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07.09.15 Liam Mathews

Being a racist fartgoblin is bad for Donald Trump’s business interests but great for his apparently now-serious Presidential campaign. A new poll by The Economist/YouGov finds that The Donald is the preferred candidate among the highest percentage of registered Republican voters. Fifteen percent of survey respondents say that the hobo’s dream of a rich man […]

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07.01.15 Bucky Turco

Like the NYPD, the fashion industry, and virtually every other American institution besides prison, people of color are underrepresented in Hollywood. To highlight the racial disparity on the silver screen, Venezuelan-born actor Dylan Marron edited a bunch of hit films to reflect only the lines given to nonwhite actors and the results are pretty staggering. […]

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06.23.15 Liam Mathews

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley said yesterday that it was time to take the Confederate flag off the grounds of the State Capital, jumping on the take-it-down bandwagon now that it’s politically expedient to do so. The decision is ultimately up to the South Carolina Legislature, who are mostly out-of-session for the summer but will […]

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06.10.15 Liam Mathews

Here we go: Bill Bratton is demanding a “retraction and correction” of the Guardian story that quoted him saying, “We have a significant population gap among African American males because so many of them have spent time in jail and, as such, we can’t hire them,” while discussing why the NYPD has a disproportionately low […]

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06.09.15 Liam Mathews

Last month I wrote a somewhat sarcastic post called “Commissioner Bratton Is Off His Damn Rocker,” where I criticized Bratton’s statement about how “cop haters” who post videos of cops arresting to social media were making officers’ jobs needlessly difficult. I suggested that he take a vacation to clear his head. But after reading this […]

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06.04.15 Liam Mathews

Four former CVS “market investigators” filed suit against the pharmacy chain in Manhattan Federal Court on Wednesday, alleging that managers at locations in Manhattan and Queens instructed them to racially profile black and Hispanic shoppers, the New York Daily News reports. The anti-shoplifting security guards were “directed to follow utterly despicable and racist directives. Specifically, […]

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04.21.15 Prachi Gupta

A federal monitor has submitted a guideline for NYPD behavioral standards that’s so basic it looks like it could be a poster in a 2nd grade classroom. That’s not an insult against the federal monitor who is overseeing NYPD reform, but against the cops, who sadly seem to need reminders like, “Remember most people are […]

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04.01.15 Liam Mathews

On Tuesday, video of a man who claimed to be a cop harassing an Uber driver went viral, drawing public outcry. The incident happened Monday on the West Side Highway, where the officer was recorded by the driver’s backseat passenger yelling things like “How long have you been in this country?” and “Who do you […]

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03.31.15 Liam Mathews

A Hank Schrader-looking plainclothes cop asked an Uber driver how long he’d been in the country as part of a vicious tirade during a traffic stop. According to passenger Sanjay Seth, who recorded the video, the officer began parallel parking without turning on his blinker; when the driver honked, the cop came over and unleashed […]

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03.23.15 Liam Mathews

Media Matters has confirmed a disturbing tendency in late-night news broadcasts to disproportionately cover violent crime stories where the subjects are identified as black. Between August 18 and December 31 of last year, Media Matters tracked stories about murder, theft, and assault on four local news affiliates (WCBS, WNBC, WABC, and WNYW [Fox]), and found […]

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