Category Archives: black lives matter

Richard Spencer Bounced a $10K Check for Florida Event

Alt-right White supremacist Richard Spencer’s controversial appearance at the University of Florida, Gainesville in October almost never happened, and the reason had nothing to do with students’ attempts to shut the event down. Rather, it appears that Spencer’s think tank organization bounced a check on the university only days before he was scheduled to show up.

On Wednesday, November 8, the UF released several hundred pages of emails that documented record of the failed transaction. A copy of the check reads, “We would like to confirm with you that the check (#1014) with the amount of $10,564.00 paid by the National Policy Institute on 10/10/2017 was returned due to “Insufficient Funds” in payer’s bank account on 10/12/2017.” Apparently, the check and rental contract for use of the university’s space was FedExed by NPI executive director Evan McLaren via same-day delivery on October 6. Six days later the school was alerted about the blunder.

The National Policy Institute has seen its share of unsuspected woes so far as finances go in 2017. Back in March, the organization learned that its non-profit tax-exempt status was being stripped by the IRS, for failure to file required tax returns since 2012. While the NPI’s current financial standing has gone unreported on, it is confirmed that they indeed eventually came through with their payment for Spencer’s University of Florida speech.

SOURCE: VLADTV

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Cowboys’ David Irving Raises Fist After Anthem in Spite of Jerry Jones

In spite of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s efforts to quell the National Anthem controversy consuming the league, nearly two dozen players continued to protest racial inequality during Week Seven’s schedule of games on Sunday, Oct. 22.

Six members of the Seattle Seahawks squad joined teammate Michael Bennett in sitting the anthem out, three Miami Dolphins (Julius Thomas, Michael Thomas, and Kenny Stills) remained in the stadium tunnel for the anthem’s duration, and Rams DE Robert Quinn raised his fist as the song played. Perhaps the most controversial demonstration came from Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman David Irving, who waited until the anthem was complete to also raise his fist.

Leading up to Sunday’s action word had gotten around that Cowboys owner Jerry Jones’ demand that players on his team stand during the ceremony rubbed Irving the wrong way. Thus, it had been anticipated that the 24-year-old Compton native may act on how he felt.

After the game, reporters attempted to get Irving to speak on his decision to protest, but he was hesitant, stating, “I’ve said some teasers here and there and it turned into a big, huge thing, a big distraction … We’re just going to talk about football now.”

In follow-up, he was asked a pair of additional questions on the topic, one of which concerned a comparison to iconic ’68 Olympics duo John Carlos and Tommie Smith. Irving declined to speak on the comparison, but he’d oblige in responding to whether he meant any disrespect towards military servicemembers by the gesture.

“My dad’s a Master Sergeant and I’ve had plenty of discussions and talks with him about the issue, and my oldest brother served as a Marine as well. You know, I’m not meaning to disrespect the flag at all,” he said.

SOURCE: VLADTV

Tesla Slammed With Racial Discrimination Allegations

Three former black Tesla employees claim they experienced racial discrimination by company supervisors and fellow employees.

Tesla Slammed With New Round of Racial Discrimination Allegations

According to a lawsuit filed Tuesday, October 17, Owen Diaz and his son, Demetric (pictured above), along with Lamar Patterson, claim they faced racial remarks and racist graffiti drawings throughout their tenures in Tesla’s Fremont factory. According to NBC Bay Area, the former workers claim they were called the n-word multiple times, by both coworkers and their superiors. Owen Diaz claimed he found a “pickaninny” cartoon with the caption “Boo!” drawn on a piece of cardboard.

The suit claims that the Demetric Diaz was let go by the company after he complained about the treatment to a supervisor, who allegedly told the 19-year-old he was a replaceable temp worker. The suit states Owen Diaz continued working after his son’s dismissal but resigned after the harassment became worse.

Tesla Slammed With New Round of Racial Discrimination Allegations

While the trio maintains they filed multiple complaints with their staffing agency and supervisors of the company, in a statement by Tesla, the company claims the only complaint presented by any of the workers was one issue of a “belligerent coworker.” However, this is not the first time Tesla has dealt with racial discrimination claims. Back in September, video released to the public showed former Tesla employee DeWitt Lambert being blasted with offensive remarks by a co-worker.

SOURCE: VLADTV

Kaepernick Files Collusion Grievance Against Owners of the NFL

Colin Kaepernick is taking the NFL to court. It was reported on Sunday, October 15, that the star quarterback-turned-activist has filed a grievance that accuses the league’s team owners of collusion under its collective bargaining agreement with the NFL Players Association. After news broke about the move it was confirmed that he has foregone representation under the Players Association and hired high powered attorney Mark Geragos (who has defended the likes of Michael Jackson and Chris Brown) to argue his case.

Each of the NFL’s 32 teams has been sent a copy of the court document, as has the NFLPA. The complaint charges that owners and executives around the NFL “have colluded to deprive Mr. Kaepernick of employment rights in retaliation for Mr. Kaepernick’s leadership and advocacy for equality and social justice and his bringing awareness to peculiar institutions still undermining racial equality in the United States.” Geragos has called for an arbitration hearing on behalf of his client.

Kaepernick has been out of a job since opting out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers in March. He’d go on to shop his on-field abilities to a couple of teams but stopped receiving calls to work out for teams in the market for a quarterback before long. As the offseason dragged out with various questionable signings at the quarterback position, fans began to question why Kaepernick was being passed over and suspicions that he was being blackballed began to take root. While a number of players and analysts have openly professed their belief that his activism is viewed as a “distraction” and thus played a role in him being denied a shot, team representatives have vehemently denied that he is being blackballed on their account.

SOURCE: VLADTV

Eminem Attacks Trump in BET Cypher

Never one to be shy with his words, Eminem made a blistering return to the music scene via a passionate takedown of Donald Trump in a freestyle broadcast on BET’s Hip-Hop Awards.

Filmed Friday in his hometown of Detroit, the Grammy Award winner went after the president in a nearly five-minute cypher performance, where he referred to Trump as a “bitch,” and called him out for his handling of Charlottesville, and his recent attack on the NFL player protests.

In what Eminem has deemed “The Storm,” he rapped, “This is his form of distraction/ Plus, he gets an enormous reaction/ When he attacks the NFL, so we focus on that/ Instead of talking about Puerto Rico or gun reform for Nevada/ All of these horrible tragedies and he’s bored and would rather cause a Twitter storm with the Packers.”

Trump wasn’t the rapper’s only target, as he had a strong message for people who claim to be supporters of both men. “And any fan of mine who’s a supporter of his,” he continued. “I’m drawing in the sand a line/ You’re either for or against/ And if you can’t decide who you like more in your split/ On who you should stand beside/ I’ll do it for you with this/ F— you.”

Raising his fist in the air, a move he says is for former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who began the national anthem kneeling movement, Eminem concluded, “The rest of America stand up. We love our military and we love our country, but we f—ing hate Trump.”

SOURCE: EW

Michael Jordan Donates $7M to Charlotte Clinics

In the past, many have criticized Michael Jordan for staying silent during trying times that affect people who mostly purchase his products. However, Michael Jordan is putting his money where the critic’s mouths are, as he reportedly donated seven million dollars to clinics in at-risk communities located in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Michael Jordan Donates $7M to Charlotte Clinics

Jordan and his brand are set to work with Novant Health, who announced Jordan’s donation earlier Monday. Jordan spokesperson Estee Portnoy said that their company and Novant began working together a few years ago, as Jordan was in search of ways he could help poor and disadvantaged communities in Charlotte. Portnoy noted that Jordan “really wanted to do something personally, he and his family, in the North Carolina area, separate from the work we’ve done with the Hornets.”

Michael Jordan Donates $7M to Charlotte Clinics

According to the Charlotte Observer, over the next five years, an estimated 35,000 adults and children who don’t have access to health care or who use the emergency room for non-urgent needs will be serviced by the clinics. While speaking to a crowd who came to support the union between Jordan and Novant, expressed pride in teaming up with Novant so the two can “bring critical health services to under-served areas of Charlotte and the thousands of North Carolinians with limited access to health care.”

SOURCE: VLADTV

ESPN Suspends Jemele Hill Over Jerry Jones Tweets

After Jerry Jones made a statement that the Cowboys would not allow any player who “disrespect the flag” play, ESPN anchor Jemele Hill took to Twitter to give her opinion on the matter. Hill tweeted that her people should consider boycotting advertisers of the Dallas Cowboys owner after his policy to penalize players for kneelings.

ESPN has suspended Jemele for a second violation of the network’s social media guidelines on Monday (10/09).

“Jemele Hill has been suspended for two weeks for a second violation of our social media guidelines,” the network said in a statement. “She previously acknowledged letting her colleagues and company down with an impulsive tweet. In the aftermath, all employees were reminded of how individual tweets may reflect negatively on ESPN and that such actions would have consequences,” the statement continued. “Hence this decision.” Hill had previously come under fire for calling President Trump a “white supremacist.”

Hill recently received backlash after tweeting that President Trump is a “white supremacist.”

SOURCE: VLADTV