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July 31, 2013 | By Sam Farmer
PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia Eagles receiver Riley Cooper has apologized for using a racial epithet in a video that surfaced Wednesday and immediately went viral. In what looks to be a video shot with a cellphone , an agitated Cooper says, “I will jump that fence and fight every … in here,” using a slur for a black person. The video, which reportedly was shot June 8 at a Kenny Chesney concert at Lincoln Financial Field, first appeared on Cooper, who is a key player for a team that just lost receiver Jeremy Maclin to a season-ending knee injury, released an apology through the team and on Twitter: “I am so ashamed and disgusted with myself,” he said.
July 29, 2013 | By Scott Collins, A correction has been added to this post, as indicated below.
"Absolutely appalling. " That's how the head of CBS describes some of the racial slurs heard this summer on the network's reality staple "Big Brother. " "I find some of the behavior absolutely appalling," CBS Corp. Chief Executive Leslie Moonves -- whose wife, Julie Chen, hosts "Big Brother" -- told reporters Monday morning at the TV press tour in Beverly Hills. "Unfortunately, it's a reflection of what some people in America are feeling," he added. GinaMarie Zimmerman, one contestant on this season's show, was heard making derogatory remarks about blacks and Asians.
July 9, 2013 | By Greg Braxton
Julie Chen, host of CBS' controversial "Big Brother," has finally spoken out against the furor that has erupted around homophobic and racist remarks from two contestants, Aaryn Gries and GinaMarie Zimmerman. On the reality show, which puts several contestants inside a house totally isolated from the outside world, Gries told an Asian American contestant to "go make some rice. " Zimmerman, who had worked as a beauty-pageant contestant, used the N-word in criticism of welfare. Both comments originally aired on the show's online live stream, and were broadcast during Sunday's installment.
April 16, 2013 | By Daniel Miller and Nicole Sperling, Los Angeles Times
The surprise box office success of the uplifting Jackie Robinson biographical film "42" suggests that audiences are ready for a PG-13-rated movie filled with coarse, racially charged language. It also raises questions about whether children should see it, and at what age. In the picture, which grossed $27.5 million over the weekend, a variety of slurs are directed at the ballplayer, the first African American major leaguer, who began playing for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. Most pointedly, he is called the N-word many times.
April 12, 2013 | By Nicole Sperling
The Jackie Robinson biopic "42," which opened in theaters nationwide Friday, presents an opportune moment for adults to have meaningful conversations with their kids about the history of racism in the United States. But with that opportunity comes an array of challenges, especially for younger audiences keen on seeing a story of an iconic sports hero. It really comes down to language. Given a PG-13 rating for "thematic elements including language" from the Motion Picture Assn.
April 9, 2013 | By Diana Marcum
A prominent Central Valley agricultural businessman was ousted as chairman of the board of the largest hospital system in the San Joaquin Valley after using a racial slur to refer to President Obama. Mark Borba, one of the Central Valley's leading agricultural businessmen, referred to Obama as "Blackie" in a emailed rant about federal water policy laced with profanity and misspellings. The email, obtained by the Fresno Bee , was addressed to the Westlands Water District Manager and copied to other growers.
March 29, 2013 | By Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON - One of the House of Representatives' longest-serving Republicans now says he meant “no disrespect” when he used the term “wetbacks” to describe migrant workers his family once employed. His comment, which drew a strong rebuke from the House speaker, flies in the face of his party's effort to improve outreach to minority groups. In an interview with a local radio station Thursday, Alaska Rep. Don Young was discussing how advances in technology have reduced the need for some types of employment and referred to farming his family once did in California.
March 8, 2013 | By Rick Rojas, Los Angeles Times
About a quarter of the African Americans who participated in a human relations study reported experiencing discrimination or harassment from law enforcement, in schools or from others in Orange County. The survey was conducted after an incident in upscale Yorba Linda, in which an African American family said they had been forced to flee the county after enduring months of racial attacks and acts of vandalism that seemed racially charged. In response, the Orange County Human Relations commission held a series of public "listening sessions" at churches across Orange County, urging African American families to share their stories of life in a county that - at one time - had a reputation as a place of intolerance.
September 10, 2012 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Fans of Emily Bront ë 's 1847 novel "Wuthering Heights" may notice something unusual about the latest adaptation, slated to open in America on Oct. 5. Brooding heartthrob Heathcliff doesn't look like the typical Englishman of the moors -- he's played by black actors James Howson (as an adult) and Solomon Glave (as a boy). This is, in fact, something like Bront ë intended from the start. In her novel, Heathcliff is introduced to us as "a dark-skinned gipsy in aspect.
July 25, 2012 | By David Zucchino
FT. BRAGG, N.C. - Who is responsible for the death of Pvt. Danny Chen? Was it solely Chen himself, by a self-inflicted gunshot wound at his isolated desert base in Afghanistan? Or did his fellow soldiers hound Chen to his death at age 19 - kicking the Chinese American soldier, hitting him with rocks and shaming him with racial slurs? Those questions will be probed this week at Ft. Bragg, where the first court-martial opened Tuesday in connection with Chen's apparent suicide on Oct. 3. The Army says Chen killed himself by a single shot under his chin in a guard tower at a combat outpost in rural Kandahar Province.
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