Teenagers sue private school for $20M

A pair of teenage boys who were removed from a prestigious California Catholic school due to an alleged “blackface” photo are suing their former school for $20 million, claiming they were using acne treatment facial coverings. The former students, identified as H.H. and A.H., allege St. Francis High School in Mountain View wrongfully punished them for an “innocent” selfie and claim their punishment was increased due to heightened racial tensions over the fallout of George Floyd’s death, according to court records reviewed by the San Francisco Chronicle. “This lawsuit is our attempt to redeem our names and reputations, and to correct the … Continue reading Teenagers sue private school for $20M

Black franchisee claims McDonald’s forced him to sell locations to white owners, law firm says

A former pro baseball player who built one of the largest Black-owned McDonald’s franchises claims the company forced him to sell stores to white owners in a squeeze play that violated his civil rights. Herb Washington, a famed sprinter who helped the Oakland Athletics reach the World Series in 1974, makes the claim in a new lawsuit due to be filed Tuesday in federal court in Ohio, a spokesman for his law firm said Monday. “As part of its effort to drive Black franchisees from its system, McDonald’s has targeted Washington and has pressured him to sell one store after … Continue reading Black franchisee claims McDonald’s forced him to sell locations to white owners, law firm says

Court tells two Holocaust historians to apologize

A Polish court has ordered two Holocaust historians to apologize to the niece of a dead village mayor, for having accused him of collaborating with the Nazis in World War Two. Despite finding them guilty of defamation in a book, the Warsaw court did not order them to pay damages. The World Holocaust Remembrance Centre, Yad Vashem, called the case “a serious attack on free and open research”. Professors Barbara Engelking and Jan Grabowski can appeal, it was a civil case brought against them by 80-year-old Filomena Leszczynska. About six million Jews died in the Holocaust, half of them Polish … Continue reading Court tells two Holocaust historians to apologize

Georgia city removes police chief, officer for racist comments uncovered in body camera footage

A Georgia city removed its police chief and an officer last week after they made racist comments that were uncovered in body camera footage. The Hill Georgia city removes police chief, officer for racist comments uncovered in body camera footage Gene Allmond, the police chief in Hamilton, Ga., resigned on Monday and patrolman John Brooks was fired on Tuesday after city officials learned of the video recorded ahead of a Black Lives Matter protest last June, a city official confirmed to The New York Times on Sunday. Mayor Julie Brown told television station WRBL that the city removed the officers “because we don’t want … Continue reading Georgia city removes police chief, officer for racist comments uncovered in body camera footage

Boy sentenced for racist street attack

A 16-year-old boy has been sentenced for racially attacking a Singapore student who was told “we don’t want your coronavirus in our country”. Jonathan Mok was beaten up on Oxford Street last February by a group of boys in an “unprovoked attack”. The teenager was convicted of racially aggravated grievous bodily harm following a trial at Highbury Corner Youth Court, the chair of the bench gave the boy an 18-month youth rehabilitation order. He was also ordered to wear an electronic tag, follow a curfew order between 20:00 and 07:00 for 10 weeks and must pay £600 compensation to Mr Mok. … Continue reading Boy sentenced for racist street attack

Thousands march in Australia for Indigenous recognition

Thousands of people in Australia defied public health concerns and protested against the mistreatment of Indigenous people on ‘Australia Day’, the national holiday marking the 1788 arrival of the British First Fleet that is known as ‘Invasion Day’ by Aboriginal people. In Sydney, as many as 3,000 people joined rallies calling for the national day be changed, although state health officials had refused to make an exemption to social-distancing rules to allow for crowds of more than 500 people. Police said there were five arrests for minor offences. For many Indigenous Australians, who trace their lineage on the continent back … Continue reading Thousands march in Australia for Indigenous recognition

Clinics defend ‘Dr Death’ Basson’s right to practise

A private hospital group in South Africa has defended itself amid an uproar that the man dubbed “Dr Death” practises from two of its clinics. Mediclinic said it could not stop Wouter Basson from practising as he was a registered doctor. The cardiologist headed an apartheid-era secret germ warfare programme, he has faced down numerous legal challenges over his work to produce drugs and agents to target anti-apartheid activists. The 70-year-old’s defence has been that he acted under orders of the South African Defence Force (SADF), the state has been paying all his legal fees over the years as he … Continue reading Clinics defend ‘Dr Death’ Basson’s right to practise

Coon Cheese rebrands in Australia after anti-racism campaign

Coon Cheese is to be rebranded in Australia to Cheer after a campaign by activists against the word’s racist connotations. The well-known brand, which has been around for more than 80 years, will disappear from shelves in July. The cheese is owned by Canada’s Saputo Dairy Australia which announced last year it would “retire” the name. Coon is historically used as a racist slur, and Aboriginal groups have lobbied for its rebranding for decades. It is one of a number of brands to face pressure to rebrand following last year’s Black Lives Matter movement. “The name Cheer has the significance … Continue reading Coon Cheese rebrands in Australia after anti-racism campaign

Australia v India: Hosts apologise as alleged racist abuse investigated

Australian cricket’s governing body has apologised to India and is investigating claims that visiting players were subjected to racist abuse by spectators during the third Test. India made an official complaint after day three on Saturday that bowlers Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj had received racist abuse in Sydney, and on Sunday, play was halted for 10 minutes after more alleged abuse. Six people were subsequently ejected from the Sydney Cricket Ground. Cricket Australia (CA) and New South Wales police are investigating this incident, which was reported to umpires by Siraj. India reported the alleged racist abuse on Saturday to … Continue reading Australia v India: Hosts apologise as alleged racist abuse investigated

Miss France runner-up April Benayoum targeted by anti-Semitic tweets

The runner-up of the Miss France 2021 competition has been subjected to a torrent of anti-Semitic abuse on social media, promoting outrage and a police investigation. April Benayoum, 21, was awarded second place in the pageant during a televised ceremony on Saturday. She revealed her Israeli origins in an interview at the event, leading to anti-Semitic attacks on Twitter, the tweets were widely condemned by French politicians and Jewish groups. In an interview with the Var-Martin newspaper, Ms Benayoum said she heard about the anti-Jewish insults from her relatives. “It is sad to witness such behaviour in 2020,” said Ms … Continue reading Miss France runner-up April Benayoum targeted by anti-Semitic tweets

Backlash over Japan cosmetics boss ‘racist’ comments

A major Japanese cosmetics firm has faced calls for a boycott after its chief executive used a derogatory term for Koreans, DHC’s boss Yoshiaki Yoshida made the comments in a message on the company’s website. In it, he disparaged rival firm, the beverage-making giant Suntory, as ‘Chontory’ for its use of Japanese-Korean models. “Chon” is a derogatory term for Koreans in Japan. Although Suntory primarily makes drinks, it competes with DHC in the health supplement sector. “For some reason, the models hired for Suntory’s commercials are almost all Korean-Japanese. So that’s why it seems they’re mocked on the Internet as … Continue reading Backlash over Japan cosmetics boss ‘racist’ comments

PSG, Basaksehir teams walk off after alleged racial slur

Players of Paris Saint Germain and Istanbul Basaksehir leave the pitch after an argument between the Turkish players and the fourth referee during a Champions League game.  The Champions League game between Paris Saint-Germain and Basaksehir was interrupted when players walked off the field on Tuesday after alleging fourth official Sebastian Coltescu of Romania used a racial slur against an assistant coach. Players from the Turkish team were furious after assistant coach Pierre Webo was shown a red card by referee Ovidiu Hategan of Romania at Parc des Princes, saying Coltescu had used a racial term against Webo, who is … Continue reading PSG, Basaksehir teams walk off after alleged racial slur