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.
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.
Rachel Richardson, a Duke volleyball player, provided further information regarding what transpired during the Blue Devils’ match against BYU on Friday, when she was the target of threats and racial epithets from spectators in the student section.
The event was further discussed by Richardson, a sophomore outside hitter from Ellicott City, Maryland, who is 19 years old.
Richardson said that as the match’s second set came to a close, she was about to serve when she heard the slur for the first time. In the fourth set, when the teams exchanged sides, Duke was close to the student section and heard the slur once more.
Richardson reported, “I heard a really powerful, terrible racial insult.” “I therefore served the ball and completed the play. When I returned to serve the following time, I heard it quite clearly once more, but the game was over at that point.”
The Duke volleyball coaches then went to the authorities to inform them of the predicament. Richardson said that at the time, there was no consideration given to ending the match, but nothing was done.
Richardson said that she was contacted by the BYU women’s volleyball team and that she spoke out to raise awareness.
The issue was discussed with Richardson and Duke volleyball coach Jolene Nagel, according to BYU athletic director Tom Holmoe, who also addressed the audience prior to the Cougars’ game on Saturday. Holmoe said that the university’s efforts to prevent supporters from yelling racist epithets at rival players fell short.
In a statement, Richardson also criticised BYU for taking too long to address the fans’ actions.
The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art (MMoCA), which is hosting the Wisconsin Triennial this year, has been accused of “institutional racial violence” by black female artists who are participating in the exhibition.
The paintings of around half of the 23 artists that are featured in the exhibition have been withheld in protest. The accusations were made public by “the collective artists of the MMoCA 2022 Wisconsin Triennial” in an open letter. The performance began in April and is scheduled to end in late October.
They charged the museum with “shameful maltreatment of the Black artists, contractors, and personnel during the show” in the letter, which was released on August 19.
In a statement released after the letter was published, the museum refuted the accusations, calling them “inappropriate and false.”
The damage to an installation created by Madison-based artist Lilada Gee is the focus of the claims. The artwork was vandalized in June when it was placed in the museum’s incomplete state using paint and glitter that were readily available in the exhibition gallery. The artwork, according to the museum, was misunderstood by a family with young children as an interactive piece.
Prior to the triennial, the museum’s administration had made several requests to address racial violence and equity-related concerns. Twenty artists, curators, and activists wrote to the museum in the months before the occurrences involving Gee and her artwork to support the hiring of Laster. The charges in that letter, which was delivered to Brungardt and the museum’s board of trustees, concerned Laster’s engagement as curator and “internal dissent.”
The head of a local NAACP branch in Florida has resigned, citing “racial marginalization” from others in the civil rights organization as a South Asian woman.
Dr. Vanessa Toolsie, an elected vice president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People’s Orange County branch, took over as president in March when Tiffany Hughes resigned to compete for a Florida legislature seat.
She submitted a lengthy resignation letter on the NAACP branch’s Facebook page on Sunday, according to the Orlando Sentinel.
She also posted a brief statement on her personal Facebook page, saying, “I shall NO LONGER TOLERATE ANY RACE ABUSE AGAINST ME FOR BEING A #ProudBrownWoman OF #SouthAsian AND #Caribbean ANCESTRY.” “It is abhorrently sad that I have regularly been forced to face this hateful bigotry in anti-racist spaces,” she continued.
According to the Sentinel, Toolsie accused a member of the organization’s executive board of attempting to exclude her from the annual gala, ignoring her emails, and purposefully failing to send out accurate and timely meeting announcements in a malicious attempt to sabotage her and impede her effectiveness.
It would be “hypocritical” for Toolsie to continue serving as president of an organization that is “against racism and oppression, while I continue to be treated with such bold disproportionate inequality, maliciously racistly oppressed,” she wrote. Toolsie had attempted to resolve this internally for months, but her superiors had not taken any action to stop the harassment and racial marginalization before she announced her resignation.
A Connecticut boy was out selling discount cards in the annual fundraiser for Enfield’s football team on Saturday when he was racially abused, intimidated and called a racial slur by one of the households, he approached on Haynes Street.
“As he walked onto their property, a woman yelled at him to get off her property, and then I guess the son opened the window, he is 22, and proceeded to tell my son to get off the property or he will shoot him, and then called him the n-word and proceeded to berate him as he walked away,” Jackson said.
Kelley Jackson said her 14-year-old son Jakobi backed away from the property, hands in the air.
“Because he simply wanted to let them know I’m leaving and I’m fine,” Jackson explained.
Jakobi informed his brother and the football coaches, who contacted the police.
Jackson described her son as “humble.” He began playing football when he was six years old.
According to Enfield police, the incident was thoroughly investigated, and one of the residents acknowledged to using a racial slur. Authorities claim Jakobi and the resident had conflicting reports of whether or not a threatening statement was made.
“According to the police, it’s a case of he said, she said.” “According to the homeowner, he did not make these threats,” Jackson explained.
Officials argue that even though the racial epithet is profoundly hurtful, using it alone does not break any criminal statute.
The town manager responded to Saturday’s incident, saying what happened was unacceptable.
“I believe I speak for the majority of the community when I say we were both appalled and upset that incidences like this continue to occur across the country, state, and even in our own town,” Town Manager Ellen Zoppo-Sassu said.
On Tuesday at 5:30 p.m., the town green will hold a community conversation about race, diversity, and equity.
CHELSEA is looking into allegations of racist abuse directed at Tottenham player Son Heung-min during Sunday’s London derby at Stamford Bridge.
The incident occurred in the second half when the South Korean Tottenham player walked over to take a corner.
As he took the set-piece, the Spurs star was booed by the Shed End.
According to The Athletic, a video has emerged of a racist gesture directed toward the Tottenham player.
Three Manchester United season-ticket holders were suspended in April 2021 after abusing Son online following the Red Devils’ 3-1 triumph at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Two years earlier, a West Ham fan was punished for racially insulting Son during a Carabao Cup match.
Following a tense contest between Chelsea and Tottenham on Sunday, the game concluded in a 2-2 draw.
With a stunning volley from a corner, Kalidou Koulibaly gave the hosts the lead in the first half.
Midway through the second half, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg equalized.
With 13 minutes remaining, Reece James put Thomas Tuchel’s side ahead again.
Chelsea appeared to be on course for a well-deserved three points.
But in stoppage time, Harry Kane rose to head home a dramatic late equalizer to earn the visitors a point.
Following the final whistle, Tuchel and Antonio Conte almost collided for the second time in the afternoon, trading words after an explosive handshake.
Both managers received red cards because of their actions.
Chelsea will play Leeds in the Premier League this weekend, while Tottenham will host Wolves.