Rep. Robert Pittenger, a North Carolina congressman, expressed regret for inflammatory statements he made on live television during which he said Charlotte protesters “hate White people because White people are successful and they’re not.” Pittenger made the comments during a BBC segment taped at the Capitol building. Critics slammed him as racist and judgmental. Pittenger took to Twitter and said the quote derived from comments he heard protesters make on television and expressed anguish over the tense environment in Charlotte following the deadly police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott. The apology came too late; critics said Pittenger’s comments were inexcusable. Read more.
The New York Times Features Langston Hughes’ “I Too” Poem In Poignant Full Page Spread
Langston Hughes published his riveting poem “I Too” 90 years ago, but the message resonates today more than ever due to the current state of race relations in America. On Thursday, The New York Times featured the poem in a full-length ad to accompany a review of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. “A full page in @nytimes today dedicated to a poem. One that everyone should read and reread,” The Times’ book editor, Pamela Paul, tweeted. Read more.
Man Shoots Deaf Teen After Friend Shows Gunman “We Can’t Hear You” Text
An 18-year-old Victorville, California teen was fatally shot Friday after friends tried telling the gunman that the victim was deaf. According to the victim’s sister, Najai Welch, the gunman approached her brother DeSean and his friends after a local high school football game. The alleged shooter accused DeSean of being involved in a gang. Friends of the deaf teen showed the gunman a text that said, “We are deaf. We can’t hear you. We don’t understand what you are saying to us.” DeSean was later hit by gunfire. The victim’s friends flagged police down and the teen was transported to a local hospital, where he later died. His family is devastated and claims he was the victim of mistaken identity. Read more.
Disturbing Video Shows 15-Year-Old Girl Pepper Sprayed By Police
On Thursday, Hagerstown, Maryland, police released body cam footage that captured a troublesome police encounter with a 15-year-old girl. Police say they pepper sprayed the teen in an effort to restrain her after a traffic violation. According to police, the girl allegedly hit a moving vehicle with her bike. When police arrived at the scene, they say she became combative. The girl claims she was disoriented and scared after the accident. Activists are outraged and say the 15-minute video brings up a larger question about proper use of force. Read more.
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