A Black Google employee at the company's office in Mountain View, California, is claiming that he was stopped by security at his job after someone allegedly questioned if he was an employee, Business Insider reports.
"Riding my bike around Google's campus and somebody called security on me because they didn't believe I was an employee," Angel Onuoha said in the viral tweet posted on September 20. "Had to get escorted by two security guards to verify my ID badge."
Two days later, Onuoha tweeted that security "ended up taking my ID badge away from me later that day and I was told to call security if I had a problem with it."
"And that was after holding me up for 30 minutes causing me to miss my bus ride home," he added.
Speaking to Business Insider, a Google spokesperson said the company is taking Onuoha's claims "very seriously" and has contacted him about the incident.
"We learned that the employee was having issues with his badge due to an administrative error and contacted the reception team for help," the spokesperson said. "After they were unable to resolve the issue, the security team was called to look into and help resolve the issue."
"More broadly, one step we've taken recently to decrease badging incidents is to make clear that employees should leave investigating these kinds of access concerns to our security team," the statement continued. "Our goal is to ensure that every employee experiences Google as an inclusive workplace and that we create a stronger sense of belonging for all employees."
R. Kelly was convicted by a federal jury on Monday of racketeering in his sex trafficking trial, where prosecutors accused the R&B singer of exploiting his stardom over a quarter-century to lure women and underage girls into his orbit for sex.
Known for the 1996 Grammy-winning smash "I Believe I Can Fly," Kelly, 54, pleaded not guilty to a racketeering charge and eight counts of violating a federal law making it illegal to transport people across state lines for prostitution.
Prosecutors tried to portray Kelly as a predator who over a quarter century used his fame and charisma to lure women and underage girls into his sphere, and then subject his victims to violent physical and sexual abuse, some of which he recorded.
Defense lawyers countered that Kelly was generous with those around him, and said his accusers are liars looking for a payday through book contracts or the media after their relationships with Kelly or hoped-for music careers never took off.
Deliberations by the seven-man, five-woman jury began on Friday afternoon. The trial began on Aug. 18.
Bay Area Fox affiliate suspends anchor who wanted to point out racial disparity in Gabby Petito coverage
On Monday, September 20, liberal MSNBC host Joy Reid addressed media coverage of the Gabby Petito missing person case — stressing that while Petito, a 22-year-old white female, should certainly be covered, it's wrong that there isn't "the same media attention when people of color go missing." Reid's comments have inspired a great deal of discussion, and in the Bay Area, anchor Frank Somerville has been suspended by KTVU-TV Channel 2 (a Fox affiliate) after a dispute over a tagline that would have noted the disparity Reid pointed out.
According to Bay Area News Group reporter Chuck Barney, "KTVU was prepared to air a news report detailing the latest developments in the case. Somerville wanted to add a brief tagline at the end of the report that questioned the extraordinary level of media coverage devoted to the story. Sources said he wanted to point out that the U.S. media often disproportionately covers tragedies involving young white women, while largely ignoring similar cases involving women of color and indigenous people."
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Barney reports that the 63-year-old Sommerville, whose adopted teenage daughter is Black, "was told that the tagline was inappropriate, and he apparently pushed back on it."
"There was no word on how heated the discussion got," Barney notes. "Sources said that Somerville was informed by station management the next day that he was being suspended."
Petito was reported missing in August, and her body was found in Wyoming last week. The FBI issued an arrest warrant for her 23-year-old fiancé, Brian Laundrie.
Reid, during her September 20 commentary on "The ReidOut," told viewers, "The Petito family certainly deserves answers and justice, but the way this story captivated the nation has many wondering why not the same media attention when people of color go missing? Well, the answer actually has a name: Missing White Woman Syndrome, the term coined by the late and great Gwen Ifill to describe the media and public fascination with missing White women like Laci Peterson or Natalee Holloway while ignoring cases involving of people of color."
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