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Don't Have People in Blackface at Your Birthday Party

An Australian girl had a 21st birthday party that was "Africa-themed," which gave her guests carte blanche to paint their faces and wear cartoonish tribal garb. The internet is none too pleased.

by Dave Schilling
25 October 2013, 4:14pm

Welcome to another edition of This Week in Racism. I’ll be ranking news stories on a scale of 1 to RACIST, with “1” being the least racist and “RACIST” being the most racist.

-Kevin Reilly, the Editor-in-Chief of the Atlanta Journal Constitution has apologized in print for the folly of the silly-billies running their Twitter account that posted the following joke-em-up about Georgia Lottery winner Willie Lynch:

The apology came immediately, in both print and Twitter form.

“There were three men and a woman. Two of them attacked me and pushed me against a wall, and the other two appeared in front of me, blocking the turnstile,” she told the Daily News. “They kept asking how I could afford this expensive bag and why had I paid for it with a card with no name on it." Phillips is also planning to sue the NYPD for $5 million, though the suit is still pending. 

The Daily News also said the NYPD has reported 53 cases of credit card fraud at the Madison Avenue Barneys alone. Identity theft is a real problem. I had my card stolen and someone in Canada spent $80 on snacks at a gas station before the bank closed my account. The number of people who have been victims of this crime is growing. Still, I don't think "being black" counts as probable cause in this country, unless someone decides to make "having a killer 15-foot jump shot" a crime.

This doesn't come at a great time for the outgoing Bloomberg administration, who has been flailing around to defend the NYPD's racially problematic Stop and Frisk policy. If these sorts of embarrassments don't cause the Mayor's office and the police to reconsider their tactics, then maybe nothing will. RACIST

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