In 2010, President Barack Obama identified himself as an African-American when he filled out a U.S. census form.
According to The Huffington Post, Obama checked a box that read, "Black, African Am., or Negro."
However, 52 percent of Americans said in a new poll by the Pew Research Center that Obama is of mixed race, and 27 percent claimed he is black, reports The Hill.
Obama, whose mother was white and whose father was black, was identified as being of mixed race by 61 percent of Hispanics.
The Washington Post notes that 55 percent of African-Americans think Obama is black. Fifty-three percent of whites believe he is of mixed race.
Displays of Confederate flags usually happen in Southern states, but two high school seniors in South Huntington, N.Y. are in hot water after bringing a Confederate flag to St. Anthony’s High School.
According to Brother Gary Cregan, principal of the school, the two seniors walked onto campus with a Confederate flag during a handball event a week ago.
“The African-American students who immediately saw it really exercised heroic restraint and fortunately a teacher immediately confiscated the flag and took the students out of the gym,” Cregan told CBS New York (video below).
“I find it just very hard to even imagine why any student in 2014 would even consider or think that a Confederate flag would be anything other than a symbol of hate,” added Cregan.
According to Newsday, last Friday, Cregan wrote a letter to parents that stated:
The use of any symbol, either historic or current, which carries a meaning designed to revive past injustices or to inflame discrimination or racial intolerance, is completely unacceptable and profoundly offensive.
As a Catholic and Franciscan school, Saint Anthony's will always demand acceptance and respect for all races, religions and cultures.
On Monday, the seniors were suspended for 10 days, but Cregan decided on Tuesday that the students won’t be allowed back because of security concerns.
The students have not said why they brought the flag to school. St. Anthony’s is a private Catholic school so it legally doesn't have to allow unbridled free speech by students.
Fox News' host Bill O'Reilly has devoted many broadcasts of this TV show, "The O'Reilly Factor," to what he believes are problems in the black community.
O'Reilly, who has blamed black crime on black, unwed mothers, interviewed Kentucky Wildcats basketball coach John Calipari last night about controlling his black players, notes Salon.com (video below).
According to New York Magazine, during the interview, O'Reilly asked Calipari, "I don't know if you listen to this rap stuff and the hip-hop stuff, but it has coarsened. Has that changed their attitude? How do you impose discipline on kids who are gonna do what they're gonna do?"
Calipari looked visibly uncomfortable, but told O'Reilly how important it was that he gained his players' trust and that they know their coach is looking out for their best interests.
"But do they act differently toward you?" asked O'Reilly. "Do they use four-letter words?"
Calipari denied they do, but admitted that many of the players grew up without dads, and then added, "Some of the best kids I coached were raised by a grandmother who was so firm that they understood."
O'Reilly then asked, "How do you keep them away from temptation with the hustlers everywhere?"
"There are drugs everywhere," said O'Reilly. "They're giving the kids drugs for free, how do you keep them away from that?"
Calipari again explained how the kids come to the school to play basketball and learn, but O'Reilly still wasn't satisfied.
"Do you have guys on them all the time? Curfews? Coaches watching them? Drug testing? Do you drug test?"
Calipari explained how he uses NBA security on the road to keep bad influences away from his players, but added the kids are from good homes.
Western Washington University (WWU) recently circulated an unusual question about race in their school newsletter.
WWU asked, “How do we make sure that in future years, we are not as white as we are today?’”
According to Campus Reform, the question was written by the school's marketing department and seems to echo WWU President Bruce Shepard's speech in 2012 about how the school is failing because "we are as white as we are today."
“Every year, from this stage and at this time, you have heard me say that, if in decades ahead, we are as white as we are today, we will have failed as university to meet the critical needs of our state,” Shepard said (video below).
Shepard did give the Bellingham, Wash. school a pat on the back by noting that, of recent hires, 58 percent were women and 17 percent were people of color.
Shepard addressed his "white" statements in a blog posting in January, in which he wrote:
But, I’m going to bring it down to where we live. We need to attract numbers of students (diverse or otherwise) sufficient to pay our bills. Over 80% of our operating budget is made up of salaries – yours and mine. With tuition now making up 70% of our costs of instruction, fewer students mean fewer of us.
And, to be even more direct: not fewer presidents, fewer faculty. If enrollment size goes down, then it is the variable costs that are reduced, not the largely fixed administrative costs. For "variable costs" read mostly "faculty."
That means fewer curricular choices, more generic curricula, a much different and much weaker Western.
Some students at Blue Springs High School displayed the Confederate flag, raising the ire of parents and students in Missouri last week.
“This boy was in the lunch room and put the Confederate flag on his back as if he was Superman or something,” student Sapphire Ray told KSHB (video below).
“[An assistant principal] took the flag from him and when he walked away, the kid said an inappropriate word and he said, 'I still have it on my hat,'” added Sapphire.
A Confederate flag was also draped over a balcony inside the high school.
Confederate flag-waving students claim they're celebrating history, but most students see the flag as a symbol of racism.
“They said that it doesn’t represent racism to them but you know the controversy over the flag," an unidentified student told KSHB. "It’s okay for you to put it on your truck or whatever, but keep it at home for you to show it and bring it to school is inappropriate."
According to Examiner.com, school principal Dave Adams sent an email to parents that read:
A student displayed a Confederate Flag at school yesterday. That incident was addressed immediately. Rumors, which we have not found to be credible, have swirled around social media regarding the possibility of conflict related to this incident. We plan to have a normal day of school tomorrow with a heightened awareness of potential issues related to this situation and wanted you to be aware.
A California couple living in Qatar was sentenced to three years in prison Thursday for the starvation death of their adopted 8-year-old daughter.
The Qatari medical examiner ruled that Gloria Huang, 8, died of starvation and dehydration on Jan. 15, 2012.
Her adopted parents, Matthew and Grace Huang, who have two other adopted children from Africa, were arrested. Authorities accused the couple of starving Gloria with the intention of selling her organs and detained them in the capital of Doha for 11 months.
An attorney for the Huangs says the 8-year-old had an eating disorder. She allegedly went days without eating and would then binge on junk food or even items from the garbage. They claim she would take food and hide it in her room.
The Huangs moved to Qatar from San Gabriel Valley to help ready the nation for the 2022 World Cup. Matthew is an engineer, working to improve the sewage and water system ahead of the games.
Some accused Qatar authorities of racism, citing deep-rooted prejudice against interracial families. Interracial adoption is very rare in the country.
"One of the very real problems of this case is that Qatar officials looking at it absolutely don't understand how an Asian American couple could adopt a special-needs African American child," Richard Grenell, spokesman for the Los Angeles-based crisis group David House Agency, told the Los Angeles Times.
"Right from Day 1, all these bizarre conclusions are being drawn about the family," said Justin Brooks, director of the California Innocence Project, which is also working on the case. "This case is so shockingly outrageous."
Brooks says the Doha police report said the couple had adopted "ugly black children."
"That's what it actually said,” he added.
The Huangs will appeal the verdict.
"It's been more than a year since they've hugged their kids," Grenell said of the Huangs. "I don't know how they're going to tell their sons they won't be able to see them for three years."
Grace Huang’s mother, who lives in Washington state, has custody of both of her grandsons. Gloria’s body was buried in California.
"The Qatar system is not a rational system," Grenell said. "The elites who are in charge of Qatar get to decide what the process is.”
In 2011, FIFA general secretary, Jérôme Valcke, hinted that the 2022 World Cup was “bought” by Qatar, a small country grossly unprepared for the number of visitors that the games drawn in that has extreme desert heat. The games are always held during the summer because players participate in club games throughout the world during the winter and spring.
Nick Cannon has received a wave of criticism since debuting his new white face character, which he claims is a way to promote his new album, "White People Party Music."
On Monday, Cannon posted a picture on Instagram of himself dressed as a white man with a flannel shirt and beanie hat.
“It’s official… I’m White!!!” the caption reads.
The caption was accompanied by stereotypical hash tags like farmer’s markets, good credit, beer pong and cream cheese eating.
After receiving mixed criticism for his decision, Cannon jokingly tweeted about the reception of the white face character on Tuesday.
“Damn I didn’t know it was going to be this hard being White! … I’m exhausted with all this ‘privilege’,” he tweeted.
When asked about the title of his new album, Cannon shared that he had created a playlist during his work as a DJ called “White People Party Music,” which he found hilarious.
According to a new report by the U.S. Department of Education, black preschoolers are more likely to be suspended from public schools than white kids.
While black kids make up 18 percent of children in preschools, about 50 percent of them are suspended more than once, reports the Associated Press.
Black kids are three times more likely to be suspended and expelled than white children. This disparity applies to both boys and girls.
Several education advocates told the Associated Press that "zero tolerance" policies adopted by schools are ushering black children out of schools and into prisons.
According to The New York Times, zero tolerance policies began over drugs and then dramatically escalated after the 1999 Columbine school massacre, which cost student lives and triggered numerous lawsuits against the school.
“A knee-jerk reaction for minor offenses, suspending and expelling students, this is not the business we should be in,” Robert Runcie, the Broward County Schools superintendent in Florida, told The New York Times.
“A routine school disciplinary infraction should land a student in the principal’s office, not in a police precinct,” U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said in January.
Sources: The New York Times, Associated Press, Justice.gov
The state of Florida has never executed a white person for killing a black person since the U.S. Supreme Court voted to allow the death penalty in 1976.
According to a report by the ACLU, 84 Floridians have been executed since 1976, but that doesn't include any whites who murdered blacks.
The ACLU says that Florida State Attorney General Angela Corey has sent 21 individuals to death row over the past four years, and 14 were black.
That means 66 percent of death row inmates are black under Corey, which is worse than when Florida was under Jim Crow laws (1924-1964), when 65 percent of inmates sentenced to death were black.
There seem to be harsher punishments for black people who do not murder as well.
Corey wanted Marissa Alexander to get 60 years in jail for firing 3 warning shots, which did not hit anyone, noted the Florida Times-Union.
Alexander, a battered African-American woman, was not allowed to use Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law, which is supposed protect people who use weapons in self-defense.
Sources: The Florida Times-Union and ACLU
A "White Man March" in Florence, Ky. featured 10 people on Saturday.
Organizer Robert Ransdell said he planned the rally in coordination with a "worldwide" White Man March.
"We are here promoting white interests and encouraging others to stand up for people advocating for the white majority just like the minorities are encouraged to do," Ransdell told the Cincinnati Enquirer.
"As far as anyone in opposition, I would say it is 2014. That is one thing you guys love to say, 'it is 2014, how can these racists be out here?' Well, it is 2014. It has been six or seven decades since white people stood up for themselves and it is about time we start doing so," added Ransdell.
One of the signs at the march read, "Diversity = White Genocide."
In Birmingham, Ala. on Saturday, signs that also read "Diversity = White Genocide" were hung on various interstates.
“We just removed the signs,” Birmingham Police Lt. Sean Edwards told AL.com. “We don’t want stuff like that. We want to remove it quickly. We don’t want to alarm the citizens. We don’t welcome that type of mentality and behavior here.”
Kyle Hunt explained the pro-white movement and march on the website WhiteManMarch.com:
The purpose is to spread information through activism, but also to make a statement that White people are united in their love for their race and in their opposition to its destruction.