophobia.

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Black Man Beaten in WA Hate Crime

In January 2018 a black man was beaten in a hate crime in Washington.

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ID Youth Soccer Coach Received Racist Message

In January 2018, a youth soccer coach in Idaho received a racist letter regarding his majority POC soccer team.

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GA Couple Assaulted a Person of Color in a Gas Station

In January 2018 a couple in Georgia physically and verbally assaulted a gas station attendant.

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UN Representative Described Homeless Conditions in CA City as ‘Systemically Cruel’

In January 2018 a representative from the United Nations described the conditions of homeless people in one California city as "systemically cruel.”

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SD State Senator Interrupted Interfaith Gathering to Advocate Racist Policies

In January 2018 a state senator in South Dakota, while interrupting an interfaith gathering at the state capitol, advocated banning Muslim individuals from traveling to the US.

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WI Private School Homework Assignment Asks for Good Reasons for Slavery

In January 2018 a Wisconsin private school homework assignment asked for three good reasons for slavery.

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Couple Files False Report of Mugging by Black Men

In December 2017 in Illinois a couple filed a false police report claiming to have been mugged by three black men.

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UN Report Notes Extreme Poverty In Alabama

In December 2017 the UN’s Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights found a shocking degree of poverty is parts of rural Alabama.

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Black Gymnast Criticized for Her Hair

In December 2017 a black gymnast was criticized for the appearance of her hair before her cheerleading debut with an NFL cheering squad.

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Voter Suppression Reported in Alabama

In December 2017 the NAACP received reports of voter suppression during a special election for a senate race in Alabama.

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Car Vandalized with Racial Slurs Near KS University

In November 2017 a car near a Kansas university campus was vandalized with racial slurs.

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CA Men Charged with Attempted Murder and Hate Crime

Two California men have been charged with attempted murder and a hate crime in an October assault of a black man.

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Racist Language Used in NJ School Board Race

In October 2017 flyers were distributed in a New Jersey school board race that suggested the two Asian candidates should be deported.

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Puerto Rico Suffers From Slow Response by US Government

In October 2017 nurses returning from Puerto Rico blamed the federal government for a slow response to the humanitarian crisis that resulted from Hurricane Maria five weeks earlier.

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MD White Students Wore Racially Insensitive Costumes

In October 2017 white students in Maryland wore racist costumes that referenced police brutality as a joke, and subsequently published photos on social media.

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WI Man Shot at and Used Racial Slurs Toward Another Man

In October 2017 a Wisconsin man chased and shot at another man while shouting a racial slur.

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SC Police Captain Suggest that Only People of Color Can Commit Domestic Terrorism

After a school shooting in South Carolina in October 2017, a police captain said that the incident was not an example of domestic terrorism because the shooter and all of the victims were white.

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WI Man Held Undocumented Woman as a Sex Slave for Two Years

In October 2017 a Wisconsin man was arrested for holding an undocumented woman as a sex slave for two years.

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CA Employee Wears Blackface

In October 2017 a white employee at a California office supply store wore blackface as part of her Halloween costume.

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TN Woman Physically Assaulted by White Supremacist

In October 2017 a Tennessee woman was subjected to physical assault by a man in a group, which identified as white supremacists, after being spotted with a black man.

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LA Supreme Court Denied Appeal to Black Man

In October 2017 the Supreme Court of Louisiana denied a man’s right to appeal for a lack of a lawyer because, they said, his request for lawyer during interrogation was ambiguous.

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NY Clubs Discriminated Against Dark Skinned Strippers

In October 2017 dark skinned New York strippers went on strike protesting discrimination within the clubs in which they work.

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NJ Professor Used Anti-Semitic, Homophobic, and Sexist Comments

In October 2017 a petition circulated by students at a New Jersey university accused a professor of anti-Semitic, homophobic, and sexist comments.

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MI City Council Candidate Indifferent About Racist, Sexist, and Homophobic Comments

In October 2017 a Michigan pastor running for city council responded with indifference when questioned about racist, homophobic, and sexist comments he made on social media.

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MI Woman Exposed to Racist Language by Locksmith

In October 2017 a Michigan woman who’d called a locksmith for help noticed racist messages on the locksmith’s phone.

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Cereal Box Art Included Racist Imagery

In October 2017 a major cereal company released a box of cereal with artwork in which the cereal was represented as characters at a mall, and only one of the characters had darker skin and was portrayed as a janitor.

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Black Musician Racially Profiled at NY Hotel

In October 2017 a black music artist accused of smoking marijuana in a New York hotel accused the hotel of racism.

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LA Sheriff Complained About Releasing "Good" Inmates Who Work

In October 2017 a Louisiana sheriff publicly complained that new sentencing guidelines would release “good” inmates who perform work in the prisons.

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Director of MI State Police Derided NFL Players for Protest

In September 2017, as professional athletes in the NFL kneeled during the national anthem before games, the director of the Michigan State Police in a social media post described the players as “rich, entitled, arrogant, ungrateful, anti-American degenerates.”

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Racist Displays Spotted on Campus of a DC University

In September 2017 posters featuring Confederate flags, stalks of cotton, and Civil War-era Confederate slogans were displayed on the campus of a university in Washington, DC.

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Racist and Sexist Halloween Costumes Available

In September 2017 sexist and racist Halloween costumes were released and highly rated by customers.

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TX Teenagers Experience Hate Speech and Threats

In September 2017 a Texas man overheard teenagers speaking Spanish in a restaurant and responded with anger, racial slurs, and threats of violence.

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Texas Synagogue Held Secret Services to Protect Congregation From Possible Hate Crimes

In September 2017 an unnamed Jewish congregation in Texas decided to hide their services for High Holy Days due to widespread neo-Nazi demonstrations in the United States.

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