Iowa parents sue school over students' racist video where they wore blackface and conducted a mock execution
On Wednesday, TV6 News reported that parents in Pleasant Valley, Iowa are suing their local school district over a racist video involving local students that appeared on TikTok two years ago.
"The video, which TV6 will not air or post, shows two white teenagers. One of whom is dressed in a blackface mask, while the other pretends to beat him. The video goes along to background music that repeats racial slurs," reported Darby Sparks. "In the end, the teenager pretends to shoot the one in blackface execution style. Now, parents of a Black Pleasant Valley student are suing for emotional damage after they say the student was made aware of the video."
According to the report, "The petition goes on to say that the school failed to provide a safe environment for students by not giving a punishment for the video. It further states that the child of the Plaintiffs suffered from fear of 'immediate physical harm and/or injury' because of the video. Now, the parents state they want compensation for the damages the video caused due to the lack of action the district took."
The school has reportedly not commented on the matter yet.
In recent years, racist incidents by school students around the country have drawn attention. Last December, parents in a Seattle area school were forced to withdraw their child into remote learning after he was repeatedly called the N-word. Teachers, too, have come under scrutiny; in one viral video out of a school in North Carolina, a teacher complained he couldn't use the N-word while blurting it out in class with a Black student next to him.
You can watch the original report here.
Texas GOP candidate falsely claims school cafeterias are lowering tables to accommodate student 'furries'
Michelle Evans, a Republican candidate for the Texas State House of Representatives, is bizarrely accusing local schools of lowering cafeteria seats to accommodate student "furries."
Texas Monthly reports that Evans made the claim in response to a separate false right-wing claim about schools accommodating furries by placing litter boxes in school bathrooms.
"Cafeteria tables are being lowered in certain Round Rock Independent School District middle and high schools to allow 'furries' to more easily eat without utensils or their hands (ie, like a dog eats from a bowl)," she wrote on Twitter this week.
However, Texas Monthly reached out to Round Rock ISD, and a spokesperson told them that they are not altering their cafeterias to accommodate children who identify as animals.
"This is not happening," the spokesperson explained. "Our tables don’t even have the option of lowering."
Evans nonetheless defended her decision to post false information about the school district and she said she was "merely relaying information" she'd heard from another parent.
Former president Donald Trump's coup attempt may have been "amateur" and "farcical" – but that doesn't mean it wasn't also both real and dangerous, according to MSNBC analyst Michelle Goldberg.
"That's always been the trick of Trump and people around him, is to do it in plain sight, because if the conspiracy is in plain sight, then it looks like less of a conspiracy," Goldberg said Wednesday night, reacting to a clip of former Trump aide Boris Epshteyn admitting on the network last week to his role in a fake electoral certificate plot.
"Something else that you see over and over again with the people around Trump is that the line between fascism and farce is often hard to parse," Goldberg added. "So, just because it seems ridiculous that you can just go to the coffee shop and make a certificate and send it in to the National Archives, just because it's laughable, doesn't mean that there wasn't also a real plot."
"And I think that when you have an authoritarian government, you can put forward the laughable, the farcical, with a straight face, and kind of demand that people accept the absurd," Goldberg said. "And that's what you see from Trump and the people around him over and over again. I think the shoddiness of it, the armatureness of it, can in some ways obscure the seriousness of it."
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