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Black frat says Alabama restaurant denied them service because ‘we’ve had trouble with your kind’

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A predominately  black fraternity alumni group from Tuscaloosa has accused the owner of a local restaurant of cancelling an event they had planned because the owner told them, “We’ve had problems with your kind before.”

According to CNN, a lawsuit was filed last week in federal court against the Cypress Inn by Kappa Alpha Psi.

The dispute arises from a planned event last February, months after the fraternal organization put down a $1,500 deposit to reserve a waterfront pavilion at the inn — only to have it canceled just weeks before the event.

According to the chapter’s president, Clifton Warren, he went to the inn to make the final arrangements and was told that the restaurant no longer wanted to host the event over “security concerns.” Warren claims he was told the reservation had been taken by a woman who didn’t realize that his party was an “all black group.”

Despite offering to pay for additional security, Warren said he was still denied and offered a refund.

Speaking with CNN, Warren accused the restaurant’s owner, Renea Henson, of telling him, “We’ve had problems with your kind before.”

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In a statement to CNN, a spokesperson for the restaurant blamed their decision on the company that provides security for them.

“Our outside security firm recommended against hosting the party because the fraternity was proposing to sell tickets to the public and our security firm strongly recommended against hosting that type party out of concern for public safety,” the restaurant said.

 

 

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Why is America’s suicide epidemic hitting Trump’s base so hard?

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We hear a lot about suicide when celebrities like Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade die by their own hand. Otherwise, it seldom makes the headlines. That’s odd given the magnitude of the problem.

In 2017, 47,173 Americans killed themselves. In that single year, in other words, the suicide count was nearly seven times greater than the number of American soldiers killed in the Afghanistan and Iraq wars between 2001 and 2018.

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Paul Krugman: Trump’s ‘populism’ is a cruel joke that only harms those he’s claiming to help

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As president of the United States, Donald J. Trump has preached a right-wing brand of populism that often echoes Patrick Buchanan’s nationalist and protectionist themes and utter contempt for “elites” — and Trump’s rally in Orlando, Florida on Tuesday made it clear that he will be hitting those themes aggressively in his 2020 reelection campaign. But economist Paul Krugman, in a New York Times column published this week, outlines the many ways in which Trump’s “populism” is a cruel joke that only hurts the working class Americans he is claiming to look out for.

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REVEALED: This wealthy New York family has been funneling millions to the anti-vax movement

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The Washington Post has published a major exposé about a wealthy New York family who has bankrolled a massive campaign to spread misinformation about vaccinations to the tune of millions of dollars.

According to the Post, hedge fund manager and philanthropist Bernard Selz and his wife Lisa Selz have donated at least $3 million to organizations that stoke fears about vaccinations causing autism, while also downplaying the threat that measles poses to young children.

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