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Texas waitress quits ‘dream job’ at Hooters over racist bullying from giggling white family

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A Texas woman quit her “dream job” as a Hooters waitress after racial abuse was written on a receipt by a customer, reports the Times Record News.

Elina Blackstock, 22, is from Tokyo and was working at the wing restaurant in Wichita Falls until Monday, when she quit after getting a 70 cent tip on a $70 meal with the misspelled word “jaundice” written on it. The term is a slur for Asian Americans.

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“The fact that they made a comment on my race, my skin tone, that really hurt me so bad,” she said in a video interview with the Times Record News. “Because if they said I was a bad server, and they made a comment about it, I could change that, I could fix it. But when they mention my skin tone there’s no way I can fix that, because I was born with it.”

Blackstock said the table, which was a white family, had been rude and mocked her for being Asian.

“Get a different job damn jandice [sic],” was written on the receipt.

“Some people think I made this up for attention, and I need to stop being a victim,” Blackstock told the Times Record News. “But people need to know racism exists.”

Among the replies were a bunch of white people who attacked her for saying the white people, who she did not name, were white.

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Blackstock had to defend herself against charges that she was racist against white Texans.

“The reason I stated the race because I just wanted to make a point that it was racial discrimination,” she said in a Facebook post. “And I don’t think calling them white is considered as racist because it’s used in government documents. And as you can tell by my last name, one of my parents are white, my boyfriend is white. My best-friend is white. Why would I be racist towards white people?”

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Three generations of the unnamed white family have now been banned from the Wichita Falls Hooters by management.


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Trump hammered by ex-intel officials for sucking up to the Saudis after Florida naval base shooting

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President Donald Trump is taking heat from former U.S. intelligence officials for taking a very soft tone with the Saudi government after Friday’s shooting at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida.

Not long after the shooter was identified as a second lieutenant in the Saudi Arabian military, the president tweeted out words of sympathy from the Saudi king after a phonecall, writing, "The King said that the Saudi people are greatly angered by the barbaric actions of the shooter, and that this person in no way shape or form represents the feelings of the Saudi people who love the American people."

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Former right-wing presidential candidate scamming Americans with toxic bleach cure for cancer

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Former diplomat and Reagan adviser Alan Keyes is a well-known gadfly who has run multiple times for president and for Senate, most famously against future President Barack Obama in 2004.

But lately, according to The Daily Beast, he has been involved in a different pursuit: the promotion of a dangerous pseudoscience scam known as the "Miracle Mineral Solution," or MMS.

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American exceptionalism is killing the planet

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Ever since 2007, when I first started writing for TomDispatch, I’ve been arguing against America’s forever wars, whether in Afghanistan, Iraq, or elsewhere. Unfortunately, it’s no surprise that, despite my more than 60 articles, American blood is still being spilled in war after war across the Greater Middle East and Africa, even as foreign peoples pay a far higher price in lives lost and cities ruined. And I keep asking myself: Why, in this century, is the distinctive feature of America's wars that they never end? Why do our leaders persist in such repetitive folly and the seemingly eternal disasters that go with it?

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