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A Tennessee student recorded her chemistry teacher using a racial slur multiple times in class.
Hero Lawson told WVLT-TV that she used her phone to record the teacher, who the station did not identify, after he used the N-word in class Monday and tried to justify it.
“He said it the first time, and bam -- we were on him,” Lawson said.
The South-Doyle High School teacher told the class he could use the word if he was repeating what students were saying, adding the slur was part of the English language.
"There's a difference between calling somebody that -- that's derogatory," the teacher said. "I told you before, I'm tired of that language. It goes on back and forth, and they say, 'But we're brothers.'"
Some of the students asked him to stop, and the 16-year-old Lawson said the teacher owes her classmates an apology.
“From the looks on their faces, there was a certain type of anger that they were bringing out that you could tell it was hurt,” she said. “It was not just anger. It was flat-out hurt. And, you could hear it in their voices when they are pleading for this guy to shut up. Just stop.”
Knox County Schools told the TV station the teacher had been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation, adding the district does not tolerate racism.
'Smash some windows': Lindsey Graham makes bizarre suggestions for Trump in face of indictment
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on Friday bizarrely suggested that former President Donald Trump could avoid prosecution in New York by attacking police officers and committing acts of vandalism.
Writing on Twitter, Graham asked rhetorically, "How can President Trump avoid prosecution in New York?"
He then answered his own question in a followup tweet: "On the way to the DA’s office on Tuesday, Trump should smash some windows, rob a few shops and punch a cop. He would be released IMMEDIATELY!"
Graham's tweet as an apparent dig at the wrongly held belief that Black Lives Matter protesters who rioted in the summer of 2020 were never prosecuted for committing crimes.
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As an Associated Press review found two years ago, "more than 120 defendants across the United States have pleaded guilty or were convicted at trial of federal crimes including rioting, arson and conspiracy" after committing crimes while taking part in anti-police demonstrations.
"More than 70 defendants who’ve been sentenced so far have gotten an average of about 27 months behind bars," the AP added.
Additionally, many of Trump's own supporters were themselves arrested and jailed in Washington D.C. for breaking windows and punching police officers when they violently stormed the United States Capitol building on January 6th, 2021.
US white supremacist arrested in Romania
Romanian police have arrested the leader of an American white supremacist group wanted in the United States in connection with rioting, they said Friday.
The 33-year-old was arrested on Wednesday in Bucharest, police said without identifying him.
Local media named him as Robert Rundo, who co-founded and led the Rise Above Movement.
Rundo, together with several others of the California-based group, has been accused of inciting riots at far-right political rallies, including the deadly march in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017.
A Bucharest court on Thursday ordered the detention of the arrested man, who faces extradition, the police statement said.
The American is "wanted by the US justice for having committed crimes of conspiracy to riot and rioting activities," it added.
He "allegedly conspired with other people to go to rallies of a political nature and use combative tactics and commit physical violence against individuals and groups who did not support their ideology", it said.
Romania and the United States have a reciprocal extradition treaty since 2008.
The "Unite the Right" march in mid-August 2017 in Charlottesville culminated in a man driving a car into a crowd of counter-protesters, killing a woman and injuring 19 others.
Then president Donald Trump infamously took 48 hours to respond only to blame "both sides" despite overwhelming evidence that neo-Nazis were the principal source of violence.
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