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A Los Angeles County Sheriffs Officer Has Resigned Because To His Racist Email Jokes

Ruh-roh. Tom Angel, the chief of staff for Los Angeles Sheriffs Department, is in hot water after a slew of racist emails he sent became public — emails sent while working as the No. 2 police official in Burbank. That’s right. This dude thought it was a good idea to spread these messages using his official work email. #InternetIlliteracy

Tom Angel is in deep you-know-what for sending racist emails using his work computer.

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Angel is was the chief of staff for Sheriff Jim McDonnell, which made him one of the top law enforcement officials in the Los Angeles area.

Prior to joining LASD, Angel had a little side gig as the office comedian who made racist jokes while working for the Burbank Police Department.

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In 2012 and 2013, Angel sent messages to staff members with jokes and derogatory terms for women, blacks, Mexicans and Muslims.

Angel BTW was hired to clean up the police department’s image of being a racist, sexist and violent law enforcement agency.

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“Everybody’s got their own take on humor. This was divisive and nonproductive,” Sheriff McDonnell told The LA Times. “It’s a shame the whole thing happened at all.”

Here is one of the “jokes” that Angel sent via his work email.

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“I took my Biology exam last Friday. I was asked to name two things commonly found in cells,” Angel starts the joke. “Apparently, “Blacks” and “Mexicans” were NOT the correct answers.”

When the emails first became public, Angel offered a flippant apology that did more to anger activists than calm the growing outrage.

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“Anybody in the workplace unfortunately forwards emails from time to time that they probably shouldn’t have forwarded,” Angel told The LA Times. “I apologize if I offended anybody, but the intent was not for the public to have seen these jokes.”

“…the intent was not for the public to have seen these jokes.”

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“It is inflammatory, it is insulting,” Salam al-Marayati, the president of the Muslim Public Affairs Council, told KABC. “And for somebody that is doing that — using public money as a chief executive in a police department on a government Listserv — I think it’s preposterous, it’s despicable.”

But, with some added pressure by activists and community leaders, LASD was forced to issued its own apology on the matter.

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This is the latest in racist message scandals rocking California police departments.

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Members of the San Francisco Police Department were found to have exchanged messages that demeaned the homeless, gay, Latino, black and low-income communities in what some would call the most liberal city in the U.S.

Let’s not forget that California’s population has become increasingly Latino.

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And 48.5 percent of the Los Angeles’ population answered as Hispanic or Latino on the U.S. Census.

Let this serve as a warning that it is no longer acceptable to hate on Latinos no matter what your job or rank is.

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READ: This Top Latina Athlete Is Refusing To Run For Her College Until It Fixes Its Racism Problem

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Six Dr. Seuss Books Are Being Pulled From Publication Due To Racist Imagery

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Six Dr. Seuss Books Are Being Pulled From Publication Due To Racist Imagery

Don’t call it a total cancellation.

Dr. Seuss Enterprises has made the decision of their own accord to no longer publish or license six of the books written and illustrated by the writer Theodor Seuss “Ted” Geisel. The American children’s author who passed away in 1991 was also a political cartoonist, illustrator, poet, animator, and filmmaker. His first children’s book, And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street (1937), and his book  If I Ran the Zoo (1950) are among the books being pulled as a result of racist and insensitive imagery.

On Tuesday, Dr. Seuss Enterprises shared a statement on their website explaining their decision to cancel the publication of the books.

Citing the four other books including McElligot’s Pool (1947), Scrambled Eggs Super! (1953), On Beyond Zebra! (1955) and The Cat’s Quizzer (1976) the company explained that they came to the decision citing the fact that they each “portray people in ways that are hurtful and wrong.”

“Ceasing sales of these books is only part of our commitment and our broader plan to ensure Dr. Seuss Enterprises’ catalog represents and supports all communities and families,” explained the statement.

Dr. Seuss Enterprises is a company that, according to Time Magazine, works to preserve and protect “the legacy of the late author and illustrator, who died in 1991 at the age of 87, also noted in the statement that the decision was made over the past year with a panel of experts, including educators, academics, and specialists in the field, who reviewed the catalog of titles.”

Children’s books by Dr. Seuss have long been considered a classic contribution to children’s literature.

The books’ colorful and fun illustrations and rhymes are still to this day instantly recognizable. Recently, however, the writer’s work has been re-examined and scrutinized for racial caricatures and stereotypes. This is especially when it comes to the depictions of Black and Asian people. Many have also pointed out that before he was known as Dr. Seusss, Geisel’s work had been strongly criticized for “drawing WWII cartoons that used racist slurs and imagery, as well as writing and producing a minstrel show in college, where he performed in blackface—a form of entertainment that some children’s literature experts point to as the inspiration for Geisel’s most famous character, the Cat in the Hat.”

Dr. Seuss Enterprises’s announcement of their decision to pull these books coincided with the anniversary of the writer’s birthday.

Geisel’s birthday coincidentally comes at the same time as National Education Association’s Read Across America Day, which has long been attached to his books,

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Armed Police In Tulum Arrested A Gay Couple For Allegedly Kissing On The Beach

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Armed Police In Tulum Arrested A Gay Couple For Allegedly Kissing On The Beach

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, Mexico has remained a popular tourist destination as people seek out places with fewer restrictions. However, Mexico’s popular beach destination of Tulum apparently still has some restrictions – for LGBTQ folks – that the police are quick to enforce.

A Canadian couple was briefly detained by police for allegedly kissing on the beach.

Police in the popular resort town of Tulum, about 90-minutes south of Cancun, briefly arrested a gay couple for kissing in public on a beach, alleging that the couple was not allowed to kiss in public because children were present.

According to local media reports, police said they were reacting to a report by someone else on the beach who had claimed that the men were “committing immoral acts.”

The couple were handcuffed together and ordered in to the back of a patrol vehicle until a crowd of onlookers formed and began to shout disapprovingly at police after one of the men explained to the crowd why they were being detained.

Outraged bystanders gathered around the couple and urged the police to let the men go.

The crowd began shouting in support of the couple, calling the actions homophobic and demanding the couple’s release.

The pressure from the crowd apparently prompted officers to release the men after a few minutes of dialogue. The presence of Escalante herself might also have been a factor.

In response to the arrest, Quintana Roo Tulum Police said: ‘We are an inclusive and impartial police both for residents and tourists who visit the state of Quintana Roo. So no abuse of authority will be tolerated.’

Video of the incident quickly went viral on social media with outrage being the common reaction.

Video and photos of the arrest went viral after on social media accounts, including that of local politician Maritza Escalante Morales, who denounced the actions of the officers. Escalante happened to be at the beach with her family when she noticed the officers approach the couple, she said, and joined the crowd to advocate for the couple’s release.

“I want to file a PUBLIC COMPLAINT, because the treatment and type of authorities we have in our municipality is inexcusable. Yesterday while I was on the beach with my family, we noticed around 4:30 that 2 police squads in their ATVs approached a group of young foreigners. After about 20 minutes, a patrol arrived and proceeded to arrest them with handcuffs,” she explained on TikTok.

“The policemen were VIOLENT,” Morales added, “and gave arguments such as ‘there are families and children and they cannot be seeing this. I am FURIOUS because it is not possible that in the XXI century this type of oppression against the LGBT+ community continues. We all deserve the same treatment, and appropriate sanctions must be applied to these authorities.”

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