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11.09.14 Amy K. Nelson

On Sunday morning, some Long Island residents awoke to KKK propaganda packets outside of their homes that used the death of Michael Brown, the Missouri teenager who was shot and killed by police officer Darren Wilson on August 9. Two calls were placed to Suffolk county police on Sunday morning — one from Port Jefferson, […]

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11.05.14 Amy K. Nelson

In late October, several businesses in Harlem and Fort Greene began posting controversial signs on their doors warning potential customers that the wearing of either hoodies or masks in their store would result in trespassing. A few days later, ANIMAL went to Harlem and found that the stores took down the signs, with one store […]

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10.22.14 Rhett Jones

A new study (PDF) has found that the NYPD issues more tickets for riding a bike on the sidewalk in minority neighborhoods than others. Out of the 15 most cited neighborhoods, 12 had a population that mostly consisted of blacks and Latinos. This shouldn’t come as a surprise. The NYPD disproportionately targets minorities on any […]

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10.21.14 Rhett Jones

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration is on course to equal the number of petty weed arrests as Bloomberg’s. According to a new report by the Drug Policy Alliance, by this time last year, the NYPD had made 20,080 arrests for pot possession as opposed to 19,684 in 2014 — a difference of just 396. That […]

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10.08.14 Rhett Jones

In what an activist has deemed “environmental racism,” FreshDirect is putting a distribution warehouse in South Bronx, further polluting an already burdened neighborhood. For two years, South Bronx Unite has been fighting the construction of the giant grocery delivery service and its army of trucks, but the project is still planned to move forward. The organization has been asked […]

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10.02.14 Rhett Jones

A new Banksy piece appeared in a small British town, which the artist authenticated via his website. Alas, by that time, the piece had already been buffed off the wall after complaints that it was “racist and offensive,” even though it was obviously a satire, critical of racism and xenophobia. The piece featured a bunch of pigeons holding […]

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09.29.14 Rhett Jones

Blogger and well-bankrolled racist Pamela Geller has decided to pull her latest hate-mongering anti-Islam MTA ads featuring journalist James Foley moments before he was beheaded. The $100,000 campaign was set to be launched this morning in New York and San Francisco. The ads feature a photo of a man suspected to be Foley’s executioner rapping into a microphone side-by-side the now infamous […]

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09.09.14 Sophie Weiner

Police Commissioner Bill Bratton has repeatedly defended the NYPD’s “broken windows” policy, a style of enforcement that disproportionately targets minorities. He claims that it’s the troubled nature of black and Hispanic neighborhoods that cause the concentration of this sort of police activity, not police racism. The Daily News‘ analysis of data shows this isn’t true — minorities are given summonses at much higher numbers, […]

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08.26.14 Sophie Weiner

The rap group G-Unit featuring 50 Cent, Young Buck and Kidd Kidd released a video for “Ahh Shit,” a scathing indictment of police brutality and violence against blacks. The video features footage of Eric Garner as he was put in a fatal chokehold by a police officer and Reverend Al Sharpton’s condemnation of the NYPD, as well […]

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08.22.14 Sophie Weiner

India’s Advertising Standards Council has issued new regulations banning advertisements that portray people with darker skin negatively “in relation to being attractive to the opposite sex, matrimony, job placement, promotions and other prospects.” Skin lightening is a $600 million dollar industry in India, and though ads have become less obviously prejudiced in recent years, the advertising council […]

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