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People Are Trying To Cancel Jimmy Kimmel After A Blackface Video And Audio Of Him Using The N-Word Go Viral

Not long ago, people were dragging Jimmy Fallon around Twitter for an incident of blackface. Jimmy Kimmel was mentioned but it wasn’t until recently that the talk show host has had to face his one moments of blackface and using the N-word.

Jimmy Kimmel is facing his own past of blackface and racist language.

Celebrities are being held accountable for their racist pasts from old social media posts to videos of them in blackface. Jimmy Kimmel is the latest target after videos of him in blackface numerous times and a recording of him saying the N-word have gone viral.

An audio clip of Kimmel using the N-word has also circulated on social media.

In 1996, Kimmel imitated Snoop Dogg on a Christmas album called “A Family Christmas In Your Ass.” Kimmel used the N-word in the lyrics of the song that was used to imitate Snoop Dogg. In a podcast from January 2013, Kimmel was asked about his Snoop Dogg impersonation and he admitted that he liked to impersonate Black people.

Kimmel issued an apology that was just off the mark.

Kimmel attempts to address the controversy but he doesn’t fully own up to what he had done. Kimmel doesn’t address the blackface by name. Instead, Kimmel vaguely addresses the issues of both blackface and using the N-word.

Kimmel argues that part of the backlash he is facing is from conservative voices who are upset with him. Kimmel has been very vocal against President Trump and his attacks on vulnerable communities. Kimmel argues in his apology that most of the anger is an attempt to silence him against Trump.

There are some people on social media who agree with Kimmel’s argument but still want to see him dragged.

Kimmel’s apology clearly is not helping him with his case. It wasn’t long ago that Jimmy Fallon was the focus because of his blackface moment in “Saturday Night Live.” The pressure is on when it comes to race and racial justice in this country. People have to be held accountable for their actions.

READ: Jimmy Fallon Apologizes For Wearing Blackface In 2000 ‘SNL’ Sketch

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A 70-Year-Old Mexican-American Woman Was Attacked Because Her Assailant Thought She Was Asian

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A 70-Year-Old Mexican-American Woman Was Attacked Because Her Assailant Thought She Was Asian

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In another incident that highlights the anti-Asian sentiment that is on the rise in recent months, a 70-year-old California woman was attacked in Eagle Rock, earlier this month. According to news reports, a young woman attacked her while she was exiting the bus to pick up groceries.

The elderly woman, who goes by Becky, is Mexican-American. But her attacker yelled an anti-Asian slur at her before physically assaulting her.

According to AAPI news site Asian Dawn, Becky’s attacker was a 23-year-old woman who was also riding the bus with her. The woman did nothing to provoke the attack. The young woman ended up dragging the older woman from the back of the bus to the front of the bus. Becky ended up in the hospital with a broken nose, a concussion, two severely swollen eyes, and chunks of her hair torn from her head.

According to Becky’s son, who only goes by Pete, while the family are Mexican-American, people often mistake their family for being of Asian descent. According to Pete, no one intervened to stop the young woman from attacking his mother.

“Nobody would help. Not even the bus driver,” the woman’s son told The Eastsider.

Finally, the young woman stopped her attack after a fellow passenger called 911. The police were able to apprehend the young woman after issuing a bulletin for her arrest.

According to Pete, his mother has a long road of recovery ahead of her. Already suffering from lupus and arthritis, her mother is having trouble walking. Her leg is badly bruised from the assault.

The fact that the victim was Mexican-American serves to illustrate how ignorant and hateful these racist attacks are. There is no rhyme or reason to hate.

Many are linking the rise in anti-Asian hate crimes to the COVID-19 pandemic, as the virus originated in Wuhan, China. The violent racists that have been attacking people who appear to be of Asian descent believe that Asian-Americans are somehow personally responsible for the pandemic.

If you to support the #StopAsianHate cause, donate to organizations like gofundme.com/AAPI or the Asian American Legal defense fund here.

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Here’s How You Can Help Daunte Wright’s Family After He Was Killed By Police

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Here’s How You Can Help Daunte Wright’s Family After He Was Killed By Police

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Police have taken another Black man’s life, this time it’s 20-year-old Daunte Wright. Protests have broken out in cities across the country as the nation reacts to the killing of yet another young Black man.

But as the nation reacts to the murder, Wright’s family – his mother and child – need all the support they can get right now and thankfully there are many ways that we can all be better allies while helping support the family that Wright leaves behind.

Daunte Wright is the third high-profile police murder in Minneapolis.

Daunte Wright was driving to his older brother’s house with his girlfriend on Sunday afternoon, when police pulled him over for expired tags. Police said they found an existing warrant for Wright’s arrest and attempted to handcuff him.

Bodycam footage revealed Officer Kim Potter shot Wright when she claimed to be reaching for her taser. He died on the scene, just 10 miles from where former police officer Derek Chauvin is on trial for the death of George Floyd.

According to CNN, Daunte’s death is at least the third high-profile death of a Black man at the hands of police in Minnesota in the last five years. And Daunte Wright’s death comes less than a year after the police killing of George Floyd, which sparked protests around the world.

Daunte Wright leaves behind a family still struggling with such an immense loss.

Daunte’s mother, Katie Wright, spoke out about the fear he experienced before his death. Daunte called her after the police pulled him over, at the suggestion of his older brother. “I know my son was scared. He’s afraid of the police, and I just seen and heard the fear in his voice. But I don’t know why, and it should have never escalated the way it did,” Katie told Good Morning America on April 13.

According to Katie, Daunte believed he was getting pulled over for his hanging air fresheners, then she heard “scuffling” and an officer told him to hang up the phone. “I tried to call back three, four times and the girl that was with him answered the phone and she said that they shot him and he was lying in the driver’s seat unresponsive.”

If you’d like to help support Daunte’s family and demand justice, below are a few resources and action items:

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