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An Employee Accused Taco Bell Of Firing Him For Wearing A BLM Mask And People Are Not Having It

Black Lives Matter is everywhere and that is making some people very uncomfortable. Starbucks faced backlash for telling employees not to wear anything BLM at work and reversed their policy. Taco Bell is the more recent chain to jump on the BLM bandwagon and then one employee alleges he was fired for wearing a BLM mask to work.

Denzel Skinner alleges that he was fired from his job at a Taco Bell for wearing a Black Lives Matter mask.

I’m getting firedfrom my job because i have a black lives matter mask on #TacoBell 3551 Belmont ave pls share

Posted by Denzel Skinner on Monday, June 8, 2020

In a Facebook Live video, Skinner is seen talking to his manager, who is outside of his car. She accuses him of bringing politics into the store because of his Black Lives Matter mask. After some back and forth and Skinner refusing to take the mask off, he is fired from the job, according to the video. The video has angered people on social media who are now calling for a boycott of Taco Bell.

The video by Skinner caused #RIPTacoBell to trend on Twitter in support of the man in the video.

People are not in the mood for brands to claim to support BLM but not practice that support. The video by Skinner was enough for people on social media to start calling for a boycott of the fast-food chain.

After some sustained back and forth in the video between Skinner and his manager, the conversation shifts. Skinner accuses his manger of not getting it and she insists that she does. However, according to the manager, it isn’t up to her. It is a company policy that masks and facial coverings have to be “plain.”

Taco Bell is being reminded of their social media flex supporting BLM.

Most major brands showed support for Black Lives Matter when the protests began. It was the first time that such energy was thrown behind the movement and it was welcomed. However, skepticism remains to see if these companies do more than just post in support without taking action to back it up.

A spokesperson with Taco Bell claims to be in contact with the employee.

“We believe Black Lives Matter. We were disappointed to learn about the incident that took place in Youngstown, OH. We take this very seriously; we have been working closely with our franchisee that operates this location to address the issue,” a spokesperson told Fox News. “Our Chief People Officer and Yum!’s Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer spoke with Denzel last week to apologize and discuss the situation,” they continued. “Our goal is to ensure our policies are inclusive and keep our team members and customers safe.”

The spokesperson continued by stating that the mask in question is not against policy. Instead, the company is working to clarify the wording on the mask policy to avoid a situation like this in the future.

There are recipes popping up online for various Taco Bell dishes for those of you who do not want to go to the chain anymore.

A homemade crunch wrap supreme does sound pretty amazing right now, tbh. Plus, you save the time and gas from driving to Taco Bell every time you want something that is so easy to make at home. Save time, money, and feel good about being able to provide for yourself. That’s winning.

Or, as some people are suggesting, just go get real Mexican food instead.

Taco Bell is technically the result of a white man stealing the recipes of a Mexican immigrant woman and creating an empire. The restaurant where the founder of Taco Bell stole the recipes to create the fast-food chain is still operational in southern California. Definitely worth a visit if you want to have the original taco that created one of the most iconic fast-food chains in the U.S.

READ: Meet The Gracious Family That The Creator Of Taco Bell Ripped Off

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Michelle Obama Recalled A Moment When Chicago Cops Accused Her Brother Of Stealing His Own Bike When He Was Just 10

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Michelle Obama Recalled A Moment When Chicago Cops Accused Her Brother Of Stealing His Own Bike When He Was Just 10

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As most Black families in the United States know, growing up as a Black person is seen as a great threat in and of itself.

In a country where the rate of fatal police shootings among Black Americans is higher than that for any other ethnicity, it’s no wonder that this is true. Or, why learning to handle the police while Black is a lesson taught so prominently beneath the roofs of Black households.

In a recent episode of her podcast, Michelle Obama revealed that she and her brother Craig Robinson learned this lesson years ago in a confrontation with the police.

Speaking with her brother in her podcast, Obama recalled the day Robinson was accused of stealing his own bike.

Speaking with her brother, a former basketball coach, and her mother Marian Robinson about childhood and parenting, Obama brought up a moment in which Craig was stopped by a couple of police officers while riding his bike.

At the time, Robinson was about 10 or 11 years old and had been gifted the yellow ten-speed Goldblatt by his parents. While riding the bike, a police officer grabbed hold of it and refused to let go despite Craig’s pleas and protests that the bike was his.

“I was like ‘Oh, you got this all wrong, this is my bike. Don’t worry, this isn’t a stolen bike,’ and [the cop] would not believe me, and I was absolutely heartbroken. And I finally said to him, ‘Listen, you can take me to my house, and I will prove to you, this is my bike,” Robinson recalled.

Fortunately, Obama’s mother was home at the time and ushered Craig inside of the house, while she dealt with the police. As her son recalls, “she had that tight lip” as she confronted the officers who had accused her son of stealing his own bike.

Robinson revealed that she discovered the officers were friends with the people who had made the complaint about Craig stealing the bicycle and demanded they come to her house so that they could “admit [they] made a serious mistake.”

Robinson described the experience as a “heartbreaking” one at various times throughout the interview.

“I could tell [the cops] were trying to ask me questions that would trip me up,” he recalled. “If I wasn’t so sure that that bike was mine and showed any kind of reticence, I could see them taking me off to the police station, not calling mom until after I’ve been, you know, booked or whatever they do.”

At one point, Obama remarked that the story is particularly familiar with ones being experienced across the country, even today. “Nobody thinks about, you know, the fact that we all come from good families that are trying to teach values, but when you leave the safety of your home and go out into the street, where being Black is, is a crime in and of itself, we have all had to learn how to operate outside of our homes with a level of caution, and fear, because you never know,” she recalled

Obama’s mother also described the experience as being “part of a culture” among police.

“Because those two policemen were Black. And they were acting exactly the same as any other policeman,” her mother remarked. “It’s almost like, this is what they thought they were, how they were thought they were supposed to act.”

All three family members noted how the incident is so familiar today. Despite the fact that decades have passed. “That’s the perfect example of what all of these young, Black people are dealing with now, because this was, almost fifty years ago?” Craig Robinson said.

Listen to the clip from the podcast here.

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“Sister, Sister” Actress Tia Mowry Broke Down In Tears Describing A Racist Incident She Experienced As A Teen

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“Sister, Sister” Actress Tia Mowry Broke Down In Tears Describing A Racist Incident She Experienced As A Teen

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Back in the 90s, Tia and Tamera Mowry were experiencing the height of their fame while on the hit show “Sister, Sister.” The series which followed Tia and Tamera as Tia Landry and Tamera Campbell saw two actors play the part of two identical twins separated at birth and then accidentally reunited in their teens. It won several Emmys and Kids’ Choice Awards and cemented itself as essential Black TV. As a result, the twin sisters scored roles on other series, movies, and all kinds of media attention. And not for a lack of racist incidents that attempted to hold them back

Recently, Tia opened up about her experience as a Black teen actor in the 90s and shared a story that clearly still hurts her heart.

Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, Tia shared that she and her sister were once rejected from appearing in a teen magazine cover because of their skin color.

Speaking about the incident, Tia recalled how she’d been subjected to racism when she was a teen on the show and attempting to be on the cover of a popular magazine at the time.

“It was around Sister, Sister days. The show was extremely popular. We were beating — like in the ratings — Friends around that time,” Tia said. “So, my sister and I wanted to be on the cover of this very popular magazine at the time — it was a teenage magazine. We were told that we couldn’t be on the cover of the magazine because we were Black and we would not sell.”

The actress teared up as she went onto recall that “Here I am as an adult and, wow, it still affects me, how someone could demean your value because of the color of your skin,” she said. “I will never forget that. I wish I would have spoken up. I wish I would have said something then. I wish I would have had the courage to speak out and say that isn’t right.”

Years later Tia says she has used that moment to drive her in raising her two children.

Tia (who is a mother to Cree, 9, and Cairo, 2) says that “to this day, I’m always telling my beautiful brown-skinned girl that she is beautiful.”

“What I’ve done with my children is [reading] books,” she explained to People. “You can read incredible books to your children about Rosa Parks, about Martin Luther King Jr. — pivotal people that had a huge impact within the movement.”

“The other thing is through television, especially during this time,” she went onto explain. “I was just having my children watch a whole bunch of [things] that starred a lot of African American actors, and one of them is [TheWiz. You had Michael Jackson, Diana Ross. It was just such a great story. And my son … he loved it, [and] it’s important.”

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