A victim has filed a lawsuit against the lady who was caught on camera making racist statements to a group of Indian Americans outside a restaurant in Plano, Texas, last month.
The event, which was captured on a now-viral video, happened on August 24 at about 8:15 p.m. in the parking lot of the restaurant Sixty Vines on the 3700 block of Dallas Parkway.
The culprit, subsequently identified as Esmeralda Upton, approached the group of four Indian Americans as they were making their way to their automobiles after dinner and said, “Go back to India.”
She may also be seen hitting the individual who is recording the situation on the video at one point. She then tells the victim she would “blow your f*cking brains out” as she reaches for her handbag.
That evening, when Plano police came, they let Upton go. She was, however, taken into custody the next day on suspicion of assault and threatening terrorism. Following her arrest, she posted the $10,000 bail that was required for her to be detained in custody.
Dr. Bidisha Rudra, one of the four victims, filed a civil lawsuit against Upton last week in Collin County seeking compensation and punitive damages.
Indian-born Rudra became a citizen of the United States through naturalization. She has more than 20 years of residency in the nation and earned her doctorate there. One of the greatest communities of Indian Americans in the country is found in North Texas.
Veronica S. Moyé, the attorney for Rudra, asserted that Upton must bear “severe penalties” for her crimes.
The Dallas Morning News quoted Moyé as saying, “We think there has to be substantial, serious consequences for Ms. Upton to convey a message that this sort of behavior will be dealt with in the harshest possible way.” Even if an apology would be great, it would not undo all the suffering that these ladies had endured.
Republicans have come under fire from Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes supporters for running racist television advertising and mailings during the U.S. Senate campaign.
Barnes, a Democrat running to be the state’s first Black senator, is in a close contest against Sen. Ron Johnson, a Republican.
Barnes’ supporters encouraged Republicans and conservative organizations to drop the contentious commercials during a press conference on Wednesday in front of a Republican Party headquarters on the city’s north side.
Calena Roberts, a field director for SEIU Wisconsin, stated, “We’re calling on Ron Johnson to reject these commercials and for national Republicans to take them down.” “We are not naive. We are aware of their activities.”
Johnson’s top advisor, Ben Voelkel, referred to the insults and the charge of racism as “absurd.” He claimed that the reason why his followers are now criticizing him is that they are unable to justify the “disastrous effects of their extreme left policies.”
They are unable to dispute Mandela Barnes’ radical leftist views, which are supported by other radical leftists and are very different from those of Wisconsin voters, according to Voelkel.
None of the commercials receiving flak were created or funded by the Johnson campaign.
During the 1988 presidential campaign, state senator Chris Larson (D-Milwaukee) compared a few of the commercials to the infamous Willie Horton spot.
In that election, George H.W. Bush’s backers ran a campaign commercial attacking his rival, former Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis, of being lax on crime while displaying a threatening mug image of Horton, a murderer who was placed on furlough while Dukakis was in power.
Additionally, Barnes’ supporters questioned a mailer sent by the state Republican Party, which darkened one side of the leaflet to include a photo of Barnes. The back side, which promotes Johnson’s campaign, is unfiltered.
Robert Sarver has announced plans to sell his two Phoenix-based basketball teams, the NBA’s Suns and Mercury.
“I am beginning the process of seeking buyers for the Suns and Mercury,” Sarver said in a statement on Wednesday.
Following an inquiry into claims of racism and sexism while serving as the owner of the Suns and Mercury, the NBA last Thursday fined Sarver $10 million and suspended him for a year. Many NBA players, including well-known athletes like LeBron James and Chris Paul, did not think the punishment was severe enough. When the sentence was issued, James posted on Twitter, saying, “Our league clearly got this wrong.” “I adore our league and have the utmost regard for our executive team. But this is wrong. Racism, sexism, and misogyny have no place in the workplace.
Jahm Najafi, the Suns’ vice chairman, and PayPal, a team sponsor, both recommended that Sarver sell the organization.
Last November, an ESPN article that was subsequently confirmed by an NBA investigation discovered that Sarver had used the N-word five times while paraphrasing the statements of others. This is when Sarver’s problems started. In addition, the study found that Sarver made offensive remarks about sex and anatomy, made sexist remarks toward female employees, including telling a pregnant worker that she wouldn’t be able to perform her job once she gave birth, and yelled and cursed at workers in ways that would be regarded as bullying “under workplace standards”. Sarver did not use “racially offensive language with the purpose to humiliate or disparage,” according to the report.
Sarver’s situation has been compared to that of former LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling. After recordings of Sterling uttering racial slurs surfaced in 2014, NBA commissioner Adam Silver essentially forced the sale of the franchise by banning Sterling for life from the league.
A US judge has mandated that McDonald’s Corp. defend itself in the $10 billion racism lawsuit filed by media mogul Byron Allen, who claims that the fast-food business engaged in “racial stereotyping” by refusing to advertise in black-owned media.
According to a ruling made on Friday by US district judge Fernando Olguin in Los Angeles, Allen may attempt to show in the racism lawsuit that McDonald’s broke federal and California civil rights laws by excluding his networks from receiving the “vast bulk” of its advertising funds.
In this racism lawsuit, Allen claimed that McDonald’s denied his Entertainment Studios Networks Inc. and Weather Group LLC, which owns the Weather Channel, tens of millions of dollars in annual income by placing them in an “African American tier” with a different advertising agency and a considerably lesser advertising budget.
Olguin referenced claims that Entertainment Studios had made many fruitless attempts since its creation in 2009 to get a contract with McDonald’s, whose “racist” corporate culture damaged Allen, without making a determination about the truth of the allegations.
Olguin stated, “Plaintiffs have asserted sufficient circumstances to warrant an inference of purposeful discrimination when taken together and viewed in the light most favorable to Plaintiffs.
McDonald’s lawyer Loretta Lynch said in a statement yesterday that the Chicago-based corporation felt the evidence would demonstrate there was no prejudice and that the case was “about money, not race.”
According to her, “Plaintiffs’ baseless charges overlook both McDonald’s reasonable economic justifications for not investing more on their channels and the company’s long-standing commercial partnerships with many other diverse-owned partners.”
The issue, according to Allen, is “about the economic participation of African American-owned enterprises in the US economy,” according to a statement.
“McDonald’s robs African American customers of billions while providing nearly little in return.”
According to the complaint, 40% of fast food patrons are black, yet McDonald’s only allocated 0.3% of their $1.6 billion US marketing budget to black-owned media in 2019.
McDonald’s said in May 2021 that it will increase national ad expenditure with black-owned media to 5% from 2% by 2024.
Olguin rejected a previous iteration of Allen’s claim last November after concluding that there was no evidence of deliberate and intentional prejudice against his enterprises.
In the encounter between Inter Miami and D.C. United on Sunday, it is alleged that DCU striker Taxi Fountas used the N-word to refer to Inter Miami defender Damian Lowe. Major League Soccer has said that it will investigate the allegation.
An Major League Soccer official told ESPN that the league “has zero tolerance for abusive and disrespectful behavior and we take these complaints very seriously.” “We will look into this situation as soon as possible. After the inquiry is finished, more details will be given.”
Additionally, a D.C. United representative released the following statement: “The claims against a player during the match versus Inter Miami CF are known to D.C. United. To examine the event, the club will collaborate closely with Major League Soccer and Inter Miami.”
The alleged assault allegedly took place during a 3-2 Miami win, during the 59th minute. It came after an altercation between Lowe and Fountas. Aime Mabika, a Miami defender, then responded furiously against Fountas. Following the incident, referee Ismail Elfath warned both Fountas and Lowe and then spoke with the managers of the two sides, Inter Miami’s Phil Neville and D.C. United’s Wayne Rooney.
Elfath responded to a post-game query from a pool reporter by claiming that neither he nor any other official heard a racist epithet being spoken. Play resumed after a wait of several minutes, but Fountas was replaced in the 66th.
Rooney remarked, “There was a complaint, and I have no doubt that it will be looked at. I don’t have much else to say.”
Neville was left to explain the nature of the conflict.
DeAndre Yedlin, a defender for Miami, subsequently said during a post-game videoconference that the players told Neville they wouldn’t play any further unless something was done about Fountas. Rooney quickly decided to replace Fountas.
Unfortunately, there was some racism in response to the first teaser for Halle Bailey’s portrayal of Ariel in The Little Mermaid.
And right now, Trevor Noah is warning those who are incensed. The presenter of The Daily Show, who was visibly distraught, addressed the audience members who were upset by a Black Little Mermaid, asking, “Really, people—we’re doing this again?”
Noah responded to those who said Bailey didn’t resemble Disney’s original Ariel, saying, “Nothing like? They both have red [hair], and they both have tails. “Once again, some online racists are pissed off that a fictitious character is being performed by a Black person,” he concluded. This is absurd. And to be completely honest, I don’t get the fuss. Do you folks understand that Nemo was also Black? Yeah! The focus of the entire film was a fish looking for his father.
Despite his humor, Noah urged the critics to “stop being stupid” and emphasized that the world of The Little Mermaid is, in fact, “imaginary.”
He added, “I hope this scandal doesn’t overshadow the rest of the movie. The Little Mermaid is a beautiful story about a young woman changing her core identity to please a man. Let’s not forget about that, people.”
Disney’s live-action remake of The Little Mermaid was directed by Rob Marshall and stars Daveed Diggs, Jacob Tremblay, Awkwafina, Jonah Hauer-King, Javier Bardem, and Melissa McCarthy. It’s slated to open on May 26, 2023.
With the awarding of its first government funding to demolish a road designed to sustain racial discrimination, the Biden administration is rounding off the president’s recent visit to Michigan, which was mostly focused on worker rights and transportation innovation.
The action is a part of the Biden administration and its larger initiative to redesign America’s infrastructure in a fairer way, which also includes correcting racist roadways that were built to encourage white flight and deny Black people access to housing and business opportunities.
I-375, the highway that divides Detroit’s Black Bottom neighbourhood and Paradise Valley, the city’s epicentre of Black business, will be demolished using $104.6 million in federal funds from last year’s bipartisan infrastructure bill, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg confirmed to The Associated Press on Thursday.
The money is being given to Detroit as a part of a $1.5 billion grant programme for states to advance important projects called Infrastructure for Rebuilding America, or INFRA.
Buttigieg described the Detroit roadway to the AP as “cutting like a gash across the neighbourhood, one of many examples I have seen in neighbourhoods around the country where a piece of infrastructure has become a barrier.”
With the help of this money, he said, “we’re now working with the government and the neighbourhood to make it a route that will unite rather than divide.
Millions more were included in the Biden administration announcement on Thursday for various projects in Arizona, Colorado, New York, and other states throughout the nation. The large sum required to rebuild Black Bottom and its neighbourhood demonstrates how detrimental America’s racial infrastructure has been. And it’s an indication that far more money will be required to solve the issue on a national scale.
There is ample proof that racial discrimination harms individuals of color’s health throughout the course of their lifetimes. It has been demonstrated that it weakens the immune system, raises blood pressure, and is linked to psychological stress, anxiety, and depression. Few studies, nevertheless, have connected isolated acts of discrimination to direct negative impacts on health. A racist attack may now almost immediately increase the level of a person’s stress hormones, according to research from a ground-breaking study.
Soohyun Nam and her colleagues from Yale University’s School of Nursing worked with Black churches and their communities to enlist 12 Black persons living in the northeastern United States between the ages of 30 and 55 for the proof-of-concept research.
The study discovered that racial prejudice stood out among the individuals’ concerns, especially when compared to others like a dispute with a spouse or financial hardship. The team published its findings in PLOS ONE today. Participants’ salivary stress hormones levels nearly quadrupled the morning after they reported encountering racial prejudice, such as being called insults. On the other hand, microaggressions appeared to increase the level of a person’s stress hormones on the same day. Even in the absence of any racist encounters, when individuals reported being unhappy, their levels of alpha-amylase rose that day.
According to Nam, who validated the methodology in earlier research, this is the first study to detect both of these biomarkers concurrently and connect them to racism in real-time. Having high amounts of cortisol over time has been associated with hypertension, bone loss, and type 2 diabetes, despite the fact that these data cannot conclusively show that racism caused these biomarkers to elevate. According to Nam, the research supports the idea that “racial prejudice has a negative impact on physical and mental health.” The nuanced experience of racial prejudice, such as microaggressions, “really does matter,” there is no doubt about it.
The National Basketball Association (NBA) has banned Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver for one year and fined him ten million dollars following an inquiry into workplace misconduct, the league said on Tuesday.
The NBA said in a statement that it commissioned an independent investigation following the publication of an ESPN.com article on November 4, 2021, about the statements and conduct of Robert Sarver, Managing Partner of the Phoenix Suns and the Women’s National Basketball Association’s Phoenix Mercury, as well as workplace issues.
According to the statement, the investigation’s findings “were based on information gathered from interviews with 320 individuals, including current and former team members who worked for the teams during Mr. Sarver’s 18-year tenure as Managing Partner, Mr. Sarver, and other relevant individuals; and from the evaluation of more than 80,000 documents and other materials, including emails, text messages, and videos.”
The statement continued, “This conduct included the use of racially insensitive language, unequal treatment of female employees, sex-related statements and conduct, and harsh treatment of employees that on occasion constituted bullying.” The independent investigation found that Sarver “engaged in conduct that clearly violated common workplace standards, as reflected in the team and League rules and policies.”
The inquiry found that Sarver used the N-word repeatedly while working for the Suns/Mercury organization on at least five different occasions.
Sarver frequently had sex-related comments in the workplace, made inappropriate remarks about the physical appearance of female co-workers and other women, and on several occasions engaged in inappropriate physical conduct toward male co-workers. She also frequently engaged in unfair behavior toward female employees. According to the statement, he allegedly treated workers harshly and demandingly, including by shouting and swearing at them.
The NBA penalized Sarver ten million dollars, the highest permitted per the rules of the league. The NBA will contribute this cash to groups dedicated to tackling racial and gender-based concerns both within and outside of the workplace.