Patrons Claim ICandy Nightclub’s Timberland Boots “Ban” Is Racially Motivated

Photograph by Ernest Owens

Photograph by Ernest Owens

A series of incidents at the door of popular Gayborhood nightclub ICandy in recent weeks has some black LGBT community members wondering whether the club’s apparent ban on patrons wearing Timberland boots — a brand long associated with black hip-hop fashion — is racially motivated.

The controversy began when Stro Kyle, a black queer-events promoter, posted a series of Facebook messages on the night of April 18th after a friend said he had been refused entrance: Read more »

SPLC: Hate Groups Rise in Pa., Wane in N.J.

The Southern Poverty Law Center's map of hate groups in Pennsylvania.

The Southern Poverty Law Center’s map of hate groups in Pennsylvania.

The number of hate groups in Pennsylvania rose slightly in 2015, a new report says, while dropping greatly in New Jersey.

The Southern Poverty Law Center last week issued its annual “Year in Hate and Extremism Report, a project that also includes the center’s interactive “hate map” showing which groups are active in each state.

The map shows that Pennsylvania has 40 documented hate groups, up from 38 in last year’s report. New Jersey, meanwhile, saw a radical change — from 40 groups in the 2014 report to in 2015. (Delaware had just five named groups.) Read more »

Poll: Is It Time to Forgive Paula Deen?

Paula Deen in one of her infamous apology videos (left) and Deen in a recent publicity photo.

Paula Deen in one of her infamous apology videos (left) and Deen in a recent publicity photo.

Just when we had completely forgotten about Paula Deen, she appears to be trying to meander her way back into our lives. Apparently, Deen is on the new season of Dancing with the Stars, which premiered this week. (An Einstein-like Vegas oddsmaker said that the over-buttered chef is the least likely contestant to win.) And, more locally, Deen recently announced an appearance at Valley Forge Casino in October. Read more »

Coatesville’s Racist Texting Scandal Yields Federal Whistleblower Lawsuit

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In case you’ve forgotten the text messaging scandal that erupted in the Coatesville School District in 2013, allow us to give you the Cliffs Notes version: Coatesville School District Superintendent Richard Como and Coatesville High School athletic director Jim Donato were forced to resign after they were caught trading inexcusably offensive text messages using their district-supplied cell phones, leading to national headlines like “Pennsylvania School Officials Sent the Most Racist Texts Ever.” (Thanks, Gawker.) And now, two years later, the chickens have come home to roost in the form of a federal whistleblower lawsuit. Read more »

Kaukab Siddique Keeps Saying Terrible, Anti-Semitic Stuff on Facebook

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I wish I had never looked at Kaukab Siddique’s Facebook page.

But I couldn’t help myself—I got curious when I saw that the Lincoln University professor was making headlines across the country for remarks that included phrases like “dirty Jewish Zionist thugs.” “Well, that sounds intriguing,” I thought, not really taking it seriously. See, I often forget that people think horrible things about Jews. It’s 2015, for god’s sake, and I rarely encounter blatant anti-Semitism or discrimination due to my being Jewish. And unlike past generations of my family, my life is not significantly more difficult because I am a Jew. It is sometimes socially uncomfortable, and I do sometimes hide the fact that I’m Jewish, but I am not treated like a pariah.

So it’s easy for me to live in a bubble of denial, especially now that I no longer subscribe to publications from the Anti-Defamation League. Read more »

BizFeed: American Airlines Workers Allege Racism, Safety Hazards

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1. American Airlines and US Airways Under Investigation

The News: Eighty airline workers from Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. say American Airlines and US Airways managers “routinely use racial slurs,” and “deny minority workers perks and training,” according to the Philadelphia Daily News.

They’re also accused of purposely delaying or botching repairs, leaving employees “petrified” to use certain equipment. The allegations were outlined in complaint filed with the Federal Aviation Administration and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the Daily News said. American Airlines and US Airways merged in 2013, and have a big presence at the Philadelphia International Airport. Read more »

It’s Time for Philadelphia to Take Down Its Own Symbol of Hatred

On Monday, the right-thinking people of the Union let out a collective you go girl when South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley called for the removal of the Confederate flag from the grounds of the state Capitol less than a week after a white man walked into a historic African Methodist Episcopal church and assassinated nine black people. Most Philadelphians shake their head at the notion of such a hateful symbol being so prominently displayed — those crazy rednecks! — but the truth is that we have our own monument to hatred. Read more »

A Miracle in Charleston

When the arguments about guns and race subside after last week’s Charleston massacre — and, inevitably, they will — there is one moment from the whole ugly affair that I expect to remember for a long, long time.

That moment came after the alleged shooter, Dylann Roof, had been captured and brought before a judge to hear the charges and have bail set. In a moment unlike any I’ve experienced in court, the judge then allowed family members of the victims to speak to Roof.

And what happened was kind of extraordinary. Read more »

In Charleston Church Shooting, America’s Founding Racism Rears its Ugly Head — Again

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The media are notorious for name-calling.

Let me be even clearer. The racist white media and their racist white viewers, listeners and readers are notorious for their racist name-calling and racist approval of such.

Wednesday night’s attack by a white man against black churchgoers was textbook terrorism, but we’re currently engaged in a furious debate over whether to call it such. Meanwhile, the 21-year-old sadistic terrorist Dylann Storm Roof has been described in an ABC news broadcast as “just a quiet kid…,” in Reuters as “quiet and soft-spoken,” in the Washington Post as a “quiet, shy boy… (who) didn’t get into trouble… (and) a son, nephew, and brother… (who merely) slipped toward his alleged horrific… visit to the church, and in The Wall Street Journal as a “bright boy from a middle-class… family.”

Bullshit. Pure racist bullshit.

After all, this is the very same person who has reportedly confessed to methodically shooting to death nine defenseless bible-studying black women and men at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. Therefore, he’s no nice kid who merely went astray through no fault of his own. To say otherwise is racist hypocrisy.
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