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Artist Blasted for Racist Depiction of Serena Williams at U.S. Open

Australia’s Herald Sun newspaper came under fire for artist Mark Knight’s cartoon depiction of Serena Williams’ incident at the U.S. Open, which many see as racist.

The photo went viral online, with celebrities like Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling blasting the photo on Twitter, writing, “Well done on reducing one of the greatest sportswomen alive to racist and sexist tropes and turning a second great sportswoman into a faceless prop.”

Jemele Hill also added that the photo is “About as subtle as Fran Drescher’s voice.”

Herald editor Damon Johnston backed Knight’s cartoon in a statement, which read, “A champion tennis player had a mega tantrum on the world stage, and Mark’s cartoon depicted that. It had nothing to do with gender or race.”

Knight also reacted himself, stating, “I drew this cartoon Sunday night after seeing the US Open final, and seeing the world’s best tennis player have a tantrum and thought that was interesting,” he said. It’s been picked up by social media in the US and my phone has just melted down. The world has just gone crazy.”

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U.S. Re-Opening Emmett Till Murder Investigation Amid ‘New Information’

The U.S. Justice Department has received “new information” in the murder investigation of Emmett Till, which they have decided to re-open.

This comes nearly 63-years after the brutal and racist murder of Till, who was captured and killed after he was accused of whistling at a white woman while visiting his family in Mississippi. The woman, Carolyn Bryant, later told author Timothy Tyson that her testimony about Till grabbing her around the waist and uttering obscenities was not true.

Bryant told Tyson, “Honestly, I just don’t remember. It was fifty years ago. You tell these stories for so long that they seem true, but that part is not true.”

Bryant’s husband, Roy Bryant, and his half-brother, J.W. Milam were identified as the killers by Till’s uncle, Mose Wright. The two men were found not guilty by an all-white jury in the closely watched case that helped spur the civil rights movement in the 1950s. The filmmakers of the PBS documentary, “The Murder of Emmett Till” spoke to other witnesses who say there were other accomplices involved in the murder.

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Cop Fired For Pulling Over Daughter’s Black Boyfriend for No Reason

An Ohio police officer was fired after a video surfaced of him stopping and illegally detaining a young black man who was dating his daughter during a traffic stop.

Former officer John Kovach Jr. violated many conduct of policy procedures during a traffic stop that involved 18-year-old Makai Coleman. The footage from the stop has gone viral because of what Kovach said to Coleman. Kovach’s daughter was in the car as well. The officer told Coleman to get out of the vehicle and that he is “going to jail” after pulling him over with no cause.

When Coleman asked why he was being detained, the officer told him “Have a seat in my car, we’ll make s**t up as we go.” During this entire incident, Kovach ignored an emergency call about a road rage incident.

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Roseanne Barr’s Sitcom ‘Roseanne’ Canceled by ABC After Racist Tweet

Roseanne Barr’s self-titled sitcom was reportedly canceled by ABC after she made some racist comments about a former Barack Obama aide – Valerie Jarrett, via Twitter.

According to TMZ, Roseanne reportedly tweeted out that Valerie Jarrett looks like the “muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby.” Since then, many celebrities and fans have reacted, with one of her castmates—Sara Gilbert condemning the statement.

Since then, Roseanne apologized and removed the tweet, but the damage was already done as ABC released a statement saying they were canceling the sitcom. ABC said, “Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show.”

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NASA Faces Backlash After Removing First Black ISS Member

NASA has been faced increasing backlash over its decision last week to replace a woman slated to be the first Black crew member on the International Space Station. Since it was announced on Thursday, January 18, that astronaut Jeanette Epps would not be taking to space on the upcoming June expedition, many in public have been calling the decision racist.

Epps – who joined NASA and completed her training in the agency after serving in the CIA for seven years – was suddenly taken off of the mission and replaced by a peer in her class by the name of Serena Auñón-Chancellor. While Auñón-Chancellor will be making history in her own right, as the first person of Hispanic descent to assume a spot in the ISS, Epps apparently isn’t completely clear on why she was demoted in her classmate’s favor.

Epps has been with NASA since 2009, and before working in intelligence, the Syracuse native completed her education as a 2000 graduate of the University of Maryland’s aerospace engineering doctorate program. According to reports, Epps has no history of health issues, and thus there is no indication that the decision was one influenced by a medical doctor.

“My sister Dr. Jeanette Epps has been fighting against oppressive racism and misogynist in NASA and now they are holding her back and allowing a Caucasian Astronaut to take her place,” Epps’ brother, Henry, would go on Facebook and write upon hearing the news. In addition, Henry shared a MoveOn.org petition to help garner support in protest of NASA.

Although 14 African-American astronauts have been in space throughout recorded history, none ever lived in the International Space Station, as Epps would be prepared to for a time.

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Black Cop Helps White Supremacist Suffering From Heat At KKK Rally (Photo Has Gone Viral)

In this photo provided by Rob Godfrey, police officer Leroy Smith, left, helps a man wearing National Socialist Movement attire up the stairs during a rally Saturday, July 18, 2015, in Columbia, S.C. Members of the group were protesting Saturday the removal of the Confederate flag from the Statehouse grounds earlier this month. (Rob Godfrey via AP)
In this photo provided by Rob Godfrey, police officer Leroy Smith, left, helps a man wearing National Socialist Movement attire up the stairs during a rally Saturday, July 18, 2015, in Columbia, S.C. Members of the group were protesting Saturday the removal of the Confederate flag from the Statehouse grounds earlier this month. (Rob Godfrey via AP)

I have to commend this officer, I wouldn’t have it in me. This is the epitome of humanity but probably why we’re such an easy target as well. Our hearts are too big sometimes! What say you? Would you help a racist in need? This guy sucks at being racist btw!