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White Woman Called Black Women The N-Word At A Restaurant And Says “I Would Say It Again”

Since Donald Trump has been in office as president, hate crimes in the United States have skyrocketed. Every day a new video goes viral showcasing how racists degrade and insult innocent Black people and people of color. Recently, a new video was uploaded that has already gotten thousands of views and comments. It shows a Raleigh woman dropping the N-word at two Black women in a North Carolina restaurant.

This woman used the N-word repeatedly and felt so justified in her hate speech that she went on to her local news to defend her use of diction.

 

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On July 23rd, Shaunda Stewart and Lekesha Shaw were dining at a local restaurant in their area. They were then approached by Nancy Goodman, another patron. Goodman told the women that they were the rudest people she’s ever met because of their alleged loud volume.

When Stewart began filming the incident, Goodman did the same and approached the two at their table. She then told them that they were too loud. When Shaw stated that her money was good as Goodman’s, meaning that they had every right to be there, Goodman said to the pair, “You’re so stupid, [N-word].”

The story doesn’t end there. After the video went viral, Goodman went on her local news to defend her use of the word.

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The woman appeared on WRAL News to tell her side of the story. According to Goodman, she suffers from terrible anxiety and was pushed to use the N-word with the women. What’s more, she said she would use the word again given the situation.

“I’m not going to say I’m sorry to them because they kept pushing at it,” the woman told WRAL News. “I used that word because they forced me into it.”

When asked if she could see that the use of the N-word is incredibly offensive, Goodman responded, “Yes, that’s why I said it. I would say it again to them.”

Shaw and Stewart were also interviewed by WRAL News and were in awe of Goodman’s audacity.

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“I don’t care how you feel like we should have been acting,” Shaw told WRAL News. “If I was standing on the table with three heads and a purple jumpsuit, nothing justified you to come to my table and call me a stupid (N-word).”

Goodman said that the only thing she would have done differently was to ask restaurant management to tell the women to quiet themselves. However, when asked if she was sorry for using the N-word, she resolutely said she wasn’t.

Twitter, of course, had a lot to say about Goodman and her racial slur.

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In the video, Goodman mentions that she has Black friends whom she loves. We aren’t sure why she felt the need to add that but after she dropped the N-word, Shaw and Stewart told the woman to use that slur around these Black friends. This Twitter user questioned the existence of the friends and was curious to see what they would say about Goodman’s use of such a gross slur.

This tweet pointed out Trump’s influence.

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This Twitter user suggested that Goodman would feel at home in a Trump rally. Not only did the woman prove to be racist, she also showed herself to be an instigator since she was the one who started the whole interaction. When will white people learn to just leave innocent Black people and people of color alone? It would prevent so much hostility and violence.

Some Twitter users noticed that it’s obvious that Goodman would be a racist because of her age and location.

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Raleigh is located in the Deep South and desegregation only started 62 years ago. With these facts in mind, it suggests that Goodman was raised in a racist community. Still, that is no reason for her to not better herself, examine her prejudices and apologize for her use of the racial slur.

Maybe Goodman just doesn’t belong in society.

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As this tweet points out, if being around loud noises forces you to use racist language, maybe you shouldn’t be out in public. Honestly, Goodman’s reasoning is ridiculous and abandons any responsibility she should take for her own actions.

In the end, it’s clear that this woman does not deserve a pass because of her “anxiety.” When racists expose themselves, it’s our job to hold them accountable so they know that they no longer have no place in our community or our country.

Fashion Institute of Technology Had An Anti-Black Fashion Show That Displayed ‘Ugly Features’

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Fashion Institute of Technology Had An Anti-Black Fashion Show That Displayed ‘Ugly Features’

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Anti-blackness has proven to be sorely out of style in the past few decades but the fashion world seems to be behind the times on this one. We’ve told you this story time and time again but somehow the presence of racism, anti-Blackness and cultural appropriation has endured on the runways. Even at institutes of learning where you’d think things like this would now be 101.

So here’s the story once again.

The Fashion Institute of Technology is under fire after they allowed a graduate student to send a racist body of work down the runway.

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It shouldn’t be down to the models to have to refuse wearing blatantly racist accessories on the runway, especially not in a show thrown by an institution like @fitnyc. In an alumni show celebrating their 75th anniversary, MFA graduate Junkai Huang showed a collection that was meant to highlight the “ugly features of the body”. The choice of exaggerated bright red fake lips and “monkey ears”, as well as the school’s response, are leaving us shaking our heads. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Nearing a breakdown, African-American model Amy Lefevre (@lefevrediary ) spoke up about the accessories, but was told by staff it was “ok to be uncomfortable for only 45 seconds”. It’s one thing when it’s a pair of tricky heels, but quite another when you’re made up to look like racist caricatures from the not-so-distant past. Multiple complaints had been made in the days leading up to the show as well, with several people objecting. One anonymous student who was witness backstage, said the show’s producer @richardthornn told the group to “back down and get away” when they brought up the issue again. The accessories didn’t end up making it onto Lefevre, but that didn’t stop them from going down the runway on other models. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ In a statement to the NY Post, FIT president Dr. Joyce F. Brown emphasized allowing the students the “freedom to craft their own personal and unique artistic perspectives as designers, to be even what some would consider to be provocative”, but said they would investigate further. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ In a time when luxury brands are taking swift action by pulling offensive products and implementing diversity councils in response to similar scandals, it’s a shame to see a learning institution dragging their feet. Shouldn’t they be the ones broadening insights for the ones who will lead fashion in the future and not reinforcing the same aspects that have made the industry notoriously problematic? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ • #fit #fitnyc #suny #cuny #fashionschool #college #mfa #mastersdegree #alumni #fitalumni #fashiondesigner #design #designer #runway #model #blackface #racism #monkey #grotesque #sexdoll #bodyimage #lumpsandbumps #wiwt #ootd #runwaymodel #nyfw #fashionweek #dietprada

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For the FIT’s presentation which showcased the designers from their first MFA Fashion Design class, students sent models down the runway with thier own collections. FIT alum Junkai Huang was part of the bunch but his line stood out in particular because of its blatant racism. The FIT alum sent models down the runway wearing “large prosthetic ears and lips and bushy eyebrows.” Now people are saying that the images looked quite a bit like racist caricatures.  

On Monday, Diet Prada shared images from the show on Instagram after someone who had gone to the event told the New York Post that the designer aimed to showcase and highlight “ugly features of the body” using props that had been sourced from sex toys.

Amy Lefévre was a model meant to take part in the event but decided to walk out when she saw the props.

“I stood there almost ready to break down, telling the staff that I felt incredibly uncomfortable with having to wear these pieces and that they were clearly racist,” Lefévre told the Post in an interview. According to Lefévre she made the decion to not take part when someone had told her that it was “fine to feel uncomfortable for only 45 seconds.”

“I was literally shaking. I could not control my emotions,” Lefévre said “My whole body was shaking. I have never felt like that in my life. People of color are struggling too much in 2020 for the promoters not to have vetted and cleared accessories for the shows.”

Diet Prada later took to Instagram to share the situation, sparking outrage from many in the fashion community. “Sad times we live in when designers aren’t confident enough to have the clothing sell themselves,” wrote Olivia Dope while another commenter added, “When will this stop? Designers are hung up on controversy to sell cause these pieces can’t sell themselves, clearly.”

In a statement published by the Post, the Fashion Institute of Technology’s president, Dr. Joyce F. Brown, said that it would do its best to right the situation.

“This program protects a student’s freedom to craft their own personal and unique artistic perspectives as designers, to be even what some would consider to be provocative, so that they find that voice,” Dr. Brown said. “However provocative design and fashion might be though, my commitment to ensure that people are not made to feel uncomfortable, offended, or intimidated is also of the utmost importance not only to me personally but to the college community as well,” they added. “We take this obligation very, very seriously and will investigate and take appropriate action regarding any complaint or concern that is made in this situation.”

In a separate statement to the Pst FIT also issued an apology.

“Currently it does not appear that the original intent of the design, the use of accessories or the creative direction of the show was to make a statement about race; however, it is now glaringly obvious that has been the outcome. For that, we apologize — to those who participated in the show, to students, and to anybody who has been offended by what they saw.”

Conservatives Are Furious That AOC Called Out Rush Limbaugh’s Racist Past

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Conservatives Are Furious That AOC Called Out Rush Limbaugh’s Racist Past

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During the State of the Union address, President Donald Trump broke protocol and norms by awarding a “surprise” Presidential Medal of Freedom. Former winners of the award are Ellen DeGeneres, Rosa Parks, Toni Morrison, Isabella Allende, and Gloria and Emilio Estefan. The newest recipient is conservative and extreme radio host Rush Limbaugh.

Rush Limbaugh is the latest recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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Rush Limbaugh is a Conservative radio host who is known to use racist, sexist, and xenophobic language during his shows. He has used his platform to slut-shame women fighting for affordable access to birth control and once referred to a 12-year-old Chelsea Clinton to a dog. During one show, Limbaugh sang a song to perform a racist rant against then-President Barack Obama.

His racist, sexist, and xenophobic rantings are all documented because of his radio show.

“The Rush Limbaugh Show” has been nationally syndicated since 1988 and boasts 25 million listeners monthly. The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the highest honor that can be bestowed on a civilian. Mother Teresa and Rosa Parks are among the honorees of the award.

A lot of people don’t agree that Limbaugh deserves the honor.

The Presidential Medal of Freedom is supposed to be reserved for civilians who have made major contributions to society. The contributions can be through the arts, philanthropy, science, etc. Many are wondering what Limbaugh has done to further society in a positive way. In a clip from “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah,” Limbaugh is seen making fun of Michael J. Fox’s Parkinson’s disease.

Conservatives and Limbaugh fans are most upset with Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s take on the medal.

It was recently revealed to the public that Limbaugh was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. Many of the AOC critics have held tight to this fact when attacked the Congresswoman.

Some have gone strong against the New York Congresswoman.

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Conservatives on Twitter are up in arms about AOC calling out a man’s racist, sexist, and xenophobic past. They aren’t mad that the man said and did those things, just that a Latina Congresswoman reminded people of those comments. Think about that.

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