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Texas Candidate Accused of Racist Crack January 9, 2007

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Gubernatorial candidate and professional wiseacre Kinky Friedman was accused Wednesday of making another racially offensive remark _ this time in a year-old interview in which he said sexual predators should be thrown in prison and forced to”listen to a Negro talking to himself.”

The independent candidate already was under fire for referring to Hurricane Katrina evacuees in Texas”crackheads and thugs.”Some black politicians from Houston took that remark as a slap at black victims of the storm.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram and the Houston Chronicle have reported on an interview with Friedman that aired on CNBC last year in which the country singer and comedian was asked what to do with sexual predators.

“Throw them in prison and throw away the key and make them listen to a Negro talking to himself,”Friedman said. He also called”Negro”a”charming word.”

State Rep. Garnet Coleman, former chairman of the Texas Legislative Black Caucus, said the remarks are unacceptable from a candidate for governor, and sound more like something uttered by someone running for”class clown or the grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan.”

Friedman’s spokeswoman, Laura Stromberg, said Wednesday:”Texans who know anything about Kinky know that he’s not a racist, and they’re going to see through all of this political correctness very soon. This is what they’ve got? Bring it on. Texans can see right through.”

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Johns Hopkins addresses demands of protest group in alleged campus racism November 6, 2006

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Johns Hopkins University students and faculty members will have more diversity training, and the history of racism will be incorporated into the campus curriculum and workshops, Hopkins President William R. Brody announced yesterday, responding to an outcry over a racially offensive fraternity party.
In a letter to students and members of the faculty and staff, Brody outlined several other steps, including the creation of a university-wide commission to make recommendations to ensure that new equality guidelines are followed. Also, he said, the administration will work for better communication with multicultural groups.

In the letter, Brody said that racism “is still an issue in our university community.”

“We have made progress,” he wrote, pointing to the formation 10 years ago of the Diversity Leadership Council. “But no one ever believed, even before last weekend’s events, that we had done all we should. We all knew that we still had lots of work to do toward making Johns Hopkins the diverse, tolerant, respectful and welcoming community we want it to be.”

The announcement followed a Sigma Chi fraternity party Saturday night that was advertised as “Halloween in the Hood.” The party included a skeleton pirate dangling from a noose, which students called a symbol of a lynching.

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Norway ‘Nazi cartoon’ irks Israel August 17, 2006

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Israel’s ambassador to Norway has complained to press regulators about a cartoon showing Israeli PM Ehud Olmert as a Nazi concentration camp commander. Miryam Shomrat told the BBC the caricature in Oslo’s Dagbladet newspaper went beyond free speech.

Ms Shomrat said it would be open to prosecution in some European countries.

Dagbladet’s editor said the caricature was “within the bounds of freedom of expression,” according to Norway’s NRK state broadcaster.

Ms Shomrat made the official complaint to the Norwegian Press Trade Committee following the publication of the cartoon on 10 July.

In an interview with the BBC’s Europe Today, she said however that her protest could not be compared to the outcry in the Muslim world over the publication in a Danish newspaper of cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed.

Lars Helle, Dagbladet’s acting editor-in-chief, said the newspaper was taking the complaint seriously.

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Indians challenge use of ‘Redskins’ name August 15, 2006

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American Indians have filed a new legal challenge to the Washington Redskins’ trademark, contending the NFL team’s name is racially offensive, speakers at the Native American Journalists Association national convention said Friday.

A petition to cancel the trademark was filed Friday with a board of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in Washington.

“There is no compromise with racism,” Suzan Shown Harjo, president of the Morning Star Institute, said at the conference. The institute is a Washington-based non-profit organization that advances Indian causes.

“Power concedes nothing,” she said. “You have to go in and make change happen.”

The patent office’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Board backed a similar petition filed in 1992. That decision was overturned on appeal, but the door was left open for another attempt to invalidate the trademark, Harjo said.

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