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Suburban Chicago library set to fire only African American librarian who spoke out about racial equity

Cheryl writes, “The sole African American librarian in Evanston Public Library (population ~75K– first ‘burb north adjacent to Chicago) faced a termination hearing today related to social media posts she made in protest to the library’s lack of action related to addressing racial equity in library services.”

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Nivea actually ran an ad with the slogan 'white is purity' and didn't end well

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You don’t need to be a genius to figure out that putting the words “white” and “purity” together is problematic, what with white supremacy and all.

Yet beauty brand Nivea slapped a “white is purity” slogan on one of its recent advertisements. A move they’re now presumably regretting. 

The ad for its invisible deodorant was posted on the brand’s Facebook page, geo-targeted at followers in the Middle East, according to the BBC.

“Keep it clean, keep bright. Don’t let anything ruin it, #Invisible,” the post reads. 

Nivea removes ‘white is purity’ deodorant advert branded ‘racist’ https://t.co/aXA9P6fY0N pic.twitter.com/tTxUcfP5xI

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Trump wants to separate small children from their mothers in immigration detention

A leaked Trump administration briefing described by Reuters reveals a plan to separate children, including very young children, from their mothers for immigration detention purposes, seemingly as a deterrent to parents who attempt to cross the US border without authorization.
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US border guards can't believe Nigerian man is a software engineer, google “questions to ask a software engineer” and give him a pop quiz

Celestine Omin is a Nigerian software engineer who works for Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan’s company Andela, founded to give talented African coders an entree into the leading American tech firms; this week, he flew to the USA on a B1/B2 visa to meet with the company, but he found himself detained at the border.
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7 meaningful ways to celebrate Black History Month

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While black excellence deserves to be celebrated every day, Black History Month offers a dedicated time to pay attention to the power and resilience of the black community. 

February’s celebration is a reminder to seek out stories and histories that often go overlooked — but it also serves as a call to recognize the various black leaders in our own lives.

Even though it’s the shortest month of the year, there’s a lot you can do to show your appreciation for the community in just 28 days. Here are a few ways you can honor black lives and culture this Black History Month. Read more…

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Bristol cops mistake their own race relations advisor for a suspect, taser him in the face at the gate of his home

Judah Adunbi is a 63-year-old black man who lives in Bristol, England, where he volunteered as chairman of the independent advisory group on race relations; police confronted him while he was walking his dog in front of his home on Saturday. When he refused to show them ID, they tasered him, sending him crashing to the ground, cracking his head on the pavement. Then they charged him with “assaulting a constable in the course of his duties.”
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America's gargantuan new corporate landlords evict the shit out of Americans

The housing recovery has been famously uneven, in every way: for one thing, it’s allowed hedge-fund and publicly listed landlords to acquire a greater proportion of America’s housing stock than ever, even as mass foreclosures created a new class of desperate tenants who pay rent to these corporate giants, who charge higher rents than ever.
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