‘Blackface’ at the basketball game: Racism or ‘harmless skin-care joke’?
Jalen Johnson, one of the nation’s best high school basketball players, went to the free-throw line Wednesday night for his suburban Milwaukee team when Port Washington fans tried to distract him by holding and waving posters with his image.
They appeared to show him wearing blackface, which is odd because Johnson is African American. Read more →
Student apologizes for anti-Semitic proposal to a dance
The school’s principal called the sign ‘deeply offensive’ but won’t talk about any punishment for the students because of privacy concerns.
It might not be a bad idea to go over the history curriculum, though. Read more →
A journalist destroys his TV station’s credibility
KTTC, the Rochester TV station, has some explaining to do if it wants to restore the credibility it lost when a news anchor wore a Make America Great Again hat during a live shot at President Trump’s appearance in Rochester.
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In Russia, nothing sells burgers like a promotion offering free Whoppers to women who agree to get impregnated by soccer players in the World Cup.
Burger King has now apologized for the promotion. Read more →
Woman who got stuck in tailpipe answers the obvious question
It’s good for Kaitlyn Strom that on the day a picture circulated of her with her head stuck in a tailpipe of a pickup truck, the world’s attention was diverted by a raccoon doing raccoon things. Read more →
Maybe it’s time to dial back prom a little bit. Read more →
Many people in the media get a fair amount of feedback from the audience that’s fair game. Women in media, particularly women in TV news, are treated horribly by — wait for it — men. What are you thinking, fellas? Read more →
The Brainerd Dispatch reports that mostly boys — big shock — are mimicking ‘obscene and disturbing behavior’ in the video series. Symptoms apparent include Jeffy’s signature moves of fondling his crotch and humping a box of Cheerios.
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Couple wanted to leave the rat race, now they’re broke and stranded
Some couples are able to sell their possessions and sail into the sunset. Some couples aren’t. Read more →
Some Facebook users reached a new low today — even for Facebook users — when someone thought it was a good idea to post the image of a man in St. Paul who took his own life.
The St. Paul Police Department — and cops see the worst in us every day — was shocked at the callousness toward a man who had lived with mental health issues.
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Anti-Trump comment in high school yearbook stirs Brainerd
When the kids at Brainerd High School voted in a mock election last November, Donald Trump crushed Hillary Clinton. So the reaction this week to a comment in the high school yearbook shouldn’t be at all surprising. Read more →
United passenger dragged off overbooked flight
United Airlines, the anti-leggings airline, isn’t above asking police to drag people off a plane if it wants to give the seat to someone else.
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Debate over smoking breaks out at woman’s funeral
In Quincy, Mass., Carol Tan Wong died of lung cancer. During his eulogy for his mother, Adrian Wong said ‘she was not a smoker. Not exposed to secondhand smoke. Never worked with chemicals. She was simply unlucky.’ Then, a stranger suggested otherwise. Read more →
In an editor’s note, The Economist acknowledged a slavery-sympathetic bood review shouldn’t have been posted. It also reposted the review ‘in the interest of transparency.’ Read more →
It’s probably just as well that the book reviewer for The Economist didn’t sign the review in this week’s edition of Cornell professor Edward Baptist’s book, “The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism.” The magazine has never believed in bylines. The unsigning writer makes a case, apparently, that slavery Read more →