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Black students forced to endure ‘jokes’ from classmates and teacher during activity about ‘uncomfortable’ slave ships

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Administrators at Rochester Community Schools in Rochester, MI are investigating an incident at Meadow Brook Elementary School after students were asked to participate in a “classroom exercise on slavery,” which included laying on the floor to “show how uncomfortable it was on the slavery ships.”

As WXYZ reports, the activity also forced four black students to listen to jokes made by the predominantly white class—including the teacher.

“My thing is, what’s next?” mother Jacquelyn Night-Oliver, who’s daughter was one of the four black students in the class, asked. “Is she going to bring in a gas chamber and recreate the Holocaust?”

“What’s really going on?” Night-Oliver wondered.

Night-Oliver said while the initial class exercise left her feeling like “it was a bit much,” her concerns were not assuaged by a statement the school district released about the incident.

“This morning, it was brought to my attention that several students at Meadow Brook Elementary School were made to feel uncomfortable during a classroom exercise on slavery,” Rochester Community Schools superintendent Robert Shaner wrote in a message posted on Facebook. “I sincerely and wholeheartedly apologize for any pain the incident may have caused.”

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“I want to assure our community that this situation will be thoroughly investigated, and corrective action will be taken as appropriate,” Shaner continued. “Unfortunately, we cannot provide additional details about the situation while we are determining the facts.”

The superintended added the district’s assistant superintendent of instruction and instructional equity specialist “are also working with the building principal to facilitate further discussion with students and help them process the information about the history of slavery in America.”

Night-Oliver said she wants to stop another incident like this from happening again.

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“As a teacher and as an adult, I would think you know to step in and say this is not a laughing matter,” she said. “But for her to laugh with them, I was taken aback by that.”

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Rep. Ted Lieu asks special counsel to bring the hammer down on Jared Kushner for Hatch Act violations

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Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) and Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) have asked the Office of Special Counsel to open an investigation into Jared Kushner for alleged violations of the Hatch Act.

According to the congressmen, Kushner violated the law by "engaging in prohibited campaign fundraising activities."

Reports have suggested that Kushner has used his official role in the White House to aid President Donald Trump's reelection effort.

NEW: @RepDonBeyer & @RepTedLieu ask Office of Special Counsel to investigate whether WH senior advisor Jared Kushner has violated Hatch Act by “engaging in prohibited campaign fundraising activities,” citing news reports Kushner used his official office to aid Trump's campaign.

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‘Black students don’t tip’: Texas restaurant says forcing African-American kids to pay gratuity is not racist

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A restaurant in Cypress, Texas has come under fire after an employee allegedly said that black students "don't tip."

Brittany Blakney told KPRC that she and her friends went to Locatelli’s restaurant to celebrate graduating from Prairie View A&M University.

Blakney said that she was surprised to find out that the server had already added a 15% gratuity to her check.

“He said, 'Black students from Prairie View don’t tip,'” she recalled.

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Supreme Court rejects Virginia GOP’s last-ditch attempt to block fair legislative elections

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On Monday, the Supreme Court handed down their decision in Virginia House of Delegates v. Bethune-Hill, shutting down the Virginia GOP's last ditch effort to rig the upcoming state legislative election taking place this November.

In 5-4 decision, the justices held that the House of Delegates has no standing to appeal the decision made by the lower court. The vote broke along unusual lines, with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg writing for a majority with Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, Clarence Thomas, and Neil Gorsuch, and Justice Samuel Alito writing a dissent joined by Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Stephen Breyer and Brett Kavanaugh.

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