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CNN scrubs iReport claiming Capt. Ron Johnson’s fraternity gestures were ‘gang signs’

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Conservatives and a CNN iReport incorrectly concluded that Missouri Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson was in a gang after seeing photos of him making hand gestures to support his fraternity, Kappa Alpha Psi.

The Washington Post on Wednesday fact checked the assertion made by a CNN iReport that photos of Johnson, who was appointed by the governor to take over security operations following protests over the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, proved that he had been a member of the Bloods gang.

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The iReport, which CNN had scrubbed from its website, was circulate on Twitter by user DixielandDiva, who tweeted, “BLACK Capt. Ron Johnson and his gang signs needs to resign.”

The misinformation reportedly spawned a Facebook page calling on Johnson to step down, and also spread to other websites.

The Twitter account was eventually deleted, but not before dozens of tweets mocked the user for not realizing that Johnson’s hand gesture was a Kappa greeting.

“When did Kappa Alpha Psi become a gang?” one person asked.

Other tweets were not as polite: “Research Kappa Alpha Psi u stupid f*ck.”

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“Google coulda prevented your ignorance,” another tweeter recommended.

“‘Dixie’. yeah you’re not racist,” Twitter use firefire100 quipped.

The Post noted that Johnson seemed to be facing the same type of “cultural illiteracy” as slain teen Michael Brown, who was also thought to be flashing a gang sign, which turned out to be a peace sign.

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“Some would say black folks must constantly prove their humanity or, at the very least, explain black American culture — sometimes a comically Sisyphean task,” the Post’s Soraya Nadia McDonald wrote.


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WATCH: Brutal new ad nails Trump’s decades-long history of racism

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A new ad from progressive PAC MeidasTouch draws upon years of video footage to expose Donald Trump as a racist, going back to him calling for the execution of the Central Park Five -- who were found innocent -- to his present-day dog whistles to racists to support his re-election campaign.

The ad, called "Vote Out Racism," was released late Friday night, also touches on his birther comments about former President Barack Obama that extended into his presidential run in 2016.

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‘Bedazzled’ bachelorette partygoer coughs on employee and stomps out after restaurant enforces COVID-19 orders

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A Tennessee restaurant owner wants charges filed against a customer who purposefully coughed on an employee who asked her to wear a mask.

A group of 10 women stomped out of the Mockingbird restaurant Saturday after they were not allowed to pull their tables together to celebrate a bachelorette party, and one of the women endangered the assistant manager in a dispute over face coverings required in public spaces, reported WKRN-TV.

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Morning show gives airtime to panel of white ‘Karens’ who blame Black Lives Matter for making name a slur

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A British TV news program gave airtime to a panel of white women named Karen who say they have been unfairly maligned.

In a segment on Monday, ITV's Morning Show talked to three women about "memes" that use their name as a slur.

"I just noticed a few memes and TikToks going on and it started of being quite funny," Karen Masters told the program. "And when the Black Lives Matter protests started, there was a lot of media putting Karen as racist. It sort of took on a life of its own."

"And I feel that we can't, as Karens, now talk about how it's affecting us because we are told that we're entitled if we do this," she continued. "So I set up a Change.org [petition] to show that this is not fair for us to have to put up with this."

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