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Bon Appétit Editor Adam Rapoport Resigns Over Brownface Scandal

Bon Appétit editor Adam Rapoport is leaving the publication in a scandal. The editor is facing pressure from readers and people of color after a photo of him in brownface to be Puerto Rican for Halloween resurfaced.

An old social media post is haunting Bon Appétit editor Adam Rapoport.

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Rapoport was part of what appears to be a couples costume of a Puerto Rican couple. The editor wore makeup to make his skin darker in the photo that has been circulating on social media. The addition of the pencil-thin goatee and necklace are attempting to highlight a stereotypical dress in the Puerto Rican community.

After the photo went viral, editors from Bon Appétit’s test kitchen came out against Rapoport’s behavior.

According to various people at Bon Appétit, creators of color were making significantly less than their white counterparts. Sohla El-Waylly is one of the editors who appears in the Bon Appétit Test Kitchen YouTube videos and claims that only white editors were paid for those videos.

“I’ve been pushed in front of video as a display of diversity,” she wrote in her Instagram stories. “None of the people of color were compensated.”

El-Waylly, one of the most beloved Test Kitchen personalities, is also being paid a very small salary, everything considered.

New York City is notorious for being an expensive city to live in. According to Glassdoor, the average base-pay salary for an assistant video editor in New York City is more than $59,000. Fans are angered to know that El-Waylly was paid so little considering all of the work she did for Bon Appétit.

Since El-Waylly came forward with her accusations, others have followed suit.

Editors and readers of the magazine launched a social media campaign to highlight the racial disparities in Bon Appétit. There are accusations that some creators of color were paid $400 per video while white counterparts made considerably more money.

In the case of El-Waylly, the assistant editor was often on camera on her own as well as guiding less experienced white colleagues through their videos. Readers of the magazine are demanding fair compensation for El-Waylly and editors are demanding fair titles for their work.

Rapoport posted an apology on Instagram.

In the apology, Rapoport acknowledged his blind spots in hiring and paying the creators of color. However, people are not feeling pity for the editor. Comments on the post are calling on Bon Appétit to take Rapoport’s salary and use it to pay the creators of color.

Rapoport also apologized for the brownface costume acknowledging that he has not been fighting for an inclusive environment. The power of social media is being hailed as the driving force for Paraport’s resignation from the magazine within hours of extreme pressure from editors and readers.

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Texas High Schoolers Conducted a Mock ‘Slave Auction’ Of Black Students Over Snapchat

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Texas High Schoolers Conducted a Mock ‘Slave Auction’ Of Black Students Over Snapchat

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Students at a high school in Aledo, Texas are being disciplined after the administration discovered they held a mock slave auction on Snapchat where they “traded” Black students.

Screenshots of the Snapchat group show that these unnamed students “bid” on students of color, ranging anywhere from $1 to $100.

One student in particular was priced at $1 because his hair was “bad”. The screenshot also shows that the group chat’s name changed regularly. The group’s name started as “Slave Trade” then changed to “N—-r Farm”, and finally to “N—– Auction”.

Upon learning of the mock slave auction, the Daniel Ninth Grade Campus’s principal wrote a note to parents explaining the situation. Principal Carolyn Ansley called the mock slave auction “an incident of cyberbullying and harassment” which “led to conversations about how inappropriate and hurtful language can have a profound and lasting impact” on people.

Many people felt that the school principal downplayed the gravity of the mock slave auction. Not once did she mention the word racism in the letter that she sent out to parents.

“Calling it cyberbullying rather than calling it racism… that is the piece that really gets under my skin,” said Mark Grubbs, father to three former Aledo ISD students, to NBC DFW. But Grubbs, along with many other Aledo parents and community members, say that the incident didn’t surprise them.

In fact, Grubbs said he had to take his children out of the Aledo ISD school system because of how much racist harassment his children were facing. “A lot of racism,” he said of his son’s experience at the school. “My son being called out of his name and what not and it got to the point he didn’t mind fighting and that didn’t sit right with me and my wife. My son was never a fighter.”

After the backlash to the initial statement, Superintendent Susan Bohn finally released a statement condemning the racism and “hatred” of the mock slave auction.

“There is no room for racism or hatred in the Aledo ISD, period,’ Bohn wrote. “Using inappropriate, offensive and racially charged language and conduct is completely unacceptable and is prohibited by district policy.”

The problem with “policies” like these is they fail to target the issue of racism at the root. Hate speech may be “prohibited”, but if a child is displaying racist behavior for whatever reason, the bigger problem is the way that they have been educated and indoctrinated. Slave auctions have no place in 2021.

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Disturbing Video Shows Workers Feeding White Kids First At A Georgia Daycare

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Disturbing Video Shows Workers Feeding White Kids First At A Georgia Daycare

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Schools and daycares are supposed to be safe spaces for kids to be able to learn and to express themselves. However, we know that isn’t always the case. For years, children have had to fear gun violence on campus, bullying, and sexual assaults.

A recent video that’s gone viral shows that even younger kids aren’t safe from trauma, as a daycare in Georgia is being accused of blatant racism against its Black kids.

Young kids are experiencing hate and racism even at places meant to be safe for them.

The Kids ‘R’ Kids daycare center in Roswell, on the outskirts of Atlanta, has been accused of racism after a father checked in to the live feed at lunch time to see how his two-year-old son was doing and noticed that the white children were all fed first while the Black children were made to wait.

Adryan McCauley told CBS46: “They were skipping all of the Black kids it seemed like. All the white kids got their lunch, and all the Black kids had to wait. From the videos and pictures that we saw today, we are just completely disturbed.”

McCauley took a screenshot which he posted to Instagram, but the full video has not been released. He added that the boy’s mother asked the nursery what had happened and was reportedly told by the director: “I’m not really sure because I’m not in the classroom, maybe it’s a dietary thing.”

One of the families was sure to share what happened with the public.

According to the Daily Mail, the family of the 2-year-old posted the screenshot to Instagram, where it went viral.

“This is truly unbelievable. You better know this won’t be the last time you hear from me on this,” user @marquis_dagreat wrote, along with the screenshot. “Why does every white kid have their food? Not one black child has food in front of them! Thank God for cameras in classrooms because there is no way to hide this racism!”

“In the year 2021 this is truly unbelievable. As blacks we always strive to send our kids to schools in Suburban area’s [sic], but I’m telling you first hand that is not always best,” they continued. “This is not a black or white issue this is simply wrong!”

The brand behind the daycare has cut ties with the Georgia location.

The corporate office responded on Thursday by calling the screenshot “disturbing” and cutting ties with the location in question. 

“Our company has decided to terminate that franchisee’s Kids ‘R’ Kids contract and branding, effective immediately, leaving them to operate independently,” President and CEO David Vinson said in the statement, posted to Instagram. “We apologize to the family, the community and all of those impacted by this situation and will use this as a learning tool to remind our Kids ‘R’ Kids staff on the importance of diversity and inclusivity.”

Vinson added that the corporate office will help locate alternate preschool options for families displaced by the decision. 

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